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Too many false alarms prompts new city ordinance

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WILSON, N.C. - A false fire or security alarm could cost residents in Wilson some money.

In 2013, the Wilson Police Department responded to 5500 alarm calls. Of those calls, 95% were false alarms.

In March, the city council passed a fire and security false alarm ordinance.

Under the ordinance, fire and security alarms must be registered with the city. Once the alarm is registered, it is given a unique permit number.

The ordinance establishes penalties for excessive false alarms and unregistered alarms. Under the ordinance, three or more false alarms, within 12 months, could lead a $100 civil penalty fee. Additionally, 10 or more false alarms, within 12 months, could lead first responders to discontinue responding to alarm signals at that location.

While not all false alarms are due to faulty equipment, a city official says that is part of the problem.

Wilson resident Allan Miller agrees with the ordinance.

"I do think it's a good idea, in general. If they know they have a problem with their system they should get it corrected,” said Miller.

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