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December 30, 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: Buckeye to crackdown on false alarms
    12.24.13 – ABC 15 Phoenix – City leaders in Buckeye are taking steps to make sure police officers are available when you need them. More Info
  • OH: Changes coming to Akron police alarm policy
    12.27.13 – News Channel 5 Cleveland – In the near future, Akron police will not be responding to security alarms. More Info
  • NC: Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill hopes new program limits accidental ...
    12.27.13 – WNCN – Chapel Hill will begin a new program on Jan. 1 in an effort to decrease the number of accidental alarms and to help manage the town’s safety resources more …More Info

Industry News

  • Defenders Investigation: Slow response times in home alarm …
    12.24.13 – KVUE – His wife’s first thought was to rush to the kitchen to find the ADT alarm system panel. She pressed ADT’s medical emergency button several times and waited. More Info
  • Security opens door to truly connected home
    12.27.13 – USA Today – Traditional players such as ADT, Alarm.com and Honeywell have been joined in the home … system,” says Jay Kenny, vice president of marketing at Alarm.com. More Info
  • CES 2014 Trend: Oh What a Sensor Can Do!
    12.27.13 – CEPro – Scores of newfangled sensors will appear at CES 2014, but here are some of today’s practical home automation applications beyond the usual, as submitted by CE Pros. More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State Trends

  • New state laws will affect marijuana, voting, shark fins
    12.25.13 – MSN – Chicago – “What brand are you smoking?,” could become a more routine question among Coloradans in January, when anyone 21 or older will be able to buy up to an ounce of marijuana from a state-licensed retail store for recreational use. More Info

National News

  • Internet of Things Will Grow Quickly in Next Few Years
    12.18.13 – Baseline – The number of Internet-connected devices will hit 25 billion by 2015 and 50 billion by 2020, says Cisco, which predicts that 99 percent of physical objects will eventually become part of a network. More Info
  • 2014 Tax Law Changes and Your Business ...
    12.11.13 – Fox Small Business – Don’t be shocked come tax season. Here’s what you need to know, and how you can start prepping now for your dealings with Uncle Sam in … More Info

Business Tips

  • 5 Ways to Be a Better Salesperson in 2014 | Sales Tips
    12.12.13 – Business News Daily – Whether you’re a novice seller or a seasoned pro, improving your persuasion skills is surefire way to increase sales in the new year. All it takes … More Info
  • Leadership Is About Emotion
    12.15.13 – Forbes – Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask … More Info
  • Embracing millennials and their workplace quirks
    12.26.13 – New York Business Journal – In a world where 20 is the new 10, more millennials are involving their parents in their job searches and careers. This Harvard Business Review blog by Karie Willyerd details, albeit anecdotally, how prevalent the trend is. Willyerd, co-author of “The 2020 Workplace,” writes about her frequent talks in front of large groups of HR execs. She’ll ask how many have had parents get involved in the … More Info

