Edwardsville looking to cut down on false 911 calls - KMOV.com

Edwardsville looking to cut down on false 911 calls

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Edwardsville police and firefighters are making an effort to crack down on false 911 calls.

In 2015, there were more than 1,000 false alarms. Police responded to 1,085 such calls and firefighters responded to 213. Authorities believe many of the calls come from the city’s warehouse district where workers may not know the codes to silence alarms.

It takes at least two police officers or one to two fire trucks to respond to false alarm calls. The estimate it costs $100 for each false alarm call to police and $200-$300 for a false alarm call to firefighters. There is currently no fee for repeat offenders but Edwardsville police hope to change that.

“We need to have some nominal fine. We’re not looking to generate revenue, but certainly if somebody is not making an effort to fix the problem there be some fine associated with that,” said Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven.

The police department is working with the city council to come up with such a fine.

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