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February 2, 2015

Association Events

  • STAA Monthly Meeting – Tuesday Feb 10
    11:30 AM to 1:30 PM CST- El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant, 2838 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232 http://elchaparral.com/locations-san-antonio
  • NTAA Monthly Meeting – February 19th, 2015
    Thursday February 19, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST- Mitch Reitman with S.I.C. Consulting, Inc. – Annual Tax Update – The Victoria Restaurant, 13435 Bee Street, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 View more information

Door to Door Sales

  • Knocking doors: What to know before signing up for that summer …
    1.26.15 – Deseret News – Vivint, a private home security provider (formerly known as APX Alarm Security Solutions) and employer of 2,500 seasonal sales representatives, has also been … More Info
  • North Alabama BBB issues alert about door-to-door alarm sales …
    1.30.15 – whnt.com – A door-to-door alarm company is making the rounds in northwest Huntsville. The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama says the company is called Alarm … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • FL: Flagler’s 911 System Goes Dark For “20 to 30 Minutes” Tuesday as …
    1.27.15 – FlaglerLive.com – It was used in July 2012 when a fire alarm went off at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center after a small fire broke out in the flooring, triggering the … More Info
  • LA: LPD cracking down on false alarms
    1.28.15 – Journal and Courier – That means nearly 99.5 percent of such calls in 2014 were false alarms, a fact the Lafayette Police Department’s new Crime Prevention Unit aims to change. More Info
  • NC: Chapel Hill ordinance lowers accidental alarms
    1.27.15 – The Daily Tar Heel – “The majority of police alarms are actions people take — taking too long to put in the code or a … For 10 or more alarms, residents are fined $500 for each alarm. More Info

Industry News

  • Survey reveals IT’s changing attitudes about IP video
    1.21.15 – Security Info Watch – Despite initial reluctance, most IT pros now onboard with supporting network camera deployments More Info
  • Guardzilla Uses a Smartphone to Price Home Security Under $100
    1.27.15 – EHDaily – The all-in-one unit combines real-time streaming video, a siren alarm, and more. More Info
  • Ten top integrators on hot tech trends
    1.28.15 – SSN – Yarmouth, Maine – What technology trends should systems integrators be paying attention to in 2015 and why? Learn how 10 top integrators across the country respond to that question. You may be surprised. More Info
  • Defender appoints new CEO
    1.28.15 – SSN – Indianapolis – Defender, the largest ADT dealer in the country, has a new CEO. What’s this CEO’s strategy to ensure that Defender stays in that No. 1 spot? More Info
  • And the Morpheus Award goes to…
    1.28.15 – SSN – Redondo Beach, Calif.—The Oscars are right around the corner. Forget about Best Actress or Best Supporting Actor, which film accurately depicts modern-day security? You can weigh in on your favorite for the Morpheus Award. More Info
  • Dialing 10 digits required by Feb. 28
    1.29.15 – The Tennessean – That equipment could include electronic telephone systems, fax machines, call forwarding and voicemail services, and alarm or security systems. “We just really … More Info
  • Smoke alarms, again? Part III
    1.30.15 -The Daily Courier – The most important characteristics: ionization are better at detecting flaming fires, and are more susceptible to false alarms. Photoelectric alarms are better at … More Info
  • Per Mar supervisor provides sense of security all night long
    1.30.15 -Quad-Cities Online – Overseeing security footage and responding to alarms from across the Midwest may sound intimidating to some, but for Toi Owens, of Davenport, it’s a matter of … More Info
  • Smart Locks and Keyless Locks Are Opening Doors to the Smart Home
    1.29.15 – EH Daily – With home security as the most powerful driver in the adoption of smart home systems, it’s no wonder that the world of smart locks is growing. First off, of course, is the question – what is a smart lock? More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status


Status: 1/23/2015 : Referred to Joint Committee on General Law
History CTSB00631




Introduced by Senate Ethics and Elections | Authorizes local law enforcement agency to establish alarm verification call program that allows for alarm dispatch to premises of alarm signal before verification calling is made requires local law enforcement agency to prescribe registration requirements for such program.
Status: 1/30/2015 : House – Filed
History FLHB00543




