Crime Is Up

Services for Real Estate Pros with ADT Security Services

At least from my perspective it seems that crime is up. I mean, working from ADT, the company with more requests in the country, that is what we are seeing. In my case, the number of appointments sparked by break-ins has increased in the last three months, and not only that, the "sophistication" and "resolve" of the burglars seems to be on the rise as well.

These are some cases that I have attended recently:

-Evans Family: A retired couple living in Miami Shores. Right around christmas they had a break-in. The burglar broke the glass of the front door stuck the hand inside and opened the door. They took away all the christmas presents, a flat screen TV, plus jewlery. We won the bid and provided them with a system based on motion detectors. It was not appropiate at that moment to protect the current windows because they will be replacing them soon with hight impact glass windows, which are excellent for protection against burglary.

-Pipkin Family: This ADT customers had a break-in mid January. The modus operandi of the burglars was to first cut the phone line (to interrupt communication with ADT's monitoring center), and once inside they disconnected the Indoor Sounder to quiet the annoying noise it produces. They took away almost all the furniture, a flat screen TV, and jewlery. The obvious response to this was to protect the customer with Cellular Backup to avoid interruptions in the phone line, and to install the indoor sounder in a less noticable place. We also installed a glass break detector to sound the alarm at an earlier stage if it occurs again.

-Washington Family: This house has bars all around it. But this burglar unscrewed the door at the back and entered the house. Once inside he took cash, jewlery, and the computer. With a basic system protecting the doors and one motion detector, this family was satisfied since the bars are already a deterrent.

A common thing for all this cases is that the break-ins occured during daytime hours, and the burglars seemed to know when was the right time to do it, meaning that very probably they were surveilling the routine of the house for some time.

It is scary to think that someone can break into your house like that. At least with a security system you have an aditional means of deterrence and you can minimize the material loss, or probability of a personal encounter with one of these perpetrators.

Comments (3)

Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

I can't imagine living somewhere like that. Luckily here in Idaho we all carry guns.

Mar 21, 2008 04:33 AM
Moises Szarf
ADT Security Services - Doral, FL

That is funny man, that means I wouldn't be able to make a living over there. Kevin I am getting the hang of this, I am new too Active Rain, can I ask you how you got to read my post, i mean where exactly did you see it, could you direct me to that page.

Mar 21, 2008 04:45 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


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