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November 18, 2013


Association Events

  •  11.21.13 – NTAA Meeting – Health Care Reform – Obamacare – The Affordable Care Act.  Monica Pinon Assistant General Counsel – Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Monica will explain the Affordable Care Act and how it affects individuals and small businesses. More Info
  • 12.6.13 – NTAA Christmas Party –
    December 6th, 6-10pm REGISTER

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Prescott Valley advances false-alarm ordinance
    11.11.13 – Prescott Valley Tribune – Businesses and residents will face stiffer fines for repeated false alarms under an ordinance that the Town Council unanimously introduced Thursday. More Info
  • GA: Alarm system registration deadline extended in Sandy Springs
    11.12.13 – WSB-TV 2 Atlanta – Sandy Springs leaders are giving home and business owners some more time to comply with a new ordinance that requires them to register their monitored alarm systems. As of Oct. 1, the city had required all alarms to be registered with a company called “Cry Wolf.” “We feel if you register alarm, we feel your alarm system will be better maintained and we want to ultimately cut down on those false … More Info
  • GA: City extends alarm system registration deadline
    11.17.13 – NeighborNewspapers.com – The city of Sandy Springs has extended its deadline for residents to register their home alarm systems from Oct. 1 to Feb. 1 before having to pay a $100 fine. More Info
  • NJ: Woodcliff Lake Council introduces ordinances to charge for some …
    11.12.13 – NorthJersey.com – He said the idea was proposed after receiving frequent false-alarm calls as a result of faulty smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. According to the ordinance, … More Info
  • OH: Fire sale: What is the cost of false alarms?
    11.16.13 – The Miami Student – The number of false alarms and false calls to the Oxford Fire Department from Miami University buildings and facilities has reached more than twice the number of actual fires on campus since Aug. 9. More Info
  • OR: State Fire Marshal Advises Those Using New Communication Technologies to Test Their Alarm Monitoring Systems
    11.14.13 – PRWeb – Most alarm systems communicate with alarm monitoring centers through a telephone line using a complex touch-tone signal sent to the alarm monitoring station. With new digital communication technology such as digital subscriber lines (DSL), voice over internet protocol (VoIP), and wireless, the signals may or may not be received correctly by an alarm monitoring station. More Info
  • WA: Kings County man accused of selling medical alarms without permit …
    11.12.13 – Kings County Register/Advertiser – A Kings County man charged under the Nova Scotia Direct Seller’s Act has yet to enter pleas to the charges. Thomas Peter Fennessey, 35, is facing three … More Info 

Industry News

  • SSN readers united on PERS, but divided on how to implement it
    11.13.13 – Security Systems News – Yarmouth, Maine – Readers view PERS as a good way to augment business, but are split on how best to incorporate the offering into their business, according to respondents to a recent SSN News Poll. What is their main concern? More Info

Legislative News

Full Text Brief Description and Current Status History



Amends secs. 6 & 9 of 1968 PA 330 (MCL 338.1056 & 338.1059). Michael Green | Occupations; security guards; waiver of initial fees for security business and alarm licenses; authorize for certain veterans.




Relating to: exempting certain one- and two-family dwellings from the requirements of having smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and from standards and rules relating to plumbing. Keywords: AB499, Assembly Bill 499, AB 499, Asm Bill 499 | Representatives

Status: 11/8/2013 : Read first time and referred to Committee on Housing and Real Estate


 State Trends

None this week

 National News

  • New study says crime rates are higher when daylight savings time ends
    10.31.13 – Pioneer Press – A study by two researchers — Nicholas Sanders, an economics professor at the College of William and Mary, and Jennifer Doleac, a University of Virginia economics professor — concluded that daylight saving time across all time zones reduced robbery by 51 percent, murder by 43 percent and rape by 56 percent in a three-week period during the “extra” hour of evening daylight. More Info
  • People migrating to America’s new ‘dream cities’
    11.11.13 – For much of the nation’s history, Americans moved around mostly to find decent work. But these days, people may be more inclined to move in search of low taxes, cheap housing and like-minded citizens they’re comfortable being around. Such shifts in internal migration patterns could transform the U.S. economy and the political establishment in sweeping and unforeseen ways. More Info

Business Tips

  • 15 Ways to Improve Customer Relations
    11.15.13 – CEPro – Customer relations are shifting to the digital age, and integrators need to be ready to handle that change. But that doesn’t mean the hand-written note and friendly phone call have been replaced by Yelp ratings and social media posts. More Info
  • How Much Does a Sales Call Cost?
    11.15.13 – CEPro – It’s just so easy to send salespeople on the road and have them visit as many people as possible. But have you ever seriously evaluated how much it costs to knock on each door? More Info

