Security Firm Cites Nonexistent Crime Increase

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A home security firm in New York City is under fire for sending e-mail messages to homeowners that offers a free security check “because of the rise in crime.” The crime rate decreased in all five New York City boroughs last year.

But the e-mail referred to Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Every day our mayor is raising taxes and cutting something in this city. TO US THIS MEANS AN INCREASE IN THE CRIME RATE!!!!!!!!”

The spam was sent by an agent for First Detection System, a private local dealership that sells ADT Security Systems, said Gary Holmes, a spokesman for Tyco International, ADT’s parent company. Holmes said the worker who sent the e-mail was fired after an inquiry by Newsday.

Richard Hellenbrecht, chairman of Community Board 13, centered in Queens Village, asked state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) whether the state’s do-not-call registry could be used “to stop disreputable people from scaring people into thinking that all of a sudden, their neighborhoods are unsafe.”


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