Fire News

  • FL: Three dogs rescued from house fire in Brandon
    12.25.13 – The Brandon News & Tribune – Hillsborough County Fire Rescue firefighters rescued three dogs from a burning house on Christmas Eve. More Info
  • IN: Smoke alarm does its job; damage limited in mobile home
    12.23.13 – Journal & Courier – No one was injured in a fire that damaged a mobile home early Sunday morning in Tippecanoe County. More Info
  • NC: Family of 4 taken to hospital after carbon monoxide poisoning
    12.29.13 – WSOC-TV Charlotte – A family of four evacuated a home after a carbon monoxide alarm alerted them that the home had the poisonous gas present, according to a news release from Mooresville Fire and Rescue. Emergency crews responded shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, after four patients showed symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The family evacuated the home before crews arrived, where they read a … More Info
  • TX: Butter sets off smoke detectors
    12.27.13 – Cleburne Times-Review – Cleburne firefighters responded at 1:14 p.m. Saturday to a fire alarm with smoke detectors activated in three rooms. More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Homeowner stabbed in home invasion
    12.25-13 – Calgary Herald – Police duty inspector Scott Boyd said police were alerted to the incident by a security alarm that was triggered at the property, resulting in a slightly delayed … More Info
  • AL: Burglars steal thousands of dollars worth of jackets from business
    12.24.13 – The Gadsden Times – Gadsden Outfitters had more than $20,000 of merchandise stolen Sunday morning during a burglary, owner Trey Staples said. More Info
  • AL: Police respond to early morning burglary
    12.28.13 – WAFF – Officers responded to an alarm at Sharks Fish & Chicken Chicago around 1:45 a.m. Upon arrival, officers said they saw … More Info
  • AZ: City Shoes burglar headbutted glass door to enter
    12.26.13 – Paradise Post – She came to her store with several family members after the alarm company called while her family was getting ready to eat dinner. “They ended up with a … More Info
  • CA: Man allegedly head-butts his way through Paradise store window
    12.27.13 – San Jose Mercury News – Paradise — City Shoes was burglarized Christmas Eve, for the fourth time this year. This burglary was slightly different in how the perpetrator entered the location. More Info
  • CA: Patterson man arrested in Modesto
    12.26.13 – Patterson Irrigator – Modesto – Modesto Police arrested a Patterson man on burglary and drug charges after receiving a call of an attempted burglary, where the victim detained the suspect until officers arrived Tuesday, Dec. 17. More Info
  • CA: Red Bluff man arrested after store break-in
    12.28.13 – Red Bluff Daily News – A 24-year-old Red Bluff man was arrested Monday after he reportedly burglarized Dollar Tree. More Info
  • CA: Santa Venetia home burglarized Saturday morning; three suspects
    12.29.13 – Marin Independent Journal – “At about 10:30 a.m., we responded to a burglary alarm at a residence in Santa Venetia and determined there had been a burglary at that location,” said Sgt. Ken … More Info
  • CA: Thieves steal Christmas — and grandparents’ ashes
    12.23.13 – NBC NEWS – A group of burglars used a doggie door to break into a Southern California family’s home, steal children’s piggy banks and presents from under the Christmas tree and make off with an ornate urn holding the ashes of their grandparents. More Info
  • CO: Break-in at FLC nets quick 9,200
    12.24.13 – The Durango Herald – A lightning break-in at the Fort Lewis College cashiers office Sunday morning netted a burglar or burglars 9,200.Campus police were alerted at 745 a.m. by their security company of an alarm sounding in the cashiers office in Berndt Hall, campus spokesman Mitch Davis said Monday. When they arrived four minutes… More Info
  • CT: New London police arrest suspected burglar near scene
    12.24.13 – TheDay.com – New London — Police apprehended a burglary suspect with broken glass in his hair not far from the downtown California Fruit building where an alarm was … More Info
  • FL: 2 boys accused of vandalizing central Fla. school
    12.23.13 – WFLX FOX 29 – Sheriff’s deputies say two boys are accused of vandalizing a central Florida elementary school. More Info
  • FL: Burglars stole gifts from home as family slept | Video
    12.27.13 – Orlando Sentinel – The family forgot to arm their security system and a thief was able to walk get into the home on Christmas Eve and unwrap most of the gifts before taking several high-end items… More Info
  • FL: Marie Lee Realty burglarized 3 times since Thanksgiving Eve
    12.23.13 – Suwannee Democrat – Marie Lee, owner of Marie Lee Realty, points to the damage on the back door from being kicked in by the suspect. More Info
  • FL: Police: Teens trigger home alarm while burglarizing car
    12.24.13 – WESH 2 Orlando – Oviedo police made two arrests Monday morning after an odd car burglary… More Info
  • FL: Thieves Hammer Through Wall To Break Into Oakland Park Store
    12.29.13 – CBS Miami – These thieves don’t play. Watching the video it appeared they knew where the cameras were and how to get where they needed to go. More Info
  • FL: Two boys charged with vandalizing DeLeon Springs school
    12.23.13 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – A deputy was dispatched about 2 p.m. Saturday to Louise S. McInnis Elementary School on north U.S. 17 because an alarm was sounding, spokesman Gary … More Info
  • FL: Two teens thwarted in attempted burglary of East Bradenton laundry
    12.23.13 – Bradenton Herald – At 12:45 a.m., officers were alerted by a commercial burglary alarm at Samoset Laundry. When a deputy arrived a few moments later, he saw a … More Info
