The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 86
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 86

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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F2-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 Burglar Alarms More People Safeguarding Their Homes T 1 I , ' rf'- 'fit f-p-S -Jtsr ' If H- p iff Roger Marcil Demonstrates Alarm Systems screen is removed or cut, the alarm goes off. You can cut the cost by cutting the perimeter, excluding areas like sun porches, for example. The cost of wiring a home would run between $1,200 and $1,600 and about $500 to $900 for an apartment. The ultra-sonic or radar control system offers no protection from intrusion, but it will react to sound within a room or radius of the control box. The sound could be breaking glass or a footstep. Two advantages of the ultrasonic or radar system is that it costs generally between $125 and $300 and can be installed by anyone. The system looks like a portable radio with an antenna on top. They can include bells that ring loud and lights that flash. The more sophisticated systems include a dialing apparatus on a telephone. When the alarm goes off, a computer dials a central monitoring station number and the person manning the station calls the police. V Until a few years ago the systems could be monitored directly into the police department, but since the alarms are so sensitive they can be triggered by any noise, police found themselves chasing many false alarms. Now private companies, such as Security Central and Florida Protection Corp., charge a fee for monitoring the alarm. The fee can be as low as $9 a month, but is generally higher, according to Jim Hausman for Florida Protection Corp. The problem with alarms is their sensitivity to sound and movement. A jet plane going overhead or a windstorm can set the alarms off. And once they start, the only way they can be shut off is with a key or by throwing a switch in a locked box. "If a homeowner with an alarm system plans to be gone for an extended period, we recommend that he give the key to his alarm system box to a neighbor so it can be turned off if the alarm goes on," Jamason said. Neighbors and friends also can be enlisted. According to Hausman, the telephone can be computerized to call four friends or neighbors with recorded messages to call the police if the alarm goes off, rather than calling a monitor station. Thus, you save the monthly monitoring fee. If you plan to invest in an alarm system, Filkins suggests making sure the system is Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) approved and that it's purchased from a firm licensed in Palm Beach County. Major Jamason suggested a call to the police department or city hall would tell whether the firm is approved. "All alarm systems should have a service agreement, too," Filkins said. "Because you want them to work every night." Filkins added that no alarm is completely burglar proof, and firms must come out every year with something different to keep ahead of the burglars, for the "best protection today will be obsolete five years from now." By SANDRA WESLEY Pot Stiff Wriftr After the Palm Beach Towers $4 million jewelry heist in April, a West Palm Beach burglar alarm company was swamped with calls from homeowners interested in a system in their homes. In West Palm Beach there were 1,472 burglaries in 1975 and by the end of October this year, Maj. John H. Jamason, West Palm Beach Police Department, tallied 1,179. Jamason doesn't think the burglary rate will go up as high this year as it did last year simply because "people are more aware of the problem and more people are securing their homes and putting in burglar alarm systems." Jamason believes in burglar alarm systems, but he also maintains that it's futile to put a system in a house that is not secure in other ways. The best way to prevent a burglary in your home, according to Jamason, is to have secure locks, a timer on lights and radio that will turn on when no one is home and a burglar alarm system. "If there are four houses on a block and three houses are secure, the fourth house is open for burglary," he said. "By the same token, so many homes do not have burglary alarms that a smart burglar is not going to fool around with one that has an alarm." There are many different types of alarms, from the simple $18 bell alarm, which most salesmen describe as obsolete, to the very sophisticated perimeter alarm. What type of alarm is best? It depends on how valuable the items in your house are, according to Jamason. "A majority of alarms are being placed in homes valued at $50,000 and up," according to Dick Filkins, owner of Security Central Inc. and vice president of Alarm Association of Florida. "But burglar alarms can be streamlined to meet anyone's needs." Basically, a burglar alarm system is supposed to serve two purposes : To scare an intruder away by making lots of noise and to alert someone to call the police. The $18 alarm will do that. It can be purchased anywhere, and anyone can install it, but it's also easy to bypass. It's a magnetic catch with a bell on it and it's placed at your door so that when the door opens, the alarm goes off. The magnetic catch can easily be removed, though, and if the door rattles it could set the alarm off. There are two types of systems on the market today, the perimeter system, which protects the accesses to the house with use of sensors, and the interior space system, which protects with such devices as a microwave detector, infrared lightbeams, switches under carpets to detect an intruder or special wires in darkened areas designed to trip one up. The perimeter systems are expensive. Yet, most alarm experts prefer them. 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