Allan B. Colombo

Freelance Writer

Allan Colombo is a 35-year veteran in the security and life safety markets. He is director with FireNetOnline.com and a nationally recognized trade journalist in East Canton, Ohio. Reach him at abc@alcolombo.us

Articles by Allan B. Colombo

January 2009
According to the FBI, there were more than 1.4 million acts of violent crime, or 466.9 offenses per 100,000 Americans, in 2007. Over the same period, nearly 10 million property crimes occurred, or 3,263.5 per 100,000. READ MORE
January 2009
A pharmacist friend called about a couple of after-hours attempts to break into his establishment. In both incidents, the perpetrators were frightened off by the intrusion alarm system. Because he had a good shot of the criminals on video, he thought the police would have little trouble identifying them, but he was wrong. READ MORE
December 2008
Effective security requires accurate, identifiable video surveillance. The need to see events as they occur—especially at remote locations, in real time or after the fact—is what good security is all about. READ MORE
December 2008
Cameras in public places are becoming more commonplace. Cities frequently install cameras on light poles overlooking street corners, at hot spots around the city, on government buildings, and other places. Private citizens also buy and install outside cameras, putting them in or on their homes and businesses. READ MORE
November 2008
Unwanted alarm drops are a nuisance, and police departments across the nation are working toward a solution. Alarm companies and equipment manufacturers also are working to reduce or eliminate false alarms in a variety of ways. READ MORE
November 2008
This trade depends on National Electrical Code compliance, especially where it involves device placement and connectivity. Knowing how to install initiation and notification appliance devices is integral to the fire safety mission, and electrical contractors (ECs) who routinely work in this low-voltage segment know all about this. READ MORE
October 2008
The devil, they say, is in the details. The alarm company that pays close attention to this when doing an installation will be asked to return again when there is additional work to be done. This includes routine service as well as additions to the system. READ MORE
October 2008
Security is serious business, and most of the men and women who work in physical security treat it as such. However, there are times when loose talk out of shop can cause serious security breaches for a contractor’s commercial and institutional clients. The result can be a successful break-in or the gleaning of critical information considered classified in nature. READ MORE
August 2008
Wire has been the de facto standard in signaling since the early 1800s when it was first used in telegraphy to carry information on enemy troop movements in Europe. READ MORE

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