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Public Safety Updates

  • HI: Renew, register alarms
    10.6.17 – Thegardenisland.com – Lihue – The Kauai Police Department is reminding residents and businesses to register or renew their alarm systems in order to comply with the Kauai County … More Info
  • NM: Councilor proposes businesses share costs, work with APD on …
    10.7.17 – KOAT Albuquerque- Those plans could include more private security, surveillance cameras, better lighting, alarm systems, fencing, gates or overtime for APD officers to patrol the … More Info

Industry News

  • Best of DIY and Pro: UL-Listed Security Hub with SmartThings Inside, Monitored by ADT, Built on 2Gig
    10.2.17 – CEPro – Best Buy gets first dibs on an impressive new DIY security system with a complete Samsung SmartThings home-automation hub inside, including ZigBee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi. The system is apparently made by leading security manufacturer 2Gig (Nortek) and monitored by ADT. More Info
  • ADT Launches DIY Home Security System with No Contract for Professional Monitoring
    10.2.17 – EH – New system from ADT and SmartThings combines 24/7 professional monitoring with the ability for homeowners to install the system themselves. More Info
  • Best Buy Lays Out Massive Smart Home Service Expansion Plan
    10.2.17 – CEPro – Aiming to hit $43B in revenue by 2021, Best Buy will expand Smart Home Powered by Vivint home automation and security to 450 stores, add 1,500 dedicated smart home employees. More Info
  • Ring Protect Shatters Price Barriers for Security Monitoring, Video Storage
    10.2.17 – CEPro – Ring Protect DIY security and home automation system debuts with ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular and no-contract professional alarm monitoring with such absurdly low fees you wonder how they make money. More Info
  • Security Alarm Systems Sales to Increase 5% Annually Through …
    10-4-17 – Security Sales & Integration – Cleveland – Sales of security alarm systems are forecast to increase 5.1% annually through 2021, reaching $4.9 billion, about the same as electronic … More Info
  • Bosch announces built-in intelligence for all-new AUTODOME IP …
    10-4-17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Because it’s possible to set certain alarm rules, such as someone approaching or climbing over a fence, security personnel is alerted the moment the alarm rule … More Info
  • Recent NFPA 72 Changes on Sprinklers, Fans, CO & Emergency …
    10.5.17 – Security Sales & Integration – A new paragraph 21.3.7 makes it clear that if fire alarm initiating devices are located within an elevator hoistway then access to the hoistway must be provided … More Info
  • Few False Steps for EPS
    10-4-17 – Security Sales & Integration – When it comes to managing false alarms, EPS Security has taken the ball and run with it. Having knocked on the door several times, the company shares a playbook that has allowed it to finally punch through and capture a Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award. More Info
  • How Victimization Affects Alarm System Owners
    10-4-17 – Security Sales & Integration – An AIREF-backed study investigates the security and safety habits of victims before and after a burglary. Among the good news is such incidents prompt many to buy alarm systems. The bad news is half the systems at the time of a burglary were not in use. More Info
  • Paying Attention to the Signals
    10-4-17 – Security Sales & Integration – Changes and advances in cellular and IP-based alarm system communications have brought about a mix of panic, challenges, improvements and opportunities. Leading panel/communicator suppliers discuss new-gen devices and modules, with recommendations how dealers can deploy, update and profit. More Info
  • ADT vs. Mike Harris: Court Battle for Ring’s IoT Assets Begins
    10-4-17 – Security Sales & Integration – IoT trial commences for ADT Holdings vs. Mike Harris, regarding Ring’s (Bot Home Automation) acquisition of Zonoff’s Z1 home automation platform. More Info
  • Nest jumps into home security market with 6 DIY products
    10-4-17 – Security Sales & Integration – Company also announces partnership with MONI for professional monitoring of the devices… More Info
  • Johnson Controls Talks about Tyco Security Merger
    10.6.17 – Few industry observers could have predicted that two of the best known and largest security systems integrators — Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) and Tyco Integrated Security — would merge into a single global powerhouse, but last year that is just what they did. More Info

State & National News

  • A fire alarm from gun smoke led police to the Las Vegas shooter’s …
    10.2.17 – Washington Post – The SWAT team used the alarm triggered by the smoke to zero in on Paddock’s position in about 20 minutes — not nearly enough time for a floor-by-floor search … More Info
  • Las Vegas police: Security responded to door alarm, drew fire from …
    10.7.17 – CNN – An open door a few rooms away from the Las Vegas suite of the man who was gunning down concertgoers at a music festival set off an alarm that … More Info
  • DIY Alarms: Ignore, Combat or Embrace?
