Hurray for ADT Security Services, the Spring of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Police Department and the Sheriff's Office in Tampa.
The November 16, 2005, issue of the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Florida, reported that domestic violence victims who are deemed to be in imminent danger and have secured restraining orders will be given -- free of charge -- a home security system that sends a silent alarm to ADT Security Services. The victims can either push a button mounted in the home or on a pendant.
ADT is paying for the program, estimated to cost $50,000 over five years. High Five to ADT.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if every security service in the country offered the same service?
(NOTE: Even though a security system in a victim's home gives security while they're there, what about when they're out in the community? A restraining order is nothing more than a piece of paper. Many women are murdered every year, with restraining orders in their pocket. One woman I read about was shot by her soon-to-be-ex-husband in the parking lot of a Walmart, with her teenage daughter watching in horror.
If I were in this dangerous situation, I'd want to be able to act in my own defense. If you're fearful for your own safety, check out the information from the Best Stun Gun web site about pepper spray and stun guns. Better safe than sorry.)