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February 13, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • BC: False alarm fines jumping for Kamloops businesses and residents
    2.8.17 – InfoTel News Ltd – Almost all fines related to false alarms are rising because police and administration want to use the fines as a deterrent for repeated false alarms. First time … More Info
  • LA: Fees, tax among ideas for funding Minden police pay raises
    2.9.17 – KSLA-TV – A public safety fee of $3 to $5 on monthly utility bills, an alcohol tax and charging for responding to repeat false alarms. Those are among ideas being discussed … More Info
  • NJ: Long Hill residents reminded to register alarm systems
    2.7.17 – New Jersey Hills – Long Hill Twp. – Residents and business owners are reminded to ensure their alarm systems are registered with the Long Hill Township … More Info
  • NS: This is not a drill: Setting off a false alarm could soon cost more in …
    2.8.17 – CBC.ca – “The cost to respond to false alarms is a million dollars,” said Amanda Whitewood, director of finance for the municipality. “We only recover $256,000 through … More Info
  • NY: Town Board Tables Vote on Amending Alarm Code
    2.6.17 – TAPinto.net – Residents from The Retreat crowded the Town Hall meeting room to listen to the Town Board discuss revamping the code on pull-string alarms. … More Info
  • SD: False alarm fines falling in Mitchell
    2.9.17 – Daily Republic – That’s according to Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster, who said in an ideal world there wouldn’t be false alarms. But, he said, responding is part of an … More Info
  • TN: Memphis City Council aims to reduce false alarms
    2.7.17 – The Commercial Appeal – The Memphis City Council took the first step Tuesday to reduce false police and fire alarms that council member Philip Spinosa Jr. says cost the … More Info

Industry News

  • The Top 10 Smart Home Service Providers in the US
    2.7.17 – SIA – Strategy Analytics released the results of its analysis of US providers of fee-based smart home services such as self-monitoring, notification, automation and energy management services — apart from or in addition to professionally-monitored interactive security. More Info
  • 6 Ways to Turn Intrusion Panels Into Hubs
    2.7.17 – Security Sales & Integration – If a fire alarm occurs, the doors can unlock to allow for fast access by first responders. Users benefit from easy operation with only one system to learn, while … More Info
  • MONI introduces ASAPer
    2.8.17 – Dallas – SSN – ASAPer, MONI Smart Security’s latest monitoring offering, will allow alarm users and their emergency contacts to quickly communicate and determine the validity of an alarm. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
225 ILCS 447/31-10 225 ILCS 447/31-15 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that the requirement for licensure that an applicant must submit certification issued by the Department of State Police that the applicant’s fingerprinting equipment and software meets all specifications required by the Department of State Police applies to fingerprint vendor agencies (rather than fingerprint vendors), and that the requirement is a continuing requirement for licensure. Adds as a qualification for licensure as a fingerprint vendor that an applicant provides proof of compliance with the Department fingerprinting equipment and software specifications if the applicant is not required to obtain a fingerprint vendor agency license under the Act. Effective immediately.
Status: 2/2/2017 : House Referred to Rules Committee
MDHB1368 Electricians – Local Licenses – Repeal – Requiring that an individual be licensed by the State Board of Master Electricians before the individual provides electrical services in the State; repealing the authority of a local board to issue a local license to provide specified electrical services; providing that local jurisdictions may locally regulate specified work by establishing a system of registrations designed to take action against specified registrants, and to report enforcement action to the State Board; etc. History
Specifying the scope and construction of a specified provision of law; requiring the Department of State Police to develop a specified uniform basic permit for use in connection with a low-voltage security system project and make the uniform basic permit available to local governments; specifying the terms for use of a uniform basic permit; requiring a local government to take specified actions regarding a uniform basic permit; etc. History


