False Alarm Reduction Program
False dispatches result in a tremendous cost to society and threaten the safety of police officers and the community they protect. Statistics show that more than 95% of alarms that police are called to turn out to be false. When the police respond to alarms, they must be alert. The higher the false dispatch rate, the more apt they are to “let their guard down,” resulting in a potentially life threatening situation. (i.e. the boy who cried wolf). A reduction in false dispatches will result in a more attentive and co-operative police force.
At the request of the Kelowna RCMP, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has enacted Security Alarm Bylaw No. 1081 and created a program to reduce the number of false alarms in the Electoral Areas and City of Kelowna. The False Alarm Reduction Program is intended to reduce the number of false calls for police service by up to 65%.
Effective November 15th, 2005
- all residential and business alarm systems must be registered, whether they are monitored by a security company or not.
- Permit registration forms must be completed by the alarm user and returned with the applicable fee (Residential Alarm Systems - $10 / Commercial Alarm Systems - $15) payable to the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and mailed to:
FALSE ALARM REDUCTION PROGRAM
P.O. BOX 20243 TOWNE CENTRE
KELOWNA, B.C. V1Y 9H2
- Once a permit has been issued, annual renewal notices will be sent out.
The registration requirement of all alarm systems helps to ensure someone is accountable and responsible for maintaining a well functioning alarm system, while providing better tracking of information regarding false alarms. As many false alarms are caused by failing equipment, improper placement and use and the lack of scheduled maintenance, the False Alarm Reduction Program provides an opportunity for increased awareness on the part of alarm users.
Link to Schedule D – Registration Form
Link to Schedule A - Fees
For more information on reducing the possibility of causing a false alarm . . .
If you have a monitored system, you may contact your alarm company for questions relating to your particular system and maintenance.
If you don’t have a monitored system, you may consider information provided through the non-profit Canadian Security Association at website (www.canasa.org) which provides information on alarm systems.