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October 7, 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.

Door to Door Sales

  • TN: Security alarm scam reported in Houston County
    10.3.13 – The Leaf Chronicle – Houston County authorities are warning of a scam that has been reported in this week by residents who received calls from purported security alarm company. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • NC: Wilson, NC delays adopting false alarm fees
    10.3.13 – SecurityInfoWatch – An interest by public school officials to correct problems with security alarms at several schools led the Wilson City Council to wait … More Info
  • NH: Fire alarm ordinance proposed in Londonderry, NH
    10.3.13 – SecurityInfoWatch – Londonderry – Firefighters hope to put a new town ordinance in place to cut down on the number of false alarms. Fire Chief … More Info
  • TX: City of Huntsville to Require Commerical and Residential Alarm Permits
    10.4.13 – KBTX 3 Bryan – College Station – The City of Huntsville recently amended its alarm ordinance, requiring those utilizing commercial and residential alarms within the city to have permits. The ordinance also outlines penalties for excessive false alarm calls at a given location. More Info
  • TX: Corpus Christi police response changes to minor wrecks, barking dogs, unruly children in effect Oct. 1
    10.1.13 – Corpus Christi Caller-Times – Residents must spend their time filling out crash reports, calling attendance officers and speaking with neighbors about noise issues… More Info
  • TX: Montgomery County Commissioners approve revised fire alarm regulations
    10.2.13 – Magnolia Potpourri – Montgomery County Commissioners approved a revised set of rules for the regulation of alarm systems Monday. More Info

Industry News

  • Innovation in video surveillance tech at a crossroads: Part 1
    9.25.13 – Security Info Watch – Industry experts discuss continued shift towards IP, providing continued support for analog. More Info
  • System Sensor Low Frequency Sounder Meets New NFPA Requirements for Commercial Sleeping Spaces
    10.1.13 – Systems Sensor – System Sensor has launched new low frequency notification appliances that meet the NFPA 72® requirements for all commercial sleeping spaces that begin in 2014. More Info
  • Fired AlarmForce CEO wants $11.3 million in damages
    10.2.13 – Security System News – Toronto – The recently ousted CEO of AlarmForce is suing the company for more than $11.3 million, claiming he was wrongfully dismissed and suggesting age discrimination was a reason. More Info
  • CPI sues ASG; ASG denies wrongdoing
    10.2.13 – Security System News – Charlotte, NC – CPI Security Systems has filed a lawsuit against the Alarm Security Group (ASG), accusing ASG of “raiding” sales reps from CPI by means of deceptive practices. More Info
  • Security industry to see more competition, not consolidation
    10.3.13 – Security Info Watch – Despite predictions of increased consolidation within the security industry, a new report released this week by IHS says that the industry will be marked by a rise in competition over the next several years, rather than big mergers and acquisitions. The research firm said that the global market for physical security equipment and services was worth $110 billion 2012 and is expected to grow to $170 billion by 2017. More Info

Legislative Report

None this week

State Trends

  • IL: 214 New Laws Take Effect Jan. 1, 2012
    10.1.13 – The Prairie Advocate – More than 200 new laws, covering everything from local library boards to murder, will take effect Jan. 1. More Info
  • MD: Maryland’s new laws at a glance
    10.1.13 – Washington Post – In addition to Maryland’s sweeping gun-control measure, more than 300 other laws take effect Tuesday. Here’s a look at some of them: More Info
  • MD: New law cracks down on cellphone chatting while driving
    10.1.13 – Baltimore Sun – Drivers are already prohibited from using hand-held cell phones, but the new law lets police stop them for that offense alone…. More Info

National News

  • Firehouse Subs® Announces October As Public Safety Month
    10.2.13 – PR Newswire via Yahoo! Canada Finance – Jacksonville, Fla.,- According to the National Emergency Number Association, an estimated 240 million emergency calls are made to 9-1-1 each year. To increase public safety … More Info
  • Effect of government shutdown seen across the U.S.
    10.2.13 – The Los Angeles Times- Americans express shock and dismay as tourist attractions, social service agencies and other federally funded workplaces put many operations on hold. More Info
  • NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog Ask Everyone to Read for Fire Safety During Fire Prevention Week
    9.24.13 – NEMA – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and its beloved mascot Sparky the Fire Dog® are calling on fire departments, parents and teachers to Read for Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) and throughout the year to raise awareness among children about the importance of fire safety. More Info

