Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith presented Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council on Tuesday with proposed revisions to the city burglar alarm law, which changes fines for false alarms and the cost of permits.
The city will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes next month, Mayor William Breichner said.
Under the proposal, the cost of the annual residential permits for alarms would increase from $15 to $20. However, the renewal would be free as long as it is done by the Nov. 1 renewal deadline, Smith said.
The proposal calls for the cost of annual commercial permits for alarms to increase from $30 to $40.
Homeowners older than 65 are exempt from the fee.
Currently, after the first false alarm, the city charges a $50 fine, Finance Director Al Martin said.
Under the proposal, the maximum fine for the first false alarm is $10, the maximum fine for the second false alarm is $50 and the maximum fine for the third false alarm during the same year is $100.