Greenville Co. creates stricter fines for false security alarms

Greenville Co. creates stricter fines for false security alarms


A FALSE ALARM..MAY COST YOU MORE MONEY. GREENVILLE COUNTY COUNCIL PASSED AN AMENDED ORDINANCE AT THE END OF MARCH..THAT GIVES STRICTER FINES TO PEOPLE HAVE MULTIPLE FALSE SECURITY ALARMS. THE AMENDED ORDINANCE IS IN LINE WITH OTHER COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE. CITY LEADERS SAY IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY.. IT’S ABOUT KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. 7 NEWS REPORTER ERYN ROGERS HAS MORE. 3 I DID REACH OUT TO SOME OF THE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE HAD ISSUES WITH FALSE ALARMS. THEY SAY IT COULD BE SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THE WIND THAT TRIGGERS THEIR ALARM. OR IF THEY HAVE TURNOVER.. AND THE KEYHOLDER RESPONSIBILITIES NEVER GET PASSED ON. NAT: CALL CENTER HUNDREDS OF CALLS COME INTO THE COUNTY 911 CENTER A DAY. BUT SOME AREN’T EMERGENCIES. We receive about 50 false alarm calls a day that could have been cancelled. THAT PROMPTED COUNCILMAN LYNN BALLARD TO MAKE SOME CHANGES.. WHEN THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM WAS BROUGH TO HIS ATTENTION. Chronic, chronic offenders, 30 and 40 alarms in six months. THE WORST OFFENDERS WERE BUSINESSES.. RACKING UP THOUSANDS IN FINES. A lot of the times the keyholder information is outdated, or we have bad numbers and stuff like that. DEPUTIES RESPOND TO EVERY CALL.. AND THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE TO SEE IF IT WAS FALSE. The ultimate goal is to lower the amount of false alarms that we’re responding to and actually utilize that manpower for real calls. BALLARD BELIEVES THE COUNTY HAD AN ISSUE BECAUSE THE OLD ORDINANCE WAS GENEROUS. We allowed two false alarms every quarter before you got fined. THE NEW ORDINANCE ALLOWS TWO FALSE ALARMS PER YEAR. AFTER THAT FINES INCREASE IN INCREMENTS .. UNTIL IT GETS TO 10 OR MORE.. Over that is $500. Every single time? Every time. BUT THEY SAY IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY… Hoping that this kind of encourages people to get their alarms in working order and fix some of the issues they’re having. COUNCILMAN BALLARD SAYS HE PLANS TO FOLLOW UP AT THE END OF JUNE.. TO SEE IF THE NEW FINES ARE WORKING IN STOPPING FALSE ALARMS. IN GREENVILLE, ER, 7NEWS. 3 THE SHERIFF IS GIVING PEOPLE A GRACE PERIOD. THE NEW FINES WON’T BE ENFORCED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 20-18. 3

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