New Orleans Police today announced that on May first NOPD will begin enforcing the false alarm ordinance in an effort to reduce the city's false alarm rate.
"Last year alone, 98% of all alarm calls were false alarms," Chief Michael Harrison said. "That means that we responded to 40,000 false alarm calls."
Harrison says it is a waste of time, money and police manpower to respond to real crimes.
Under the ordinance, the alarm system user will get "four strikes" annually before cops stop responding the home or business where there have been false alarms. The first false alarm gets a warning. Fines start at $75 for the second offense and $150 for the third and fourth offenses. Then the police stop coming.