Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Alarm Permit Rule In Effect in Rio Rancho.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Anyone with an alarm system in Rio Rancho will be required to get a permit for their alarms starting today.

An alarm ordinance adopted by the Rio Rancho City Council in May to cut down on the number of false alarms will go into effect. The ordinance, proposed by the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety, requires the owner of any building -- including homes, businesses and public buildings -- to get a permit for the alarm systems, said John Francis, spokesman for DPS.

Between June 12, 2002, and June 12, 2003, the department responded to 4,048 alarm calls; 98 percent of them were false, Francis said. …

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