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Burglar alarms - 1291/18

Date Responded 03 January 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. How many remote signalling burglar alarms (also known as Type A) are registered in your force area?
  2. How much income has your force received in the past two calendar years from individuals registering such devices?
  3. How many times in the past two calendar years (2017 and 2018) has your force received alerts about Type A alarms going off? If possible, please break this down by month
  4. How many times in the past two calendar years (2017 and 2018) has your force responded immediately (also known as Level One response) to an alert about a Type A alarm going off? If possible, please break this down by month

5.         How many times in the past two calendar years (2017 and 2018) has your force NOT attended an address (also known as Level Three response) following an alert about a Type A alarm going off? If possible, please break this down by month

In Response:

1.Northumbria Police have 14,471 alarms with an intruder element registered at this time

2.The income we receive in respect of intruder/hold up alarms is simply to cover administrative costs they incur. This includes the registration of, variations, cancellations of systems and close monitoring of system performances. It includes the cost of staffing, provision of IT and postage.

January 2017 - December 2017 -                £45,837.32     

January 2018 - November 2018 -                £38,600.52

Note: It is not possible to break the income figure down further between the two different elements, nor between individuals.

3.

                                            

2017

2018

Jan

229

297

Feb

250

174

Mar

223

194

Apr

205

235

May

241

213

Jun

251

181

Jul

267

241

Aug

211

241

Sep

233

216

Oct

233

217

Nov

197

224

Dec

272

123

     

Total

2812

2556

 

4. All Confirmed Activations received a Grade 1 response with a patrol being dispatched immediately, after dispatch we may receive updates from the ARC or Keyholder that require circumstances to change but the figures for such incident are not collated and therefore not retrievable.

5.We do not give any “Confirmed Alarms” a Level Three response.  Problematic alarm systems that fall below the agreed performance standards may be classified as Level Three, but Alarm Receiving Centres do not pass activations from such systems until the standards are met and the alarm companies have applied for re-instatement at Level 1.

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