DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The city of Dunwoody moved forward with a plan aimed at reducing the number of false alarm calls from security systems to which police officers respond.
The city council voted unanimously to hire the company Cry Wolf to monitor false alarms and issue fines to home and business owners who are repeat offenders.
Police Chief Billy Grogan say his officers responded to more than 4,000 false alarm calls last year. Chief Grogan says the false alarms waste time and manpower.
According to a new city ordinance, home and business owners would have to register their security systems with the city. Business owners would have to pay a one-time $25 registration fee.
Chief Grogan says the city would not charge for the first two false alarms. However, residents and business owners for be charged $50 for the third offense. The fines increase from $50 and max out at $500.