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Public Safety Updates

  • MA: Springfield (Mass.) Police Begin Enforcing False Alarm Fine Ordinance
    2.16.18 – SSI – The edict has been on the books but police are now fining for false alarms on a consistent basis. Alarms systems must also be registered with the city. More Info

Industry News

  • How This Pawn Shop Is Using Video Verification to Reduce False …
    2.12.18 – Security Sales & Integration – “Now with a 3xLOGIC hybrid DVR, we can use analytics to associate existing outdoor cameras – two cover the yard, two cover the shop’s roof – to the Sonitrol panel and seamlessly provide video alarm feeds to our Sonitrol central station to detect and verify any threat. Going forward, Ted’s can install IP cameras and even …More Info
  • Video Verification: Cutting Edge 15 Years Later
    2.13.18 – SecurityInfoWatch – Back in 2003, video alarm verification was a novel, basically futuristic concept. The article cites a new proposal in Los Angeles that called for non-response of alarms without verification. This led to a new policy in 2004, where each alarmed location within the city was afforded two false alarm activations within a rolling year; .. More Info
  • How To Specify and Install Automatic Doors
    2.2.18 – Locksmith Ledger – Automatic low-energy swinging door operators provide ADA compliance or user convenience and come in single, pair or… More Info
  • Unlocking Code Requirements for Single-Point Access Control
    2.2.18 – Locksmith Ledger – As access control becomes more prevalent, organizations, tests and standards will evolve to ensure that new… More Info
  • Valcom Acquires Keltron to Boost Life-Safety Event Management …
    2.14.18 – Security Sales & Integration – Keltron UL-listed solutions are said to support and unify within a single view, multiple models and brands of alarm panels and multiple alarm-signaling technologies to provide an integrated system of fire/life-safety alarm monitoring, dispatching and reporting. The acquisition provides Keltron the resources to accelerate … More Info
  • IPR appoints new CEO following name change
    2.15.18 – SSN – Hudson, Wis.- IPR Inc., the new name for ipDatatel and Resolution Products, which merged last year, has announced its new CEO, Brian McLaughlin, who will be responsible for all aspects of the business based here. More Info
  • Recurring Revenue Report Reveals Direction of Security Industry
    2.14.18 – SSI – Recurring revenue models have been widely promoted and increasingly embraced by security dealers and integrators. SSI’s first research project in this area indicates RMR currently accounts for 35% of those companies’ total revenue. More Info
  • Bosch Security Systems to Be Renamed Bosch Building Technologies
    2.15.18 – SSI – Bosch video systems, intrusion detection and access control business units will be merged to form a security business unit for integrated solutions. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
225 ILCS 447/35-35 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that an individual who is a former peace officer but continues to perform services in an armed capacity that is a licensed activity under the Act is required to obtain a permanent employee registration card but is not required to obtain a firearm control card if the individual is in compliance with the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004. Provides that an agency that employs an officer who elects to carry a firearm pursuant to the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 shall submit a notice of such election along with a fee to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Effective immediately.
