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December 23, 2013


Association Events

  • 1-7-14 – MDBFAA Meeting
    11am -12noon- Lunch – 12noon Meeting – Dealing with the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) Consolidated Insurance Center, 11403 Cronridge Dr #270 Owings Mills, MD 21117

Door to Door Sales

None This Week

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Council discusses alarm ordinance
    12.16.13 – YourWestValley.com – Police Chief Michael Frazier will present his department’s false alarm ordinance proposal and the city’s options for using the verified response system during a …
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  • CA: PMAM Corp. to take over tracking alarm permits and false alarms for …
    12.19.13 – PR-BG.com – Placentia — In an effort to keep better track of alarm permits and false alarms at homes and businesses in Placentia, the city has hired … More Info
  • DC: Emergency dispatchers note long hours and stress of job
    12.19.13 – Washington Post – …The difficulty and emotional strain of the job as well as increasing call volume has forced some local emergency call centers to put workers on longer and longer shifts, even as coming technological changes mean that the job will likely become more challenging. More Info
  • MN: Savage police hope to reduce false alarms
    12.18.13 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – 1, it will require all residents and businesses with alarm systems to register them in a free online application with the city. Having alarms registered will allow … More Info
  • NM: Cruces beefs up alarm ordinance penalties
    12.16.13 – ABQ Journal – That’s been only a threat since August, when a key prong of the city alarm ordinance legally took effect. During the subsequent months, officials have pieced … More Info
  • TN: Rockwood police chief proposing a permit for security systems
    12.21.13 WATE-TV – “A lot of times when we respond to these alarms we have no responsible party or no number to call to secure the residence or to gain entry,” said Chief Danny … More Info
  • TX: FM Notice: Fire Button Enabled Burglar Alarm Systems
    12.20.13 -Please see the attached Fire Marshal’s Notice related to the remote monitoring of fire button enabled burglar alarm systems.  This notice and past Fire Marshal’s Notices can be viewed on the SFMO website.
  • VA: Beach police prepare for false-alarm crackdown
    12.17.13 – The Virginian-Pilot – Virginia Beach – If you’re one of those people who lets the toddler play with your key ring, it’s time to buy the kid a new toy. Starting Jan. 1, false panic alarms set off in the city – either on wall units or through a remote panic key fob – will prove costly. The first two mistakes are free, but each false alarm after that will cost residential users $150, while businesses will be fined $250. More Info

Industry News

  • 5 Big Home Tech Trends from 2013
    We’re in the final few weeks of 2013, so it’s about time to look back and see what happened. More Info
  • CA: Online damage control for security dealers
    12.18.13 – Security Systems News – Carlsbad, Calif.—If an unhappy customer posts a negative review of your security company online, you ignore it at your peril, according to a recent webinar on how to perform online damage control and also generate positive comments on your company. Learn the details on managing your online reputation. More Info
  • CO: Video and analytics moving further toward the perimeter
    12.18.13 – Security Systems News – Englewood, Colo.- The growing trend of deploying video surveillance and analytics devices for perimeter security is showing no signs of abating. The market is poised to reach $160 million by 2017, up from $90 million in 2013, according to a report from IHS Research. What are the drivers of this growth? More Info
  • Mace sells central station
    12.19.13 – Lancaster, Pa.—A super-regional announced today that it has acquired Mace’s California-based central. More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State Trends

  • Property crime increase linked to California prison realignment
    12.10.13 – The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News – As inmates are released early under modified incarceration plans in the state of California, law enforcement has seen a marked uptick in auto thefts and other types of property crime. There has not been an increase in violent crime, however. More Info

National News

  • FCC Investigating Phone Companies’ Move to IP
    12.13.13 – Eweek – The FCC hosted a Dec. 12 event, as it seeks out answers to critical questions in the phone companies’ transition from copper to IP-based networks. More Info

