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December 26, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • NC: 911 technology cuts time for NC dispatchers
    12.20.16 – EMS1.com – With the previous system, the alarm would go off at a house or business and notify the alarm company. The company would then call High Point 911, where a … More Info
  • VA: Snowy sidewalk solutions, false alarms talk of Wytheville town council
    12.21.16 -Southwest Virginia Today – Snowy sidewalks, false fire alarms and tax exemptions were on the Wytheville Town Council’s agenda Monday. Regarding snow removal, downtown Wytheville … More Info

Industry News

  • DIY home security systems becoming more affordable
    12.19.16 – Kotatv – That’s inspired many consumers to invest in do-it-yourself home alarm systems. … to include door and window sensors, motion sensors and an audible alarm.”. More Info
  • The Top 10 Biggest Security Mergers & Acquisitions of 2016
    12.20.16 – SSI – SSI rounds up the security industry’s biggest mergers and acquisitions of the year. More Info
  • 4 Factors That Will Define the Industry in the Next 5 Years
    12.22.16 – CI – In the next five years, businesses will have to consider how their firms fit into growing trends such as consolidation in the industry, changing sales roles, a shift in how clients make technology decisions and more. More Info
  • How to Help Reduce Unwanted Fire Alarms
    12.23.16 – Security Sales & Integration – I recently attended the annual meeting of the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), which was held on Marco Island, Fla. Also in attendance as a guest of … More Info
  • Heartland Security acquires Tri Comm Security Services
    12.24.16 – Crow River Media – Heartland Security is unique to the alarm industry. The company was created in 1999 by nine local electric cooperatives. Among them were Glencoe-based … More Info
  • 12 Smart-Home Predictions for 2017: VR, Voice, Sound, Homekit, More
    12.23.16  – CEPro – How will we see virtual reality, voice control, Apple HomeKit, video steaming and immersive sound evolve in the next year? 12 home-tech pros, some dealers and some manufacturers,… More Info

State & National News

  • Burst Pipes, Fire and Theft Top Home Holiday Hazards
    12.19.16 – SIA – Festive, joyful and togetherness are just a few words that come to mind when thinking about the holidays. However, a new Allstate poll shows “hazardous” should be at the top of the list, too. More Info
  • What Lies Ahead
    12.14.16 – NEMA – With the shift in control to the GOP, what are some major themes we can expect in the coming year? More Info
  • California to regulate energy use of desktop computers and monitors
    12.15.16  – SIA – The New York Times – Computers use more energy than many other consumer electronics — the electricity used to power all of the computers in the country is the equivalent of the output of 30 large power plants emitting 65 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent every year, according to estimates from the Natural Resources Defense Council. More Info
  • Rising Violent Crime in 13 U.S. Cities
    12.21.16 – SIA – Violent crime continued to rise in many big cities, led by Chicago this year. More Info
  • How to Prevent a Kitchen Fire During the Holidays
    12.22.16 – SSI – Fire safety tips to ensure the safety of families during the holiday season. More Info
  • Safety and Comfort Drive Smart Home Purchases
    12.22.16 – SIA – Safety and comfort are the primary reasons consumers invest in smart home technology. More Info

Business Tips

  • Is Your Distributor Charging You ‘Retail’ Sales Tax?
    12.19.16 – CEPro – Recent court ruling nails out-of-state wholesale security distributor for not charging integrators ‘retail sales tax.’ Integrators are deemed as ‘true end users’ of the equipment. More Info
  • How to Find (and Manage) the Best Employees
    12.23.16 – CI – Businesses should consider current employees’ recommendations, network and seek out new ways to reach into the community to find new talent. And don’t forget, the younger generation requires special treatment to perform well. More Info

