Greensboro passes false alarm fee increase

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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.


  • Dana Michelle

    “proactive time” taken away from what? generating more revenue through traffic tickets? even if its a false alarm, a police presence checking out an alarm is a better crime deterrent than sitting on the side of the road talking on their cell or clocking drivers on the interstate.

    • Mr. Perfect

      Hey “Dana” tell your pathetic story to a family who lost someone to a drunk driver you DA!

      • Dana Michelle

        if you can provide stats showing that cops sitting on the side of the road with a radar dramatically decreases the number of drunks on the road then go right ahead and ill retract my “pathetic story”. otherwise ill call it what it is – a revenue stream for the state. theres no money to be made in solving or preventing crimes like burglary – hence the “need” for false alarms fees. but theres pretty good money made for the state in the form of ticketing someone going 8 miles over the limit on bus 40. (and fyi – i havent had a ticket in many years). the cash strapped state is just looking for more revenue – this has nothing to do with keeping us safe or preventing the loss of “proactive time”.

  • Leon Ayscue

    BULL!!!!! 98% of all calls are false? So according to these statistics, greensboro should actually be a safe city. Hmmmmmm. City council should just call it what it is, A TAX INCREASE!!!!!!!

  • have inside knowledge

    Lol funny i know for fact 98% of the time you are lucky if GPD responds to your alarm..seen and heard many time an alarm come out officer who is sitting with his comrads and the phrase 10-4 10-76 comes out of his mouth on radio which means he got the call and is on the way but he or she sits fir a good 5 minutes before he even moves..and even then he will probally just drive by the house not stop.they call it doing a roll by.

  • Chucky

    Some of these comments are laughable. Dana, the money from tickets goes to several recipients though a good number of them get dismissed or are reduced. If caught, a thief may have to pay back some of the damages to the victim and trust me, if you were a victim, you’d want police available to respond so think about that the next time you see an officer “sitting on the side of the road”. If they were all busy, you’d be complaining because there were not enough officers.

    The point to this increase is there are people out there with alarm systems who have problems with them but don’t have them repaired or they don’t bother to learn how to use them. Each response to those false alarms costs the city resources. An office responding to a false alarm can’t answer another call until the alarm call is cleared… Which by the way, ‘Have Inside Knowledge’ is sometimes why they do a roll by which is typically on one of these that has false alarms.

    Just a note, I’m not a police officer but I know quite a few.

  • have inside knowledge

    Sorry but i am a cop they are require to stop get out a check the location some one should look and see how alarms were clear as “false” and then found to be a real one later on after being declared false.

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