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January 18, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Homeowner upset with city of Mesa for ‘false alarm’ fine
    1.14.16 – Tucson News Now – A Valley homeowner is upset after the city of Mesa fined him for a so-called “false alarm” and for not registering his Wi-Fi-enabled garage door opener. More Info
  • AZ: Paradise Valley alarm system failure illustrates system update …
    1.16.16 – Paradise Valley Independent – The Town of Paradise Valley has been in the alarm business since 1984 but the hardware and infrastructure has become outdated and on this past New Years … More Info
  • LA: NOPD putting more cops’ ‘boots on ground’ in neighborhoods
    1.14.16 – WDSU New Orleans – … building an online reporting system to report nonviolent property crimes to police and updating the city’s False Alarm Ordinance to cut time wasted responding … More Info
  • MA: Police Reminder: There Are Fines for False Alarms
    1.14.16 – Patch.com – Wayland, MA — Last year, Wayland police responded to 675 false alarms. Chief Robert Irving is reminding those people with residential or business alarms … More Info

CES 2016

  • CES 2016: The Coolest Security Products
    1.8.16- Security Today – The International Consumer Electronics Show, otherwise known as CES, is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. This year, the security industry has made a splash. A noticeable trend is devices that connect you to your secure home, even when you aren’t there. These three products give users a sense of security and peace of mind, something all homeowners wish to have. More Info
  • ADT expands monitoring with Canopy
    1.13.16 – SSN – Las Vegas – ADT announced its new Canopy service at CES, which brings the company’s professional monitoring capabilities into devices from LG, Honeywell, Samsung, and others. More Info
  • Leading Security, Home Automation Analysts Cover ADT, Bosch, Control4, More at CES 2016
    1.15.16 – CEPro – Leading security and home automation research and investment firm Imperial Capital highlights IoT products, trends and companies at CES 2016. More Info
  • Amazon Echo at CES 2016 and Beyond: The Next Big Driver for Home Automation
    1.14.16 – CEPro -Amazon Echo and the Alexa speech engine have changed the way we want to interact with the smart home. New home-automation partners revealed at CES 2016 suggest voice control as the home-tech UI of the future. More Info
  • Top 5 Smart Home Trends for 2016
    1.16.16 – Electronic House – For a monthly fee, the service will send emergency personnel out in case of intrusion, smoke, carbon monoxide, and panic alarms. No long-term contract is … More Info
  • Hunter Fan Company Awarded CES 2016 Editors’ Choice for Wi-Fi …
    1.16.16 – PR Newswire – HomeKit-enabled products also work together based on Triggers; for example, the fan’s light can be triggered to turn on the moment the fire alarm detects smoke … More Info

Industry News

  • Make 2016 the Year of Selling More Services
    1.12.16 – CI – This year, more emphasis needs to be placed on the differences in selling transactions versus selling outcome-based services. More Info
  • Legal: Licensing for DIY-Installed Monitored Security Systems Across County Lines
    1.12.16 – CEPro – As traditional security dealers and new entrepreneurs follow the model of factory-configured, self-installed monitored security systems, what are the licensing requirements for nationwide coverage? More Info
  • Vivint Connects to ASAP Program in Richmond, Va.
    1.15.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Implementation of the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol continues to build across the nation. Recently, Boca Raton became the first connected PSAP in Florida. More Info
  • SD&I Cover Story – 2016: The Year of the 2G Sunset
    1.16.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – With the 2G sunset looming at the end of 2016, procrastination is no longer an option — the time is now to find alternative alarm communications for customers. More Info
  • For Security Integrators, Not All Retail Store Clients Should Be Treated the Same
    1.13.16 – SI – More retail stores are looking to add security measures for loss prevention. But security integrators need to do their due diligence on the specific needs of the store when assessing security solutions. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
John Broden | Carbon monoxide alarms. Requires carbon monoxide alarms in hotels, motels, and dwellings. Defines “carbon monoxide alarm”. Makes technical corrections.
Status: 01/07/2016 : First reading: referred to Committee on Commerce & Technology


State & National News

  • Private sector employment grew four times more than government in 2015
    1.8.16 – Governing – Government employment climbed only one-half of one percent over the 12 months ending in December, according to U.S. Department of Labor estimates released Friday. By comparison, private-sector employment expanded about 2.2 percent over the same period — more than four times the growth rate of the public sector. More Info
  • Next-Gen Wi-Fi Will Actually Connect the Internet of Things
    1.4.16 – Wired – The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that dictates and advances Wi-Fi standards, has announced the latest iteration of its increasingly indispensable technology. read more
  • 7 of the biggest issues facing law enforcement in 2016
    1.8.16 – PoliceOne.com – No one has to the ability to predict the future, and ancient soothsayers were not really magical, but you don’t have to be Nostradamus to identify the challenges which might lie ahead for law enforcement leaders this coming year. All we have to do is apply historical information and meld it with intuition and data to foresee likely trends ahead.  READ MORE

