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February 15, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • MS: No smoke alarm in more than half of Mississippi fatal fires
    2.8.16 – WAPT Jackson- The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office said 55 people died in fires last year, and more than half of them were in homes without working smoke alarms. More Info

Industry News

  • Sensor-1 is the highly versatile security device you can stick onto …
    2.8.16 – Mashable- It sticks to surfaces with a 3M Command Strip and can light up and sound an alarm if moved, alert you if you’ve left it behind, or stealthily track how and when it’s… More Info 
  • Fall detector for older people
    2.8.16 – Medical Xpress- Bluetooth technology connects the sensor to a safety alarm device or telephone so that the user can count on receiving help almost immediately. “If you do fall, … More Info
  • Skyline’s 10-digit dialing mandatory in April
    2.8.16 – Jefferson Post- … such things as fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, voicemail services, cell phone contact lists and call forwarding services. More Info
  • Xfinity Home WeatherBug Announcement
    2.8.16 – BTR – “Comcast announced…a partnership with Earth Networks’ WeatherBug Home optimization software that will help Xfinity Home customers further reduce energy use and lower costs. WeatherBug Home will provide the data and analytics that power Xfinity Home’s energy saving tool- EcoSaver- which learns the heating and cooling patterns of a home…” More Info
  • Home security startup gets $2.9 million
    2.10.16 – SSN – Cambridge, Mass.- A home security startup closed a $2.9 million funding round. More Info
  • Total Monitoring Services to open medical monitoring division
    2.10.16 – SSN – Sacramento, Calif.-Total Monitoring Service president Tim Sproul talks to Security Systems News about its new PERS division. More Info
  • Honeywell buys smoke detection business
    2.5.16 – SSN – Melville, NY – Honeywell announced on Feb. 4 it will acquire Xtralis, a smoke detection, security and video analytics company, for $480 million. More Info
  • CSAA/ANSI alarm verification standard to improve law enforcement …
    2.11.16 – SourceSecurity.com – The verification of alarms continues to progress with more affordable technology as well as an updated industry standard set for release as soon as the end of … More Info
  • NFPA Xchange Online Portal Aims to Keep Stakeholders Up-to-Date on Latest Codes, Standards
    2.13.16 – SSI – NFPA Xchange allows users to search or browse information on topics ranging from fire protection systems, electrical, building and life safety, emergency response and more… More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
NJAB02769Text Requires fire suppression and alarm systems in certain group homes. No companion bill.
Status: 2/8/2016 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Human Services Committee

