Sonitrol Pacific Catches Four Home Burglars in Washington State

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Local electronic security company celebrates catching crooks

“No other company in the electronic security industry offers the same type of protection as Sonitrol Pacific,” said senior vice president Jim Payne.

Even with a record of nearly 5,800 criminal apprehensions, local electronic security company Sonitrol Pacific still loves helping law enforcement catch trespassers, intruders and burglars in the act.

In less than one week, Sonitrol Pacific aided police in finding, chasing and arresting four suspected home burglars from two separate incidents in Washington. The company uses specialized audio technology that picks up sound after a system is armed and transmits it to trained operators, who determine if an intrusion is taking place. Operators then dispatch police to the site and use the live audio to guide them directly to the suspects.

“No other company in the electronic security industry offers the same type of protection as Sonitrol Pacific,” said senior vice president Jim Payne. “That’s why we have the highest rate of apprehensions and the lowest rate of false alarms.”

For the two home burglaries that occurred recently, Sonitrol Pacific’s system brought police to the scene within minutes. Things only escalated once police arrived, however—both sets of suspects fled the homes and led police on chases across freeways and through the woods.

The first of the two incidents occurred in Everett on July 29 while the homeowners were at church. They armed the system when they left that morning, so when the sound of breaking glass tripped the audio system, Lora Orsborn, an operator in Sonitrol Pacific’s Verification Center was able to hear activity inside the house.

Lora immediately dispatched the Everett Police Department. As police were on their way, she heard the suspect rifling through the family’s possessions. When police arrived, the suspect dropped the loot and ran away. As police and K-9 tracked him, they made contact with a woman sitting in a car near the site of the burglary. After a long K-9 search, including a stretch across I-5, officers caught and arrested the man in a nearby park, where he was pretending to be an innocent bystander to the incident. The woman and the vehicle were also at the park with the suspect. After questioning both individuals, police arrested them and booked them into the county jail.

Less than a week later, a similar incident took place in North Bend, Wash. A male and female intruder pair used a log from an outdoor fire pit to break into a child’s bedroom at the home at 4 a.m.

Because of Sonitrol Pacific’s audio technology, Verification Center operator Kris Etheridge was aware of the situation beginning with the log’s first contact with the window. She immediately dispatched King County police and kept them alerted to the suspects’ location within the home.
When police showed up, the suspects took off through the back doors into a wooded area. The woman lost her shoes on the chase and decided to hide. A K-9 officer quickly found her.

Half an hour later, K-9 caught up with second suspect. That canine apprehension landed the suspect in the hospital for bites.

Within hours of both break-ins, all suspects were arrested and all possessions located. Sonitrol Pacific’s unique audio verification system for catching criminals did its job perfectly—alerting expert monitors to the situation, who then called the police with exact details to help them catch the bad guys.

Sonitrol Pacific, a Sound Security, Inc. company, is the largest locally owned electronic security provider in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The company was founded in Everett, Wash. in 1978.

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Sonitrol Pacific, A Sound Security, Inc. Company │2221 California Street Everett, WA 98201 │1 800.898.1899

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