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February 1, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • BC: False alarms, repeat runaways pulling Kamloops RCMP away from …
    1.26.16 – InfoTel News Ltd – “False alarms is a big deal. Right now in a lot of instances we’re being asked to be the runner agency on these false alarms,” he says. “If you get a panic alarm, … More Info
  • NC: Guilford Metro 911: Homeowners Could See Faster Response Times
    1.28.16 -WFMY News 2 – According Moore, it takes anywhere between 11/2 minutes to 3 minutes between the time a medical, fire or burglar alarm goes off to the time a First Responder is … More Info
  • TX: New ordinance requires fire alarm systems, smoke detectors in …
    1.29.16 –KLTV – The Longview City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night that will require animal care facilities to install fire alarm systems and … More Info
  • TX: TxDPS case highlights how licensing ex-cons can work
    1.25.16 – Austin American-Statesman – Late last year, regulators at the Texas Department of Public Safety moved to deny a state burglar alarm installer’s license to a new applicant. More Info

Industry News

  • Colossal merger may be a defining moment for the security industry
    1.25.16 – SIW – Johnson Controls/Tyco deal another step towards consolidation… More Info
  • Citizens Bank leads $75 million credit facility for COPS Monitoring
    1.25.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Founded in 1978, COPS is the largest independently owned provider of nationwide wholesale alarm monitoring and dealer services. The new line of credit will … More Info
  • COPS Monitoring Parent Company Acquires United Central Control
    1.27.16 – SSI – Lydia Security Monitoring used a portion of a new $75 million credit facility to complete the purchase. The UCC brand will be maintained. More Info
  • Alarm Companies: Take Caution When Hiring Installers and …
    1.27.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Recent cases across the country where alarm company employees have committed nefarious criminal acts against subscribers, or potential subscribers, … More Info
  • New Technology Helps First Responders Get to Emergencies Faster
    1.27.16 – TWC News –  “And then the alarm company has to verbally tell us the address, the resident’s name, the resident’s phone number, what type of alarm it is and the location … More Info
  • TX: BBB recognizes businesses and non-profits
    1.27.16 – KLTV-Tyler, TX – The winner for the large business category was East Texas Alarm. The winner for the nonprofit category was East Texas Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the … More Info
  • Central stations have more options to get UL-listed
    1.28.16 -Northbrook, Ill.—Underwriters Laboratories now allows central stations using newer technologies—such as virtualization—ways to become UL-listed… More Info
  • Telecom alarm communications errors reduced by industry group
    1.27.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Cliff Dice, CEO of DICE Corporation, says some of his most skilled telecom engineers built the alarm signal network for some of the industry’s largest alarm … More Info
  • Ohio goes 10-digit dialing Saturday, adds ‘380’ area code soon
    1.28.16 – ABC6OnYourSide.com – Some examples are life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call … More Info
  • Rise of Smart Devices, Interoperability Drives Demand for Security System Integrators
    1.29.16 – CI – A key driver for the electronic security market in the coming years is how evolving products are interoperable with other technology in system design and use. More Info
  • Why Integrators Need to Worry About Network Security (And How to Protect Yourself)
    1.20.16 – CI  – Integrators may be held liable for installing a device onto a faulty or non-secure network if it is hacked. Here’s how to protect yourself and your clients from a security breach. More Info
  • Lessons Security Companies of All Sizes Can Learn From Tyco-JCI Merger
    1.28.16 – SSI – It doesn’t matter how big a security company is: there are lessons each one can learn from Monday’s Tyco-Johnson Controls merger. It’s been said that all companies are for sale at all times, it’s simply… More Info
  • UCC Says Multisite Redundancy a Post-Acquisition Priority
    1.28.16 – SSI – Lydia Security Monitoring says it is committed to providing a hot redundant… More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Carbon monoxide detectors in all public and nonpublic schools; require. | Jackson (11th)
Status: 01/26/2016 : (S) Referred To Education; Appropriations
Requires school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement. No companion bill. | Caputo, Ralph R.
