La Marque man says home security failed to prevent four break-ins

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 15, 2012, 2:37am

GALVESTON - La Marque resident Bruce Watkins claims the improper installation of an alarm system resulted in his home being burglarized four times, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed against ADT Security Services Inc. on May 3 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 states the 2010 break-ins cost Watkins close to $20,000.

Watkins and ADT entered into a contract in July 2009.

The suit shows that the defendant told the plaintiff that its systems "worked, were reliable and would make Mr. Watkins's home secure from recent break-ins that had occurred (there)."

"The ADT representative stated that ADT would timely fix any problems in its security systems it would install in Mr. Watkins's home and cover any losses Mr. Watkins would suffer if ADT's security systems failed for any reason," the original petition says.

Watkins says the property was then burglarized on May 8, 2010, in the amount of $1,400.

Burglars struck the house again on May 15, June 12 and July 20 that same year, taking an additional $17,000 from the complainant, the suit says.

According to Watkins, the alarm did not sound in each instance although the system was powered on, which the La Marque Police Department confirmed.

He adds "ADT has refused to pay any of (his) damages."

Attorney Owen Jones of Friendswood is representing the plaintiff.

Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Barbara Roberts is presiding over the case.

Cause No. 67,442

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