State & National News

  • Smart Home Stakeholders Must Take Lead in Delivering Trust, Report Says
    2.8.17- SSI – A new report by Beecham Research focuses on the challenges, approaches and opportunities in the smart home security marketplace. More Info
  • Trump’s FCC head is doing exactly what we expected
    2.9-17 – Engadget – A summary of Ajit Pai’s first two weeks as head of the FCC. More Info
  • Will Trump’s Tax Plan Benefit Small Businesses?
    2.9.17 – Entrepreneur – There are two major comprehensive tax reform plans being discussed currently: President Trump’s plan and the plan put forth by the House Ways and Means Committee, commonly referred to as the “Blueprint.” The two plans are similar in many aspects, but diverge in certain important provisions. More Info
  • How is a new area code selected?
    2.11.17 – ABC10.com- “Consumers should get ready for the overlay by programming equipment such as fax and answering machines and alarm and security devices to accommodate … More Info
  • Mandatory 10-digit dialing for 315 area code begins Feb. 11
    2.11.17 – The Times Telegram- Some examples, according to the release, are life safety systems, fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, … More Info

Business Tips

  • How Dealer Programs Can Give Security Professionals the Upper Hand
    2.9.17 – SSI – Learn how partner program participation can stack the deck in your More Info
  • 7 Ways to Gain Self Discipline and Strive Towards Greatness
    2.10.17 – Entrepreneur – Feel like giving up on your 2017 goal? These tips will help you push through. More Info
  • The Importance of Understanding New Technology
    2.10.17 – SSI -Ken Kirschenbaum isn’t ashamed to admit he didn’t know the meaning of IoT. Read why he believes it’s important to get with the times and stop being afraid to ask questions. More info
  • Do Employees Value Gifts More Than Money?
    2.1.17 – Open Forum – Focusing on employee well-being and relationships may be a more effective method of increasing employee retention than simply giving them more money. More Info