Introduced by Senate Ethics and Elections | Revising the definition of the term low-voltage alarm system project and adding the definition of the term wireless alarm system providing that a permit is not required to install, maintain, inspect, replace, or service a wireless alarm system and its ancillary components reducing the maximum price for permit labels for alarm systems, etc.
Status: 1/22/2015 : Senate – Filed
History FLSB00466




225 ILCS 447/40-5 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that a licensee, interested party, or injured party successfully obtaining injunctive relief against an individual practicing without a license shall be awarded attorney’s fees and costs. Effective immediately.
Status: 1/30/2015 : House Referred to Rules Committee
History ILHB00488




Alarm and Locksmith Industry Act; adding certain exemption; requiring background check; limiting access. Effective date.
Status: 02/02/2015 : Authored by Senator Newberry
History OKSB00380




Relating to the authority of a county to adopt a fire code.
Status: 01/26/2015 : H Filed
History TXHB00924




AN ACT relating to electrical safety and fire prevention; updating references; clarifying duties of the state fire marshal and cities and revising experience requirements for limited technician and low voltage technician licenses; extending local inspection bodies authority over appeals as specified; providing for rulemaking; and providing for an effective date
Status: 01/20/2015 : Introduced
History WYHB00166


State & National News

  • Nebraska Could Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Homes
    1.25.15 – Idaho Statesman – An increase in carbon monoxide poisoning calls last year could prompt Nebraska lawmakers to require alarms in houses and apartments. More Info
  • FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2014
    1.29.15 – SIA – Statistics released in the FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in both the number of violent crimes and the number of property crimes reported for the first six months of 2014 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2013. More Info
  • FTC Warns Internet of Things Brimming with Security Concerns
    1.28.15 – RTC – A government report warns the risks involved with the rise of the Internet of Things are growing rapidly and might warrant new rules. More Info
  • Has state licensing gone too far?
    1.30.15 – Stateline – Supporters of occupational licensing laws, which regulate everyone from doctors and dentists to door repair contractors and auctioneers, say that they are necessary to protect consumers and provide oversight. But a growing chorus of critics argues that many state licensing requirements are burdensome and create barriers to competition and job growth. More Info

