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January 4, 2016

Door to Door Sales

  • Don’t be fooled by scams in 2016
    1.2.15 – KCSG – Alarm company security “upgrades”: A technician rings your doorbell claiming to be from your alarm system company and needs to “upgrade” your equipment …More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • IN: LPD partners with company to crack down on false alarms
    12.28.15 – wlfi.com – Lafayette, Ind. – The Lafayette Police Department has announced a new partnership as part of an effort to crack down on false alarms. More Info
  • OR: Coos County alarm ordinance goes into effect Friday
    12.30.15 – Coos Bay World – Coos County – The Coos County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced that it would begin enforcing a county ordinance concerning alarms on Friday. More Info

Industry News

  • 2016 Predictions for IoT and Smart Homes
    12.23.15 – SIA – What big leaps will the smart home industry take in 2016? Read more
  • Guest Commentary: Message from the Mayor
    1.3.16 – Corsicana Daily Sun – In 2014, there was an alarm company that posted misleading information regarding crime in Texas, including Corsicana, on their website. The company … More Info
  • Change dialed up for local phone calls
    1.3.16 – Mount Airy News – Examples of equipment or services affected include life safety systems, alarm and security systems, fax machines, mobile phone contact lists, speed-dialers, … More Info

State & National News

  • Crime Rates in Big Cities Projected to Be Down in 2015
    12.31.15 – SIA – A new analysis found that in the 30 largest cities, crime rates are on track to decline 5.5 percent in 2015, which would put them at half of what they were in 1990. Read more
  • AR: New laws set to take effect today in state
    1.1.16 – Arkansas Online – The vast majority of new laws from the 2015 legislative session have … The act further provides that Arkansas Legislative Audit, formerly known … More Info
  • MD: New Year, new laws
    1.1.16 – Washington Post- The new year means a few new laws taking effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District. Starting Saturday, student photo ID cards issued by … More Info
  • OK: 2016 ushers in tax cut for some in Oklahoma
    1.1.16 – NewsOK.com – That’s due to triggers that were put into the law that required revenue … Oklahoma’s top income tax bracket of 5.25 percent for tax year 2015 applies to … public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. More Info
  • TX: NEW TEXAS LAWS: Open Carry now in effect
    1.1.16 – FOX 29 – SAN ANTONIO – It’s a new year and the state of Texas has some new laws you might want to be aware of as we enter 2016. Those new laws … More Info

Business Tips

  • How Alarm Dealers Can Raise the RMR Bar With Maintenance …
    12.29.15 – Security Sales & Integration – What is the one thing that a typical alarm dealer lives for besides a good rest after a hard day’s work? Here’s a hint: What is the foundation that all successful … More Info
  • Using surveys to gauge employees’ security perceptions
    12.28.15- SIW – Despite their perceived downsides, employee security surveys can be quite beneficial… More Info


  • MA: Home alarm alerts Brookline police to break-in
    1.3.16 – The Boston Globe – A home invasion on Dean Road in Brookline was thwarted by a house alarm Saturday night, police said. Blood was found on the scene, leading police to … More Info
  • MI: Marijuana grow house damaged by fire
    12.29.15 – MLive.com – A smoke alarm alerted them of the fire, according to officials. Heavy black smoke was coming out of the windows, Music said. The fire was contained to the grow … More Info
  • MS: Fire alarm triggered at Jackson County complex during storm
    12.28.15 – The Sun Herald – Firefighters Pascagoula Battalion Chief Timothy Stone, in slicker, and Capt. John Hunt, in gear, inspect the elevator room at the … More Info
  • OH: Arson suspected in overnight fire at Marysville Pilchuck High School
    12.31.15 – KOMO News – Firefighters responded to the blaze at around midnight after an alarm sounded, and found smoke and flames spewing from a portable classroom. Fire officials … More Info
  • OR: Sprinklers Credited with Saving Bend Business
    1.1.16 – KBND – Bend, OR — Bend Fire officials credit the sprinkler system for saving a northeast Bend business. Firefighters responded to an alarm at Central Oregon … More Info
  • TX: Police release details on McDonald’s Christmas Night break-in
    12.28.15 – Brownwood Bulletin – Brownwood firefighters responded to a water flow alarm, and police arrived to see that the restaurant was filled with smoke. A car was parked outside the … More Info

