Fire alarm thefts leave apartment residents unprotected

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A new twist in creative crime — the widespread theft of electronic circuit boards in fire alarms — has left thousands of apartment and condo dwellers without warning in case of fire, and raised concerns among safety officials from Tallahassee to Tamarac.

Adding to fears about being caught in a blaze without warning, condo and apartment residents face the prospect of paying exorbitant fees for old-fashioned human fire watches.

“My God, they could have been dead in their beds,” Janet Bianchi, president of Margate’s Palm Lakes Condominium, said of the thousands of residents unknowingly living in units without working fire alarms. “It’s just scary we were left vulnerable.”Fire alarm […]

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