Business Tips

  • How Smart Companies Manage Change
    1.23.15 – Baseline – Many companies are ill-equipped to deal with change, but smart organizations empower their workers to thrive in a changing environment by encouraging them to challenge conventional wisdom. More Info
  • Find a Leadership Style That Works for You and Staff
    1.22.15 – Baseline – When supervising workers with different personalities and work ethics, you must find a leadership style that’s comfortable for you and works well for your team. More Info
  • How Margin, Labor Rate Mistakes Will Put Companies Out of Business
    1.27.15 – Commercial Integrator – Compromising on equipment margin can create challenges that are unrealistic to overcome, according to leaders of NSCA and Electrosonic. More Info
  • Smartphones Are Employees’ Lifeline During Disasters
    1.1.15 – OHS – Today, organizations must be prepared to tackle a variety of potential disasters that range from extreme weather to fires, chemical spills, and explosions, among others. And while, most companies have disaster preparedness plans, they are often presented to employees as extensive paper-based manuals, posters, flip books, building diagrams, and websites that often aren’t up to date or available to those who need them during a crisis. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Fire alarm at Pats’ hotel goes off in middle of the night
    1.27.15 – NFL.com – NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington tweeted early Tuesday that a fire alarm at the Patriots’ hotel went off for about 10 minutes at approximately 1:30 a.m. local time. More Info
  • AZ: Fire alarm wakes Patriots up for second time in three days
    1.29.15 – SportingNews.com – For the second time in just three days, the AFC champions had some disturbed sleep thanks to a faulty alarm at their Arizona hotel. The first incident, said to be … More Info
  • CA: False fire alarm leads to evacuation of Sacramento Caltrans building
    1.29.15 – Sacramento Bee – A false fire alarm led approximately 1,500 employees of the California Department of Transportation to evacuate the agency’s building Thursday … More Info
  • MI: Early morning blaze destroys Liquor Plus store on Flint’s north side
    1.27.15 – MLive.com – A second call from the alarm company prompted Chahal to drive to the store from his Flushing home. When he arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. More Info
  • MI: Woman rescued from burning basement still in critical condition
    1.27.15 – The Macomb Daily – Her family members were asleep on the main floor of the house but were awakened by a smoke alarm at approximately 7 a.m. A smoke alarm in the basement … More Info
  • NJ: Video game tourney cut short after Secaucus hotel cited for fire code …
    1.31.15 – NJ.com – Tournament volunteer Chris Bergamo, 27, said a fire alarm went off this morning when tournament play was ready to begin, triggering an evacuation. Secaucus … More Info
  • OH: Alarm sends students out of Troy High School
    1.28.15 – WHIO – A fire alarm was pulled and the building was evacuated. The students were escorted to Hobart Arena across the street to stay out of the cold. Early reports … More Info
  • OH: Marysville: Trespassers trigger fire alarm at high school Jan. 21
    1.26.15 – ThisWeekNews – Marysville police said no charges will be filed in a case of trespassing that set off a fire alarm at Marysville High School. According to a … More Info
  • TX: TSU student arrested, accused of setting fire inside dorm
    1.28.15 – KHOU – … motion-activated surveillance video captured Kavon Lee entering the men’s restroom, and then about 25 seconds later, the building’s fire alarm sounded as he … More Info
  • WI: Eau Claire home severely damaged by fire
    1.27.15 – WEAU – The two were sleeping when the alarm went off at their home. They got out safely, with their dog, before firefighters arrived. Fire crews found dark … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Birmingham Police Department looking for identity of alleged …
    1.27.15 – Alabama’s13.com – The suspect got away with just the shoes after an employee triggered a silent alarm. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Birmingham … More Info
  • AZ: ‘Sandy Hook’ cameras foil school burglaries in East Valley
    1.28.15 – azcentral.com – Tempe Elementary School District officials had no suspects after an alarm went off and they discovered $8,000 worth of computer equipment missing. More Info
  • CA: Alarm Triggered at Grant Hill Marijuana Dispensary
    1.29.15 – NBC 7 San Diego – The alarm was triggered at about 4:30 a.m., one officer said. Investigators went the scene but could not initially reach the owner of the dispensary to determine … More Info
  • CA: Dixon PD: Family Dispute Involving Knife; Man Caught With Burglar …
    1.27.15 – Patch.com – 1815 Burglary alarm. 1930 Agency assist for Dixon Fire Dept in … More Info
  • CA: Eagle Rock Search Called Off For Suspect Who Attacked Security …
    1.27.15 – CBS Local – The guard was responding to an alarm call at the Macy’s just after midnight when the suspect hit him in the leg with a pipe, … More Info
