Sonitrol audio alarm foils would-be jewelry thieves

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Monday, June 10, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—A pair of thieves attempting a heist at Koosh Jewelers here found themselves headed to jail instead after a Sonitrol audio detection alarm system heard them, barred them from entering and alerted authorities, according to a news release.

In the early hours of June 7, an audio monitor at the store captured a loud pounding sound outside the jewelry store, alerting the central station. Sonitrol staff immediately notified police, who arrived and arrested two suspects trying to gain entry through a side window with an ax.

Aware that the incident was verified, not false, 11 police officers arrived at the scene.

“Being able to detect the sounds thieves make can speed response,” John Ray III, president of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Sonitrol, said in the news release. “Whether they can be seen or not, live audio detection makes these individuals’ presence known and can provide important information to help police arrive prepared for what they may find.”