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November 24, 2014

Association Events

December 5, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM- The Victoria – Banquet Hall- 13435 Bee Street – Farmers Branch, TX 75234 More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AR: False alarms create public safety concerns
    11.20.14 – THV 11- More and more cities across the country are charging you when your alarm accidentally goes off. The number one reason for false alarms is outdated or … More Info
  • CA: Alarming news
    11.20.14 – Chico News & Review- A law firm representing both the California Alarm Association and the Sacramento Area Alarm Association has sent a letter to the city of Chico that warns of … More Info
  • CA: Man says San Diego fined him for protecting his home after burglary
    11.19.14 -10News- Team 10 checked into his claims and found a report that outlines major problems and mismanagement with the city’s Alarm User Permit Program – a program … More Info
  • FL: False alarm fines could increase
    11.22.14 – TBO.com- Petersburg – City police officers have spent less time responding to false alarms from home and business security systems since the city began fining … More Info
  • NC: Swain sheriff alarmed over false alarms
    11.19.14 -Smoky Mountain News- The Swain County Sheriff’s Office responds to its share of security alarms. Between January and the middle of November, the department has responded to … More Info

Industry News

  • CBS4 Puts Smoke Detectors To The Test
    11.19.14 -CBS Local- Miami — Firefighters say it’s the single most important item you should have in your house. A smoke alarm. But which kind is best at detecting a fire … More Info
  • Convicted burglar shares insight into break-ins, tips for keeping your …
    11.19.14 -Alabama’s News Leader- If you go up to a door and the TV is on, a light is on, that’s a deterrent, so were dogs and alarms,” he said. “If there was an alarm sticker on the door, it was a no … More Info
  • Recalls Recap: Tyco Fire Protection recalls Simplex Fire Alarm …
    11.22.14 – OregonLive.com- The addressable fire alarm control panel can support up to 2,500 addressable points, fire alarm and emergency voice communications and peer-to-peer … More Info
  • The home security device that’s always listening
    11.20.14 – CNN- Small, round and plastic, Point looks like a traditional smoke alarm crossed with a speaker. Sounds are matched with data from the other sensors to figure out … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status
105 ILCS 5/10-20.56 new 105 ILCS 5/34-18.49 new Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board shall require that each school building in the district be equipped with approved carbon monoxide alarms in accordance with the rules of the State Fire Marshal. Provides that the State Fire Marshal shall, by rule, (i) determine the number of alarms a public school building must have and where those alarms must be located, (ii) require that the alarms be in operating condition and be inspected annually, and (iii) exempt school buildings from the alarm requirement if they do not have or are not close to any sources of carbon monoxide. Effective immediately.
Status: 11/7/2014 : Senate Referred to Assignments
History ILSB03669


State & National News

  • FBI: Violent US crime drops again, reaches 1970s level
    11.10.14 – Reuters – U.S. violent crimes including murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013 to their lowest number since the 1970s, continuing a decades-long downturn, the FBI said. The law enforcement agency’s annual Crime in the United States report showed the country had an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes last year, the lowest number since 1.09 million were recorded in 1978… More Info
  • Which states have the most high-speed Internet access?
    11.14.14 – The Washington Post – Access to high-speed Internet was highest in New Hampshire, where nearly 86 percent of individuals reported living in a household with high-speed Internet use. The rate was lowest in Mississippi, where just over 62 percent reported the same. More Info
  • NJ Lawmakers Consider Private Surveillance Camera Registration
    11.17.14 – A proposed bill in New Jersey could require residents to register their private surveillance cameras with local police. More Info

Business Tips

  • Ten Golden Rules of Leadership From Real Legends
    11.14.14 – Baseline – By reading the philosophies of the classic thinkers featured in this book, professionals and executives may discover that they don’t have to compromise their values to pursue success. More Info
  • How Technology From Classic TV, Movies Can Teach Lessons to Today’s IT
    11.14.14 – E week – Many of the technology at our fingertips today were portrayed in TV shows and movies as futuristic luxuries that were intangible. eWEEK takes a look back at some classic movie and TV technology that can teach today’s IT pros how to handle today’s tech tools and their users. More Info
  • The mantle of leadership is passing to millennials — get ready
    11.12.14 – Forbes – There are now more millennials than baby boomers in the workforce. Further, 50 percent of those millennials are already in leadership positions. Unfortunately they’re not ready. More Info
  • Word of Wisdom About Leadership From Plato and ‘Friends’
    11.14.14 – Baseline – Ancient legends such as Plato and Aristotle can’t teach us about software code or the cloud, but they can inspire discussions about self-determination, character and other leadership themes. More Info
  • 5 Ways You Can Drive Better Employee Engagement And …
    11.14.14 – Forbes – Employers have many ways of influencing the behavior of their employees. They invest in technologies to improve communication and boost achievement by offering rewards. But, can employers motivate workers to be healthier and make better healthcare choices? More Info

