A spike in the number of false-alarm calls made to Burbank police in recent years prompted harsher penalties to recover response costs this week after officials said the trend is tying up resources needed for true emergencies.
According to a new fee schedule approved by the Burbank City Council on Tuesday, the penalty for generating more than two general false alarms in a calendar year will double to $150 starting in July. The penalty will be assessed for the third and each subsequent general call.
For more than two false robbery alarm calls, the penalty is $200 each, up from $75 last year.
The move comes amid a steep rise in the number of false alarms.
In 2012, police responded to 2,139 commercial and residential alarm calls, up from 727 just two years before, according to Police Administrator Josephine Wilson.
More than 300 of the calls were to locations that had generated three or more false alarms in a 12-month period; 100 were false robbery alarm calls, Wilson added.