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Promotions at SAFE Security

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10/08/2014

SAN RAMON, Calif.—Randy Perkins has been named EVP and COO at SAFE Security. Also, Jess Alvarado has been appointed CFO for the company, which acquires and provides customer account management services for monitoring contracts.

Talking keypads and panels with Chip Shiver

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07/07/2014

DAYTON, Ohio—It’s safe to say that Chip Shiver, president of Sonitrol SW Ohio and Shiver Security Systems, got into the industry a bit earlier than most. “I guess you could say I was born into it,” he told Security Systems News. Shiver’s father started Sonitrol of Southwest Ohio in 1971, based here, and since then Shiver has been involved “on and off since day one.”

3xLOGIC acquires Sonitrol product development

Deal brings central station intelligence to 3xLOGIC and innovation to Sonitrol
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06/17/2014

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—Intelligent video surveillance solution provider 3xLOGIC on June 13 announced it has acquired the product development and research group of Sonitrol from Stanley Security.

Sonitrol names new dealer association president

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04/24/2014

FORT WORTH, Texas—Sonitrol, a provider of verified electronic security for homes, schools and businesses, has named Jeremy Bates, general manager of Sonitrol of Lexington, the new president of the Sonitrol National Dealers Association, according to a news release.

Honeywell First Alert enhances opportunities for NC dealer

Sonitrol Security Services says becoming an FAP dealer gives it an edge in high-end resi
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02/19/2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sonitrol Security Services recently became a Honeywell First Alert Professional (FAP) dealer, a move that will help the company “take it to the next level” in the high-end residential market, said Sonitrol Security CEO and President William Price.

Ohio city enacts alarm verification

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Plagued by an astronomical 98 percent false alarm rate for security systems, Akron, Ohio is following the lead of several other major American cities and introducing verified alarm response, according to a report from the Associated Press, and a news release from Sonitrol, an audio verification company.

The policy, adopted in larger cities such as Detroit, Las Vegas and Milwaukee, is simple: If an alarm goes off, a possible crime must be confirmed prior to law enforcement dispatch.

There are several causes of false alarms—outdated systems and installation flaws are among the most common culprits. But whatever the cause, the torrent of towns and cities taking measures to address them suggests that municipalities and police departments have had enough. In addition to being a budgetary drag, false alarms can potentially have dire consequences if they delay police response to more critical calls.

To some, enacting policies designed to confirm crime prior to police dispatch sets the stage for greater cooperation between the industry and law enforcement. But according to the AP report, not everyone is sold on these measures being the best means of ensuring maximum public safety. David Margulies, spokesman for the SIAC, was quoted in the report saying such policies are "basically putting the public in danger." To be sure, there is a fundamental tension between the need for municipalities to save resources by reducing false dispatch and certain ideas about the best policies for responding to alarms. In the coming days, I hope to gather some opinions on both sides of this debate.

I’ll be interested to hear how municipal measures to curb false dispatches through verification policies modify the demands of central station personnel on the ground level. As such policies become more widespread, how will the industry change? Does the future of monitored alarms involve video or audio verification becoming de rigueur?

Sonitrol system helps stop noisy coin shop thieves

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09/12/2013

OLYMPIA, Wash.—Three thieves made it into the entryway of an Olympia rare coin shop, where they were stopped by a steel door. As they hammered away at the door, the shop’s Sonitrol verified audio detection security system activated.

Meet the Class of 2013

More women, lots of interest in technology in this year's class
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06/12/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The editors of Security Systems News are pleased to present the “20 under 40” Class of 2013.

Sonitrol audio alarm foils would-be jewelry thieves

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06/10/2013

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.

Sonitrol audio alarm foils would-be jewelry thieves

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06/07/2013

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.

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