Audio and video verification service nabs late-night vandals

The Right Response
Monday, August 1, 2005

ORLANDO, Fla.--Catching vandals in May was a snap for the Central Florida Sonitrol location. The company detected 11 school break-ins and local police were able to apprehend 33 suspects.
In one instance, a Sonitrol operator, equipped with audio and video verification monitoring equipment, received a signal from the Winter Springs High School on May 22, just before 3 a.m. The operator dialed into the location and found two males had entered the high school and occupied the gymnasium. The 17-year-old students proceeded to spray paint the walls with inappropriate words and language, according to Bill Ford, general manager of Sonitrol's Orlando central station.
The operator followed procedure and dispatched the Winter Springs Police Department to the scene. She continued to stay on the line with the police dispatcher to watch and provide updates of the intruders' movements.
The police swiftly arrived at the scene, and the officers captured one of the individuals and placed him into custody. A K-9 team searched for the second student, and he was quickly discovered.
The two juveniles caused approximately $1,000 worth of damage, said Ford.
In the Central Florida school district, each building is equipped with audio and video verification monitoring from Sonitrol. Usually, audio is placed throughout the school campus, while video is installed in only a few areas.
Once armed, the devices are activated by sound or movement. This application can automatically feed into the central station.
"This is a technology that lets the police department see everything in the act," Ford said.