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January 25, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Merced wants trial program to cut down on false alarms
    1.22.16 – Merced Sun-Star – It’s been two years in the making, but the city of Merced appears to be making moves to implement a false-alarm ordinance, which officials say could save the … More Info
  • MO: City may start assessing fines for repeated false alarms
    1.20.16 – Chillicothe Constitution Tribune – When Police Chief Rick Knouse asked the council to consider an ordinance to address nuisance alarms, Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright … More Info
  • NJ: Montclair Police Chief Sabagh to Leave Post March 1, Sources Say
    1.24.16 – TAPinto.net – In addition, Sabagh also implemented a False Alarm Reduction program which increased operational efficiencies and significantly reduced false alarms in the … More Info
  • NM: City council to discuss film sound-stage proposal
    1.24.16 – Las Cruces Sun-News – Also, city councilors will hear a presentation about the city’s false fire and security alarm ordinance, meant to curb a high number of false-alarm calls that were … More Info
  • SC: CPD reminds community of false alarm ordinance
    1.22.16 – WCBD News 2 – The Charleston Police Department would like to remind homeowners and business owners of the city’s false alarm ordinance implemented on September 1, … More Info
  • WI: Pewaukee Village Board reduces $8204 false fire alarm fee
    1.20.16 – Lake Country Now – Village of Pewaukee — After months of debate, elected leaders have changed what the village charges for false fire alarms, which used to be $8,204 after the …More Info
  • WV: New law allows VFD to seek payments
    1.22.16 – The Dpost – The new law also adds a $150 false fire alarm response charge beginning on a second call to any location within 30 calendar days. Commission President … More Info

Industry News

  • D-Link Demonstrates Innovative Networking Solutions at CES
    1.18.16 – AnandTech – The other home automation-related announcement was a new product – a Wi-Fi based alarm detector. Simply put, this device plugs into a wall outlet and … More Info
  • Tyco Retail Solutions Debuts RFID-Enabled Storefront Shrink Visibility
    1.18.16 – Benzinga – Storefront Visibility integrates with compatible surveillance cameras for video verification of storefront alarm events. These videos can be used for forensic … More Info
  • New Home Security Company Launches Portable Security System …
    1.18.16 – Home Toys – The company offers no-contract, DIY alarm systems that fit today’s lifestyles. Designed for a mobile-friendly world, the system is controlled through a smartphone. More Info
  • The changing face of the security industry
    1.15.16 – SIW – Today’s young security practitioners come from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences… More Info
  • Defining Verified
    1.15.16 – SIW – When it comes to alarms, the word verify is finally being properly clarified among the industry and law… More Info
  • Alarm.com and Monitronics Extend Preferred Technology Partnership
    1.20.16 – CNNMoney – Alarm.com will continue to be the primary supplier of smart home technology and connected security services to Monitronics and its more than 600 authorized … More Info
  • Coverage, detail and complications as 4K cameras move forward
    1.15.16 – SSN – Yarmouth, ME – Security experts agree 4K will grow in the surveillance field, but the variables—in supporting technology development and opportunity cost—make the immediate future of 4K unknown and unpredictable. More Info
  • Biometric access control to see double-digit growth
    1.20.16 – SSN- Dallas – The global and North American markets for biometric access control systems will see double-digit growth rates from 2015 to 2019, according to a recent report. More Info
  • Industry Wages Remain Steady
    1.20.16 – CEPro – 2016 CE Pro Wage & Salary Study reveals average pay rates for installation, sales, … More Info
  • Emergence of Wireless Alarm System Installations a Result of …
    1.21.16 – Security Sales & Integration – According to Security Sales & Integration’s 2014 Installation Business Report, 53% of intrusion alarm installations presently include wireless devices, and nearly … programming and project management positions by region; also, tips for hiring contractors. More Info
  • Fire Side Chat: NFPA 72 Requirements for Installing Gas Detection …
    1.18.16 – Security Sales & Integration – While NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, is primarily for the installation of fire alarm systems, the standard is intended for … More Info
  • Alarm Panel Communication Upgrades
    1.5.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Dialer capture devices convert a fire alarm control panel’s PSTN digital dialer to an IP signal for transmission over Ethernet or cellular network… More Info
  • Alarmcom and the NFLPA Bring Smarter Home Security to Members
    1.22.16 – Consumer Electronics Net – Vienna, Va. and Washington, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alarm.com (Nasdaq:ALRM), the leading platform solution for the smart home, and the … More Info
  • Remembering Brink’s Home Security’s Peder Kolind, Champion of …
    1.22.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Remembering Brink’s Home Security’s Peder Kolind, Champion of Low-Cost Alarm Systems and Monitoring. SSI columnist Ron Davis reflects on his time with … More Info
  • Top 5 Home Technology Trends and Opportunities for 2016
    1.22.16 – CEPro – Audio and video analytics, home automation user empowerment, the 4K UHD ecosystem, LVDC power distribution and front-door amenities such as smart doorbells top CE Pro’s 2016 Top… More Info
  • Emergence of Wireless Alarm System Installations a Result of Reliability, Affordability
    1.20.16 – SSI – Executives say wireless technology has gotten so good, there’s almost… More Info
  • CE Pro 2016 State of the Industry: Research on Home Technology Integrators
    1.19.16 – CE Pro research on the home technology channel shows integrators posted solid 9.1% revenue growth, with a strong increase in the number of projects and revenue per job. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Status: 12/03/15 : Prefiled
Status: 12/03/15 : Prefiled
Title – alarm industry; fingerprint requirements
Status: 01/12/2016 – Prefiled
Commerce and Insurance, Dept. of – As introduced, allows the state fire marshal to require and perform field inspections in lieu of requiring review and approval of plans and specifications for construction and alteration of certain buildings or structures, and to charge a fee of no more than $200 for inspections that were untimely requested. – Amends TCA Section 68-120-101.
Status: 01/21/2016 : Filed for introduction

