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Fees for false alarms being enforced in Oldham County

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In 2013 officers were dispatched on 941 false alarms, according to Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele. In 2013 officers were dispatched on 941 false alarms, according to Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele.
Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele
Rebekah Markoski Rebekah Markoski

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) - An ordinance that has been on the books since 2009 is now being enforced by police in Oldham County.

In 2013 officers were dispatched on 941 false alarms, according to Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele.

The runs get called into police when a homeowner or business owner's security alarm system calls police for a potential emergency, only to arrive at the scene of a non-emergency. Voegele said the county does not have the resources or manpower to waste.  

While there are no fees for the first two false alarm calls to police Voegele said some residents and businesses single-handedly accounted for 15 to 20 calls each. Because of this police are now enforcing fees for additional calls.

"We need to get their attention," Voegele said. "That's what we're trying to do."

Oldham County's fee starts at the third alarm at $75.  That rate will go up to $150 for subsequent excessive false alarms.

Rebekah Markoski, with Hawkeye Security Systems, said a good option to avoid false alarms is to go with a security company that has a cancel feature. She said that way, "If a central monitoring station sees that a customer has canceled it within a minute of that alarm going off, they won't dispatch."  

In Louisville, false alarm fees can soar to $300 for each.  

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