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October 21, 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

  •  ID: Tips on how to avoid fraudulent door-to-door alarm sales from the Better Business Bureau
    10.19.13 – The Times-News – Twin Falls – Callers say the sales people are polite and courteous, but the truthfulness in their pitch has left them questioning. More Info
  • WA: Kings RCMP warning about alarm sales
    10.15.13 – Kings County Register/Advertiser – An elderly woman called the RCMP last week after a strange appeared at her door purporting to represent an alarm company. He claimed to be …More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Avondale Changes Alarm Ordinance Rules
    10.17.13 – Security Sales & Integration – Avondale, Ariz. – The city council here has expanded the duties of CryWolf False Alarm Solutions to help curb false alarms. More Info
  • LA: LCPD reports 65% false alarm rate
    10.14.13 – KPLC Lake Charles – They’re hired to protect and serve the City of Lake Charles, but all too often, LCPD officers are chasing false alarms. As KPLC ‘s Lee Peck reports, it’s the number one call out and it’s starting to become a real problem. More Info
  • OR: Forest Grove police frustrated by high number of false alarms at …
    10.19.13 – OregonLive.com – Forest Grove Police gather at Forest Grove High School in December. Since January, police have responded to more than 220 false alarms at district schools. More Info
  • PA: False Alarms Cost TT Taxpayers Big Money
    10.17.13 – Patch.com – What is a False Alarm? A false alarm is notification of an alarm to the police department when the responding authority finds no evidence of criminal offense, … More Info

Industry News

  • Security Watch: Inside ISO’s New Fire Detection and Alarm Standard
    10.1.13 – Security Info Watch – Q&A with Peter Parsons on the international design and installation guidelines… More Info
  • Ohio AG candidate wants limits on facial-recognition system
    10.9.13 – Security Info Watch – Lack of checks and balances cited…. More Info
  • Home Remodeling Spending to Accelerate into 2014
    10.17.13 – CEPro – Harvard’s Leading Indicator suggests that home improvement spending growth will peak in early 2014 More Info

Legislative News

Full Text Brief Description and Current Status History



AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SECURITY SYSTEMS AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES This bill requires the security business, not the user, to register the system. The bill shall become effective 90 days after enactment to allow the businesses to register systems that are already installed.
Status: Jul 09, 2013 : Assigned to Small Business Committee in Senate



Amends secs. 2, 3, 4 & 5 of 2012 PA 580 (MCL 338.2182 et seq.). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0619’13 David Hildenbrand | Occupations; alarm systems; security alarm systems act; strike reference to security alarm provider licenser under private security business and security alarm act.



Amends title & secs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 16, 17, 19, 22, 25 & 26 of 1968 PA 330 (MCL 338.1051 et seq.) & repeals sec. 33 of 1968 PA 330 (MCL 338.1083). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0618’13 David Hildenbrand | Occupations; alarm systems; private security business and security alarm act; remove references to security alarm providers and make other technical revisions.



Amends secs. 208c & 698 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.208c & 257.698). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0619’13 David Hildenbrand | Occupations; alarm systems; references to security alarm providers; update in Michigan vehicle code.



Amends sec. 8 of 1972 PA 222 (MCL 28.298). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0619’13 David Hildenbrand | Occupations; alarm systems; state personal identification card statute; revise reference to security alarm providers.

 State Trends

  • Maryland lawmaker advocates webcasting of committee votes, floor sessions
    10.16.13 – Frederick News Post – Marylanders’ computer screens should provide a window into state lawmaking, whether elected officials are debating issues on the floor or voting in committee, says Delegate Michael Hough.… More Info

National News

None this week

Business Tips

  • Emotional intelligence is critical for leaders to make an impact
    10.4.13 – Inc. – Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to recognize and regulate emotions in ourselves and others through four key elements: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness (or empathy), and relationship management. More Info
  • Setting Boundaries at the Office
    10.10.13 – Baseline – Experts say that, while most professionals want to be thought of as a team player, they need to find socially acceptable ways to set boundaries with co-workers. More Info