  • CA: Home Burglary Prevention Tips
    1.28.15 – SCVNEWS.com – Burglars pose as employees of an alarm company. They knock on your door and say they need to check your alarm system. If you have displayed an alarm … More Info
  • CA: Residential Burglary interrupted
    1.28.15 – Highland Community News – Deputies were in the area and were on scene within approximately two minutes, about one minute before sheriff’s dispatch received a call from the victim’s alarm … More Info
  • DE: Nail shop burglarized in New Castle
    1.29.15 – The News Journal – A nail salon in New Castle was burglarized Thursday, city police said. A burglary alarm sounded at 1 a.m. at the Sassy Nails business at Ferry Cut-Off Road, … More Info
  • FL: Goods worth more than $48K taken in Cooper City burglaries; two …
    1.30.15 -Sun Sentinel – After the front door was pried open with a screwdriver, the alarm scared any burglars off and nothing was stolen, Petoskey wrote. … More Info
  • FL: Groveland officers accused of using excessive force on 11-year-old …
    1.30.15 -WFTV Orlando – The officers’ response was prompted by the family’s burglary alarm, which had accidentally been tripped. Jean Guirand wants to know how anyone could think … More Info
  • FL: West Palm Beach: Trio facing charges for alleged robbery at scrap …
    1.27.15 – Palm Beach Post – The representative reported that the alarm company was receiving thermal camera footage of three men trying to enter the back of a building. West Palm Beach: … More Info
  • IA: Police: 2 men rob east-side DM gas station
    1.27.15 – DesMoinesRegister.com – After the two men left the store, the employee locked the door, hit the security alarm and called 911. The employee described the first suspect as being about 5 … More Info
  • IN: Door alarm leads to arrest of Columbus man
    1.30.15 -NewsTalk 1010 WCSI – Door alarm leads to arrest of Columbus man. A Columbus man has been arrested for allegedly carrying electronics out the side door of a store on Merchant Mile … More Info
  • MA: Police: Would-be robber caught hiding under stairs in Worcester …
    1.28.15 – MassLive.com – Worcester – If he was trying to rob the place, he didn’t pick a very good hiding place as police found him underneath the staircase after an alarm went off … More Info
  • MI: 2 businesses burglarized, a home invaded in Kent County
    1.30.15 -Fox17 – On Wednesday, deputies responded to a call from an alarm company reporting an alarm being tripped at a home … More Info
  • MI: Canine tracks burglar to Ecorse and other Wyandotte police briefs
    1.27.15 – Southgate News Herald – Police said the intruder most likely was scared off by a burglar alarm. A police dog trailed the thief to Ecorse. … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate breaking and …
    1.28.15 – MLive.com – At 2:31 p.m. Deputies Hiller and Caroffino responded in reference to a Residential Alarm. Deputies located a door to the … More Info
  • MI: Shot Flint Township police officer still hospitalized, ‘officer down’ call …
    1.27.15 – MLive.com – Thompson, 32, was killed July 5, 1983, when he was shot at least seven times as he responded to a burglar alarm at the Super City department store. More Info
  • MI: Suspects in theft of 26 guns from Battle Creek lumber company …
    1.29.15 – MLive.com – Battle Creek police officers responded to an alarm and apprehended Bolden and Watson at the scene. Lucas was later arrested as well. “Anytime guns are … More Info
  • MN: Man indicted in Northwestern Wisconsin bank robberies
    1.28.15 – Duluth News Tribune – The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office reported that it received a hold-up alarm from the Shell Lake State Bank branch at about 2:50 p.m. May 2. More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff’s Office report
    1.31.15 – Crow River Media – On the 29th at 6:03 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at a residence. The deputy checked the residence and … More Info
  • MT: ATM taken from Polson bank
    1.30.15 -Helena Independent Record – Assistant Police Chief John Stevens tells KERR-AM that an alarm was activated at Community Bank at 6 a.m. Friday. Responding officers found the ATM from … More Info
  • NC: Burglars Hit CityMac Again
    1.26.15 – WLOS – With motion sensors and cameras, Neu says the alarm alerts every manager with emails, calls and texts. Within ten seconds of the break-in Neu says he called … More Info
  • NC: Suspect caught in string of OBX break-ins
    1.28.15 – WAVY-TV – Around 3:20 a.m., the Kill Devil Hills Police Department responded to an intrusion alarm at Little Caesar’s Pizza, where they found a shattered window. Similar … More Info
  • NJ: Home break-ins, DUI and burglaries featured in Bridgeton Police …
    1.26.15 – NJ.com – Police responded recently to US Gas after a burglar alarm sounded. When officers arrived, they found someone had … More Info
  • OH: House burglarized, 2 jewelry boxes taken: Pepper Pike police blotter
    1.30.15 -cleveland.com – Pepper Pike police were dispatched to an alarm drop shortly before 3 p.m. on Jan. 17 and discovered an open front door, … More Info
  • OH: Man busted for shoplifting on motorized shopping-cart
