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February 17 2014


Association Events

  • 3.5.14 – OKBFAA Member Meeting
    Wednesday, March 5th.  Details on the meeting forthcoming.  To RSVP, click here.  

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Cities raise alarm over proposed alarm changes
    2.11.14 – KTAR.com – PHOENIX — When you order a home security system you expect the alarm installers to be honest and trustworthy, but some are worried a bill at the state… More Info 
  • MS: West Point chief says he may review false alarm policy
    2.12.14 – The Commercial Dispatch – West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley received approval from selectmen to review the department’s policy on false alarm calls and make a recommendation on possible changes to it in a future meeting. More Info
  • NY: Common False Alarms: What You Should Know
    2.11.14 – Patch.com – There are so many unnecessary alarms in Rockland County that the Fire Chiefs Association and Office of Fire and Emergency Services have embarked on a … More Info
  • OH: City Cracking Down on False Alarms for PD
    2.16.14 – fox8.com – According to police records, last year city cops were required to respond to 23,890 alarm calls for service. Of the majority of those calls, 97.5 percent were false. More Info
  • TX: Dallas chief wants officers tweeting from crime scenes
    2.10.14 – PoliceOne – Dallas Police Chief David Brown wants police officers to operate with social media in mind, including sending tweets from crime scenes. “We want officers to be prepared to use social media to speak directly to citizens in the case of major critical incidents, like the bombings in Boston,” the department said in a recent statement. More Info
  • WY: Cheyenne Alarm Ordinance Enforcement Starting Thursday
    2.14.14 – KGWN – Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) – Starting on Thursday, February 13th, the Cheyenne Police Department will be issuing citations to those individuals not in compliance … More Info

Industry News

  • IL: Fire monitoring in Illinois trending in industry’s favor
    2.12.14 – Des Plaines, Ill.—The Lemont Fire Protection District is ending its fire alarm monitoring program, citing a recent federal appeals court decision saying public entities can’t monopolize such monitoring. But some communities still won’t bow to a federal court decision saying public fire districts can’t be in the alarm monitoring business. More Info
  • AP: Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion
    2.12.14 – Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock in a deal that would combine the top two cable TV companies in the nation, according to a person familiar with the matter. An announcement is set for Thursday morning, the person said. More Info
  • Are DIY solutions a legitimate threat to traditional alarm dealers?
    2.14.14- Security Info Watch – innovations the alarm industry has seen in recent years with the rise in demand for interactive services, one trend that has flown relatively underneath the radar is the growing market for do-it-yourself (DIY) security systems. More Info
  • What is an Alarm Duress Code?
    2.9.14 – Huffington Post – Ever consider the idea that a home intruder may force you to turn off your home alarm? Ever think that there’s a way you could secretly signal this to the … More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State Trends

  • Low-voltage license bill passes Georgia Senate
    2.12.14 – Security Systems News – I reported last week on a bill in Georgia that would expand the number of Georgia contractors licensed to perform low-voltage installations. Yesterday, that piece of legislation (S.B. 294) passed the Georgia Senate by a vote of 53-0. Three senators were not on the floor during the vote. More Info

National News

  • Another Delay for Affordable Care Act
    2.11.14 – NSBA – The Administration is continuing its slow back-down from the employer coverage mandate, one of the most complex and unworkable parts of the sweeping health care law. More Info