Status: 2/14/2018: Senate Assigned to Judiciary
Status: 02/08/18: Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry

State & National News

  • Many homeowners purchasing cameras for added security
    2.12.18 – WDAY – Fargo – Doorbell security cameras are becoming more common, as people ditch the alarms for video. A security camera … “Real benefit of the camera is that you have a picture of them now, with the motion detector there’s a good chance they can get in and out before the police arrive,” said Paul Nelson, Alarm Technician. More Info
  • Bed-shaking fire alarms to help those hard of hearing
    2.12.18 – Wink News – A new fire alarm designed to shake a person’s bed in the event of a fire would help those who are deaf or hard of hearing. For Cape Coral residents like Mary Rosario, this piece of technology could save her life in the event of an emergency. “We’re getting old… sometimes we can’t hear and we don’t know when there’s … More Info
  • Fire Code Confusion: Occupancy Types
    2.13.18 – SecurityInfoWatch – You may be surprised how much NFPA 72’s chapter on “Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems” has changed the landscape of the code throughout the years. Years ago, NFPA 72 was a short standard on the specific subject of fire alarm systems. Before 1993, several standards and two … More Info
  • U.S. economy faces impending skills gap
    2.13.18 – The Hill – Economists, demographers and political leaders are increasingly concerned that the next generation of workers won’t be ready to fill millions of new jobs across the country. More Info
    Career pathways policy: Overview of 2017 state legislative action
    1.29.18 – NCSL – Policymakers are seeking strategies that will build a strong workforce and provide students with the skills and confidence to succeed in college, career and life. More Info
  • New residential smoke alarm law currently in effect
    2.15.18 – Ocean City Today – As of Jan. 1, there are new residential smoke alarm requirements in Maryland, as per a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2013. The Maryland Realtors association provided information to help its members understand the new smoke alarm requirements. (An infographic on this topic can be … More Info
  • Wolcott police use new technology to better protect schools
    2.15.18 – WFSB – “It’s not just a noise, it’s a regular alarm, an alarm will go off,” Stephens said. The new technology is a machine that is connected to all five schools in Wolcott. In the event of an emergency where dialing 9-1-1 isn’t the best option, a silent alarm can be triggered. “There’s several in each school, where the administrators know … More Info
  • 6 steps schools can immediately take to protect against active shooters
    2.15.18 – SIW – South Florida high school massacre hits close to home for one security practitioner… More Info

Business Tips

  • Ethical Considerations When Leaving Your Job
    2.1.18 – Security – Aside from your good name, what should you bring with you to your new employer? In today’s climate, the answer is adamantly not someone else’s intellectual property. More Info
  • Millennials are Lax on Passwords; More Comfortable with Biometrics
    2.2.18 – Security – A new IBM Security study has found that people now prioritize security over convenience when logging into applications and devices. More Info
  • How to Secure Capital for Your Security Business
    2.13.18 – SSI – The security industry is a highly competitive field, making raising capital more critical than ever. Here are three ways to raise capital explained by a SSI Hall of Fame member. More Info
  • How To Protect the Security System from Hack Attacks
    2.2.18 – Locksmith Ledger – Four factors to consider: basic network security, Data to panel communication, card/reader combination and… More Info
  • 3 Ways Security Pros Can Address DIY Disruption
    2.16.18 – Security Sales & Integration – I speak with many of these businesses, as they are the foundation of the alarm industry and can be found everywhere. I’ve found that the majority are not aware of what is coming their way and if they are aware, they do not have a clear-cut direction of how they will handle the future. Here let’s focus on what is on the horizon … More Info
  • Learning to Love Do-It-Yourself Security
    2.12.18 – SDM – Can dealers make a profit in this market? SDM asked manufacturers making products for the DIY market about this and their answer is “yes.” … More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • CT: Fire log
