Salem City Council Relaxes Penalties for False Police Alarms
Reynolds says each business will also get to wipe their slate clean at the start of each calendar year
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The Salem City Council has approved proposed changes in the penalties for false police alarms.

Police Chief Sean Reynolds recommended the changes after learning some businesses were now answering their own alarm calls to verify they were for an actual burglary to avoid the fines.

"We have done a reduction in the amount of the fine so it used to be $750 was a maximum and a minimum was $100. We have still kept the minimum but the maximum is now $250. With that its definitely a reduction in fine money to the business owner and then also we have 7 false alarms allowed instead of just 4."

Reynolds says each business will also get to wipe their slate clean at the start of each calendar year as well as July first of this year when the new ordinance takes effect. He adds power or storm related false alarms don't count, only those related to employee error.

Reynolds says the city will work with the businesses currently facing fines for false alarms.

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