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December 12, 2016

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Refund checks issued to alarm company victims
    12.9.16 – Augusta Free Press – In a Complaint filed with the settlement, Attorney General Herring’s Consumer Protection Section alleged that Trio Alarm, in connection with its door-to-door …More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • FL: New smoke alarms required
    12.9.16 – WEAR – This is the time of the year when we’re supposed to change the batteries in our smoke alarms. But what if the smoke alarm itself needs to be changed? More Info
  • OK: New ordinance requires smoke alarms in every Oklahoma City home
    12.8.16 – kfor.com – Oklahoma City – Homeowners in Oklahoma City now must have a working smoke alarm in their residence, according to a new city ordinance. The Oklahoma … More Info
  • OK: Smoke alarms required
    12.9.16 – NewsOK.com – The Oklahoma City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring every one- or two-family residence in the city to have a working smoke alarm. The new … More Info
  • TN: FOX13 Investigates: False burglary alarms in Memphis
    12.6.16 – FOX13 Memphis – “99 percent of those have been false, so that is 55,000 plus that have been false alarms, so that is 55-thousand plus times we traveled unnecessarily to a home … More Info
  • TN: Memphis looks to reform metro alarms
    12.6.16 – The Commercial Appeal – The city of Memphis is looking to reduce the number of false commercial and residential alarms next year, addressing a problem that costs the city millions of … More Info
  • TN: Solution to Memphis’ false alarm problem may be at hand
    12.9.16 – The Commercial Appeal – Reducing the number of false alarms on home security systems, which tie up police resources and cost taxpayers millions of dollars every year, is a fairly easy … More Info

Industry News

  • Global door phone market to witness steady growth through 2020, study finds
    12.1.16 – SIW – Research firm says increasing safety and security concerns responsible for driving market’s growth … More Info
  • The 30 Top Technology Innovations of 2016
    12.6.16 – SSI – A unique compilation of the year’s top electronic security industry products and solutions handpicked by SSI’s tech editors. More Info
  • 9 Predictions That Will Undoubtedly Impact Your Business by 2021
    12.8.16 – CI – As the industry transforms from a project-based to service-based revenue, integrators will need to focus on building relationships and developing RMR packages to stay successful five years… More Info
  • Talking smoke alarm recalled
    12.8.16 – Moose Jaw Times-Herald – Kidde has recalled the NightHawk talking smoke combo smoke/CO alarm KN-COSM-IBCA and KN-COSM-ICA models that were manufactured between June 1, … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Steinorth (A) | Personal income taxes: deductions: security fence: security alarm system: security surveillance system.
Status: 12 : From printer. May be heard in committee January 5.


State & National News

  • New NG911 mandate pushing modernization of emergency system for first responders
    12.6.16 – SIW – Emerging technology is providing the ability for municipalities to transition from out-of-date 911 systems to… More Info
  • OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Construction OSH Programs
    12.5.16 – OHS – OSHA on Dec. 1 issued new recommended practices to help construction industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe, with the agency saying the recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff. More Info
  • DOD to Start Testing Alternatives to Common Access Cards
    12.5.16 – SIA – The Defense Department plans to test a new approach to providing personnel with access to IT systems shortly after the Christmas holiday, as the Pentagon moves forward with a proposal to replace the Common Access Card within the next two years. More Info
  • Congress supports key security legislation
    12.7.16 – SSN – Washington – The House recently approved the Power and Security Systems Act, H.R. 6375, a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that removes the expiration date on the no-load exemption for security and life-safety products under current energy efficiency standards governing external power supplies. More Info
