New Alarm System Bylaws For Calgary Residents
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, Calgary Police Service started acting on the new alarm system bylaw that they had revisited sometimes back before the new law was passed. This came as a surprise to many residents as well as alarm systems Calgary companies.
Calgary Police Service reported that they are revisiting the alarm system bylaw because their officers were being called to far too many false alarms. The Police Service alarm coordinator in the area, Alison Turgeon reported that on average, police were send to 45 alarm calls each day and 96% of the calls ended up being false. Calgary police Service also reported that public safety is their top priority and that they felt that the changes were important to improve their response to the general public.
From May 15th, Calgary residents have experienced big changes as compared to the past. Police response is not as it used to be when their alarms are tripped. Police officers are not being dispatched to answer to alarm calls when a single alarm zone has been tripped. Home Automation In Calgary, companies offering alarm service will be required to communicate with two key holders before any units are send to a particular address.
The new alarm system bylaw was not well received by most alarm system security companies. Some companies reported that they were not given ample time to adjust their security systems to the new changes and would have to hire private security guards to answer to calls where a single alarm has been tripped.
In response to the new bylaw, Randy Larkam, president of AE Security said that even if all of one’s windows were contacted, if someone came in a window without opening it, they might trip a glass break detector. That would still be only one zone and that was all that was going to go.
When the commencement date of the new bylaw was announced, Larkam reported that he would have preferred to have at least 3 months to adjust to the new changes rather than a few weeks.
The president of AE Security went on to complain that the bylaw came as a real surprise and that in the past, they used to have some input on what was going on and possibly have some time to adapt to the changes. There is high likelihood that the security upgrades cost will be passed to consumers which might also further increase depending on the security system.
These are not the only changes in progress. Calgary residents in need of home security systems should brace themselves for more. Later on in the year, additional changes will be brought in. In the coming revisions, police will be charging a fee for alarm system permits. In addition to that, police will not do their investigation if a permit is non-existent, suspended or if it is within 2 weeks of installation. Calgary Police Service will also not dispatch its officers to answer to alarm calls received at businesses during working hours. If you live in Calgary, understanding these new changes will help you take essential precautionary measures on your home security.