Published: Apr 08, 2010 11:46 PM EDT

IF YOUR HOME IS BEING BURGLARIZED AN ELECTRONIC ALARM MAY BE YOUR BEST DEFENSE. BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOUR BURGLAR ALARM GOES OFF FOR NO REASON. POLICE RESPOND FOR NOTHNING. THESE FALSE ALARMS WERE COSTING THE CITY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER YEAR. SO AN ORDINANCE WAS CRAFTED 5 YEARS AGO.


CAPE CORAL'S DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF SAYS, "THE FALSE ALARM ORDINANCE PROMOTES RESPONSIBILITY."

IT KEEPS TRACK OF FALSE ALARM OFFENDERS. AND FINES THOSE WHO CONTINUALLY HAVE POLICE RUNNING FOR NOTHNG.


OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE IS ONE OF THE BUSINESSES THAT ENDED UP ON THE CITY'S HIGH OFFENDER LIST.  AND WHILE MANAGEMENT INSIDE THE RESTAURANT SAY THEY CANT SPEAK ON CAMERA THEY DID SAY THAT A MALFUNCTIONING ALARM ENDED UP COSTING THEM NEARLY 15 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN FINES.

THE CITY DID WORK WITH THE RESTAURANT TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF THE FINE. MURPHY SAYS FIXING THE PROBLEM IS MOST IMPORTANT.


HE ADDS, WE DON'T CHARGE YOU FOR THE FIRST ALARM. IF YOU HAVE A SECOND FALSE ALARM WE STILL DONT CHARGE YOU. WE JUST ASK YOU TO GET A HOLD OF YOU ALARM COMPANY AND MAKE SURE THE SYSTEM IS NOT FAULTY.

ENSURING A QUICK RESPONSE TO A REAL CRIME.