    2.12.18 – Shelton Herald – at 7:10 p.m. the Echo Hose Co. #1 and the White Hills Co. #5 responded to a fire alarm sounding at the Sinsabaugh Heights Housing Complex. There was no fire. Smoke from cooking caused the alarm to sound. Two engines and a tower truck responded. On Feb. 8 at 7:05 a.m. the Echo Hose Co. More Info
  • DE: Claymont home saved by working alarms, quick response of …
    2.12.18 – WDEL 1150AM – According to officials, a resident of the home reported smelling something burning when a carbon monoxide alarm was triggered. Arriving units noted no evidence of a fire from the exterior of the home but, following an interior sweep, firefighters discovered a fire had started inside of a wall located on the first floor of the … More Info
  • IL: Fire breaks out in Northwestern students’ home Monday
    2.14.18 – Daily Northwestern – Firefighters heard audible alarms and saw five residents evacuating the two-and-a-half story residence when they arrived on the premises, according to the release. Nine Northwestern students live in the building. City ordinance mandates that a single-family building converted to a multi-family residence have an audible … More Info
  • IL: Park Ridge condo building evacuated during small Thursday night fire
    2.16.18 – Chicago Tribune – Firefighters responding to a fire alarm that activated at 7:26 p.m. saw flames flickering inside a unit through the front window, said Park Ridge Fire Department Executive Officer Paul Lisowski. The fire was contained to the unit, and firefighters were able to it out “with a minimum amount of water,” Lisowski said. Due to smoke …. More Info
  • IL: Sprinklers, alarm credited with saving students’ lives
    2.13.18 – Evanston Now – Evanston firefighters credited the existence of a sprinkling system and an audible alarm with possibly saving lives of Northwestern University students who lived at a multi-family residence during a fire Monday evening. The department responded to a report of a dryer fire at 711 Emerson St. at 9:08 p.m.. More Info
  • KY: Police and fire reports for Feb. 8, 2018
    2.12.18 – Winchester Sun – On Tuesday, EMS personnel responded to nine general medical calls, one cardiac case, two respiratory cases and one diabetic case. – At 12:17 p.m Tuesday, firefighters responded to an alarm sounding. It was a false alarm. – At 3:22 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to an alarm sounding … More Info
  • MN: Fire calls: Jan. 22-Feb. 4
    2.12.18 – SW News Media – ALARM: A commercial fire alarm dispatched at 5:32pm. Burned food … CO ALARM: A carbon monoxide alarm was dispatched at 12:13 a.m.  … ALARM/FIRE: A residential fire alarm was dispatched at 9:23 p.m. More Info
  • NC: Malfunctioning alarm empties AMC theater on Saturday
    2.18.18 – Greenville Daily Reflector – A malfunctioning fire alarm forced the evacuation of AMC Fire Tower 12 shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, forcing audiences to miss at least 10 movies that were already playing or getting ready to start. Initially management said audience members would be re-admitted and allowed to finish the movies. More Info
  • NH: Fire Mutual Aid log, Feb. 12, 2018
    2.12.18 – The Keene Sentinel – 1:55 a.m., Keene Fire Department to fire alarm. More Info
  • NV: Sleepy Senior’s Stove Signals Smoke Alarm In Las Vegas
    2.12.18 – Patch.com – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Fire & Rescue say an elderly man may have fallen asleep while cooking on Sunday, leading to firefighters responding to the man’s apartment where they extinguished the smoldering food and transported the man to University Medical Center to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. Firefighters … More Info
  • NY: Geneseo Police Activity Report
    2.12.18 – The Livingston County News – Assisted the Fire Department with a fire alarm at Wal-Mart. More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    2.17.18 – The Oberlin Review – 10:24 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm caused by burnt food in a microwave on the first floor of Asia House. The area was cleared and the alarm reset. 10:41 p.m. A student reported the theft of their wallet and book bag from a desk on the third floor of Mudd library. More Info
  • OR: For the Record for February 13, 2018
    2.13.18 – Dalles Chronicle – February 9, 3:34 p.m. – Crew responded to a report of a smoke alarm activating. Caller reported they could hear an alarm sounding from a neighboring apartment. The tenant was not at home and was determined to be out of the area. Entry was made into the apartment where no problem … More Info
  • TX: Fire at Carroll High School causes early morning evacuation
