LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Owners of Las Cruces homes and commercial businesses will be subject to new fines for chronic false reports generated by alarm systems, but enforcement won’t start until Aug. 1.
[auth] The ordinance approved Tuesday by the City Council also requires property owners to register alarm systems and pay a $25 fee.
City officials say 99 percent of alarms turn out to be false. They estimate it costs taxpayers $400,000 to respond to false alarms within the city.
The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/10Ugih6 ) reports that the ordinance provides for gradually increasing fines for multiple alarms reported at a location.
The fines will start at $100 for a third false alarm and rise to $200 for a fourth false alarm and $300 for a fifth false alartm.