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November 21, 2016

Industry News

  • Apple to Make Smart Houses
    11.15.16 – SIA – Apple is teaming up with homebuilders to integrate its technology into new houses to boost its Home app that works with smart home goods like internet-connected doorbells, deadbolts and window blinds. More Info
  • Bosch Security Systems and Sony Establish Business Partnership
    11.15.16 – SSI – Bosch and Sony will collaborate in the development of products and solutions in the field of video security applications. More Info
  • Major changes forecasted for video surveillance manufacturers
    11.11.16 – SIW – New Memoori report outlines three trends that are changing the face of the industry for vendors… More Info
  • False sense of security: When security alarms fail
    11.15.16 – KSDK.com – ADT told us in a statement, “While ADT sympathizes with our former customer, please keep in mind alarm systems don’t start fires and cannot prevent them from … More Info
  • Alarm Detection Systems Recovering From Catastrophic Network …
    11.17.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Alarm Detection Systems Recovering From Catastrophic Network Failure. A corrupted data packet has forced ADS to replace transceivers in more than 10,000 … More Info
  • New tech in residential security: Drones?
    11.16.16 – Palo Alto, CA – Company looks to provide autonomous drones for home awareness. Sunflower Labs is working on smart lights that have sensors built-in to talk with an autonomous drone that will then fly to take a video of any suspicious activity. More Info
  • Comtronics switches monitored accounts to NMC
    11.14.16 – Jackson, MI – Company refocuses on offering new technologies; two-way voice, video verification. Earlier this year, Comtronics decided to move its monitored accounts to National Monitoring Center, based in Lake Forest, CA. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
NJSB02785 Text Concerns certain actions brought under “Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act.” Companion bill: A4121.
Status: 11/14/2016 : Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
All Versions: Introduced
By Government Affairs | Revises provisions relating to fire safety requirements for multi-story buildings occupied by people. (BDR42-412)
Status: Nov 17, 2016 : Prefiled. Referred to Committee on Government Affairs. To printer.
114th Congress (2015-2016): To provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems. Sponsor – Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4].
Status: 11/17/2016 : Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
All Versions:


State & National News

  • Why the ‘skills gap’ doesn’t explain slow hiring
    11.18.16 – Stateline – Employers want workers with the right education, training and experience, but that’s not the only reason jobs are hard to fill. More Info
  • How Will Donald Trump as President Impact Cybersecurity?
    11.14.16 – SSI – Donald Trump will most likely face a cybercrisis within his first 100 days of presidency. More Info
  • How to Buy a Home Security System, From Cheap to DEFCON 1
    11.15.16 – Realtor.com News – If you adore your home and the contents in it, then it makes sense to protect it with an alarm system. Only which one? Whether you rent or own, want to go all-out … More Info
  • FBI hate-crime report sees 67 percent surge in attacks on Muslims
    11.18.16 – SecurityInfoWatch- Long before the FBI released its findings, American Muslims had sounded the alarm on a rise in attacks they categorized as “Islamophobic,” targeting Muslims … More Info
  • Labor Shortage Among Electricians Seen as Big Problem (Infographic)
    11.17.16 – CEPro – Nearly half of electricians (47%) are worried about finding skills staff over the next five to 10 years as rapid rates of retirement affect the industry, according to Klein Tools study. More Info