Status: 1/27/2016 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Revises law concerning alarm business licensees. No companion bill. | Prieto, Vincent
Status: 1/27/2016 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee


State & National News

  • Revenue up in most states but weak forecasts prompt caution
    1.27.16 – Stateline – Most state budgets are nicely in the black, but predictions of weak economic growth are leading states to spend cautiously or to stockpile funds. More Info

Business Tips

  • How Storytelling Helps Business Connect With Customers and Drive Growth
    1.29.16 – Entrepreneur – Learn from the excellent recent campaigns from Always, Patagonia and Spanx. More Info
  • How To Handle Heated Political Discussions In The Office
    1.29.16 – Fast Company – How do you make sure conversations about the candidates don’t turn into office throw downs? And can anything good ever come of it? More Info
  • 8 Ways to Help You Inspire Employees
    1.29.16 – Open Forum – Want to get your staff to do more than just punch in and out? Here are some ways to help you inspire employees to be more… More Info
  • Tips to Help You Hold on to Your Customers
    1.27.16 – Open Forum – Do you have a lot of social media fans but aren’t quite sure how to hold on to those customers in real life? Here are some tips that may help you avoid losing customers. More Info


  • CA: Alarm company’s call saves local res ident from suffering carbon …
    1.29.16 – Fontana Herald-News – On the line calling from Florida was Laniesha Reeves, an operator with the alarm company ADT, who advised Rogers about the danger of CO … More Info
  • IA: Tokyo Bay restaurant catches fire; could be closed a week or longer
    1.30.16 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – Waterloo Police were called to an automatic burglar alarm at Tokyo Bay Restaurant in Waterloo, noticed the fire and called Waterloo Fire and Rescue, according … More Info
  • IL: Karnak, IL man charged with pulling fire alarm during high school …
    1.28.16 -WPSD Local 6 – A man was arrested and charged with pulling a fire alarm during a high … The Williamson County State’s Attorney Office says a fire alarm was pulled at the end … More Info
  • IL: Man could face jail time after pulling fire alarm
    1.29.16 – The Southern – Pulling a fire alarm when there is no emergency can apparently lead to a felony charge, as it did in the case of a 25-year-old Karnak man. More Info
  • MI: Storage room fire closes Kohl’s in Shelby Township
    1.28.16 -The Detroit News – The Kohl’s was evacuated as soon as employees and customers saw smoke and the fire alarm sounded. More Info
  • MN: Fire calls
    1.28.16 -Brainerd Daily Dispatch – They were also called at 3:37 p.m. a fire alarm. Upon arrival, firefighters determined the alarm company was on scene. More Info
  • NC: Smoke alarm alerts family to fire in house
    1.29.16 – The Daily Courier – Bostic – A teenage girl was awakened at 5:13 a.m. by a smoke alarm at her home on Gun Club Road in Bostic Thursday and alerted her … More Info
  • WS: Plastic over vent set off carbon monoxide alarm, Madison Fire says
    1.29.16 – Madison.com – An East Side resident learned the importance of a carbon monoxide detector on Thursday, as firefighters kept searching for the source causing elevated levels of … More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Thieves target 2 LR family-owned drugstores
    1.25.16 – THV 11 – Before they could pull the vehicle over, they had to respond to the security alarm at the nearby Rhea Drugstore. Inside, officers found pharmacy drawers … More Info
  • AZ: Burglars ransack Paradise Valley home
    1.25.16 – Tucson News Now – Police remind residents to remember to always lock doors and set alarms. People with any information about the break-ins are asked to call the Paradise Valley … More Info
  • AZ: ‘Large sum’ of money stolen in Cottonwood Bank of America theft …
    1.28.16 – Verde Independent – Moore said alarms called police to the bank branch twice. The first alarm brought police to the Bank of America branch at 1 a.m. The second alarm was at 4 a.m. More Info
  • AZ: Texas burglars who couldn’t load large safe into small car are jailed
