The Chapel Hill fire and police departments won’t start imposing fines for multiple false alarms until later this year — but right now they’re working hard to prevent having to fine people at all.
Under an ordinance passed by the Chapel Hill Town Council in October, residents and businesses whose buildings have more than three false alarms in a one-year period will have to pay up.
Lt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said the fire and police departments are working with community watch groups and local business organizations to make sure residents understand the policy before it goes into effect.
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*$100 each* 4-5 false alarms in 1 year
*$200 each* 6-7 false alarms in 1 year
*$300 each* 8-9 false alarms in 1 year
*$500 each* 10 false alarms in 1 year
The town’s website also features a page of FAQs about the system, known as the Chapel Hill Accidental Alarm Program.
“We realize it’s a new ordinance and people aren’t entirely familiar with it,” Mecimore said. “We’re taking the first part of 2014 to educate.”