GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro City Council passed a false alarm fee increase Tuesday night to reduce the millions of dollars in response costs.
Deputy Chief of Police Brian Cheek said that nearly $3 million was spent last year responding to false alarms in the city last year.
Of all burglary and/or robbery alarm calls made to Guilford Metro 911, 98 percent of them are false alarms.
"That's proactive time that's taken away from officers each year on these false alarm calls," Cheek said. "So we're wanting to reduce the false alarms to give the officers greater time to connect with community."
Council member Marikay Abuzuaiter said the decision was based on the statistics.
Storm related alarms will not count in the change.
Instead of two warnings, business and homeowners will be warned once before they're given a $50 fee that increases each time another false alarm occurs.