 Business Tips

  • Technology Makes It Hard to Stop Thinking About Work
    9.26.13 – Baseline – Thirty-four percent of workers who were surveyed recently say that mobile technologies make it difficult to stop thinking about work, and 35 percent say they make it hard to take a break… More Info
  • Too much or too little, ego undermines leadership
    9.19.13 – Management Issues – Being “nice” isn’t a defining leadership capability. Neither is narcissism or a myopic sense of overwhelming omnipotence. Ego — either much or too little — is a prime leadership derailer, which is why assessing it needs to be a key component of the talent planning process. More Info
  • 6 ways to make your leadership and workplace fun again
    9.23.13 – Forbes – To become an effective leader in the 21st century workplace, you must do six things to make the workplace exciting again. Along the way, you will earn trust and respect throughout the organization as a courageous leader. More Info
  • Professionals Put in a Lot More Hours
    10.2.13 – Baseline – Two-thirds of employees surveyed work “a great deal” more hours than they did five years ago, and 70 percent do not take all the vacation time they’ve earned. More Info

Fire News

  • Smoke Alarm Saves The Day In Kingswood Road Fire
    9.30.13 – Bethesda Now – MCFRS officials say a working smoke alarm saved lives and a home from more significant damage during a …More Info
  • NY: Sunlight Helped Ignite Fire in Law Office, Fire Marshal Says
    9.30.13 Patch.com – The smoldering papers caused the smoke detector in attorney Michael P. Malone’s office to activate the building’s fire alarm system, which notified the … More Info
  • ON: New smoke alarms save residents from Main St.fire
    10.4.13 – YorkRegion.com News | Richmond Hill – A pot left on the stove with no one home set off a smoke alarm and had Whitchurch-Stouffville firefighters breaking down a door to gain entry into a Main Street apartment earlier this week. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: 2 arrested in overnight burglary at north Huntsville auto dealer
    10.1.13 – The Huntsville Times – Police got an alarm call at the dealership close to 12:30 a.m. They got there just in time to see two men trying to flee the business on foot, according to a police report. Officers gave chase and were able to catch both suspects quickly. More Info
  • AL: Tuscaloosa man nabbed minutes after bank heist
    10.4.13 – The Tuscaloosa News – A Tuscaloosa man was taken into custody Friday minutes after apparently robbing a bank, police said. More Info
  • AL: Two arrested for breaking into car dealership
    10.1.13 – WAAY-TV Huntsville, Ala. – Two people were arrested after a burglary to a business. More Info
  • AZ: Deputies need your help finding burglary suspect
    10.3.13 – KVOA Tucson – Tucson – Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies need your help finding a suspect who burglarized an eastside restaurant last month. On September 24th, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Rincon District deputies responded to the Settlement Smokehouse, after an alarm sounded. More Info
  • CA: Burglars break into Ri-ri’s California pad
    10.2.13 – Western People – Burglars tried to rob Rihanna’s home over the weekend. The would-be thieves’ attempt to break into the ‘Diamonds’ singer’s plush Pacific Palisades mansion in California was thwarted by the burglar alarm, which was set off when they threw a chair through a sliding glass door. More Info
  • CA: Novato burglars storm market for $10,000 in cash, lottery tickets
    10.1.13 – Marin Independent Journal – Two burglars raided a Novato market for cash and lottery tickets after failing to dislodge the cash machine, the sheriff’s office reported. More Info
  • CA: Wildomar: Burglary leads to check scam bust
    10.4.13 – The Press-Enterprise – Bryce Howard Melvin, 41, of Wildomar, was arrested and booked into the Southwest Justice Center on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property, according to jail records. More Info
  • CT: Police: Burglars Strike Two Fairfield Homes On The Same Street
    10.2.13 – The Daily Fairfield – Fairfield, Conn. – Police were looking for a pair of men they believe are connected to two burglaries that occurred on Congress Street, police said.  On Friday, officers were called to a house on Congress Street after the residents returned home to find the front door … More Info
  • CT: Suspects in three Greenfield Hill burglaries elude cops
    9.30.13 – Fairfield Citizen – In that instance, an alarm company notified the homeowner around 11:40 a.m. Friday that there … The homeowners told the alarm company to cancel the call. More Info