Business Tips

  • Technology Is Evolving and Integrators Must Adapt
    2.10.16 – CEPro – To thrive, integrators should focus on one aspect of service, work to improve their operational efficiency, change their cost structure and optimize their resources. More Info
  • For Security Companies, Take a Page Out of a Football Coach’s Playbook
    2.12.16 – SSI – There are many parallels between running a security business and trying… More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Burglar Alarm Leads Crews To Fire In Dentist Office
    2.12.16 – Patch.com – A burglary alarm led firefighters to a small blaze at a dentist’s office near Capitola early Thursday morning, a Central Fire Protection District spokesman said. More Info
  • MI: Man hears smoke alarm over phone; woman saved
    2.11.16 – WLNS – Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOOD) – Brodrick McAfee was startled awake around 4 a.m. Tuesday to the sound of a smoke alarm going off, but it wasn’t in his … More Info
  • NJ: Fire alarm is costly for hotel
    2.8.16 – Cherry Hill Courier Post – Laura and Michael Bongard sued the Hotel ML over an incident that began when a fire alarm woke them on a cold night in February 2014. Laura Bongard was … More Info
  • PA: Teenager charged after allegedly covering smoke alarms in …
    2.9.16 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – Officials determined the origin of the fire alarm to be in room 710. When inside, police allege that all but one of the room’s smoke detectors were covered with … More Info
  • WI: Beaver Dam Police Beat
    2.8.16 – Beaver Dam Daily Citizen – Fire – Friday at 3:24 p.m., someone reported a commercial fire alarm going off. Hit and run – Friday at 4:29 p.m., a man told … More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Police: Burglary suspect caught with TV, door alarm
    2.12.16 – KSLA-TV – Jonesboro police say a suspected burglar was not only carrying a stolen TV with him at the time of his arrest, but he also had part of a business’s door alarm in … More Info
  • CA: Burglar tunnels through wall, grabs loot from Sacramento County …
    2.11.16 – Sacramento Bee – Deputies responded about 3 a.m. Thursday to a burglar alarm activation at a business in the 6000 block of Franklin Boulevard. Deputies who first responded … More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspect arrested in Calexico
    2.8.16 – KXO Radio – Calexico Police responded to an alarm early Friday morning. The alarm had gone off at Micro Vipor Electronics. At the scene the . More Info
  • CA: Fremont County Sheriff’s Office: Customer sneaks in after hours …
    2.14.16 – Canon City Daily Record – 115, Penrose, on an alarm. Everything was secure. More Info
  • CA: Half Moon Bay: Armed man robs jewelry store
    2.8.16 – San Jose Mercury News- Around the same time, police said, a second suspect entered the business and noticed an employee press a panic alarm. Both suspects then left the store and … More Info
  • CA: Lafayette Police Investigate Attempted Home Burglary
    2.13.16 – Patch.com – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at approximately 9 a.m. where a neighbor reported seeing a man run from the rear of … More Info
  • CA: Mother, 35, Allegedly Uses Daughter as ‘Lookout’ to Steal …
    2.11.16 – KTLA – Deputies responded to a robbery alarm at the business and contacted Jesus Cervantes, a clerk at the store. Cervantes told deputies that a young girl had asked … More Info
  • CO: Cañon City Police Blotter: Woman arrested for unlawful possession …
    2.9.16 – Canon City Daily Record – Officers responded to on a report of an alarm. Officers checked the area and everything appeared to be OK. Officers responded … More Info
  • CT: Teens charged in attempted burglaries
    2.9.16 – Monroe Courier – According to police, shortly after midnight on February 5 an alarm company called in a burglar alarm activation, in which the homeowner had been … More Info
  • FL: Burglars target cell phone store in Merritt Island
    2.11.16 – Florida Today – The attempted break-in happened about 1 a.m. Wednesday at the Best Buy Mobile store, setting off an alarm inside the mall. More Info
  • FL: Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar burglarized
    2.9.16 – Bradenton Herald – Bradenton Police Lieutenant James Racky confirmed Bradenton police were called out to the scene by an alarm at about 2 a.m. The police did not observe any … More Info
  • IN: Brothers in Indiana make citizen’s arrest in attempted burglary
    2.11.16 – WDJT – On Wednesday morning, the brothers woke up to a tripped home alarm coming from the detached garage. The brothers investigated and found 42-year-old … More Info
  • IN: PCSP: Pet Haven burglar leaves footprints in the snow
    2.9.16 – Chesterton Tribune – A 17-year-old Liberty Township boy was taken into custody early this morning after officers, responding to an activated alarm at the Pet Haven business at 19 … More Info
