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January 6, 2014

Association Events

  • 1-7-14 – MDBFAA Meeting
    11am -12noon- Lunch – 12noon Meeting – Dealing with the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) Consolidated Insurance Center, 11403 Cronridge Dr #270 Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • 1.8.14 – OKBFAA Meeting
    Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Location for this and other meetings of OKBFAA will take place at 112 NE 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Click here to RSVP.
  • 1-9.14 – HGCAA Meeting
    Thursday January 9, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST- Cadillac Bar & Grill, Houston, TX – Get more information
  • 1.10.14 – NTAA Party
    The NTAA Christmas Party is now the New Year Party.   The party will be held at 6 pm Friday, January 10th at The Victoria Restaurant.   REGISTER

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Buckeye hopes new ordinance will cut down on false alarms
    1.2.14 – ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) – Sgt. Jason Weeks with the Buckeye police department said in 2013 more than 1700 false alarms were called into police. Responding to those alarms costs the … More Info
  • BC: 911 dispatchers release their list of the top 10 most absurd ‘emergency’ calls of 2013
    12.30.13 – Vancouver Province – Most people know that if your alarm clock is broken, it’s probably not a good idea to call 911 and ask for a wake-up call. For those who don’t know, E-Comm, the regional emergency communication centre for southwest B.C., has released its Top 10 most absurd reasons to call the emergency line, with the goal of drawing attention to nuisance calls. More Info
  • IL: ADS battles municipality in court
    1.2.14 – Security Systems News – Des Plaines, Ill.—After wins in court saying public fire districts in Illinois can’t monopolize monitoring, the industry is fighting back against an Illinois municipality it contends is trying to do just that. More Info
  • KY: Oldham police enforcing fines for home security false alarms
    12.31.13 – Louisville Courier-Journal – After responding to more than 900 false alarms last year, the the Oldham County Police Department is now enforcing fines for homeowners whose alarm systems are triggered more than twice in non-emergency circumstances. More Info
  • NY: Service at County’s 911 center back up and running
    12.31.13 – News 10 NBC Rochester – Service at Monroe County’s 911 center is back up and running after a glitch Monday night that caused some callers to get a busy signal when calling 911… More Info
  • OH: Council voting to tighten smoke detector rules
    1.2.14 – The Hamilton Journal News – Oxford City Council will soon decide if it wants to tighten smoke detector rules for its residents.Ohio Ohio law now requires smoke detectors be hard-wired in every bedroom of new residential structures, but does not require a specific type. More Info
  • ON: Fees for false security alarms go up in Sudbury
    1.3.14 – CBC.ca – A bylaw allows Sudbury police to charge a fee when officers respond to a false alarm at a home or business. It will cost $75 if police go to your home for no … More Info
  • PA: Upper Dublin discusses parking, fire alarm restrictions
    1.3.14 – Montgomery Newspapers – An effort to require alarm companies to call homeowners within 90 seconds of a fire alarm going off, before calling 911 to dispatch firefighters, failed to gain … More Info
  • TX: Longview Burglary Alarm Ordinance Change for 2014
    1.1.14 – CBS 19 Tyler – An update to the City of Longview’s Burglary and Robbery Alarms ordinance will take effect Wednesday, January 1, 2014.More Info


Industry News

  • Colorado school shooter entered through a propped-open door, sheriff says
    12.31.13 – Centennial, Colo. — The teen who fatally shot a fellow student at his suburban Denver high school this month entered through a door that was supposed to be locked but had been propped open, the sheriff said Monday. More Info
  • Reston start-up takes construction data to the cloud
    12.30.13 – Washington Post – The company has developed a cloud-based software service that allows project superintendents, construction crews and others to share plans and document building progress. More Info
  • Smoke Alarm Sounding When It’s Cold Outside? Here’s Why
    12.30.13 – Patch.com – The operating temperature of a smoke alarm is between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If the unit is in a garage or attic, you might want to consider replacing it …More Info
  • When is it time to buy a new smoke alarm?
    1.2.14 – CBS 6 Richmond – Do you know when you should actually replace your working smoke detector with a brand new one? More Info
  • 10-Digit Dialing in 270 Area Code Starts Feb. 1
    1.2.14 – GlobeNewswire via Yahoo! Finance – Lexington, Ky. — Windstream local telephone customers in the 270 area code will need to dial the area code in addition to the 7-digit telephone number when placing local calls starting Feb. 1. The requirement … More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State Trends

