The first half of 2016 has seen a significant decrease in the number of accidental alarms responded to by Chapel Hill Fire and Police departments.
In October 2013, the Chapel Hill Town Council passed an ordinance aimed at reducing the number of accidental security and fire alarms by increasing penalties, encouraging people to register their alarms and improving public education on the issue.
With 95 percent of calls to public responders in 2012 classified as accidental, the police and fire departments combined responded to 4,880 alarms at a cost of $197,613. During the first two quarters of this year, the town reported 413 and 468 accidental alarms, respectively, totaling 881 calls between both departments. This is an 11 percent decrease compared to 2015, according to the town’s website.
Despite the slight increase in calls in the second quarter, the overall decrease is positive for the town.