Arresting the Angry

At 12:13 last night, Verification Center operator Kris Etheridge received audio activations from smashing and banging activity at a Tacoma, Wash. elementary school.  She dispatched the school’s patrol service, who promptly caught the suspect. The man had broken the skylight in one of the classrooms, but did not make entry. Police did a search of the school using K-9 forces. … Read More

School fence climbers foiled by audio security

Sonitrol Pacific detected the noise made by three suspected school trespassers and an expert operator sent the school district’s security guard catch them. Operator Joe Orsborn received the impact-activated audio security alert from the school a little before 11:00 p.m.  He heard a banging noise near a main entry door and called the security guard service. The security guard caught … Read More

Police don’t let ‘sleeping’ suspect lie

Police caught one suspected school burglar on site and tracked a second to a home where he pretended to sleep after Sonitrol Pacific detected the break-in September 3. Monitoring Operator Jessica Culver received the security system activation from the school just after 3:00 a.m.  She heard a tap sound and called the school district’s security guard service.  While the guard … Read More

Four caught by audio security

Police took four suspected school burglars into custody after Sonitrol Pacific’s audio security system detected the break-in August 1. Monitoring Operator Joe Orsborn received the initial alarm activation.  He heard crashing sounds and called Lakewood Police.  While officers were on their way, Orsborn heard faint voices over the live audio sensors. Police responded quickly to the verified alarm and caught … Read More

School security system detects vandal

A Sonitrol Pacific school security system detected threatening activity near a portable classroom and dispatched a security guard to catch a suspected vandal May 22. Monitoring Operator Robin Goings was monitoring the school’s Sonitrol Pacific account when he received system alerts from a portable classroom.  He also received indication of activity around the main school building.  Goings called the school … Read More

Seven trespassers ‘sound’ the alarm

Security audio of a thud, movement and scraping sounds resulted in the dispatch of a guard service and apprehension of seven suspected trespassers at a Tacoma area school May 29. Sonitrol Pacific Operator Minta Christopherson received the impact-activated security audio signal triggered by a thud at the school and called the school district’s security guard service.  Listening in live to … Read More

Suspected serial vandal detected by Sonitrol Pacific, arrested

Tacoma Police arrested a person they suspect in a series of vandalism incidents after Sonitrol Pacific detected him at a Tacoma area school June 3. Monitoring Operator Ashley Sutton received an impact-activated audio alert from the school around 7:30 p.m.  She heard tapping noises from areas in the school’s basement and called the school district’s guard service. The security guard … Read More

School burglars caught by audio

Sounds of movement inside a Tacoma area school captured by Sonitrol Pacific audio security sensors led to the arrest of two suspected burglars June 4. Monitoring Operator Cami Halstead received the alarm activation from the school, heard sounds of movement over the audio security sensors and called the school district’s guard service to investigate. The security guard found two people … Read More

Stadium trespassers detected, apprehended

Four kids were caught smoking inside a school district’s athletic stadium due to Sonitrol Pacific audio security picking up their voices and an alert operator dispatching the guard service June 15. Monitoring Operator Joe Orsborn received an activation of the security system inside the stadium’s press box around 12:30 a.m.  He heard someone say, “What? It’s open,” followed by more … Read More

Trespassers enter school through unlocked door, audio security detects

Four kids suspected of entering a Tacoma area school after they found an unlocked door were detected by Sonitrol Pacific security, detained by a security guard and released to their parents June 17. Monitoring Operator Ashley Sutton received an alert from the school’s security system around 7 p.m.  She called the school district’s guard service to investigate. The security guard … Read More