Business Tips

  • Consumers Suffer From Security Overload
    11.17.16 – SIA – A new survey finds that consumers are overwhelmed by the need to protect their devices from cybercriminals. More Info
  • People Judge Your Brand Before They Even Know What You Sell
    11.21.16 – Entreprenuer – Which ice cream flavor is smoother and creamier, Frosh or Frish? More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Busted water pipe affects dozens at ASU’s honors college
    11.15.16 – AZFamily – “We heard the fire alarm. We thought it was a drill ’cause that’s happened. .But when I noticed there was water, I was like, ‘Oh crap, I have to go back up and get … More Info
  • AZ: Trash can fire triggers Palace building fire alarm
    11.20.16 – The Daily Courier – Smoldering cigarette ash was enough to set off the fire alarm in The Palace building mid-morning Saturday, Nov. 19. More Info
  • CA: Smoke alarm goes off in Student Services Building, students and …
    11.17.16 – The Roundup News- Students and faculty wait outside in the Pierce College Mall after the Student Services Building fire alarm tripped causing an evacuation on Thursday, Nov. More Info
  • GA: Deputy rescues elderly couple from burning home
    11.15.16 – Cherokee Tribune Ledger News – Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brian Lonberg rescued two elderly residents from a burning house Wednesday morning while responding to an alarm .. More Info
  • MN: Fire Marshal: Smoke Alarm Saves MN Man’s Life
    11.16.16 – Firehouse.com – The St. Paul Fire Department said they received a call at 2:24 a.m. after the home’s occupant was wakened by his smoke alarm. More Info
  • NJ: Princeton business offices closed after overnight fire
    11.20.16 – NJ.com – Princeton – Offices are closed after an alarm summoned fire fighters to the location at 2:30 a.m.. Fire department officials say the … More Info
  • NY: Medina family, alerted by smoke alarm, safe after house fire knocked …
    11.15.16 – The Daily News Online – Awoken by a working smoke alarm around 1 a.m., Medina Fire Department Public Information Officer Steve Cooley said the residents acted quickly — the … More Info
  • NY: Teen Charged With Felony After Pulling Fire Alarm, Evacuating …
    11.15.16 – Patch.com – 4 at 3:58 p.m. and charged with false report 1: fire, explosion, hazardous substance, upon school grounds, a felony, after allegedly pulling the alarm box handle … More Info
  • PA: Faulty Alarm Monday Emptied Pottsgrove High
    11.15.16 – The Sanatoga Post – just before noon from Pottsgrove High School when a fire alarm sounded, Principal Dr. Bill Ziegler reported, but the alert was due … More Info
  • TN: 1 killed in Lewisburg apartment fire
    11.19.16 – WKRN.com – “The fire alarm went off and I opened my door to check and the hall was full of smoke. So, I grabbed my jacket, my walker and tried to get out of here. I opened … More Info
  • TN: Smoke Alarm Saves Woman from Overnight Fire
    11.19.16 – WDEF News 12 – Chattanooga, TN – No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire overnight, thanks in part to a working smoke alarm. The Chattanooga Fire … More Info
  • TN: West Polk County Schools dismiss early due to smoke
    11.15.16 – WRCB-TV – Smoke is entering the building and setting off the fire alarms. They evacuated and fire officials confirmed there is no fire in the building, but each time they turn … More Info
  • VA: Fire damages Quantico home Sunday
    11.15.16 – Inside NoVA – One adult and three children were in the house when the fire started, were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and were able to safely evacuate, fire officials … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Costumed thief escapes with stolen sword
    11.14.16 – KTUU.com – Though the police response to the store’s tripped alarm was swift, the costumed thief managed to escape with the sword in hand. Employees at the store were … More Info
  • AR: Update: Little Rock AT&T Store Robbed
    11.15.16 – KARK – The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) says officers were dispatched in response to the store’s burglar alarm going off. When they arrived, witnesses told … More Info
  • BC: Truck thieves crash into electronics store
