Study Finds Reduction in UK False Alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) welcomed a significant reduction in false alarms across England, Wales and Northern Ireland following the release of figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The figures demonstrate a 13.9 percent reduction in police attendance to false alarms over the last year.

Tim Geddes, BSIA Security Systems Section Chairman, said: “These figures are testament to the work that the private security industry is undertaking to reduce the level of false alarms. With the industry working closely with the authorities, valuable police time and resources are being saved and the use of the technology means arrests of offenders are being made.”

“The ACPO statistics also show that for every intruder alarm system installed, only one in five will have a false alarm each year,” he said. “This reflects the work of both manufacturers and installers to enhance the technology, which will be supplemented further through the revision of industry standards that is underway.”

“The BSIA's Security Systems Section is currently working on a strategy which aims to improve the technical standards and tackle the legislative issues that affect the security systems sector,” Geddes said. “Our commitment will mean that the sector can offer a constantly improving product and service package that meets the needs of end users, emergency services and other influencers. With this ongoing work, the industry will continue to work with the police to reduce this low number of false alarms even further.”


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