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November 25, 2013

 Association Events

  •  12.6.13 – NTAA Christmas Party – December 6th, 6-10pm REGISTER
  • 12.10.13 – ASSIST & HGCAA Combined Christmas Party– Tuesday December 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST- Salt Grass Steakhouse- 1803 Shephard Dr – Houston, TX 77007 Get more information

Door to Door Sales

  • AL: Macon County sheriff’s investigator indicted
    11.23.13 – Montgomery Advertiser – The indictment contends that on July 4, 2013, the victim was going door-to-door in McCray’s neighborhood attempting to sell alarm systems. McCray unlawfully … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: PV council likely to adopt false-alarm ordinance, annex 135 acres in …
    11.20.13 – Prescott Daily Courier – Prescott Valley – The Town Council is poised Thursday to adopt an ordinance cracking down on false alarms, and add 135 acres within the Prescott … More Info
  • CT: Police: Please Register Your Home Alarm System
    11.20.13 – Patch.com – Police continue to urge Trumbull residents to register their home alarm systems … Failure to register means a penalty of $100 and $50 for every false alarm after … More Info
  • GA: Butts County commissioners table alarm ordinance
    11.19.13 – jacksonprogress-argus – An ordinance aimed at curbing the number of false alarms that fire and law enforcement personnel respond to stalled Monday before the Butts County Board of … More Info
  • IL: Algonquin to take over fire alarm monitoring system ownership
    11.21.13 – Northwest Herald – Algonquin – Businesses that pay $80 a month to have wireless fire alarm monitoring through the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District are set to have the service managed by the village. More Info
  • NC: False Alarm Ordinance
    11.24.13 – WLOS – The Henderson County Sheriff’s Dept. says they responded to over 2,000 false business and home alarm calls last year. They expect that number to increase … More Info

Industry News

  • Still have a landline phone? Proposed Michigan legislation could …
    11.18.13 – Detroit Free Press – His 21-year-old disabled son doesn’t have the fine motor skills to use a cell phone, and his security alarm is wired to his landline. So he said he’s a bit alarmed … More Info
  • Brief-ADT files second lawsuit against Vision Security on sales …
    11.18.13 – Reuters – deceptive sales pitches, and obtain further damages, attorney fees * Says lawsuit alleges “Vision has been training its sales force to sell alarm. systems by … More Info
  • AZ: 3OYS: Customer says home security system not so secure
    11.19.13 – KTVK 3TV – Phoenix – Veronica Johnson had an alarm system for more than three years. And whether she was home or not home, she always kept it turned on, because it made her feel safe. And that’s why she paid almost $30 a month to have the system. But little did she know that part of the system was actually never even hooked up. In October, Veronica said burglars kicked in the glass and entered her home … More Info
  • 9 investigates why burglars target certain homes
    11.21.13 – WSOC-TV Charlotte  – With the holidays right around the corner, many families are planning to go away and leave their homes unattended, increasing the opportunities for burglars. Fontavius Hardin and his mother, Kim, invited Channel 9 into their home a month after police said someone uninvited broke in through the window and stole games and expensive shoes. “He didn’t just take my shoes, he took my trust in people …More Info
  • Richmond fixes bad connection with local alarm companies
    11.21.13 – GCN.com – Many people don’t realize this, but because many alarm and contract security companies aren’t located in the same jurisdiction as the businesses and homes … More Info
  • CE Pro Announces Top 5 Home Tech Opportunities for 2014
    11.20.13 – Appearing in the January (CES 2014) issue of CE Pro, these five products, services and technologies will present big opportunities for manufacturers, dealers and consumers alike. More Info
  • Are You Up to Code?
    11.21.13 – CEPro – NEC codes for fire-rated speaker boxes are now being enforced in single-family residences, not just multidwelling units (MDU) and garages. More Info

Legislative News

Full Text Brief Description and Current Status History



An Act establishing a one-year moratorium on the replacement of copper-based landline telephone service with non-copper-based landline or wireless telephone service. Establishes one-year moratorium on replacement of copper-based landline telephone service with non-copper-based landline or wireless telephone service; requires BPU to report to Governor and Legislature. Companion bill: S2988.
Status: 11/18/2013 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee

State Trends

None this week

National News

  • Leak spurs talk of carbon monoxide monitors in schools
    11.19.13 – AP – NCSL research cited by Associated Press – A gas leak at a Utah elementary school that sickened more than 40 people has prompted concerns about the fact that the state is among many that don’t require schools to install carbon monoxide monitors. Check out NCSL’s research on this topic. More Info
  • IRS to Allow $500 Rollover in FSAs
    11.20.13 – NSBA – The IRS recently announced they will allow employers the option of enabling employees to rollover up to $500 of unused health FSA funds starting as early as 2013 for certain employers. More Info

