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AUG 2019

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www.securitysystemsnews.com august 2019 s EC u RI t Y s Y st EM s NEW s Security Stat S 2 By SSN Staff ARLINGTON, Mass.—Fire is the biggest risk for both residen- tial and commercial properties, followed by burglaries, which tend to spike in the summer and winter months, according to a new study completed by Ameri- can Alarm and Communications of verified alarms from homes and businesses across Greater Boston and central New Eng- land. "Given our monitoring foot- print in New England, and our systems for tracking alarm events, we use this data to understand local trends and to help people better manage risk in their homes or places of business," Wells Sampson, president of American Alarm, said about the study. "When we decided to look at five years of data, and saw the results, we felt there would be public benefit if we released the information so everyone in our region is aware of these trends." The study, entitled "Region- al Security Report: Five-Year Study of Verified Alarms, 2014- 2018," analyzed data collected at the company's monitoring center that tracks activity from its professionally installed and maintained security and life- safety systems at nearly 30,000 locations, primarily in greater Boston, central Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire. During the five-year peri- o d s t u d i e d , 1 , 6 4 4 v e r i - f i e d a l a r m s o c c u r r e d , including: • 5 3 2 f i re alarms • 333 bur- g l a r ( i n t r u - sion) alarms • 224 elevator entrapments • 185 panic alarms (also called hold-up alarms). Note: A verified alarm is defined as a signal caused by an actual event that posed a threat and required intervention. The following is a summary of results: • Fire is the biggest risk for res i de nt ia l an d co mm e rc ia l property, followed by burglary; • Fire alarms spike in Janu- ary and February, doubling the monthly average; • Burglar alarms are more fre- quent during the summer and winter months; • Burglar alarms are concen- trated in late evening and over- night hours; • Panic alarms peak in the mornings and afternoons at banks, and in the late evenings at gas stations and convenience stores; and • Elevator alarms are mostly from commercial buildings and clustered during business hours. American Alarm and Commu- nications was founded in 1971, and today employs 270 people at six locations in New England, including Arlington, Auburn, Randolph and Weymouth, Mas- sachusetts; Warwick, Rhode Island and Manchester, New Hampshire. ssn Five-year study on security alarms conducted Wells Sampson Fire is the biggest risk for both residential and commercial properties, according to American Alarm study 2019 Manage your technicians and jobs from any location. Let our award-winning Matrix Hands-on Manager and Rapid Scheduler systems handle your company's organization and scheduling from any device. Our systems are capable of being seamlessly integrated to any accounting system or automation system, allowing users to assign tickets & tasks, take accounts off line, bill jobs, create contracts, collect signatures, and manage staff using interactive maps. Enhance your billing and automation systems with Matrix Hands-On Manager and Rapid Scheduler.

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