  • New laws in 2014: tanning beds to ‘lemon pets’
    1.2.14 – USA TODAY- If you’re a pale 17-year-old in Illinois, you’re too late for indoor tanning. As of Wednesday, they’re strictly forbidden. The new measure is one of an estimated 40,000 new laws, regulations and resolutions approved by state legislatures in 2013, many of which took effect Jan. 1. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic.   More Info

 National News

  • Health care changes for small firms take effect at midnight
    12.31.13 – Washington Post – After a series of tweaks and delays, here are the rules for employers that actually take effect on Wednesday. More Info

Business Tips

  • The most entertaining workplace books of 2013
    12.30.13 – — New York Post – Say what? They didn’t have a class in career management where you went to school? Fear not. Here’s a look back at the year’s most entertaining workplace books that also have something worthwhile to say. ‘Give And Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Manage Success’ by Adam Grant Take the idea that nice guys finish last and throw it out the door. It’s simply not true, says researcher and Carnegie … More Info
  • How to Conduct a Stay Interview
    1.2.14 – CIOInsight – By the time of an exit interview, you’ve already missed your retention opportunities. Find out how stay interviews can keep your employees on board. More Info
  • Is Thinking Time in Your Daily Schedule?
    12.5.13 – CIOInsight – In order to solve difficult problems or plot long-term strategic plans, it’s important to curve out chunks of distraction-free time devoted solely to thinking. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Tucson man wakes to smoke alarm, alerts neighbors of fire
    1.1.14 – KVOA Tucson – Tucson – Hassad Mohamed won’t soon forget this New Year’s Eve. More Info
  • MI: Quincy fire alarm a reminder for need of wood burner safety
    14.14 – WTVB – Quincy, MI (WTVB) – The wicked winter weather can be a spark for house fires if people aren’t safe and fail to take precautions in trying to stay warm while … More Info
  • NJ: Asbury Park fire turns out to be false alarm
    12.30.13 – Asbury Park Press – Asbury Park – A reported fire in the basement of a home turned out to be false alarm, fire officials said. More Info
  • PA: Man Trying To Thaw Pipes Sparks Marion Twp. Fire
    1.4.14 – CBS Pittsburgh – A man trying to thaw the pipes with a blow dryer and heater in his Beaver County home sparked a large fire Friday. More Info
  • TX: Tyler home a total loss after erupting in flames Sunday
    12.30.13 – KLTV 7 Tyler  – A south Tyler home is a total loss after it caught fire Sunday afternoon. More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Boxing Day burglar busted
    12.31.13 – Global News – Edmonton – A 27-year-old man is facing multiple charges in connection with a robbery at a mens’ wear store on Boxing Day. More Info
  • AL: Huntsville Walgreens broken into overnight
    12.31.13 – The Huntsville Times – Police responded the store’s alarm shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday. They say the front window was broken out and property was missing. More Info
  • AL: Police investigate Publix robbery
    1.2.14 – WAAY-TV Huntsville – Huntsville, Ala. (WAAY) – Police are investigating the robbery of the Publix that occurred around 5.a.m. this morning. More Info
  • AL: Thursday night break-in adds to growing number of Huntsville business burglaries
    1.3.14 – The Huntsville Times – Police responded to an alarm just after 11 p.m. Thursday. They found someone broke out the front door glass, broke a display case and made off with an undetermined amount of property. More Info
  • AZ: Death of Phoenix bank robber described in 911 call
    12.31.13 – Associated Press via Yahoo! News – Phoenix (AP) — A caller told an emergency dispatcher that a masked man raced into a Phoenix bank and then calmly described how police gunned down the suspect minutes later as he fled with a bag of cash. More Info
  • AZ: Police: Robbery suspect had no Arizona connections
    12.30.13 – Boston Herald – Phoenix — Phoenix police say a man killed by officers during a bank robbery attempt on Saturday was a 40-year-old from the Midwest who appears to have no connections to Arizona. Officer James Holmes says Sunday that Mario Edward Garnett served for four years in the U.S. Army. He says it’s unclear when Garnett arrived in the state. The FBI said earlier Sunday that the man shot in the robbery … More Info