Fire News

  • BC: Smoke alarm saves Lumby man’s life
    11.21.14 – InfoTel News Ltd- “The smoke alarm basically saved his life,” Clayton says. When the man awoke, the fire was already migrating through the house and smoke was thick. If not for … More Info
  • ID: Customers evacuated from Cheesecake Factory
    11.19.14 – KTVB- Patrons were dining in the restaurant when a fire alarm went off. Some left and eventually the restaurant was evacuated. It was temporarily closed, but has been … More Info
  • IN: Faulty smoke detector blamed for school alarm
    11.19.14 – Daily Journal- Firefighters found no fire or smoke and determined the smoke alarm had malfunctioned, Chief Jeremy Pell said. No students were evacuated, Pell said. More Info
  • MA: Rockport Police/Fire: Police field more calls about helicopter landing
    11.18.14- Gloucester Daily Times- An Atlantic Avenue resident called police at 5:30 p.m. Monday to say that their fire alarm was going off, but the cause turned out to be from burnt food, and they … More Info
  • MA: Sunderland resident recounts Wednesday night house fire
    11.20.14 – The Recorder- About 30 minutes later, however, the house’s hard-wired smoke alarm system began to ring out. A fire had broken out on the front porch of their 100-year-old … More Info
  • NC: HVAC triggers dorm alarm
    11.19.14 -Greenville Daily Reflector- An issue with the heating and air conditioning system is what prompted a fire alarm and evacuation at an East Carolina University dormitory this morning, … More Info
  • NC: Space heater sets off fire alarm at South View High School Tuesday …
    11.19.14 -Fayetteville Observer- South View High School was cleared Tuesday morning when a space heater in a stairwell started smoking and set off a fire alarm. Principal Brian Edkins said … More Info
  • ND: Smoking while using oxygen blamed for fire at Fargo’s Sanford …
    11.17.14 – KFGO- Hospital employees who responded to a smoke alarm early Thursday in the room rescued the patient, had the fire out when firefighters arrived and evacuated … More Info
  • NE: LVFD responds to ceiling fire at Days Inn, false alarm at Holiday Inn …
    11.17.14 – Lexington Clipper Herald- The first alarm, from the Holiday Inn Express at 2:30 a.m., turned out to be a false alarm, according to Fire Chief Dahlas Holbein. “There … More Info
  • NE: Three people survive carbon monoxide scare
    11.21.14 – KETV Omaha- …and make sure everyone in the family – beeping from alarm) to get outside, call 911, and have firefighters make sure … More Info
  • NJ: Marijuana smoke sets off alarm in Princeton dorm
    11.22.14 – News 12 New Jersey- A dormitory at Princeton University had to be evacuated Wednesday after marijuana smoke set off a fire alarm. According to police, 100 students were evacuated … More Info
  • NY: False Fire Alarms in Dorms Spark Investigation by SUNY
    11.21.14 – Genesee Sun- Geneseo – The University Police Department is currently investigating a series of minor fires and false fire alarm activations in several residence halls on the … More Info
  • ON: Smoke alarm aids family in escaping house fire,…
    11.19.14 -www.insideottawavalley.com/ – Working smoke alarms are being credited with saving the lives of a family in Addison following a house fire that left them with nothing but the clothes on their … More Info
  • TN: Smoke detector saves 11 lives
    11.20.14 – Macon county times- Remember, disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake. If you would like to help this family, you can contact Seffers … More Info
  • VA: Richmond City Hall briefly evacuated over false alarm
    11.19.14 – WWBT- Fire officials say the alarm turned out to be false and employees were able to return to the building after only a few minutes. More Info
  • WA: VRFA fire and rescue blotter 
    11.21.14 – Auburn Reporter- When firefighters responding to a residential fire alarm met the homeowner, … he had been performing maintenance on his alarm system when the fire alarm … More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: Thieves targeting third-row SUV seats leave Peoria family stranded
    11.21.14 – KPHO Phoenix- “They stuck a device underneath the glass, through the molding and they popped the lock inside without setting off the alarm.” Winn says he had left credit cards, … More Info
  • CA: Surveillance camera captures Fresno liquor store burglary
    11.23.14 -ABC30.com- Nagra got the call from his alarm company and hurried to his store. He was in the parking lot as the suspects were wrapping up inside. He says once the thieves … More Info
  • CA: Truckee ski shop burglary results in $25000 loss
