|In the autumn of 2000, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland published a unified Intruder Alarm
Policy with the intention of reducing the wasted Police time responding to
On the 1st October 2001 the ACPO 2000 policy came into force with the following
1. A Police Authority will make a charge of £45.00 for each new URN
2. Three levels of Police response are provided. Level 1 = Immediate Police
response, level 2 = Desirable, but may be delayed due to Police resource
availability and level 3 = no Police attendance, key holder response only
3. If two false alarms occur in any rolling 12 month period, police response
will be reduced by one level. If in a rolling 12 month period five false
alarms occur, police response will be withdrawn and the system will be downgraded
to Level 3, key holder response only.
4. Reinstatement to a Police Response Level, requires that the Intruder Alarm
system be upgraded to comply with DD243:2002, and evidence of the changes
5. All signaling Intruder Alarm systems installed from the 1st July 2002,
are to be installed to the BSI DD243:2002 Code of Practice, so that an alarm
signal can be confirmed. The number of false calls and the period differs
between each of the forces.
The main focus of DD243:2002, is how to install an Intruder Alarm system
to comply with ACPO 2000, and so minimise the risk of causing false alarms.
The Police require monitored systems to confirm' that there is an activation,
before they will respond.