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A Bend Police officer receives a call from dispatch on his patrol car radio in 2016.

Alarms are among the most common calls for service to Bend Police, but over the past five years, the vast majority of alarm calls — more than 99% — have been false or did not result in a crime report.

Many of the recent calls were generated by activated motion detectors at empty second homes and unoccupied businesses. Sometimes, a pet is to blame. Sometimes, it’s an unlocked door and a gust of wind.

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Garrett Andrews has covered crime for The Bulletin since 2018. A native of the Olympic Peninsula (Sequim), he's been a newspaper reporter for 14 years and has an MA in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver. A lover of overcast skies.

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That's an astonishingly low success rate for alarm systems and an almost criminal misuse of public resources. Seems like taking the police out of it is the right move.

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