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Bend to start charging for false security alarms

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 13:15:09-04

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Police in the central Oregon city of Bend say they'll start enforcing false alarm fees after responding to more than 2,000 such alarms in each of the last two years.

The City Council in 2012 approved fees of $250 for a second false alarm and $500 for a third false alarm but those fees haven't been enforced.

The Bulletin reports that police recently sent letters to every address with a false alarm in 2015 informing them that fee enforcement will begin after a two-month grace period.

Bend Police Chief Jim Porter says the department spent more than 500 hours responding to false alarms in 2014 and 2015.

The police department says they responded to about 4,400 alarms during that period but only ended up writing 25 reports.