Can Have Peace of Mind?
Did you know that
there were an estimated 2.3 million burglary offenses nationwide in 1998?
The Department of Justice recently released an alarming report that one
out of every four homes will be subject to serious crimes within the next
10 years. Over the next twenty years the numbers were projected to worsen:
one out of every 3 homes can expect to experience a serious crime and/or
More than two million Americans a year are victims of burglaries, rapes,
murders, and violent assaults. One of the more sinister trends in crime
that criminologists and law enforcement officials are studying is the
rapid rise in "home invasions." During a home invasion family
members are taken hostage in their own home to be assaulted and victimized
by aptly named "sexual predators."
- Every 10 seconds
a burglar breaks into a home, apartment, or condomin
- Over one-half
of all burglaries happen during the daytime!
- Nationally, people
who rent homes experience higher rate of burglary than those who own
their home (48.9 per 1,000 households in 2000).
- Two out of every
three burglaries are residential in nature.
- In the metropolitan
areas, the burglary rate was 900 offenses per 100,000 in population;
in the cities outside metropolitan areas, 885; in the rural counties
597 in 1998.
- Urban residences
(46.2) have a higher burglary rate than suburban (27.1) or rural homes
(32.6) per 1,000 households (in 2000).
- In 1998, there
was an estimated $3.1 billion in losses for burglary victims. Average
dollar loss per burglary, $1,343.
- In 1998, 65% of
burglaries involved forced entry. 28% were unlawful entries (without
force) and the remaining 7% were forcible entry attempts.
- More than 50% of
all felony murders occur during a burglary or robbery.
- Justice Department
statistics state that approximately 60% of all rapes and 30% of all
aggravated assaults occur during break-ins.*
Much of the rise
in criminal activity related to burglaries and home break-ins has been
attributed to the growing drug problem. Increasingly, juveniles have become
addicted to crack cocaine, heroin, and other new generation (and extremely
addictive) drugs. After becoming addicted many must steal anywhere from
$5,000 to $10,000 worth of household items each and every day in order
to support their drug habit. This need turns them into volatile, unstable,
and dangerous full time burglars.
if it happens to you?
For this reason law
enforcement professionals warn never to confront any burglar should you
discover one in your home. Otherwise, what may have been a simple burglary
may very easily turn into a violent assault, or worse. It is advised that
if you happen to wake up at night or come home to find a burglar present,
again, do not try to stop him from stealing; and don't panic. Either leave
the home quietly or lock your bedroom door and call "911" for
help. As soon as the burglar gets what he wants he will usually leave.
Experienced burglars can be in and out of your home in under 10 minutes.
* Uniform Crime Report, 1994, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau
Does A Security System Really Make a Significant
There is an overwhelming
preponderance of evidence that a properly installed, high quality, professionally
monitored security system can be a major deterrent to burglars and other
criminal types. Insurance companies have known this for years. The mere
presence of a security system is so effective against household losses
due to burglars that most insurance companies routinely offer up to a
20% discount to policy owners who install security systems.
According to Simon Hakim of Temple University, homes without security
systems are about 3 times more likely to be broken into than homes with
security systems. (Actual statistic ranges from 2.3 times to 3.1 times,
depending on the value of the home.)
FBI studies have shown that a home equipped with a professionally monitored
security system is fifteen times less likely to be burglarized. It has
been demonstrated that the simple presence of a security yard sign prominently
posted on a homeowner's property is enough to deter 80% of the would be
intruders or burglars.
Conversely, depending on the crime activity in a neighborhood, homes without
a security company yard sign are as much as 15 (fifteen) times more likely
to be burglarized and victimized than surrounding homes that display security
company yard signs. These homes are seen as easy targets for the burglars.
In the past, security systems were viewed as a luxury that only the wealthy
could afford. Today with the rise in crime and the price of security becoming
affordable to the masses, more and more of the American public now view
a security system as a necessity that they can no longer afford to be
1. What happens if I lose power?
All systems contain
a backup battery, which will take over the operation of the system upon
an AC power loss. The length of the life of a solo battery is determined
by the size of the system and the number of devices connected to it. A
minimum of 8 hours is standard. If you would like more details, please
call our office 321-254-8877, or email us (email address here). Upon a
power loss, your system will begin to beep. This can be silenced by resetting
the system - though it will come back until the battery is fully recharged.
Under normal circumstances, a back-up battery in most residential security
systems is approximately 3 years.
What happens if the phone lines are dead?
Your system will continue
to operate locally and the siren should sound. However, the control panel
may not be able to dial out to the monitoring station unless you've requested
that we install a second dialer on a separate line or if you have a digital
cellular communicator. Advanced Detection Systems offers wireless technology,
via digital cellular transmission, as an auxiliary communications system
in the event that the phone lines are cut or otherwise compromised. The
digital cellular communicator uses a secure portion of the cellular phone
network to transmit signals to Central Station, and thus avoids busy signals
and dropped calls.
Why is monitoring necessary?
Security alarm systems
are generally designed only to detect burglary and to activate the alarm
at the premises. However, to foil a burglary attempt, appropriate counter-measures
must be taken upon detection. Having your security system monitored by
Advanced Detection Systems will ensure that prompt and appropriate counter-measures
will be in place to protect your premises in the event of a break-in.
What does a monitoring service provide?