    2.13.18 – KRIS Corpus Christi News – A fire at Carroll High School caused a brief evacuation of the building this morning. According to Dr. Kelly Manlove, the school’s principal, smoke was reported coming from a restroom at about 8 a.m.. Staff pulled the fire alarm and the building was evacuated. Emergency crews responded and firefighters extinguished fires in .. More Info
  • VA: Flames engulfed a Virginia Beach home. Firefighters believe a …
    2.13.18 – Virginian-Pilot – Flames engulfed a Kings Grant home in less than three minutes this morning, and firefighters say a working smoke alarm may have saved the residents’ lives. Just before 5:30 a.m., fire crews were dispatched. Heavy smoke and fire were already visible outside the home when the first … More Info
  • WI: “We couldn’t save the baby:” Neighbors alerted by smoke alarm rush …
    2.12.18 – WDJT – On Saturday evening, Cleveland Shaw and his mother were home when they heard the smoke alarm go off. ‘We saw the smoke coming out and the smoke detectors went off,” said Shaw. Shaw and his mother went next door to check on the kids who live in the same duplex. “We ran in and grabbed the two oldest boys who … More Info
  • WI: Smoke from oven caused evacuation of East Side apartment …
    2.12.18 – Madison.com – “They gained entry into five apartments and quickly determined one of the occupants was cleaning her oven,” said fire department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster. Firefighters checked out the other apartments and ruled out any other issues. The building was ventilated, the fire alarm and pull stations reset and the residents … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: APD searching for burglary suspects
    2.13.18 – Sand Mountain Reporter – Albertville Assistant Police Chief J.T. Cartee said burglars made entry into the Pill Box Pharmacy at 5 a.m. Officers responded to an alarm and found evidence of the burglary. Cartee said the burglars took miscellaneous prescription medication and an electronic device. More Info
  • AL: UPDATED: APD searching for burglary suspects
    2.14.18 – Sand Mountain Reporter – Albertville Assistant Police Chief J.T. Cartee said burglars made entry into the Pill Box Pharmacy at 5 a.m. Officers responded to an alarm and found evidence of an attempted burglary. At 6:40 a.m. a witness called the APD to report two men trying to break into the same pharmacy. “The witness … More Info
  • CA: Burglars strike 2nd elementary school in southeast LA County in 24 …
    2.13.18 – KABC-TV – On Monday morning, a television was stolen in a burglary that set off a classroom alarm Walter F. Dexter Middle School, More Info
  • CA: Cher Panic Alarm Triggers Massive Police Response
    2.12.18 – TMZ.com – Five L.A. County Sheriff patrol cars roared up to Cher’s Malibu compound Sunday afternoon after receiving the alarm notice. Cher is super security conscious and has had safe rooms in her homes for a long time. Her house, sitting alone on top of a hill, is a visible landmark in the area. Turns out … someone hit the alarm … More Info
  • CA: Joe Jonas’ alarm system scares off intruder at his California home …
    2.12.18 – Daily Mail – An intruder was captured on the home surveillance system at Joe’s San Fernando Valley property on Thursday at around 9pm, when the unidentified person was seen messing with the security cameras shortly before he triggered the alarm. Joe’s team received a notification of the alarm being triggered but the culprit – who .. More Info
  • DE: Police: Computer stolen in burglary at Dover insurance office …
    2.13.18 – WMDT – The Dover Police Department says on Tuesday, just before 1:00 AM, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Nationwide Insurance. Upon arrival, officers noticed that the front door was open. Police say they cleared the building and discovered that the back window had also … More Info
  • FL: Alarm tips homeowner to intruder
    2.12.18 – Ocala – Southeast Marion County – The owner of an unoccupied house responded to a motion detector alarm at the location on Sunday morning and confronted an unknown man trying to get into his house. A Marion County Sheriff’s Office report states the 69-year-old owner was at a home nearby when he heard the alarm … More Info
  • GA: Brothers arrested in string of metro area burglaries
    2.17.18 – WXIA-TV – Dunwoody, Ga. – Police in Dekalb County have arrested two brothers who may be responsible for more than three dozen commercial burglaries. Dunwoody officers told 11Alive News they responded to an early morning burglary in progress at a Starbucks back on Feb. 6. The alarm … More Info
