Saskatchewan

Vast majority of alarms turn out to be false: Regina police

False alarms have been declining in recent years, but still account for the almost 98 per cent of Regina police alarm calls for service, a report says.

Almost 98% of alarms are false, report says

Regina police say almost 98 per cent of the alarm calls they get turn out to be false alarms.

False alarms from home and business alarm systems have been declining in recent years, but still account for the almost 98 per cent of Regina police alarm calls for service, a report says.

The Regina Board of Police Commissioners is to get an update on the false alarm bylaw Thursday morning.

In 2014, there were 5,721 alarm calls for service in Regina and of those, 5,606 were false — 97.9 per cent.

That compares to 6,362 false alarms in 2013.

Under the city's false alarm bylaw, alarm companies get two "free" false alarms at a location before they get fined.

The fine for third and fourth false alarms is $75. After than, police will stop coming for non-emergencies.

Last year, fine revenue from false alarms was around $45,000.

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