Peel Regional Police are bringing in a new policy that will come into effect July 1st and it could mean a big bill for you. Due to an overwhelming amount of false alarm calls from security alarm systems on homes and businesses in the region, Peel Regional Police will begin charging the Central Monitoring Stations of alarm companies after the first false alarm.
"The new program will allow for one false alarm without any repercussion; however subsequent false alarms will result in a cost recovery of $160 billed to the premises' central monitoring station and the suspension of a police response for a period of one year. During this period any additional false alarms will also result in $160 fee." said Peel Sergeant Matt Small.
In 2013, Peel Regional Police responded to 13,660 security alarm calls, of which only 3% were valid alarm calls. The force says valuable police resources are being spent responding to all of the false alarms.
Consumers are being warned to "do their homework" before purchasing and installing an alarm system. Even though the central monitoring stations will be charged the new fee, it's expected that many alarm companies will pass that on to homeowners and business owners. Peel Police say despite the suspension, if someone within the home or business calls 9-1-1, officers will respond.