Business Tips

  • 10 Building Blocks for Today’s Leadership
    2.12.14 – CIO Insights – The Digital Age requires new rules for modern IT leaders and managers. Find out how to help transform your organization through the following executive checklist. More Info
  • The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women 
    2.3.14 – Forbes – It’s impossible to respect, value and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great. Because of this, the identity crisis… More Info
  • Leaders Resist Changing Their Style
    2.11.14 – Baseline – While 79 percent of professionals say current business challenges require adjustments in leadership styles, 66 percent say today’s leaders are resistant to changing their style. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Morning fire destroys Phoenix couple’s mobile home
    2.10.14 – CBS 5 Phoenix – The man and woman were awakened by a smoke alarm and somebody pounding on their front door. More Info
  • CT: Police: 3 Amity Students Arrested After Activating Fire Alarm
    2.11.14 – Patch.com – Three Amity High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after they activated the fire alarm while smoking in the bathroom, police said. More Info
  • MD: Malfunctioning boiler triggers alarm at Perryville High
    2.11.14 – Cecil Whig – Perryville – A malfunctioning boiler compressor triggered a fire alarm at Perryville High School on Monday night, prompting volunteer firefighters to respond … More Info
  • PA: Easton family of six displaced in Sunday morning fire
    2.10.14 – The Express-Times – The battery of the third-floor smoke detector, the only alarm on the floor, had gone bad and was never replaced, Deputy Chief John Price says… More Info
  • PA: Smoke alarms alert family to fire in Devon home
    2.9.14 – Main Line Suburban Life – Berwyn firefighters responded to a serious fire in the 500 block of North Valley Forge Road in Devon just before 11 p.m. Friday evening. First arriving firefighters found fire coming out of the first floor of a home. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar breaks into Governors Drive business
    2.15.14 – WSFA 12 Montgomery – A Huntsville business was burglarized early Saturday morning, according to police. More Info
  • AL: Huntsville police: Rental store on Bob Wallace burglarized
    2.9.14 – The Huntsville Times – A store alarm alerted officers to investigate, and upon arrival they noticed that the side glass had been broken out… More Info
  • CA: Police arrest man accused of using machete to rob store
    2.14.14 – KGET 17 Bakersfield – Bakersfield, CA — A man is under arrest, accused of using a machete to rob a convenience store and steal a car. Officers raced to the AM/PM on Friday morning just after one.  Someone had triggered the robbery alarm. The clerk told officers a man with a machete robbed the store.  Officers say he took money, merchandise, the clerk’s car keys, and took off in the car. A half-hour later … More Info
  • CA: Suspected burglar sought by La Mesa police
    2.12.14 – U-T San Diego – Witnesses saw the man flee a residence after its home alarm went off. More Info
  • CO: Fast Food, Grocery Store Burglaries Believed To Be Linked
    2.13.14 – KKTV 11 Colorado Springs – Two fast food restaurants and a grocery store were burglarized Wednesday–and investigators think they’re all connected. More Info
  • IL: Police: Woman busted on pot charges when officers check out burglary alarm
    2.14.14 – WFIE Evansville – On Thursday, Madisonville Police say officers responded to a residential burglary alarm. More Info
  • KY: Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette museum in Kentucky
    2.13.14- Washington Post – An enormous sinkhole opened in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday morning, swallowing several of the iconic muscle cars. The museum said it was alerted to the sinkhole by an alarm company. More Info
  • LA: BPD investigating armed robbery
    2.14.14 – The Daily News – The Bogalusa Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday night at the Chevron station. More Info
  • MA: Police find suspect in store ceiling
    2.10.14 – The Eagle-Tribune – North Andover — A man broke into a Richdale Convenience Store by smashing the front door early yesterday morning, then climbed up into the drop ceiling in a vain attempt to avoid capture, police said. The burglar alarm … More Info
  • MA: Suspected Thief Found Unconscious In Ceiling Of North Andover Store
    2.10.14 – CBS Boston – Police responding to a burglar alarm at a North Andover store early Monday morning ending up finding a man unconscious above the ceiling. More Info