Fire News

  • AL: Fire alarms torment Kentucky basketball, interrupt sleep before …
    2.11.17 – SECcountry.com – The school confirmed to SEC Country that the Wildcats’ Alabama hotel had three false fire alarms go off overnight. The first woke the team up around 3:30 a.m. … More Info
  • CA: Fire extinguished at Riverside County Jail in Indio
    2.11.17 – KESQ – The sheriff’s department said inmates had to be moved to a safe area when the fire alarm sounded, but all jail operations are back to normal now. Firefighters … More Info
  • MA: Beverly Police logs, Feb. 3-8
    2.10.17 – Wicked Local Beverly – 5:07 a.m. A fire alarm was reported to be sounding in a building on Manor Road. 10:27 a.m. A verbal argument was reported … More Info
  • PA: A batch of cookies set off a fire alarm in Riepe, prompting an …
    2.7.17 – The Daily Pennsylvanian – A batch of cookies set off a kitchen fire alarm in the Mask and Wig hall of Riepe College House, prompting an immediate evacuation of all … More Info
  • PA: A bigger home rises from the ashes in Penn Valley
    2.12.17 – Philly.com – A screeching alarm woke them. The blaze lit up the bedroom windows. The couple and their two dogs escaped the burning structure through a door leading to a … More Info
  • SD: Sioux Falls Police Rule Small Apartment Fire Arson
    2.11.17 – KDLT News – Around 8 p.m., a resident living in the apartment complex near Lowell Avenue near 11th Street heard the fire alarm go off and looked outside their door. More Info
  • TX: Smoke alarm saves three from house fire
    2.6.17 – KWTX – Temple, Texas (KWTX) Three people were saved from a Temple house fire due to a working smoke alarm Saturday afternoon. Fire crews responded to a … More Info
  • WA: Edmonds townhouse fire displaces family of six
    2.8.17 – Edmonds Beacon – “Two men from neighboring units were alerted to the fire when their smoke alarms sounded,” said Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. More Info
  • WA: Woodinville man overcome by carbon monoxide, rushed to hospital
    2.7.17 – KOMO News – Firefighters were dispatched at 11:46 p.m. when an alarm went off in a home. A generator had been running … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Anchorage business break-ins on the rise, some stores hit multiple …
    2.7.17 – KTVA.com – Anchorage, Alaska – Anita Shell, a crime prevention specialist for APD, said business owners can decrease their chances of becoming property crime victims by investing in an alarm … More Info
  • AK: Midtown electronics store reeling after third burglary in less than a year
    2.6.17 – KTUU.com – As the alarm starts blaring, the suspect walks directly over to the cellphone display case and smashes it open. Less than a minute later, the thief is gone, along … More Info
  • AK: Troopers seeking suspects who stole ATM from Goldstream store
    2.11.17 – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – Troopers were notified at 5:22 a.m. that the front door had been damaged and the store alarm activated, according to a trooper news release. Surveillance … More Info
  • AK: UPDATE: Arrest made in electronics store burglary
    2.7.17 – KTUU.com – As the alarm starts blaring, the suspect walks directly over to the cellphone display case and smashes it open. Less than a minute later, the thief is gone, along … More Info
  • AL: Blotter Brief 2-9-17
    2.8.17 – Times Daily – Athens — A Florence man is facing burglary charges after Athens police responded to an alarm at a gas station Tuesday morning. Donnie E. Patterson, 45, … More Info
  • AL: Police Report for Feb. 6
    2.7.17 – Gadsden Times – Police responded to an alarm call Saturday at a residence and found someone had broken in through a front door and … More Info
  • AL: Same burglar believed to have broken into 2 Athens homes
    2.11.17 – Online Athens – Officers responded to a 1:38 p.m. burglar alarm activation at a home, where the burglar had broken door glass with a rock, but apparently … More Info
  • CA: Burglars hit Norman Drive pharmacy
    2.11.17 – Manteca Bulletin – One of the suspects could be seen frantically attempting to shut off the alarm, once it sounded, knowing officers could be on their way. Striplin staffers were still … More Info
  • CA: Homeless person arrested during burglary of Pomona medical …
    2.12.17 -MyNewsLA.com – Officers responding at 4:07 a.m. to a burglary alarm at the Chaparral Medical Group, determined that a suspect was still inside the building … More Info
  • CA: Long Beach police identify woman as accomplice in series of …
    2.12.17 -Los Angeles Times – The suspect robbed her and attempted to sexually assault her, according to police, but she fought back and a panic alarm was activated during the struggle. More Info
  • CT: Police: Masked teens caught after burglarizing Stamford store
    2.8.17 – The Advocate – As Whyte was taken into custody, officers were notified of a burglar alarm at the Boost Mobile cellphone store, just a half block from where the … More Info
