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October 14, 2013


Association Events

  • 10.22.13 to 10.25.13 – TBFAA 2013 Convention
    Build On Success at the TBFAA 2013 Convention at the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center Galveston, TX – Join us for all 3 days or Just come on Thursday for Classes, Updates and the Trade Show. More Info
  • 10.23.13 – NESA Board Meeting
    10-noon at the TBFAA 2013 Convention at the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center Galveston, TX
  • NTAA Update 
    The October monthly meeting will be held in Galveston during the TBFAA Convention. There will not be a meeting in the DFW area during October.  The November meeting will be held at the normal place and time on November 21st.   Please click on the calendar located on the NTAA website for the most current meeting and event information.
  • 11.6.13 – OKBFAA – OK Burglar and Fire Alarm Member Meeting
    Location Change: Please make note of the location for the monthly meetings of OKBFAA: 112 N.E. 50th Street Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma NECA offices (National Electrical Contractors Assn.) RSVP

Door to Door Sales

  • ADT Obtains Permanent Injunctions Against Vision Security and Security One for Deceptive Sales Practices
    10.10.13 – Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance – ADT settled its lawsuit against Florida-based Security Networks and its Utah-based affiliate Vision Security, requiring the companies to pay $2.2 million in damages. The companies jointly market and sell systems to homeowners across the United States. More Info
  • Alarm salesman steals client’s credit card
    10.10.13-  WINK TV Southwest Florida – A woman signs up with an alarm company to protect her home and instead becomes a victim of identity theft. The salesman who came into her home to sign her up ended up paying his bill with her credit card. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • MD: False Alarm Verification Back On The Table In Salisbury
    10.7.13 – WMDT Salisbury – Salisbury, Md – For the third time this year, a false alarm verification system is back up for discussion in Salisbury. In a work session Monday, the Salisbury City Council will discuss the program, which… More Info
  • MS: False alarms draining city resources
    10.12.13 – WLBT 3 Jackson – Police have to respond to every alarm call. The numbers though, show it’s rarely the real deal. When the alarm sounds, cops put it on the priority list. More Info
  • PA: An alarming predicament
    10.9.13 – Philly.com – City gives resident grief over alarm system it says is unregistered. More Info
  • VA: Fines for false alarms going up in Fredericksburg, Va.
    10.7.13 – Security Info Watch – In an effort to avoid wasting police resources–and to reduce the chances of accidents between darting police cruisers and regular drivers–the Fredericksburg City Council is raising the fines on repeat offenders. New fine schedule to take effect Jan. 1 … More Info

Industry News

  • Fire Protection Systems Market Worth $66.56 Billion by 2018
    10.7.13 – PR Newswire via Yahoo! – Dallas – The report ” Fire Protection Systems Market: Fire Alarm, Sensor, RFID, Control Panel, Interface, Modeling and Simulation Software, Public Alerts & Warning, … More Info
  • Kitchens Often Top Location for Home Fires
    10.7.13 – Marketwired via Yahoo! – Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires, and a significant contributor to home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association . Pella Windows and Doors encourages consumers to develop … More Info
  • NIST researcher has improved firefighting techniques and saved lives
    10.7.13 – Washington Post – Dan Madrzykowski has spent a good portion of his time in government burning down buildings to study how fire behaves, resulting in radical changes in firefighting practices around the country that are saving lives and protecting property. More Info
  • Connected Nest Protect Reimagines the Smoke Detector
    10.8.13 – PC Magazine – Nest Labs expanded its lineup of connected appliances with Nest Protect, a connected fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector… More Info
  • Smoke Detectors to the Test: What Happens When They Fail?
    10.9.13 – WBAY Green Bay – As part of Fire Prevention Week, Action 2 News teamed up with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, putting smoke detectors to the test. Two distinct types of technology exist in alarms – ionization… More Info
  • Pinnacle Security sued in lawsuit stemming from fatal fire
    10.9.13 – Security System News – Arlington Heights, IL – An insurance company is suing Pinnacle Security in an attempt to recover its costs in a 2011 lawsuit brought against Pinnacle and a monitoring company by the children of a firefighter who died in a house fire. What’s at stake here? More Info
  • Getting Serious About Security
    10.8.13 – CIO Insight – One way to test your organization’s security practices and help increase its collective security intelligence: send a fake phishing e-mail to your coworkers. More Info