    11.21.14 – KRNV My News 4- Thieves entered the business, activating the alarm upon entry, and took approximately 40 skis and snowboards — worth in excess of $25,000. Police say thieves … More Info
  • CA: Would-Be Burglar Trips Alarm, Ends Up Surrounded Under Home’s …
    11.19.14 – NBC Southern California- Explosions rocked a neighborhood as SWAT officers moved in and used tear gas on a man barricaded inside a home tented for fumigation. Kathy Vara reports … More Info
  • CT: PD: Thieves steal from 3 churches in West Haven
    11.21.14 – WFSB- “The alarm went off when they hit the hallway,” Trawick said. “I think it freaked them out and they ran out the backdoor.” Donna Carter, who lives right next door to … More Info
  • DE: Police investigate attempted break-in on Barksdale Road
    11.19.14 -Newark Post- Officers responded to a burglary alarm at a home last week but found nothing had been taken. According to Newark Police spokesman Cpl. More Info
  • FL: 2 teens arrested in burglary at Evans High School, deputies say
    11.19.14 -WESH Orlando- Deputies said they were alerted of the burglary by a silent alarm at the school on Silver Star Road early Wednesday morning. When they arrived, deputies said … More Info
  • FL: Police: Fire at NW Miami-Dade food market was arson
    11.22.14- 7Online WSVN-TV- 7 blaze. One of the subjects is seen with a crowbar, and investigators said they are also captured attempting to disable the alarm system. Investigators said the … More Info
  • GA: Cops: Store robbed at gun point — again
    11.18.14 – LaGrange Daily News- Officers responded to the home after an alarm activation, and met with the woman who was advised not to enter her home until it could be cleared by police. More Info
  • GA: Sheila’s Restaurant broken into
    11.17.14 -Cordele Dispatch- According to the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 14, at 11:30 p.m., Crisp County deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Sheila’s Restaurant,… More Info
  • ID: Coeur D’Alene Police make arrest in liquor store burglary
    11.22.14 – KHQ Right Now- Officers responded to multiple alarm trips and arrived to find the front glass door smashed. A witness told police that the suspect was … More Info
  • ID: Mourners press for change after deadly shooting
    11.19.14 -Bonner County Daily Bee- Officers were also advised that a panic alarm at the emergency department had been activated. Riley exited the van, refused officers’ commands to drop the … More Info
  • IL: Ford County Sheriff’s Office police blotter (Nov. 21, 2014)
    11.21.14 – Paxton Record- 14, a deputy responded to a residential burglary alarm in rural Gibson City. The cause of the alarm was not discovered. — On Nov. 14, a deputy assisted two … More Info
  • IL: Passerby assists APD in apprehension of robbery suspect
    11.20.14- Alton Telegraph- “(The bank staff) immediately called 911, hit the bank alarm. One of the officers just happened to be in the area. A passerby waved her down because the … More Info
  • LA: Brief chase catches 1 of 2 suspected of taking ATM from eastern …
    11.19.14 -The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com- A burglar alarm brought NOPD officers to Fun Frenzy Laser Tag around 4 a.m. Monday (Nov. 17), police said. Officers found the front window … More Info
  • MA: Enfield man denies armed robbery of Palmer bank; also charged in …
    11.21.14 – MassLive.com- According to Sturbridge Police Lt. Earl Dessert, police were called to the bank just before 1 p.m. by an alarm triggered from within the bank. At the same time, … More Info
  • MA: Needham police log: Break-in at Pollard
    11.23.14 -Wicked Local Needham- 12, at 12:16 a.m., police responded to Pollard Middle School for a motion alarm activation. It was determined that someone had broken through a rear window … More Info
  • MD: Man took cab to rob bank in Prince George’s County and left driver ‘generous tip’
    11.17.14 – Washington Post – Some thieves have a getaway car. Others hail a cab. Prince George’s County Police alleged the 43-year-old Temple Hills man took a cab to a Fort Washington bank, robbed the teller and then got back into the same cab to flee. More Info
  • ME: Wiscasset Police Blotter: Trouble at the airport
    11.19.14 -Wiscasset Newspaper- Chief Troy Cline checked on a report of a fire alarm going off. The alarm company canceled the request. Sgt. Kathy Williams checked on … More Info
  • MI: ‘Career criminal’ accused of breaking into Gilbert’s Lodge, Walgreens
    11.18.14 – The Morning Sun- 12, police were called at 5 a.m. to respond to an alarm at the Walgreens Pharmacy. Officers arrived within two minutes of being dispatched and … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies arrest suspects tossing …