  • FL: Smash-and-grab robbery nets thieves $9,000 in cigarettes from DeBary convenience store
    9.30.13 – The DeLand-Deltona Beacon – A trio of masked robbers smashed the front door of a DeBary convenience store and grabbed 148 cartons of cigarettes worth nearly $9,000, authorities said. The robbery happened around 3:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Lil Sammy’s Citgo Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Brandon Ha … More Info
  • GA: Decatur family hides inside closet during burglary
    10.2.13 – WSB-TV 2 Atlanta – Decatur police are looking for burglars who hit three homes and several cars. One family whose house was broken into hid in a closet while the burglars were inside. That family told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie that their children were so traumatized by what happened that they didn’t want to be on camera to spotlight the crime. Another resident did talk to Lucie about how the crooks tried to get into … More Info
  • GA: Home burglarized in Bernardsville
    10.1.13 – The Bernardsville News – Bernardsville – A home was burglarized sometime between 7 and 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. More Info
  • GA: Macon Food Store Robbed Before Grand Opening
    10.2.13 – 13 WMAZ Macon – Macon police are looking for two males who broke into a store that hasn’t opened for business yet. More Info
  • GA: Police look for two who stole lottery money
    9.30.13 – Newton Citizen – The Covington Police Department is looking for two men who hammered their way into a convenience store and robbed lottery machines. More Info
  • GA: School burglary suspect identified by arrest citation in pocket
    10.1.13 – WSB-TV 2 Atlanta – Atlanta police say they were able to identify a school burglary suspect because he had an arrest citation with his name on it for a burglary at another school in his pocket. Investigators said they were notified of the break-in when a silent alarm was activated at Scott Elementary School at 11:55 p.m. Monday. Officers said they could see a man on camera walking around from … More Info
  • IN: Center Grove robbery suspects told homeowner to start using alarm …
    10.3.13 – Fox 59 – Greenwood, Ind. – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for two suspects involved in a Center Grove armed robbery early … More Info
  • IN: Police: Couple tied up by robbers
    10.2.13 – WISH-TV Indianapolis – Johnson County police are investigating an early Wednesday morning home invasion of an elderly couple. More Info
  • KY: Louisville man facing multiple burglary-related charges
    9.30.13 – WHAS TV11 – Louisville, KY – A Louisville man faces multiple charges after allegedly breaking into a home. According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the home after a report of unknown trouble. Upon police arrival, a witness who was reportedly searching for the victim met the police and let officers into the home. When the officers entered the home, the victim … More Info
  • LA: 2 teens arrested in armed robbery of Bossier City Subway
    10.1.13 – KSLA-TV Shreveport – Bossier City police have identified the 2 teenagers arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a Bossier City restaurant Monday night. More Info
  • LA: Couple booked with burglary of Houma storage units
    10.3.13 – FOX 8 New Orleans – Two people were arrested Thursday after Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of burglary at a mini storage business. More Info
  • LA: Scott Police seeking suspect in Home Bank robbery
    10.3.13 – KATC 3 Lafayette – Scott Police Chief Chad Leger says his department is seeking a man who walked into the Home Bank branch this morning with a gun and a small bag, demanding cashiers fill it up with money. According to Leger, at 10:38 a.m. his department received a call that the alarm had been activated in Scott. The department sent out a notice to lock down three schools … More Info
  • MI: Camera captures intruder inside Waterford home
    10.2.13 – ClickOnDetroit – A surveillance camera in a Waterford home has captured an intruder sneaking around … Watch the raw video inside. More Info
  • MO: Smash-and-grab thieves hit Olivette jewelry store
    9.30.13 – KSDK St. Louis – Police in the St. Louis suburb of Olivette are searching for smash-and-grab thieves who drove into a jewelry store, took some items, then drove away. More Info
  • NC: 19-year-old accused of breaking, entering in Union Co., police say
