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NationalMonitorNovember 2, 2015

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Watchdog: Don’t believe door-to-door alarm salesmen
    10.29.15 – Dallas Morning News- An alarm salesman — one you didn’t ask to drop by — is knocking insistently at your front door. If you open the door, he will try to sell you an alarm system with a … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: False alarms cost CG $66K from 2013-14
    10.28.15 – TriValley Central – Casa Grande – Police reportedly responded to over 1,600 false alarm calls between 2013 and 2014, costing the city roughly $66,000 in fees that could have … More Info
  • AZ: Paradise Valley looks to overhaul townwide residential alarm system
    10.27.15 – Paradise Valley Independent – The Town of Paradise Valley has been in the alarm business since 1984 but as the hardware and infrastructure has become outdated town leaders are looking … More Info
  • KS: Resolution passes increasing alarm fees
    10.27.15 – The Kansan – Fees associated with residential and commercial alarm services monitored by Harvey County Communications Center will see an increase beginning Jan. More Info
  • LA: Slow police response times dominate concerns
    10.29.15 – WWL – The city also passed a false alarm ordinance that Harrison hopes will cut down on false alarms, which now account for a third of all calls for service. We already … More Info
  • PA: Tired of false security alarms that bring police response, Gilford will …
    10.28.15 – The Laconia Daily Sun – Gilford – False security and fire alarms could prove to be costly to businesses and residents in this town starting next year, as town officials move to enforce a … More Info

Industry News

  • Securitas set to acquire Diebold division for $350m
    10.26.15 – SSN – North Canton, Ohio – Diebold to focus on self-service industry, it says. Securitas has agreed to buy Diebold’s North America-based electronic security division for $350 million. The divestiture by Diebold is aimed to better position it to pursue growth in the self-service industry, it said. More Info
  • What Alarm Contractors Need to Know When it Comes to Fire Alarm …
    10.27.15 – Security Sales – Alarm expert Jeffrey D. Zwirn lists off critical questions alarm co More Info mpanies should ask themselves when it comes to designing, installing fire alarm systems and … More Info
  • 2G sunset: Now or never
    10.28.15 – Security Systems News – Scottsdale, Ariz.—Alarm Protection Services so far has converted 1,100 of the 1,800 2G systems in its customer base. That’s helped its business and it only … More Info
  • Sure Signal recalls fire alarms
    10.29.15 – wwlp.com – Sure Signal says that they are recalling the products due to a defective fusible link fuse on the alarms that can cause the alarm to fail to alert users to a fire. More Info
  • UK households spending more on the iPhone than on home security
    10.29.15 – SecurityNewsDesk – Yet alarmingly, still 24 percent of people admitted to having no additional security measures, such as a burglar alarm/window alarm, in or around the home. More Info
  • Cellular-based home alarms great for consumers
    10.30.15 – Dallas Morning News – If you think back to just a few years ago, home alarm systems required an installer to come to your home or business and run wires between all the alarm … More Info
  • How Service Providers Should Deliver Quality Fire Alarm Service
    10.30.15 – Security Sales – As fire alarm technology becomes more advanced and self-diagnostic, one element that remains unchanged is the importance of proper functionality testing of … More Info
  • Burglars are repeat customers at IT business
    10.30.15 – KTNV- Las Vegas – The alarm seemed to have an impact on the thieves as the second crime lasted a minute and seemed more frantic. The thieves made off with a server worth … More Info
  • Conference attendance depends on companies more than show
    10.28.15 – SSN – Yarmouth, Maine—Before attending a conference, security executives pay more attention to their budget, timing and their current projects than what the show offers, according to responses in Security Systems News’ latest poll. More Info

State & National News

  • Afraid of Lawmakers? Why Integrators Must Overcome Fear and Educate on AV, IT
    10.29.15 – CI – Do you have government lobbyists? No? Then listen up. It’s time you start talking to local representatives about Net Neutrality, programming and trading overseas. More Info

