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Eureka Police will start billing for false alarms

According to the Eureka Police Department, starting February 1, they will begin contracting with Phoenix Group Systems to aid in false alarm billing in hopes of streamlining nearly 1,300 false residential and commercial alarms they responded to in 2018.

They report that the preventable false alarm activations from last year ranged from panic alarms to burglar alarms. Adding that, the false alarms are costly to the city, not only financially, but in misused manpower and resources.

Depending on the type of alarm, a single alarm can tie up from two to several officers, preventing them from serving other parts of the City, according to EPD.

Officials say all alarm holders within the city limits of Eureka will be required to obtain an alarm permit each year through Phoenix Group Information Services. EPD says alarm registration permits are $20 and annual permit renewals are also $20, they report false alarm billing can be done through the Phoenix website.

For more information, EPD says to head over to their website.

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