Business Tips

  • 3 things top leaders do to stay authentic
    12.3.13 – Forbes – When you’re authentic and value-driven, you choose to align your actions with what you believe in. And those who are unsure find themselves in sticky situations because they don’t know who they are or whom they’re trying to please. Beyond that, they end up reacting to stress, rather than choosing their responses (another thing mindfulness meditation can address). More Info
  • Employers Must Help Workers Achieve Their Goals
    12.13.13 – Baseline – Companies can be more successful by helping their employees achieve career goals–regardless of gender–by providing training, professional development and continuous education. More Info
  • Holiday Gifts You Should Never Give Co-Workers
    12.11.13 – Baseline – Read about these 10 oddball holiday gifts professionals gave their colleagues. They include a plaster cast of the co-worker’s hand, camouflage toilet paper and a painted concrete chicken. More Info
  • Best Practices for Managers About Vacations
    12.16.13 – CIO Insight – Vacations improve employees’ morale and productivity, but a significant number of workers leave vacation days unused each year. Find out what you can do about this. More Info
  • Tips for Using Instant Messaging in the Workplace
    12.17.13 – TMC Net – Not all businesses ‘get’ instant messaging. At its core, it is a quick solution for efficient communication. As more and more organizations utilize this solution, there will be a growing need for a set of best practices. The ideal plan of action for any business integrating IM with their communication efforts should include a solution for archiving all these interactions. But what are some pra … More Info
  • Six Major Tech Trends to Watch in 2014
    12.18.13 – Baseline -Organizations are discovering that they must approach IT in radically different ways. Here are six technology trends that will sweep through the enterprise in 2014… More Info
  • Small businesses get creative to cut health cost
    12.13.13 – USA TODAY ‎- Some small businesses offer medical screenings, walking programs, weight-loss plans to staff to improve health and lower health care costs. More Info
  • For Women, Content Is The Next Generation Of Customer Service …
    12.12.13 – www.forbes.comView shared postCMOs have content at the top of their goals going into 2014, and for many, that content will be focused on women, who control over $20 trillion … More Info
  • Tech Improves Hellish Work Environments
    12.18.13 – Baseline -Technology can ameliorate many hellish work situations–and improve employee productivity and morale–by automating, unifying and simplifying work processes. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: House Catches Fire in Marina; Family Saved by Fire Alarm
    12.16.13 – KION 46 Salinas – Marina, Calif.–Marina Fire Department was busy around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning battling a house that caught on fire on 3094 Magyar Drive. Fire crews say the family was able to escape without any injuries More Info
  • MI: False fire alarm at Michigan Tech
    12.20.13 – Daily Mining Gazette – A fire alarm Thursday brought the Houghton Fire Department to the food court in the Michigan Technological University Memorial Union Building, but it turned … More Info
  • NY: Dolphins got unexpected early-morning wake-up call
    12.22.13 – NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk  – As the Dolphins prepare for a critical game in Buffalo, their sleep was disrupted. A little. A fire alarm went off in Miami’s hotel. The Dolphins confirmed the incident to PFT, pegging the time the alarm began at roughly 3:00 a.m. ET. Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, who was staying at the hotel,… More Info
  • OR: Woman Saved From Home Fire By Smoke Alarm
    12.17.13 – KOBI – KOTI Medford-Klamath Falls – Just before five a.m. a fire broke out in West Medford’s Myra Lynne Mobile Home park. The structure fire drew multiple response units from both Medford Police and Fire. Fire officials say that the woman living in the home awoke to the fire alarm and was able to escape just in time. Corporal Furst said that having a smoke detector saved the woman’s life and wants to remind people to test their … More Info
  • TX: Boy, 4, saves family from overnight fire in southwest Houston
    12.20.13 – ABC 13 Houston – We’re told that child jumped into action when he realized his apartment complex in southwest Houston was burning… More Info
  • TX: Smoke sets off fire alarm at assisted living center
    12.17.13 – Valley morning Star – Harlingen- The Harlingen Fire Department was dispatched to Canterbury Campus Community located at 900 Camelot Drive this afternoon where reports of … More Info
  • WA: Smoke alarms and family fire escape plans save lives