    1.30.15 -WTVD-TV – A short time later, the man rolled out of the front entrance and set off the alarm. The officer began asking the man if he had any unpaid merchandise. That’s when … More Info
  • PA: 3 arrested in recent McKeesport business burglaries
    1.30.15 -Tribune-Review – Police said they initially responded to a burglar alarm at the Ann Street shop at about 2 a.m. They found a door there had been smashed in and 12 cartons of … More Info
  • PA: False alarm charge in Smithfield
    1.26.15 – Pocono Record – State police have charged a Smithfield Township man for failing to control an alarm system on his property. Winston Murray, 52, of East Stroudsburg, was … More Info
  • PA: Man with pry bar arrested near two early morning burglary scenes …
    1.28.15 – PennLive.com – Police stopped Sierra-Gonzalez just before 3:10 a.m. after officers investigated a burglar alarm at Market Square Service Station … More Info
  • TN: Broken glass leads police to Arnold’s pie thief
    1.28.15 – The Tennessean – For 34 years Rose Arnold answered the late-night calls from the alarm company, and all that time she drove from home to her restaurant without … More Info
  • TN: Homeowner holds burglary suspect until police arrive
    1.26.15 – Clarksville Leaf Chronicle – Anthony Sanders, the homeowner, stated that he was awakened by his alarm being activated in his garage. He then went down to the bottom story of his … More Info
  • TX: Double Oak Police Calls
    1.30.15 -The Cross Timbers Gazette – Chapel Hill Dr., Double Oak – Accidental alarm activation by a resident. … Maple Leaf, Double Oak – Residential alarm with unknown reason for activation. More Info
  • TX: Pearland subdivision targeted by sneaky burglars
    1.29.15 – KHOU – They break the master bathroom windows to get in your house and lock the master bedroom doors. It’s a calculated effort to avoid setting off alarms or motion … More Info
  • TX: Police Beat for Friday, Jan. 30
    Palestine Herald Press – 4:41 p.m.- Deputies responded to an alarm. 5:44 p.m.- Deputies responded to an alarm. 6:55 p.m.- … More Info
  • TX: Policeman shot in Fort Worth identified
    1.30.15 – KVUE – According to Fort Worth police Cpl. Tracey Knight, officers responded to the home after a woman pressed her panic alarm twice. Officers knocked on the front … More Info
  • TX: SAPD: Man can’t remember break-in due to drug-induced nap
    1.27.15 – KSAT San Antonio – An arrest warrant affidavit stated that officers who responded to a burglar alarm on Sept. 10 at the business found … More Info
  • TX: Two stores in Houston burglarized
    1.28.15 – WTVA – “We received a call up there that said the alarm went off. We got up there and found out it had a hole in the back of the building just like the one in Pontotoc and … More Info
  • UT: False alarm prompts police action at credit union
    1.31.15 – St George News – The officers were responding to an alarm set off from within the credit union and were unable to make contact with anyone inside, so they approached the … More Info
  • UT: Police investigate business alarm, shoot guard dog
    1.28.15 – Good4Utah – Just after 10 PM a neighboring business reported an alarm going off at “Popular Cabinet Mill and Design”. Police were checking out … More Info
  • VT: So. Burlington police search for robbery suspect
    1.27.15 – BurlingtonFreePress.com – Police said that officers responded to the report of a panic alarm at the store. While en route, officers were told that a robbery had … More Info
  • VT: Suspect Climbs Through Gas Station Window; Steals 26 Cartons of …
    1.26.15 – My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22 – Vermont State Police responded to the gas station for an active alarm around 2:20 A.M. Monday morning. The investigation found that a suspect … More Info
  • WA: Police: Burglary ring targets home of seriously ill Everett woman
    1.30.15 -KOMO News – Hope now that she’ll have some sort of alarm system to help. Another thing….. wonder if these criminals ‘knew’ she was ill and not home much so they could …More Info

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NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Five state associations are part of NESA – Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA) and Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA). For more info visit www.nesaus.org.

NESA Board of Directors

President – Jordon Brown

  • Vice President & Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director- Chris Russell
  • Secretary- Kathleen Schraufnagel
  • Treasurer and Arkansas Security Alarm Assn. Director – Rick Howell
  • Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director- Craig Bober 
  • Past President –Rex Adams
  • Kansas Electronic Security Alliance Director – Vacant
  • Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director- Steven Brekel
  •  Associate Director- Dean Coburn
  • Executive Director- Brad Shipp
  • Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate- Brian Shrake
  • Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate- Danna Fowble
  • Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate- Chip Bird