    11.17.16 – Prince George Citizen – Fifteen minutes later, a commercial alarm went off at a store. Its front door had been smashed through by a vehicle, but when police … More Info
  • CA: Beverly Hills man held in South Bay, Orange County bank robberies
    11.15.16 – LA Daily News – A co-worker activated an alarm and ran with the teller to a back room. The robber, who got nothing, paced around for a while, removed his face covering and fled. More Info
  • CA: Man steals antibiotics from El Cerrito Pet Hospital
    11.15.16 – KRON4.com – 3, officers responded to a burglary alarm at the El Cerrito Pet Hospital, police said. When police arrived the suspect was already gone, … More Info
  • CA: Paso Robles police release photos of liquor store robbery
    11.15.16 – The San Luis Obispo Tribune – Officers responded to the store after a silent alarm was activated, according to the release. Two employees told police one of the men pointed a handgun at the … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to theft, cows in the roadway
    11.19.16 – Journal Advocate – At 12:20 a.m., deputies were dispatched in reference to a burglary alarm. At 8:45 a.m., deputies returned a phone call … More Info
  • CT: Trumbull Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Co-Worker at Her …
    11.15.16 – Patch.com – 11 when the victim was able to activate a panic alarm, according to Capt. Frank Eannotti. Upon arrival, Dennis Hwang was seen exiting the home and was … More Info
  • IL: Man charged with robbing Elmhurst bank
    11.15.16 – Chicago Daily Herald – The teller gave Levi $2,546 is cash and a GPS tracking device, authorities said, while a second teller activated an alarm and called police. After Levi left the bank … More Info
  • IL: Northbrook police blotter: Ruse burglars leave empty-handed
    11.14.16 – Chicago Tribune – A 3:44 a.m. burglar alarm brought Northbrook police officers to a business, where they found the main door propped open and … More Info
  • MA: Charges issued in Southbridge gas station holdup
    11.15.16 – Worcester Telegram – A silent holdup alarm brought police to the Pilot gas station just before 2 a.m. Thursday. Police said a robber wearing a tie-dyed hooded sweatshirt had fled the … More Info
  • MA: Massachusetts State Police pulled over suspect’s vehicle 45 minutes …
    11.14.16 – MassLive.com – Authorities were alerted to the robbery around 2 a.m. Saturday after receiving a silent alarm from a Pilot gas station. By the time police … More Info
  • MD: Teen charged as adult with gun, burglary-related counts
    11.14.16 – CapitalGazette.com – The juveniles didn’t answer the door and a short time later heard a rear window break, setting off the home’s burglary alarm. Two people were subsequently … More Info
  • ME: Cumberland Police Beat: Nov. 17
    11.15.16 – The Forecaster – 11/5 at 8:34 a.m. Alarm system activation at Interstate 95 service plaza. 11/5 at 3:48 … 11/7 at 1:58 p.m. Alarm system activation. More Info
  • ME: Gouldsboro Police: Man charged with OUI, speeding
    11.16.16 – The Ellsworth American – A burglar alarm was activated Nov. 4 at a home, police said. Police said they checked the residence but found no evidence that the house … More Info
  • MI: Break-in at high school will not disrupt students, might be related to …
    11.14.16 – MLive.com – An alarm sounded and a maintenance representative soon arrived at the building, Leach said. Police were called about 9:32 p.m. and an “alert citizen” directed … More Info
  • MI: Equipment stolen from Capuchin Soup Kitchen
    11.15.16 – WXYZ – The alarm alone will cost several thousand dollars to repair, according to workers. That’s not including replacing the computers. The Capuchin Soup Kitchen … More Info
  • MI: Hinds County Sheriff’s Dept. makes arrest in Britches & Boots burglary
    11.19.16 – Mississippi News Now – Deputies responded to an alarm at the business. The owner of the western store was able to see the suspect on security .. More Info
  • MN: Smoke alarm credited for saving St. Paul man
    11.15.16 – KARE – St. Paul Fire officials say a smoke alarm saved a man’s life early Tuesday after fire … Investigators learned the resident awoke to the sound of smoke alarms and … More Info
  • MO: Man is charged for armed robbery in Republic