  • MD: School alarm leads to drug charges against teens
    2.9.14 – Cecil Whig – Elk Neck – Six teenage boys have been charged as juveniles with possession of marijuana and trespassing after a burglar alarm at Elk Neck Elementary School during the wee hours over the weekend caused… More Info
  • NJ: Burglars pull off heist of jewelry store in Paramus
    2.14.14 – WABC-TV New York – Thieves backed a truck into a jewelry store in Paramus Friday, and made off with a safe containing up to $250,000 in jewelry. More Info
  • NJ: Lawrence: Police arrest suspect in possible burglary
    2.11.14 – The Lawrence Ledger – Paul Brown Jr., 50, of Yardville, has been charged with attempted burglary, possession of burglar tools and hindering apprehension for allegedly trying to break into the Subs and Bites shop at 12:25 a.m. Jan. 10, according to the Lawrence Township Police Department. More Info
  • NV: West Reno burglary suspect flees into Truckee River and police can’t find him
    2.11.14 – Reno Gazette-Journal – The Reno Police Department searched along the Truckee River early Tuesday and again during daylight on Tuesday for a burglary suspect but were unable to find him. More Info
  • OH: Alarm prevents break-in at Tucker Drive residence
    2.12.14 – ThisWeekNews – An alarm apparently scared off burglars at a residence at 10:48 p.m. Feb. 6. Police responded and found the garage door had … More Info
  • OH: Steubenville police investigating multiple break-ins
    2.10.14 – WTOV 9 Steubenville – The Steubenville Police Department is investigating the break-ins of several area businesses over the weekend. While checking the area at Walgreens after the building’s alarm sounded at 6:30 Sunday morning, police found the glass of the front door shattered. … More Info
  • TN: Business Co Owner Accused of Stealing from Neighboring Business
    2.11.14 – WBBJ TV – Henderson County, TN – Deputies in Henderson County have arrested one co-business owner for theft of his neighboring business which is located in the same building. More Info
  • TN: Police follow snow tracks, arrest Ga man
    2.14.14 – WDEF Chattanooga – ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they followed tracks through the snow to arrest a man on burglary charges. An alarm went off early Thursday at K&K Soul Food in northwest Atlanta. Police spokesman John Chafee tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution officers arrived to find footprints and tire tracks leading away from the business, which was closed. Chafee says officers … More Info
  • TX: Crime spree ends with arrest of rock wielding bandit
    2.14.14 – The Tomball Potpourri – A Houston man is in custody in connection with the burglary of several Tomball businesses over the last few weeks. More Info
  • TX: MSU Police Investigating Possible Threat
    2.9.14 – Newschannel 6 Wichita Falls – This photo is from Midwestern State University’s Twitter page Sunday evening. More Info
  • TX: Pampa police arrest man after gunshots fired during robbery
    2.14.14 – Amarillo Globe-News – Pampa police said they arrested a 20-year-old man on a charge of aggravated robbery after he fired gunshots inside a convenience store late Thursday. About 10:35 p.m., police responded to a panic alarm at the Allsup’s. More Info
  • TX: Police investigate burglary at Tyler CVS Pharmacy
    2.10.14 – CBS 19 Tyler – Tyler Police received a commercial burglar alarm call located at the CVS Pharmacy. More Info
  • TX: SW Austin homeowners relieved after burglar arrested in New Mexico
    2.9.14 – FOX 7 Austin – 60-year-old Gary White is was arrested this week in Roswell, New Mexico – far away from southwest Austin where police believe the homeless man burglarized one or more homes in the Western Oaks neighborhood last year. More Info
  • VT: Attempted ATM heist was a false alarm
    2.12.14 – WPTZ The Champlain Valley – Attempted ATM heist was a false alarm. Men were properly permitted employees. … More Info
  • WA: Homeowner’s video helps catch Newcastle burglar
    2.9.14 – KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma – A series of high-quality home surveillance videos helped authorities arrest a suspect for a home burglary in January. On Jan. 7, a man was caught on 11 surveillance cameras, breaking into a Newcastle home. Craig Belcher, the homeowner, had set up the system from a kit he bought at Costco years ago. In this instance, he was able to pull up footage from each camera, tracking the man as he first … More Info


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