  • CA: FBI: Cellphone records linked suspect to robberies
    12.30.13 – Channel 8 San Diego – A suspect killed by Phoenix police in a bank robbery attempt is believed to be the same man accused in the shooting death of a Mississippi police officer and the wounding of another, the FBI said Sunday. More Info
  • CA: Pair arrested in Scotts Valley business burglary
    12.31.13 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Scotts Valley — Two San Jose men were arrested Sunday night after they smashed a door open at Easton-Bell Sports and tried to steal computers, sports equipment and other items, police said. More Info
  • CA: Police Searching For ‘Smash And Grab’ Suspects In ‘$200K Nordstrom Theft’
    1.1.14 – CBS 2 Los Angeles – A burglar alarm brought police to the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia at 4:11 a.m. Tuesday. More Info
  • CA: Security system smartphone helps bust Clovis burglar
    1.4.14 – KFSN-TV Fresno – A burglar caught breaking into a Clovis home has been booked and charged. More Info
  • CA: Suspected Radio Shack burglars arrested
    1.3.14 – Elk Grove Citizen – Elk Grove police arrested a 28-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy for allegedly burglarizing a Radio Shack store on Dec. 28. The incident occurred around 3 a.m. More Info
  • CO: Burglars Break into Local Clock Shop
    1.2.14 – KKTV 11 Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs Police report someone broke into the Tick Tock Shop early Thursday morning. More Info
  • CO: Springs police out in force on burglary calls
    1.4.14 – KRDO Colorado Springs – It appears police are paying special attention to calls in which they may find two men wanted for a string of burglaries across Colorado Springs and El Paso County. Police are searching for Nathaniel Flavio Gonzales and Gino Patrick Rael, both 20 years old. Detectives said they have stolen a number of weapons from some of the homes they are accused of burglarizing. Felony arrest warrants have … More Info
  • FL: Pawn Shop Burglary Suspects May Be Part Of Larger Ring
    1.1.14 – CBS Miami – A pair of burglary suspects, who have a criminal past, are accused of stealing several loaded weapons from an Oakland Park pawn shop. More Info
  • FL: Six burglaries in one night in Stuart
    1.1.14 – WPTV West Palm Beach – Stuart Police are investigating a handful of burglaries that happened Monday morning throughout the city. More Info
  • GA: Burglaries reported at Kay Jewelers and Dirty Dogs Cafe
    12.31.13 – Newton Citizen – Police continue to search for the burglars who broke into Kay Jewelers sometime last week; a former employee of Dirty Dogs Cafe in Covington has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing the restaurant early Sunday morning. More Info
  • GA: Home burglarized, neighbors may hold key to suspect ID, police …
    1.4.14 – WGCL Atlanta – The thieves ripped two alarm system displays completely off the wall. Despite motion sensors in the room, neither the police nor the homeowners were alerted. More Info
  • GA: Three charged in gas station burglary
    1.4.14 – Covington News – Police were dispatched to the gas station just after 3:30 a.m. after an alarm went off at the station, reports said. Officers forced entry into the building and … More Info
  • IN: Teenager Burglarizes Business, Leads Police on Pursuit (PHOTOS)
    12.31.13 – Indiana’s NewsCenter – Fort Wayne, Ind. (21Alive) — Another police pursuit in Fort Wayne ends with a crash involving the suspect’s vehicle. This was the second such incident of the day Monday. More Info
  • LA: Suspect sought in armed robbery of Many, La dollar store
    1.4.14 – KSLA-TV Shreveport – Police in Many, La. are looking for a suspect in connection with the armed robbery of a local dollar store on Saturday evening. More Info
  • MA: Break-In Reported on Hyder Street
    12.30.13 – Patch.com – At 6:55 a.m., police received a report of a burglar alarm, which … At 8:59 p.m., police received a report of a fire alarm. More Info
  • MA: Man arrested in tanning salon robbery