Business Tips

  • What’s the One Thing You Can Install to Make Employees Happier?
    1.14.16 – CI – Digital communications media create stronger relationships between a company and its employees, which can be just as important as a good benefits or compensation package in encouraging employee retention. More Info
  • What Star Wars can teach us about cyber ethics
    1.11.16- SIW – Security professionals need to be aware of the dark side’s lure when making decisions… More Info


  • IA: Sprinkler line breaks at Table Mound Elementary School
    1.12.16 -Dubuque Telegraph Herald – A break in a sprinkler line Monday afternoon activated the fire alarm and impacted phone lines at Table Mound Elementary School. There was no fire, though the … More Info
  • MA: Cask ‘n Flagon not pressing charges after some patrons skip out on …
    1.13.16 – Wicked Local Marshfield – When a smoke alarm went off at Marshfield’s Cask ‘n Flagon restaurant Sunday afternoon, patrons were evacuated outside and into the rain. Some never came … More Info
  • MA: Chiefs’ hotel fire alarm went off, Patriots conspiracy theories abound
    1.17.16 – CBSSports.com – The Chiefs had an unfortunate disturbance at their hotel on Friday night, with the fire alarm apparently going off in the middle of the night and shaking up K.C.’s … More Info
  • MA: Cigarette in trash bin sets off fire alarm at Village Court
    1.16.16 – Sippican Week – Mattapoisett – Fire Chief Andrew Murray said a “carelessly discarded cigarette” at Village Court set off smoke alarms and brought the Mattapoisett Fire and … More Info
  • MT: Montana Attorney General Forced To Evacuate His Office Due To …
    1.16.16 – Newstalkkgvo – “At about 3 p.m. the fire alarm went off and the building was evacuated. The law enforcement folks came in with bomb-sniffing dogs and cleared the building a … More Info
  • PA: Annville-Cleona school fire alarms triggered Saturday
    1.17.16 – Lebanon Daily News – Annville-Cleona Fire District and Central Medical Transport and First Aid and Safety Patrol ambulances were dispatched at 11:31 a.m. Saturday to the … More Info
  • PA: Pittsburgh man whose wheelchair caught fire dies
    1.13.16 – Tribune-Review – Pittsburgh police, firefighters and paramedics went to a home about 3:10 p.m. Monday for a medical alarm. More Info
  • PA: Student charged after pot smoke sets off alarm at West Chester ...
    1.12.16 -The Mercury – Student Samantha Lynn Hendrie, 21, of Orrtanna, Adams County, was smoking marijuana that burned so much that it set off a smoke alarm in her apartment, … More Info
  • TX: Two homes destroyed in Tyler fire
    1.16.16 – KLTV – The man who lives in the home where the fire began was woken up by the smoke alarm. He and the couple who lived next door were able to get out with some … More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: MCSO seeking pair in robbery of Surprise Circle K, attempt at Sun …
    1.17.16 – YourWestValley.com – The duo reportedly entered an AM/PM convenience store a short time earlier, around 2 a.m., but when the alarm … More Info
  • CA: $1.5 million jewel theft has dealer on edge
    1.16.16 – The San Diego Union-Tribune – 9th, checked two hours later to make sure the alarm was on, and discovered his loss the next morning. Missing are more than 200 rings, a 27-carat diamond … More Info
  • CA: Burglar at Wahoo’s gets a cashbox — but it’s empty
    1.11.16 – Los Angeles Times – Officers responded at about 3 a.m. to the restaurant after an alarm sounded, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Dan Miles said. More Info
  • CA: Repeat burglary suspect arrested in northeast Fresno with help from …
    1.15.16 – Fresno Bee – A pedestrian passing through heard a burglar alarm at one of the businesses around 7:17 a.m., Sgt…. More Info
  • CA: Suspected Thieves Caught on Camera Stealing from Stockton Church
    1.14.16 – FOX40 – From the ceilings to the outside walls, a security installer is hard at work drilling in a new alarm system for Lakeview Assembly Church. This is just … More Info
  • CA: Suspects In Martinez Wingstop Armed Robbery Caught On Camera
    1.16.16 – CBS Local – Police said they received an alarm from the business moments later. The suspects fled from the scene before officers arrived, police said. Employees told police … More Info
  • CA: Thieves break into 7 businesses in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach
    1.15.16 – The Daily Breeze – The crimes occurred within about an hour, ending about 5:20 a.m. when Manhattan Beach police received an alarm call at Super Sports in the Manhattan … More Info
  • CT: Motion-Sensor Video Surveillance Helps Police Nab Burglar in No Time in Newtown
    1.15.16 – SSI – Newtown, CT – Police were able to arrest Christopher Isaacson in the front yard of the house he allegedly robbed. More Info
