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Enforcement of the Town of Hamburg's new false-alarm
ordinance will begin April 15.

The ordinance, adopted Dec. 12, calls for fines for "avoidable alarms" that bring police or firefighter response. More than 2,000 false alarms were
reported last year.

Fines of $50 will be imposed after the fourth avoidable alarm requiring police presence within a year or after the second avoidable fire alarm. Six or more false alarms can bring a $100 fine.

Councilwoman Kathleen Courtney Hochul urged residents and business owners with alarm systems to have them inspected and make sure they are operating properly.

"Our goal," she said, "is to protect Hamburg police and firefighters whose lives and safety are jeopardized every time they respond to a call. By reducing the number of avoidable alarms, we hope to avert tragedy."

The police chief and fire inspector will establish a system of administrative review for anyone wishing to challenge an avoidable alarm designation, Mrs. Hochul said. Alarms triggered by acts of nature will not be considered false alarms.

Copies of the law are available from the town police and legal departments.

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