More expensive security alarm registration bills are landing in mailboxes across the city this month.
The city's annual alarm registration fees climbed from $10 to $25 as part of an effort to recoup some of the losses from responding to roughly 25,000 false alarms each year.
The city also hiked fees for false alarms.
Every alarm customer gets one free false call. But the prices climb quickly for more unwarranted responses from the city's police and fire departments.
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For the second false security alarm, the city now charges $40. The second false fire alarm is $100.
The fees escalate with each false call.
By the 10th and subsequent false security calls, the city will charge $350 each time. Ten or more false fire alarms will draw a $750 fee.
The city won't charge for alarms triggered by thunderstorms, power outages or when alarm companies call authorities within four minutes to confirm that the alarm was false.
It costs the city about $45 to send two police officers to an alarm call that takes roughly a half hour. It's about $538 when the fire department sends trucks out on a call.
Overall, the city estimates it spends about $3 million a year responding to false alarms.
The city says that anyone who receives a new registration bill for an inactive account can call 877-888-1355 to cancel the fee and close the account.