  • Legislation takes aim at silent killer: Carbon Monoxide
    12.5.16 – Nebraska City News Press – The Carbon Monoxide Safety Act (Legislative Bill 34) will require that carbon monoxide (CO) alarm devices be installed in all new and existing homes and … More Info
  • False sense of security: When security alarms fail
    12.6.16 – 12news.com – The initial version of this article on KSDK’s website did not report that the “security expert” quoted in the article was employed by a competitor of ADT. This fact is … More Info
  • Nearly eight million property crimes occurred around the country last …
    12.6.16 – MyWabashValley – “With DIY alarm systems, you don’t have to get monitoring. If you want to use it as an alarm to scare off a burglar when they come through your front door, you … More Info

Business Tips

  • 4 tips for digital leadership success
    11.28.16 – Tech Republic – Business leaders who embrace digital practices perform better in the marketplace and have more engaged employees, according to a new study from Oxford Economics and SAP. More Info
  • The Mistake Companies Make as They Look to Grow
    12.5.16 – CI – Small businesses’ growth strategies shouldn’t just focus on becoming bigger, they should also focus on being efficient, winning the loyalty of customers and tackling the right markets. More Info
  • Ugh! How to Reduce the Stress of Service Calls During the Holiday Season
    12.7.16 – CEPro – Client service issues are somehow more urgent and more stressful around the holidays. Here are three ways to simplify service calls and create a happier season for your clients, as well as for you. More Info
  • What Makes a Great Salesperson Tick
    12.9.16 – SSI – Here’s why the fact that great salespeople are money-motivated is a myth. More Info
  • Mistakes to Avoid with Client Contracts: Who Should Sign & Who …
    12.9.16 – CEPro – Integrators will not fare well in court enforcing change orders, service agreements or alarm monitoring contracts that are unsigned or signed by unauthorized … More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Student sought for pulling false fire alarm, panics disabled student
    12.5.16 – CSULA University Times – University authorities are looking for a male student who allegedly set off a false fire alarm in the Music building on Nov. 10 around 1:30 P.M., according to a … More Info
  • CO: Grand County police blotter, Dec. 2-5
    12.7.16 – Sky Hi Daily News – Possible CO in the home. 10:55 p.m. Dispatch received a call from a residence in Granby with a fire alarm going off. The home had a malfunctioning wood stove. More Info
  • GA: Claims of faulty alarms being investigated in Buckhead apartment fire
    12.6.16 – 11alive.com – he two-alarm fire broke out. Fire officials said the majority of the damage was … More Info
  • HI: Fire alarms minimize damage in Haiku blaze
    12.9.16 – Maui News – A tipped-over oil lamp apparently started a fire at a Haiku residence late Thursday afternoon, but the home’s fire alarm sounded and damage was limited to … More Info
  • MA: Carbon Monoxide Detector Prevents Deaths
    12.9.16 – CapeNews.net – Mashpee Fire Rescue responded to a single-family home early Wednesday evening, December 7, after a carbon monoxide detector alarm … More Info
  • MD: Unattended candle ruled cause of fire in Calvert County
    12.9.16 – Fox Baltimore – Fire officials say the smoke alarm was present, and did activate. No one was injured in the fire, officials noted. It happened at a two-story wood-framed house on … More Info
  • MN: Jordan Fire Calls
    12.5.16 – SW News Media – Firefighters responded to a fire alarm. Nov. 5. Firefighters responded to a medical. More Info
  • MS: Gulfport church fire suspect in custody, charged with arson
    12.10.16 – WLOX – According to Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstadt, crews arrived to find heavy smoke and a burglar alarm going off at the church. Firefighters were able to … More Info
  • OH: Pork Chop Argument Turns Into Arson Charge
    12.6.16 – WFMYNews2.com – While they were speaking with other witnesses, officers said the smoke alarm went off and heavy smoke started coming from the bathroom. When they got to the … More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    12.9.16 – The Oberlin Review – 6:42 p.m. An officer and Maintenance staff responded to a carbon monoxide detector alarm at Talcott Hall. The damper was not set to allow the proper amount of … More Info
