False alarms getting in the way of duties of first responders

News
City of North Charleston police have responded to so many false alarms, the city council is enacting a new ordinance that carries a hefty fine for false alarms.
According to the city’s spokesman, Ryan Johnson, between January and mid-July there were 6,620 false alarms within city limits. From those, the top 10 businesses shared 436 alarms between them. Though the city didn’t have a cost associated with responding to the alarms, Johnson said it’s responsible for many man-hours.
There is also a concern for public safety when fire or police are sent on calls for false alarms.
The ordinance passed unanimously on Thursday. This allows the city to fine someone if their alarm goes off more than 4 times in a calendar year. The fine is up to $1,092. 

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

DOWNLOAD THE APP!

WCBD News app graphic_1558160087567.png.jpg

Click for latest news and information

TRENDING HEADLINES