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Va. Beach to issue fines for too many false alarms

Monday - 12/16/2013, 4:10am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Excessive false panic alarms are about to get expensive for Virginia Beach residents.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1fweS0c ) that starting Jan. 1, the city will impose fines for third and subsequent false panic alarms set off in the city -- either on wall units or through a remote key fob. The first two mistakes are free, but each false alarm after that will cost residential users $150 and businesses $250.

Master Police Officer Jeffrey Jensen says that in this push-button society, more people are using remote panic alarms and setting them off by mistake. He said it's costing a lot of man hours that could be better spent doing other police work. The city already issues fines for third and subsequent false burglar alarms.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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