Crime News

  • CT: Greenwich businesses targeted for Christmas break-ins
    12.28.15 – Greenwich Time – Gray said an alarm inside the pizza restaurant was triggered and officers responded to the scene at 2 a.m. The next morning, Gray said one of DiMare’s owners … More Info
  • DE: Gunman robs Wilmington gas station
    12.29.15 – Washington Post – Police say the clerk waited in the bathroom until he heard the door alarm, which signals when someone enters or leaves the business. The clerk told police that … More Info
  • FL: 2 men caught on camera breaking into Pompano Beach apartment
    12.29.15 – 7Online WSVN-TV – Surveillance video showed the duo breaking into an apartment, but they took off empty-handed after the alarm started blaring. According to officials, it all … More Info
  • FL: Burglars set off alarm, run away empty-handed
    12.28.15 – Sun Sentinel – Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for two burglars who got spooked and ran away after they set off an alarm while breaking into an apartment. More Info
  • FL: Police Say Man Caught Stealing Christmas Tree From Church
    1.2.15 – WCTV – Panama City Beach, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida’s Panhandle say they caught a man stealing a Christmas tree from a church. An alarm alerted authorities to … More Info
  • FL: Surveillance cameras catch burglary at Detrick’s Car Wash
    12.30.15 – WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC – Detrick also plans to offer a reward and install alarm systems on the pay machines once they’re repaired. “I really do believe the cameras do the job. I mean, I … More Info
  • FL: Tampa police investigating attempted armed robbery
    12.28.15 – TBO.com – When the men demanded money, the clerk activated the alarm and retreated into the store. The suspects fled on foot. The only description currently available is … More Info
  • IL: Police investigate Jewelers Row break-in
    12.30.15 – Fox 32 Chicago – Authorities are investigating a break-in at a store on Jewelers Row early Wednesday in the Loop. Officers responded to a burglary alarm at … More Info
  • IN: Security cam catches burglar breaking into photo studio
    12.28.15 – WNDU-TV – According to Studio 204’s Peter Ringenberg, he received a notification on his cell phone and was able to remotely trigger the alarm inside the studio. More Info
  • MA: Police seek help to find suspect in Hingham burglary
    12.28.15 – Wicked Local – While the officers waited for back up, an alarm began sounding inside the gas station and the alarm company alerted dispatchers that something dispatched the … More Info
  • MI: Burglars targeting businesses in Genoa Township
    12.29.15 – Livingston Daily – A security camera captured the burglar crouching low to the floor to avoid setting off an alarm. The burglar, more than likely a man, wore a white or gray hoodie, … More Info
  • MI: Homeowner opens fire on intruder in Taylor
    12.30.15 – WDIV Detroit – An alarm system alerted the home owner. That’s when he grabbed his gun, went out the side door, and entered the garage. The homeowner says the intruder … More Info
  • MI: Thieves steal merchandise worth nearly $500 from Family Dollar …
    1.2.15 – Dearborn Press and Guide – … with the stolen items. When the thieves fled, the emergency alarm on the door went off, catching the attention of the manager who was at the front of the store. More Info
  • ND: Rock-slinging burglar breaks into Fargo car wash
    1.3.16 – INFORUM – At 3:16 a.m., police received a report of an alarm sounding at Don’s Car Wash, said Sgt. Kevin Pallas of the Fargo Police Department. More Info
  • NJ: Burglars break into Pennsville businesses, police say
    12.28.15 – NJ.com – Authorities were dispatched around 12:40 a.m. for an alarm. The officers found the front door window on the Pizza Hut … More Info
  • NJ: Elmwood Park man accused of breaking into liquor store
    12.30.15 – NorthJersey.com – Lt. Michael Kassai and Officer Nicholas Petronzi responded to Birchwood Liquors following a burglar alarm around 5:30 a.m., Chief Michael … More Info
  • NJ: Gloucester City liquor store robbed
    12.28.15 – Cherry Hill Courier Post – Gloucester City – Police responding to an alarm at a liquor store on Route 130 found signs of forced entry, but no suspect, in a robbery early Sunday … More Info
  • NJ: Point Pleasant police investigate string of burglaries
    12.28.15 – Asbury Park Press – The suspect broke into the house, but a house alarm sounded. Police believe the alarm scared away the suspect. Then a burglary was reported Christmas Day … More Info
