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Burke Brennan, a spokesperson for Brookhaven, said the city is still in “the implementation stage” of enforcing the ordinance. It hasn’t fined any alarm companies yet, or revoked the registration of any, and Brookhaven isn’t being threatened with a lawsuit, like Sandy Springs.
But have false alarms decreased in the DeKalb County city since its city council adopted the ordinance?
“(It’s) too early to tell, but we are expecting similar positive results as Sandy Springs has experienced,” Brennan said.
Here’s how other cities and counties near metro Atlanta handle false alarm fines:
• Gwinnett County has a county-wide ordinance that fines residents up to $100 for successive false alarms. After a fourth false alarm, a resident’s alarm registration could be revoked.
• Cobb County also has a county-wide ordinance that fines residents. On the 10th false alarm, the user of the alarm can face a $400 fine.
• In Dunwoody, residents can be fined up to $500 for false alarms.
• In other north Fulton County cities — such as Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta and Johns Creek — residents are fined for successive false alarms.
In July 2017, California introduced a law that banned municipalities from fining alarm companies for a resident's false alarm.
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