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Burglar alarm law changed endorsed

July 24, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday endorsed proposed revisions to the city burglar alarm law.

The final vote is scheduled for next month.

Under the proposal, the cost of the annual residential permits for alarms would increase from $15 to $20. However, renewal would be free as long as it is done by the Nov. 1 renewal deadline.

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.

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.

For subsequent false alarms during the same year, the maximum fine would be $150.

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