  • FL: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Smash and grab, burglars target one very …
    2.11.17 – ABC Action News – Working cameras and an alarm system that went off. Yet the crooks are experienced. “It’s just a matter of time. They are going to slip up and we’re going to catch … More Info
  • FL: O’Brien man charged with burglary, grand theft
    2.11.17 – Suwannee Democrat – According to a SCSO report, a deputy responded to an alarm call on Jan. 21. When the deputy arrived, . More Info
  • GA: Deputy dead, 4 others in hospital after inhaling chemical substance
    2.6.17 – WFXG.com – A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says Sgt. Meagher responded to the Xytex Corporation for an alarm activation around 3:30 p.m.. Several … More Info
  • IL: Blotter: Nearly $800 stolen from local Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    2.6.17 – Daily Northwestern – At about 11:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the business for an alarm, Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. When the officers … More Info
  • IL: Convicted Cop-Killer Released From Prison
    2.7.17 – Officer.com – Gary Police Lt. George Yaros responded to the bank’s alarm and confronted the suspects in the parking lot when he was wounded in a shootout. The men ran to … More Info
  • IL: Morton Grove police: Niles man pointed a gun at a motorist during …
    2.11.17 – Chicago Tribune – Officers responded to a residential burglar alarm Feb. 6 and found the home burglarized. Police said a flat screen TV was stolen. More Info
  • IN: Police investigate shooting outside South Bend store
    2.11.17 – WNDU-TV – Just after 7 p.m. Friday, officers responded to an alarm at the Boost Mobile store. About 15 minutes later, a person showed … More Info
  • IN: Teen accused of theft, battery
    2.11.17 – Terre Haute Tribune Star – Another employee tried to stop the attack, but was also beaten by Hamilton, who ran off when an employee set off the panic alarm. The store manager said … More Info
  • MA: Alleged Springfield guitar thief held on $2500 bail
    2.7.17 – MassLive.com – Police, responding to the store alarm, tracked Ayala through the woods to a home, where they arrested him and recovered the guitars, … More Info
  • MI: Man admits to break-ins at 3 stores
    2.11.17 – Livingston Daily – Livingston County sheriff’s deputies responded about 30 minutes later to an alarm at the Target store. Upon arrival, deputies found a large … More Info
  • NC: CMPD finds 500 pieces of stolen mail in burglary suspect’s car
    2.8.17 – WCNC.com – CMPD was initially called to a residential alarm Tuesday around 10:34 a.m. Shortly after arriving, officers were notified of an alarm … More Info
  • NJ: Gas station burglary leads February 5, 2017 Trentonian Police Blotter
    2.6.17 – The Trentonian – Gas Station Burglary: Someone forced open the front doors of a BP gas station and cut several wires outside of the building, which triggered a burglar alarm. More Info
  • NJ: Millburn Store Owner Says Storm Blew Out His Windows
    2.11.17 – Patch.com – “Yesterday I was contacted by the Millburn police responding to an alarm,” Michael Conforti said. “Their investigation revealed that high winds blew in our front … More Info
  • NJ: New Jersey Man Hides From Police in Snowbank, Gets Frostbite …
    2.11.17 – Patch.com – The incident began at 1:45 a.m. Friday morning: South Brunswick Twp. police responded to the Viking Buy-Rite Wine and Liquor when its burglar alarm … More Info
  • NJ: Reward offered for Bridgewater bank robbery suspect
    2.7.17 – NJ.com – At approximately 3 p.m., township police responded to an alarm activation at the bank. More Info
  • NJ: ‘Saved by being arrested’: Frostbitten, bleeding and soaked burglar …
    2.12.17 -Daily Mail – The burglar alarm went off at Viking Buy-Rite Wine and Liquor at 1.45am, which alerted police. Officers didn’t find anyone inside but … More Info
  • NJ: Spat in the face, bong bust and thefts: February 7, 2017 Trentonian …
    2.7.17 – The Trentonian – Officials say police were sent to the residence after the alarm was activated. When police arrived, they heard sounds coming from the inside the … More Info
  • NV: Bail set at $25000 for suspect in armed robbery at South Point sports …
    2.8.17 – News3LV – After he ran off, the manager set off a silent alarm. Jackson was then met with armed security guards in the casino’s valet area, and Metro was called to take him … More Info
  • NV: Henderson police catch medical center burglary suspect
    2.6.17 – KTNV Las Vegas – Henderson police were alerted by an alarm company shortly before 6 p.m. … time as Henderson police search floor by floor with help from the alarm company. More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Police blotter
    2.10.17 – Shelter Island Reporter – Also on that day, a burglary alarm was set off accidentally at a South Ferry Hills residence by a worker on the premises. Police also investigated a possible … More Info
