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O’Fallon seeks to address problems with ‘false alarms’

Crying wolf in O’Fallon, even accidentally, may soon become a bad idea for business owners and residents. At a work session on June 26, the O’Fallon City Council listened to a presentation from Police Department Capt. John Neske regarding the fiscal and manpower impact on the city caused by responding to false security alarms in 2013. Neske said the police department responded to 1,583 alarms in 2013, 647 of which were residential and 936 were from businesses. Approximately 70 percent were deemed false alarms. Neske told the council that only .5 percent of calls were legitimate calls; the other 30 ...

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