Neighbors say faulty Family Dollar alarm keeps them up at night

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Neighbors living next door to a new Family Dollar store say a faulty alarm system has been keeping them up for months.

"When it first went off, I thought it was the fire truck. That’s how loud it was," neighbor Robert Godfrey told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

Godfrey said he has been reaching out to management at the store on Old National Highway since it opened in November. Godfrey's home at the Biscanyne Apartments is located just feet from the store.

He called police and recorded the alarm which he said goes off at all hours of the night.

"Say it went off around 11 o’clock, it would stay on until about 2 o’clock, just stay on," he said.
 
He said a store manager initially told him the alarm was going off because people were trying to break in.

Fulton County police told Viteri they have no record of incidents at the store. But they have received six calls about the alarm issue in the past two months.

They say the alarm is unmonitored, meaning no one from an alarm company contacts police if it does go off.
"Nobody knows it’s going off the manager, the district manager, the police, nobody knows it’s going off except the residents that live here," Godfrey said.

He's suffered several strokes in recent years and worries about the effect the lack of sleep could have on his health.

"The doctor told me during my last stroke to limit my stress factor and this has been very stressful," Godfrey said.
 
When Channel 2 Action News visited the store a manager said they fixed the problem and removed the outside alarm. An email to Family Dollar’s corporate offices was not immediately returned.



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