    1.1.14 – WWLP Springfield – A man who allegedly robbed a Springfield tanning salon at knifepoint has been arrested almost a week after the robbery. More Info
  • MA: Suspect arrested in connection with Springfield armed robbery
    1.2.14 – FOX 25 Boston – A man was arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a tanning salon in Springfield. More Info
  • MD: Police find burglar sleeping in business
    12.31.13 – ABC 2 Baltimore – Annapolis Police found a man who broke into a home sleeping in the house early Saturday morning. More Info
  • MD: Police release video from unsolved burglary
    1.3.14 – WUSA 9 Washington, D.C. – Police continue to look for the suspect in a burglary that occurred on Nov. 28 in Bethesda. More Info
  • ME: Rockport Police/Fire: Alarm set off by contractors
    1.1.14 – Gloucester Daily Times – Rockport — Police and Fire units responded to a fire alarm at 11:08 a.m. Monday before determining it was a false alarm that was set off accidentally by contractors. Police and rescue units responded to a medical emergency call on Par. More Info
  • ME: Rockport Police/Fire: False burglar alarm draws response
    1.3.14 – Gloucester Daily Times – News taken from the logs of the Rockport Police and Fire departments. More Info
  • MI: Pittsfield Township: Suspects break into Verizon Wireless on Carpenter Road
    12.31.13 – The Saline Reporter – Pittsfield Township – Surveillance video from a Verizon Wireless showed three suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts break into the business but leave without stealing any items. More Info
  • MI: Police Investigate Pharmacy Burglary in Bloomfield Township
    1.3.14 – Patch.com – Officers responded to a security alarm at the Woodward Pharmacy about 4:30 a.m. Dec. 27 and found the front door … More Info
  • MI: Sabourin’s Pharmacy in Midland broken into a second time
    12.30.13 – Midland Daily News – Midland Police are investigating the latest in a slew of crimes involving pharmacies, this time a break-in occurring Sunday morning. More Info
  • MI: Subjects Sought In Green Oak JC Penney Jewelry Robbery
    12.31.13 – WHMI – Green Oak Township Police responded to an alarm at the JC Penney store in the Green Oak Village Place mall at 4:30am on December 20th. Upon arrival … More Info
  • MI: Suspect in five bank robberies arrested in Michigan
    1.1.14 – Goshen News – An Indiana man has been arrested in Michigan after allegedly robbing five different banks in two states. Dennis Carl Love, 59, South Bend, was taken into custody Friday. The arrest took place during a traffic stop after Love, allegedly, attempted to… More Info
  • NC: Police investigating heist at Rock Hill jewelry store
    1.3.14 – WSOC-TV Charlotte – A Rock Hill jewelry store was burglarized early Friday when suspects broke in through the front door and carried off merchandise, leaving some valuables scattered throughout the store, police said. At about 4:30 a.m., police were called to Brownlee Jewelers, after receiving notification from a burglary alarm, said Executive … More Info
  • NE: Omaha shop owner hopes for arrest in burglary
    12.30.13 – KGWN-TV Cheyenne — A game repair shop owner in Omaha whose store was burglarized says he hopes security cameras will lead to the arrest of a suspect. More Info
  • NJ: Princeton: Police arrest suspect in store burglary
    1.2.14 – The Princeton Packet – A 22-year-old Ewing resident turned himself in after a Dec. 4 burglary of the Krauszer’s. More Info
  • NV: Security revised after door alarm failure at Regional Justice Center
    1.4.14 – Las Vegas Review-Journal – While the doors themselves open and close properly, an alarm that is supposed to sound when they are opened without authorization from a security card is … More Info
  • OH: Bellevue resident catches, detains criminal in his yard
    12.30.13 – FOX 19 Cincinnati – A Bellevue resident took matters in to his own hands after someone attempted to break in to his car on Sunday. More Info
  • OH: Man arrested for Speedway break-in
    12.31.13 – Dayton Daily News – A Springfield man was arrested Tuesday morning after deputies said he stole thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from the Speedway gas station. More Info
  • OH: Residential alarm may have foiled burglary attempt: Pepper Pike …
