Sandy Springs stiffens false alarm law

The Sandy Springs City Council has updated its controversial false alarm ordinance by stiffening one of the penalties against alarm companies that do not comply with the law.

Effective immediately, if an alarm firm fails to provide written notice to its customers that the city has suspended its permit for noncompliance – and police will not respond to an activated intrusion alarm – the company’s permit will remain suspended for three months after it comes into full compliance.

Under an ordinance passed last year, Sandy Springs fines alarm companies for false alarms reported to the city. In April, the city told 39 companies that had failed to pay the fines that it would no longer respond to their intrusion alarms; it still would respond to fire alarms, duress calls, panic buttons and direct calls to 911. Most paid the fines.

Five alarm companies with 52 customers are currently suspended, according to a city website. A federal lawsuit challenging the alarm law’s constitutionality is pending against the city.


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