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Garda $30 Million Heist - 3 Ways Sonavision Could Have Stopped the Crime

Posted by Joe Wilson

Apr 4, 2024 1:29:00 PM

GardaIt reads like a screen script for a Hollywood blockbuster. Thieves broke into a Gardaworld building in a quiet subdivision in Los Angeles and stole upwards of $30 million dollars and as of yet - no arrests made by the FBI or LAPD. The vault theft of cash wasn’t even discovered until employees turned up for work after the Easter weekend on Monday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Officials and crime experts said the operation appears to have been highly sophisticated, with the burglars making off with what sources estimate was between $20 million and $30 million.”

“At least one alarm was triggered during the crime, but it was not connected to local law enforcement, according to a source familiar with the investigation who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. In any case, the thieves were able to get in and out without anyone knowing. There was also a hole in the side of the building covered by a piece of plywood.”

Source: The perfect heist? Inside the seamless, sophisticated, stealthy L.A. theft that netted up to $30 million

As experts in commercial security, this description of how the heist unfolded raises a number of red flags. Let’s look at key ways that our Sonavision Security System would have triggered a verified alarm call to the Los Angeles police during the break-in, thereby potentially preventing the loss of tens of millions of dollars.

#1 - Sonavision Perimeter Detection: Sonavision utilizes strategically positioned video cameras that are monitored in real time by a central Control Room. Trucks, vans or automobiles pulling up adjacent to fences or by-passing access code security will be observed, verified and reported to police authorities. Our video surveillance is unique because it utilizes push video that immediately sends real-time video footage to security specialists. This is different from systems that just trigger a video alarm and require operators to login to access video recordings. Sonavision is optimized because every second counts when a crime is in progress!

#2 - Sonavision Interior Audio Intrusion Alarms: In addition, Sonavision technology also includes intrusion audio alarms that provide complete room, ceiling and floor coverage using audio listening sensors (not motion devices). Breaking through an exterior wall (as in the case with the Garda Heist), or from the roof down through a ceiling will be recorded, and our central Control Room security specialists will receive an alarm and a code identifying the location of the sound trigger. 

#3 - Sonitrol Police Response: Sonitrol has a reputation with law enforcement departments across North America as a high quality verified security provider. Police respond quickly to Sonitrol calls. Not only that, but Sonitrol’s central Control Room specialists can transmit real time audio and video information to law enforcement on the ground, so they know exactly where to go in the building and they have information on who’s inside and what they are up to. They can respond more quickly and be more prepared for the crime in progress. The result? More apprehensions and property returned to the owners without huge financial losses.

If an international corporation responsible for safe-keeping large amounts of money and valuables is not using Sonavision, you have to ask why not? But did you know that Sonavision is used to protect property and assets at all kinds of facilities: from small and large retail, car dealerships, to large warehouses and construction sites? Not only does it work, but it’s also an affordable commercial security investment. 

Get in touch with us today to learn more about Sonavision and how it can protect your business.

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Topics: Commercial Security, CCTV Versus Sonavision

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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