Police Policy on Electronic Security Systems

The ACPO Unified Intruder Alarm Policy has been adopted by the police, in which two types of alarms are defined, together with the relevant police response.

* Type A – Remote Signalling Alarms, including intruder alarms terminating at approved central monitoring stations. They must be maintained and used in accordance with British Standard 4737/BS EN 50131, BS 7042 (high-security systems) or BS 6799 Class VI (wire-free alarms).

Such alarms will be registered with the police and identified by a unique reference number (URN) and can include personal attack alarms (Some police forces may make a separate charge for an additional URN for Personal Alarm).

The police response to their activation will be based on the assumption that an offence is taking place but against the background of competing urgent calls and available resources.

Such a response will also be conditional upon the number of false activations in any 12 month period, in which case the activation may receive a lower priority police attendance.

* Type B – Audible Only and Hybrid Alarms, including bells-only and automatic dialling alarms, as well as alarms from non-compliant companies and non-compliant central stations. URNs will not be issued for these systems.

To obtain police attendance, in addition to their activation Type B alarms will also require some indication that an offence is in progress, e.g. from a witness.

Police Compliance

For an installation Company such as ourselves to install a

Police Compliant Monitored Intruder Alarm

we have to prove compliance with this policy and apply to each individual Police Force in whose area we wish to work to be allowed to install such systems within their area.

Currently, we have sought and obtained compliance in the following Police Areas:

Avon & Somerset Bedfordshire Police Cambridgeshire Constabulary Cheshire Constabulary Cleveland Cumbria Derbyshire Devon & Cornwall Constabulary Dorset Police Durham Essex Police
Gloucestershire Constabulary Greater Manchester Police Hampshire Constabulary Hertfordshire Constabulary Humberside Kent County Constabulary Lancashire Constabulary Leicestershire Police Lincolnshire Merseyside Police Metropolitan Police (London)
Norfolk Constabulary Northamptonshire Police Northumbria North Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Police Staffordshire South Yorkshire Suffolk Constabulary Surrey Police Sussex Police Thames Valley Police
Warwickshire West Midlands Police West Mercia West Yorkshire Wiltshire Police North Wales South Wales Mid Wales Scotland

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