Al­berta RCMP alarm pol­icy changes to im­prove ef­fi­ciency

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

Al­berta RCMP is fol­low­ing a new pol­icy: to ver­ify alarms be­fore re­spond­ing, and to not re­spond to alarms that are only trig­gered once. The pol­icy came into ef­fect on July 13.

A re­view was con­ducted which shows most alarms that are only trig­gered once, are false alarms which ties up 911 lines and po­lice re­sources.

Last year, RCMP in Al­berta re­ceived just un­der 15,500 false alarm calls which equates to nearly 8000 hu­man re­source hours that could have been ded­i­cated to more ur­gent calls for ser­vice.

RCMP will still re­spond to ATM, multi-zone in­tru­sion, panic, duress, holdup, glass break, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and ver­i­fied alarms (which in­clude any alarm at a school or fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion dur­ing busi­ness hours).

“You can help us keep our 911 lines open and our of­fi­cers free to re­spond to real emer­gen­cies,” says A/Commr. John Ferguson, Crim­i­nal Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer CORE, “K” Di­vi­sion. “By cut­ting down on false alarms, we can en­sure our of­fi­cers are where they are needed most.”

Here are some tips to cut down on false alarms: ·Proper place­ment of equip­ment so that de­bris/an­i­mals will not trig­ger alarms

·Know your alarm codes

· Se­cure all win­dows and doors

·Re­place bat­ter­ies reg­u­larly

·Re­port dam­aged or faulty equip­ment to the alarm com­pany

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