RCMP changes alarm pol­icy to re­duce false alarms

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Al­berta RCMP an­nounced Au­gust 14 they have adopted a new pol­icy of ver­i­fy­ing alarms be­fore re­spond­ing, say­ing pre­vi­ous pol­icy was drain­ing re­sources.

Moun­ties in Al­berta will no longer re­spond to alarms which are trig­gered only once, but will still re­spond to ATM, multi-zone in­tru­sion, panic, duress, holdup, bro­ken glass, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and ver­i­fied alarms (which in­cludes any alarm at a school or fi­nan­cial in- sti­tu­tion hours).

A 2017 re­view found the RCMP re­ceived “just un­der 15,500 false alarm calls dur­ing busi­ness which equated to nearly 8,000 hu­man re­source hours that could have been ded­i­cated to more ur­gent calls for ser­vice,” RCMP said.

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

The pol­icy came into ef­fect on July 13.

Al­berta Moun­ties are no longer re­spond­ing to un­ver­i­fied se­cu­rity alarms or alarms trig­gered only once.

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