    10.2.17 – Security Sales & Integration – The dramatic growth of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) residential security systems is sending shockwaves through the industry. So where do security integrators go from … More Info
  • Simulator provides North Augusta Public Safety Officers with real life …
    10.3.17 – WJBF-TV – “I was just in a scenario where I was responded to a burglar alarm and how routine is that? Yet I go into the situation where the person was not compliant and I … More Info
  • Living in a Smart House: Is it Good for Your Brain?
    10.3.17 – EH – A smart house fulfills neurological, physiological and psychological instincts in humans, including stress reduction and fulfillment of immediate gratification. More Info
  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue says ignoring an alarm puts more than …
    10.5.17 – Globalnews.ca – Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Capt. Jonathan Gormick says ignoring a fire alarm can be a deadly choice, and it’s something that’s being seen more often. More Info
  • Are you helping burglars target your home without realizing it?
    10.6.17 – WALB-TV – Make sure you test it every month with your alarm company to make sure that all the wiring is installed properly. And I think it’s a good deterrent,” said Albany … More Info

Business Tips

  • Modern Selling: Not Your Father’s Sales Environment
    9.13.17 – SIW – How to make sure your customers realize they still need you even in the information age… More Info
  • Succession Planning Identifies Future Leaders
    9.2.17 – SDM – I was recently reminded that I have a birthday coming up soon; the one day every year where you magically age 365 days overnight. … More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • AR: (With video) Mattress catches fire in North Clay apartment building
    10.8.17 – Magnoliareporter – A mattress fire at an apartment building in Magnolia was handled Saturday morning by city firefighters. The alarm at the apartment building … More Info
  • AR: Motor blamed for fire alarm at OMC
    10-4-17 – Ozark Radio News – (West Plains) – A power failure and a seized motor are being blamed for a fire alarm at an OMC facility on Tuesday. A report from the West Plains Fire … More Info
  • IN: Smoke detector credited with saving life
    10.8.17 – News Dispatch – Public Information Officer Tony Drzewiecki said a smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home and could mean the difference between life … More Info
  • MI: On the Record
    10-4-17 – Ferris State Torch – Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to McNerney Hall where a subject was tampering with a smoke detector. The fire alarm had been activated and the … More Info
  • MN: Suspect arrested in wake of fatal Minneapolis apartment fire
    10.8.17 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – When Luis Once heard the fire alarm go off in his third-floor Minneapolis apartment Friday night, he opened the door to the hallway and was hit by a wall of thick, … More Info
  • MO: Multiple people hospitalized as fire burns at KCMO apartment complex
    10.5.17 – KCTV Kansas City – He says he was awoken by his fire alarm. It was the first time I’ve ever been in a building where I’ve left where you could actually see and smell smoke,” Lewis … More Info
  • ND: Jamestown Fire Department calls Sept. 29-Oct. 4:
    10.7.17 – Jamestown Sun – Oct. 3: 2:59 p.m., 421 18th St. NE, multi-family dwelling. Cause: unknown. Fire alarm was not reset, but staff was working on it to get it reset. Time out: 30 minutes. More Info
  • NH: Smoke alarm credited with saving homeowners life in South …
    10.3.17 – Manchester Ink Link – Manchester, NH – No injuries were reported following a basement fire at a residence on South Mammoth Road early Tuesday morning, in which fire officials … More Info
  • NM: Electrical fire sends Denny’s customers scrambling
