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October 31, 2016


At the meeting last week the NESA board elected Chris Russell (of Texas) as President and Craig Bober (of Maryland) as Vice President. Chris succeeds Jordon Brown of Arkansas, who will now serve as past president. Brian Villari of Consolidated Insurance was elected as the Associate Director. The board thanks Rex Adams for his serrvice as President and Past President and also thanks Dean Coburn for his service as Associate Director.


Public Safety Updates

  • CT: False alarms reported in the thousands for local fire departments
    10.27.16 -WTNH Connecticut News – Before the lights and sirens go off at the fire department, there’s the call that comes in for service. “We send a full response until we know otherwise,” … More Info
  • IL: Harrisburg City Council sets Trick-or-Treat hours
    10.29.16 – SE Illinois News – Commissioner Montfort wanted Council to review the Code Book regarding security alarm charges. Currently, a business is allowed four false alarm calls per … More Info
  • MO: Columbia Police have responded to more than 3000 burglar alarms
    10.30.16 – ABC17News.com – Columbia, Mo. – More than three thousand burglary alarm calls have been reported in 2016, but only 1.7% of those calls were considered valid. In 2016 … More Info
  • BC: Increase to false alarm fines in Kamloops to be discussed
    10.30.16 – InfoTel News Ltd – Kamloops – With 95 per cent of security alarms in Kamloops classified by the police as false alarms, a report recommends updates to the city’s alarm bylaw, … More Info
  • KS: 55 false alarms on campus this semester
    10.28.16 – The Bulletin – Emporia State University has had 55 alarms go off in respective academic and administrative buildings since the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, with .. More Info

Industry News

  • 10 Things Wrong with Voice Control
    10.27.16 – CEPro – Panelists and HSTA members discuss the implications of voice control to the home systems industry. More Info
  • Xfinity Home finds security in new market
    10.25.16 – SIW – Using its huge consumer base as its platform, Comcast advances reach in home security. More Info
  • UCC Hosts 13th Annual Extreme Outdoors Hunting Extravaganza, Attendance in the Hundreds
    10.26.16 – SSI – The fate of the popular dealer event was in doubt after UCC’s sale to Lydia Security Monitoring in January. More Info
  • My Alarm Center secures $10 Million in funding
    10.24.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Newtown Square – My Alarm Center, one of the largest residential security and home automation providers, with more than … More Info
  • Johnston County, NC goes live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol
    10.26.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Pittsburgh – Johnston County, North Carolina, is the latest municipality to go live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), … More Info
  • Mobile Video Puts Alarm Verification in Palm of Hand
    10.27.16 -Security Sales & Integration – Mobile Video Puts Alarm Verification in Palm of Hand. With today’s technology advances, failing to combine video surveillance with intrusion detection systems … More Info

State & National News

  • Which U.S. Presidential Candidate Is Best for the Technology Industry?
    10.28.16 – CI – Technology industry and small business professionals weigh in on whether Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or a third-party candidate would be best for the market. More Info
  • The Ugly Truth Behind Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s Tech Policies
    10.28.16 – CI – Candidates have demonstrated lack of knowledge and even interest in cybersecurity, information sharing on road to the White House. More Info
  • Calif. Bill to Threatens Annual Auto-Renewal Clause in Contracts
    10.31.16 – CEPro – SB 1428 would make all monitoring agreements with annual auto-renewal clauses revert to just month-to-month renewals upon expiration of initial term. Requires renewal clauses to be more conspicuous in contracts. More Info
  • NFPA: Smoke Alarms Need Replacement Every 10 Years
    10.31.16 – CEPro – Newly redesigned Nest Protect smoke alarms last a decade and represent a sometimes overlooked and overdue upgrade opportunity for CE pros. More Info
  • U.S. economy grew 2.9% in 3rd quarter, picking up the pace
    10.28.16 – The New York Times – The American economy moved firmly into higher gear last quarter, expanding at an annual rate of 2.9 percent as a result of continuing strength among consumers and better trade figures. More Info
  • Simply Not-So Safe?
    10.28.16 – SSI – Prominently marketing itself as the anti-alarm industry solution, DIY security systems provider SimpliSafe has quickly amassed a large customer base. However, an independent forensic analysis shoots holes in the company’s model, claims and technology. More Info
  • U.S. Violence Rates Flat Last Year
    10.26.16 – Violent crime levels did not rise last year in the United States, according to an annual federal survey on victimization. More Info
  • NFPA: Smoke Alarms Need Replacement Every 10 Years
    10.28.16 – CEPro – When was the last time you reached out to your clients about replacing their smoke alarms? If it has been 10 years or more, you are overdue. The National Fire … More Info