  • GA: Burglar hits five businesses in Tifton
    12.28.13 – WFXL Southwest Georgia – Updated with video; Two weeks ago, Craig Davis walked into his business, Country Financial Insurance, to find it had been broken into. More Info
  • GA: Decatur Police investigating burglaries
    12.29.13 – Atlanta Intown – Burglars will turn off the power from exterior power boxes in an attempt to circumvent alarm systems. Ross added: According to Georgia Power Customer Service … More Info
  • GA: Newnan store burglarized for second Christmas in a row
    12.23.13 – CBS 46 News Atlanta – A small business in Newnan is having a very un-merry Christmas this year; for the third time in four years, thieves have broken into the Computer Advantage store and burglarized it just days before Christmas. More Info
  • IL: Alarm may have thwarted robbery attempt at Peoria home
    12.28.13 – Peoria Journal Star – Peoria — An attempted home invasion was possibly thwarted by an alarm system Thursday afternoon in Central Peoria. A resident told … More Info
  • IL: Two arrested for burglary after holiday ‘shopping spree’ at Meijer
    12.26.13 – IlliniHQ.com – Champaign police found a teenage boy and a young man allegedly helping themselves to dozens of electronic items at a Champaign store on Christmas Eve and arrested both for burglary. More Info
  • IN: Christmas ATM theft puzzles police
    12.27.13 – WISH-TV Indianapolis – The burglary of a business on Christmas Day has police in Kokomo puzzled. More Info
  • IN: City man caught in Long Beach in connection with burglaries
    12.24.13 – 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
  • IN: Man steals $30000 worth of earrings at Kmart in Indianapolis
    12.23.13 – Indianapolis Star – A clerk told officers that the theft set off an alarm, and she tried to cut the bandit off as he ran toward the door. But the man pushed her aside, injuring her leg, and … More Info
  • KY: Attempted Burglaries in Strip Mall Damaged by Fire
    12.23.13 – WTVQ – After a massive two-alarm fire on Friday, the strip mall is now suffering from attempted burglaries. Lexington Police say they … More Info
  • LA: Deputies: Man gunned down in driveway of his home
    12.23.13 – WAFB Baton Rouge – Authorities are working to determine what happened that resulted in a man’s death early Sunday morning. They are investigating a possible motive. More Info
  • MI: $3500 in Bras Reported Stolen from Peabody Victoria’s Secret
    12.23.13 – Patch.com – At 11:01 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm. At 11:13 p.m., police stopped a motor vehicle near… More Info
  • MI: Break-in at Inkster school targets iPads
    12.28.13 – WXYZ-TV Detroit – Thieves break into Tomlinson Middle School on the south side of Inkster and sources say it may be an inside job.  More Info
  • MI: Break-in suspect arraigned
    12.24.13 – Grand Haven Tribune – Police/Fire Break-in suspect arraigned a 40-year-old Muskegon man faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of breaking into a Grand Haven Township business Sunday night. … More Info
  • MI: Burglary at MB Jewelry; Home Invasions in Bloomfield Township
    12.23.13 – Patch.com – Officers responded to an alarm at the store at about 5 a.m. Dec. 6 and found the front glass door smashed out, reports … More Info
  • MI: Detroit police search for fast food restaurant burglars
    12.26.13 – ClickOnDetroit – Detroit police are asking for the public’s help in getting information on two men who could be connected to a string of burglaries at fast food restaurants … More Info
  • MI: Intoxicated suspect arrested for break-in
    12.26.13 – WWMT 3 Kalamazoo – Lee Township, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Deputies in Allegan County responded to a home in Lee Township early Wednesday for a break-in. The homeowner called police after her alarm went off when her front door was forced open. The woman and her daughter locked themselves in the bathroom. … More Info
  • MI: Police: 3 would-be burglars pry and smash their way into Verizon store
    12.27.13 – The Ann Arbor News – MLive.com – Officers were called to the store at 2:45 p.m. for a burglary alarm, according to a release from Pittsfield Township  More Info
  • MI: Snowy footprints foil burglar’s getaway
    12.23.13 – WOOD TV 8 Grand Rapids – One person was arrested following an attempted burglary at a business in Ottawa County… More Info
  • MI: Taylor: Thief breaks into business, escapes with roll of nickels
    12.28.13 – The News-Herald – Taylor — A thief broke into Sunrise Coney Island and made off with $6 of rolled nickels on Dec. 9. More Info
  • MO: Franklin Co. deputies seek burglary suspects
    12.24.13 – KSDK – Sheriff Gary F. Toelke with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says deputies responded to a report of an alarm sounding at the facility, and when they … More Info
  • MT: Homeless man busted for break-in attempt
    12.28.13 – Daily Inter Lake – A Kalispell transient is in jail after allegedly trying to break into Frontier Guns early Friday morning. More Info
  • NE: Thieves Target Ace Rent to Own Store in Burglary
    12.23.13 – 1011now – Just after 2:00 Monday morning, Lincoln Police were called to an alarm at the Ace-Rent-to-Own Store. Officers arrived to find the front … More Info
  • NJ: Home break-in in River Vale under investigation
    12.24.13 – The Record – Police are investigating a break-in at a home that reportedly occurred Saturday evening in River Vale. More Info
  • NJ: Princeton: Police arrest suspect in store burglary
    12.23.13 – The Princeton Packet – A 22-year-old Ewing resident turned himself in after a Dec. 4 burglary of the Krauszer’s. More Info
  • NV: Man tries to rob Gardnerville liquor store at gunpoint, takes bottle before fleeing
