Sonitrol records 500th apprehension

SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, May 1, 2004

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Sonitrol recently recorded its 150,000th documented criminal apprehension since 1977.

The apprehension took place on Dec. 30. 2003, at 7:46 p.m. when Sonitrol of Silicon Valley’s central station received an impact-activated audio signal from the Santee Elementary School library. This library is one of the newest buildings on school property, and the only facility that has a Sonitrol security system installed. Banging noises activated the audio system and Sonitrol’s operator was able to verify and report the incident to the San Jose Police Department. The operator continued to listen and heard two male voices. She stayed on the line with the police dispatcher to report the live events taking place to the police and school authorities.

At 8:17 p.m, San Jose police arrested two juveniles exiting the portable classrooms located behind the library.

“We take pride in this accomplishment because it demonstrates the success of our technology,” said Bruce Winner, Sonitrol’s education program manager. “Apprehensions are a great measurement for gauging the effectiveness and reliability of any security system.”

Tyco International Ltd. recently sold Sonitrol to a group of private investors (See related story).