The Regional District is imposing a new alarm registration
system. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)
The Regional District is imposing a new alarm registration
system. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

Register Alarm System Or Else

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You're either in or you're out and choosing the latter could be costly.

The RCMP, in conjunction with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, are implementing an alarm registration system.

The concept works like this: You must register your alarm system with CORD by no later than November 15th, 2005. If you don't, you could end up paying a fine. It will cost $10 a year for homeowners to register and $15 for commercial businesses.

Those who do comply will be allowed two false alarm calls per-year without any charges. A third false alarm will result in paying an additional fee while a fourth will lead to a permit suspension.

Those who don't register and have a false alarm will have to sign-up within 10 days or be ordered to pay a $100 fee.

There are an estimated 16,000 residential and commercial businesses with alarm systems within the Central Okanagan. There are more than 5,000 false alarms in Kelowna each year and an additional 1,800 on the Westside.

Kelowna RCMP Superintendent Bill McKinnon says the Security Alarm By-Law is necessary.

"The Central Okanagan is facing a serious problem with false alarms. In past years, on average, RCMP responded to more than 7,000 false alarm calls. That's a serious drain on our already busy police resources and could possibly result in delays for calls that are legitimate and require our response," says McKinnon. "Legitimate alarms help us catch criminals and that's what we are in place to do. False alarms don't benefit anyone and take away from the public safety service that police provide to the community."

McKinnon says results from other communities that have implemented a similar alarm registration system have seen a 65 per-cent drop in false alarms.

Lake Country and Peachland have opted not to join the registration system for unknown reasons. After November 15, RCMP say they will only attend hold-up, panic and verified alarms in those communities.

Registration forms can be found at the Regional District's web page.

This news release was issued Thursday morning in response to Lake Country not being included in the new alarm registration program.

Further to the October 18th news conference and release regarding the Regional District of Central Okanagan Security Alarm Bylaw No. 1081.

The District of Lake Country has requested that the Lake Country RCMP detachment continue to respond to all alarms in the District of Lake Country until the municipal Council has had the opportunity to review and set its priorities in respect to home and commercial alarms.

Mayor Rolly Hein says, “The Lake Country RCMP has agreed and will attend all alarms in the District of Lake Country. This will allow sufficient time for our Council to meet with the local detachment on this issue.”

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