    1.29.16 – ABC15 Arizona – According to Hays County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook , a San Marcos homeowner received an alarm on his cell phone alerting him of possible activity at his … More Info
  • AZ: Two men caught stealing AC wiring in Phoenix
    1.25.16 – ABC15 Arizona – Police say early Monday morning, one of the suspects triggered an alarm when he got on a roof off 16th street and Indian School. Police say his accomplice was … More Info
  • CA: Yreka police investigating 3 break-ins, gun thefts
    1.25.16 – KRCRTV.COM – 15 at about 1:55 a.m. According to police, they responded to the alarm going off at the business and found broken glass, as well as guns laying by the door. More Info
  • CT: Package Store Robbery
    1.26.16 – WTNH Connecticut News – Southington, Conn. (WTNH) – Police are searching for a man who they say robbed Colonial Wine and Spirits shop. Police got a panic alarm … More Info
  • FL: Deputies arrest burglary suspects trying to load safe into car
    1.29.16 – WFAA – … Office, the owner of a home called 911 around 2 p.m. Thursday after receiving a motion-activated alarm on his cell phone. More Info
  • GA: 2 burglaries, 2 cars broken into across Fayette last week
    1.27.16 – The Citizen.com – Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Mike Whitlow said an alarm call to a residence found that a rear window had been broken, … More Info
  • GA: SCMPD searching for suspects after ATM theft on Stephenson Ave.
    1.30.16 – WTOC – The store’s alarm system went off, which notified police suspicious activity was going on inside. Officials say these thefts are an ongoing problem – and not just in … More Info
  • HI: Fall foils burglary suspect’s getaway
    1.30.16 – Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Officers responding to a burglary alarm chased after a 25-year-old man running from the home. But the man fell in a neighbor’s yard and police … More Info
  • MA: Holliston police investigate two break-ins
    1.25.16 – Wicked Local Holliston – According to police, officers went to Vape City after an alarm. A security video showed two men using a black tire iron to smash the front glass door. They went … More Info
  • MA: Woman arrested after breaking into AG’s office
    1.25.16 – WCVB Boston – Police responded to the office at around 2 a.m. Monday for a report of a tripped fire alarm box. Investigators allege Jones broke in through a window but didn’t … More Info
  • MI: Man accused of stealing $30000 in valuables from Clayton …
    1.28.16 – MLive.com – Clayton Township police responded to an alarm at the residence to find someone had broken into the home. The homeowner returned to find that $30,000 in … More Info
  • MI: Two 12-year-olds arrested for breaking into a business in Battle Creek
    1.25.16 – WWMT-TV – Police say they responded to a break-in alarm at a business around 9:00 pm Monday night. Responding officers found a … More Info
  • MN: Man charged with holding Payless employees hostage
    1.27.16 – KARE – Two of the bills had been marked, meaning once removed from the register, they triggered the store’s alarm. In an interview with officers, Flanders confessed to … More Info
  • MO: Serial bank robber sentenced in federal court
    1.26.16 – Columbia Daily Tribune – During Becker’s last robbery, the teller recognized him as a serial bank robber and activated a silent alarm. Police determined that Becker fled eastbound before … More Info
  • MO: Tire theft suspect caught on surveillance video
    1.26.16 – KSDK – The burglary, according to franchise owner John Keeley, tripped an alarm and helped alert police. Security cameras on the property show two officers in uniform … More Info
  • MS: Deputies investigate early morning store burglary
    1.30.16 – WTVA – Authorities say the man cut a phone line to the store and the alarm system did not activate. A clerk came to work around 3:30 a.m. and discovered the break-in. More Info
  • MT: Possible burglary suspect leads Kalispell police on pursuit
    1.26.16 – KPAX-TV – Falkner says that officers heard the shop’s alarm go off and shortly after they saw a person run across the street away from the building. That’s when officials … More Info