    12.20.13 – The Kitsap Sun – In light of recent event, Gig Harbor Fire and medic One reminds residents of using smoke alarms, having escape plans. More Info
  • WI: Sunday’s police log: Burned hamburger sets off alarm
    12.16.13 – Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune – At 11:50 a.m. Saturday, a Wisconsin Rapids woman reported a cook assaulted her a week earlier. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar damages Madison restaurant during overnight break-in
    12.16.13 – The Huntsville Times – Huntsville police report officers responded to an alarm at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and found the front glass broken. Police have not yet determined if anything was stolen. More Info
  • AL: Police search for burglar who broke into Huntsville cake business overnight
    12.18.13 – The Huntsville Times – Police responded to the alarm shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. They found the rear window broken and property missing. More Info
  • CA: 4 men arrested for stealing from Caruthers Elementary School
    12.16.13 – KFSN-TV Fresno – Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a break-in at Caruthers Elementary School. More Info
  • CA: Alarms Going Off At Fresno Home Are Driving Neighbors Nuts
    12.19.13 – KMPH – KFRE Central San Joaquin Valley – It’s finally quiet in a North Fresno neighborhood after a home alarm that’s been beeping for weeks was finally shut off. More Info
  • CA: Break-In at School Cafeteria Lands Four Men in Jail
    12.16.13 – KMPH – KFRE Central San Joaquin Valley – Some repairs will have to be made at Caruthers Elementary School after Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives say four men broke into the school cafeteria. More Info
  • CA: Door smashed at North Park smoke shop
    12.16.13 – KGTV San Diego – Authorities say someone broke into a North Park smoke shop, leaving behind a mess for the owner. More Info
  • CA: Police: Business Owner Uses Burglar’s Own 2×4 Against Him
    12.18.13 – FOX40 Sacramento – Modesto- Modesto Police say a business owner used a suspected burglar’s own 2×4 to detain him until officers arrived. Officers say 32-year-old Ildefonso Herrera broke into a business along McHenry Avenue early Tuesday morning. The business owner said he was … More Info
  • CT: Five Businesses Burglarized In Branford Over The Weekend
    12.16.13 – Hartford Courant – Branford — Seven local businesses have been burglarized in the last month, including five over the weekend, police said.  More Info
  • CT: Police Investigate Downtown Greenwich Burglary
    12.20.13 – Patch.com – According to Greenwich Police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray, police responded to a burglar alarm at a residence around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 19. More Info
  • FL: Burglar Shatters Front Door Of Local Gas Station, Flees At Alarm
    12.19.13 – WCTV – On 12-19-13 at approximately 4:10 a.m. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglar alarm call with glass breakage at the Speedtrack … More Info
  • FL: Deputies: 2 arrested for vandalizing school twice
    12.22.13 – Local 6 Orlando – Volusia County deputies said two boys were caught on Saturday breaking into an elementary school in DeLeon Springs caused an estimated $10,000 in damage. Deputies said this wasn’t their first time vandalizing the school. Deputies said the boys, ages 12 and 13, admitted vandalizing the school about three weeks ago as well. Deputies said the first of the two incidents at Louise S. McInnis … More Info
  • FL: Marianna police investigating restaurant burglaries
    12.20.13 – Jackson County Floridan – 18, at 3:22 a.m., MPD officers responded to the Wendy’s Restaurant in reference to a motion sensor alarm call. Upon arrival … More Info
  • FL: PBSO: Thieves use front-loader to steal ATM from suburban Boynton Beach bank
    12.18.13 – WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach – CBS12 News Boynton Beach, Fla. — The Palm Beach county Sheriff’s Office is seeking two suspects who tried to steal an ATM this morning at a Chase Bank in western Boynton Beach. Deputies say at just after 4 a.m. More Info
  • FL: Smash-and-grab burglars strike in Bradenton
    12.17.13 – The Sarasota Herald-Tribune – “Smash-and-grab” burglaries were reported overnight at three Bradenton businesses. More Info
  • FL: Thieves move quickly while burglarizing Deerfield Beach Target
    12.20.13 – Sun-Sentinel – A group of fast-moving thieves forced their way into a Target store in Deerfield Beach and rapidly made off with carts full of electronics, officials said. More Info
  • IA: Iowa City Police Make Second Arrest In Orscheln Farm and Home Burglary