Business Tips

  • Job Candidates Must Be a Good Fit for the Culture
    11.14.13 – Baseline – Twenty-three percent of employers will dismiss a candidate who’s not a good fit for the company culture, and 65 percent of workers who search for jobs with mobile devices will leave a site if it’s not mobile-optimized. More Info
  • The Right (and Wrong) Way to Praise Employees
    11.18.13 – Austin American Statesman – Your intentions are good, but the way you’re currently going about praising your team could be doing more harm than good. The road to hell, we all know, is paved with good intentions. Take praise, for example. You have every desire to be an amazing boss who appreciates her employees. So you lavish on the praise whenever they perform well. What could possibly be wrong with that? A couple of.. More Info
  • Make meetings matter with the right tools
    11.12.13 – PCWorld – ‎Nov 12, 2013 – With these smartpens, apps, audio recorders, and transcription services, you’ll always leave the conference room with the essential info. More Info
  • What People Fear Most About Technology
    111.19.13 – Baseline – Twenty-two percent of Americans surveyed fear having their email hacked, 19 percent worry about losing computer data and 15 percent fear losing their mobile phone contacts. More Info

Fire News

  • NH: Kitchen fire evacuates Hudson Burger King Saturday
    11.18.13 – Nashua Telegraph – Crews from Central and Burns Hill stations were summoned to the restaurant by its alarm system shortly after 4:30 p.m., and upon arrival found employees and … More Info
  • OH: Warren Fire Chief warns of smoke alarm scam
    11.21.13 – WFMJ Youngstown – Girard, Ohio – Class ended early on Wednesday for students at Girard High School. More Info
  • PA: Residents OK after nursing home smoke scare
    11.21.13 – Standard Speaker – No one was injured, and firefighters were ventilating smoke at 1 p.m., about 30 minutes after the alarm sounded, Kostician said. He said smoke reached the first …More Info
  • VA: Cat Dies in Fire at Mount Vernon Home; Two Adults and a Baby …
    11.18.13 – Patch.com – An audible smoke alarm alerted those inside the home to the fire and they were able to get out in time. Two adults and an infant were displaced from the home … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Police respond to burglary at business
    11.23.13 – WAFF 48 News Huntsville – Huntsville police responded to a burglary at Cell Tech late Friday night. More Info
  • AZ: Police: Would-be burglar trapped in Kingman store
    11.20.13 – KTVK 3TV Phoenix – Kingman, Ariz. (AP) — Kingman police say a young man is facing felony charges after finding himself trapped in a store he allegedly tried to burglarize. The Kingman Daily Miner reports that officers responding to a burglar alarm early Sunday morning found William Henderson, 19, inside the convenience store. According to police, Henderson was smoking a cigarette in a walk-in cooler when … More Info
  • CA: 3 Residential Burglaries, 2 Attempts in Manhattan Beach
    11.23.13 – Patch.com – A suspect pried open a window, triggering the alarm when trying to enter the home. No entry was made, according to the report. The other attempted break-in … More Info
  • CA: Bishop Police arrest suspects in burglary
    11.18.13 – Sierra Wave – … Bishop Police Department was requested by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department to respond to a report of burglary alarm; Rite Aid. More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspects arrested after wild police chase
    11.23.13 – Channel 8 San Diego – Three burglary suspects are behind bars Saturday following a wild police chase that stretched from Scripps Ranch to Mira Mesa. More Info
  • CA: Chico suspect linked to copper thefts arrested
    11.18.13 – Enterprise-Record – The back panel of the air conditioning unit that sent off the alarm at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday had been tampered with when Rouland arrived on scene, and … More Info
  • CA: Search on for Mission Valley burglar
    11.20.13 – KGTV San Diego – A search is underway Wednesday for the suspect in a Mission Valley salon and spa break-in and the owner is hoping new technology will help police find the culprit. More Info
  • CA: Serial burglar hits Northeast Fresno businesses
    11.21.13 – ABC30.com – When the alarm sounded he then kicked his way through the front door, leaving the owners with a mess to clean up and pay for. Belchers said, “We’re out the … More Info
  • CA: Suspect nabbed after break-in at Vacaville business
    11.19.13 – The Vacaville Reporter – Police arrested a Vacaville man suspected of breaking into a local business Sunday night and escaping with nearly $2,000, officials reported Monday. More Info
  • CA: Wine not target in tasting room break-ins