  • OR: FD: Smoke alarm a life-saver in trailer fire east of Bend
    12.10.16 – KTVZ – A working smoke alarm made all the life-saving difference early Saturday for a woman who was awakened by one to a fire that destroyed her fifth-wheel trailer … More Info
  • TX: Operations at Love Field continue after fire alarm prompts brief …
    12.8.16 – Dallas News – Operations at Love Field are continuing after fire alarms prompted at least one brief evacuation Thursday morning. A love water indicator alert on the airports fire … More Info
  • WA: Updated 6 hrs ago
    12.5.16 – Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – 9:54 a.m. — To water flow alarm  … 5:39 p.m. — To fire alarm at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center on the … More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Police link many of province’s 130 ATM heists to just two gangs
    12.10.16 – Edmonton Journal – 3, 2016 – Leduc – At 5:15 a.m., police responded to an alarm at a Money Mart where it appeared an unknown vehicle crashed through the front … More Info
  • CA: Burglar nabs silver dollars from SLO coin shop
    12.7.16 – Cal Coast News – At 2:20 a.m., San Luis Obispo police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Crawford enterprises and found that the front door of the … More Info
  • CA: Burglars take $10000 worth of jewelry from Lake Forest business
    12.6.16 – OCRegister – Deputies were notified at 1:32 a.m. Saturday morning by an alarm from the store’s security system. Security video footage showed three suspects, according to … More Info
  • CA: Dixon PD: Armed Robbery; Car Break-Ins; Home Burglaries; Shoplifter
    12.6.16 – Patch.com – 0832 Audible alarm. 2319 Alarm activation. More Info
  • CA: Exclusive: Suspect wanted in burglary, could be connected to recent …
    12.6.16 – WABC-TV – “I do know I see all over people putting alarm systems in. People are worried because it is often happening during the day,” Landi said. This man has been …More Info
  • CA: Police investigate break-in at coin shop in San Luis Obispo
    12.6.16 – KSBY San Luis Obispo News – Police say officers responded to a burglary alarm at Crawford Enterprises, also known as California Coin & Stamp, at around 2:20 a.m. and discovered the front … More Info
  • CA: Restaurant owner interrupts burglary, stops suspect
    12.6.16 -The Salinas Californian – Around 1:51 a.m., the owner of China Garden Restaurant responded to an alarm going off at his building and found a man taking cash and merchandise such as … More Info
  • CO: Man charged after Colorado Springs buisness break in
    12.5.16 – KRDO – Police investigated an activated burglar alarm at 5:57 a.m. Sunday. Officers said they found a man running from the scene, … More Info
  • CO: Police notes: Christmas decor sets off burglar alarm at Erie house
    12.5.16 – Longmont Times-Call – Burglar alarms sounding around 5:10 p.m. Saturday at a house were found to have been set off by Christmas … More Info
  • CT: $60 Million Lilly Drug Heist Leader Gets 8 Years
    12.5.16 – Hartford Courant – Once inside, they deactivated the alarm system. The gang backed the trailer into the only one of seven loading bays not covered by cameras, used Lilly forklift … More Info
  • CT: Smash-and-grabs keep confounding police in Stamford
    12.9.16 – Norwalk Advocate – Police responded to an alarm about 4:30 a.m. Friday at the Verizon Store and found a 6-foot-by-6-foot glass window pane smashed. More Info
  • FL: Miami homeowner watches live from work as burglars hit home
    12.9.16 – 7News – WSVN-TV – His security system allowed him to watch live from his phone, but all he could do was set off an alarm and call police. “I was currently at work on my lunch break … More Info
  • FL: Police Investigating Early Morning Break-In at SW Miami-Dade …
    12.6.16 – NBC 6 South Florida – The store’s manager says they were alerted by their alarm company of the break-in shortly after 2 AM and witnessed it on their surveillance system. More Info
  • GA: Burglary reported at Macon Road gas station
    12.6.16 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Authorities said they responded to the business at 12 a.m. Tuesday, about 3 minutes after the business alarm sounded. It is unclear whether anything was stolen … More Info
