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Salisbury Businesses Look To Change New False Alarm Fees

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SALISBURY, Md. - Because of the industry, Market Street Inn hires at least five new employees each year.

Owner Rob Mulford says the high turnover leads to at least eight false alarm fines per year.

"I've actually turned of some of my sensors, because I can't afford these kind of fines on top of everything else I have," said Mulford.

Last month, Salisbury City Council voted to update its false alarm fee system. Before, customers would pay $50 for their 3rd offense. Then the fine continued to climb, reaching $1,000 at their 14th false alarm.

Now, businesses and residents will pay flat rate fee of $246 for every fine starting at the third offense.
"We created a system that you actually saved money with the more false alarms you had," said Salisbury councilperson Laura Mitchell.

Alarm Engineering is hoping council retracts their vote and implements an enhanced call verification, which would allow them to call two people before the police.

"You deter the use of the alarms," said Ron Boltz, Alarm Engineering president/CEO. "Fewer people use them, next thing crime rates go up in the city.

"It's not a good place to do business."

"There's going to be serious thought to not even turn on the alarms," said Mulford.

The council also approved a $500-$1,000 fine a fifth false alarm offense. Council is scheduled to discuss the ordinance in their work session on April 1st.

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