    11.23.13 – KTVU – Investigators say someone has been breaking into tasting rooms in Sonoma County, but they’re not stealing any wine. Since September there have been eight break-ins at wineries along Dry Valley Creek in Sonoma County, including Pedroncelli’s The Sonoma County sheriff’s department is investigating the break-ins. “They tried to jimmy through here and as you see it’s kind of broken up. But it was … More Info
  • CO: Police: Suspects Caught On Camera
    11.20.13 – KKTV 11 News – “The arresting officer told me that what had happened is he was right around here when the alarm went off,” Cold Stone Creamery owner Steven Rago said. More Info
  • CO: Thieves Disable Security System Before Breaking Into Denver Home
    11.21.13 – CBS – Police say the thieves flipped a circuit breaker on the home’s electrical panel, which shut down the alarm system. “That scared me a bit because that means that … More Info
  • FL: Brazen thieves steal 300000 cans of Red Bull from Medley warehouse
    11.23.13 – MiamiHerald.com – Once the thieves were inside, the alarm wires were ripped out, which prevented … An alarm company representative also responded to the scene and told police … More Info
  • FL: Burglars cut hole in Melbourne mall roof, rob jewelry store
    11.23.13 – Florida Today – Though an alarm sounded at about 5 a.m. and police responded to the mall, the burglary wasn’t detected. While on scene, officers were not able to see the hole … More Info
  • FL: Police ID man who fell through ceiling of luxury Hollywood hotel
    11.18.13 – Sun-Sentinel – Medina said the first emergency call may have been about a fire alarm and the activation of the sprinkler system at the hotel. Sunday afternoon, the atrium was … More Info
  • FL: Police say ATM stolen
    11.21.13 – FOX 35 Orlando – Orlando Police responded to a bank alarm after an ATM machine was stolen around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. More Info
  • FL: Two cellphone stores burglarized in Pembroke Pines
    11.18.13 – Sun-Sentinel – The first incident, at a Sprint store, happened around 2:53 a.m., when police were summoned by a store alarm, Pembroke Pines Police … More Info
  • GA: Man Gets 10 Years in Woodstock Bank Robbery
    11.23.13 – Patch.com – Officers with the Woodstock Police Department at around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 30 responded to what’s known as a hold-up alarm call at the bank. More Info
  • ID: Joke’s on ATM thief: Only $30 inside!
    11.20.13 – KBOI-TV – Boise Police says officers received an alarm from the Idaho Central Credit Union at 1:55 a.m. Officers say someone had … More Info
  • ID: Who stole ATM at Boise car wash?
    11.19.13 – KBOI-TV Boise – Boise Police says officers received an alarm from the Idaho Central Credit Union at 1:55 a.m… More Info
  • IL: Rockford police arrest rooftop burglars
    11.19.13 – Rockford Register Star – Rockford – Rockford police have arrested two people they say broke into an Auburn Street clothing store from atop its roof. Police officers were dispatched to Sports Plus at 4:45 a.m. today for an intrusion alarm. Officers found the building secure, but saw evidence of a break-in to the building from the roof, police said in a news release. A hole was clearly visible with … More Info
  • IN: CVS suspect dies after being shot by police
    11.19.13 – The Indianapolis Star – A drugstore robbery suspect shot by police Nov. 9 has died from his injuries. More Info
  • MA: Essex Police/Fire: Alarm draws response; no burglars found
    11.20.13 – Gloucester Daily Times – ESSEX — At least one town homeowner knows his burglar alarm alerts police as it should. Officers responded to an alarm at 6:49 a.m. Tuesday on Belcher Street. With the owner, they checked the premises and found no sign of a break-in. The officers ret… More Info
  • MI: Man tells police house broken into twice in same weekend
    11.21.13 – The Flint Journal – MLive.com – … the furnace and the water heater were stolen. Also taken were a blender, crock pot and alarm system. The home also was ransacked. There were no suspects. More Info
  • MI: Pain drugs missing after pharmacy break-in
    11.21.13 – Huron Daily Tribune – According to the sheriff’s office, on Tuesday at around 10:38 p.m., dispatch received a call from Thumb Alarm indicating a fire alarm was going off at the … More Info
  • MN: Mahtomedi man charged after 10 pounds marijuana found in home
    11.19.13 – Stillwater Gazette – A Mahtomedi man faces drug charges after 10 pounds of marijuana was found at his home. Washington County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to an address after a report of a residential alarm sounding. The home was later identified as belonging to Dustin Anthony Wittern. Court documents state that when deputies arrived, they noticed that a […] The post Mahtomedi man charged after 10 pounds … More Info
  • MN: Man arrested in Mountain Iron burglary
    11.23.13 – Mesabi Daily News – Officers responding to the K&B Drive-In in response to a security alarm going off overnight found that entry had been made through a side door. Little was taken … More Info
  • MS: Police Seek Help To ID Family Dollar Burglary Suspect
