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October 28, 2013

Association Events

  • 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

  • None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: BPD revisits “Cry Wolf” policy
    10.22.13 – KERO 23 Bakersfield – The Bakersfield Police Department is raising concerns about the growing number of false alarm calls being received. More Info
  • MO: Coverage You Can Count On
    10.22.13 – KOMU Columbia – Columbia – Businesses and property owners that have security alarms could pay a fine if police have to respond too many times. The False Alarm Administrative Fee section of a city ordinance states that four false alarms from any alarm system in a 30 day period requires a $100.00 fee. More Info
  • PA: False alarm fines increase in Harrisburg
    10.23.13 – WTRF Wheeling – Making a false alarm to the police or fire department in Harrisburg is going to come with a bigger fine. More Info
  • PA: Newtown Supervisors strengthen alarm ordinance
    10.22.13 – Marple Newtown County Press – Newtown Supervisors voted 3-2 to amend the Alarm Devices ordinance at the most recent township meeting. Voting in favor were Supervisors Ross Lambert, Joseph Catania and John Nawn; against were Supervisors Ed Partridge and George Wood. More Info
  • TX: Texas city delays alarm permit, citing problems with contractor
    10.28.13 – Security Systems News – Crowley, TX – Businesses and homeowners in Crowley, Texas, have until Nov. 1 to obtain permits for their monitored alarm systems. The city’s contractor had technical difficulties and missed the original Oct. 1 deadline. More Info
  • WI: Green Bay Burglar Alarm Permits
    10.22.13 – NBC26 Green Bay – An “alert” for Green Bay home and business owners with security alarm systems. You may not know that you need a permit for your burglar alarm. In order for the police department to serve those with alarm systems. More Info

Industry News

  • Attorney General targets illegal robocalls in NC
    10.23.13 – WNCT Greenville – Attorney General Roy Cooper filed suit today against an alarm system company that made illegal robocalls to numbers listed on the Do Not Call Registry. More Info
  • CEA Announces Programming for CES Unveiled 
    10.24.13 – Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance -Consumer Electronics Association. More Info
  • Illinois fire districts open up to commercial fire monitoring
    10.21.13 – Security System News – Arlington Heights, IL – Two fire districts recently passed new ordinances allowing commercial fire alarm companies to compete in those markets. But the industry is concerned that one company has a “tremendous market advantage.” Learn the details… More Info
  • Here Comes PCI DSS 3.0 – But is it Enough? 
    10.22.13 – Security Info Watch – New PCI Data Security Standards guidelines are about to hit the streets for financial institutions… More Info

Legislative News

None this week

 State Trends

  • New Calif. law requires employers to make security accommodations for domestic violence victims
    10.16.13 – Security Info Watch – Law also bars employers from firing employees based on their status as a domestic violence victim … More Info

National News

  • Survey marks 2nd year of crime increases
    10.24.13 – Associated Press, AP – Gov’t numbers suggest a two-decade slide in crime may be approaching an end … More Info
  • U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September; unemployment rate at 7.2 percent
    10.22.13 – Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September, according to a Labor Department report released Tuesday morning. The nation’s unemployment rate declined slightly to 7.2 percent. More Info

Business Tips

  • 7 Tips For Battling–And Even Embracing–Procrastination | Fast …
    10.16.13 – www.fastcompany.com – It doesn’t have to hurt so much. In fact some procrastinating can lead to productivity. More Info
  • Price Elasticity: Using Economics to Set Your Prices
    10.21.13 – smallbiztrends.com – Whether you are better off charging a high price or a low price depends on the price elasticity of demand for your product. Figure out what yours …More Info
  • Prepare Your Employees for Possible Disasters
    10.18.13 – Baseline – As part of a disaster recovery plan, ensure that your employees know what to do beforehand. Develop a simple checklist and make sure they all have a copy of it. More Info

