Forensic Alarm Expert to Publish ‘Alarm Science Manual’

Jeffrey Zwirn, president of IDS Research and Development and a long-time SSI contributor, will release his book Aug. 1.

Jeffrey Zwirn, forensic alarm industry expert and president of Tenafly, N.J.-based IDS Research and Development Inc., announces the Aug. 1 release of his self-published book, “Alarm Science Manual.”

The “Alarm Science Manual” is a first of its kind authoritative forensic treatise for persons involved in the security survey, need analysis, system design, recommendation, application, installation, service, maintenance, inspection, repair, testing and monitoring of security alarm and life-safety systems.

The goal of the book is to help installing security contractors recognize the criticality of what they do right, and what they do wrong, Zwirn says.

“It will help minimize the dealers’ loss potential; most importantly, it will help protect their subscribers from property loss, serious personal industry, and death,” he says. “At the same time it will help the industry successfully combat and thwart the criminal element, minimize risks from fire, carbon monoxide, and other perils.”

The peer-reviewed manual provides expert assistance, forensic knowledge, advanced methodologies, countermeasures, technical expertise, and expert guidance for installing security and monitoring contractors.

Following is an excerpted comment about the manual from peer reviewer Daniel B. Kennedy, Ph.D, CPP, consulting forensic criminologist and professor emeritus, Criminal Justice and Security Administration, University of Detroit Mercy:

“This book is to be commended for its authority, content, and clarity. It reminds me of the enormously popular Protection of Assets Manual in terms of its readability and focus on the most important issues concerning the alarms segment of security and safety efforts emphasized in modern sciences.”

The manual is also written in mind for other electronic and physical security practitioners, including security consultants; security directors; specifiers; detectives and investigators; arson investigators; cause and origin investigators; civil and criminal legal professionals and courts; engineers; certified fraud examiners; homeland security professionals; authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs); plus, law enforcement and governmental agencies.

Consumers as well as undergraduate and graduate students enrolled and/or who have earned their degree in criminal justice or homeland security curriculum, will also find interest in the material.

“They’ll learn about the duties and responsibilities of the professional alarm, security and system integration industry, and why so much is at risk when security systems fail,” he says.

Zwirn is a long-time SSI contributor who pens the monthly “Security Science” column. His industry participation includes serving as an expert instructor with the New York City Police Department for more than 15 years.

About the Author


Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.

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