    11.18.14 – MLive.com- At 12:09 a.m. Tuesday Deputies Beard and Taylor were dispatched for an alarm. At 1:59 a.m. Tuesday Deputy Ruge … More Info
  • MI: Police arrest man in connection with business break-ins
    11.17.14 -C&G Newspapers- 12, police responded to Walgreens because of an alarm and discovered that the front doors had been forced open with a pry bar, as well. More Info
  • MO: Locked inside CVS! Employees Close up while Woman Shops for …
    11.19.14 -FOX40- “I’m going to answer this, what the heck, and it ended up being CVS general security alarm system that had been silently triggered by me,” she said. About 11:30 … More Info
  • MO: Police seek suspect in bicycle bank robbery
    11.20.14- Columbia Missourian- Police were dispatched to an alarm at 1:13 p.m. Officers on scene confirmed the alarm was a bank robbery. A man had entered the … More Info
  • NC: Man busted during break-in
    11.20.14 – StarNewsOnline.com- At 4:08 a.m., police responded to an alarm at City Insurance of Wilmington. When police arrived, they found Quashann Shuford hiding behind a desk and … More Info
  • NC: WPD: Police catch man hiding inside insurance office with heroin
    11.20.14- WWAY NewsChannel 3- Wilmington, NC – Police arrested a man they say was caught hiding behind a desk inside an insurance office after an alarm alerted officers of a … More Info
  • NY: NYPD shrink will be charged in shooting of husband: source
    11.20.14 -New York Daily News- According to Kenneth Dearden’s suit, cops found no evidence of an intruder in the house and the burglar alarm had been deactivated shortly before the shooting … More Info
  • NY: Police shrink charged with shooting husband in love triangle
    11.21.14 – New York Post- But cops who responded to Kenneth’s 911 call “seemed skeptical” because there were no signs of forced entry, the home’s burglar alarm wasn’t tripped and the … More Info
  • OH: Alarm set off by construction workers: Medina Police Blotter
    11.17.14 -Sun News – cleveland.com- Alarm, N. Court Street: Police responded to an alarm call at 11:09 p.m. Nov. 14. The alarm had been accidentally set off by construction workers … More Info
  • OK: Deputies snare Tulsa fugitive wanted for break-ins, robbery
    11.21.14 – Tahlequah Daily Press- Later, McCoy drove to another home, threw a chair at the side door and triggered the alarm. He allegedly then went to a back door, where he was confronted by … More Info
  • OK: Hungry Oklahoma City burglar eats Hawaiian rolls, runs away
    11.19.14 -KOCO Oklahoma City- He was only in the home for about 30 seconds before an alarm went off. … ate some King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls off the kitchen table before tripping the alarm. More Info
  • OK: Suspect jailed in attempted break-in; intruder in another case at-large
    11.19.14 -Shawnee News Star- After that incident, police provided some tips for area residents, such as keeping doors and windows locked and to use home alarm systems if they have them. More Info
  • OR: 911 calls reveal details of stabbing of Ore. college student
    11.18.14 -KBOI-TV- “Got a silent hold up alarm at 7-Eleven. Got an employee on the phone now saying that a male was inside attempting to buy alcohol. A Hispanic male came in … More Info
  • OR: Four Wilsonville area juveniles caught burglarizing school
    11.23.14 -Portland Tribune- 22, deputies responded to an alarm at the school. The response was in reaction to the activation of the alarm system and … More Info
  • OR: Police: Burglars target 2 Gresham schools
    11.17.14 -KOIN.com- Deputy district attorney Todd T. Jackson wrote in a court affidavit that officers responded to HB Lee Middle School on Oct. 13, 2014 on reports of a burglary alarm … More Info
  • PA: Door to Dover Twp. business shattered during burglary
    11.18.14 -The Patriot-News- Northern York County Regional police reported to a Dover Township building alarm Saturday night to find the business’s glass front door shattered. More Info
  • PA: Hatfield gun shop owner reacts to arrest of suspected burglar
    11.18.14 -Montgomery Newspapers- Though Rocco attempted to circumvent the store’s security system by using his skills as a former electrician, according to authorities, he set off an alarm when he … More Info
  • SC: Man robbed of cellphone at gunpoint
    11.22.14- The Times and Democrat-It started as an alarm call at a residence about 11 p.m. Thursday. When police arrived, a woman ran up to them saying she and a man were … More Info
  • TN: 2 Indicted Aryan Brothers Accused Of Stealing From Coldwater …
    11.21.14 – MyFox Memphis- The store owner says the alarm line was cut and the thieves crawled through duct-work to get into the shop. It was here the owner says Mask and the other man … More Info