    12.19.13 – KCRG-TV9 Cedar Rapids – Iowa City, Iowa — A second arrest has been made in the September burglary of an Iowa City business. Iowa City police officers responded to Orscheln Farm and Home Supply at 12:41 a.m. Sept. 26 for a report of a burglary alarm in the tool room of the business. More Info
  • IL: 2 arrested after Sikeston store burglary
    12.18.13 – KFVS 12 Cape Girardeau – The Sikeston Department of Public Safety arrested two people in connection with a burglary at JC Penny’s. More Info
  • IL: Carbondale police arrest two on burglary charges
    12.21.13 – The Southern Illinoisan – Burglary arrests reported: Scott E. Aud, 48, and Frank D. Hopkins, 53, no permanent addresses listed, were booked on charges of burglary and criminal damage to property this week after officers responded to a report of a business alarm. More Info
  • IN: 2 men arrested for stealing $800, sex toy from Beehive dance bar
    12.19.13 – Blairsville Dispatch – Two Indiana County men were apprehended on Thursday, minutes after they attempted to flee a break-in at the Beehive exotic dance bar in Salem, state … More Info
  • IN: City man caught in Long Beach in connection with burglaries
    12.16.13 – The Michigan City News-Dispatch – Long Beach – A Michigan City man is in jail following an attempted burglary and foot chase with police earlier this week. More Info
  • KS: Police looking for person who stole meds from pharmacy
    12.18.13 – KAKE Wichita – The break-in happened late last night in Garden City. More Info
  • KY: Police in Whitley County looking for ATM destroyer and thief
    12.19.13 – WYMT Mountain News – A crime alert in southern Kentucky. Police need your help finding a burglar they say has been destroying ATMs. More Info
  • MA: Break-In Reported on Turnpike Road
    12.16.13 – Patch.com – At 8:38 a.m., police received a report of a hold-up alarm from East Main … On Saturday, at 2 a.m., police received a report from West Main Street of a fire alarm. More Info
  • MI: SCIO TWP: Sheriff’s office investigates burglary at BLJ Wireless
    12.16.13 – The Dexter Leader – SCIO TWP – Sheriff officials are investigating a burglary that occurred early Tuesday morning at a wireless store. More Info
  • MI: Taylor: Thief breaks into business, escapes with roll of nickels
    12.22.13 – The News-Herald – Taylor — A thief broke into Sunrise Coney Island and made off with $6 of rolled nickels on Dec. 9. More Info
  • MT: Serial burglar busted again during release from jail
    12.20.13 – Daily Inter Lake – A Kalispell man who has already had five counts added to his burglary case has pleaded not guilty to felony burglary in a new case. More Info
  • NC: Police: Papa John’s robbed on Roosevelt Boulevard
    12.16.13 – WBTV Charlotte – A Papa John’s in Monroe was robbed early Sunday morning on according to the Monroe Police Department. Police responded to the Papa John’s around 1:00 a.m. to a hold-up alarm, investigators. More Info
  • ND: Police believe two early morning Fargo business burglaries are connected
    12.20.13 – The Fargo Forum – Fargo – Fargo police believe two business burglaries reported early Friday are connected. More Info
  • NJ: Gunshots exchanged in Bridgeton robbery
    12.17.13 – Courier-Post – An armed man was shot in the head by a store owner he was trying to rob, and now detectives are trying to determine if the injured thief is responsible for a recent surge of hold-ups in Cumberland County, police said. More Info
  • NJ: One Arrested As T.R. Cops Investigate Business Burglaries, Thefts
    12.16.13 – Patch.com- The same suspect is believed to have committed a similar theft at a Staples store in Monmouth county on Thursday. Toms River Police responded to an alarm at … More Info
  • NJ: Princeton: Police arrest suspect in store burglary
    12.18.13 – The Princeton Packet – A 22-year-old Ewing resident turned himself in after a Dec. 4 burglary of the Krauszer’s. More Info
  • NV: Thieves Steal from Salvation Army Bell Ringer
    12.20.13 – KLAS Las Vegas – A heartbreaking Las Vegas story about criminals putting a damper on one man’s effort to make a difference this holiday season. The gentleman is a Salvation Army bell ringer as police are trying to track down a couple, who stole a kettle full of cash right under the man’s watch. More Info
  • NY: ‘Smash-and-grab’ spree hits businesses
    12.17.13 – Albany Democrat-Herald – What appeared to be a series of about five break-ins along First Avenue in Albany Saturday night turned into a wave of vandalism and theft. More Info
  • OH: Masked burglars steal safe from State Street house
    12.18.13 – This Week Westerville – A man reported his residence was burglarized between 1:30 and 1:40 p.m. Dec. 13. More Info
  • OH: Security alarm scares away would-be robbers