    12.28.13 – Mason Valley News – A man who attempted to rob a Gardnerville liquor store at gunpoint fled — but grabbed a bottle of liquor first — according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. More Info
  • NY: Sheriff’s office, troopers collar 2; burglary charges lodged
    12.28.13 – Poughkeepsie Journal – Two Long Island men are in custody following arrest by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, whose staff responded to an intrusion alarm at the Page Home Center in the Town of LaGrange overnight. More Info
  • NY: Thief uses bucket truck to steal wire
    12.27.13 – WIVB Buffalo – Police are investigating several reports of larceny in Jamestown. There are reports of the theft of wire for the Jamestown Fire Departments box alarms. More Info
  • NY: Yaseen’s Jewelers owner deals with $30K loss after weekend …
    12.24.13 – Niagara Gazette – Costanzo said he received a call of an alarm from his security company at 1:45 a.m. Saturday. At first, he thought something had accidentally tripped the security … More Info
  • OH: Columbus Police Investigating Kroger Burglary
    12.25-13 – NBC4i.com – Officers were called to the Kroger Wednesday at about 10 a.m. after an alarm alert was received. Detectives could not confirm where … More Info
  • ON: Thieves abscond with $200,000 in art
    12.23.13 – Simcoe.com – Tiny Township = Police are asking for the public’s help after thieves made off with about $200,000 in art from a Tiny Township home last week. More Info
  • OR: Deputies Search for Prolific Business Burglar
    12.27.13 – KUIK – On Thursday morning at about 5:25 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a business burglary alarm at Clarkes Discount Inc. in the … More Info
  • OR: Smash-and-grab robber hits 3 Aloha businesses
    12.26.13 – KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland – Portland — Three Aloha businesses were smashed into, and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies are worried it’s the same burglar they’ve been after for weeks. Alarms started going off around 5:30 a.m. at Factory Motorparts. No one was there when deputies arrived, but they said someone reversed a car so hard into the business’ roll-up door, that it ripped it from … More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion police report multiple burglaries with similar foot prints
    12.29.13 – Main Line Times – Lower Merion police report that numerous burglaries that have taken place in recent weeks each have something in common – similar boot prints that have been found in the snow. More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion Police Reports: Narcotics taken in Merion drug store burglary
    12.24.13 – Main Line Times – Police in Lower Merion are investigating a burglary at a Dake’s Drug Store in Merion that occurred at 2:06 a.m. Dec. 16 when a door was opened that tripped an alarm. More Info
  • PA: Man breaks Downtown Macy’s window, steals jeans
    12.26.13 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pittsburgh police are searching for a man who smashed a window at the Downtown Macy’s and stole several pairs of jeans this afternoon. More Info
  • SC: Deputies investigating 3 James Island home burglaries
    12.28.13 – Live 5 News Charleston – Charleston County deputies are investigating a recent string of home burglaries on one James Island road. More Info
  • TN: Police seek Nashville Subway thief
    12.25-13 – WSMV Nashville – Metro Police are looking for the man who stole cash from a Nashville Subway. More Info
  • TX: El Paso police arrest two in connection to theft at Family Dollar store
    12.26.13 – El Paso Times – El Paso police arrested a man and a 14-year-old boy Monday in connection to a theft of a lighter at a Family Dollar store in Central El Paso. More Info
  • TX: Kilgore burglary suspects caught on tape
    12.23.13 – KLTV – Alarms were also triggered at another liquor store, only blocks away. “We had an alarm go off same area, another liquor store in the area. We found some … More Info
  • TX: Smash-and-grab style robbery reported at leather store
    12.25-13 – San Marcos Daily Record – News Editor Employees at a local leather store told police they would have to do inventory to determine what all was taken in a “smash and grab” style burglary that occurred early on Saturday morning. Police responded at about 4 a.m. to an alarm at Wilson Leather at Tangram Outlet, Sgt. Dave Waugh said, but by the time they got there the suspect or suspects had fled. More Info
  • WA: Thief takes door off its hinges, steals smokes: Snoqualmie Valley Police, Fire Blotter
    12.28.13 – Snoqualmie Valley Record – A thief went to the trouble of taking a door off its hinges in order to shoplift… cigarettes? On the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 17, North Bend police were called to a burglary. Someone removed the hardware from the front door, then pulled the door out, entered the shop and stole smokes. More Info
  • WV: Man Stops Burglars By Firing at One and Threatening the Other At Gunpoint
    12.27.13 – Opposing Views – A man in West Virginia was able to stop two home invaders by holding one at gunpoint and shooting the other in the stomach. Terry Robbins got a call from his neighbors early Saturday morning saying that their alarm system had gone off while they were out of town. When Robinson went to the house to … More Info
  • WV: Thieves target two Alum Creek pharmacies
    12.26.13 – The Charleston Gazette – Charleston, W.Va.– Within the past couple of months, two pharmacies in Alum Creek have been burglarized for prescription medications. Early Monday morning, two thieves wearing masks broke into the Meds 2 Go Express Pharmacy … More Info


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