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The Alarm
Science Manual™

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The Alarm Science Manual™ is a first of its kind authoritative peer reviewed forensic treatise on security systems.

  • The Alarm Science Manual™ provides Scientific advice and advanced methodologies to help minimize liability now, while providing your customers with the most advanced, effective and reliable security systems available.
  • Peer reviewed by alarm, security, and legal experts.
  • Utilized by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), The Nations Leader in Law Enforcement, in their training curriculum.
  • Forensic knowledge, advanced methodologies, and countermeasures.
  • Technical expertise and guidance for professional alarm companies, central stations, central station operators and supervisors, security experts, local and federal law enforcement, certified protection professionals, physical security professionals, certified fire protection specialists, certified fraud examiners, certified criminal investigators, NICET certified technicians, fire protection engineers, electrical engineers, certified fire investigators, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), special investigation units, arson investigators, private investigators, lawyers, judges, undergraduate and graduate students whose course of study is in criminal justice, forensic science, physical security, electronic security, fire science, loss prevention, homeland security, private and public corporations, and consumers.

Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, FACFEI, CHS-III, SET, CCI, FASI&T, MBAT, President publishes the peer reviewed The Alarm Science Manual™.

About the Author

Few people have had as much expertise in forensically investigating electronic security and fire alarm systems as nationally recognized alarm expert and industry veteran, Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, DABFET, CHS-III, SET, RI, President of IDS Research and Development, Incorporated. From the age of nine, when Zwirn built his first alarm system, and now for a total of more than forty years.

Mr. Zwirn has been immersed in all aspects of owning and operating an alarm contracting practice, including performing security surveys, need analysis, providing recommendations, as well as the sales, design, installation, programming, inspection, service, repair, maintenance, testing, and monitoring of thousands of security and fire alarm systems.

In addition to being designated and recognized by The New York City Police Department (NYPD) as an Expert Instructor, Zwirn has been retained to investigate thousands of cases and claims involving electronic security systems; from burglary and fire losses, to events where security systems have stood as a silent witness to catastrophic crimes, such as arson, fraud, rape, and murder.

Mr. Zwirn’s highly specialized skills are further amplified through the crucial application of his education, skill, knowledge, training, experience and credentials in the alarm and security industry. To that end, Zwirn has educated and taught juries and the technical community of the alarm, security, and law enforcement industries across the country, regarding all of this mission-critical information, and his forensic methodologies. By employing a combination of reliable scientific and technical methodologies, Zwirn is able to uncover the reasons why a system is alleged to have failed, did not fail, was circumvented, was bypassed by an insider, or otherwise, and what, if any impact his forensic investigative analysis and findings brings to the case.

One measure used to quantify Zwirn’s unparalleled expertise and experience in forensic alarm investigations, is that he has been retained by some of the world’s largest alarm companies and manufacturers, as their expert. In just one example, the reliability of Zwirn’s forensic expertise was a contributing factor in getting a defense verdict in a $90 million dollar plaintiff’s fire loss claim against a nationally recognized alarm company. Conversely, Mr. Zwirn has also been retained as the plaintiff’s alarm expert. That being said, in the first seven months of 2010 alone Zwirn’s testimony was a contributing factor in jury awards and verdicts in excess of millions of dollars.

Zwirn is also nationally known for the groundbreaking scientific and technical forensic investigation that he performed, and testified to in the first degree murder retrial case of the State of Missouri versus George Revelle. During the deliberations, the jury stated that they believed that Revelle killed his wife. However, after hearing Zwirn testify for the defense, the jury came back with a not guilty verdict. More particularly, not only did the jury state that Zwirn was a reliable witness, but the jury unilaterally relied on Zwirn’s expertise and testimony to reach their not guilty verdict.

Mr. Zwirn has also been selected to provide test questions for the internationally recognized Certified Protection Professional credential and for each level of the National Institute for Certification In Engineering Technologies Fire Alarm Certification Program (NICET®).

Mr. Zwirn was also appointed as a principal technical committee panel member for NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm Code and for The National Fire Alarm Signaling Code, in the special expert category, and currently serves on twenty-two UL Standard Technical Panels.


Ralph Sevinor, President, Wayne Alarm Systems

Lynn, Massachusetts
Former President of the Central Station Alarm Association
CSAA Stan Lott Memorial Award Winner
Triton Award Winner
Awarded with the Weinstock Award by the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association