Review Category : Everyday Heroes

BrickHouse Everyday Heroes — Using Technology for the Greater Good

Left: Whitney Matney - Right: Diana Valentin

Left: Whitney Matney on the Ricki Lake Show
Right: Diana Valentin on ABC News, New York

If you’ve ever visited us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our customers’ posts describing how our products helped them right a wrong, protect their loved ones or gather crucial information. But sometimes, BrickHouse solutions serve as a catalyst for real change. We’re proud to share the stories of two everyday heroes who, after uncovering wrongdoing, took steps to make the world a safer place.

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Granny Beats Up Gang of Armed Robbers with Her Shopping Bag

What started as a jewelry store robbery on a busy street in broad daylight quickly turned into an arrest thanks to the bravery of Ann Timson, a 71-year-old grandmother that happened to be walking by. By bravery we don’t mean she called the police like most people would, but instead she started clobbering all six armed hooligans with her large shopping bag.

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17-Year-Old Boy Beats Would-Be Robber

malcolmA robbery attempt ended with the arrest of a would-be robber thanks to the efforts of a brave 17-year-old boy. After going into a small corner store and demanding money from the teen, the thief received more than he bargained for. Instead of forking over the cash like the robber had planned, the boy began hitting the man, and then chased him through the streets for about half an hour until the criminal was pinned down and arrested.

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Everyday Heroes: Catching an Arson Criminal

everydayheroesMike Spinney (Twitter @spinzo) from SixWeight.com sent us in a fantastic story about how he once helped catch a criminal accused of arson. Do you have stories where you played the hero and helped catch a crook? We’d love to hear them and publish them on the BrickHouse Security blog, so send them in!

Years ago I used to work for a security company in Portland, Maine (third shift mostly in the central station).  Our location included a back parking lot monitored by a beam-type motion detector and two cameras, including one with a remote tilt/pan control.  Working the third shift we’d see all kinds of shenanigans, mostly harmless, owing to the hidden nature of our lot.

One night the motion detector went off and we panned over to see a pedestrian.  Not unusual, and given that it was a quiet night, we panned along with him to see make sure he had no intention of making mischief.  He wandered into the next lot and stopped to pick something up, then seemed to loiter near a car.  Before long we could see something bright in the car and we could tell it was on fire.

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