False alarms keep police hopping between calls

On average, two false alarms rang daily in Oak Bay alone

Oak Bay police responded to, on average, two false alarms a day last week.

Alarms went off because of turbulence from construction machinery next door, strong winds that blew windows and doors open, and one house alarm went off because of a pet’s movement inside.

Each call draws two officers to check the property – in case the alarm is genuine and requires an immediate and thorough search for a suspect – and to write a report.

There were 16 false alarms in Oak Bay between Nov. 14 and 20.