Fire News

  • ID: Man spreading holiday cheer with ‘Christmas Vacation’ display
    12.24.16 – KTVL – The Idaho Falls Fire Department says it responded early Wednesday to a fire alarm at Fairview Elementary School in Idaho Falls and found the building filled … More Info
  • NH: Malfunctioning heater trips Carbon Monoxide alarm in Nashua
    12.21.16 -NH1 News – Nashua firefighters are crediting a Carbon Monoxide alarm with alerting a Nashua man to elevated levels of the dangerous gas Tuesday. Firefighters responded … More Info
  • ON: Working carbon monoxide alarm alerts Huntsville resident to …
    12.21.16 -www.muskokaregion.com/ – Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms months and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two … More Info
  • VA: Virginia family of 5, dog, escape fire thanks to smoke alarm
    12.23.16 – WJLA – A family of five and their dog escaped a house fire in the McLean area of Fairfax County Wednesday morning thanks to a smoke alarm that alerted them, … More Info
  • WI: Developing: Crews on scene of fire at Glendale nursing home, no …
    12.20.16 – fox6now.com – Authorities say the call initially came in as an automatic fire alarm. Shortly after, the facility called 911 to report smoke. Officials say the fire is under control — and … More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Fort Smith police seek suspect in bank robbery
    12.21.16 -Heber Springs Sun-Times – Officers responded about 3:38 p.m. Tuesday to an active panic alarm at Chambers Bank where a man is believed to have robbed the bank … More Info
  • AR: Little Rock Police working Christmas Eve homicide
    12.24.16 – KATV – Maher “Mike” Bishara, owner of the Quick Stop convenience store at the corner of Arch & Roosevelt, said he got a call from his alarm company around 2:00 AM … More Info
  • AR: Suspect Shot in Face While Trying to Rob Garland Co. Store
    12.22.16 – KARK – Mountain Pine Corner Store owner Sunny Singh had just pulled up to his store around midnight Thursday, when the store’s alarm started going off. More Info
  • AR: Two men shot, injured, in separate burglaries
    12.24.16 – Hot Springs Sentinel – When they arrived, Singh heard the motion sensor alarm sounding inside the store. “I get out of my truck and unlock the store to turn off the alarm. Next thing I … More Info
  • CA: Business owners say there isn’t enough light on Eighth Street
    12.22.16 – Hanford Sentinel – They said that at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, somebody broke the glass on the front door, setting off the alarm and waking up Emporium co-owner Linda Hall. More Info
  • CA: Police: Man caught stealing laptops from Sunnyside High School …
    12.22.16 – Fresno Bee – Sgt. Andy Mercado said officers responded just before 6 a.m. to a silent alarm at the high school and saw a man … More Info
  • CA: Suspect arrested for doing more than $100k damage to Santa Rosa …
    12.20.16 – KTVU San Francisco – On Monday at 7 p.m., fire crews responded to an alarm at Cardinal Newman High School. Firefighters arrived to find shattered front glass doors, severe damage … More Info
  • CA: Teacher recognizes a burglary suspect. They went to school …
    12.23.16 – The Olympian – Once inside, he set off motion detectors and the alarm system, but escaped before police arrived. Coyote said nothing was taken in the burglary, but the resulting … More Info
  • CA: Tower District streets a little safer after 3 burglary suspects arrested
    12.21.16 – KFSN-TV – Even with a home alarm system and a watchful dog, Sal Lucatero still found himself the latest home burglary victim hit in the Tower District. More Info
  • CT: Man gets 18 months for Aldi burglary
    12.22.16 – Bristol Press – Tomberlin, according to police, broke into Aldi grocery store on May 29. Officers were called to the store after the alarm sounded around 6:46 … More Info
  • CT: New London Police Investigating Possible Pharmacy Break-In
    12.20.16 – Patch.com – New London, CT – Police received notification Tuesday at approximately 4:39 a.m. from an alarm company reporting an activated alarm at Medicine Shoppe … More Info
  • FL: Car crashes into front of pawn shop
    12.20.16 – Gainesville Times – Sitting at home looking at the security cameras for Doctor Cash Coin & Pawn after receiving a call from his alarm company, … More Info
  • GA: Christmas gifts stolen from teacher’s home
    12.20.16 – Atlanta Journal Constitution – Lauren Bolsen told Channel 2 Action News she was in her third-grade classroom just before 10:30 a.m. Monday when she received a text from her alarm … More Info
  • IA: Smash-and-grab reported at metro-east jewelry store
    12.20.16 – Belleville News-Democrat – An alarm company notified Reime of the break-in sometime around 4:45 a.m. An officer with the Waterloo Police Department got to the scene by 4:53 a.m… More Info
  • IL: Burglar hit 4 Pilsen businesses in 1 night, police say
    12.21.16 -WLS-TV – It does alarm people, because a lot of the business have the managers or the owners of the buildings themselves live right over the business,” Garza said. More Info
  • IL: Burglars strike Lincoln Park puppy store
    12.19.16 – Chicago Sun-Times – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at 10:48 p.m. at Pocket Puppies and found a door open and a lock box missing, Chicago Police said. More Info
  • IL: Pilsen Burglars Hit Jumping Bean, 3 More Spots As Break-In Surge …
