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Cape Girardeau Police Department Changes Policy on Alarm Response

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The City of Cape Girardeau is implementing a new false alarm reduction plan. 

Every year the Cape Girardeau Fire and Police Departments respond to thousands of false alarm calls which divert resources away from responding to legitimate emergency situations. 


The goal of this new program is to minimize the burden on public safety personnel and reduce the rising annual costs of these responses to the general public.


To decrease the number of false alarm calls, businesses and residences will now have to register permits for alarm systems within 10 days of installation. Failure to follow accordance will result in a false alarm fee system, which will go into effect July 1, 2021. 


Alarm holders are encouraged to apply for their alarm permits immediately.


To learn more about the new ordinance, visit the City of Cape Girardeau's website.