 Legislative Report

None this week

 State Trends

None this week

 National News

  • Violent crime rises slightly
    10.2.13 – Security Info Watch – New statistics from the FBI show that violent crime increased by 0.7 percent across the U.S. in 2012. However, the annual “Crime in the United States” report also found that property crimes decreased by nearly one percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses collectively. More Info
  • For entrepreneurs, critical bills await action in Congress
    10.10.13 – Washington Post – When lawmakers get back to business, they are expected to take up several bills that could directly affect technology start-ups.  More Info

Business Tips

  • Mobility Raises Concerns and Challenges
    10.4.13 – Baseline – Many enterprises don’t have confidence in their mobile protection policies and protections, and they are concerned with security issues that include the BYOD movement. More Info
  • 50 heavyweight leadership quotes
    9.30.13 – Forbes – Some say leadership is an art. Some say leadership is a science. There were a lot of books written on the topic and a lot of approaches discussed. But there are also simple, yet powerful quotes that pack a punch and make us think about the true meaning of leadership. More Info
  • Six Completely Bizarre Resumes
    10.7.13 – CIO Insight – Managers see some truly bad–and odd–resumes. Read about six serious lapses in professional judgment on the subject, as well as more common resume errors. More Info
  • Employees Feel Optimistic and Motivated
    10.8.13 – Baseline – The majority of workers who were recently surveyed feel confident that their company has their best professional interests at heart, and, as a result, they’re motivated to do their best. More Info
  • Workers Are Content, But Many Fear Layoffs
    10.8.13 – Baseline – Most of the workers recently surveyed feel adequately compensated, and many anticipate a raise in the near future. But some still fear layoffs within the year. More Info
  • Mandating Flu Vaccines: What Employers Should Know …
    10.4.13 – www.accountingweb.com – Seasonal flu is not only unpleasant for employers and employees, it’s expensive. Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost … More Info
  • The right mind to negotiate
    10.7.13 – multibriefs.com – Much of a business leader’s time is spent in negotiation. Brokering a deal, cutting costs, expanding distribution channels, selling a proposal, … More Info
  • 10 Employee Recruitment and Retention Tips
    10.8.13 – CIO Insight – Here are 10 tips about employee recruitment and retention from Nolan Bushnell, the man who gave Steve Jobs his first real job, at Atari. More Info

