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October 26, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Utah consumers’ No. 1 complaint: alarm companies
    22.15 – Salt Lake Tribune – Home alarm companies have surged to the top of the list of consumer complaints in Utah, a state investigator told a consumer protection conference on … More Info
  • Home Security Company Vivint Under Fire in Louisiana for Complaints of Aggressive Sales Tactics
    23.15 – SSI – Home security company Vivint is being held accountable for complaints of questionable sales tactics in a Louisiana county. It is being accused of overly aggressive sales tactics and has until Jan. 1 to conduct an internal investigation into the complaints. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • NY: County in New York Passes False Alarm Law Requiring Permits …
    22.15 – Security Sales – A $50 permit is required for buildings using alarm systems that are monitored by a … Ulster County has adopted a law that will implement fines for false alarms … More Info
  • WA: Residents mailed incorrect invoices with false alarm fines …
    19.15 – Bellevue Reporter – Many Bellevue residents received letters this month alerting them to overdue accounts and fines stemming from the city’s much maligned false alarm program … More Info

Industry News

  • Potter acquires 3 fire alarm product lines
    19.15 – STLtoday.com – Potter Electric Signal Co., a manufacturer of fire alarm pull boxes, detectors and other fire protection products, has added three brands to its product portfolio: … More Info
  • Diebold is first major commercial provider to go ASAP
    21.15 – SSN – North Canton, Ohio – Diebold, the first commercial-focused company to join the ASAP to PSAP program, will be up and running in three cities by the end of November. More Info
  • More homeowners investing in surveillance systems
    23.15 – KSFY – Bruggeman says if her alarm or motion sensor goes off, she receives a call from her security company less than a minute later, checking to make sure everything …More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Requires installation of visual monitoring systems in licensed child care centers. No companion bill.
Status: 10/19/2015 : Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee


State & National News

  • Associations Release Revised First Aid Guidelines
    16.15 – OHS – The American Red Cross and American Heart Association have released revised guidelines for administering first aid that include updated recommendations for treatment of bleeding, stroke recognition, and treating anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) and hypoglycemia in diabetics. More Info
  • The Five Worst Fire Alarm Horror Stories
    19.15 – Onward State – Getting caught off guard by a fire alarm is extremely inconvenient. Worse yet, it’s practically inevitable during your time at college, and it seems everybody has … More Info
  • Former salesman urges Fayetteville to toughen law for door-to-door …
    19.15 – Fayetteville Observer – McWaters has given up home alarm sales but not the urge to go into neighborhoods. These days, he is voluntarily promoting Nextdoor – a free, private website … More Info
  • Police software claims to predict crime before it happens
    21.15 – WTLV-TV – Some police cars across the country are turning into time machines using new software that allows police to predict where crimes could occur before they happen. “It’s really an emerging technology,” said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams in Florida. The software highlights areas with red boxes where it predicts things like burglaries, break-ins and car thefts will occur. More Info
  • Hands-Free Phones And Infotainment Systems Still As Distracting …
    22.15 – Tech Times – Attention car owners: hands-free car technologies and infotainment systems are still as distracting as texting while driving and could potentially … More Info

 Business Tips

  • How to Rally Employees Around an Idea They Hate
    23.15 – Open Forum – Getting your team to buy in to an idea they don’t love isn’t impossible. It just takes some finesse… More Info
  • What New Technologies You Should Be Using, According to Forbes
    23.15 – CI- Forbes magazine unveils its picks for new technologies on the rise. Which ones do you think have brightest future? More Info
  • 6 Ways Playing Poker Can Help You in Business (and 2 Ways It Can’t)
    23.15 – Entrepreneur – Many skills needed in the game of poker translate well into being an entrepreneur. A couple don’t. More Info