  • OH: Burglar alarm sent police to Hamilton home where firefighter died
    12.29.15 – Hamilton Journal News – Lester and Bertha Parker left their Pater Avenue home for a 45th wedding anniversary trip to Las Vegas just hours before the alarm in the home alerted police … More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    12.28.15 – Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to an activated alarm at Applied Technical Service on East Mound Street. The scene checked OK. – A caller reported a male in a silver Honda … More Info
  • OH: I TEAM: Cleveland man chases away crooks with his gun
    12.30.15 – fox8.com – When Daniels heard a motion alarm outside his house, he stepped out with his gun and chased away the bad guys. He showed us video of the same thing … More Info
  • OH: Officers investigating Christmas morning break-in at daycare …
    12.30.15 – cleveland.com – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at Kiddie Company at 3:45 a.m. Dec. 25 to discover an air-conditioning unit appeared to have possibly been pushed out a … More Info
  • OH: Police: Burglar alarm triggered first response to deadly Hamilton fire
    12.30.15 – WLWT Cincinnati – On Wednesday, WLWT confirmed before fire crews were sent to the house, something tripped a burglar alarm there. A Hamilton police officer went there to … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Man Arrested After Robbery At Fort Smith Atwoods
    12.31.15 – Times Record – After allegedly shoplifting two sets of pliers and a battery, valued at $178, and setting off an alarm at the front door of the business, he was confronted by two … More Info
  • OK: Vandal uses propane tank to bust into east Tulsa business
    1.1.16 – KOKI FOX 23 – Police believe the sound of the alarm at an east Tulsa business scared off an early morning vandal on Friday. Investigators were called to the scene before 4 … More Info
  • PA: Man jailed on robbery charges
    1.2.15 – New Castle News – Police later responded to a local convenience store where a panic alarm had sounded. They found Fitzpatrick there and arrested him. He is charged with two … More Info
  • TN: Burglary Suspects Caught On Camera in Dalton
    12.30.15 – WTVC – Dalton Police officers were dispatched to a house at approximately 4:00 a.m. on December 26 to a silent burglary alarm. When officers … More Info
  • TN: Greeneville police looking for armed robbery suspect
    1.3.16 – Local 8 Now – Police responded to the 911 call and panic alarm from the clerk of the Roadrunner Market on Sunday. The victim told officers that a man came into the store …More Info
  • TX: Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Flamingo Bingo burglary
    12.28.15 – KTRE – In what must have been an attempt to avoid alarm motion detectors, one of the criminals crawled to the ATM. Their concern over motion detectors was short lived … More Info
  • TX: Dallas police need help identifying man suspected of breaking into …
    12.30.15 – Dallas Morning News – The homeowner locked herself in the bathroom and called 911 when the alarm started going off. The man returned five minutes later and the homeowner shot at … More Info
  • TX: E. Texas business burglarized twice in a week
    1.3.16 – KSLA-TV – We got hit early Thursday morning around 12 and they tried to get through a different side of the wall but they weren’t successful because the alarm went right off … More Info
  • TX: Surveillance Video: Lufkin Flamingo Bingo burglary
    12.29.15 – KYTX – In what must have been an attempt to avoid alarm motion detectors, one of the criminals crawled to the ATM. Their concern over motion detectors was short lived … More Info
  • VA: Smoke alarm saves Henrico family in overnight blaze
    12.28.15 – wtvr.com – Because the smoke alarm alerted the family early, and the fire department was able to quickly extinguish the blaze, Rosenbaum said there was very minor … More Info
  • WA: Surveillance video captures brazen Bothell burglar
    1.3.16 – seattlepi.com – Wood said the brazen burglar cut some cable outside, possibly trying to turn off the alarm system. The man busted two doors and then kicked in a third, which set … More Info
  • WI: MPD: Coincidence led to two arrests in same neighborhood overnight
    12.30.15 – WKOW – Officers responded to a burglary alarm at University Avenue Liquor just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday. They questioned a man nearby in … More Info

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