Fire News

  • IN: Alarm goes unanswered for half hour
    10.8.13 – WTHI Terre Haute – An alarm malfunction delays Terre Haute Fire Department response to an alarm at Garfield Towers. It was not an emergency situation, but it was still unsettling for residents there. More Info
  • NJ: Carbon monoxide alarm sends first responders to McDonald’s restaurant in Flemington
    10.8.13 – Hunterdon County Democrat – Flemington Reports of an active carbon monoxide alarm have first responders on their way to the McDonald’s restaurant… More Info
  • NY: Man saves his 10 dogs from house fire
    1.10.13 – WIVB Buffalo – A man was cutting wood behind his home along Route 20 in Pavilion when he heard a fire alarm going off. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Men wearing wigs busted during attempted robbery
    10.12.13 – WSFA 12 Montgomery – Selma police say they busted two men trying to rob a business and the whole incident was caught on video. More Info
  • AL: Moundville man accused of trying to break into church
    10.10.13 – The Tuscaloosa News – A Moundville man was accused of trying to break into a church Wednesday afternoon. More Info
  • AL: Police make arrest in Dollar General Burglary
    10.10.13 – Southeast Sun – On Oct. 6, the Enterprise Police Department responded to an alarm call made at about 2:40 a.m. at the Dollar General. More Info
  • AR: Bryant police officer is Officer of the Year
    10.9.13 – KTHV Little Rock – A Bryant police officer wounded in a shootout with man wanted for murder has been named Arkansas Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. More Info
  • AR: Restaurant robbery attempt stymied by alarm
    10.9.13 – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – Authorities in Hope are looking for a man who purportedly held up two restaurant employees and tried to burglarize their workplace Saturday before a security alarm scared him away. More Info
  • CT: Cops: Gas station burglars torch stolen car
    10.8.13 – The Fairfield Citizen – Police were notified of an active alarm at the Citgo station shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday and arrived to find the front door pried open. More Info
  • CT: Man who robbed bank arrested
    10.12.13 – WTNH-TV New Haven – Police have arrested a man who robbed a bank in Stamford on Friday afternoon. More Info
  • FL: 2 suspects escape Ruby Food Mart robbery in Manatee
    10.7.13 – Bradenton Herald – Two thin male suspects holding handguns with clothing wrapped around their faces held up the Ruby Food Mart. More Info
  • FL: 4 arrested in burglary of former athlete’s home
    10.13.12 – WFLX FOX 29 – Four people have been arrested in connection with the burglary of the Broward County home of a former Miami Dolphins player. More Info
  • FL: 4 arrested, charged with armed burglary in Southwest Ranches
    10.12.13 – Local 10 Miami – Two adults and two teens were arrested Friday night after a deputy stopped a suspicious vehicle in Southwest Ranches. The Broward Sheriff’s Office received a call about a home alarm going off at 11:12 p.m. Friday at a house, but deputies said they found nothing amiss at the home. Less than an hour later, the deputy returned to the area and noticed a red Dodge Charger leaving … More Info
  • FL: Burglars cut hole through the roof of Coastland Center Mall
    10.10.13 – WINK TV Southwest Florida – An elaborate heist at a local mall allows crooks to get away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. Police say they used metal cutters, rope and tricky tactics to get in and out of the Coastland Center Mall. More Info
  • FL: Cops say robbers tried to use stolen forklift to steal ATM
    10.7.13 – Orlando Sentinel – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the people they say stole a forklift and used it to try to pry an ATM right off the wall of a TD Bank in Wesley Chapel, WTSP is reporting. More Info
  • FL: Four arrested in attempt to burglarize home of former Dolphins player
    10.13.12 – Sun-Sentinel  – An attempt to burglarize the home of former Miami Dolphin wide receiver James McKnight was thwarted after an alert deputy responding to an alarm stopped a car similar to one linked to a previous theft, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.  More Info
  • FL: Jewelry, cash swiped in Longwood smash-and-grab
    10.7.13 – Local 6 Orlando – Deputies are searching for a group of thieves who smashed their way through the front door of a Longwood jewelry shop early Monday. The break-in happened around 2 a.m. at Professional Jewelry Services. According to deputies, a group of people forced their way through the front door of the business and stole jewelry and cash before running off. When … More Info
  • HI: Man arrested in Hilo burglary
    10.10.13 – KHON 2 Honolulu – Big Island police are investigating a commercial burglary that happened early Wednesday morning in Hilo. Police received a report of an alarm call at 1:44 a.m. from a business at Waiakea Center. More Info
  • IL: Lone man sought in Bloomington bank robbery
    10.12.13 – Peoria Journal Star – At 4:13 p.m. on October 11, 2013, Bloomington Police Department received an alarm call at Busey Bank. Officers arrived on-scene within minutes and were advised the bank was robbed. The suspect was described as a dark skinned male, 5’8″ to 510″, 225 – 250 lbs. with a heavy build. More Info
  • IL: Woman arrested for Urbana bank robbery
    10.10.13 – IlliniHQ.com – Urbana police arrested a St. Joseph woman for bank robbery within six minutes of the holdup Wednesday afternoon. Urbana – Police arrested a homeless woman for bank robbery within six minutes of the holdup Wednesday afternoon. Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said police responded to a at 4:02 p.m. holdup alarm at Central Illinois Bank., where a woman wearing sunglasses, a … More Info
  • IN: Arrest made in Express Mart robbery
    10.8.13 – WTHI Terre Haute – One man is behind bars in connection to an armed robbery that occurred Oct. 2. Kevin Brown, 22, faces possible charges of robbery after the early morning robbery at the Express Mart on Locust Street in Terre Haute… More Info
