False alarms costly

As the result of Campus Security Services investigations, Saanich Police have charged three male, second-year, non-residence UVic students with activating a false fire alarm in a Lansdowne residence on Sept. 1 at 1:48 a.m. and another male, first-year, non-resident student of pulling a false alarm in the Lansdowne complex on Sept. 20 at 11:48 p.m.

Under Section 437 of the Criminal Code, setting off a false alarm can be treated as an indictable offense, carrying a possible two-year prison term, or as a summary conviction, which carries a $2,000 fine, six months in prison, or both.

"False alarms occur all-too-frequently on campus," says Campus Security Services assistant manager Ken Marrison. "Far from being trivial, they have serious consequences and divert resources from real emergencies."

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