A recent burglary story from New Jersey caught my attention when I read about the resurgence of the James Bond Gang. Their high-profile heists and ability to disable traditional home alarm systems has been spreading concern throughout some upscale NYC suburbs.
They stalk the wealthiest neighborhoods, sometimes driving rented luxury cars to go undetected. They rip alarm panels off the walls, often ransacking homes without worry of police interference. Their proceeds can range from $50,000 to $100,000 in cash and jewelry in a single night. “They know the average response time of the police — they’re not stupid,” said Englewood Detective Lt. Timothy Torell. “Even houses with alarms, they don’t care.”
James Bond Gang
Who are they? Offshoots or copycats of the James Bond Gang — a notorious burglary ring that got its name from a tricked-out BMW with secret compartments and a flip-up license plate that hid a blinding light used to thwart police. The car reportedly also had an oil slick-squirting pipe behind the bumper. Between 1999 and 2002, they stole more than $1 million in cash and jewelry. North Jersey and New York police are now investigating about 40 James Bond Gang-type burglaries, most in the past six months.
Recent String of Break-ins
The James Bond Gang-style burglaries date to 2009, but most have occurred since November, according to local police departments. “All of the ones we’ve had, we didn’t receive a burglar alarm,” said Orangetown Detective Sgt. George Garrecht. Several recent arrests give insight to the burglars’ techniques. In Bridgewater, they cut phone lines, dismantled the security alarm and forced open the front door of a home there, the Prosecutor’s Office said. They ransacked the home, carrying out a large safe filled with cash and more than $75,000 worth of jewelry, authorities said.
Not Just Cutting the Phone Lines
In many cases police have found alarm panels ripped from the wall. In Mahwah, three burglaries occurred, one on Finn Court and two on Bridle Path Lane. If the homes had an active alarm, the burglars cut the wires and ripped off the alarm panel.
So even if the subscribers had safer cellular monitoring that doesn’t use a phone line, the burglars could still defeat the system, using what I call the “Crash and Smash” method. They crash through the door: then, during the normal delay, they smash the alarm system before it sends an alarm signal. Only one alarm company has always used cellular monitoring in every system: FrontPoint. And only one technology is patented to thwart Crash and Smash: that’s right, FrontPoint has it.
Cellular monitoring plus Crash and Smash protection are just two reasons why so many smart homeowners choose FrontPoint. You need to make sure you are getting the protection you want, need, and deserve. So for peace of mind that is safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, turn to FrontPoint – the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. You’ll never read a review on FrontPoint that says a burglar cut the phone line or smashed the system and went undetected – because we never use a phone line, and we have the only answer to Smash and Crash. We’re ready for the James Bond Gang – when they run into a FrontPoint system, they’ll be shaken AND stirred!