Chapter 8.13FALSE ALARMS


False alarms.
Recovery of costs.

The purpose of this Chapter 8.13, is to treat false alarms separately from nuisances as defined and regulated in Chapter 8.12. False alarms not caused by attempted break-ins or fire occurring on building premises not only divert police from patrol and service duties, but cost the city thousands of dollars each year from officer time spent in investigating alarms. To recoup these costs, it is necessary for the city to recover its costs associated with these responses. It is a defense to any fee charged by the city that evidence existed of forced entry or an attempted break in. The owner and/or tenant responsible for use and occupancy of the premises shall report any such evidence to the city police department in a signed written report.

(Ord. 1053 § 1 (part), 1997)

8.13.020False alarms.

There may be charged for an emergency personnel response to a false fire, burglary and/or robbery alarm fees, the following:

A. For a second fourth response to premises within three months after the first response and for each succeeding response within a three-month period, fifty and no dollars ($50.00).

(Ord. 1063 § 1, 1997: Ord. 1053 § 1 (part), 1997)

8.13.030Recovery of costs.

The city clerk shall bill the owner of the premises and any known lessee or tenant at the last known address by first class mail. Should these fees not be duly paid within one month of mailing, the city may cause a lien to be filed against the real property in question and foreclosed at law in the same manner as unpaid utility services or unpaid taxes.