Business Tips

  • 28 Words/Phrases to Never Use in Proposals (And 13 You Should Use!)
    10.28.15 – CEPro – These 28 words or phrases should never be included in a scope of work sales proposal (‘Never’ is one of them). And here are the 13 words/phrases you should use. More Info
  • Your True Cost of Labor Is … ? Prepare to be Shocked!
    10.28.15 – CEPro – When you calculate in benefits and your employee utilization rate, paying an installation technician $25 per hour really costs you a mind-blowing $92.02 per hour … and that is to break even! Here’s how it adds up. More Info

Fire News

  • IN: 20 fire alarms have gone off in Read Residence Hall in the past week
    10.29.15 – Indiana Daily Student – Signs posted on the glass doors leading to the Curry wing read “Last night’s false alarm was pulled by a fellow resident … tonight’s ‘false alarm’ could kill.”. More Info
  • KS: Washing machine malfunction sets of fire alarm in Pratt home …
    10.29.15 – Pratt Tribune – Grain markets … Washing machine malfunction sets of fire alarm in Pratt home Thursday morning. A faulty washing machine was the cause of haze in Pratt home … More Info
  • PA: False Fire Alarm At Holicong Middle School, Drug Arrest At Nursing …
    10.30.15 – Patch.com – A male juvenile, 14, of Furlong was referred to the Youth Aid Program after he pulled the fire alarm at Holicong Middle School, causing fire department and … More Info
  • PA: Faulty power cord caused Phillipsburg High School fire
    10.28.15 – lehighvalleylive.com – About 40 firefighters responded to the call about 4:30 p.m. after a smoke alarm activated, Hay said. Firefighters had the blaze under control in minutes, but not … More Info
  • SC: Police: Man who pulled fire alarm at Piedmont Medical Center …
    10.30.15 – The Herald – A man who “wanted to stay longer” at Piedmont Medical Center was arrested after pulling a fire alarm at the hospital out of frustration for being discharged, … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: The Cordova Times – Police Reports
    10.26.15 – Cordova Times – October 12, Monday: 6:23 a.m. Caller reported a open door alarm as well as an interior motion sensor alarm going off, alarm company called and requested … More Info
  • AL: Alarm tips Cherokee authorities off to burglary, sheriff says
    10.29.15 – AL.com – A timely burglar alarm Wednesday helped authorities catch two burglars in Cherokee County, Sheriff Jeff Shaver said. The incident happened in the Tucker’s … More Info
  • CA: Possible Break-in at the Coast Central Credit Union in Hoopa
    10.31.15 – Lost Coast Outpost – Lt. Wayne Hanson tells the Outpost that a sheriff’s deputy responded to an alarm at 8 a.m. this morning and discovered a broken glass door in the front of the … More Info
  • CT: Burglars Strike New Canaan, Darien and Norwalk
    10.26.15 – Patch.com- An alarm went off around 10:49 a.m. and police were dispatched. The rear window of the garage was opened and there was shattered glass in a mud room area … More Info
  • FL: 2 men accused of burglarizing 2 Weston elementary schools
    10.28.15 – Local 10 – According to an arrest report, deputies arrived at Eagle Point Elementary after a silent alarm was activated on the first floor of a building and at several portable … More Info
  • FL: GPD searching for suspect in Wells Fargo bank robbery
    10.26.15 – Gainesville Sun – At around 4 p.m., GPD received a silent holdup alarm from the bank and moments later, a teller called police to say that the bank had been robbed, according to … More Info
  • FL: More burglars cutting holes in walls of businesses
    10.28.15 – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay – Thieves are cutting holes in walls to get inside businesses and avoid security alarms. In the back of the Quick Mart, an entry and exit … More Info
  • FL: Three boys and two teens arrested for thefts in Little Havana and …
    10.31.15 – Miami Herald – … burglary occurred on Tuesday morning when a Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) deputy was dispatched to the Eagle Point Elementary School after a silent alarm … More Info
  • FL: Winter Harbor Police Log: Possible break-in under investigation
    10.28.15 – The Ellsworth American – Police responded to a burglar alarm activation Oct. 19. Police said the alarm was located on the sunroom of the house, but everything appeared … More Info
  • GA: Madison County police blotter