State & National News

  • Legislative committee votes to ease fire alarm rules in smaller schools
    1.20.16 – Idaho Business Review – The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee approved a rule Jan. 19 that would ease fire alarm requirements in a host of buildings — including … More Info
  • New report: fires involving stores and other mercantile properties.
    1.21.15 – NFPA – Overview of the fire problem in stores and other mercantile properties, including trend tables, causes, time of day, day of week, month of year and area of origin… More Info
  • Smart Home Summit
    1.21.15 –NFPA – Below are the proceedings of a Summit to address research planning for the application of Smart Homes, held on 20-21 October 2015 in Palo Alto, California. This day and a half Summit was hosted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and is a supplemental effort to the earlier NIST funded project to address the “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting. More Info
  • FBI: Violent crime rose in first half of 2015 versus 2014
    1.19.16 – Associated Press – Washington – Violent crime rose across the country in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period the year before, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the FBI. More Info
  • Wage Gains, Construction and Corporate Profits Generate a Healthier Economy
    1.18.16 – CI – The economic forecast calls for a healthier 2016 as a number of factors come together to fuel greater consumer and corporate confidence. More Info
  • 16 States Introduce Legislation to Limit Surveillance
    1.20.16 – Yahoo News – Republican and Democratic legislators from 16 states and the District of Columbia advocated for legislation to strengthen privacy safeguards for employees and students as well as to curtail the growing use of surveillance technology. More Info

Business Tips

  • Why Integrators Need to Worry About Network Security (And How to Protect Yourself)
    1.20.16 – CI – Integrators may be held liable for installing a device onto a faulty or non-secure network if it is hacked. Here’s how to protect yourself and your clients from a security breach. More Info
  • Time to Call Your Bank: 4 Tricks to Getting a Great Loan Today
    1.18.16 – CI – Now is the perfect time to get a new business loan or extend your existing loan from the bank. Here are some tips and trick to make sure you get the best of what’s available. More Info
  • 13 Tips to Stop Multi-tasking and Get More Done
    1.24.16 – T Business 2 Community – It seems so simple and uncomplicated but as you know, once your alarm detonates the early morning calm, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make business … More Info