  • OH: Man arrested after Fort Thomas home invasion
    2.10.17 – WXIX – Lovins faces a burglary charge after using a screwdriver to enter the building, disabling the alarm system, raiding an elderly couples apartment and then fleeing . More Info
  • OH: Police respond to business robbery: Lakewood police blotter
    2.12.17 – cleveland.com – Police were notified by a hold-up alarm… More Info
  • OH: Police seek AT&T break in suspects
    2.11.17 – Chronicle Telegram – “There was an audible alarm going off so maybe that scared them.” Security camera footage shows two black people wearing all black running from the store. More Info
  • OH: Warren crime activity: Man threatened to kill officers during arrest
    2.10.17 – WKBN.com – 2:42 a.m. – … police were called for an alarm at Cash Land. Officers found the bottom window of the door was smashed. 10:16 a.m. … More Info
  • OK: Sand Springs bar burglar caught on camera
    2.6.17 – KOKI FOX 23 – The suspect was in and out in under two minutes, only getting away with the money out of tip jars after hearing the alarm go off. The owner says it’s extremely … More Info
  • OR: Man sentenced to 10 years for break-ins at businesses, UO
    2.7.17 – The Register-Guard – 10 by Eugene police officers who responded to an alarm at Blair Chiropractic and found Hershey climbing out of a window. More Info
  • OR: Post Office burglary caught on camera in West Eugene
    2.11.17 – KVAL – Police said they responded to his triggered alarm system the night of Feb. 6. The anonymous business owner said he knows exactly what’s attracting the crime. More Info
  • PA: Harrison attempted robbery suspect’s note misinterpreted by clerk …
    2.8.17 – Tribune-Review – George told McCune that she activated a silent alarm, and he fled empty handed. George testified during the preliminary hearing Wednesday before District .. More Info
  • PA: Serial burglar admits breaking into dentist’s office
    2.9.17 – Allentown Morning Call – He was arrested when he tripped an alarm after breaking one of the dentist’s windows with a cement block, police said. At the scene, police heard noises coming … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg Police Blotter, Feb. 6
    2.7.17 – North Country Now – 2:32 Officers responded to a commercial burglar alarm activation at Joann Fabrics. Patrols verified that the building was secure. More Info
  • SC: Teen and juvenile arrested for Hartsville home burglary
    2.7.17 – WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC – … Robert Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a home at 12:45 p.m. after an alarm went off. More Info
  • TN: Police investigating area Walmart thefts
    2.12.17 -Bristol Herald Courier – From prior employment experience, the corrections officer immediately recognized the item as a tool used to deactivate alarms on fire doors at emergency exits. More Info
  • TX: ATM burglars strike out at 2 Houston banks
    2.7.17 – Chron.com – Shortly after midnight, Houston police responded to a burglar alarm at a Chase bank, Lt. Larry Crowson said. More Info
  • TX: Man arrested for home burglary
    2.7.17 – KFDA – 6, APD officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at a residence. When officers arrived they could see a male walking … More Info
  • TX: Man charged after attempted theft of $10400 bicycles
    2.11.17 – KENS5.com – A man working next door to the bike shop heard the alarm sound and noticed the shop door was open when it shouldn’t be. He saw Reyna carrying two bikes … More Info
  • VA: Police: 3 men on the loose after robbing Tyson’s Corner …
    2.10.17 – WJLA – According to police, they responded to an “alarm activation” at the upscale retail store shortly after 9 p.m. and spotted three men running to a vehicle with what … More Info
  • VT: Bank robber sought
    2.6.17 – Rutland Herald – Shelburne Police responded to a bank alarm at 5:57 p.m. It was reported that a man entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding money. A weapon … More Info
  • WA: Federal agencies to offer $5000 reward for information on Federal …
    2.10.17 – Federal Way Mirror – Federal Way police responded to a burglary alarm at Federal Way Indoor Range LLC early on Jan. 28. According to police spokeswoman … More Info
  • WA: Suspect arrested in Bi-Mart theft/arson; ATF offering reward for …
    2.11.17 – NBC Right Now – Then he set off the alarm when he opened on of the back doors. Moments later, a fire was set inside. When police arrived, they discovered 27 weapons were … More Info
  • WA: Teens arrested in Lake Stevens school burglary, arson
    2.8.17 – The Daily Herald – Both are felony allegations. The break-in set off an alarm at the school about 3 a.m. Monday. Lake Stevens officers arrived to find the remnants of a small fire in a … More Info

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