RALEIGH, N.C. — Starting Wednesday, false alarms will mean fines for Raleigh homeowners.
Under a new ordinance, homeowners will have to pay if their security system goes off by accident.
Fines will be imposed for having more than one false alarm in a 12-month period beginning July 1 of each year. No fines will be assessed for having one false alarm in the one-year period. However, a written warning will be issued to the alarm user.
Fines for subsequent false alarms will be:
Fines will not be incurred if the alarm company notifies the authorities of the false alarm prior to the arrival of public safety units at the scene.
The new ordinance does not require alarms to be registered with the city.