Fire News

  • KY: Couple escapes Floyd County house fire
    23.15 – WLKY Louisville – “I felt like I was asleep for five minutes and I heard the piercing of the smoke alarm,” homeowner Carola Densford said. Just before 6 a.m. Friday, Densford and … More Info
  • NJ: Investigators: Alarm system did not work before, during Passaic …
    23.15 – NorthJersey.com – Passaic investigators have confirmed that an alarm system wasn’t working when fire broke out at the five-story apartment building on … More Info
  • OK: Capitol evacuated after alarm triggered
    20.15 – The Lawton Constitution – Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Capt. Paul Timmons says authorities believe the Tuesday morning alarm was triggered as a result of construction in the … More Info
  • TN: 3 Cats Die in Large Garage Fire on Franks Road
    21.15 – WTVC – Firefighters were already on the way, thanks to the automatic fire alarm the … “Shortly before 7:00 this morning, a smoke alarm activated in Philip Lutin’s house. More Info
  • VA: Family escapes fire in James City County
    19.15 – WAVY-TV – The two people inside were alerted to the fire when the smoke alarm sounded – and when they noticed black smoke coming from the HVAC vents. They got out … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Burglary at Grocery Outlet in Oakhurst
    19.15 – Sierra Star – Deputies discovered that the front door had been forced open and the alarm system and video surveillance system had been disabled. The deputies also … More Info
  • CA: Crime Report: Pharmacy burglarized; Stolen check used at sporting …
    23.15 – Los Angeles Times – Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary alarm call at around 3 a.m. at Flintridge Pharmacy on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Sara Cardine. More Info
  • CA: HEMET: Two arrested in burglary investigation
    20.15 -Press-Enterprise – Just after 2 a.m., an alarm went off at a T-Mobile store. When officers arrived, they found the store had been burglarized … More Info
  • CA: Owners say loss at least $20000 in Golden Swann burglary
    20.15 -Auburn Journal – The alarm company alerted the police within a minute, and Auburn P.D. arrived at the scene soon after. Before making an escape, the burglar took merchandise … More Info
  • CT: Police: TD Bank robbed; suspect sought
    19.15 – West Hartford News – According to a report, police officers responded to an alarm call at the bank. Bank officials stated that the suspect entered the bank through the rear (west) side … More Info
  • CT: Two Juveniles Charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief in Danbury
    21.15 – Patch.com – Around 2:10 a.m., police responded to a burglary alarm activation at Spirits ‘N Such. As they were on the way to the liquor store, police saw two … More Info
  • FL: Robber thwarted on State Road 200
    25.15 – Ocala – … when a clerk pushed a panic alarm and password-locked the cash register after a struggle with the would-be robber. More Info
  • GA: 3 suspected in movie prop store burglaries arrested
    19.15 – WTVM – A manager of the store said they were burglarized just a couple days ago. Officers said a motion detector set an alarm off…. More Info
  • IL: Rockford Police Search for Armed Robber After Gas Station Held Up
    19.15 – MyStateline.com – On Saturday, at approximately 9:15 p.m., officers responded to a hold up alarm at Mobil Gas Station. While en-route, police learned the … More Info
  • MA: Salem man charged with Bedford unarmed bank robbery
    19.15 – Wicked Local – Police were called to the scene after a holdup alarm call. According to police, the first officer on the scene reported that a bank robbery had occurred, as the … More Info
  • MD: Odenton 7-Eleven store robbed
    22.15 – WBAL Baltimore – Officers were called around 1:30 a.m. Thursday to the 7-Eleven convenience store for a report of a holdup alarm. The store clerk told … More Info
  • MO: MPSD searching for burglary suspects
    23.15 – Mexico Ledger – At approximately 12:11 a.m. today, Mexico Public Safety responded to a business alarm. Upon arrival, officers found that the … More Info
  • MO: Suspect on the loose after robbery at Columbia convenience store
    20.15 -ABC17News.com – Police said they were dispatched for a law alarm. They said an investigation revealed a male suspect forced his way into the business. Police said two … More Info
  • ND: Grand Forks police investigating overnight burglary at Kmart store
    20.15 –INFORUM – It is believed that the alarm was tripped as the suspect was leaving the store, because the suspect already had fled the building when officers arrived at about … More Info
  • NJ: Mom arrested trying to get underage son into Princeton bar leads …
    20.15 -The Trentonian – Burglary: Someone entered a home on Monday at approximately 1:30 p.m. The burglar set off the home’s alarm. When police … More Info
  • NJ: Roof top robber arrested in South Brunswick
    20.15 – MyCentralJersey.com – Detectives investigated, but there were no signs of forced entry to the warehouse and the alarm system never activated over the month-long thefts. There were … More Info
  • OK: Authorities search for suspect who stole diapers and women’s pads
    23.15 – KOKH FOX25 – Police initially received an alarm call around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Family Dollar. Upon arrival, authorities found that the front … More Info
  • PA: Phoenixville police make arrest in series of business burglaries
    24.15 – Daily Local News – Officers discovered the first burglary after being called to Sal’s Pizza Box for an audible burglary alarm. Once they arrived, they noticed that the … More Info
  • RI: More than $100k worth of Apple products stolen from Mansfield store
    22.15 – WLNE-TV (ABC6) – The thieves disabled the alarms and cut a small hole in the back room. “They plan. They’re not just doing it on a whim,” said Detective John Armstrong of the … More Info
  • TN: Man charged after night club burglary in Columbia
    22.15 – WKRN.com – While police were investigating, they got word a burglary alarm sounded at the Sky Lounge in the Northway Shopping Center. When officers … More Info
  • TX: HPD: Burglars spooked by alarm during convenience store break-in
    21.15 – KHOU – Houston – A pair of would-be burglars got spooked by a loud alarm after attempting to break into a west Houston convenience store overnight. According to … More Info
  • TX: Two Men Burglarize Firehouse Subs in Odessa
    23.15 – NewsWest9.com – Police say surveillance video shows two men dressed in dark clothing entering the restaurant, but the alarm didn’t go off until they exited the building. More Info
  • WA: Burglar leaves disgusting surprise for Tacoma couple
    21.15 – Tacoma Weekly – It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Ed and Donna were on a trip to the Oregon coast last month when the East Tacoma couples’ alarm company called about a … More Info
  • WA: Police investigate break-ins at cellphone stores
    25.15 – The Columbian – Officers first responded at 4:15 a.m. to an alarm a and found broken glass in front of a cellphone store. More Info

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