MYRTLE BEACH — Horry County officials hope their program to limit the number of false alarms from businesses and homes is working.

The Myrtle Beach Sun Times reported that Horry County police received more than 14,400 false alarms in 2010. In 2011, they received nearly 1,000 more false alarms.

False alarms are the county’s No. 1 call for service and a waste of time, said Paul Whitten, the county’s assistant administrator for public safety.

A false alarm reduction program that began in February has resulted in more than 510 letters and collected more than $12,000 in fines, Whitten said. He said he doesn’t have figures yet on whether the county is receiving fewer false alarms this year.

“I feel, anecdotally, we’re getting the results we’re looking for, and I think it’s going to really improve,” he said.

Horry County is working with a company that tracks false alarms, processes invoices and collects payments to limit false alarms.