Toronto Police Announces Verified Response

Toronto Police Announces Verified Response

Toronto Police Service Announces Verified Response Effective September 10, 2018

Effective September 10, 2018, the Toronto Police Service will be fully implementing a “verified response” requirement for all burglar alarm activations. As such, a revised Alarm Policy will be issued. This method of response has been found to be an effective way to reduce police attendance at false alarm related calls for service; allowing for a more effective deployment of police resources.

What does this mean?

    •    The Toronto Police Service will no longer respond to alarms solely on the request of alarm monitoring stations
    •    The verification requirement will apply to burglar alarm activations
    •    Panic Alarms will NOT be included in the verified response requirement


Consider the Facts

Over 98% of alarm activations are false alarms. And with each alarm call costing taxpayers in police time and resources, more and more communities are looking for ways to respond to alarms more effectively. Many communities now require verified response—confirmation by an alarm company or an eye witness that an actual intrusion is in progress—before dispatching police.


The average police response time for non-verified alarm activation now exceeds 45 minutes in many communities. The longer the response time, the lower the chances of police stopping an intrusion in progress and apprehending the criminals.


Increasingly sophisticated crimes, including internal theft and fraud, and crimes accompanied by other disasters such as fire or explosions, overtax traditional alarm systems.

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