  • NC: Alarm foils attempted burglary
    1.25.16 – Rocky Mount Telegram – Rocky Mount police responded at 3:15 a.m. Sunday to an alarm activation at Yemin Food Mart. Upon their arrival, officers reported finding a … More Info
  • NC: Carrboro police need help stopping break-ins
    1.28.16 – News & Observer – Cornell Lamb said in the release. He advised residents to make sure they lock the doors and windows before leaving home and activate any alarm systems. More Info
  • NC: Crime: Electronics stolen from business
    1.28.16 – Greenville Daily Reflector – Police were dispatched to the business for a commercial alarm and found the front glass door shattered. For the complete article, please pick up a copy of The … More Info
  • NC: Sheriff: Woman shoots, kills man who broke into home in Robeson …
    1.30.16 – WITN – The home is a well-kept suburban home. The woman is a military wife who ran errands with her toddler along. The burglar alarm went off and notified police who … More Info
  • NE: 2 Lincoln pharmacies burglarized overnight
    1.29.16 – Lincoln Journal Star – An alarm went off at 10:58 p.m. at Medicap Pharmacy and officers found the window by the drive-through had been broken, Capt. More Info
  • NE: Business Owners react to burglary
    1.30.16 – KLKN – Owner Dave Meysenburg got the alert from his alarm company and headed straight there. “They broke apart some of the cabinet to get the highly controlled pain .. More Info
  • NM: House of Football shot in apparent theft attempt
    1.27.16 – KOAT Albuquerque – Police believe the person left the scene after the alarm went off. Investigators told the store the person probably shot the window out for an easy entry to steal … More Info
  • NY: Lockport man charged with robbing, trying to rob 2 banks
    1.27.16 – 13WHAM-TV – Foltz asked twice if the alarm was activated, but the employee did not answer. At that time, Foltz left the bank without any money. After reviewing surveillance … More Info
  • NY: Police seek suspects in Yorktown bank robbery
    1.30.16 – The Journal News | LoHud.com – … men who they say robbed the Chase branch around 2:30 p.m. Officers responded to the bank after a hold-up alarm was activated. More Info
  • NY: Serial Bank Robber in Blue Jumpsuit Caught After Hitting 10 Banks …
    1.30.16 – DNAinfo – Little did Hurley know that officers of the 19th Precinct were “hot on the suspect’s trail,” using smart phones equipped with an alarm that alerts them to robberies … More Info
  • OH: ATM stolen in smash and grab at Larchmere Deli in Shaker Heights
    1.29.16 – newsnet5.com – Police responded to Larchmere Deli just after 5:15 a.m. for a business alarm. When officers arrived, they discovered that a van had … More Info
  • OH: Chagrin Boulevard businesses broken into: Beachwood Police Blotter
    1.30.16 – cleveland.com – Officers discovered that an attempt to break into the building was made by breaking a window, but entry wasn’t made due to an alarm. It is unclear whether the … More Info
  • OH: Ohio Cop Selects New Dog in Texas After K9 Killed
    1.26.16 – Breitbart News – … was shot three times when he and Canton PD Officer Ryan Davis responded to a burglary alarm at a food store. Jethro, the K9, was shot in the face, shoulder, … More Info
  • OH: Police investigate Butler Twp. Sprint store break-in
    1.26.16 – Dayton Daily News – Officers said they were dispatched to the cell phone store around 1:45 a.m. after an alarm was triggered at the business. More Info
  • OK: Burglars Hit Tulsa Auto Parts Stores
    1.28.16 – News On 6 – Tulsa police responded to a business burglar alarm just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. When they got to the O’Reilly’s Auto … More Info
  • OR: Police looking for loan store robber
    1.27.16 – Toledo Blade – Meanwhile, the other employee who was to stay in the bathroom pushed a holdup alarm, the report said. After an officer entered the front of the store, Upon … More Info
  • OR: Pursuit begins with bank alarm and ends in arrest
    1.28.16 – East Oregonian – The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies responded to an alarm call at the Bank of Eastern Oregon, around 8:18 a.m. … More Info
