Corsicana Police Chief G.M. Cox was pleased with the city council’s decision on his proposed ordinance to allow stiffer penalties for individuals and businesses that continually report false alarms.

It did not take council members long to unanimously approve the new charges.

Cox approached the council with a growing problem within his department.

“Less than one percent of all alarm calls are real,” the chief said.

The chief said a lot of manpower is wasted on each false alarm. Routinely two officers become obligated to respond to the call, which in turn makes an already small department even smaller.

Cox said despite the fact that most alarms were triggered accidentally, it still costs tax-payers money as well as tying up officers.

Currently, only after the fifth alarm are customers charged. After the fifth false alarm, $25 is billed.

Under the new approved ordinance, all customers of security companies, residential or commercial, will receive three free false alarms. For the fourth and fifth false alarm, there will be a $50 fee. On the sixth and seventh false alarm, the penalty jumps to $75 fee. For eight and more false alarms, a $100 fee per alarm will be charged.

Councilwoman Ruby Williams asked Cox if any of the false alarms came from homes in close proximity to the railroad tracks.

Cox responded by saying it has not been an issue and that sensitivity settings on the alarm systems can be modified to avoid this issue.

The chief mentioned some of the reasons for why he proposed the ordinance.

“No. 1, 99 percent of alarms are false. Secondly, most of the time complacency sets in with the officers responding to an alarm since there are so many false alarms. That creates a serious safety issue,” Cox said.


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By AJ Narasimhan/Daily Sun Staff Writer

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