Fire News

  • OH: Possible carbon monoxide poisoning reported
    10.21.13 – The Cincinnati Enquirer – Sharonville firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide alarm and found three people suffering from effects of the gas. More Info
  • UT: Letter: CO alarm saved life of woman, dog
    10.27.13 – Salt Lake Tribune – Re “As winter nears, time to install, check CO alarms” (Tribune, Oct. 23): If it wasn’t … After rallying in the warmth, my alarm went off, “Danger, carbon monoxide … More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: Teen arrested after hoax at Santa Rita H.S.
    10.25.13 – KVOA Tucson – Tucson – A student was arrested after calling 9-1-1 to report someone had three guns at Santa Rita High School and it turned out to be a hoax. More Info
  • CA: Walnut Creek: Pair arrested for allegedly stealing mail, burglarizing cars
    10.21.13 – Contra Costa Times – An alert resident who heard the wail of a car alarm on Sunday helped police nab two people allegedly in possession of stolen goods, including mail from nearly 20 Walnut Creek homes, police said. More Info
  • FL: Cops greet accused burglar with open arms
    10.22.13 – Orlando Sentinel – You could say this accused bandit fell down on the job. More Info
  • FL: DeLand police search for phone store burglars
    10.23.13 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – DeLand police detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects they say burglarized a Boost Mobile phone store. More Info
  • FL: Deputy-involved shooting at golf course
    10.26.13 – WWSB ABC 7 – According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report, police were responding to a burglar alarm when they found 23-year-old Kimberly Tomchinsky at the … More Info
  • FL: Masked burglar fell through roof of Melbourne pharmacy, police say
    10.21.13 – Local 6 Orlando – A masked burglar fell through the roof of a Melbourne pharmacy and was promptly arrested by officers who were alerted by the store’s alarm, according to police. David McBride, 28, of Melbourne, was arrested early Monday at the CVS. According to Melbourne police, officers patrolling the area heard the alarm and began an investigation.  From outside the store, officers … More Info
  • FL: Police investigating robbery at cash-checking store
    10.21.13 – Orlando Sentinel – Orlando police are investigating a robbery after a hold-up alarm sounded early Monday at a cash-checking business.  More Info
  • GA: Burglars cut through building to steal from Macon gas station
    10.22.13 – Macon Telegraph – Three burglars entered a Chevron gas station early Tuesday morning by cutting a hole through the back wall of the building. More Info
  • GA: Police: Thief steals drills from Tractor Supply
    10.25.13 – Rome News-Tribune – Rome police are investigating a string of drill thefts that occurred throughout the week at the Tractor Supply store, police reports state. According to records: A regular … More Info
  • ID: Critters caught on cam in Boise family’s backyard
    10.24.13 – KBOI-TV Boise – A Boise homeowner who put a motion-sensor camera in his backyard captured some amazing photos of some critters. More Info
  • MA: Burglar caught on camera climbing through window
    10.23.13 – 7 News Boston – Woburn, Mass. — A Woburn family is happy they installed a security system after a motion alarm deterred a criminal from stealing anything when he broke in. More Info
  • MA: Newton crime watch: larceny, Oct. 15 to Oct. 21
    10.26.13 – Newton TAB – Oct. 20 Officers responded to an alarm at Mr.K’s Discount Wine and Spirits where they noticed the front glass door was smashed. Surveillance … More Info
  • MD: Police: Man attempts to break into Main Street store, shoves officer
    10.23.13 – The Newark Post – Police arrested a man Tuesday on a slew of charges after he allegedly attempted to break into a store. More Info
  • MI: Masked suspect sought in armed robbery
    10.22.13 – Grand Haven Tribune – Police/Fire Masked suspect sought in armed robbery A man in a Halloween mask took off with an undetermined amount of money after an armed robbery early this morning at an Ottawa County gas station. An alarm company employee contacted Ottawa County Central … More Info
  • MI: Police discover marijuana growing operation, guns after home alarm system sounds
    10.21.13 – The Muskegon Chronicle – The home was unlocked so officers went inside and discovered eight marijuana plants, lights, fertilizer, an exhaust fan and four handguns and one shotgun, according to authorities. More Info
  • MS: Burglar Caught in Creek With Stolen Property
    10.25.13 – WTOK-TV Meridian – Meridian Police caught a man and charged him with burglary after he fell into a creek with a bag full of stolen items. More Info
  • NC: Thief falls through roof of Harris Teeter, Deputies investigating
    10.21.13 – WECT 6 Wilmington – Wilmington, N.C. – According to New Hanover County Dispatch, New Hanover County deputies got a call that a burglar alarm was going off at the Harris Teeter early Monday morning. More Info
  • NH: Burglary leads to Derby school lockdown