    11.15.16 – KY3 – The clerk was able to activate a silent alarm. After getting cash, the robber cursed at the clerks and told them that they were lucky he didn’t shoot them. He then … More Info
  • NC: Know this guy? Man accused of robbing Wilmington business twice
    11.15.16 – WECT-TV6 – 5 in reference to a breaking and entering alarm activation. When officers arrived, they found the front glass door had been completely broken out and over … More Info
  • NE: Two suspects wanted for Crescent bank heist
    11.15.16 – WOWT – Deputies received an alarm from the American National Bank Monday morning. Witnesses told investigators two masked men demanded money. More Info
  • NH: Manchester convenience store burglarized
    11.17.16 – The Union Leader – Police went to the store in response to a burglar alarm at 3:50 a.m. The front door was smashed with an unknown object and no one was inside. Owner Jack … More Info
  • NJ: Police Blotter: Nov. 12 – Nov. 18
    11.19.16 – TAPinto.net – Criminal Mischief – Passaic Avenue – Headquarters dispatched Officers to an activated burglar alarm with glass break activation. Upon arrival, they observed … More Info
  • NV: Serial robber fatally shot during hold-up at Las Vegas 7-Eleven
    11.17.16 – Guns.com – When police arrived on the scene, after being alerted to the incident through a silent alarm, they found the suspect, who died from his injuries. The suspect was … More Info
  • NY: Police blotter: DMV paid with fake $100
    11.19.16 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Burglary: Police responded to an alarm at a Delta Sonic and found a window smashed out and some goods stolen Nov. 12. More Info
  • OH: Colerain Township home burglary suspect caught on camera
    11.15.16 – WLWT Cincinnati – Pam Wood said she was out with her husband when they got an alert that something had triggered their home-alarm system. “We came in and it didn’t look like … More Info
  • OH: Man using bathroom is locked in the store: Bainbridge Police Blotter
    11.19.16 – cleveland.com – Bainbridge, Ohio – Alarm, Giles Road: Officers responded to an alarm call 3 a.m. Nov. 12 to find a man inside a business. He said he was an employee who .. More Info
  • OH: Police: Pawn shop burglary suspect cut hole through roof
    11.16.16 – WXIX – Officers responded to Cash America Pawn. when the business alarm went off just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Lt. David Schofield, … More Info
  • OK: Police: Alarm Scares Away Tulsa Auto Salvage Burglar
    11.18.16 – News On 6 – Police say a burglar dropped his loot after the alarm sounded at a Tulsa … Police said when the alarm sounded, the man dropped what he had taken in the … More Info
  • PA: Burglar caught in Palmer Twp. dentist’s office, cops say
    11.14.16 – lehighvalleylive.com – Officers responding to an alarm at 5:16 p.m. saw the forced window and could hear Fran moving around inside, Alercia said. Fran was told to surrender, which … More Info
  • PA: Easton man allegedly breaks into dentist office looking for drugs
    11.15.16 – WFMZ Allentown – Police were dispatched to Angela Schmoyer’s dental office to investigate a burglar alarm and found the doors secure. But an officer did find a cement block and … More Info
  • TX: Emergency Dispatch Call Sheet
    11.16.16 – Graham Leader – 6:27 p.m. – Burglar alarm going off, 1st St., Graham, canceled by the alarm company. … 1:08 a.m. – Burglar alarm seeking attention, … More Info
  • TX: Police interrupt young couple’s date in Cleburne
    11.19.16 – Cleburne Times-Review – Police responded at 3:30 a.m. that same morning to a burglar alarm at CHS and observed two vehicles quickly fleeing the scene. They stopped one vehicle and… More Info
  • VA: Check Cashing Business Robbed in Manassas: Police
    11.15.16 – Patch.com – Tripped alarm alerts Prince William County Police, who don’t arrive in time to … Shortly after 10 p.m., police responded to the scene because of a tripped alarm. More Info
  • WA: Deputy under investigation after firing gun at Moses Lake mobile …
    11.19.16 – KOMO News – The deputy was responding to a home panic alarm. When the deputy arrived at the home, … More Info

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