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Residents with false alarms could be fined

December 15, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Residents and businesses whose alarms falsely go off repeatedly could be fined under a proposal by the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Charles F. Mades pitched the idea to the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

The commissioners agreed by consensus to include the proposal in its list of requests they'll take to the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday.

Lt. Randy Wilkinson said that more than 99 percent of the times deputies respond to alarm calls, the alarms turn out to be false.

He said the sheriff's department responded to more than 3,200 false alarms last year, which he said was a misuse of deputies' time.

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Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook directed the sheriff's department to come up with the specific regulations it would like to see enacted.

The regulations might include requiring alarm owners to pay permit fees and register with the sheriff's department.

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