  • ID: Suspect Arrested in Office Max Burglary
    2.16.18 – KPVI News 6 – Pocatello Police were alerted to the burglary by the store’s alarm system. Police searched Medina’s home on January 30th and recovered evidence but were unable to find Medina until yesterday. He was arrested and charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft, and police were able to recover one of the laptops. More Info
  • KY: Auburn bank robbed
    2.17.18 – News-Democrat & Leader – According to Auburn Police Chief Larry Jones, an alarm call came out and he responded along with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department. “I went inside the bank to assure the employees were safe,” said Jones. The Auburn School immediately responded by locking down the school while the search was being conducted … More Info
  • LA: SPD searching for burglary suspect
    2.12.18 – KTBS – On November 16, 2017 just after 3 a.m., Shreveport Police officers responded to an alarm. They arrived to find the front window of the business shattered. The suspects appeared to have been frightened by the alarm and were not on scene when officers … More Info
  • MA: Acton police reports: Feb. 2-9
    2.12.18 – Wicked Local Acton – Saturday, Feb. 3. 3:24 a.m.: Police responded to a report of an alarm. More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire Couple charged in gas station altercation
    2.12.18 – Gloucester Daily Times – 2:07 p.m.: Police responded to the Institution for Savings on report of an activated holdup alarm. The alarm was activated accidentally… More Info
  • MA: Shoplifting complaint results in Taunton man being charged with …
    2.18.18 – Taunton Daily Gazette – Those employees told police Barboza first set off the alarm of the electronic article surveillance tower near the men’s entrance, by a waving a pair of pants near the anti-theft device. According to what police said they saw on store surveillance video, he then walked to the men’s clothing department, where he removed price … More Info
  • MD: Police searching for man who broke into Sykesville Middle
    2.16.18 – Carroll County Times – Director of Middle Schools for Carroll County Public Schools Thomas Hill said the suspect is believed to have thrown a rock through the door, setting off the fire alarm and the security alarm for the school. He deployed two fire extinguishers before leaving. Firefighters and police responded quickly, Hill said. Because of quick … More Info
  • MN: Litchfield Police Report 2/13/18
    2.14.18 – Crow River Media – 2:37 A.M. Litchfield Police responded to an alarm at a business. Upon officers’ arrival, everything was found to be okay. More Info
  • MO: Burglars’ steal $20000 worth of sunglasses, damage security system …
    2.12.18 – kplr11.com – “The other male suspect heads straight to the back, and starts causing damage to the video surveillance system, and the alarm system.” Powell said the damage was significant. Fortunately, he said, a few surveillance images show the two suspects. This isn’t the first case involving sunglasses stolen from stores in the metro … More Info
  • MS: Lamar County nabs burglary suspect – WBRC FOX6 News …
    2.17.18 – WBRC FOX6 News – WBRC.com – Rigel encouraged homeowners to consider security systems for their home after the burglar broke in to locked homes on both occasions. “I would encourage homeowners to keep a surveillance camera on now days, an alarm system,” Rigel said. “I would suggest that everybody look into that because it’s a good deterrent. More Info
  • MT: Reported armed robbery of West End sporting goods store was a …
    2.12.18 – Billings Gazette – A substantial police response to a reported armed robbery at a West End sporting goods store over the weekend turned out to be a false alarm, according to the Billings Police Department. Police received a call Saturday at around 5 p.m. from an off-duty Universal Athletics Services employee who had reportedly gotten a text … More Info
  • OH: Police respond to alarm, find store window broken in Dayton
    2.16.18 – WDTN – Dayton, Ohio – Dayton Police are looking for the suspect or suspects involved with allegedly breaking into a Metro PCS Store and stealing cell phones Friday morning. Police responded to the scene after hearing the alarm to the store. When police arrived at the scene, they … More Info
  • OH: Police shoot 2 men during break-in at Ohio farm store
    2.15.18 – Defiance Crescent News – Springfield Township police say an employee at a Tractor Supply Co. store reported hearing a merchandise alarm sound outside the store around 4:45 a.m. and then saw a man loading items into a van. Lakemore and Springfield Township police responded. Authorities haven’t said how many officers opened fire or which … More Info
