Verification technology helps apprehend Harley thieves

Indianapolis, In (USA)

Sonitrol's franchisee in Evansville, Indiana, was recently instrumental in securing the apprehension of six crime ring members known to be in the business of stealing motorcycles.

Over a holiday weekend last year, a Sonitrol Evansville Central Station Operator received an audible alarm from a local Harley-Davidson store; the Operator quickly confirmed there were intruders on site. After dispatching law enforcement, six people were apprehended, who had unlawfully entered the building with the intention to steal valuable motorcycles. After the suspects fled the scene attempting to evade the police, a K-9 officer located the suspects in a nearby vehicle. The police were able to recover all the merchandise.

A local Fox 2 News report uncovered that the United States Secret Service found that these perpetrators are part of a St. Louis “crime ring” responsible for more than $1 million in stolen motorcycles and other property dating back to 2019. It was further reported that just three days prior to the Evansville break-in and arrests, the same crime ring had successfully stolen bikes at a Harley-Davidson in Clarksville, Tennessee.

“Our Central Station Operators are trained to verify an intrusion and dispatch law enforcement at once,” says Sam Standring, President of Sonitrol of Evansville. “While the perpetrators were able to rob the Clarksville Harley-Davidson, they weren’t a match for the Evansville store that was armed with Sonitrol. Because of our team’s immediate response, local police apprehended the criminals, and tens of thousands of dollars in assets was protected. I am proud of my team and of Sonitrol’s unrivalled superiority in the commercial alarm market. We hope other businesses will choose Sonitrol, as well.”

Sonitrol claims its verified audio intrusion detection is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your security arsenal. And indeed, it led to a quick response from the Sonitrol Operator who was able to tell law enforcement dispatch that there were intruders on-site and to immediately respond. With this success story, Sonitrol’s verified response certainly has proven its value in its ability to reduce potential loss and increase the chance of criminal apprehension.


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