Business Tips

  • 4 Need-to-Know Tips for Creating a Killer Advisory Board
    10.28.16 – CI – There are many benefits advisory boards bring to businesses, as long as they’re formed and operated correctly. Here are four need-to-know tips for creating a top-notch advisory committee. More Info
  • Building Builder Relationships
    10.28.16 – SSI – New homebuilders are one of the most fruitful business partners for security dealers to align themselves with, never more so than in this era of the connected home. Yet too many fail to devote the time, energy and professionalism to cultivating and maintaining this tremendous opportunity. Learn how to forge a more productive path. More Info
  • Smart Money’s on More Interactive Controls
    10.28.16 – SSI – That echo you may be hearing from vendors and customers is a cry for more smart features and remote capabilities integrating security and associated home technologies. While connected cameras continues to lead the way, look out for lighting, thermostats and, yes, voice control. More Info
  • Comparing Vehicles: Which One of These Guys Would You Hire?
    10.31.16 – CEPro – Your vehicle is an extension of your brand. What do these vehicles from the MRI Expo parking lot tell you… More Info
  • Why You’ve Been Selling All Wrong (and the Secret to Doing It Right)
    10.31.16 – CEPro – According to Ian Altman’s book Same Side Selling, businesses need to do away with the adversarial gamification of selling and instead create relationships with clients to find solutions. More Info