Fire News

  • AR: Fort Smith Woman Survives Fire After Smoke Alarm Fails
    10.18.13 – 5newsonline.com – “The thing with a fire alarm system as opposed to just a regular smoke detector, is it`s going to call a monitoring station and get the fire department there whether … More Info
  • CA: San Pablo woman escapes blaze after smoke alarm wakes her
    10.15.13 – Contra Costa Times – A San Pablo woman was awakened by a working smoke alarm and escaped a fire that damaged the lower apartment unit in a two-story building Tuesday… More Info
  • MA: Fire alarm leads to marijuana seizure in Braintree
    10.16.13 – Braintree Forum – Police seized approximately 116 pounds of marijuana and arrested a Quincy man and woman after the fire department responded to a fire alarm at a Lenox Farms apartment and allegedly discovered a large amount of marijuana stashed in a closet. More Info
  • MA: Man charged with pulling false alarm in Framingham
    10.16.13 – The MetroWest Daily News – A homeless man on probation for two disorderly conduct convictions pulled a fire alarm during a court-ordered Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, authorities said. More Info
  • PA: Man charged with making false alarm
    10.18.13 – Republican & Herald – Cpl. Michael Dissinger said he responded to an incoming fire alarm from a street … and found the call to be a false alarm …More Info
  • TN: MFRD responds to kitchen fire at MTSU
    10.17.13 – Daily News Journal – Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department’s Engine 3 and Districts 1 and 8 responded to a fire alarm in the Student Union Building on Middle Tennessee State University’s campus around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Bank left unlocked, customers trip police alarm
    10.14.13 – WAFF – Some customers got into the Compass Bank Monday morning, tripping police alarms in the process. Officers said the situation was a … More Info
  • AL: VIDEO: Ghost Tries to Rob Liquor Store
    10.20.13 – FOX 8 Cleveland – Anniston, Ala. (CNN/WIAT) — Halloween came a little early for a liquor store in Alabama. After a burglary alarm was… More Info
  • CA: Fremont County Sheriff’s Blotter
    10.15.13 – Canon City Daily Record – Bear gets blamed for housecat setting off motion alarm Deputies assist motorists with a bee in their car Grey smartphone mistaken for silver handgun by reporting parting Fremont County sheriff’s blotter Oct. More Info
  • CA: Man Arrested After Breaking into Marijuana Dispensary
    10.20.13 – FOX40 Sacramento – Sacramento – A Sacramento man was arrested after breaking into a marijuana dispensary near 19 th and S Streets Saturday morning. The Sacramento Police Department received a report of a burglary alarm around 3:30 a.m. Officers sped to the scene, … More Info
  • CT: Police: Burglar fled from drive-in after alarm sounded
    10.15.13 – Monroe Courier – A member of the family that owns the marina who was staying on the property told police he heard an alarm at the drive-in. He told police he … More Info
  • FL: Brandon High student accused in concession stand burglary
    10.16.13 – The Tampa Tribune – A ninth-grader at Brandon High School was caught Sunday after taking candy from the school’s concession stand and has been sent to the juvenile assessment center, authorities said. More Info
  • FL: Burglar steals register from convenience store
    10.19.13 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – A burglar broke into the front door of a convenience store on Friday and made off with the cash register, a sheriff’s report shows. More Info
  • IL: Man, 73, charged in Loop bank robbery, suspected in 2 attempts
    10.17.13 – Chicago Tribune – A soft-spoken 73-year-old man suspected of trying to rob a bank Wednesday morning in the Sheridan Park neighborhood has been charged in a September bank robbery in the Loop, authorities said. More Info
  • IN: Bandits hold up city Burger King
    10.18.13 – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – Two men robbed a Burger King on Wednesday night and locked three employees in a walk-in freezer, Fort Wayne police said. More Info
  • IN: Employees put in cooler during robbery
    10.19.13 – WISH-TV Indianapolis – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Two suspects are still on the loose after targeting the Burger King in Fort Wayne. More Info
  • IN: Indianapolis man chases after teen burglars
    10.20.13 – FOX 59 Indianapolis – An Indianapolis man comes home to find two teens who had broken in to his apartment and were stealing his stuff! He caught them in the act, then chased them after they took off! An ID card from Ben Davis … More Info
  • IN: Man is caught minutes after he robs bank
    10.19.13 – WISH-TV Indianapolis – Lafayette, Ind. – Police have released the name of the man arrested after a bank robbery Friday afternoon in Lafayette. More Info
  • IN: Suspect faces third charge in south-side burglaries
    10.17.13 – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette – A 21-year-old man faces a third felony charge in connection with a series of home break-ins on Fort Wayne’s south side. More Info
  • KY: Burger King robbed, employee’s car stolen in Georgetown
    10.18.13 – WKYT Lexington – An employee arriving to work at the Burger King on Lexington Road in Georgetown found herself approached by a man on foot early Friday morning. More Info
  • KY: Police investigating ‘vacuum burglary ring’ in Lexington
    10.20.13 – WKYT Lexington – Some call it the “Cadillac” of vacuum cleaners and now, the high-priced Dyson is becoming a must have on the shopping list of some thieves. More Info
  • LA: Suspect named in Terry Parkway McDonald’s robbery
    10.16.13 – FOX 8 New Orleans – Police have identified a suspect in the Monday morning robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant on Terry Parkway. More Info
