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False alarms costing Rutherford Co. money, manpower

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies are responding to so many false home alarms they'd like the county to start charging money.

The sheriff's department would like the county to implement a permit fee for home alarm systems.

In April, deputies responded to 133 alarm calls, but all of them were false.

Sheriff Robert Arnold said it costs manpower and money spent on fuel.

Murfreesboro police said they respond to just as many false alarms. However, the city charges a $30 permit fee that's good for three years.

That's netted more than $60,000 to help offset the cost of sending two officers to every alarm call.

"The majority of the alarms that we respond to are unfounded, whether it's caused by an animal left inside, maybe a door not being properly secured or a storm coming through. Typically, alarms are for most part unfounded, but every once in a while a home has been burglarized, and we can catch somebody committing a crime," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Kyle Evans.

Arnold said his deputies will continue to respond to every alarm call in the county, even if there isn't a permit fee.

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