Bylaw update to address issues of repeat false alarms in Leduc
The City of Leduc, working in co-operation with Leduc RCMP, is replacing its existing False Alarm Bylaw with a new one (No. 1007-2018) to address a growing concern felt by emergency response personnel.
“False alarms carry a high cost which affects all citizens. Every alarm requires police response and when it’s determined to be a false alarm, it reduces their ability to respond to legitimate calls for assistance,” says Cameron Chisholm, manager of RCMP Administration and Enforcement Services with the City of Leduc. “This new bylaw will improve efficiency and effectiveness of the issues related to repeat false alarms in the community, and when used in concert with the Leduc RCMP’s policy change, it will assist in reducing police resources related to false alarms.”
Over the past few years, emergency service personnel have noticed a steady increase in false alarms reaching between 95 to 98 per cent. In July 2018, the Leduc RCMP changed their false alarm response policy to only respond to alarms where there is a likelihood of criminal activity. Cases of a single hit on one sensor are screened unless the location is high risk. This resulted in a 35 per cent decrease in false alarm reports (data from July 13 – Dec. 31, 2017 to the same period in 2018).
Enforcement of this bylaw outlines a few factors when officers exercise discretion:
- The nature or consequences of the offence
- The number of previous convictions of the person charged
- The number of previous warnings, municipal tags or violation tickets issued to the person charged
If an officer suspects a breach of this bylaw, they can issue a:
- Municipal tag ($250 per Section 5 - No person shall cause or permit an Alarm System to issue a False Alarm on property they own or occupy; $125 for any other offence)
- Provincial violation ticket ($500 per Section 5; $250 for any other offence)
For more information, contact Leduc Enforcement Services at 780-980-7200 option 5.
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Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications