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Number of households with alarms up. Company reports record profits. Even though there is less money around at the moment, there are some companies that are doing very well. According to E24.no, Norwegians are buying fire and burglar alarms like never before.Growth One of the companies, Sector Alarm reports that last year’s profits were up by 22 percent on 2007. 84 people died in house fires in 2008.

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Number of households with alarms up

Published on Thursday, 6th August, 2009 at 22:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Company reports record profits.

Close-up of a security keypad
Close-up of a security keypad
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Even though there is less money around at the moment, there are some companies that are doing very well. According to E24.no, Norwegians are buying fire and burglar alarms like never before.

Growth

One of the companies, Sector Alarm reports that last year’s profits were up by 22 percent on 2007. 84 people died in house fires in 2008.

“2008 was quite exceptional. First there was a wave of fatal fires, and then the autumn saw a spate of serious break-ins” Viggo Skeisvoll, the company’s managing director, tells the paper.

Mattress mentality?

People’s faith in banks and the financial system has been shaken of late, to put it mildly. Skeisvoll goes on to say that it’s the financial crisis that has actually boosted the number of customers they have.

“When the economy becomes a little more uncertain, people tend to look for security elsewhere...our client-base has grown by 10.5 percent just in the last six months.”

And, whilst fires and burglaries are one way of increasing how many punters you have, buyouts are another. This is precisely what Securitas Direkt has done when they acquired Hafslund Security last year.

“We have 150,000 customers, making up what I believe to be approximately half of the Norwegian market,” says Securitas Direkt’s press liaison, Cecilie Knudsen.

It’s curtains for criminals

If you still lie awake at night worrying about your safety and valuables, rather than your reduced liquidity, then G4S has the solution for you; a curtain detector.

This may look confusing, but it works by allowing you to go out of the windows and/or veranda doors and back in again, without setting the alarm off. It only activates the alarm if someone tries to get in, without having gone out first.

On the face of it, it seems like a good invention, but don’t forget your house-keys if you’re going out for the evening.



Published on Thursday, 6th August, 2009 at 22:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: securitas, direkt, g4s, sektor, alarm, house, valuables, break-in, fire, safety.





  
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