    12.18.13 – This Week Reynoldsburg – Two armed men kicked in a door and attempted to rob a local apartment Dec. but fled after the terrified resident told them the noise they heard was a security alarm. More Info
  • OR: Multiple Salem small businesses hit by smash-and-grab robber
    12.22.13 – KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland – Salem — A security camera caught a glimpse of a shadowy masked man peering in the front door of the El Torito Market in Salem Saturday morning.  “The guy broke in by smashing the office window then he took our money,” said Jose Gomez, the meat department manager. The bad guy went straight for the money, but left quickly after the security alarm sounded in this store that’s been serving the … More Info
  • PA: Caught On Video: Armed Robbers Shoot Store Clerk
    12.18.13 – FOX 29 Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detectives Division is looking to identify the suspects for a robbery/shooting in Ogontz. More Info
  • PA: Footprints in snow help track down burglary suspect
    12.20.13 – WJAC 6 Johnstown – Lawrence Township, Pa. — State police said footprints left in the snow helped track down a man who tried to break into a Clearfield-area business. State police at Clearfield said Jason Andre Hand, 35, of Clearfield, tried to break in to the Florian Banquet Center in Lawrence Township at about 10:30 p. … More Info
  • SC: Police: Greenville officers respond to alarm, discover burglar
    12.20.13 – WHNS Greenville – Officers went to check out an alarm at a Greenville building and discovered the burglary suspect still inside, according to police. Greenville police said they were … More Info
  • TN: Suspect arrested in connection to burglary at Rocketown
    12.16.13 – WSMV Nashville – A man has just been arrested for allegedly burglarizing Rocketown. The break-in happened around 3 a.m. Monday. More Info
  • TX: Tyler Police respond to burglary alarm
    12.18.13 – KETK 56 Tyler – On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at approximately 2:37 a.m. Tyler police officers responded to a Commercial Burglary Alarm at the CVS Pharmacy. More Info
  • UT: Thief Caught on Video Breaking into Holladay Coin Shop
    12.16.13 – KUTV Salt Lake City – (KUTV) A Holladay shop owner who came out of retirement less than three months ago to share his love of coin collecting with the community woke up to an early morning break-in on Sunday. “It’s been a long day. I didn’t get much sleep last night,” said Michael Hansen, owner of Majestic Coins. … More Info
  • VA: Manassas-Area Book Store Burglarized, Two Suspects Wanted
    12.20.13 – Patch.com – An employee responding to a burglar alarm at a business told police he discovered that two men broke in and took video gaming systems, video … More Info
  • WA: JC Penny surrounded, burglar found inside
    12.18.13 – KEPR Pasco – Kennewick Police arrest a suspected burglar hiding inside Columbia Center Mall wearing stolen clothes from JC Penny. More Info
  • WI: Armed robbery at Marinette Holiday gas station
    12.18.13 – The Iron Mountain Daily News – Marinette, Wis. – A 19-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly held up the Holiday gas station in Marinette Monday night is in jail after an investigation by Marinette County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Marinette Police Department. More Info
  • WI: Burglars arrested at Sturtevant Auto Salvage
    12.17.13 – The Journal Times – Mount Pleasant – Police arrested two burglars at a salvage yard early Sunday after police chased one suspect on foot for about a mile, according to Mount Pleasant police. More Info
  • WI: Man arrested after La Crosse City Attorney’s office panic alarm
    12.17.13 – Wisconsin State Journal – Police on Friday arrested a man outside the La Crosse city attorney’s office after an employee used an internal panic alarm system. More Info
  • WI: Marinette Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
    12.17.13 – WBAY Green Bay – A 19-year-old man was arrested following an armed robbery in Marinette Monday, according to the Marinette Police Dept. More Info
  • WI: Two arrested following burglary at Sturtevant Auto Salvage
    12.16.13 – FOX 6 Milwaukee – Mount Pleasant (WITI) — Mount Pleasant police arrested two suspects in connection with a burglary at Sturtevant Auto Salvage on… More Info
  • WV: Man shoots suspect during an attempted home invasion in Logan County, WV
    12.22.13 – WOWK-TV West Virginia – Troopers with the West Virginia State Police are investigating a home invasion in which a suspect was shot, and another was arrested in Logan County, WV. More Info
  • WV: Robbery at hobby store in Charleston, WV
    12.19.13 – WOWK-TV West Virginia – Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at a hobby store in Charleston, WV. More Info

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