Winnipeg Goes Into Verified Response Mode

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada

After a two-month delay, Winnipeg’s verified response
policy went into effect May 3. Under the policy, which was
introduced in December, police will not respond to
residential or commercial alarms unless central stations
verified or attempted to confirm illegal activity.

If no crime is verified, police will respond if the site
produced two alarm activations and the station verifies the
alarm status. No changes will be made in hold-up alarm
response.

Originally slated for March 1, nid=1514>enactment was delayed because the alarm
industry was “overwhelmed by preparations,” the Winnipeg
Sun
reports.

Police worked with Manitoba’s chapter of the Canadian
Security Association (CANASA) on the policy, which they
hope will save on the $700,000 in personnel costs they
incurred in 2001.

According to the Sun, CANASA’s Brent Pokrant said
most of the city’s 100 private monitoring stations are in
favor of the policy.

The policy comes as a response to more than 24,000 false
alarm police responses in 2001 and more than 22,000 in
2002, the Sun reports.

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