    10.24.13 – WTNH-TV New Haven – An elementary school was put into lockdown Thursday because of a nearby burglary. More Info
  • NJ: Man arrested on marijuana charge
    10.25.13 – New Jersey Herald – Mount Olive — A Landing man who was parked in front of a closed business was arrested and charged with for marijuana possession, police said. More Info
  • NY: Burglary suspect caught with help of police dog in Newburgh
    10.23.13 – Middletown Times Herald-Record – City Of Newburgh – City of Newburgh police are crediting K9 “Ibor” with helping nab a Town of Newburgh man charged with breaking into a restaurant on Monday. More Info
  • OH: Suspected burglar found on business roof
    10.22.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – A suspected burglar was found on a roof by police responding to an alarm at a Dayton business Tuesday morning. Just after 3:30 a.m. Dayton officers were summoned to Premier Rental-Purchase after an alarm was set off… More Info
  • OH: Watch dog prevents officer from checking on burglar alarm: Russell Police Blotter
    10.25.13 – The Sun Press – Russell Township, Ohio – Alarm, Stillwater Drive – Responding to a security alarm at a home Oct. 21, an officer found an unlatched door. He was unable to enter the home to check for problems because of a large, angry… More Info
  • OK: Hugo police search for suspect in liquor store burglary
    10.25.13 – KXII Sherman – Hugo, OK – Hugo police are looking for a man they say broke into a liquor store last night stealing hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol. More Info
  • PA: Caught On Tape: Thief Breaks Into Delaware County Church
    10.24.13 – CBS Philadelphia – A Darby borough church the latest victim of a burglar police say has been preying on homes, churches, and even the town library. More Info
  • PA: Police investigate east Erie beer store robbery
    10.23.13 – Erie Times-News – Erie police are investigating an armed robbery today at the Erie Discount Beer Co. store. Police said a male entered the store at about 3:20 p.m., threatened a female employee with a handgun and fled on foot with cash and cigarettes. More Info
  • PA: Springfield police briefs: Week of October 27
    10.27.13 – Springfield Sun – Burglary … A home was reported burglarized at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19, according to Springfield police. More Info
  • QC: Time served has been difficult for home invader, judge told
    10.25.13 – Montreal Gazette -A Quebec Court judge will decide next month whether a man who committed a home invasion in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce should be sentenced to anywhere between time served to an additional two years behind bars. More Info
  • SC: GCSO: Jewelry store in Pawleys Island burglarized overnight
    10.24.13 – WMBF News Myrtle Beach – Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspect or suspects wanted in connection with the burglary of a jewelry store in Pawleys Island Thursday morning. More Info
  • SC: Sheriff’s office investigating jewelry store burglary in Georgetown Co.
    10.25.13 – Live 5 News Charleston – The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a jewelry store burglary on Pawleys Island. On Thursday at 4 a.m., deputies responded to Christopher’s Fine Jewelry for an alarm activation. More Info
  • TN: SunTrust Bank Burglar Wanted
    10.27.13 – WREG-TV Memphis – Memphis police are looking for a man they say broke into a SunTrust Bank. Officers answered an alarm call… More Info
  • TX: ETX police search for armed robbery suspect
    10.25.13 – KETK 56 Tyler – The Crockett Police Department is searching for an armed man who robbed a local store Wednesday morning. More Info
  • TX: Official: Break-in, attempted arson at Wings ‘N’ More
    10.21.13 – Austin American-Statesman – Austin fire crews are investigating a fire at a North Austin restaurant as a break-in and attempted arson, officials said. More Info
  • VA: 18-year-old charged in Hampton Speedy Mart robbery
    10.24.13 – The Virginian-Pilot – Hampton Police charged an 18-year-old in a store robbery after they were called Wednesday night. About 8:15 p.m., officers were sent to the Speedy Mart because the alarm was sounding, according to a police news release. While they headed to the scene, they got an update that someone was inside with a gun. More Info
  • VT: Church fires in Burlington’s past
    10.25.13 – WCAX-TV Vermont – The blaze at the College Street Congregational Church Wednesday was not the first fire there. And it isn’t the first big church fire in Burlington. Marselis Parsons takes a look back. More Info
  • WA: The Slice: Cat burglar alarm system might work a little too well 
    10.22.13 – The Spokesman-Review – Our neighbor’s cat is getting up there in years, but she can still move at approximately the speed of light when she feels like it. I know this because on a couple of occasions recently, we have discovered that she has gained entry to our house without being officially invited in. More Info


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