Fire News

  • CA: 5PM: Broken school fire alarms uncovered
    11.11.13 – 10News – San Diego – After first denying any problems with its alarm systems, the Sweetwater Union High School District is forced to fix and upgrade fire alarms that do … More Info
  • CT: Smoke detectors save lives in Old Mystic
    11.13.13 – WTNH-TV New Haven – Never before has the Fire Chief in Old Mystic seen smoke detectors save lives in two fires in two weeks. Prime examples of why they are necessary. More Info
  • PA: Carbon monoxide detector saves Scranton family
    11.11.13 – Scranton Times-Tribune – … Felix Murrero had just fired up their furnace for the year when a chimney blockage likely trapped carbon monoxide inside, setting off the alarm at 11:39 a.m.. More Info
  • WA: Burglary, arson at Seattle middle school
    11.11.13 – KING5 Seattle – Detectives are investigating an early morning arson and burglary at one of the portable classrooms at Asa Mercer Middle School. At around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Seattle Fire responded to a fire alarm at the school.  Firefighters found evidence of forced entry and arson.  Police were called and detectives from the Arson/Bomb Squad responded.  Firefighters … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Alarm helps Huntsville police catch Kmart burglary suspects
    11.11.13 – The Huntsville Times – The three juveniles, all age 16, took electronic devices, which were recovered and returned to the business, police said. More Info
  • AR: Deputy found dead in vehicle
    11.13.13 – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – A Phillips County sheriff’s deputy was found dead in his patrol car early Tuesday morning after he responded to a burglary alarm in a rural area near the White River National Wildlife Refuge. More Info
  • AR: Two men arrested in connection with burglary & theft of lottery tickets
    11.15.13 – KTHV Little Rock – Two men are in custody in the Baxter County Detention Center on charges related to the burglary of a convenience store in Lakeview and theft of lottery tickets. More Info
  • AZ: PD: Rooftop burglar holds Phoenix police at bay
    11.17.13 – CBS 5 Phoenix – He apparently triggered the alarm after tampering with an air conditioning unit on the roof, officers said. More Info
  • AZ: Security cameras catch would-be burglar
    11.16.13 – ABC 15 Phoenix – A Scottsdale business is sharing its surveillance video after a man tried to break into one of its work vans. More Info
  • CA: Luxury watches swiped during break-in
    11.11.13 – KGTV San Diego – Burglars broke into a luxury car dealership in La Jolla early Monday and took four Bentley watches, worth thousands of dollars each, from a display case, police told 10News Monday. More Info
  • CA: Police: 7-11 clerk performs citizen’s arrest on irate customer
    11.13.13 – News10 Sacramento – Auburn – A confrontation between a 7-11 clerk and an irate customer led to a citizen’s arrest and additional drug charges Tuesday morning… More Info
  • CT: Ashford man accused in Gales Ferry break-in
    11.11.13 – Norwich Bulletin – Police responding to the store’s burglar alarm at about 4:40 a.m. said they also received a report from a passer-by about a suspicious man outside another … More Info
  • CT: Ex-liquor store worker charged with beer theft for party
    11.16.13 – The Fairfield Citizen – Lorraine M. Hutchinson , 39, of Black Rock Turnpike, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday with sixth-degree larceny for allegedly stealing from her now former employer. More Info
  • DE: Homeowner thwarts apparent burglary attempt
    11.14.13 – Dover Post – Delaware State Police are looking for two apparent home intruders who fled after they were discovered by a Wild Quail homeowner. More Info
  • DE: Woman hits alarm when burglars enter her home; suspects flee …
    11.13.13 – Washington Post – Camden-Wyoming, Del. – Delaware State Police say burglars were scared off from a Camden-Wyoming house after the homeowner activated a panic alarm. More Info
  • FL: Accused battery burglars busted in West Palm
    11.15.13 – Sun-Sentinel – A band of battery bandits were busted, with one being bit by a dog, after an attempted $3,000 electronics heist, according to West Palm Beach Police.  More Info
  • FL: Apparent burglary attempt in Lakewood Ranch sets off home alarm
    11.16.13 – Bradenton Herald – Lakewood Ranch – Authorities were investigating an apparently burglary attempt after someone set off an alarm at a Lakewood Ranch home Friday night. More Info
  • FL: Cops: 3 Hialeah men caught burglarizing West Palm Beach …
    11.15.13 – Palm Beach Post – Store manager Jovani Acevedo received a call from the security company notifying him that the alarm near the loading dock went off. He then grabbed his cell … More Info
  • FL: Florida teen uses bow and arrow to handle intruder
    11.12.13 – UPI – Evan Bleier Nov. 12 (UPI) — Florida teen Mariah Reed confronts 54-year-old home intruder Marcia Watson with bow and arrow. More Info
  • FL: Robber runs after teller at Wells Fargo on Dunn Avenue sounds alarm