  • CT: Police investigating burglary at Country Convenience
    11.12.15 – Thehour.com – Police said that at approximately 12:30 a.m., a central burglar alarm provided notification of the break-in. According to police, thieves gained entry to the store by … More Info
  • CT: Troopers Look For Man Who Broke Into Bozrah Liquor Store
    1.11.16 – Hartford Courant – About 3:15 a.m. Saturday, troopers were dispatched to Bozrah Wine and Spirits after the store’s burglary alarm sounded. When they … More Info
  • FL: Deputies: Pair takes children to burglary in Lake Worth
    1.14.16 – WPBF West Palm Beach – The homeowner told deputies that around 10 a.m. he was notified by his security system that his front door alarm had gone off. He checked his security cameras … More Info
  • FL: Iced tea proves burglary suspect’s undoing in multi-city spree with …
    1.13.16 – Sun Sentinel – … in a Kia that had been stolen about a month ago in Hollywood, Carter said. “They didn’t get a chance to steal anything because they set off an alarm,” she said. More Info
  • FL: Swanky South Tampa neighborhoods on burglar alert
    1.13.16 – WTSP 10 News – In another case, an alarm was triggered but the burglar – working so quickly – was … “That scares me that they broke into a house with an alarm and still went in, … More Info
  • GA: Alleged robber nabbed minutes after fleeing Fayetteville bank
    1.16.16 – Atlanta Journal Constitution – The teller was able to activate the panic alarm and the suspect fled without any cash. Bank employees described the suspect’s vehicle, which was found in a … More Info
  • GA: Meigs Dollar General burglarized
    1.13.16 – Times-Enterprise – Burglars avoided setting off motion detectors and the burglar alarm system. Jones said an identical burglary took place last week at a Cairo General Dollar. More Info
  • IN: Gary man accused of taking television, leather coat from home
    1.13.16 – nwitimes.com – Police responded to the neighborhood after receiving a report of a residential alarm. Finley was allegedly seen leaving the home through a side window, but he … More Info
  • KY: Police respond to burglar alarm, find suspect still in the house
    1.16.16 – WDRB – He says the would-be-thief used the bucket to climb in through the window. Once inside, officers found the place ransacked — glass all over the floor, the alarm … More Info
  • MA: Police investigate break-ins in Northampton, Easthampton and …
    1.16.16 – GazetteNET – John D. Cartledge said police responded to a triggered alarm at Racing Mart about 12:20 a.m. Friday. Nothing was taken from the … More Info
  • MD: Five break-ins at Bowie Plaza
    1.15.16 – CapitalGazette.com –  — about the same time a local bakery was hit by thieves — police responded to an alarm call at the Bowie Plaza Shopping Center. Upon arriving at the … More Info
  • MI: Bay City parolee returning to prison for break-ins, home invasions
    1.12.16 – MLive.com – 23, police responded to a burglar alarm at Jamie’s Dairies. They arrived to find a broken window with blood located on the sill, on an ice … More Info
  • MI: Burglar hits Farmington Hills restaurant
    1.12.16 – Hometownlife.com – A burglar alarm notified officers of the break-in at the restaurant. According to reports, the owner said the … More Info
  • MS: Police: Thieves strike three Hancock Co. churches
    1.16.16 – WDAM-TV – “We’ve put in an eight camera system in our alarm center,” said Griffin. Waveland police investigators are asking anyone who may have been passing by Mount … More Info
  • MT: Man accused of stealing $25000 worth of coins
    1.17.16 – Great Falls Tribune – Police responded to a residential alarm at 8:52 a.m. The alarm company phoned the home and contacted a male who gave the homeowner’s name but did not … More Info
  • NC: 2 charged in Mooresville break-in
    1.14.16 – Mooresville Tribune – James Randall Speight, 48, and Robert Worth Weber, 28, were each charged with breaking and entering, as well as larceny, after an alarm went off in a … More Info
  • NC: Two Men Arrested In Connection With Break-in To Business
    1.15.16 – WHKY – According to a news release, on Thursday the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office received a burglar alarm call at Schumacher Homes. Deputy Neill … More Info
  • ND: Burglary at Minot VFW Club
    1.11.16 – KXNet.com – One man is facing burglary charges after officers responded to an alarm at the VFW Club in Southeast Minot. Ward County Sheriff’s Department responded to an … More Info
  • OH: Ohio police dog shot during burglary investigation dies
    1.11.16 – WRGT TV Fox 45 – Canton police say the K9 named Jethro died Sunday after he was shot in the face, shoulder and neck area on Saturday as police investigated an alarm at a … More Info
  • OK: Stillwater Man Accused of Burglarizing Restaurants Due in Court
