What can you do to avoid police false alarms?
You can help to avoid police false alarms by observing these tips:
- Consider whether your alarm company should have instructions to contact you or another property representative, via cell phone, before having permission to contact the RCMP. In many cases false alarms occur despite the property representative having the information that might suggest, for example, a relative is staying at the property who forgot the code.
- Ensure your contact information is up to date with your alarm company.
Have your alarm system serviced regularly, especially those components that are susceptible to wear and failure (back-up batteries, point-of-entry sensors, etc.).
- Discuss with your alarm company what circumstances will determine whether the RCMP are dispatched (i.e., 2 separate alarm triggers, only multi-zone triggers, etc.). Your alarm company can advise you on options.
- Ensure all people who have access to your home or business know how to operate the system and are aware of alarm monitoring company contact protocols.
- Check for drafts that may cause curtains, plants or decorations to set off motion detectors.
- When you leave, ensure that all doors and windows are closed tightly and securely. Loose fitting doors or windows may set off contact sensors.
- Keep your owner’s manual in an accessible place for quick reference.
- Motion detectors are particularly susceptible to false alarms. Ensure that pets are not allowed to roam in areas covered by motion detectors. Also, do not place in areas covered by motion detectors objects that are easily moved by airflow, such as balloons.
- Ensure motion detectors are free of insects.

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