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Security alarm sales up dramatically in Albany

August 17, 2006

Albany -- All this crime in Albany is translating into dollars for security companies. With burglaries up 50 percent in Northwest Albany alone, the demand for burglar alarms is skyrocketing.

Installers for Central Monitoring put a new security alarm system in Katz Beauty Salon on Haley Street. Kathleen Holloman said "I had a break in once, and rocks thrown into three windows recently."

Holloman says break-ins and burglaries have her nervous, so she thought an alarm system was a good idea.

Nearby building owner Dan Dickson is again boarding up a vacant house on Pine Avenue that has been vandalized, but this time he is also having an alarm system installed. Building owner Dan Dickson said "A lot of homeless keep breaking in, and this area has a lot of problems with gangs going in."

Central Monitoring says their installation of alarm systems is up 80 percent over their average.  Sales manager Kevin Hogencamp said "Crime is the on the increases in Albany, and it's a concern. Businesses and individuals are finding security systems to be a relatively inexpensive way of protecting their families and their homes."

Hogencamp said many of their customers have seen crime reported right down the street, and are looking for peace of mind. Crime experts say that most crooks will pass by a house with an alarm sign. Hogencamp said "All of our customers are asking for signs. They want it in the front of the home and the back of the home."

Crime is up, especially in Northwest Albany, and Hogencamp says they have so many new customers Central Monitoring is having to hire more people. Hogencamp said "we are in the market for extra technicians right now."

 Security alarm companies growing along with Albany crime numbers. Hogencamp said many of their new customers say they are concerned by the increase in Albany crime.

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