The security industry is always changing, as industry regulations develop and new laws are implemented. With 98% of alarms in North America being false alarms, there have to be changes to alarm verification processes to ensure police resources are only being used in the event of real security threats. One change that we at Sonitrol are very excited about is the increase of Verified Response policies for security systems across North America.
Verified Response means that security companies are responsible for ensuring an alarm is a genuine threat, and not a false alarm. This can be done through an on-site security guard or either video or audio surveillance. With Verified Response, both customers and law enforcement know that the trigger is not a false alarm.
Benefits of Verified Response
Police response time is 85% faster when it’s to a verified security alarm. Instead of 45 minutes, it is an average of 8 minutes. When there’s a real theft or break-in, this can make the difference between an apprehended criminal and an unsolved case.
Cities across North America are starting to implement a Verified Response policy. In Canada, the trend began in the west with Victoria, BC, and Winnipeg, MB implementing this regulation. More and more cities are beginning to adopt a Verified Response policy.
In 2015, the City of Toronto Police Force announced they would be implementing this policy. However, it has been delayed without a new date put in place. Currently in Toronto, if police are dispatched to your property for a false alarm, the customer will have to pay $130. If a false fire alarm, property owners must pay an additional $410 for the dispatch of a firetruck. With Verified Response, these false alarms would be eliminated and customers wouldn’t have to worry about paying these fines. In addition to these upfront costs, there is also the wasted time of the authorities and wasted taxpayers’ money to send police to false alarms so regularly. A benefit of Verified Response is that this is less of a problem.
Sonitrol’s Verified Response
As more cities begin to adopt a Verified Response policy, ensuring you have a security system for your business that uses a verification process is absolutely necessary. Sonitrol’s Verified Audio Detection has given us the highest apprehension rate in the industry with the fastest police response time. This reduces false alarms dramatically, stops the waste of police resources and taxpayer money, and gives the customer peace of mind that genuine threats are always being responded to promptly.
Contact us in the GTA today to upgrade your system to our Verified Response alarm system.
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