    10.30.15 – Online Athens – Burglar Alarm: On Oct. 21, a deputy responded to a burglar alarm. The resident said she heard the house alarm go off, so she … More Info
  • GA: Two teens charged in multiple Auburn burglaries
    10.26.15 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Police said 25 officers responded to a burglary alarm 4 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said they learned that someone had … More Info
  • IA: Police with guns drawn order man to come outside
    10.26.15 – KCCI Des Moines – Police were called after an alarm went off at the property. Arriving officers didn’t find anyone in the front office building or in … More Info
  • IL: Alarm unplugged, items stolen from North Ellis Street home
    10.28.15 – Peoria Journal Star – Her security alarm box had been unplugged, and there were no signs anyone had forced his way into the home, according to the report. The stolen items … More Info
  • IL: Danville PD investigating Old National Bank robbery
    10.31.15 – WAND – … 31 in response to a hold up alarm being activated. Thomason says officers arrived to discover the bank had been robbed, and the suspect had fled the scene. More Info
  • IL: Oswego tanning salon burglarized
    10.26.15 – Chicago Tribune – According to Oswego police, officers were dispatched to the business, 2300 block of Route 30, around 9:19 a.m. for reports of a burglar alarm that had been … More Info
  • IN: Detectives investigating Bloomington jewelry store burglary
    10.26.15 – WISH-TV – Police responded to a burglary alarm just after 2:30 a.m. October 22 at Victor Settle Jewelry. When authorities … More Info
  • MA: 4-legged ‘burglar’ damages clothing store
    10.31.15 – My Fox Boston – Police responded at 8 a.m. to a burglar alarm at The Avenue. The intruder – a 180-pound male deer – was still inside when officers arrived. It had trapped itself in … More Info
  • MA: Police news and logs: Knife wielding resident; highly suspicious …
    10.26.15 – Mysouthborough – 0842 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a residence. 1033 hrs – Officers investigated an abandoned 911 call from…More Info
  • MA: Westfield police investigating theft of cash, lottery tickets from …
    10.26.15 – MassLive.com – “When the alarm was activated a neighbor called it in,” Westfield Police Capt. Mike McCabe told MassLive. Police responded to the scene and found cash … More Info
  • MD: Man sought in attempted burglary at Pylesville Highs
    10.30.15 – WBAL Baltimore – Investigators said the man tried to get in to the Highs Store on Oct. 8, but he fled when the alarm sounded. Anyone with information … More Info
  • MI: Cash Advance break-in suspects arrested
    10.26.15 – Grand Haven Tribune – Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday at the restaurant… More Info
  • MI: Man jumps over counter, robs Burger King of cash and other …
    10.29.15 – Dearborn Press and Guide – Police were called on Oct. 20 to Burger King in response to a hold-up alarm that was set off by an employee. When officers arrived just after … More Info
  • MI: Police: Man wanted for questioning in Waterford break-in
    10.30.15 – The Oakland Press – Waterford police were dispatched to the BP Gas Station at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 for a breaking-entering alarm. More Info
  • MI: Thief targets pills in Riverview pharmacy break-in
    10.30.15 – Southgate News Herald – Police were sent to the pharmacy at 2:48 a.m. in response to a burglar alarm. Officers arrived and found the pharmacy’s northeast window had been busted out… More Info
  • MI: Trio of workers arrested for cooking meth
    10.29.15 – UpNorthLive.com – Deputies responded to the home after a home alarm went off on Thursday. Deputies say when they arrived on the scene, they found the three … More Info
  • MI: Two busted for Ottawa County business burglaries
    10.26.15 – WZZM – Investigators responded to a burglar alarm early Sunday morning at the Yellow Jacket Inn. More Info
  • MT: Butte police investigate burglary at Evergreen Medical Marijuana
    10.26.15 – NBC Montana – They said a metal sliding door was forced open, but the burglars may have gotten scared away by the business’s alarm. The only things that appeared stolen … More Info
  • MT: Persons of interest noted in pot shop break-in
    10.26.15 – Montana Standard – An alarm went off shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, possibly scaring the suspects. As they exited the store, Skuletich said they grabbed buds from several pot plants. More Info
