Repeat false alarms to result in fines

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TRURO - Repeat false alarms within the Municipality of Colchester will carry a price tag once a new bylaw comes into effect in the near future.
County council committee Thursday night approved a motion to adopt a bylaw to deal with a growing number of false alarm responses by police and fire departments. The draft bylaw is expected to be ready by about month's end.
Council's move is based on information provided by the RCMP which showed local officers responded to 915 false alarms between Oct. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2009, an increase of 116 calls during the same period the previous year.
"When you look at the waste of time and money it causes both the RCMP and our fire brigades, I think it's time we stepped up and did something about it," Mayor Bob Taylor said prior to Thursday's decision.
The RCMP report also showed that police responded to the same 16 addresses on three occasions and answered four separate callouts to each of 17 other locations during the reporting period.
Once the bylaw comes into effect, property owners will be permitted one false alarm per year - either police or fire - for which a warning will be issued.
A second false alarm will result in a $150 fine while a third incident will draw a $175 fine. A fourth or subsequent false alarm will cost the property owner $200 for each
callout.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Colchester

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