Monthly Archives: June 2011

During the Wee Hours Father finds Intruder in Preteen Daughter’s Bed

A Southern California family is breathing a sigh of relief and installing a home alarm system after a man who says he was drunk came into their house while they were sleeping and crept into the bed of a preteen girl.

The father awoke at night after hearing some noises come from his daughter’s bedroom in his Signal Hills apartment home.  That’s when he walked into the bedroom and found a man in his daughter’s bed with nothing on but his boxers.  KCAL-TV reports that the father yanked the man out of the bed and called upon a neighbor to hold the suspect until police arrived.

The girl was not harmed.

Police responded to the apartment near Pacific Coast Highway and the Long Beach border, just after two o’clock Sunday morning. They found a group of people holding the man, who was standing in his underwear, Crista Martinez of the Signal Hill Police Department said.

The suspect told police that he had only been looking for a place to sleep.  He was reportedly drunk and possibly under the influence of an unknown drug.

The intruder entered the home by reaching through an open window to unlock the front door, Martinez said.

Where should I install my Heat Detector?

While smoke detectors are more sensitive to detecting smoke, heat detectors are more sensitive to temperature.  This means a heat detector (which is a ceiling-mounting initiating device) will trigger when the temperature near the unit reaches a certain level, but will not trigger due to smoke alone.  

A common question we get when selling fire protection is – where do I install a heat detector?  As a rule of thumb, heat detectors should be used in an area where smoke detectors are not appropriate, and in an area that generally does not get hot.  In addition, it’s not a good idea to place a heat detector in a humid place, as this may prevent heat from reaching the heat detector sensor.  That being said, heat detectors may not work properly in bathrooms, or near washing machines, dishwashers, window molding, heating or cooling ducts and air returns.  Do not place heat detectors in rooms where the temperature may rise above 100 degrees F or drop below minus 10 degrees F, such as an attic or garage.

Heat Detectors are available in a variety of models that are generally grouped into fixed temperature,      rate of rise, and combined technology.  Home Security Store sells heat detectors which the user wires to the control panel (a 2 wire process).  Therefore, when a certain level of heat is detected, the unit sends a signal to the panel for processing.  The panel will then trigger an alarm and notify your monitoring station (where applicable). 

Please note – Heat detectors ARE NOT meant to replace smoke detectors in the bedrooms or in the hallway outside of the bedrooms.  You should test your heat detector(s) every 3 months or every time you test the smoke detectors in your home.