  • IN: Police: 2 teens break into Beech Grov…
    10.7.13 – WISH-TV Indianapolis – Two teens were arrested Saturday after police say they broke into Beech Grove Middle School. More Info
  • IN: What to do when burglars come ‘knocking’
    10.13.12 – WRTV Indianapolis – When two men kicked in the door of a retired sheriff’s deputy just before noon Tuesday, they were met with three gunshots that sent them fleeing. More Info
  • MA: Palmer Post office break-in
    10.13.12 – WWLP Springfield – Palmer Police are searching for a person who broke into the town’s post office early Saturday morning. More Info
  • MA: Suspect held on $5G, charged in Leominster attempted robbery
    10.7.13 – Sentinel & Enterprise – Leominster – An early-morning robbery attempt didn’t go as planned for a Leominster man on Sunday, police said. More Info
  • MI: Thieves break into Greenbrook Flowers
    10.8.13 – WAPT Jackson – Greenbrook Flowers employees were forced to use cellphones to take orders Monday after their phones and Internet lines were cut during an overnight break-in. The thieves apparently broke out the lights outside the building, so no one would see them, and then cut the lines so that the alarm wouldn’t go off, said Gwen Colella, of Greenbrook Flowers…. More Info
  • MI: Ypsilanti Twp: Sheriff deputies investigate two burglaries Sunday
    10.13.12 – Ypsilanti Courier – Washtenaw County sheriff deputies were dispatched Sunday to investigate burglaries at a CITGO gas station and Rod’s Barber Shop in Ypsilanti Township. More Info
  • NC: Owners of convenience store fight back during armed robbery
    10.9.13 – WSOC-TV Charlotte – The owners of a convenience store in Hickory fought back during an armed robbery where police say the suspect had a shotgun. Darryl Covington and Montavious Mayfield are locked up under a $75,000 bond. Police say the men tried to rob the Golden Kings Market around closing time. The owner got into a scuffle with one of the men in the parking lot while his wife hit an alarm. Police say both were … More Info
  • NE: Lingerie Store Employees Forced To Give Cash To Man With Knife
    10.8.13 – WOWT Omaha – Lingerie store employees closing up shop in Benson early this morning found themselves face to face with a man who forced them back inside the store at knife point. More Info
  • NH: Police arrest two for attempted smoke shop robbery in Rochester
    10.7.13 – New Hampshire Union Leader – Rochester – Police arrested two local men and charged them with trying to break into Jimmy’s Smoke Shop on North Main Street early Monday morning. More Info
  • NJ: Police captain nabs suspect wanted in bank robberies
    10.9.13 – Suburban – Old Bridge – Two suspects robbed three banks in Old Bridge between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, according to police. Anthony J. Hart, 23, was charged in connection with two of the robberies, occurring on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. A second suspect wanted in connection with the third robbery on Oct. 3 remains at large. More Info
  • OK: OKC Homeowner Catches Gun-Stealing Thieves On Camera
    10.8.13 – KWTV News9 – The homeowner says he had just recently installed the security cameras in his home, which captured a clear shot of the thieves as they cased his home late last month. More Info
  • PA: Police Release Video of Would-Be Burglars in Carbondale
    10.8.13 – WNEP 16 Pennsylvania – Carbondale – Police in Carbondale want your help finding two would-be burglars. Officers said the duo tried to bust in… More Info
  • SD: Police arrest Sioux Falls man following pawn shop burglary
    10.7.13 – KSFY Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls police have made an arrest following an overnight burglary. More Info
  • SK: ATM stolen from local business
    10.8.13 – The Prince Albert Daily Herald – An ATM is missing following a break and enter at a local business on Monday morning. Police responded at 5:30 a.m. to an alarm call. Upon arrival, they found the doors of the business wide open. The owners of the business confirmed that the ATM machine … More Info
  • TN: Dover man charged in Busy Bee break-in
    10.9.13 – The Leaf Chronicle – A Dover man faces multiple charges following a 1 a.m. break-in at the Busy Bee Market in Cumberland City on Oct. 9, according to Cumberland City Police Chief Jason Gillespie. More Info
  • TX: 2 Beaumont men arrested for burglary
    10.9.13 – KPRC Local 2 Houston – Two Beaumont men have been arrested for a burglary at a Winnie building… More Info
  • TX: Couple Fights Off Home Invaders
    10.8.13 – KSWO Lawton-Wichita Falls – A victim of a horrifying home invasion in Lawton this weekend is speaking out. He said he was at home Sunday morning when three men stormed his house with a shotgun. More Info
  • TX: Man shoots and injures suspected robber
    10.8.13 – KXAN 36 Austin – A man responding to an activated security alarm at a South Austin church fired at a suspected burglar who tried to run him over with a car Friday morning, police said. More Info
  • TX: Thieves target Walgreens in overnight burglary
    10.7.13 – KPRC Local 2 Houston – A pair of burglars are on the run after they broke into a Walgreens in northwest Houston. More Info
  • WA – Mom helps deputy crack stolen computer caper
    10.10.13 – KXLY-TV Spokane – The mother of three boys helped sheriff’s deputies crack the case of who stole 58 Apple MacBook Air laptops from Evergreen Elementary School earlier this week. More Info
  • WI: Suspect Wanted in Gresham Bank Hold Up
    10.8.13 – WBAY Green Bay – Police in Shawano County are looking for a woman suspected of holding up a bank in Gresham Monday. More Info
  • WI: Update: Man Robs Bellevue Gas Station at Gunpoint
    10.10.13 – WBAY Green Bay – The Sheriff’s Office says a man showed a hand gun to a clerk and demanded money. He ran off before deputies arrived at the scene. More Info

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