    10-4-17 – Silver City Sun-News – A fire alarm went off sending customers scrambling outside. Great work by equipment and staff helped get everyone out safely and without incident. More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    10.7.17 – The Oberlin Review – A smoldering towel had been thrown into the trashcan, which then ignited. The fire was extinguished, the area was cleared of smoke, and the alarms were reset. More Info
  • OK: Dozens displaced in retirement home fire
    10-4-17 – Stillwater News Press – The call came into dispatch that an alarm had been set off with reports of black smoke coming from an apartment. Stillwater Fire Department sent firefighters from … More Info
  • TX: Lubbock Fire Rescue responds to smoke alarm at retirement …
    10.7.17 – LubbockOnline.com – Lubbock Fire Rescue crews responded to a smoke alarm at a senior living and retirement community on Friday morning. LFR Battalion Chief Bill Glass said an … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Fremont police seek robbery suspects
    10.6.17 – East Bay Times – When the men tried to leave the store without paying, an alarm went off, alerting a store manager who told them to give back the items. One of the men then … More Info
  • CA: Pair suspected of stealing expensive perfume arrested after two …
    10-4-17 – Sacramento Bee – Deputies responding to a burglar alarm at the store found that the front door lock had been broken off and bottles of expensive perfume had been … More Info
  • CA: Police dog helps in valley commercial burglary suspect’s arrest …
    10.5.17 – MyNewsLA.com – Officers responded to an alarm call about 5 a.m. Saturday and took Vincent Campbell, 50, into custody with assistance … More Info
  • CA: Police seeking burglars who struck Tarzana home
    10.7.17 – LA Daily News – Tarzana – Police today sought the public’s help in identifying a burglary crew that struck a Tarzana home. One suspect was recorded by a surveillance … More Info
  • CA: Serial Strip Mall Burglary Spree Suspect Arrested
    10.7.17 – Crime Voice – Patrol units responded to an alarm call around 5 AM on September 30. The owner alerted responding officers to a … More Info
  • CA: Three arrested for stealing meds from pharmacy
    10-4-17 – The Bakersfield Californian – 24 of an alarm going off at Mesa Clinical Pharmacy. When deputies arrived, they found that … More Info
  • CO: Logan County Sheriff’s deputies recover stolen vehicle
    10-4-17 – Journal Advocate – At 1:58 p.m. deputies were dispatched in Merino regarding a residential burglary alarm. At 10:32 p.m. Amanda Graves, 35, was … More Info
  • CO: Police investigate 4 smash-and-grabs in Englewood area
    10.8.17 – 9NEWS.com – Then at about 5 a.m., police were called to Smoker Friendly on an alarm call. They arrived once again to find the front glass window .. More Info
  • CT: Good Samaritans hold down shoplifting suspect until troopers arrive
    10.8.17 – WFSB – Police said when the alarm sounded as the man exited the store with the stolen goods, he took off running. Police said the trooper subsequently ran after him … More Info
  • DE: Del. man gets state time for holdup at Brookhaven McDonald’s
    10.7.17 – The Delaware County Daily Times – Police received a robbery alarm from the McDonald’s at 7:58 p.m. Dispatchers called the restaurant and were told three armed men wearing masks had just … More Info
  • DE: Police Seek ID of Kent County Burglary Suspect
    10.5.17 – WBOC TV 16 – Police said the most recent incident occurred just before 3 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 4, when an alarm activation was received by the Kent County Emergency … More Info
  • FL: Longboat police seek tenants, possible victims in video voyeurism …
    10.6.17 – YourObserver.com – He is accused of installing cameras and microphones in inconspicuous locations, such as inside fire alarms, and recording at least one couple without their … More Info
