Nfld. & Labrador

Canada Day false alarms calls have 'enormous' cost, say RCMP

The Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP are reminding the public about the cost of 'false alarm' calls.
The RCMP say they deal with tens of thousands of false alarm calls every year across the country. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

The Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP are reminding the public about the cost of 'false alarm' calls.

Police said they attended to 20 such calls to different businesses and private buildings over a 48-hour period around Canada Day.

In a statement on Thursday, the RCMP said they receive tens of thousands of false calls per year across all divisions.

As well, the statement noted that thousands of 'abandoned or false' 911 calls also tie up valuable time and resources. Those are calls where there are not actual emergencies, and the RCMP said some provinces go so far as to fine people who make them — even if it is an accident such as a misdial or a child playing with a phone.

According to the statement, the cost of these calls is enormous, and they are hoping the public will take greater responsibility in preventing them.

The RCMP suggest people educate themselves and their children on the proper use of emergency phone services and alarm systems.

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