RCMP in the Upper Fraser Valley are fed up with false alarms.
Starting September 1st, alarms must be verified before police will take action.
The onus will now be placed on alarm owners to maintain their own systems.
Police have responded to over 1,400 false alarms this year.
Corporal Mike Rail says it takes them away from higher priority investigations.
The Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment includes Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, and Boston Bar.
Rail says police are defining a “verified alarm” as one that has been confirmed by a property representative, key holder, witness or verification by two-way voice communication, video monitoring, multi-zone, or glass break activation.
Rail has released some tips to help avoid a false alarm:
1) Have your alarm tested and serviced on a regular basis.
2) Have your alarm monitored by video or voice.
3) Know how to operate your alarm system.
4) Ensure property representatives are available.