  • OR: Toddler Found Alone in Roadway
    1.29.16 – KEZI TV – … and a half blocks, so she was quite a ways from home,” said Sgt. Keith Seanor. SPD says the parents have a home alarm system, but forgot to set it last night. More Info
  • PA: Cellular Phone Store Targeted Again
    1.26.16 – Go Blue Ridge – … Wilkesboro, hit in an incident that set off the alarm at 1:52 this past Sunday morning. Arriving Wilkesboro Police found the door shattered, but no entry gained. More Info
  • PA: Man charged with embezzling more than $100K from Lancaster hair …
    1.28.16 – PennLive.com – Police found that Envy Studio’s alarm had activated during the burglary but was reset by a code assigned to Smith. Surveillance video from nearby businesses … More Info
  • RI: State office break-in suspect on leave from teaching
    1.26.16 – WPRI 12 Eyewitness News – Jones is charged with breaking and entering and interference with a fire alarm — police said she activated a fire alarm box on the outside of the building, … More Info
  • SC: Orangeburg County deputies searching for burglary suspects
    1.25.16 – The State – Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said deputies responded to an alarm call at the facility at 12:40 a.m. Thursday. A key holder with the association told … More Info
  • SC: Two men sought in electronics store burglary
    1.26.16 – ABC NEWS 4 – OCSO deputies responded to an alarm at the S.C. Independent Schools Association around 12:40 a.m. Thursday. They reported finding several broken windows … More Info
  • SD: Everywhere I’ve Worked Has Had Break-Ins”
    1.28.16 – KDLT News – Police were tipped off from the burglar alarm going off. “They didn’t find any forced entry all the doors seemed locked,” says Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam … More Info
  • TX: Caught red handed: Texas burglary suspects caught shoving safe …
    1.29.16 – WTVD-TV – The San Marcos homeowner called 911 Thursday afternoon after he received a phone alert that someone had triggered the motion-activated alarm at his home. More Info
  • TX: Fourth ATM burglary shows similar MO
    1.28.16 – The Navasota Examiner – 3, in Navasota. The surveillance video from that burglary showed two suspects break the front glass door without sounding an alarm and proceeding to the ATM … More Info
  • TX: Hays County deputies catch suspects struggling to fit safe into car
    1.30.16 – Austin American-Statesman – A man called 911 saying he received a notification on his cellphone after a sensor from his home alarm was activated and saw two men in the surveillance video … More Info
  • TX: Lockport man found stuck on Thruway formally charged with bank …
    1.26.16 – Niagara Gazette – After adjusting his shirt, a bank employee noticed what appeared to be the handle of a gun and activated an alarm. Foltz asked twice if the alarm was activated … More Info
  • UT: Shady thieves stole $300K worth of sunglasses, police say
    1.26.16 – Deseret News – 17, someone broke into Sunglass Hut at the Tanger Outlets mall “disabled” the lock on the door and then “disabled” the alarm system, … More Info
  • VA: Burglary at Springfield Area Restaurant: Police
    1.28.16 – Patch.com – … at Springfield Area Restaurant: Police. Police responded to an alarm at the restaurant, where they found that someone had forced their way into the business. More Info
  • WA: Police Beat – 1/25/16
    1.26.16 – Woodinville Northwest News – Officers responded to a residential alarm where they found unknown suspect(s) had forced entry into the residence and absconded with items from inside the … More Info
  • WI: Burglaries linked to heroin
    1.30.16 – Waupaca County News – 12, Waupaca police arrested Bucher after they responded to an alarmat Nelson’s Strike Zone. They found him hiding in the basement. The police also found … More Info
  • WY: Man arrested in burglaries 11 hours apart
    1.30.16 – Gillette News Record – Police who responded to a burglar alarm at Pacific Steel about 5 a.m. Tuesday saw taillights on a Ford F-150 traveling through the yard. As he got closer to the … More Info

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