An operator in our Verification Center was monitoring early one morning Continue reading
How do you know when to make the switch from traditional keys to keyless entry? Our commercial customers–including restaurants, schools, non-profit organizations, churches and small businesses in Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Boise—are all making the switch to keyless entry to better safeguard their property and sensitive information.
With keyless entry, you’ll know exactly when you have entrants into your building, so you can make wise business decisions regarding security and video surveillance. We’ve put together additional reasons why keyless entry is the right choice for your small business or operation. Connect with us on Facebook or contact us today to learn more! Continue reading
As you are probably aware, the telecommunications industry is undergoing a substantial transition in both structure and technology. In doing so, providers can increase the data capacity on their networks. Therefore the “plain old telephone line” that we’re accustomed to no longer truly exists. This may eventually cause troubles with your alarm communication as protocols for new communication technology differ from older technology. Continue reading
Here’s a sobering fact you might not be aware of: 98% of all security alarms are false. Additionally, because the local police force must confirm that the alarm activation is legitimate, it can take up to 45 minutes for them to arrive when your security alarm is triggered. Sonitrol Pacific saves businesses, schools and families in Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Boise time and resources by providing alarm verification. Continue reading
Today, public and private schools have become targets for vandalism, burglary, and sometimes—even more serious crimes. Continue reading
For many families, spring break is a chance to get away for a week or two on a short vacation. Unfortunately, this means that their home or office is often left vulnerable as many people unwittingly leave clues that let burglars know they’re going to be away for a while. If you live in Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, or Boise, we can help you to enhance your home and office security so that you can feel confident about leaving on vacation. Continue reading
We recently learned that two burglars were apprehended (and a third escaped) at a Portland high school earlier this week. A janitor left a window open at the school, which apparently was too enticing for the suspects to pass up. But rather than sneaking in and out undetected because no door or window sensors were activated, the culprits found themselves surrounded by police officers after our Operator, Mike Young, heard motion inside the school. When he heard voices and clattering inside the building, he dispatched the police immediately. The school principal will be pressing charges.
What we love about this apprehension is that it was “audio only,” meaning that we were able to determine a threat, dispatch police and get the arrests based on our audio sensors alone, without door or window sensors. Putting contact sensors on every door and window in a school is simply impractical, but comprehensive coverage with audio sensors provides the same comprehensive coverage — or more, considering that many burglars use unconventional entry points like roof hatches.
See this diagram to find out more about how we protect schools with security systems.
A thrift shop in Monroe, WA keeps getting hit by a man and a woman who go through the bins outdoors. We’ve helped Monroe PD make 11 arrests at the shop since July, but the suspects still keep coming back. The suspects are always a man and a woman working together to go through the donation bins outside. In July, we installed motion viewers as part of a video alarm monitoring system near the bins in order to catch the perpetrators, and the police have confirmed that they’ve arrested people during every one of our valid dispatches.
This month, we dispatched police to the shop after seeing a male/female pair again rifling through the bins. The police arrested them and requested a written report of the crime activity from the shop. An officer from the department said that he loves the way our system works and that he’s excited whenever the Verification Center calls to dispatch. After a dispatch in September, he hid around the corner while he waited for backup and was able to catch the suspects by surprise.