The North Bay Police Service is changing the way officers respond to intrusion alarms.
Starting on June 1, only verified intrusion alarms will get a response.
Currently, city police respond to all intrusion alarms unless the property owner confirms it’s a false alarm or cancels the police response before they arrive.
Officials say police responded to 987 intrusion alarms last year with only 25 requiring a police response.
“Four of those responses resulted in criminal charges for crimes including break & enter and mischief,” states a release. “Most false alarms were the result of a technical malfunction of the alarm system or an employee or resident entering the incorrect alarm code.”
Police also say many alarms were cancelled while officers were on their way to the location.
When the policy changes at the beginning of June, police will only respond to intrusion alarms after the property owner or business has been able to verify that the alarm requires a police response.
“This change in policy will ensure that our time and resources are deployed in the most effective manner to keep our community safe,” says Jeff Warner, Inspector of Operations for the North Bay Police Service. “This will help keep our officers out patrolling the streets of North Bay, responding to legitimate calls for service and targeting problem areas in the city with an intelligence-led policing model and strategic deployment of our resources.”
Officials say several police services across the province are moving toward this model of response to find more efficient ways of deploying police resources.