  • GA: Sprinkler system forces evacuation of 60 apartment residents
    1.22.16 – WSB Atlanta – Savannah firefighters were called to the building shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday for an alarm about water flowing. Fire officials said crews determined the … More Info
  • KS: Shawnee family alerted to house fire by alarm escapes without injury
    1.18.16 – The Dispatch – A smoke alarm alerted a Shawnee family to a fire in their home on Monday afternoon and allowed them time to escape the house without … More Info
  • OH: Fire alarms frustrate Liberty Center customers
    1.18.16 – WCPO – “Right in the middle of the movie — just smack in the middle in the movie — house lights come on, the fire alarms were going off, owners come in .. More Info
  • WI: Pulled Fire Alarm at Fond du Lac High School Monday
    1.18.16 – WHBL Sheboygan – Pulled Fire Alarm at Fond du Lac High School Monday. Tuesday … and below zero wind chills after someone pulled a fire alarm at the school. More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Man Accused Of Burglarizing Fort Smith Business, Stealing Chips
    1.20.16 -Times Record – Fort Smith police went to Corrugated Specialties, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday after the alarm at the business was sounding during the night. More Info
  • CA: 2 men allegedly found with stolen property at gas station used in …
    1.22.16 – KRON4.com – The station manager, Chavez, and an employee, Guzman, spoke with the officer and while they were conversing heard the alarm go off, according to police… More Info
  • CA: HEMET: Suspected burglar smashes store window
    1.24.16 – Press-Enterprise – About 2 a.m. Saturday, police responded in response to an active alarm. Officers noticed the rear door had been … More Info
  • CA: Man arrested after store window is smashed in Costa Mesa
    1.20.16 -Los Angeles Times – Officers responded to the business around 1 a.m. when an alarm there sounded, police said. Police said they found one … More Info
  • CA: Man killed in Pleasanton shooting had no drugs in system
    1.20.16 -Pleasanton Weekly – The fatal shooting on July 5 occurred after officers responded to a burglar alarm at Specialty Sales Classics, a Pleasanton car dealership. When officers arrived … More Info
  • CA: Police Seek Petaluma School Vandals
    1.18.16 – Patch.com – At 7:44 p.m., Petaluma police officers responded to a report of a security alarm that had been activated at Loma Vista Immersion Academy Elementary Charter … More Info
  • CA: Three Claremont Businesses Burglarized
    1.19.16 – Claremont Courier – Officers initially responded to a burglary alarm at Hayatt Mediterranean Food at approximately 3:15 a.m. … More Info
  • CO: Prolonged burglary of Colorado Springs smoke shop caught on …
    1.18.16 – Colorado Springs Gazette – Terry Behrman was at home in Pueblo when her security company called, alerting her the Smokin Iguana burglary alarm was sounding. She brought up … More Info
  • CT: Break-in reported at Fairfield restaurant
    1.21.16 – CT Post – Police were notified about the burglar alarm going off around 10:15 p.m. Monday, and when officers arrived, they found a broken window pane. The cash … More Info
  • DE: Homeless man charged with burglaries to Milford businesses
    1.24.16 – Milford Chronicle – Officers from the Milford Police Department were checking local businesses at 11:19 p.m. after receiving burglar alarm activation calls on the night of Friday, Jan…. More Info
  • GA: Investigator tackles burglary suspect
    1.24.16 – Moultrie Observer – Officers responding at 5:24 a.m. on Thursday to a burglary alarm at Bentley’s Restaurant & Lounge found an unsecured rear door. More Info
  • GA: Robbers steal entire ATM from bar
    1.22.16 – Connect Savannah.com – At about 5:21 a.m. Metro responded to a security alarm activation at the scene. Officers observed that the ATM was missing. “Investigators believe that just after 5 … More Info
  • IA: Arrest in store burglary
    1.21.16 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – Waterloo – Police arrested a Waterloo man for allegedly breaking into a liquor store on Wednesday morning. Waterloo police were called to an alarm at Ali’s … More Info
  • IA: Arrest Made in Casey’s Break-in
    1.19.16 – Ottumwa Post – ELDON, Iowa-On January 18, 2016 at or about 1:40AM, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an alarm at Casey’s General Store in Eldon. Deputies … More Info
  • IA: One arrested in bar burglary, other break-ins under investigation
    1.20.16 -Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – When officers caught Charles Howard Stocks Jr., on Monday morning following an alarm at the Park Road Inn, he was holding a hammer in one hand and cash … More Info
  • KS: Salina police catch man hiding in an attic
    1.20.16 – Salina.com – Mike Sweeney, police responded to a burglary alarm at 3:25 a.m. at Callabresi Heating and Cooling. When they arrived, they saw a man leaving … More Info
  • LA: Alarming situation in kitchen ends with no threat
    1.19.16 – The Daily Iberian – Wife Gladys and I were alarmed Saturday at home when a loud electronic alarm sounded, calling us to take action. Trouble was we couldn’t figure out what sort … More Info
  • MI: Brownstown police pursue culprits breaking into facility on nursery …
    1.23.16 – Southgate News Herald – A triggered alarm sent police to a building on the property near Meadowbank School, … Police heard the alarm as they approached the nursery school. More Info
  • NC: Alarm foils would-be burglars
    1.23.16 – Rocky Mount Telegram – A security alarm helped thwart would-be burglars at a local business early Friday morning. Rocky Mount police officers responded around 3:30 a.m. to an alarm … More Info
