Upper Arlington Burglary Spree Thwarted by SimpliSafe Home Security

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A rash of burglaries have swept Upper Arlington, an upscale suburb of Columbus OH. In the early morning hours of September 2nd, one neighborhood saw four homes targeted by brazen burglars. While the thugs succeeded in robbing three homes, their fourth target was protected by a SimpliSafe home security system, which ended their raid of homes and kept the family within safe.

At 4:09am on Friday September 2nd, an Upper Arlington couple awoke to the sound of their wireless home security system’s siren wailing. A burglar had attempted to break into their garage, but ran at the sound of the siren. Within minutes, the police had secured the premises. The couple went back to sleep. At 5:24am their rest was cut short a second time, as they awoke to the beeping of their SimpliSafe security system about to trigger.

“We have 4 motion sensors in our home. We heard footsteps downstairs and I asked my husband ‘do you hear that?’ Then we heard the beeping of the burglar alarm. My husband hit the panic button to instantly trigger the siren and ran downstairs. We found a window unlocked with the screen removed, which had been the burglars entry point and the backdoor unlocked, which we assumed was how he got away.”

What the couple didn’t know then, was that 3 other houses on their street had been robbed that morning. Upper Arlington, a beautiful tree-lined suburb of Columbus, OH, has faced a spree of over 51 burglaries since July. That’s nearly one residential burglary per day in this small community of just 33,000 residents.

According to a recent crime alert issued by the Upper Arlington Police, thieves have been targeting homes and vehicles in the late evening and early morning. That’s unusual given that 65% burglaries occur during daytime hours, as burglars try target unoccupied homes. The recent spree of evening and early morning burglaries are particularly troublesome, because burglaries committed during these hours could lead to dangerous face-offs between homeowners and burglars.

“We were the fourth house targeted last night and we had nothing stolen. We bought SimpliSafe a month and a half ago on a whim, and it’s already paid for itself. We’re really happy with it."

More information on the crime alert can be found on the Upper Arlington Police Department’s website. Residents can also get a full overview of recent burglaries and download a form to submit an anonymous tip to police.

About SimpliSafe Inc.

SimpliSafe Inc. is a leading provider of wireless home security systems and apartment alarms. Its alarm systems are packed with cutting-edge technology and smart software, and are incredibly easy to use. SimpliSafe was created as a counterpoint to traditional security companies, many of which thrive by selling outdated technology at highway-robbery prices. For more information visit http://SimpliSafe.com.

*To protect the privacy of the families in this story SimpliSafe Inc. has removed their names.


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