    11.15.13 – WJXT Jacksonville – A man who passed a note demanding money to the teller of the Well Fargo late Friday morning ran empty-handed when she sounded the alarm. More Info
  • FL: Surveillance: Suspect breaks into NFM Verizon store
    11.11.13 – NBC 2 Fort Myers – Crime Stoppers is asking for help in finding a suspect who broke into a North Fort Myers Verizon store early Sunday morning. More Info
  • FL: Suspect search near Winkler and Metro
    11.13.13 – NBC 2 Fort Myers – Fort Myers police are searching for suspects after the Metro Vapor and Tobacco store was found burglarized Wednesday morning. More Info
  • FL: Thieves steal $20000 worth of phones at Verizon store
    11.11.13 – Wink News – The break in wasn’t discovered until later this morning, when employees arrived to work and heard the alarm for the iPhone case sounding, and soon after found … More Info
  • FL: Vapor store burglarized, 1 juvenile arrested
    11.13.13 – NBC 2 Fort Myers – Fort Myers police searched for suspects in a burglary at Metro Vapor and Tobacco store Wednesday morning. More Info
  • GA: Burglars Hit Tucker Animal Hospital
    11.15.13 – Patch.com – An alarm went off at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday night but police were not dispatched to the location “because the key holder advised the alarm company that some … More Info
  • IA: Here’s how police linked fired employee to burglary
    11.13.13 – KCCI 8 Des Moines – Police say cellphone records placed him between his home and the business shortly after the alarm was triggered. More Info
  • IL: Attempted home invasion at Peoria police officer’s house
    11.16.13 – WEEK News 25 Central Illinois – Peoria, Ill — Around 9:00 Wednesday night there was another attempted home invasion, this time at the house of a Peoria police officer. More Info
  • IL: Man faces charges in burglary
    11.16.13 – Edwardsville Intelligencer – A Centreville man is facing burglary charges in connection with a December 2010 break in at a Glen Carbon convenient store. More Info
  • IL: Two men found in vacant business arrested for burglary
    11.17.13 – IlliniHQ.com – Urbana – Two men arrested early Friday inside an unoccupied former nursing home in Urbana are due back in court Monday for possible criminal charges. An Urbana police report said about 6 a.m., police responded to an alarm., the site of the former Helia Healthcare nursing home. More Info
  • IN: CVS robbery suspect shot by IMPD is identified
    11.16.13 – The Indianapolis Star – A drugstore robbery suspect shot by police Saturday has been identified as Devin Johnson of Indianapolis. More Info
  • IN: Indianapolis police: Suspect shot
    11.11.13 – WLFI Lafayette – Police in Indianapolis say officers responding to a report of a hold-up alarm at a CVS store in the city shot and critically wounded one of the suspects. More Info
  • IN: Veteran Helps Catch Burglar at North Vernon VFW
    11.11.13 – NewsTalk 1010 WCSI – According to the police report, a member of the North Vernon VFW, who is an emergency contact for the VFW’s alarm company, went to the building after being … More Info
  • KS: BCSO nabs burglary suspect
    11.12.13 – Great Bend Tribune – Officers from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a silent alarm Monday on Susank, and arrested suspect Nicholas A. Nondorf of Wilson. More Info
  • KY: LMPD: Man with key, safe combination steals cash from local Subway
    11.15.13 – WHAS TV11 Louisville – Louisville, Ky. – The Louisville Metro Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the man responsible for stealing money from a Subway restaurant on Sunday morning. Police said the man pictured here entered the Subway by unlocking the front door with a key.  The man then proceeded to the security alarm keypad, entered the code and disabled … More Info
  • MA: Break-in reported at Carver Dunkin’ Donuts; police probe possible links to Dunkin’ robberies
    11.13.13 – Boston.com – A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Carver was broken into early this morning by a suspect who smashed the drive-through window glass, entered the store, and made off with the contents of a cash register drawer, officials said. More Info
  • MI: Police: Advance America employee found dead, shot inside business
    11.12.13 – FOX 2 News Detroit – Taylor Police say they are investigating the fatal shooting of an employee at a cash advance business. More Info
  • MI: Reward raised above $25,000 in Taylor cash advance store killing
    11.15.13 – Detroit News – Nearly $30,000 is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest of the man who shot and killed a check cashing store clerk Tuesday in Taylor, police officials said today. More Info
  • NC: Arrest made in Southern Village break-ins
    11.11.13 – The Daily Tar Heel – “Officers first responded around 3:30 in the morning to an alarm call,” Gunter said. “Once they arrived at the scene they found broken windows at the surrounding … More Info
  • NJ: Police hunt for Long Valley burglar
    11.14.13 – Observer-Tribune – Washington Twp.–Police are searching for the burglar they believe struck at two residences on Wednesday, Nov. 13. More Info
