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.
Branch/Sales Manager –Boise
Sonitrol Pacific, the Pacific Northwest leader in verified electronic security systems, has an opening for a Branch/Sales Manager for our Boise office.
**We are offering a one-time opportunity to meet one-on-one with a hiring manager for this position on October 22 at our Boise office. We are currently booking appointments throughout the day. To be considered for an appointment, please call Joe Bullis at 208-426-9367 for a brief screening phone call or send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have the qualifications we are looking for, you will be able to schedule your interview between 11am and 7pm on the 22nd.
This role includes:
- Managing, retaining and challenging a small branch staff
- New business development and active selling to businesses and residences in the Boise area
- Overseeing two brands within the branch: our Sonitrol line and our sister company, Secure Pacific
- Recruiting new talent
If you are successful leading the branch and growing sales, you will be rewarded with monthly bonuses and the opportunity to grow your sales staff.
Candidates must have 2-3 years in a Branch Management/Sales Management role as well as an established track record of effectively growing and leading others.
Sonitrol Pacific offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, disability and 401(k).
The Branch/Sales Manager will be expected to drive frequently in the Boise area. This position is salaried with a monthly bonus plan and offers opportunities for increased responsibilities and career growth. Sonitrol Pacific is an EEO employer.
Sonitrol Pacific has led the Northwest in verified electronic security systems for more than 35 years and still enjoys a growth-oriented and entrepreneurial culture.
For more available careers with us, visit our jobs page.
Here’s an update on our latest arrest, which took place at the University Club in downtown Portland. As you may remember reading in our earlier blog post, a suspect was arrested on the scene and we knew that others had escaped. On Friday, Portland Police reported that two other suspects turned themselves in to the police after seeing clear and recognizable footage of themselves on TV.
Watch the clips yourself to see the burglars living it up in the club with their shirts off and drinks in their hands:
From the Portland Police Report:
The two female suspects in this case saw themselves on the news and turned themselves in to Portland Police on Thursday evening.
18-year-old Dejha Olivia Carol Islam Roberts, aka Dejha Roberts; and, 19-year-old Raeven Seamoan Scheidl were both booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree.
Detectives are continuing to seek information on the whereabouts of the final suspect, 20-year-old Julien Perez.
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The Portland Police Bureau’s Burglary Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to identify two burglary suspects and locate a third suspect.
On Saturday September 20, 2014, at 2:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress at the University Club, located at 1225 Southwest 6th Avenue.
An officer arrived and saw two men removing a case of liquor out of the club. The officer identified himself as a Portland Police officer but the two men ran away. The officer was able to catch up to one of the men after he slipped and fell down on Southwest Broadway. The officer took the man into custody and later identified him as 21-year-old Michael Anthony Carreon of Hillsboro.
Investigators learned that Carreon and the other male (identified as 20-year-old Julien Perez) were accompanied by two females during the burglary. All four suspects remained in the club for quite a while drinking liquor, damaging Club property and stealing employee property.
Surveillance video has been obtained and is being released to assist investigators in identifying the two females. Video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/D6H2d0YI9UI
Carreon was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Escape in the Third Degree and Interfering with a Peace Officer.
Mike Young dispatched Portland PD not long after midnight after detecting a break-in at a private city club building downtown. He heard sharp clattering and movement as well as multiple male voices. The officers reported that they had one suspect in custody. The burglars were after the liquor inside and before the police arrived they wrapped many bottles in a sheet or tablecloth in order to sneak it out.
When a door opened at a private elementary school in Tacoma, Jessica was notified of the alarm and began hearing HVAC noises. She advised the Tacoma School patrol of the activity, and when she saw another door alarm and heard someone walking around, she called the patrol back to update them, as well as dispatching the police. The patrol service and the police surrounded the school building. As the suspect left the building, the police apprehended him. The suspect gained entry by smashing through a double paned glass window with a piece of wood.
These bold burglars woke up behind bars on Sunday morning and the stolen property was recovered.
Last night, Erika Post, an Operator in our Verification Center received several alarms about ten minutes after employees at a supply company in Portland armed their system for the very first time after it was installed. She called the responder to find out more, since it was so close to when the system was armed, and he went to check it out. When he arrived, he saw that a door knob had been broken off of a door. Erika dispatched the police. The officers arrived and sent in the K-9, who found the suspect inside. It appears that the suspect broke the knob off with a sledgehammer or board to gain entry.
After that, Verification Superstar Kris Etheridge detected two intruders at a public middle school in Everett last night when she heard movement and clattering in a classroom. She dispatched Everett PD and notified the school responder. She then began hearing whispering between people. The police arrived and found one suspect but were aware that the second suspect was somewhere in the building. The school responder later confirmed that two suspects were in custody.
To top it off, we recently found out that a dispatch on July 31 led to an arrest. Kris received audio activations at an alternative medicine/ marijuana collective in Bellingham. She originally heard scraping and rattling but no voices and nothing threatening in the follow up audio. Then, she heard a loud crash and dispatched the police. We don’t have many details, but it was confirmed that one suspect was arrested.
We’re proud to say that not a single one of these customers experienced a loss, thanks to verified security and our fantastic Operators!