False Alarms taking value time from Law Enforcement

The Bonnyville RCMP would like to remind the public to be more diligent when it comes to their alarm systems. The RCMP encourages the public to use safety measures, such as alarm systems, to protect their residences and businesses from theft; at the same time, they would like for the public to ensure the settings are correct to help reduce and/or eliminate false alarms.

From December 28th to January 3rd, the Bonnyville RCMP responded to 17 false alarm calls, reports Sergeant Sarah Parke, “that’s a combination of in town and out of town, Glendon, Iron River and the rural area. Also a combination of residential and business”. It is not a-typical for the RCMP to be responding to that many false alarms, explains Sgt. Parke, “I find 17 a high number, but that’s the norm lately”.

“We always encourage anyone who has an alarm to keep the alarm company accountable to make it sure it’s operating properly. If you’re paying them every month, you should be getting your service,” Sgt. Parke says in many false alarm calls the alarms are triggered by movement too easily. For example, they have seen cases in shops where a box may fall and the alarm will be triggered. “We would like to see {the public] help in reducing the amount of false alarms.”

“It utilizes our resources that could be used elsewhere or are needed elsewhere and have to delay their responses because they are attending a false alarm,” by working with your service provider and ensuring your alarm is operating properly and the sensitivity settings are correct it can go a long way to helping reduce the number of false alarms. Another measure people can take is ensuring everyone who has authorized access knows the alarm code and procedures if the alarm is triggered. Also if you have pets to make the alarm company aware of that and work with them to customize your settings.

The Town of Bonnyville has a Bylaw that deals with false alarms; Bylaw 1351-10 (follow the link to request a copy). According to the Bylaw, people are given one verbal warning, followed by a written warning and then fines should false alarms occur and continue.