  • GA: Thieves steal lottery ticket case
    12.6.16 – Forsyth Herald – The owner said he received a call at 2 a.m. from his alarm company, but said he saw nothing suspicious so he cancelled the alarm. After he was contacted by his … More Info
  • IL: Decatur Police respond to multiple reports of home and vehicle …
    12.10.16 – Decaturish.com – While on the scene, officers were alerted to a burglary and an alarm call. More Info
  • IN: 2 burglary suspects arrested after allegedly fleeing from officers on …
    12.10.16 – Fox 59 – Officers were called to the small business around 4 a.m. to investigate an alarm that had been tripped. More Info
  • IN: IMPD makes arrest in gas station shooting; drugs believed to be …
    12.9.16 – WISH-TV – A gas station worker pulled the station’s hold-up alarm due to the shooting, leading police to respond to the gas station. The murder of Kyles was the city’s 140th … More Info
  • IN: IMPD: Two would-be thieves arrested after break-in, foot pursuit
    12.9.16 – WISH-TV – IMPD responded to a business alarm at Temple Rents just before 4 a.m. Friday. Officers said two men were located and … More Info
  • IN: Police surround Elkhart County home in search for burglary suspect
    12.7.16 – WSBT-TV – “Early this morning at approximately 4:31am, officers responded to an alarm at a residence. Upon officers arrival, it was … More Info
  • MA: Marion police log, Nov. 27-Dec. 3
    12.10.16 – Wicked Local Mattapoisett – 2:27 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported.:… More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log: Nov. 27 – Dec. 3
    12.10.16 – Wicked Local Mattapoisett – 1:27 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported on Oakland Street. Thursday, Dec. 1. 12:58 a.m.:… More Info
  • MA: Newton Crime Watch
    12.10.16 – Wicked Local Newton – 25 Police responded to the Verizon store for an alarm. Surveillance footage showed a male suspect smashing a glass door and putting some … More Info
  • MD: Police looking for suspect responsible for two burglaries
    12.5.16 – WHAG- Detectives believe that this burglary was interrupted when an employee entered the business to deactivate the alarm from the earlier burglary. The suspect once … More Info
  • MI: Allen Park police identify home invasion suspect; warrant issued for …
    12.6.16 – Southgate News Herald – She set the burglar alarm prior to leaving for work that morning and at 9:15 a.m. received a text message from the alarm company, regarding motion at the front … More Info
  • MI: Security alarm alerts police to attempted break-in in Dearborn Heights
    12.8.16 -Dearborn Press and Guide – Security alarm alerts police to attempted break-in in Dearborn Heights. … More Info
  • MI: Sheriff, police chief update board on dispatch process
    12.7.16 – C&G Newspapers – … take place at T-Mobile, which led to an arrest before the alarm company could even investigate. More Info
  • NC: Pawn shop gun theft still under investigation
    12.6.16 – Shelby Star – Surveillance footage also shows flashing lights from Shelby Police Department patrol cars arriving at the shop just moments after the alarm was tripped, … More Info
  • NC: Police: Man posts photo of stolen White Duck Taco liquor
    12.7.16 – Asheville Citizen-Times – Authorities responded to the restaurant’s alarm Friday night and discovered that “a suspect had broken into the locked business and appeared to have stolen the … More Info
  • ND: West Fargo PD respond to alarm at Casey’s Gas Station
    12.10.16 – Valley News Live – West Fargo, N.D. – West Fargo Police were dispatched at 4:25 a.m. Saturday morning to the Casey’s Gas Station for … More Info
  • NE: Burglar gives security camera the ‘one finger wave’
    12.9.16 – 1011now – Michelle wants to remind neighbors to lock doors, keep entrances well-lit and to set alarms. The man’s license plate could not be seen on Michelle’s camera but … More Info
  • NJ: Pa. man sentenced for Pennsauken burglary
    12.5.16 – Cherry Hill Courier Post – The burglars typically scouted stores, disabled alarm systems and used pry bars and other tools to break into safes. Jose Medina previously pleaded guilty to …More Info
  • NM: Thieves break into Albuquerque preschool’s buildings through roof