  • TN: McKenzie police investigate bank burglary
    11.21.14 – WBBJ-TV- Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the bank and said a Ford Taurus was seen driving away from the area as officers arrived. They say the car had a … More Info
  • TN: Police: Burglar took Crown Royal from 3 liquor stores
    11.20.14- The Tennessean- On Monday officers responding to a burglary alarm found a similar scene and missing whiskey at a Murfreesboro Pike liquor store. The third burglary was … More Info
  • TN: Thief gains entry through the wall
    11.19.14 -Shelbyville Times-Gazette- A thief used a hole in a wall to steal $65 worth of cigarettes from a Shelbyville market Tuesday morning. Shelbyville officers responded to an alarm call at Hopps … More Info
  • TX: Attorney detained in false-alarm bank robbery sues Houston Police …
    11.21.14 -KTRK-TV- Two Houston police officers responded to an alarm inside the Chase Bank. Outside, they found Spurling, who is black. He had stopped … More Info
  • TX: Local Restaurant Broken Into 4 Times
    11.22.14- KRIS Corpus Christi News- “He hears the alarm and he continues to do what he is doing. So it doesn’t scare him? It doesn’t scare him, he knows he has gotten away and continues to get … More Info
  • TX: Lots of damage, but crooks fail to get store’s ATM
    11.19.14 -KHOU- Around 3:30 a.m. an alarm went off at the store, and police arrived to find the suspect or suspects already gone. Officers said it appeared someone backed a … More Info
  • TX: LPD: Suspect robs Whataburger at gunpoint
    11.19.14 -KCBD-TV- Police say just before 1 a.m. they responded to a silent panic alarm from the Whataburger. Police say a man walked into the … More Info
  • TX: NE Houston convenience store damaged in attempted smash-and ...
    11.19.14 -KPRC Houston- Police responded to an alarm at the Snap Groceries convenience store around 3 a.m. and found damage to the front of the store. More Info
  • TX: New surveillance image released in Whataburger robbery
    11.21.14 -KTRE- Police responded to the restaurant just before 1:00 a.m. to a silent panic alarm. They say the man walked into the restaurant and started yelling at the cashier to … More Info
  • TX: PD: Thieves behind at least 8 home break-ins in Bellaire
    11.19.14 -KPRC Houston- They heard the alarm, they saw the car parked in the driveway and thought it was the homeowner was at home turning their … More Info
  • TX: Police chase teens accused of school break-in
    11.23.14 -mySanAntonio.com- The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to an alarm from Boones Ferry Primary School Friday evening and spotted four teens leaving. More Info
  • TX: Sheriff’s Report
    11.20.14 -Lexington Leader- An alarm was activated on CR 402. Constable Kothmann was notified and responded. Captain Crockett and Chief Deputy Lapham took a report on CR 125 after … More Info
  • TX: Thief cuts hole in window, sneaks into woman’s apartment
    11.20.14 – KPRC Houston- Anna says her alarm didn’t go off when he cut her window with a knife. Even though she has motion detectors. My alarm was … More Info
  • TX: Two men admit to two armed robberies
    11.21.14 -Tyler Morning Telegraph- About an hour later, Smith said deputies received an alarm call indicating that a business had been burglarized. More Info
  • WA: Brazen thief smashes window, makes off with expensive gadgets
    11.23.14 – KOMO News- When an Alarm company gets a call, they first attempt to call inside the business. If no answer, they may call the police next but most frequently will call the alarm … More Info
  • WI: La Crosse American Legion burglarized overnight
    11.22.14- WEAU- They say the glass door was smashed and the alarm and security system were disarmed. The business was then ransacked, causing extensive damage. More Info
  • WI: MPD: home alarm likely scared would-be burglar away
    11.21.14 – WKOW- Madison (WKOW) — Madison police were called to a home alarm … burglar kicked in the back door of a home and was scared away by the alarm. More Info
  • WV: Man arrested after trying to break into Weirton Gabriel’s
    11.19.14 – WTOV Steubenville- Police say Clevenger made entry into the front set of doors and started making entry into the second set of doors when the alarm was set off. When Weirton … More Info
  • WV: Suspect Tips Police by Setting Off Alarm in Attempted Robbery
    11.19.14 – WTRF- Weirton – Police arrested one man early Wednesday morning for attempting to rob a Weirton business after he set off the alarm trying to make it past a second … More Info


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