Las Cruces council approves false-alarm ordinance

January 24, 2013 • State News

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 ( ) 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.

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