False burglary alarms keep Columbia police busy, but solutions elusive

Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:27 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

COLUMBIA — About 96.5 percent of the time an alarm goes off at a Columbia home or business, it's the result of a malfunction, or someone or something — such as a cat or the weather — accidentally tripping the alarm.