“In the high-end home alarm world, Avante Security is king.” – Toronto Life Magazine

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In the April 2015 edition of Toronto Life, crime in Toronto’s higher end neighbourhoods is explored.  Avante Security’s offerings were showcased on page 72.

Please see full article HERE  (Avante is referenced beginning on page 72.)

 

Below is an excerpt of the article:

“In the high-end home alarm world, Avante Security is king.” – Toronto Life

Drive down any of the city’s best streets—Dunvegan, Old Forest Hill, Post, Cluny—and the Avante logo is as prevalent as Range Rovers. The signs do more than ward off would-be thieves: for homeowners, they’re a status symbol. The company provides personal security for local and visiting VIPs— Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeb Bush and members of the Saudi royal family are recent clients—as well as security guards for the mega-rich travelling abroad. The bulk of its business, however, is in residential security. Since 2010, Avante has doubled its customer base to 2,000 homes and its annual revenue to $12 million.  At the company’s North York command centre, three hulking employees sit inside a glassed-in bubble, monitoring computer screens and a wall of 50-inch TVs. From a desk chair, operators can monitor the intimate movements of some of Toronto’s most powerful residents: when they come and go, when they sleep, how they take their eggs. The secrets contained inside this room represent a significant portion of Toronto’s net worth.

Luis D’Agosto is Avante’s senior operative. He’s about as tall as he is wide, with a faint goatee and a shaved, pockmarked head. He’s also incredibly polite, tacking a courteous “sir” onto just about every sentence. D’Agosto trains Avante’s 35 operatives in baton, sharp weapons and handcuffing skills, use of force, and crisis management, though over the past 25 years has mostly spent his days driving around Forest Hill, Rosedale, Lawrence Park and the Bridle Path in a discretely marked car, one of at least 10 perpetually on patrol, looking out for anything abnormal. As a result, he’s in a state of constant vigilance, scanning for potential threats, even when he’s off duty. “It drives my wife nuts at parties,” he says.

I accompanied D’Agosto on a patrol of Forest Hill. After 30 minutes, he slammed on the brakes and reversed up Old Forest Hill Road, hopped out, trudged up the front walk of a brick two storey home and picked up a package sitting on the front step.  D’Agosto knocked on the door and handed it to the owner, who recognized him and smiled affectionately. “It doesn’t look good when a package is sitting out like that. A thief might assume there’s no one home,” he explained later.  Crime is good for business. Every month, the company sends out a newsletter detailing the latest threats. Avante instructs their clients to report break-ins at non-Avante homes in the neighbourhood— all in the name of community safety, of course—and quickly dispatches their sales staff to knock on doors. In November 2014, four houses on the same Rosedale street were burgled; all are now customers. At the low end, the systems cost $600 to install and $30 per month for monitoring.  The high end is stratospheric. One system, just installed, features a panic room, a dozen high-resolution security cameras, heat sensors, security shutters and state-of-the-art vibration sensors, all of it carefully disguised to blend in with the interior decor. The price tag: $1.5-million.

Starting in 2010, second-storey break-ins on Russell Hill, Briar Hill, Parkwood, Glencairn, Dunloe, Strathallan Wood and Alexandra Wood filled the Forest Hill gossip mill with rumours of the mysterious cat burglar who broke in through the roof. In York Region, the problem was even more dramatic: hundreds of break-ins, all through the second storey, and all on the ritziest streets: Elgin Mills Road, Elgin Street, Thornbank Road, and more.  In December 2012, Avante clients on the Bridle Path returned home to find a massive hole, hacked away with a hatchet, in their master bathroom ceiling—though nothing was missing, probably because Avante was on the scene in three minutes.  The year before, a client in the Yonge and York Mills area came home to find the skylight forced open—the thief had descended via a rope to the second storey—and a small collection of jewellery missing. D’Agosto arrived on the scene minutes after an alarm sounded, but the perp had vanished, the getaway rope still swinging.