  • MA: Braintree Police Find 115 Lbs Of Marijuana After Responding To …
    10.15.13 – CBS Local – Braintree – Two people were arrested after police responded to a routine fire alarm call at a condo Monday. Police say when officers … More Info
  • MA: Four charged in break at Danvers light department
    10.16.13 – The Salem News – Danvers – Four people have been charged with breaking into the Danvers Electric Light plant early Monday, a burglary thwarted by an alarm and a nearby resident who overheard the four discussing their plans and called 911. Two of the suspects, include… More Info
  • MI: Caro AT&T store robbed of $50,000 in cell phones
    10.18.13 – Tuscola County Advertiser – Lansing sister store robbed at nearly the same time By Mary Drier Staff Writer CARO — The investigation continues into a Caro business that was robbed Thursday along with a… More Info
  • MO; Burglar uses doggie door to break into home
    10.19.13 – KCTV 5 Kansas City – A family is taking precautions after their home was broken into by a burglar who crawled through a doggie door. More Info
  • NE: Teen breaks into store, steals remote control car
    10.17.13 – Lincoln Journal Star – Officers went to HobbyTown USA at 1:20 after an alarm sounded and found that someone caused $250 damage by throwing a rock through … More Info
  • NV: Valley business catches burglar on camera, asking for community’s help
    10.17.13 – KTNV Las Vegas – Las Vegas family-operated business Jump ‘N’ Jungle said a burglar broke into its store on Tuesday morning. The inflatable bounce house business. More Info
  • NY: Bold Thieves Bypass Security Measures In String Of Upper East …
    10.17.13 – CBS Local – “In addition to physical security people should be using technology, a simple alarm system with central monitoring such as a window sensor or door sensor,” … More Info
  • OH: Juveniles nabbed in relation to Target break-in
    10.16.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – The Trotwood Target store on Shiloh Springs Road was broken into this morning, according to reports. Police responded to the business around 4:30 a.m. after receiving a front glass break alarm and upon arrival found that someone had made entry into the store. A short time after receiving the alarm police were able to track down the two possible juveniles suspects behind the business, where they … More Info
  • OH: Police investigating Sycamore Township Sprint store break in
    10.19.13 – FOX 19 Cincinnati – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break in at the Sprint store located at 7878 Montgomery Road in Sycamore Township early Saturday morning. More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion police investigating leads to false alarm
    10.15.13 – Main Line – Lower Merion police investigating leads to false alarm. Police used a dog to track the scent of a … More Info
  • TX: Crooks break into Mexican restaurant along Katy Freeway
    10.17.13 – KHOU – Officers said an alarm went off around 5 a.m., but the crooks were already gone when police arrived at the scene. A manager arrived and looked over the … More Info
  • TX: HPD: Burglar busts through concrete wall of SE Houston store
    10.20.13 – KHOU 11 Houston – Houston – Police say a determined burglar busted through a concrete wall as he tried to get into a southeast Houston store early Saturday. According to the Houston Police Department, it happened at 2 a.m. at a Citgo station. Police said the man allegedly used a crowbar to knock out cinderblocks on the wall of that store, which set off the alarm. He took off by foot, but … More Info
  • TX: Man caught breaking into CITGO gas station
    10.19.13 – KPRC Local 2 Houston – Police arrested a man after he allegedly broke into a CITGO gas station early Saturday morning. More Info
  • VA: This Week in Crime: Man Pulls Knife in Dollar General; Burglary at …
    10.20.13 – Williamsburg Yorktown Daily – Lyons said a person entered the store using what appeared to be a key sometime between 11:55 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. That person then deactivated the alarm  More Info
  • VA: Wells Fargo in Hampton robbed; man sought
    10.17.13 – The Virginian-Pilot – Hampton Police are searching for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo this evening. About 4:15 p.m., police received an alarm at the bank, according to Sgt. Jason Price, a Hampton police spokesman. Officers have learned the masked man displayed a firearm and demanded money. After receiving the money he fled on foot. More Info
  • WA: North Bend business owner tries to catch employee thief on camera …
    10.19.13 – Snoqualmie Valley Record – Alarm: Snoqualmie firefighters responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a residential automatic fire alarm. After investigation, it was determined that it was a … More Info
  • WA: Would-be bank robber just needs $1 so she can go back to jail | Police blotter
    10.16.13 – Renton Reporter – A 24-year-old Renton woman got her wish when she tried to rob a bank of $1 and was taken back to jail. More Info
  • WI: Sheboygan police seek four men in jewelry burglary
    10.17.13 – The Sheboygan Press – James Veeser said in a news release that police responded to Kisiolek’s at 7:05 p.m. after the store’s alarm was triggered. Officers found that the business, … More Info


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NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Five state associations are part of NESA – Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA) and Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA). For more info visit www.nesaus.org.




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