Fire News

  • CT: Alarm Detects Extremely High Level Of Carbon Monoxide In Monroe …
    10.25.16 – Trumbull-Monroe Daily Voice – Monroe volunteer firefighters are called to a Moose Hill Road residence Saturday evening on a report of an activated carbon monoxide alarm. The residents … More Info
  • IL: Alleged cooking malfunction causes Friday afternoon fire at Presby …
    10.28.16 – Daily Illini – At around 3 p.m. on Friday, firefighters were called to Presby Hall after an automatic fire alarm went off. With smoke exiting the parking garage, firefighters … More Info
  • IN: Putnam Scanner 10-26-16
    10.25.16 – The Banner-Graphic – At 8:51 p.m., 10:26 p.m. and 11:23 p.m. on Monday, GFD responded to fire alarms . The first alarm was due to cooking in the residence with … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire
    10.24.16 – Gloucester Daily Times – 5:02 p.m.: Fire Department personnel dispatched to a report of wood smoke setting off smoke alarms. The cause appeared to be a neighbor’s … More Info
  • MD: Police ID man & woman suffering from gunshot wounds to head …
    10.25.16 – Fox Baltimore – (WBFF) – Baltimore City Police have identified the victims found dead by firefighters responded to a smoke alarm Monday afternoon. Police say … More Info
  • MI: East Kentwood students evacuated after morning fire alarm
    10.26.16 – Fox17 – The school’s principal, Omar Bakri, posted on Facebook that the fire alarm went off about 6:25am and students were sent to the Freshman Campus gym. More Info
  • ND: Jamestown Fire Department calls for Oct 6-27:
    10.29.16 – Jamestown Sun – Oct. 14: 11:55 a.m., ready squad responded to a multi-family dwelling, to investigate fire alarm activation. Firefighters checked for smoke/ fire; … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    10.24.16 – Circleville Herald – Alarm company advising of an activated fire alarm at Wyngate of Circleville Senior Living. False alarm. More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Police & Fire for Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
    10.28.16 – Juneau Empire – Burglary. • At 12:54 a.m. Thursday, the Juneau Police Department investigated a burglary alarm. More Info
  • CA: Attempted break-in thwarted at McNally Antiques in Rancho Santa Fe
    10.30.16 – Rancho Santa Fe Review – According to The McNally Company Antiques owner Connie McNally, the drilling hit a frequency that set off the store’s glass break alarm. Once the alarm … More Info
  • CA: Burglar busts through roof at Don’s Bicycles in Redlands
    10.28.16 – Redlands Daily Facts – The nimble burglar dropped through the roof and set off a motion alarm around 4 a.m., according to store officials. Employees were able to remotely check the … More Info
  • CA: Man arrested in attempted robbery at Little Caesar’s
    10.30.16 – Mountain View Voice – Officers responded to reports of a silent hold-up alarm at around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. An employee told police that the suspect, … More Info
  • CA: San Leandro: Police arrest two, seek burglary spree suspects
    10.24.16 – East Bay Times – At 10 p.m. Oct. 17, officers responded for an alarm at Valero and found about $2,000 worth of tobacco products missing and few clues visible in … More Info
  • CA: Three Los Angeles men arrested on suspicion of burglarizing …
    10.30.16 – San Bernardino County Sun – About 6 a.m. Saturday, a deputy responding to an audible alarm at a business saw a man running away … More Info
  • CA: Two Crime Spree Suspects Arrested, Others Still At Large
    10.26.16 – Crime Voice – Police began collecting evidence, beginning with security camera video, when they responded to an alarm at 10 p.m. on October 17 at the Valero gas station … More Info
  • CO: Burglary, cars also damaged at Niwot High School
    10.29.16 – Boulder Daily Camera – The St. Vrain Valley School District was alerted to the incident by an intrusion alarm. The sheriff’s office was contacted and the school was searched by deputies. More Info
  • CO: Parker police investigating gun store smash and grab robbery
    10.29.16 – The Denver Post – When the glass broke, an alarm went off and police responded, but whoever was involved had already left the scene of the “smash and grab.” No suspect or … More Info
  • CT: 2 men allegedly shoplifted at Home Depot, face larceny charges
    10.30.16 – Fairfield Citizen – Meanwhile, inside the store, loss prevention personnel heard the alarm for the emergency exit door go off. The store employee said he had been watching … More Info
  • CT: Fairfield Police Charge Two Men With Stealing Drills At Home Depot
    10.25.16 – Norwalk Daily Voice – At about 5 p.m., Dennis Marques, 24 and Alex Monteiro, 26 set off security alarms when they left the store carrying two … More Info
  • CT: Observant Off-Duty Officer Helps Solve Shelton Burglary: Police
    10.26.16 – NBC Connecticut – Shelton police said around 1:30 a.m. police responded to a burglary alarm at Scooters convenience store. When they arrived thy … More Info
  • FL: Armed robbers flee Hialeah store empty-handed after employee hits …
    10.28.16 – 7News – WSVN-TV – Armed robbers flee Hialeah store empty-handed after employee hits silent alarm. More Info
  • FL: Man answers door, finds screaming woman covered in blood
    10.30.16 – Orlando Sentinel – Carlos Lopez, 25, heard an alarm going off outside his apartment and went outside to see the commotion. He saw the woman, who lives several doors down, .. More Info
  • FL: Officer’s dog missing after home burglary in Murray Hill
    10.25.16 – WJXT Jacksonville – On his way to work, Lee said he received a call from his security system saying his alarm had gone off. He immediately stopped to check the feed from his … More Info
  • FL: Police: 1 arrested for break-in at Florida Holocaust Museum
    10.30.16 – Fox News – According to a St. Petersburg Police report, officers responding to an alarm at the museum early Sunday quickly detained and arrested 23-year-old Christopher … More Info
  • GA: Another drug store robbed
    10.26.16 – Morgan County Citizen – According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, officers arrived at the office at 3:21 a.m. in response to an alarm. They found a rear window had been opened … More Info
  • GA: South Fulton community concerned after rash of robberies, home …
    10.26.16 – WSB Atlanta – He said the criminals unscrewed the outside light, popped the back screen door and kicked in the wood door. The house was clearly marked with an alarm … More Info
  • IA: Waterloo Police investigate robbery
    10.29.16 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier- Police responded to the Kwik Star at about 6:20 a.m. after the store’s holdup alarm went off. They found a robbery had occurred. The suspect …More Info
  • IL: Police arrest 5 teens after burglary early Monday morning
    10.25.16 – WREX-TV – Police arrived on the scene to an alarm was going off. Officers say the teens broke into the business and then ran off. Several of the teens were caught soon after … More Info
  • IL: Rockford Police: Man arrested after officers catch suspect inside …