  • OH: Two people shot by police in Lakemore officer-involved shooting
    2.13.18 – News 5 Cleveland – At around 4:46 a.m., a Springfield township officer was dispatched to the store after a merchandise alarm went off, authorities said. An employee of the store told police she saw an individual attempting to load merchandise into a van. A short time later Lakemore police located the vehicle. More Info
  • OR: Man arrested for burglarizing several Medford businesses
    2.17.18 – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 – Medford, Ore. – A man caught burglarizing several local businesses is now in jail. As police investigate the case, businesses are left to clean up. Medford Police counted four businesses burglarized early Friday morning. It was all triggered by an alarm from one of the businesses. Police say around 2 … More Info
  • OR: Two Arrested For Trespassing At Vacant Home
    2.17.18 – KDRV – The alarm system at the home has gone off twice. However, this is the first time that law enforcement has been able to apprehend anyone when they arrived at the scene. The police advise homeowners who will be leaving their property unattended for any prolonged length of time to take precautions. They say to have … More Info
  • PA: Burglary At Bala Cynwyd Home This Weekend: Police
    2.12.18 – Patch.com – On Saturday, Feb. 10 at approximately 7 p.m. officers responding to an alarm activation discovered an attempt to enter a second-floor window. More Info
  • PA: Police log: Suspicious teens loitering in Penn Township
    2.13.18 – The Evening Sun – 4:48 a.m. A burglary alarm at a business. Once on scene, police arrested a … 7:32 p.m. Commercial burglar alarm. 12:38 p.m. Residential burglar alarm. More Info
  • TX: Killeen: Arrest made in robbery of Mickey’s store
    2.17.18 – KWTX – The clerk activated an alarm just after 6 p.m. Monday at the Mickey’s store. The clerk told officers a man who was about 5-foot 8 with a slender build, and was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, entered the business, displayed a weapon, demanded money and escaped on … More Info
  • VA: Roanoke police take man into custody after store robbery
    2.12.18 – Roanoke Times – Shortly before 10 p.m., police were called for an alarm at the Apple Market. They were told a man entered the store and went behind the counter with the clerk. He had his hand in his shirt and ordered the clerk not to move and to open the register, according to a police news release. More Info
  • VA: Spotsylvania man accused of breaking into restaurant, apparently to …
    2.12.18 – Fredericksburg.com – A Spotsylvania man has been charged with breaking into a county fast food restaurant, apparently in search of an early morning snack, authorities said. Sheriff’s Lt. C.A. Carey said deputies went to Hardees about 12:45 a.m. Saturday in response to an alarm activation. No one was at the … More Info
  • VA: Suspect sought in Shockoe Slip commercial breaking and entering
    2.17.18 – WRIC – Richmond, Va. – Richmond Police need the public’s help locating a suspect in connection to a commercial breaking and entering in the city’s Shockoe Slip neighborhood. On Sunday, Feb. 11, around 3:03 a.m. officers were called to a business after an alarm was set off. More Info
  • VT: Police Report
    2.15.18 – The Northfield News – 10:47 p.m.- Alarm – An Officer responded to an alarm activation at a Northfield business. Shortly after being dispatched the alarm company called back to inform the Officer it was a an accidental activation. More Info
  • WA: Burglar caught on patio with whiskey after tricking elderly woman …
    2.12.18 – The News Tribune – Her home alarm went off almost immediately, and when she returned home, someone had riffled through her house. Deputies arrived and were searching the woods near Browns Point Playfield when a man told them his wife was making breakfast for a stranger who was lounging on their patio in a … More Info
  • WI: Alarm likely scares off attempted burglars, police say
    2.15.18 – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3 – Madison, Wis. – A home burglar alarm may have scared off criminals early Thursday morning after they broken into a home, police said. Officers found a car parked in the driveway of the home around 2:40 a.m. with its dome light on and a garage window broken, according to a release. There were two … More Info

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