Putnam County Commissioners look to curb 'false' emergency calls

Published: Nov. 1, 2016 at 10:36 PM EDT
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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Commissioners in Putnam County are looking to cut down on the number of "false alarm" calls that are coming in to the county's dispatchers.

False calls are things like a home security system going off when there is no intruder or the fire alarm being tripped but there is no fire.

County leaders say it is wasting time and resources when crews take the calls or respond, and they want to do something to curb the issue.

Commissioners are working on a plan to cut down on the number of calls by potentially fining neighbors after three false emergency calls are made.

Specific details for the plan will be presented at the next commission meeting on Nov. 15.