    10.27.16 – WIFR – 54-year-old Russell Newble is charged with burglary and possession of drug equipment after police responded to a residential alarm  … More Info
  • IN: Columbus police arrest burglary suspect; police searching for …
    10.24.16 – WISH-TV – According to police, officers were to the Rural King after an alarm went off at the store. When officers arrived, they heard the … More Info
  • LA: Arrest made in Laplace bank robbery
    10.24.16 – FOX 8 News WVUE-TV – Police say around 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 21, deputies responded to the bank for a hold up alarm. While deputies were in route to the call, 911 dispatchers provided … More Info
  • LA: Bank robbery suspect caught within minutes of LaPlace heist
    10.24.16 – NOLA.com – He walked out as authorities were notified by a hold-up alarm. No one was injured during the robbery. Detectives booked Bell with armed robbery with a gun … More Info
  • MA: Southborough police log, Oct. 28 edition
    10.26.16 – Community Advocate – 11:02 a.m. Officers investigated a burglar alarm at the Margaret Neary School. 11:04 a.m. Officers investigated a burglar alarm at Trottier Middle School. More Info
  • ME: Wiscasset Police Department
    10.26.16 – Wiscasset Newspaper – … the police chief assisted Lincoln County with the drug take back program; police responded to two burglar alarm complaints at Wiscasset Elementary School … More Info
  • MI: Hillman Man Arrested For Trying To Break Into a Montmorency Co …
    10.24.16 – 9&10 News – The Montmorency county sheriff’s office was called to an alarm at the business Tuesday. They found the man who then tried to speed away in his car on M-32. More Info
  • MI: Juvenile caught vandalizing Portage Office Max store
    10.29.16 – Fox17- At 3:46 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the Office Max in reference to a business alarm indicating glass breakage. More Info
  • MI: Teenage brothers caught breaking into Thorne Elementary in …
    10.27.16 – Dearborn Press and Guide – According to a report, police were alerted by the school’s alarm company at 2 p.m. that multiple alarms were tripped inside the school. When officers first arrived, … More Info
  • MN: Burglary Suspect Arrested, Charged in St. Cloud
    10.24.16 – KSTP.com – According to the department, officers responded to an alarm at Max It Pawn. Once officers arrived, they discovered the rear … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report for Oct. 16-22
    10.28.16 – Southernminn.com – Responded to a residential alarm. Alarm set off by family member; false alarm. More Info
  • NC: Deputies: NC homeowner shoots, kills intruder
    10.24.16 – WXII The Triad – According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the first time the alarm went off, the homeowner got up but went back to bed after finding nothing wrong. More Info
  • NJ: Police seek public’s help in North Jersey bank robbery investigation
    10.24.16 – NJ.com – Harrison police officers were dispatched to the Kearny Federal Savings on an activated teller alarm at 1:41 p.m. Upon arrival, they were told … More Info
  • NJ: ‘Security’ man robs local bank: HPD
    10.26.16 – The Observer Online – Police said officers were sent to the Kearny Bank at 1:41 p.m., in response to an activated teller and drive-thru window alarm. More Info
  • NL: Man Caught Breaking Into School
    10.30.16 – VOCM – The break-in occurred about 6:00 yesterday morning and police, along with service dog Edge, responded to the alarm, arresting the suspect inside the school … More Info
  • NM: Police arrest burglary suspect with the help of Sheriff’s Office
    10.25.16 – Silver City Sun-News – As other officers assisted in trying to locate where the alarm was coming from, Silver City officer Manny Jaure found that it was coming from Twisted Illusions … More Info
  • NY: Clinton Street business vandalized
    10.29.16 – Buffalo News – A teenage male may be the chief suspect in a vandalism spree late Friday at a business, according to Buffalo Police reports. An alarm about 9:10 … More Info
  • NY: Man, 19, nabbed shortly after attempted store break-in
    10.29.16 – Buffalo News – Jaonte Maye, 19 ran off after he broke a front window at Big Boy Food Market, at 1129 East Ferry, triggering its alarm system about 5 a.m., .. More Info
  • NY: Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority working to address frequent …
    10.26.16 – North Country Now – Ogdensburg — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is working to address frequent false alarm activations at the airport after more than a dozen have … More Info
  • OH: Pickup driver jailed for OVI after head-on
    10.30.16 – WHIO – Officers said it appears the suspects were scared off when a burglar alarm … at 30 Fiesta Lane just before 2 a.m. after an alarm was received from the business. More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    10.28.16 – Circleville Herald – North door burglary alarm at Pickaway Ross Adult Education… Alarm company advising of a front glass break activation at Liberty Pawn Shop. More Info
  • OH: Robbery reported at Subway restaurant in
    10.30.16 – WHIO – Crews were dispatched to the location just before 2 a.m. after an alarm was received from the business. Initial reports indicate officers found a … More Info
  • PA: Break-in attempted at Rep. Justin Simmons’ Coopersburg office
    10.29.16 – Allentown Morning Call – … failed to do, then that would not have set off the alarm because the alarm is only set off if the door opens,” Simmons said, noting the alarm was not triggered. More Info
  • PA: Police: $45K in men’s clothes stolen from high-end store
    10.26.16 – Salon – Police say the front window of the department store was shattered, triggering the store’s alarm. Police found a mannequin on the sidewalk and other items … More Info
  • PA: Woman allegedly breaks into parents’ home, steals jewelry, credit …
    10.27.16 – WFMZ Allentown – The door between the garage and house was unlocked, and the alarm was deactivated by someone who knew the code, police said. The homeowners reported … More Info
  • SC: Burglary suspect caught in Lexington County restaurant cooler
    10.25.16 – The State – A Columbia man surrendered to deputies inside a walk-in cooler after officials say he tripped a burglar alarm at a Lexington County restaurant. Michael Davis … More Info
  • SC: What It’s Like to Know Your Gun Shop’s Going to Be Robbed — And …
    10.28.16 – The Trace – “We didn’t close until Friday.” He was prepared to rush back at the first sign of trouble — especially if the power went out and shut down his burglar alarm and … More Info
  • TN: 3 Wanted, Gun Store Damaged, Burglarized
    10.30.16 – NewsChannel5.com – Authorities said they responded to the scene due to a burglar alarm, and when they arrived, they found the front of the store heavily damaged but could not … More Info
    10.27.16 – Capitol Hill Times – The employee who closed the store the night before told police she was sure all the doors were locked when she left and she had set the alarm. The manager … More Info

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