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Sunshine Coast RCMP changing alarm response June 1st

Sunshine Coast RCMP have set a date to start their new alarm response policy.

As of June 1st police will no longer go to check out unverified alarms.

Sunshine Coast RCMP estimate that since 2009 they’ve responded to more than 36-hundred false alarms, and it’s costing money, and taking officers away from other duties.

Staff Sgt Herb Berdahl says a particular problem they run into on the Sunshine Coast is season property owners, who leave their homes vacant for long stretches.

Alarms are deemed to be verified when a monitoring service reports multi-zone, glass break and/or confirmation through two-way voice or video monitoring. Verification can also be obtained from a property representative, who may be a neighbour, friend or other person identified by the home owner to attend alarms in their absence, he explains.

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Berdahl says the change will help RCMP focus on crime reduction initiatives, road safety and other priorities aimed at reducing crime and keeping the public safe.

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