  • NE: North Platte man charged in burglary attempt
    10.30.15 – North Platte Bulletin – It seemed suspicious because the business was closed, and when the officer approached the business he heard an alarm. Within a minute or two, police … More Info
  • NJ: Four arrested for Camden twilight burglary
    10.28.15 – The Hillsdale Daily News – Hillsdale — Four burglary suspects were arrested Tuesday morning just minutes after an alarm tipped police off to the crime. Troopers from the Michigan … More Info
  • NJ: How do you catch a thief? Follow his cell phone…
    10.28.15 – NJ.com – And the FBI tracked a phone belonging to his brother when at least two men cut the alarm wires of a Pennsauken business and made off with $203,000 in cash. More Info
  • OH: Deputies arrest 2 burglary suspects
    10.31.15 – WDTN – Deputies were dispatched after 9 a.m. Friday after an alarm sounded. When they arrived, they found that a home had been …More Info
  • ON: Thief uses truck to tear off door of warehouse in smash and grab
    10.31.15 – Globalnews.ca – Even though you have all the protection, you have the alarm system you have the camera you have all these bars on the doors but still they get away with it,” … More Info
  • OR: Forest Grove police log: Taco truck crash, mysterious beeping from a …
    10.26.15 – OregonLive.com – Police responded to a burglar alarm at a residence. A mother had left the residence and set the alarm but did not know her son’s girlfriend was in the home… More Info
  • OR: Police responding to alarm arrest two men at Franklin High School
    10.27.15 – KPTV.com – … Miller, jail booking photos. Portland, OR -. An alarm at Franklin High School led to the arrest of two men with warrants early Tuesday morning. More Info
  • PA: 2 jailed in Harrison Twp. home break-in
    10.30.15 – WHIO – A Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy, responding to a burglar alarm at the residence, saw that someone had forced entry and located the two suspects in the … More Info
  • PA: Erie police arrest man accused of attempting to rob bank, twice
    10.28.15 – Longmont Times-Call – Police responded to another panic alarm at the bank about 2 p.m. Tuesday and took Daavettila into custody outside the bank. Bank employees told police they … More Info
  • SC: Surveillance video released in break-in
    10.28.15 – Greenwood Index Journal – Police responded to an alarm call at the store about 3 a.m. Monday. The suspect was caught on video entering a sliding glass door and walking to the area … More Info
  • SD: Juvenile Arrested In Burglary At K-Mart In Huron
    10.30.15 – KDLT News – Officials say they were dispatched to the K-Mart by a motion alarm going off. Police say they they encountered the juvenile in the pharmacy area and he was not … More Info
  • TX: False alarm after lightning strikes home
    10.28.15 – Cleburne Times-Review – Police responded to a burglar alarm call at 6:20 a.m. on Saturday. Someone broke into Aida’s Western Wear and stole … More Info
  • TX: Lufkin PD investigating burglaries at Flamingo, Medicine Shoppe
    10.30.15 – KSLA-TV – According to the police report, LPD officers were dispatched out to the bingo business at about 10:35 p.m. Thursday in reference to an alarm. When the first … More Info
  • TX: One Arrested, One at Large in Break In Off Interstate 69
    10.26.15 – KIII TV3 – Corpus Christi police responded early Monday morning to a burglar alarm at a business. When officers arrived and went to the … More Info
  • TX: Suspect uses forklift to steal ATM at Palestine bank
    31.15 – KSLA-TV – Officers arrived just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning at Prosperity Bank in response to a bank ATM alarm, and found … More Info
  • TX: Weekend Burglary Under Investigation in Odessa
    10.26.15 – NewsWest9.com – Officers arrived at City Pipe in Odessa in reference to an alarm on Sunday night. They noticed an open security gate and behind it was a … More Info
  • VA: VB Police investigate gas station robbery on Indian River Road
    10.28.15 – WAVY-TV – According to police spokeswoman Tonya Pierce, police received an alert for the silent alarm at the SkyMart gas station just before 7 … More Info
  • WA: Alarm, and possibly barking dog, scare off burglary suspect | Police …
    10.28.15 – Redmond Reporter – Burglary: Redmond police responded to an alarm when a burglar pried open a door to a victim’s residence at 11:09 a.m…. More Info

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