Four or more false alarms nets bill from police

In an effort to reduce the amount of false alarms, the police department is billing residents who have had four or more false alarms.

Redding police responded to 533 false alarms in 2012, said Police Chief Douglas Fuchs.

“Each alarm is a two-officer call,” he said.

With an average of 20 minutes per officer per call, that is 21,230 minutes of time officers responded to false alarms or 355 hours, said Chief Fuchs.

“That’d be like if one officer did nothing for 15 days other than answer [false] alarms,” he said. “Those resources can be utilized elsewhere.”

After police respond to one residence three times for a false alarm, the third time the resident is  issued a warning and then each time after is issued a bill.

It is $50 for the fourth false alarm, $75 for the fifth, $100 for the sixth and when police respond to the seventh, or more, false alarm, the resident is charged $150 for each occurrence.

“We bill annually so we’re working on that now,” said Chief Fuchs.

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