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On May 2nd 2014 at 3:50am, an individual in a hoodie carrying a large shoulder bag was checking house doors to determine if they were unlocked and also looking for unlocked vehicles to target overnight.

Avante’s Intelligent Perimeter Protection (AIPP) Video Analytics detected the individual by software algorithm identification at an Avante client’s premises while the family was sleeping.

First the burglar checked the side door of the neighbor’s house to see if entry could be gained at 3:50.38 am.  (See link 1 below).  This first detection triggered an instant alert in the Avante Control Centre and an Operative was immediately dispatched.

Then seconds later at 3:51am the cars belonging to the Avante client were targeted.   (See link 2 below)

The third link shows our AIPP Video Analytics actually detecting the Avante operative who arrived at 3:55 am to investigate – within 5 minutes of the first detection.   (See link 3 below).   The Avante Operative ensured the home was secure and then patrolled the neighborhood in search of the suspect.   He was not found and we believe the suspect vacated the area.    In this case no home alarm would ever have been triggered and without AIPP the client would have otherwise been unaware of this attempt at vandalism (or in the neighbour’s case an attempt at home entry.)

This incident occurred in the Bayview / York Mills area of Toronto but we know that this type of activity happens every night across the city.   We know of numerous reports of articles missing from cars in higher end neighborhoods but this offers a glimpse of it happening in real time.  In this case the fact the suspect  tried an entry door for a home is concerning.  Had the door been unlocked, this could have become an home invasion situation.

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Please make sure you keep your doors locked at all times and especially at night.  It’s sounds trivial but in a busy household, it’s easy to forget to check that your doors are all locked before sleeping.  In addition, please make sure your alarm is armed on the ‘Stay’ mode at all times when you are in your home and the ‘Away’ mode when you are not home.

Please feel free to email this to your neighbours as awareness of this type of threat is  crucial to ensuring the neighborhood is looking out for suspicious persons like this one during the night.

When incidents such as these occur, Avante Security will send out this notification to inform you of the incident and provide security tips to help deter intruders from your home.

If you require any assistance contact us anytime.   If you would like to learn more about Avante’s Intelligent Perimeter Protection (AIPP) Video Analytics or our 6 Minute Rapid Alarm Response offering please contact us or email us at sales@avantesecurity.com or visit our website at www.avantesecurity.com.

 

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High-profile individuals and executives are faced with unprecedented corporate and personal risks, requiring a higher level of security planning, coordination and management both domestically and while traveling abroad. Avante understands that clients and their families require a brand of personal protection that neither impedes on their lifestyle nor appears needlessly ostentatious.

Our executive protection professionals are trained not only in strategic and tactical situations, but also highly skilled in social dynamics and awareness. We offer a full range of discreet, personal and professional services designed to minimize risk while maximizing protection and mobility globally. This includes a global network of affiliations in more than 100 higher-risk countries, entirely managed via one phone number 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Through the Avante Control Centre telephone number, one can arrange any form of executive protection, commensurate with the threat level, with extremely quick turnaround times. For example, this can apply to secured transportation to a local sporting event or comprehensive security concierge and protection management for an entire delegation on lengthy trips, as well as volatile higher-risk environments. We can arrange customized solutions such as a tarmac airport meet and greet in the Middle East, for instance, and then continue transportation to business meetings.

Further, we can help VIPs assess personal risk and implement measures to counteract this risk.   It starts in the home with security systems but can include window film to prevent objects from being thrown in, cameras, video analytic technology, panic buttons throughout the house, safe rooms and frequent patrols by Avante operatives.

We work with each client to coordinate and develop a customized security plan domestically and for international visits.  We strive to provide various layers of protection as the situation and client circumstances warrant. From basic security with private drivers to details that require advance reconnaissance, to tracking devices, to hotel room security monitoring to portable panic buttons and alarm systems, Avante can provide the Executive Protection solution that’s right for you both at home and abroad.