Commerce residents or businesses whose fire alarms or burglar alarms go off frequently will start paying for the trouble they cause following action by the Commerce City Council Monday night.
By a unanimous vote, the council adopted an ordinance placing a penalty on “repeat violators” whose alarms summon fire or police personnel due to malfunctions.
The first and second false alarms are free — generating warning letters — but the third alarm will result in a $50 charge, with the fee going up to $100 for the fourth false alarm and to $150 for further alarms.
The issue, said city manager Pete Pyrzenski, is “wear and tear on vehicles, calling out personnel and the potential for accidents.”
The issue originally arose for just the fire department, but when Pyrzenski and police chief John Gaissert looked over false police calls, they found 41 false alarms last year, with as many as 10 to 15 coming from two or three locations.