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Santa Fe Springs : False Alarms Will Be Costly

December 19, 1985

In an effort to curb the high number of false alarms to the Sheriff's Department, the City Council has approved an ordinance authorizing a $50 service charge for every false alarm above three during a 12-month period.

Fred Latham, assistant city manager, said the false alarms in the city--an average of 140 a month--are a drain on law enforcement resources. He estimated it costs about $40 for two sheriff's deputies to respond to and deactivate a false alarm. Most false alarms are at commercial businesses.

The urgency ordinance was approved Dec. 12 and takes effect Jan. 1.

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