    11.20.13 – WJTV Jackson – According to police, on Wednesday October 30, 2013, JPD officers responded to call about a business alarm. When police arrived they noticed the front door of the location broken. The business owner provided police with surveillance footage as evidence and is being used to identify the suspect.The suspect is a black male, approximately 6’1″, and weighing 180 … More Info
  • MT: Employee puts would-be robber in hospital; police looking for …
    11.24.13 – Helena Independent Record – Police responded to a robbery alarm at the Copper Club Casino around midnight to find an employee holding a suspect down in the parking lot, Helena Police … More Info
  • NC: Suspects sought in Winston-Salem jewelry store theft
    11.18.13 – myfox8.com – Police responded to Towne Jewelers around 4:37 a.m. to a glass break alarm. Surveillance video shows two suspects breaking into the … More Info
  • NE: Burglars take cash, potpourri from smoke shop
    Lincoln Journal Star – Officers responded to an alarm at Dirt Cheap at 3:48 a.m. and found the front door forced open, said Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs. More Info
  • NJ: Cops break up alleged robbery attempt
    11.19.13 – Daily Journal – Millville – Police stopped an attempted burglary at a Kates Boulevard store on Monday morning. More Info
  • NJ: Wall police investigate Colfax Pharmacy burglary
    11.20.13 – Asbury Park Press – Wall — Police responded to Colfax Pharmacy in the Colfax Plaza Monday to investigate alarm activation and found someone had gotten inside by shattering a front door window. More Info
  • NJ: Washington Township police investigating residential burglary
    11.19.13 – The Record – Authorities investigating a residential burglary that was reported on Friday afternoon in a condominium complex located in the Township of Washington. More Info
  • NY: Ogdensburg police have burglary suspect
    11.18.13 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – 12, police responded to an alarm call at Hosmer’s Marina. Entry was made by smashing the glass out of a door. Once inside, the alarm … More Info
  • OH: Two Toronto men arrested in break-ins
    11.19.13 – The Steubenville Herald-Star – Steubenville – Two Toronto men have been arrested on charges they broke into seven area businesses on Nov. 7. More Info
  • ON: Jewelry, cash stolen in two more break-ins targeting Ottawa’s Asian …
    11.23.13 – Ottawa Citizen – … but got away with a large but unspecified amount of cash and jewelry from one home, but appear to have been scared away from the second by an alarm. More Info
  • PA: Cops suspect same person robbed homes in Long Valley
    11.24.13 – Observer-Tribune – Washington TWP.—Police are searching for a burglar who may have struck at two different residences on Wednesday, Nov. 13, by kicking in doors. More Info
  • PA: Police Seek Public’s Help In IDing Multiple Robbery Suspect
    11.18.13 – MyFox Philadelphia – He was not able to access the cash register after the employee pressed the panic alarm. He then took three dollars from the employee, says police. At 8:09 p.m. … More Info
  • PA: Two charged in connection to Whitpain Tavern robbery
    11.18.13 – The Ambler Gazette – After nearly two weeks, two men have been charged in the Nov. 4 robbery of the Whitpain Tavern. More Info
  • TN: Burglars break through walls at Blountville businesses
    11.20.13 – Kingsport Times-News – Police are investigating a pair of burglaries in which entry was made by busting through block walls at adjacent Blountville business.Incident reports at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office say the burglaries occurred at Advance Auto Parts and Domino’s Pizza. Police were called to each business on Friday morning. An Advanced Auto Parts employee reported … More Info
  • TX: Fort Worth officer fatally shoots parolee
    Fort Worth Star Telegram – In May, 72-year-old homeowner Jerry Wayne Waller was killed by a Fort Worth officer, one of two who responded to a burglary alarm. More Info
  • UT: Police: Man tried to pry open back door of sandwich shop
    11.21.13 – KSL Salt Lake City – A man tried to break into a South Salt Lake sandwich store, but proved to be no match for the building’s back door. More Info
  • VA: Arrest Made in Business Burglary
    11.18.13 – Patch.com – 11 at 12:07 a.m., officers responded to the business when its security alarm was activated. They discovered a window at the front of the shop had been shattered … More Info
  • VT: Police: Man held remote to head, accused of causing a false alarm
    11.19.13 – The Burlington Free Press – A Burlington man is accused of disorderly conduct and making false alarms to public safety after a Friday evening standoff with police. More Info
  • VT: Police: Scare at Bradford school was false alarm
    11.21.13 – WCAX – Some tense moments at Bradford Elementary School Wednesday, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Police were called early Wednesday afternoon for a … More Info

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