    9.30.13 – WSOC-TV Charlotte – A 19-year-old man is accused of breaking and entering, then leading police on a chase in Union County. Police responded to an alarm at the Monroe Tobacco Store on Sunday morning. They saw a gray car leaving and tried to follow it, but the driver sped away, The car eventually stopped and two people tried to run away. Officers caught both of them. No names have been released at this time. More Info
  • NC: Caught on Camera: Suspect breaks into shop
    10.4.13 – WECT 6 Wilmington – Surveillance video captures one person breaking into Alman Gifts on Wednesday night, now the owner is urging others to be careful. More Info
  • NM: Copper thieves hit church 3 times
    10.1.13 – KRQE & KASA FOX 2 Albuquerque – A local church has been forced to shut down for the day and turn away more than a hundred people after becoming the target of copper thieves yet again. More Info
  • OR: Man accused of robbing White City bank
    9.30.13 – KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland – Medford, Ore. (AP) – Police arrested a 40-year-old man accused of robbing a bank in White City, Ore. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a hold-up alarm went off Friday afternoon and it took deputies and detectives about 20 minutes to find the alleged robber at a hotel. Sheriff’s Lt. Christine Bronson says Bryan Lepneske was arrested on a charge of first-degree theft and the district … More Info
  • PA: 2 Oil City men accused of church burglaries
    10.1.13 – Erie Times-News -Franklin – Pennsylvania State Police said they took two 31-year-old men into custody on suspicion that they burglarized numerous area churches. More Info
  • PA: Alarm disabled, items stolen from Middle Smithfield home
    10.1.13 – Pocono Record – Two flat-screen TVs, an air conditioner and other items were stolen from a residence, east of Echo Lake, in Middle Smithfield Township sometime between Sept. 10 and Thursday. More Info
  • SC: Burglar alarm leads to arrest
    10.4.13 – The Times and Democrat – Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Investigators called for a K9 unit and surrounded a nearby wooded area, where they found the faceplate to the woman’s alarm system box. More Info
  • TN: 2 wanted for burglarizing Clarksville pharmacy
    10.1.13 – WKRN Nashville – Two men burglarized a Clarksville pharmacy, getting away with several prescription medications, Sunday evening. More Info
  • TN: Clarksville Pharmacy Burglars Caught On Surveillance
    10.2.13 – News Channel 5 Nashville – Two men forced their way into a Clarksville pharmacy and stole prescription drugs over the weekend. More Info
  • TX: Burglars break into west Houston food store
    9.30.13 – KHOU 11 – Houston – Police responded to an alarm call at a west Houston food store early Monday, but the suspects were nowhere to be found. According to officers with the Houston Police Department, the call came in around 4 a.m. at a store. Officers found the suspects had broken in through the roof. It wasn’t clear if anything was taken from the store. More Info
  • TX: Two Austin burglars hospitalized as victims fight back
    10.6.13 – FOX 7 Austin – 2 would-be burglars didn’t quite finish their jobs this week.  Instead, they found themselves in the hospital.  All thanks to some Austinites who took matters into their own hands. More Info
  • VA: Hampton police seek man 7-Eleven robbery
    10.3.13 – The Virginian-Pilot – Hampton Police are looking for a man who robbed a 7-Eleven Wednesday night. Police received a report of an alarm at the store about 9:30 p.m. and got a call from the store employee shortly afterward, according to a news release. A man had walked into the store, implied that he had a gun and demanded money. After the robbery, he ran east on Shell Road. More Info
  • VA: Officers respond to armed robbery at Weyers Cave bank
    10.6.13 – The Staunton News Leader – Weyers Cave — An armed robbery occurred about 11 a.m. Saturday at United Bank. More Info
  • WV: 2 charged with breaking and entering at Beckley-Stratton Middle School
    10.1.13 – WVVA Bluefield – Beckley – A pair of 19-year-olds are facing multiple charges after police find damage done to a Raleigh County middle school. On Monday around 1:30 a.m. officers with the Beckley Police Department… More Info
  • WV: Deputies respond to gas station alarm, front door shattered
    10.3.13 – The Huntington Herald-Dispatch – The following information was provided by the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department: Burglary: Deputies responded to an alarm at a gas station about 3 a.m. Monday and discovered that one of the front doors was shattered. More Info

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