Dunwoody City Council has adopted an ordinance that will require alarm owners to register their systems with the city and pay fines after several false alarms.

The new ordinance requires businesses to pay a $25 fee to register their alarms.

The council on Jan. 28 approved the ordinance 5-2, with Councilman Denis Shortal and Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch voting no.

Both objected to a provision of the ordinance under which police would not respond to an alarm if the owner for more than 60 days had not paid a fine required under the ordinance.

Mayor Mike Davis said the provision meant that an alarm owner who did not pay fines for false alarms “lower himself to the level of his neighbor who doesn’t have an alarm. We’ll still respond to 911

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