I’m not sure what else I would call it.
He is also disappointed with what happened after he said he called Fort Worth police during an overnight break-in at the business on West Berry Street that he was watching with remote surveillance cameras from his computer at home.
“They came back and said, ‘We can’t dispatch because we don’t have an updated alarm permit on file with you from the city, so we can’t send anybody,’” Reber said.
“They said the can’t come out because they didn’t have my $50 fee on file,” he said.
Fort Worth has a “verified alarm response program” which seems to be a fancy way of paying for police protection.
ALL permit holders are allowed three (3) false alarm calls, as well as two(2) panic/robbery calls before service fees are assessed. If/when a customer exceeds three false alarms or 2 false, panic/robbery calls in a 12-month period, service fees are assessed according to the following schedule:
The following false alarm service fee structure went into effect November 1, 2005:
1-3 false alarm calls in 12 months No charge
4-5 false alarm calls in 12 months $50 each call
6-7 false alarm calls in 12 months $75 each call
8 or more false alarm calls in 12 months $100 per call
You will be allowed 2 false, panic/robbery calls in a 12-month period before penalties apply. After 2, a flat $60 fee will apply.
Reducing false alarm calls will improve overall public safety and service when there is a real emergency. Officers will be able to respond to emergency calls more rapidly.
I can see fining people who phone in multiple false alarms or have their system set so they go off too often — but that should be after the fact; like a traffic ticket – break the law get a ticket.
Instead we have a department deciding not to respond to a crime in progress report because someone didn’t pony up the money up front….how is that not a legalized protection racket?
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