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November 9, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Police looking for man accused of targeting residents with alarm …
    2.15 – Deseret News – Unified police want to question Larry Warren Outcalt, 33, in regard to a recent incident in which an 87-year-old woman paid $4,800 to have an alarm system … More Info
  • ADT or not? Deceptive alarm sales target homes
    4.15 – ABC2 News – Many of us buy a home alarm to give our families a little bit of security. But an alarming deception is targeting hard working homeowners, who are just trying to … More Info
  • Alarm raised with police on cold callers
    5.15 – Spalding Guardian – Lincolnshire police have been alerted by a concerned resident that an alarm company are “cold calling” residents, trying to sell them intruder alarm systems. More Info
  • Alarm company signs can attract scammers: What to do
    6.15 – Fox17 – Homeowners who have spent their hard-earned money on an alarm system are now finding themselves targets. Many of us buy a home alarm to give our … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AR: False alarms put strain on emergency services
    8.15 – KATV – Just in Little Rock alone this year, more than 17,000 calls for police ended up being false alarms – more than 3,000 were false alarm calls for the Little Rock Fire … More Info
  • KS: Harvey County Commission approves increase of alarm fees
    6.15 – KAKE – Harvey County, Kan.- The Harvey County residents who have alarm systems monitored by Harvey County’s Communications Center will soon … More Info
  • KS: Kansas Community to Begin False Alarm Fine Program
    5.15 – Security Sales – Officials in Salina, Kansas, say the city’s police department responded to more than 11,000 alarm calls, for both homes and businesses, from 2009 to 2013. More Info
  • MD: Prince George joins list of other localities requiring registration of …
    6.15 – WWBT NBC12 News – Police in Prince George are asking residents and businesses to register their alarms or expect to pay a fee. The county must now have contact information on file … More Info
  • OK: Broken Arrow Vision 2025 vote could lead to many road …
    7.15 – kjrh.com – “Like my alarm system went off one night,” he said. “It took the officer like 23 minutes to get here and they ain’t [sic] supposed to take that long.” Election day in … More Info

Industry News

  • Next-Gen Lowe’s Iris Now in Stores; Free Home Automation Hub with Trade-In
    2.15 – CE Pro – Built by Centralite, next-gen Lowe’s Iris home automation hub is free for existing Iris owners. SHaaS (smart home as a service) provided by Lowe’s itself, not Zonoff or other platform developer. More Info
  • Surveillance cameras turned into zombie computers, says Imperva
    28.15 – SIW- Surveillance cameras leveraged to carry out denial-of-service attack… More Info
  • New system could warn of fires outside the house
    2.15 – WTOP – “It’s basically a wire that heats up and sends an electronic signal that would be connected to your home smoke alarm system or an independent alarm.” More Info
  • ASAP Network widens with addition of CMS
    2.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – ASAP utilizes ANSI standard protocols developed cooperatively by the Association of Public Communications Officials (APCO) and the Central Station Alarm … More Info
  • Smoke Solutions Releases SmokeCloak EASY Security Fog System …
    4.15 – Security Sales – … EASY Security Fog System for Access Control. After alarm activation, SmokeCloak DNA fills the area with thick and disorienting fog to hold off intruders. More Info
  • Home alarm in Arcadian Shores has been going off since Saturday
    6.15 – WMBF – Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) – An alarm that just won’t quit has been going off in the Arcadian Shores neighborhood for five days, and while emergency … More Info
  • Is NSCA’s Technical Assessment Tool a Magic Bullet for Hiring?
    3.15 –CI – A big challenge for companies looking to hire employees to fill technical positions is figuring out if candidates’ technical background and proficiencies will allow them to excel in their roles. More Info
  • Security Flaws Found in Google Chromecast, Home Security …
    8.15 – Softpedia News – Researchers found out that by using a very powerful magnet, attackers could open doors and windows without triggering the alarm. Additionally, since the … More Info

