Statistics like those below show that false alarms in security systems cause a lot of wasted time and manpower, something that family-owned Shiver Security Systems strives to eliminate.

"One of the most effective ways to do that is through local monitoring," says Alison Shiver whose family started the Mason and Dayton-based business over 30 years ago. Instead of monitoring from a site several states away, Shiver Security clients are protected by local watchdogs. "That way you get immediate attention," says Shiver, with the bonus of familiarity with local law enforcement and codes.

As a franchisee of Sonitrol Verified Electronic Security, Shiver utilizes its impact-activated, audio-based intrusion detection system. Unlike conventional motion-based alarms, Sonitrol's verified alarms are sound-based. When an alarm is triggered, monitors can actually listen in to determine whether a break-in is in progress or whether a false alarm has occurred. If it's a break-in, the intruder is not alerted by an alarm and real-time information from the monitors is relayed to the responding officers. And, if it's a false alarm, the system is simply reset without bothering the police or the homeowner. Because of this method of verifying alarms, Sonitrol has the highest apprehension rate and the lowest false alarm rate in the industry.

Shiver Security Services' security solutions include intrusion, video surveillance and UL-listed fire protection, and all systems are supported for service repair and inspection by factory trained technicians.

Shiver also offers Mobile Guardian, a service that lets you connect to security professionals anywhere, anytime using your mobile phone. A touch of a button can send your photo, personal profile, emergency contacts and GPS-based location to first responders . . . kind of like an alarm system on the go.

"¢ Ten to 25 percent of all calls for police are alarm calls.

"¢ Police respond to 38 million alarm activations per year.

"¢ Ninety-four to 98 percent of alarm activations are false.

"¢ A false alarm requires an average of 20 minutes and two officers to check.

"¢ The average police response time is 85 percent faster when responding to verified security alarms.