False Alarms Taxing Sheriff's Department

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 3, 2007

The fee would be $45 every two years. Right now, there’s only a one time $50 alarm permit fee.

But Undersheriff George Anderson says the Sheriff’s Department loses about one Million dollars a year responding to false alarms. He told county supervisors recently that the new fee would help them close that deficit.  

"It will assist us in recovering costs and also to allow us to every other year update our records."

The Sheriff’s Department also wants the board to adopt a two-call verification system for burglary alarms. It would require alarm companies to call two different people to determine if in fact an officer needs to respond.

Supervisor Susan Peters thinks it’s a good idea. 

"That’s the thing I like about it is that the Sheriff’s deputies that are responding are going to have a better feeling that this is a real thing happening rather than a false alarm." 

The County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the proposed changes on Tuesday.