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Intruder Alarm Systems - ACPO Policy Changes 2006

Published 24/08/2012 11:00

NEW POLICE RESPONSE POLICY (FROM 1ST APRIL 2006)

ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) tightened national police response to Remotely Monitored Security Systems in April 2006.

The ACPO policy states “after the 1st of April 2006 we will allow 3 Policed false intruder activations and 2 Policed false personal attack activations, when these thresholds have been reached for either element a level three letter will be generated”. (Prior to 01/04/06 the level was 5 Policed false intruder alarm activations).

The changes are likely to mean that a significant number of Alarm Systems will need to be upgraded to incorporate Confirmation Technology in order to minimise the risk of having police response withdrawn. A Confirmed Activation is one which results from the activation of 2 or more independent detectors within a fixed period e.g. incorporates confirmation technology.

Systems capable of generating confirmed activations

(Generally those installed after September 2001) e.g. incorporating confirmation technology. Will only qualify for re-instatement of police response by demonstrating they have been false alarm free for a period of 3 consecutive months.

Systems which are NOT capable of generating confirmed activations

(Generally those installed before September 2001) Will NOT be allowed the 3 months alarm free period and must be upgraded to incorporate confirmation technology before qualifying for reinstatement of police response.

All systems that have Police Response withdrawn

Must regain response within 6 months, if not the Police URN will be withdrawn.

An application for a Police URN (after it has been withdrawn)

Would be subject to any charges made by the police under the ACPO Policy, and the system would have to be upgraded to full European Standards, the costs could be significant to upgrade your alarm system to European Standards, e.g. the Control and Detection equipment etc may require replacing.

Systems without Confirmation Technology are at greater risk of exceeding the Policed false alarm level and we would strongly advise that you have your system upgraded in order to minimise the risk of having Police Response withdrawn.


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