  • FL: Man sought in missing nanny’s death found in Jacksonville
    10.2.17 – Orlando Sentinel – Bank employees gave Nelson cash, but they also set off the silent alarm. He was caught in the parking lot. Documents in a federal case against him show a … More Info
  • GA: Residents Assaulted During Home Invasion: Blotter
    10.7.17 – Patch.com – 10/2: Free-Flite Bicycles’ alarm activated around 4 a.m. Officers found a broken window in what appeared to be an … More Info
  • GA: SWAT, police catch suspect breaking into Roswell pawn shop
    10.6.17 – WSB Atlanta – They smashed through the front door of a pawn shop around 5 a.m., police said and tripped the alarm. Roswell officers were nearby and there in seconds. More Info
  • IL: Police: Would-be burglar captured on video
    10.2.17 – Herald & Review – Decatur – Police are seeking a would-be burglar after every stage of a failed attempt to burglarize a Decatur business was captured on surveillance video … More Info
  • IL: Washington Park man charged with robbing Cahokia bank, police say
    10.2.17 – Belleville News-Democrat – An alert teller next to the teller’s window hit the silent alarm when they noticed something peculiar, KPLR reported. Police arrived two minutes later. Stevenson’s … More Info
  • MA: Beverly Police logs, Sept. 27-29
    10.2.17 – Wicked Local Beverly – 2:23 a.m. An audible alarm was reported to be sounding. 3:18 a.m. A fire alarm … More Info
  • MA: Break-ins reported the morning of Sept. 28 at six small Medford …
    10.6.17 – Wicked Local Medford – The first break-in was reported at Zubeda’s Spa at 4:14 a.m. Police responded to an alarm that was set off after a suspect knocked over … More Info
  • MD: Multiple Burglaries Lead to Arrest of 17 Year Old
    10.7.17 – WCBC Radio – On 10/06/17 Officers with the Cumberland Police Dept responded to the same business located in the first block of Pershing St for a burglar alarm activated. More Info
  • MO: AT&T reports theft of phone line in Cedar Hill
    10.3.17 – Leader Publications – At 1:50 a.m., AT&T received an alarm about a disruption in service. Employees responded to the area and discovered the … More Info
  • MO: Police investigate string of small business break-ins
    10.6.17 – KSDK – Kilgore’s alarm system was smashed to the ground. “This is our only business and this is how we make our livelihood.” All six break-ins took place between 1 … More Info
  • MO: String of Burglaries Targets St. Louis Restaurants, Bars
    10.5.17 – Riverfront Times – Still, he says, the alarm going off must have helped: “There was so much stuff they could have taken but didn’t.” Charak believes the culprits must have been … More Info
  • NC: Several businesses targeted in Union Co. ‘smash and grab’
    10.6.17 – WCNC – Union County, N.C. — Nearly a dozen restaurants in Union County have been hit by a duo of smash-and-grabbers. Surveillance video from several of … More Info
  • NC: String of break-ins at homes, businesses in Guilford County
    10.6.17 – myfox8.com – “Have an alarm system. Make sure it’s working.” These are steps Johnston says he’s taken with security cameras, alarms and motion sensors already installed. More Info
  • NC: Video shows thieves making off with tens of thousands in loot in …
    10.3.17 – WTVD-TV – “Around four o’clock in the morning, I got a call from the alarm. They said somebody break in. That’s the first time. You know when you get there somebody went … More Info
  • NE: Burglary at Lincoln convenience store
    10.8.17 – 1011now – According to the Lincoln Police Department, officers responded shortly before 3 a.m. to an alarm going off at the business. When officers arrived on scene, … More Info
  • NE: Masked bandits tripped-up by credit union door locks
    10.8.17 – WOWT – Omaha Police officers responded to a holdup alarm and the alarm was upgraded to an attempted robbery call as they were en route. Witnesses said that two … More Info
  • NM: Albuquerque police look to identify shoe thieves