State & National News

  • Safety/security in buildings are higher priority than “going green”
    29.15 – SIW- Honeywell survey focuses on smart buildings… More Info
  • OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2015 Announced at NSC Expo
    2.15 – OHS – During day two of the 2015 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA’s top ten most-cited safety violations for FY2015 were announced. Unsurprisingly, fall protection was number one. More Info
  • Election roundup: Big night for Republicans
    3.15 – Associated Press – In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states elected governors and legislators, some cities selected mayors, and a variety of major issues were being settled at the ballot box. More Info
  • What is 5G and why should lawmakers care?
    26.15- Washington Post – The Washington Post …. Even so, millimeter wave spectrum and 5G protocols will … In a post announcing the 5G rulemaking, Chairman Tom Wheeler … an auction now rescheduled for early next year for 600 MHz spectrum, … More Info
  • S. economy added 271,000 jobs in October, unemployment rate at 5%
    11.6.15 – The New York Times – The American economy added 271,000 jobs in October, the government reported Friday, a very strong showing that makes an interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve much more likely when policy makers meet next month. More Info
  • What New Technologies You Should Be Using, According to Forbes
    23.15 – Forbes magazine unveils its picks for new technologies on the rise. Which ones do you think have brightest future? More Info

Business Tips

  • Business War Chest: Public Speaking
    4.15 – Open Forum – Our small business expert gives us tips to become a better public speaker. More Info
  • 9 Things Managers Do That Make Good Employees Quit
    9.15 – Entrepreneur – It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about—few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door. More Info
  • Become a Productivity Monster by Eliminating These 5 Time-Wasting Habits
    5.15 – Entrepreneur – Not every entrepreneur can put in 18-hour days, so it’s important to maximize the time you do have allocated for business… More Info
  • 4 Things Employees Do at the Office When You’re Paying Them to Work
    5.15 – Entrepreneur – People check Facebook once in awhile and need to make their kid’s dentist appointment during office hours. Until you can hire robots, deal with it. More Info
  • Why Are Millennials Crying Out for Unified Communication?
    5.15 – CI – The younger generation now represents a majority of the U.S. workforce and is rendering unified communications and collaboration absolutely essential to modern businesses. More Info

