Police changing alarm response protocol in 2013

Several area cities have comparable response policies

The Mission RCMP is changing the way it responds to alarms.

Beginning January 2013, police will only attend commercial alarms if it is verified, or if it is a panic, hold-up, multi-zone breach, two-way voice or glass break alarm.

Residential alarms will be treated similarly, and police will also attend if it is a domestic assault personal alarm, and if the home is occupied by those who are elderly, physically challenged, or have special needs. All school alarms will be attended.

Police hope the new protocols will reduce the amount of resources spent on false alarms.

Coquitlam, Chilliwack and Langley have a comparable policy, said Mission RCMP Insp. Richard Konarski, who also notes the change will place the responsibility on businesses and home owners to ensure there is an adequate alarm to protect their property.

Last year about 10 per cent of all calls police responded to were false alarms. About 95 per cent of alarms that rang were false or cancelled in 2011.