    1.14.16 – KUSH Radio – Four days after that restaurant burglary, at 6:02 a.m. officers responded to an alarm call at Curly’s Hamburgers, where they found fresh pry … More Info
  • OR: Two Springfield residents charged in connection with string of Dutch ...
    1.16.16 – The Register-Guard – Maxwell Culver, 27, and Danika Hall, 25, were taken into custody after officers responded to an alarm at the kiosk shortly after 1 a.m. and found that someone … More Info
  • PA: 4 Ohio men face arraignment in Pennsylvania drug break-ins
    1.12.16 – WTAE Pittsburgh – Drug Enforcement Administration agents say the men typically broke in between 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. and cut alarm wires and disabled other security systems … More Info
  • PA: Church burglar busted in Redding
    1.11.16 – Action News Now – Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Newtown Church of the Nazarene approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday … More Info
  • PA: Man admits to burglaries that netted over $2M in goods
    1.13.16 – WPXI Pittsburgh – The pair waited until the homes were vacant and cut phone and alarm wires. They then stole items, including jewelry, purses, and guns. A flashlight with Gittens’ … More Info
  • PA: Man who told police he lived in ‘hell’ cited
    1.17.16 – York Daily Record/Sunday News – That set off an alarm inside the bar, documents state. Officers then placed Frock under arrest. A search revealed drug paraphernalia including a marijuana pipe, … More Info
  • SC: 13th church break-in reported
    1.16.16 – The Times and Democrat – On Friday, the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office released an additional incident report stating that deputies responded to an activated alarm call … More Info
  • SC: Burglars hit 6 Cope churches
    1.11.16 – The Times and Democrat – The alarm system at Mt. Zion Baptist Church sounded at 1:20 a.m. Monday and deputies arrived moments later to find the banquet hall door … More Info
  • SC: Burglars Targeting Orangeburg County Churches
    1.13.16 – WLTX.com – Members came back to find the same one shattered this week and the wires to the alarm system ripped out. Stukes and other members think the same person is … More Info
  • TN: Salvation Army victim of attempted break-in
    1.13.16 – WVLT – “A camera security system, a broken glass security system, an alarm…” lists Lisa Misosky, the owner of the store. After her business was broken into twice in one … More Info
  • TN: Store robbed at knife point in Murfreesboro on Bradyville Pike
    1.12.16 –Wgnsradio – Police responded to the Hispanic store at 6:24 Monday night after receiving notice of a “Hold Up” alarm. Once on the scene it was discovered that the clerk was … More Info
  • TN: Three arrested in Kingsport burglary after running a stop sign hours …
    1.14.16 – Kingsport Times News – Early Wednesday morning, the Kingsport Police Department responded to an alarm at Cave’s Drug Store. When officers arrived at … More Info
  • TX: Plano Police Chase ATM Theft Suspect To Hutchins
    1.17.16 – CBS Local – Officers responded to the Chase Bank early Saturday morning after an alarm went off, Plano police said. After following a tracking device in the … More Info
  • TX: Police need help IDing last of 5 suspects in failed Lindale burglary
    1.13.16 – KLTV – Apparently they inadvertently set off the alarm systems, and at that point, they know law enforcement’s coming within a certain time frame, it’s time to get out of … More Info
  • WA: Jan. 11: Moses Lake police
    1.13.16 – iFIBER One News – 6:06 a.m. – Garden Heights Elementary School – Police responded to a burglary alarm. The building was checked and no problems were found. 9:18 a.m. … More Info
  • WI: Police: Store Owner Thwarts Armed Robbery with Panic Alarm
    1.12.16 – Racine County Eye – Racine police say the owner of Lincoln Supermarket utilized the panic alarm and refused to hand over any money to an attempted armed robber, and that … More Info
  • WI: Wascott man accused in Northland Country Club burglary
    1.13.16 – Superior Telegram – Duluth police officers responded to an alarm at the Northland Country Club about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and they located a man inside the … More Info
  • WV: Deputies on scene of shooting at convenience store in Wayne County
    1.16.16 – WSAZ-TV – Deputies say a key holder/employee of the convenience store got a notification that an alarm was going off. When they got there, they say they found a man … More Info
  • WY: Guilty pleas made in $7600 theft of DVDs
    1.17.16 – Gillette News Record – Velez-Diaz paid for a few items with cash and met Vega-Corral as he left the security barrier at the front of the store. When an alarm sounded, she stopped with … More Info

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