In October 2013, the Chapel Hill Town Council passed an ordinance designed to reduce the number of accidental security and fire alarms, a costly problem for the town with 95 percent of calls to public responders in 2012 classified accidental.
As of Dec. 31, the town has issued $50,355 in fines and collected about $30,000 under the new ordinance.
alarms registered since the program began
amount in fines the town collected through Dec. 31
percent fewer accidental alarms were responded to by police in 2014 than 2013
“The council had some good deliberation when it was originally passed,” said Town Councilman Lee Storrow. “We definitely wanted to incentivize businesses and residents not to have incidental alarms.”
In comparison with the same period in 2013, the police department has responded to 35 percent fewer alarms from July 2014, when enforcement began, to December 2014.