  • NJ: Surveillance video leads to arrest
    11.13.13 – The Sandusky Register – Crime Surveillance video leads to arrest A Sandusky woman was arrested early Monday after officers identified her on surveillance video after a break-in at a First Street business. More Info
  • NJ: Washington Township police investigating burglary and break-in attempt
    11.13.13 – The Record – Police are investigating a residential burglary and an attempted break-in that reportedly occurred last night in one Township of Washington neighborhood. More Info
  • NM: Alarm alerts couple to house fire
    11.12.13 – KRQE & KASA FOX 2 Albuquerque – An alarm company’s call in the middle of the night alerted an Albuquerque family that their house was on fire. More Info
  • NS: Halifax man charged in connection with break-in
    11.12.13 – CTV News – Police responded to an alarm shortly after 5 p.m.. Upon arrival, officers noticed the rear door had been kicked in. When they … More Info
  • NS: Teen charged with breaking into JL Ilsley High
    11.17.13 – TheChronicleHerald.ca – Halifax Regional Police responded at 1:15 a.m. to an alarm call at the Spryfield school. “Upon arrival at the scene, the officers located an insecure door,” police … More Info
  • NY: Broad Daylight Break-Ins Have Huntington Community On Alert
    11.12.13 – CBS Local – So we’ve been setting our alarm during the day even though we’re home. Typically, we didn’t do that,” the woman added. Residents said the burglars broke in … More Info
  • NY: Police Searching For Suspects Wanted In String Of Jewelry Store Armed Robberies
    11.12.13 – CBS New York – Parish Joshi says his Jackson Heights jewelry store was hit on Halloween. Police said the masked men got away with $200,000 worth of gold jewelry. More Info
  • OH: Juveniles caught breaking into flea market
    11.17.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – One juvenile is in custody but another is still on the loose after the pair was caught breaking into the Merchant’s Flea Market this morning. Montgomery County deputies responded to the business around 5:30 a.m. on a business alarm. The first deputy to arrive on the scene witnessed two juveniles running out the front door of the business. The deputy pursued the subjects as … More Info
  • OH: Men stealing cigarettes trigger alarm
    11.12.13 – ThisWeekNews – Bexley police responded to an alarm sounding at 4:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at a business. A security video showed two males … More Info
  • OR: Laptops taken in Portland school burglary
    11.13.13 – FOX 12 Oregon – A break-in at a Northwest Portland school has police are on the lookout for the person who stole laptops from a local school. More Info
  • PA: Police Cite Chick-fil-A for False Burglary Alarm
    11.15.13 – Patch.com – False alarm was fourth such incident at Lower Macungie restaurant in the last 12 … A state police fax said troopers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at 10:19 … More Info
  • PA: Swiss Farms store in Springfield robbed at gunpoint
    11.11.13 – Springfield Press – Employees at the Swiss Farms store told police that at 11:36 a.m. a white male, armed with a handgun, just robbed the store of a quantity of cash and fled the area on foot. More Info
  • PA: Toy gun used in attempt to rob Lower Moreland Sunoco gas station
    11.13.13 – Times Chronicle & Glenside News & The Globe – Police are on the lookout for a man who attempted to rob a Sunoco gas station with a toy gun Nov. 4, according to the Lower Moreland Police Department. More Info
  • TN: Thieves burgle area pharmacy
    11.13.13 – Columbia Daily Herald – Two thieves armed with a sledgehammer smashed open the front door of a Columbia pharmacy, scooped up narcotics and other drugs and fled, according to police and the pharmacy owner. More Info
  • TX: Two suspects sought in string of overnight burglaries
    11.12.13 – Waco Tribune-Herald – Swanton said the burglars disabled the alarm then smashed in the front doors to get inside. Swanton did not know what items were taken from the businesses. More Info
  • VA: Deputies look for Stafford County robbery suspect
    11.17.13 – CBS 6 Richmond – The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery that happened early Saturday morning. More Info
  • WA: Camera catches new employee taking money from the till | Snoqualmie/North Bend police, fire blotter
    11.16.13 – Snoqualmie Valley Record – On November 5, King County Sheriff’s Deputies in North Bend police received a theft report from a business. The business provided video footage showing an employee, who had been at the store for one week, taking money from the register. The employee didn’t return. More Info
  • WA: Thurston Sheriff’s deputies arrest four in burglary attempt
    11.17.13 – The Olympian – About 6:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a home alarm — an alarm monitoring system placed in the unoccupied waterfront home by the Sheriff’s Office … More Info

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