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Manchester to impose ‘false alarm’ fees, warnings beginning Jan. 1

By: Bonnie Krueger

The Manchester Police Department is experiencing a significant number of nonvalid, or false alarms, that requires the response of at least two officers to the business or residence in question. Due to this increase, the Board of Aldermen passed a resolution on Dec. 4 authorizing the city to issue written warnings and impose fines in cases of repeat violations.

Nonvalid alarms can occur when an alarm system is activated by mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the owner or lessee of the alarm system. The resolution establishes policy for burglary or intrusion alarms and hold-up or robbery alarms, but does not apply to fire or medical alert alarms.

For the first two nonvalid alarms in any 12-month period, the city will issue written warnings. In the event of a third nonvalid alarm within a 12-month period, the alarm user shall pay a $100 fine to the city. In the event of a fourth nonvalid alarm, the fine is increased to $175. Any additional violations [five or more] within the same 12-month period would continue to be fined the $175 per violation.

It is the responsibility of the Manchester police chief to maintain appropriate records to log all nonvalid alarm calls. The policy goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.


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