  • KS: Police: Man fatally run over by truck; shots fired near downtown …
    2.8.16 – Wichita Eagle- Officers were called to a security alarm going off at a building at about 4 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered that “the alarm … More Info
  • MI: Break-in suspect arraigned on resisting and obstructing charge …
    2.11.16 – MLive.com – Then, officers responded to the station for a burglar alarm and found the back door had been forced open. Cigarettes and other miscellaneous items were stolen … More Info
  • MN: Teen girls sentenced on guilty pleas to felony burglaries
    2.12.16 – ABC Newspapers – Just after 2 a.m. July 7, 2015, Coon Rapids Police responded to a burglar alarm at Wiser Choice Liquor where officers found broken … More Info
  • MO: Burglar breaks into elderly woman’s house while she was at church
    2.8.16 – fox4kc.com- She said she forgot to turn the alarm system on, but said that’s no excuse to break in to someone’s home. Even though her jewelry is gone, her husband’s .. More Info
  • NJ: Pair charged in robberies
    2.9.16 – Edison Sentinel – Matawan police responded to an alarm activation at a residence at 12:05 p.m. Jan. 13. Upon arrival, police found the alarm had been activated by a forced entry … More Info
  • NJ: Ridgewood Police Blotter
    2.8.16 – Bergen Dispatch- On Thursday, February 4, patrol responded to an alarm at the Water’s Edge Café at Graydon pool. Upon investigating the alarm it was determined that someone … More Info
  • NV: Burglars hit antique store near downtown Las Vegas
    2.9.16 – KTNV Las Vegas – According to police, the alarm went off around 1 a.m. inside B & D Antiques and Consignments and when police … More Info
  • NY: Ferry fender bender leads Shelter Island Reporter police blotter
    2.11.16 – Shelter Island Reporter – Police responded Tuesday evening to an activated burglary alarm at a Heights residence and upon arrival found the front door slightly ajar. There was no sign of … More Info
  • NY: Homeowner and Police Use Dogs to Track Madison Road Burglar’s …
    2.10.16 – Scarsdale10583.com – 5, police were dispatched to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, patrol noticed the front door wide open. They went inside and began checking the … More Info
  • OH: Police: 2 bank robberies, attempted gas station robbery likely linked
    2.10.16 – WLWT Cincinnati – “The cashier at Circle K told him that he had already activated the silent alarm, and that if he left now he might be able to get away before the police get there. More Info
  • OK: Garage Burgers, Hobby Lobby burglarized
    2.9.16 – Daily O’Collegian – The suspect reportedly entered the building through the roof, and video surveillance indicated the suspect was spooked when a motion alarm was triggered, … More Info
  • OK: OCPD: Man arrested in metro gun-theft investigation
    2.8.16 – KOCO Oklahoma City- 20 after police responded to a call about an alarm going off at Cops Products. The store’s front window was broken and … More Info
  • OR: Firearms Stolen from Medford Gun Store
    2.13.16 – KAJO – Medford Police responded to an alarm at Guns R Us in the Winco Shopping Center Thursday morning just after 6 a.m. to find the front glass … More Info
  • OR: Phone scam triggers bank robber alarm
    2.10.16 – Ashland Daily Tidings – An attempted phone scam turned into what was thought to be a possible bank robbery, resulting in a number of Ashland police showing up in force at the … More Info
  • PA: Alarm activated at former convent
    2.10.16 – The Courier-Express – … February 10, 2016 10:04 pm. Crystal Fire Department responded to an activated alarm at St. Joseph Monastery Wednesday afternoon. More Info
  • SC: 2 men arrested in connection to prescription drug thefts in …
    2.11.16 – WCBD News 2 – On January 17 and again on January 18, OCSO deputies were called to R and J Drugs after an alarm indicated intruders at the business. More Info
  • TX: Belk burglary suspect captured
    2.13.16 – Weatherford Democrat – Officer Jason Morrow, who was in the area, arrived in less than a minute after police received a burglary alarm call and saw two suspects running from the … More Info
  • TX: Bulverde police say suspect jailed after leaving wallet behind
    Seguin Gazette-Enterprise – 28, an alarm went off at the Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union. He said the alarm company called emergency dispatch and … More Info
  • TX: Man fails in attempt to rob Amegy Bank in The Woodlands
    2.8.16 – KPRC Houston- A business alarm alerted deputies to an Amegy Bank, according to police reports. More Info
  • WA: Man allegedly breaks into coffee stand
    2.10.16 – Columbia Basin Herald – On Friday officers with the Moses Lake Police Department were dispatched to Jo Jo’s Java for a burglary alarm. When officers … More Info

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