    10.6.17 – KRQE News 13 – The alarm blared across the empty parking lot for minutes as police arrived at the scene just after midnight on Friday. Officers called in a K-9 to help clear the … More Info
  • OK: Couple’s Home Damaged After Suspect Standoff In Harrah
    10-4-17 – news9.com KWTV – Authorities say Stephen McGraw, 35, tripped the alarm at a home, Sunday. The Hamptons say they secured their rural home before … More Info
  • OK: Sheriff: Suspect identified after 6-hour standoff at home near Harrah
    10.3.17 – KOKH FOX25 – They say the home alarm had been triggered and the homeowners were out of town. Once on scene, deputies say the suspect barricaded himself inside the … More Info
  • OR: Burglary alarm leads to man’s arrest at North Bend jewelry store
    10.6.17 – KCBY.com 11 – North Bend, Ore. — A man was arrested with thousands of dollars worth of items at a North Bend business Thursday night, North Bend Police said in a news … More Info
  • OR: La Pine thief swipes forklift, tries to steal bank ATM
    10.2.17 – KTVZ – They reportedly fled when an alarm went off. A responding sheriff’s deputy apparently heard an engine running nearby and found the still-running, abandoned … More Info
  • OR: Police K-9 Odin stops jewelry thief
    10.7.17 – Coos Bay World -North Bend – Early Friday morning North Bend Police responded to a burglar alarm at Jurgens Jewelers. Officers quickly found a broken … More Info
  • OR: Stolen forklift driven through chainlink fence, used in attempted ATM …
    10.3.17 – OregonLive.com – Sheriff’s deputies responding to an alarm at a La Pine bank found a strange scene early Sunday morning: a mangled ATM and a stolen forklift parked in the alley … More Info
  • OR: Suspects steal forklift, attempt to steal ATM in Lapine
    10.2.17 – KOIN.com – Police responded to an alarm from the bank and when they arrived on scene they found the ATM had been struck and removed from its original location. More Info
  • PA: Orwigsburg council plans tax hike; approves hiring new police officer
    10.6.17 – Republican & Herald – An alarm scared off those attempting the burglary. Koury also played video taken from several different angles of a break-in at 2:20 a.m. Sept. 21 at Shakey’s. More Info
  • QC: Home alarm system leads Longueuil police to cache of drugs
    10.5.17 – Montreal Gazette – Longueuil police were sent to a residence around 9:30 a.m. last Friday to investigate the tripping of a home alarm … More Info
  • TN: Police Investigate Hermitage Smash-&-Grab
    10.5.17 – NewsChannel5.com – Officials said the burglary alarm at a Kwik Sak went off around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The burglar smashed his or her way into the store through … More Info
  • TN: West Knoxville homeowner stops would-be burglar with gun
    10.6.17 – WATE 6 On Your Side – The couple did not have an alarm system in place. Kevin Lindsay said he’s looking into getting a home security system. They are also thinking about getting … More Info
  • TX: Two teenagers arrested after Honda of Tyler burglary
    10.2.17 – Tyler Morning Telegraph – Two Tyler teenagers were arrested Sunday after an alarm went off at Honda of Tyler and police observed two people running away from the business. More Info
  • TX: Wood County Sheriff’s Report September 20-26, 2017.
    10.2.17 – KSST – alarm. Deputies checked the building and it was secure. Deputies were dispatched at approximately 9:20 p.m., in reference to a… More Info
  • WA: Mountlake Terrace police blotter: Sept. 29-Oct. 5
    10.7.17 – MLT News – A home alarm sounded. Officers responded and found a back window broken out and an open door. The residents were … More Info
  • WA: Vancouver center for hearing impaired targeted again
    10.8.17 – KPTV.com – At 2:40 a.m., officers responded to an alarm at the Southwest Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. More Info

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