    12.5.16 – KRQE News 13 – An alarm system, security cameras and even a roof couldn’t keep crooks from getting inside Children’s Choice Child Care Services. “We came in to find TVs … More Info
  • NY: Police surround man believed to be barricaded in Syracuse home
    12.7.16 – Goshen News – Syracuse – Officers from several police agencies are stationed outside a home in Syracuse after an early-morning burglary alarm led officers to a man who … More Info
  • NY: Would-be bank robber charged in Poughkeepsie after teller refuses …
    12.9.16 – The Daily Freeman – Police said the note went on to say, “We have a police radio and will hear when the alarm goes out, so make it $8,000 and three minutes before you press the … More Info
  • OH: Person locked in office triggered alarm at Warren County junior high
    12.9.16 – WHIO – UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Kings spokeswoman Dawn Gould said the school alarm was set off by someone, whom the district will not identify, that was locked in the … More Info
  • OH: Woman locks family out of house, crawls out bathroom window after …
    12.5.16 – cleveland.com – Alarm, Detroit Road: Police responded to an alarm at a business at 12:58 a.m. Oct. 30. A cleaning person said the alarm accidentally went off when one of the … More Info
  • OK: Burglars Hit Tulsa Dollar General Early Tuesday
    12.6.16 – News On 6 – Officers got to the discount store around 5 a.m. after the burglar alarm went off and saw where someone had broken into the store. They also saw suspects … More Info
  • OK: Home burglary in SW Oklahoma City caught on surveillance video
    12.9.16 – kfor.com – Then Echols says it seems they get spooked that the alarm will go off and hurry out … Echols is not sure why his home alarm didn’t sound and he suspects the … More Info
  • OR: Police: Drain woman arrested after burglary, theft at Yoncalla business
    12.5.16 – KCBY.com 11 – Around 6 a.m. Sunday the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary alarm at Thorp Lumber. Deputies responded and learned … More Info
  • OR: Suspect Breaks into Animal Control to Steal Pit Bull
    12.10.16 – KEZI TV – Deputies said Albany Police seized the dog in August. Sheriff Bruce Riley says deputies responded to an alarm at the facility around 3:45 a.m. Saturday. More Info
  • PA: Plymouth man faces charges related to break-ins at area restaurant …
    12.6.16 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – After responding to an activated burglar alarm at about 4:45 p.m., Hanover Township police were given access to surveillance video that they say provided … More Info
  • SK: Suspect believed to be responsible for 27 Regina break-ins still at …
    12.9.16 – Globalnews.ca – According to police, the man appears to have familiarity with glass installation or alarm systems and may have had a history of working in either industry. More Info
  • TN: Guns, cash stolen from Kingsport businesses
    12.5.16 – Kingsport Times News – A motion alarm in the gun store sounded, according to police, but the man quickly grabbed two additional handguns and fled the store. Based on surveillance … More Info
  • TN: PARIS, TN: Pharmacy heist: $32000 in drugs taken
    12.6.16 – Paris Post Intelligencer – Greenhill stated an employee entering the building noticed the alarm wasn’t on. … The employee then noticed the alarm had been pulled from the wall and saw … More Info
  • TN: Police investigating south Nashville pawn shop burglary
    12.7.16 – WBRC FOX6 News – Motion sensors and the security alarm went off, alerting the Metro Nashville Police Department. The thief busted the glass cases and stole some items before … More Info
  • TX: Technology tips off Oak Cliff homeowner to break-in
    12.9.16 – FOX 4 News – The suspect had to scale an 8-foot fence to get in the yard, then watched him get past an alarm, cameras, and dogs. But the quick response from Dallas police … More Info
  • TX: Trio robs Walgreens: 2 suspects wanted, police say
    12.5.16 – KPRC Houston – … the armed robbery of a Walgreens in southwest Houston. Officers responded to an alarm around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. More Info
  • VA: Portsmouth Police capture Wells Fargo robbery suspect
    12.5.16 – wtkr.com – Officers responded to the Wells Fargo. Friday afternoon after the bank’s hold-up alarm was activated. When they arrived, they confirmed … More Info

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