When you subscribe
to our alarm monitoring service, you are assured of round-the-clock surveillance
by our trained staff of any fire, burglar or distress situation at your
premises. When the alarm is activated, our Central Alarm Monitoring Station
will receive a signal and notify you immediately. At the same time, we
will activate and despatch the appropriate response, i.e. the local police.
5. Who provides the monitoring service?
Our monitoring is
provided a UL listed, locally operated command center, electronically
linked in real-time with other UL listed central stations through out
the United States. Our central station is equipped with highly-trained
staff who are at your service 24-hours a day.
6. Can I change user codes on my own?
On most residential
systems you can change user codes anytime you wish. The procedures to
do this can be found on the preceding page with the alarm operation manuals.
If you use your alarm codes as your passcode, please remember to send
the new information to us so we can update your Central Station Information.
Other systems require further assistance from the alarm and monitoring
companies. For any questions concerning user codes, please call us at
321-254-8877, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My system is over five years old. What will it cost to upgrade?
ADS offers attractive upgrade options! Check with Bob at 321-254-8877
or email him at BErdman@advdet.com
to learn more about the latest features available to you.
Facts About Home Fire Detection
Fire is a deadly threat to any household. It can strike anywhere, at any
time. The frightening truth is that residential fires are now occurring
at an estimated rate of 2.6 million per year in the U.S. You must be prepared--you
need a warning and a weapon for total fire protection!
Smoke alarms provide
warning. Smoke alarms are the easiest, most cost-efficient way to alert
your family of a developing fire. The more smoke alarms you have installed
in your home, the more your chances increase that you will survive the
In 1994, home fires caused $481,000 in damage EVERY HOUR. (National Fire
If you have any fire
safety questions that are not answered on this site, or if you would like
more information about fire safety please consult our link page.
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What do I need to know about fire?
Fire can and might
happen to you! You must be prepared and have the knowledge to escape safely.
Fire is darker, smokier, hotter, and faster than you can imagine. You
must know what fire is like in order to escape the danger safely. The
following are four important facts to remember:
A. Fire is dark. Most people expect fire to be light. On the contrary,
fire is pitch black. For this reason, people get trapped in their homes
because they could not find their way out in the dark-- they didn't have
a rechargeable flashlight and didn't practice an escape plan.
B. Smoke kills not flames. Since most fire fatalities occur between
2 a.m. and 6 a.m. when most people are sleeping--the only thing standing
between the deadly fumes of fire and a safe escape is the piercing sound
of a smoke alarm. The poisonous gases emitted by a fire actually put people
into a deeper sleep and many suffocate without ever waking or even becoming
aware of the fire. They die of smoke inhalation because they had no warning.
C. Fire has intense heat. Fire can cause the temperature to rise
several hundred degrees in just seconds. The heat is so intense that it
can cause the human body to stop functioning altogether--one breath can
cause severe lung damage. The heat alone can cause someone to become unconscious
and not be able to escape.
D. There is no time. A residential home can be totally consumed
in flames in less than five minutes from the start of a fire! There is
no time to waste. You must know what to do and you must get out. A closed
door is often the best way to stall a fire. By closing the door, you may
save yourself valuable seconds to use an alternate escape route.
I have one smoke alarm in my home. Is that enough protection against fire?
No, several smoke
alarms must be installed and maintained for proper fire protection. Smoke
alarms must be installed on every living level of the home, inside every
bedroom, and in the main corridor outside each bedroom area.
Installing and maintaining
fire alarm system dramatically increases your family's chances of surviving
How do I maintain my fire alarm system once it has been installed?
is the biggest reason fire systems fail to work according to their design.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOUR FIRE SYSTEM BE CALIBRATED AND CLEANED ANNUALLY.
Check with us about our Preventive Maintenance Program.
What should I do if I hear the fire or smoke alarm's sound?
NEVER IGNORE THE SOUND
OF A SMOKE ALARM. If the smoke alarm is sounding its alarm, there is a
reason. You and your family must be able to escape quickly and safely.
Here are several steps your family can learn and rehearse for an emergency:
A. Have an escape plan. Discuss and rehearse escape plans. Know
two exits from any room in the house.
B. Feel if the door is hot. Always feel the door to see if it is
hot before opening It to escape. If the doorknob or door is hot, do not
use that exit. Use your alternate exit to escape.
C. Crawl on the floor. Smoke from a fire rises and so does the
temperature. If you crawl on the floor there will be less smoke and the
heat from the fire will be less severe.
D. Meet at a prearranged spot outside the home. If you clearly
show where everyone is supposed to meet outside the home when there is
a fire, it will be easier to know who is safe.
E. Call the fire department from a neighbor's home. Be prepared
to give your full name and address to the operator at the other end of
the line. Stay on the line until the operator has all of the information
F. Never go Inside a burning building. Never return inside the
house for any reason. The firemen will be there immediately and they have
special gear and clothes that allow them to go into a fire.
IF you follow these
basic fire safety tips, you will increase your family's chances for survival
in a fire.
5. I Burnt Some Toast And My Fire Alarm Went Off,
Call the Central
Station, give them your ID number and cancel the dispatch. If the fire
- Enter your code
to silence the alarm.
- Clear the smoke
away from the area.
- Reset the system
according to the instructions provided in your owner's manual.
For further information,
see www.usfa.fema.gov or http://countygovt.brevard.fl.us/publicsafety/fireprev.html,
For other local fire
department links see http://www.fsfc.ufl.edu/Links/FirLnks.htm
For further information on alarms in general see http://www.fla-alarms.org/