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      False alarm program seems to be working in Horry

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A new program to reduce the number of false alarms received by law enforcement in Horry County seems to be working.

      The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the program started in February gives businesses and residents a warning the second time a false alarm comes in. On a third false alarm, they are fined $150.

      County assistant administrator Paul Whitten says that since February, 511 letters have been sent and $12,000 in fines has been collected.

      The county is working with Public Safety Corp. of Maryland, a company that uses software to track false alarms, process invoices and collect payments.

      The county set up the program because of a large number of false alarms. In 2011, the county received more than 15,000.

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      Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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