Sarah McKenzie

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False burglar alarms will bring bigger fines, quicker cut-offs

The city of Minneapolis is increasing the false alarm fees for burglar and holdup alarms, an effort to reduce the staff drain that errant alarms cause.

James Moncur, director of licensing and consumer services, said the city had responded to approximately 8,500 false alarms by Oct. 1. He estimated that false alarm responses tie up the equivalent of eight full-time employees.

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