40 High End Homes in New Jersey Burglarized – Intruders Cut Phone Lines AND Rip Alarm Systems off the Wall

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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!

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  1. Nolan

    This is a great article but I hate it when people say they are the ONLY ONES who do something. They use the only company that offers this service, If your alarm company uses Alarm.com, like we do, you can get this protection. Whoever you go with make sure you get the added protection offered with alarm.com. It saves lives.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Nolan – Thanks very much for your comment. You are right about Alarm.com – they offer the safest and most reliable protection in home security that you can find. You are also right that we are not the only company offering Alarm.com technology. I was very careful in my post to state that there is only one technology that cannot be defeated by Crash and Smash – and that is Alarm.com, the technology that FrontPoint provides. But even though other alarm companies may offer Alarm.com services, it is true that FrontPoint is the only alarm company that has used Alarm.com safer cellular monitoring in every system we have ever sold: we feel that strongly about it. We also specialize in the advanced Alarm.com interactive services, and are the recognized experts in supporting them. We also make these services more affordable than the competition. Those are just two reasons why we get such great reviews. Thanks again – it’s always good when we have the opportunity to clarify a position.

  2. Nolan

    This is a great article but I hate it when people say they are the ONLY ONES who do something. They use the only company that offers this service, If your alarm company uses Alarm.com, like we do, you can get this protection. Whoever you go with make sure you get the added protection offered with alarm.com. It saves lives.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Nolan – Thanks very much for your comment. You are right about Alarm.com – they offer the safest and most reliable protection in home security that you can find. You are also right that we are not the only company offering Alarm.com technology. I was very careful in my post to state that there is only one technology that cannot be defeated by Crash and Smash – and that is Alarm.com, the technology that FrontPoint provides. But even though other alarm companies may offer Alarm.com services, it is true that FrontPoint is the only alarm company that has used Alarm.com safer cellular monitoring in every system we have ever sold: we feel that strongly about it. We also specialize in the advanced Alarm.com interactive services, and are the recognized experts in supporting them. We also make these services more affordable than the competition. Those are just two reasons why we get such great reviews. Thanks again – it’s always good when we have the opportunity to clarify a position.

  3. Alan

    Yes, this is a huge differentiator between you guys and about 97% of your competition (literally, no exaggeration).

    This post cannot be over-emphasized for those who want true security rather than just the perception of security.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks very much, Alan. This news report appealed to me at several levels. First and foremost, it combined the issues of cellular monitoring AND Crash and Smash – both critical features in considering the safety and reliability of a home alarm system. Second: I’ve always been a big 007 fan!

      Thanks again for your thoughtful comments.

  4. Alan

    Yes, this is a huge differentiator between you guys and about 97% of your competition (literally, no exaggeration).

    This post cannot be over-emphasized for those who want true security rather than just the perception of security.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks very much, Alan. This news report appealed to me at several levels. First and foremost, it combined the issues of cellular monitoring AND Crash and Smash – both critical features in considering the safety and reliability of a home alarm system. Second: I’ve always been a big 007 fan!

      Thanks again for your thoughtful comments.