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December 10, 2003

Albany -- When police and firefighters respond to false alarms it takes them away from real emergencies and cost taxpayers money. Now the city of Albany has found a new way to better track those false alarms.

The city has installed the Cry Wolf computer program. It will help 911 workers to track homes and business that have excessive false alarms.

"Each time a business or resident has an alarm at his location he will get a letter for each alarm," says Lynn McCracken, Albany's False Alarm Administrator. "Previously it was just for the first five alarms. Now he will get one for every one he gets. And he will know there is something they need to check on."

Currently, the city fines you if you have more than five false alarms. McCracken hopes this will cut the number of repeat offenders in half.

posted at 4:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com