Fire News

  • IL: Gold Coast hotel evacuated after smoke sets off alarm
    8.15 – Chicago Tribune – A Gold Coast hotel was evacuated Saturday night after smoke coming from a freight elevator shaft set off a fire alarm, Chicago fire officials said. Fire crews … More Info
  • MA: Smoke Machine Mishap, Suspicious Truck, Driver Passes Sobriety …
    2.15 – Patch.com – 10:01 p.m. A smoke machine at the Concord Free Library set off a fire alarm. Sat., Oct. 31. 7:57 a.m. A resident of Concord Commons called police about a … More Info
  • MA: TSA: Checked bag catches fire on a conveyor belt
    7.15 – wwlp.com – 40 Pounds of Marijuana: While resolving an alarm on a checked bag, TSA officers discovered 40 pounds of marijuana at Phoenix (PHX). While we are looking … More Info
  • MA: Westford man accused of pulling alarm at Chelmsford American …
    4.15 – Lowell Sun – Lowell – A 24-year-old Westford man is facing a criminal charge after Chelmsford police say he triggered a false alarm at the American Legion. Last week in … More Info
  • MI: Hispanic grocery store sustains $15K in damages after overnight fire
    4.15 – MLive.com – Fire crews responded to Supermercado Mexico around 1:30 a.m. after police investigated an intrusion alarm and arrived to find smoke … More Info
  • ND: Man facing charges in Hardee’s fire
    2.15 – Bismarck Tribune – The restaurant had closed late Saturday night and the last employees reportedly left the building more than two hours before the alarm sounded. The North … More Info
  • PA: Cooking sparks automatic alarm in Lebanon
    8.15 – Lebanon Daily News – Cooking sparked an automatic alarm Saturday morning at a personal-care home. There were no injuries. Firefighters cleared the building of a … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar nabbed after caught on home security camera
    4.15 – AL.com – Once inside, the homeowner’s alarm system activated and sounded, so the suspect fled without taking anything. That security system, Christian said, snapped … More Info
  • AR: Business’s alarm leads police to wanted man
    2.15 – WMC Action News 5 – Officer responded to Entergy around 12:58 a.m. Sunday in reference to an active burglary alarm. When they arrived, officers noticed a Buick … More Info
  • CA: Four arrested for breaking into illegal marijuana dispensary in …
    7.15 –OCRegister – Shortly after, an alarm company called police to say a burglary alarm had gone off at the same place. “When officers arrived, they saw people fleeing in multiple … More Info
  • CA: Venice Man, 47, Arrested Shortly After Breaking Into Santa Monica …
    5.15 – Santa Monica Mirror – A motion sensor in the garage had triggered the alarm and when the male victim went to the garage to investigate he had noticed that the garage window screen … More Info
  • CO: Thief broke cases to steal firearms from GJ museum
    3.15 – Grand Junction Daily Sentinel – Booth said the museum’s alarm security system worked well, immediately alerting police who were on the scene quickly. The Grand Junction Police Department … More Info
  • CT: 2 arrested in Cider Mill break-in
    8.15 – Norwalk Reflector – The sheriff’s office received the report of an alarm activation at 1:51 a.m. and sent deputies to the scene. Based on surveillance footage, deputies determined … More Info
  • CT: Hartford Police Seek Bank Robbery Suspect
    8.15 – NBC Connecticut – Police say they responded to a hold up alarm at the People’s United Bank located at 290 Franklin Avenue around 11:15 a.m. Employees reported that the … More Info
  • CT: Soft Lockdown at Rocky Hill School After Bank Robbery
    4.15 – Patch.com – Police said they responded to the bank, at 10:32 a.m. after someone activated a panic alarm after the man handed a teller a note that … More Info
  • FL: Attempted burglary reported at Bradenton BP gas station
    8.15 – Bradenton Herald – W. but was unable to breach glass door. Police responding to an alarm call discovered the attempted burglary. No suspects were located, and the investigation … More Info
  • FL: Burglars break into Hialeah Sprint store through ceiling
    6.15 – 7Online WSVN-TV – However, the motion sensor alarm system immediately went off, forcing all of them to flee the scene before police could arrive. The store had been previously … More Info
  • FL: Manatee sheriff: Man caught in progress of burglary from Palmetto …
    3.15 – Bradenton Herald – Ronnie E. Stotz, 35, set off a business alarm while burglaring the Sea Hut at 1:46 a.m., according to a release. Deputies arrived on … More Info
  • GA: Police investigating pawn shop burglary
    5.15 – McDuffie Progress – A Thomson Police officer responded to a 5:43 a.m. alarm at The Pawn Shoppe to discover that the fence had been cut to gain entry to the … More Info
  • IL: Bank robbery suspect held without bail
    3.15 – Chicago Tribune – The manager walked to the back office and activated the alarm and also alerted a bank security officer who called 911. When Chicago Police officers got to the … More Info
  • LA: Man hides in McDonald’s, makes milkshake
    7.15 -KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 – After an alarm at 2:30 Friday morning, police say it appears Metcalfe hid out until after closing hours then emerged when the staff had gone home. “Mr. Metcalfe … More Info
  • LA: Old Metairie burglary case cracked, paintings found, Joe Vitt’s …
    6.15 – NOLA.com – They would have to exit a neighborhood immediately after tripping an alarm,” Normand said. . . . . . . . . Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jacob … More Info
  • MA: Brockton Police cruiser vandalized at high school with graffiti
    3.15 – Wicked Local – A Brockton Police officer was called to the high school for an alarm Sunday about 9:30 a.m. when the officer noticed that a cruiser parked next to the school had … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Holdup alarms sound at banks
