The city of Alexandria has started to enforce an ordinance that's been on the books for years pertaining to alarm systems.
According to police, too many calls from homes and businesses turn out to be false alarms. In a year, police respond to about 7,000 false alarms.
Now the city is enforcing the requirement that all business or residences with alarm systems register them with the city.
The ordinance also allows fines to be imposed on those who have more three false alarms a year. It costs about $50 per call.
And with at least seven thousand false alarms a year, taxpayers are paying more than $300,000 annually.
The city of Lafayette also has a false alarm ordinance that is heavily enforced.