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SSI
HALL FAME
INDUSTRY
OF
Jeffrey Zwirn
President, IDS Research and Development, Inc.
JEFFREY ZWIRN
The Zwirn File
■ Born 1960 in Dade County, Fla.
■ Mother was an artist; father was a
real estate broker; sister is a retired
schoolteacher and musician
■ Built his first alarm system at age nine
to keep his sister out of his bedroom
■ Father of 29-year-old daughter with
master's degree in forensic psychology
■ Author of nationally recognized,
peer-reviewed The Alarm Science
Manual
■ Awarded four U.S. Patents regarding
electronic security and life-safety
systems
■ Other interests: martial arts (2nd
degree Tae Kwon Do black belt)
and magic
■ Role models: Les Gold, Norman
Rubin and Ralph Sevinor
Why He's on the List
■ One of the youngest people to
attain a Journey Man and Master's
Certificate of Competency in
burglar alarm systems
■ Built one of the largest independent
alarm contracting companies in
southeast Florida
■ Testified in his first forensic alarm
case in 1980; forensically investigated
thousands of cases and claims
over the last 40-plus years
■ Served as contributing editor to
Security Sales and Security Sales &
Integration for almost 30 years
■ Testified in State of Missouri v.
George Revelle, a landmark firstdegree
murder retrial; testimony was
critical to the acquittal
Stories Worth Remembering
" When I was nine, I received a Radio
Shack 101 electronics kit from my
parents. Buried deep in the dozens of
do-it-yourself projects was a simple burglar
alarm system that involved assembling
a functional photoelectric beam. I
built alarm systems to make me feel safe.
This profound feeling expanded my focus
to dedicate my life to learning everything
I could to become an alarm contractor
and help protect others. "
" My first central station was running a
wire to my best friend's home - located
directly behind my childhood home - so
he would be notified if someone came
into my room unauthorized. Inside
my friend's room, I mounted a 10-inch
Ademco bell with a relay and power
supply that would ring when my bedroom
alarm was activated. Cutting the wiring
would cause a vehicle shaker switch to
change its position and be activated,
thereby creating a secondary alarm
through a siren and another power supply
that would activate inside my best friend's
bedroom. This was my first attempt at
creating 'line security.' "
" I asked my father to call the local
alarm companies to give us estimates for
alarm systems, so I could listen to their
sales pitches. I was amazed when they
came with their suitcase demo cases. I
asked a lot of questions. Years later, some
of the old timers who were still in the
business remembered their experience
of a 10-year-old interrogating them. My
father took me to alarm suppliers and
would buy me all types of alarm equipment
that I could work on and install.
Plus, I also got pulled equipment from
customers who canceled their services
from a local Honeywell Alarm Supply. "
" In 1980, I performed my first forensic
case for a homeowner who alleged that
his alarm system hadn't been properly
designed and installed. The homeowner
needed someone to provide an expert
opinion. I offered no guarantees of what
I would find or if I could support the alle64
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gations. This case made me aware that I
could use my specialized education, skill,
knowledge, training and experience as a
forensic alarm expert. After this experience,
I found that I could be a teacher
in a classroom for both judges and juries
who were charged with determining the
merits and liability of cases. "
Zwirn is the proud father of a 29-yearold
daughter, who is pictured here with
her fiancé.
" By November 1993, I had built up
one of the largest independent alarm
companies in south Florida, with more
than 3,000 customers located throughout
Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
I decided to sell my company so I could
move to New York in 1994 and then to
New Jersey. Currently, I have an active
alarm contracting practice in New York
and New Jersey and continue to design,
recommend, install, service, inspect,
test and maintain these systems. On the
consulting side, I'm heavily involved in
training the professional and technical
community of the alarm central station,
as well as the law-enforcement community
and Authorities Having Jurisdiction
(AHJs). "
His Legacy
" I hope to be remembered as someone
who focused on educating the professional
and technical community of our
industry on consistently doing things
correctly and reliably. " SSI
2024
JEFFREY ZWIRN

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