HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Security systems at your home or business are supposed to keep you safe, but the Harrisonburg Police Department said many are simply false alarms.
HPD is one of the departments proposing an ordinance to solve that problem.
Lieutenant Chris Rush said officers usually respond to 1,600 alarms a year; however, since 2010, 99 percent of them have been false.
Rush said the ordinance would require owners to register their alarm system and if they don't, they will pay a $100 fine.
More than three false alarms would also cost owners more than $50.
Rush says the ordinance will increase safety.
"When we are removing two officers from the street for that amount of time for something that is false we are potentially taking away two officers that could be helping someone that truly has an emergency or is in need of services," said Rush.
He said it takes officers at least 30 minutes to respond to an alarm.
The ordinance would also apply to false fire alarms.
A draft of the ordinance will be introduced at the city council meeting on Tuesday.
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