We have all been known to accidentally trip our house alarmn, which often leads to a brief visit from a local police officer at your front door where you sheepishly explain to them that you, in fact, live there and have been outsmarted by your alarm.
This scenario has happened countless times across Canada and has moved the RCMP to change their policy toward house alarms.
"Just last year, for example, we received 911 calls for false alarms. 15,500 false alarm calls which used up about 8,000 human resource hours that could have been dedicated to more urgent and serious calls," explained Acting Media Relations Officer for Southern Alberta, Mike Hibbs.
The RCMP have decided they will not respond to alarms that have only been triggered once as they are often false alarms that tie up the 911 lines..
"We respond to ATM calls, multi-zone intrusions, panic, duress, holdup, glass break, domestic violence and verified alarms. All the important alarms we will be attending, just triggered only once alarms we will not be attending," continued Hibbs.
Hibbs says there are some ways to help cut down on false alarms.
"Properly placing your (unit) so there is no degree or animals that can trip the alarm, a very important one to is to know the code to your alarm, securing all windows and doors, replace batteries regularly and report any damage and faulty equipment to your alarm company. Those are some things that we are advising people to do to make sure your alarm is working," shared Hibbs.