GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greenfield Police Department announced on Thursday that they will start billing businesses or residents whose security alarms accidentally go off.
The department will forgive the first two offenses, but after that they’ll charge anywhere from $25 to $100; 3 to 6 alarms will cost you $25 per alarm, 7 to 10 will cost $50, and 10 plus will cost $100.
Officers said there are too many businesses and homeowners in town who refuse to fix their broken systems, and every time the alarm accidentally goes off, it takes away police resources.
Bill Dyer of Greenfield told 22News, “I think it’s a good idea because it wastes the police department’s time. People should be more responsible for it.”
The department stresses false alarms do not include concerned residents calling for service. They encourage anyone to call as often as they feel necessary.