01/03/2013 02:57 EST | Updated 03/05/2013 05:12 EST

False alarms no longer get police response in Mission

Police in Mission are wasting too much time responding to false alarms, prompting a new policy: if officers cannot confirm the alarm is legitimate, they won’t show up.

RCMP Insp. Richard Konarski said alarms account for about 10 per cent of the total calls in Mission, and about 95 per cent of the time it’s a false alarm.

“When you think about how much time it takes one or two officers to go, lights and siren, you get the picture pretty quick,” he told CBC News.

Konarski said it will now be up to the home or business owner to make sure their alarm system is appropriately monitored either by an alarm company or watchful neighbours.

Police will continue to attend to panic alarms and school alarms, as well as glass break and two-way alarms.

With the time police expect to save, Konarski said officers can now focus on fighting real crime.