Wichita considers new alarm system ordinance

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WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita City Council is considering a new proposal to reduce the number of false alarms.

A new ordinance being introduced at Tuesday's meeting keeps the schedule of fines for multiple false alarm calls to public safety. But it makes a couple of big changes.

It would be the alarm user's responsibility to register with the city, instead of having the alarm company does that for you. City officials say this change will give the city more details on your situation.

Another rule change would allow police and fire service to be suspended, if you have seven or more false alarms in a 12-month period.

You could avoid being scored for a false alarm if you call 911 within four minutes of the alarm sounding, or if an electrical storm causes a disruption.

The goal is to make sure police and fire crews only go to real emergencies. Wichita police and fire crews respond to more than 18,000 false alarms every year, or almost 50 a day.

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