Calgary Police: alarm calls cut in half following bylaw change
Since the Calgary Police Service’s change in home alarm protocol in May 2016, calls have been reduced by more than 50 per cent compared to the same time-frame the previous year, according to an article published by Global News.
According to the article:
As of May 15, 2016, officers were no longer dispatched for alarm calls when only one alarm zone had been tripped. Alarm services are also required to contact two key holders before units are dispatched to an address.
There are also further changes to policy effective Jan. 1:
“Effective Jan. 1, 2017, all residences and businesses will require a valid alarm permit in order for police to respond to alarm calls,” the CPS said in a Facebook post Thursday. “We will begin charging for permits, along with the implementation of an escalating false alarm fee structure.”
The initial change in bylaw policy came about following reports that 96 per cent of alarm calls were deemed false.