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False Burglar Alarms in Wheeling Will Result in Fines

W.Va. State Police

Beginning next year, burglar alarm owners in Wheeling will face fines when their devices send police false alerts.

A new false alarm ordinance also requires residences and businesses with burglar alarms to register with the city.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that City Council approved the ordinance on Tuesday. The measure is to go into effect on January 1, 2016, but could be delayed.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the city has to find a company that has the equipment to track false alarms for the police department.

Schwertfeger said the police department plans a campaign to educate the public about the ordinance.