Nova Scotia

CBRM bylaw to silence false alarms

Police and fire officials in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality hope a new bylaw will cut down on the number of false alarms from security systems.

Police and fire officials in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality hope a new bylaw will cut down on the number of false alarms from security systems.

The two departments responded to more than 4,000 false alarms in the past year.

They have teamed up to develop a new bylaw that would include a system of fines for repeat offenders and public education on the use of alarms.

Police Chief Peter McIsaac said false alarms are a waste of resources.

"When we crunch the numbers it works out to be about 1,500 man hours, and for us those are man hours that could be deployed to actual calls where they're required," he said.

Deputy fire Chief Brent Denny said firefighters deal with three or four false alarms a day.

He believes a bylaw would encourage people with alarm systems to use them properly, especially if they face a fine.

"It's about taking the extra care that their alarms are not set when they are entering their houses and they have their access codes readily available to disarm the alarms when they go in," Denny said.

The proposal will be presented to regional council in the fall.

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