  • NC: Fayetteville police search for suspect in attempted home break-in
    1.20.16 -WRAL.com – When he was unsuccessful, and apparently scared away by the victim’s alarm, the man left the scene. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s or 40s … More Info
  • ND: Police Blotter: Two charged after assault on Cenex clerk
    1.23.16 – Dickinson Press – Police were alerted by a panic alarm Thursday afternoon to the Cenex gas station, where they learned that a man had … More Info
  • NJ: Man burglarized 2 businesses in Clifton, resisted arrest, cops say
    1.21.16 – NJ.com – During the second incident, Zisa allegedly tripped the burglar alarm and fled the scene before police arrived. Evidence obtained from both scenes led to police … More Info
  • NM: ABQ home gets unexpected visit early Sunday morning
    1.18.16 – KOB.com – Kristina Hammer was asleep in her Northeast Heights home at 5 a.m. when she was woken up by the sound of her security alarm going off. “Someone just … More Info
  • NY: Cops: Homeless man caught inside Starbucks after burglary alarm …
    1.18.16 – Riverhead News Review – Riverhead police arrested a 56-year-old homeless man early Monday when they discovered him inside a Riverhead Starbucks after the burglar alarm had … More Info
  • NY: Info sought on Buffalo break-in
    1.22.16 – Tribune-Review – The suspects caused extensive damage to the door and store before running out as an alarm sounded. Both suspects are white and estimated to be about 5 feet … More Info
  • OH: Alleged burglar stopped by armed Springfield man
    1.19.16 – WHIO – The victims told police they were awakened by their home alarm system. The husband got up to check the garage door and found it was closed, but the system … More Info
  • OH: Hundreds honor Ohio police dog killed protecting human partner
    1.18.16 – WKRC TV Cincinnati – Last weekend, he and his partner were investigating an alarm at a grocery store in Canton, Ohio. It was the middle of the night, and there were signs of a … More Info
  • OH: Man faces charges in store robbery: North Ridgeville police blotter
    1.18.16 – cleveland.com – … had been forced open on Dec. 31. A check of the business revealed entry had not been made to the business and two suspects fled when the alarm went off. More Info
  • OH: Police investigate several overnight cell store break-ins
    1.23.16 – WHIO – Beavercreek police said they were dispatched to the Sprint store around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a broken door alarm was … More Info
  • OH: Riverside Marathon station target of smash-and-grab
    1.24.16 – WHIO – Crigler said there was a gap of 30 minutes between when the robbery occurred and when the alarm company called police. Officers said the video showed the … More Info
  • PA: Boonsboro residents accused of conspiring to steal firearms
    1.20.16 -Herald-Mail Media – An alarm was activated, and Robinson left the store without the firearms. Robinson currently is in custody on unrelated charges, the release said. The U.S. … More Info
  • PA: Jumpy security guard mistakes flapping noise on roof for gunshots …
    1.18.16 – PennLive.com – A security guard investigating a burglary alarm at a Lancaster city business mistook a flapping noise on the roof for gunfire, prompting a large police response … More Info
  • QC: Alarm at Kenmount Road business leads to arrest for break and enter
    1.24.16 – The Telegram – A man has been arrested after police responded to an alarm going off early Sunday morning at a business… More Info
  • RI: Cranston Bank Robbed, Suspect at Large
    1.20.16 -Patch.com – Police were dispatched after the 12:38 p.m. panic alarm at the bank. Bank employees said the suspect was given about $1,000 cash … More Info
  • SC: North pharmacy burglarized twice
    1.19.16 – The Times and Democrat – The store owner secured the shattered door and reset the alarm. At 2:07 a.m. Monday, deputies again responded to the business. Upon their return, they saw on … More Info
  • TN: Suspects nabbed in minutes of car wash burglary
    1.20.16 – The Daily News Journal – While Lamb was speaking to the men in the truck, dispatch announced an alarm from Mr. Bee’s. Officers who answered the alarm call noted damage done to the … More Info
  • TX: Business Burglarized Following Fatal Accident
    1.22.16 – FOX 29 – She called the dispatch the alarm went off.” Investigators say she waited inside Belden Automotive until help arrived. It’s believed she used adrenaline and a … More Info
  • TX: Police: Man arrested for stealing Plano ATM with dump truck
    1.18.16 – KRGV – An ATM at a Chase bank in north Plano was gone when police responded to an alarm around 2 a.m. Saturday. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter … More Info
  • TX: Two Dallas Safe Burglaries Caught On Camera
    1.23.16 – CBS Local – Once inside, the suspects destroyed the alarm system and went in the office. Police say the suspects began beating the safe with a sledge hammer but still … More Info
  • TX: Video shows ‘well-planned’ burglary at SuperValue Pharmacy worth …
    1.22.16 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – They rummaged though the pharmacy for two hours while avoiding motion detectors, Laughbaum said. “The alarm never went off,” … More Info
  • VT: BPD: Man broke into Henry’s Diner
    1.18.16 – BurlingtonFreePress.com – Ricky Rich, 38, was located and arrested after police responded to an alarm at the downtown diner at 11:35 p.m. and saw a man leaving the immediate area. More Info
  • WA: Suspects’ photos released in Ferndale motel robbery, business …
    1.22.16 – The Bellingham Herald – Officers responded to burglaries of two businesses where back doors were kicked in. An alarm deterred the burglar, or burglars, … More Info

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