Sonitrol-Kimberlite’s Verified Alarms Assist Police in Most Apprehensions in 2016

FRESNO, CA – 27 Jul, 2017 – The central alarm monitoring station for Kimberlite Corporation, Sonitrol’s largest independent dealer, assisted law enforcement throughout California in 1,464 apprehensions in 2016 – the most ever lawful apprehensions assisted by a North American central station in a single year. Sonitrol, California’s leading provider of verified electronic security for homes, schools and businesses, utilizes verified alarm technology to better identify in-progress break-ins, and allowing bettering communication and coordination with law enforcement, which leads to more apprehensions of suspects, safer police dispatches, and less wasted community resources as a result of false alarms.

Last month, to combat overcrowded state prisons, the California Department of Corrections announced new controversial regulations under Proposition 57 that are estimated to result in the early release of nearly 10,000 inmates. The new guidelines qualify convicted criminals for early parole who have committed non-violent offenses, such as property offenses like burglary, larceny and trespassing.

Since 2000, Kimberlite has assisted in 11,294 apprehensions of suspected criminals. Kimberlite’s 1,464 apprehension assists in 2016 – or roughly four per day – set the central station apprehension record for the third consecutive year, after the company’s verified alarm technology aided police to 1,254 apprehensions in 2015, and 1,035 apprehensions in 2014. Kimberlite credits its record to the quality of its alarms’ technology and central stations’ preparedness, combined with California’s compressed state budget and overcrowded correctional facilities.

“The value of verified alarm technology really dovetails in its ability to mitigate property loss and simultaneously protect our communities,” said Joey Rao-Russell, President and CEO of Kimberlite Corporation. “As its proven that verified alarms really work, they lend an extra layer of protection to the community and first responders, making people feel safer and law enforcement feel in control. The more information our police have, the better the response and the less chance of collateral issues. Verified technology allows us to give real time information to law enforcement which allows them to intelligently respond to incidents.” 

Kimberlite operates 14 Sonitrol Verified Electronic Security franchises throughout California, and provides protection to homes, schools, businesses and communities in Bakersfield, Berkeley-Richmond, Contra Costa County, Fresno, Marin County, Modesto, Napa County, Northwest Los Angeles/Ventura County, Oakland, San Francisco, Solano County, Sonoma County, Southern Alameda County, and Stockton.

Kimberlite is consistently recognized as one of the top providers in the Sonitrol network, as well as one of the top security companies in North America. Despite limiting its operations to only California, Kimberlite has been named a top 100 U.S. security company in each of the past 13 years.

About Kimberlite

Kimberlite protects homes, schools, businesses and communities throughout California with a single source of integrated, state-of-the-art verified electronic security solutions for intrusion, video, access and fire. Utilizing Sonitrol’s Impact-Activated Audio Verification technology, professionally monitoring by experienced, trained personnel, Sonitrol’s ability to verify an intrusion in real time offers unrivaled credibility with local law enforcement. As a growing number of municipalities pass Verified Response regulations requiring verification that an intrusion is actually taking place before police dispatch personnel to the site,

Sonitrol’s reliability has accounted for the best apprehension rate in the industry, at over 170,000 since 1977 —and the fewest dispatches for false alarms. Sonitrol offers integrated components to customize a solution that can expand easily with the growth of customers’ needs. Sonitrol’s trusted technology and responsive service provides peace of mind and a measure of quality unmatched in the industry. 

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