    7.15 – Gloucester Daily Times – The call came less than an hour after a “burglar” — or break-in — alarm had also come from the TD Bank branch on Friday at 11:27 a.m.. More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Man sought, accused of stealing pills
    3.15 – Gloucester Daily Times – 8:45 a.m.:A burglar alarm sounded at the University of Massachusetts marine sciences station. Officers found the facility … More Info
  • MI: 50 cartons of cigarettes stolen and other Taylor police reports
    6.15 – Southgate News Herald – Police responding to an alarm at about 4:45 a.m. Oct. 24 found a metal door and gate had been damaged. A window was smashed and a blu ray player stolen … More Info
  • MI: Scrap burglary: Police & Fire
    2.15 – Battle Creek Enquirer – Officers responded to an alarm at 1:52 a.m. Sunday and began checking outside a fence that surrounds the scrap yard. As officers walked along the north side … More Info
  • MI: Three charged in connection to cooking meth in Antrim County
    6.15 – UpNorthLive.com – Deputies responded to the home after a home alarm went off. Deputies say when they arrived on scene, they found the three men working on … More Info
  • NC: Deer breaks-in to Salisbury school
    7.15 – WCNC- Salisbury Police were called to Isenberg Elementary School just before 2 a.m. Friday after an alarm was tripped on the campus. When officers arrived, they … More Info
  • NV: Laughlin principal reacts to thieves caught on camera stealing …
    7.15 – KTNV Las Vegas – A whole 45 minutes went by before Laughlin police responded to the burglary alarm in the early morning hours of November 3. Surveillance video showed the … More Info
  • NY: Man Arrested for Burglary in Progress
    7.15 -Hudson Valley News Network – arrest-graphic The City of Poughkeepsie Police said they received a call from an alarm company reporting an alarm activation at Family Dollar on … More Info
  • NY: Suspect caught on video, charged with burglary
    8.15 – Poughkeepsie Journal – Officers Friday morning around 4 a.m. were responding to Family Dollar, after they were alerted to an alarm activation, police said. While on their … More Info
  • OH: Alarm drops interrupt an otherwise quiet week in the Valley: Hunting …
    7.15 – cleveland.com – False alarms, various locations: Police determined that an alarm drop at a home on County Line Road late in the morning on Oct. 29 was set off by a worker from … More Info
  • PA: Allentown police stop alleged burglary in progress
    7.15 -Allentown Morning Call – Police said they were notified by alarm of a burglary in progress at the Reyes Deli at 12:16 a.m. and when officers arrived they found the glass … More Info
  • PA: Allentown police stop burglary in progress
    6.15 – Allentown Morning Call – Police said they were notified by alarm of a burglary in progress at the Reyes Deli at 12:16 a.m. and when officers arrived they found the glass … More Info
  • PA: Pen Argyl man charged with borough hall break-in seeks ARD
    7.15 -Allentown Morning Call – Police said Feller fled after he triggered an alarm while entering the borough’s former police headquarters, which have been shuttered since Pen Argyl joined … More Info
  • PA: Wilkes-Barre man allegedly breaks into residence, surrenders after …
    3.15 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – Police say that Meier activated the residence’s burglar alarm upon his alleged forced entry into the residence. Meier was then arrested and transported to police … More Info
  • SC: Police: Florence Speedway robbed at knifepoint
    6.15 – WAVE 3 – Officers responded to a hold-up alarm at 3:23 a.m., according to Boone County emergency communication reports. When they arrived, they concluded a suspect … More Info
  • TX: Conroe convenience store clerk shot during armed robbery
    6.15 – KTRK-TV – Detectives say the clerk managed to press an alarm button, and that’s when the robbers started shooting. According to investigators, the clerk was shot once in … More Info
  • TX: Lufkin business owner, city councilman offering rewards after …
    2.15 – KSLA-TV – “The night it happened and my alarm went off, we didn’t notice anything. it was the next day we discovered the person broke a second floor window but never got … More Info
  • TX: Police search for suspect in weekend ATM crime
    2.15 – Palestine Herald Press – On Oct. 31, at 5:48 a.m., police officers responded to Prosperity Bank in reference to a bank ATM alarm. Arriving within minutes … More Info
  • TX: Store employees chase off robbers with broom
    5.15 – Huntsville Item – According to police reports, officers with the Huntsville Police Department were dispatched to an alarm at the Stop-N-Stop  … More Info
  • VA: Charlottesville police charge man with breaking and entering …
    2.15 – The Daily Progress – At about 4:50 a.m. Friday, authorities responded to the Joy Food Store after an alarm activated. The first officer on the scene … More Info
  • VA: Man Charged with Breaking into Building on East High St.
    2.15 – NBC 29 News – … wall to gain entry to the business. The alarm activation coupled with a quick response from our officers prevented him from taking any items from the business. More Info
  • WA: Police search for serial home burglary suspect in Tacoma
    4.15 – Tacoma Weekly – The couple was vacationing in Oregon when their alarm company notified them of a break-in. Surveillance video showed Leair running from their house with a … More Info
  • WI: Vodka burglars smash window, make off with liquor worth hundreds …
    4.15 – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3 – Madison police said officers responded to a burglar alarm at Harley’s Liquor and Bait at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday. Police found the front … More Info

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