We know burglar alarms are an effective deterrent – there is a growing body of research on the subject. But we also know that burglar alarms often help catch burglars, and get them off the street. In a recent case in Newington Connecticut, that’s exactly what happened. And we know because it was a FrontPoint system – purchased by the uncle of one of our FrontPoint team members! It’s great when we get to see our all hard work making a difference, with a result that’s music to our ears: increased peace of mind, for one more satisfied FrontPoint subscriber.
Two people are in police custody after burglar alarms went off at the Indian Hill Country Club in Newington early Wednesday, prompting an all-out search of the clubhouse. One of the suspects is the son of a club manager. It was 3 a.m. when police say a couple guys pushed in an air conditioner and got into the clubhouse of Indian Hill Country Club. Office manager Karen Hopper says similar break-ins happened twice last month.
After Two Break-ins, FrontPoint to the Rescue
“We installed a burglar alarm after those two incidents,” she said. That burglar alarm signaled police who got there – so fast the burglars were still inside. Police from multiple towns surrounded the clubhouse. “They set up a perimeter, a full scale perimeter on every side of the building and then started to give instructions on the PA,” Sgt. Chris Perry, Newington Police Department, said. 23-year-old Miguel Sanchez responded immediately to the police loudspeaker and surrendered. But it took another three hours of searching all over the building to locate the second suspect. Police say they searched every door, locker and cubby and finally found 26-year-old Alan Hopper hiding under the stairs.
That is the best possible scenario: an alarm system that works fast and reliably, and police who can respond quickly. We don’t mind scaring off intruders, but we would rather catch them – and keep them from doing it again.
Club Members Weigh In
Golfers say they hope this puts an end to the burglary problem here. “I’m surprised that the other two occurred,” golfer Bill Caughman said. “I hope they got ’em and can put this thing to rest.” Both suspects now face seven charges each including burglary, attempted larceny, and conspiracy charges. While things got back to normal on the greens, police are now investigating whether they can pin the two previous burglaries on these same suspects.
I’m actually surprised that it took two break-ins before the club decided to beef up security. For one thing, it’s been shown that having a monitored alarm system is only one third as likely to suffer a break-in as the unprotected home or building next door. And with a burglary happening in the US roughly every 14 seconds (according to the FBI), it amazes me that only about one in five homes has such a system – especially one with safer cellular monitoring, such as FrontPoint provides with every system we sell.
After all, today’s alarm systems are remarkably affordable, considering how reliable they are, and they do a lot more than traditional burglary protection. And a FrontPoint system is perhaps the best example of protections that is safer, smarter, simpler, and more trusted than any other solution you can find.
FrontPoint is proud to be part of the story above. As the leader in wireless home security and the #1 rated alarm company in the US, FrontPoint takes intrusion very seriously, whether it’s the usual random offense by an amateur burglar, or that rare targeted attack by the “professional.” Either way, you want the odds in your favor.