    1.4.14 – Plain Dealer – Residential alarm may have foiled burglary attempt: Pepper Pike police blotter … Boulevard: When police responded to an activated residential alarm system … More Info
  • OH: Thief takes cash drawer, damages equipment
    12.31.13 – This Week Grandview – Grandview Heights police responded about 3:15 a.m. Dec. 30 to a burglar alarm at a business. More Info
  • OH: Verizon store break-in has officers searching
    12.31.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – A pane of shattered glass is evident of a break-in at a Trotwood Verizon Cellular store. Before 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Trotwood police officers responded to a report of an active break-in at a cellular store. As police arrived, they located a smashed window pane on the side of the building. Officers said the alarm did function and it was reported four black male … More Info
  • ON: Police investigate Oakville Christmas Eve break-in
    12.31.13 – Burlington Post – Halton police are investigating following a break-in to a home, which took place Christmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24). At some point after 10:30 p.m., police said, someone forced open the home’s south side door. More Info
  • ON: Police investigate Oakville Christmas Eve break-in
    12.31.13 – InsideHalton.com – At around 3:45 p.m., police said, someone kicked in the front door of the residence, setting off an alarm. The intruders ransacked the master bedroom and made … More Info
  • OR: Police On The Hunt For Masked Bank Robbery Suspect
    12.31.13 – KOBI – KOTI Medford-Klamath Falls – Phoenix, Ore.- Shortly after 3:30pm this afternoon Phoenix Police responded to a silent alarm at the Umpqua Bank. Police tell us that the suspect was described as a male, 5 foot 10 inches to 6 foot tall, slender build and a light complexion. They say the suspect was wearing black clothes, a black ski type mask and a hood over his head which … More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion Police Reports: Narcotics taken in Merion drug store burglary
    12.30.13 – Main Line Times – Police in Lower Merion are investigating a burglary at a Dake’s Drug Store that occurred at 2:06 a.m. Dec. 16 when a door was opened that tripped an alarm. More Info
  • PA: Police investigate jewelry heist at Rock Hill store
    1.3.14 – The Rock Hill Herald – A Rock Hill jewelry store was burglarized early Friday when suspects broke in through the front door More Info
  • PA: Police seek tips in armed robbery of Reading Adult Outlet
    12.31.13 – WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey – Police are hoping someone can help them identify the man who robbed a store in downtown Reading at gunpoint. Police released surveillance pictures Tuesday of the holdup inside the Reading Adult Outlet on Dec. 26. Officers initially responded to a panic alarm at the store at 4:29 a.m. Once on scene, they learned that a man armed with a gun made off with cash from … More Info
  • TX: 4 arrested in Houston Association of Realtors office break-in
    12.30.13 – KPRC Local 2 Houston – Police arrested four men Monday morning for breaking into the Houston Association of Realtors offices. More Info
  • VT: Footprints lead police to alleged burglar
    1.3.14 – WCAX-TV Vermont  – Footprints in the snow led South Burlington police to a man they say stole snow tires. More Info
  • WA: Security cameras show Spike’s Phillys and More burglary
    12.31.13 – KREM.com Spokane – Spokane, Wash.–The restaurant Spike’s Phillys and More was burglarized on Christmas Eve according to the owner. Administrators of the restaurant’s Facebook page posted photos of the suspects from their security cameras. Employees at Spike’s Phillys and More are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects in the photos. They said there will be a reward for the person who helps … More Info
  • WA: Suspected Macy’s Burglar Arrested
    1.1.14 – KEPR 19 – On December 31, 2013 at 2044 hours, Officers were dispatched to Macy’s regarding multiple alarm trips. Officers found that there was forced entry into the store. More Info
  • WI: Attempted robbery in Plymouth
    12.30.13 – FOX 11 Green Bay – Plymouth police are looking for a man who tried to rob a convenience store Sunday night More Info


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