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Someone who gains unauthorized access to a residential or commercial area to steal items of value.

Burglar Alarm System

An electronic system that consists of alarm devices that are connected to a control panel through a low-voltage, hardwire or narrowband RF wireless signal. A burglar alarm system can be monitored professionally by a central station or individually by the user.


An unauthorized entry of a secure location which results in the damage and/or theft of property.

National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA)

What has since been renamed the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the NBFAA is the largest professional non-profit 501(c) 6 trade association in the United States. It exists to represent, promote and enhance the growth and professional development of the electronic life safety, security, and integrated systems industry.