    12.20.16 – DNAinfo – With the alarm going off, the thief stole a cash drawer with $20 in single bills and a change box with $20 in change. The burglar didn’t take the shop’s iPads, … More Info
  • IL: Wilmette police: Short car chase, juvenile arrests in Edens Plaza …
    12.22.16 – Chicago Tribune – Police said an alarm company contacted police to report a burglar alarm activation at a home shortly before 4:45 p.m. Dec… More Info
  • IN: Police: Woman Hits IMPD Car, Runs Away with Baby
    12.21.16 -93.1 WIBC Indianapolis – Police say an officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was heading east, responding to an alarm when he was struck by a red … More Info
  • KS: Police investigate burglary at Olathe Walgreens
    12.20.16 – KMBC Kansas City – Advertisement. Police officers were called at 2 a.m. to an intrusion alarm. Detectives said two men wearing dark clothing broke … More Info
  • LA: Two women arrested after allegedly attempting to pawn fake diamonds
    12.24.16 – WAFB.com – Officials responded to a “panic/holdup” alarm at the store. Upon arrival, the store’s manager informed officers that a woman, later identified at … More Info
  • MA: Man Arrested in Connection With Commerce Bank Robbery in …
    12.20.16 – GoLocal Worcester – … Worcester Police responded to the Commerce Bank, for a reported panic alarm. Upon the officers’ arrival, they met with bank employees. More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 12/16/16-12/18/16
    12.19.16 – Crow River Media – On the 17th at 10:06 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at a business. The deputy checked the area … More Info
  • MO: KC businessman beaten, neighbor shot during robbery on …
    12.24.16 – KSHB – The suspects beat Richardson with a gun as his truck’s panic alarm alerted neighbors to the commotion. A neighbor heard the alarm and tried to help. More Info
  • MT: Great Falls home burglary attempt leads to two arrests
    12.24.16 – KRTV Great Falls News – According to Great Falls Police at 8:14 a.m., officers were dispatched to a home for a residential burglary alarm. Officers … More Info
  • NC: 2 men charged in Haywood home break-ins
    12.20.16 – WLOS – Haywood County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm call in the Eagles Nest community about 8 p.m. Dec. 10. As detectives processed the breaking … More Info
  • ND: Leonard man arrested on burglary charges
    12.21.16 -Valley News Live – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to an alarm call at the M & M Convenience Store in Leonard around 1:00 Wednesday morning. More Info
  • NM: Burglar breaks into Walgreens, ODs on pills
    12.20.16 – Silver City Daily Press and Independent – Paul Thornton, 25, who was listed as homeless in a Silver City police report, was seen by the alarm company in the pharmacy area of Walgreens at 4:55 a.m. … More Info
  • NY: Long Island banana thief repents, restaurant owner agrees not to …
    12.20.16 – WABC-TV – He said his alarm did not go off, so his alarm company is going to repair the door. Police: Man breaks into Hauppauge restaurant, eats nearly a dozen bananas … More Info
  • NY: Ogdensburg Police Blotter Dec. 19
    12.20.16 – North Country Now – Ogdensburg police responded to a commercial burglar alarm at St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union Monday at 4:23 p.m. on State Street. Police say an employee … More Info
  • OH: Convenience store employee fatally shot
    12.25.16 – Toledo Blade – Police were dispatched in response to a robbery alarm and shots being fired. They found Mr. Awwad suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Mr. Awwad was .. More Info
  • OH: Pedestrian killed in Airport Highway collision identified
    12.24.16 – WNWO NBC 24 – The department says officers were dispatched to the store when a robbery alarm was activated — there were also reports of shots fired. According to police … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    12.22.16 – Circleville Herald – Caller advised of a burglary alarm located at the front reception door of Comfort Dental. Alarm cancelled due to proper code being entered. Officers advised they … More Info
  • OR: Man falls asleep during ‘Rogue One,’ awakens to empty theater in …
    12.24.16 – KVAL – Confused, he attempted to leave the building but triggered a motion sensor alarm in the lobby. He then called 911 to get help, because unfortunately, his Jedi … More Info
  • PE: ATM machine target of break-in at Wellington gas station
    12.19.16 – The Guardian – He hardly needed the person on the other end of phone line to tell him something was up – he could hear the alarm reverberating through the otherwise dead … More Info
  • SC: Suspects arrested from fiery crash in Mount Pleasant
    12.20.16 – The Daily Progress – Police received reports of an alarm at a Citgo, as well as a suspicious Ford Explorer. Police chased the vehicle through Berkeley County. More Info
  • TX: Family displaced after escaping fire in Tarrytown home
    12.21.16 -KVUE.com – The family of five was sleeping when the smoke alarm went off and they realized a fire had started. They were all able to get out of the home. The family — three … More Info
  • VT: Hartland bank robbery suspect held without bail
    12.20.16 – Rutland Herald – She said she gave him two stacks of $20 bills totaling $1,140 before he walked calmly out of the building and she hit the silent alarm. According to court records, … More Info

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