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February 22, 2016

Door to Door Sales

  • Midland burglar alarm firm fined for cold-calling in middle of night
    2.20.16 – Birmingham Post – Many of those cold-called by the burglar alarm company were elderly – and one was an 84-year-old burglary victim who injured herself trying to get to the phone … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • DC: Washington, D.C. Launches Program Offering Rebates for Installing Surveillance Cameras
    2.18.16 – SSI – Police officers will be able to request video footage from cameras located within the vicinity of a crime that is being investigated. More Info
  • MD: Takoma Park tackles noise problems with new laws
    2.19.16 – Montgomery County Sentinel- Currently, a member of the Takoma Park police department is allowed to disconnect a burglar or vehicle alarm in a building or motor vehicle at any time it is … More Info

Industry News

  • Home security giant ADT is bought for $7 billion
    2.15.16 – CNN – Home security and alarm maker ADT, founded in 1874 as a telegraph company, announced Tuesday that it was getting bought for about $7 billion. More Info
  • Apollo to buy ADT for $6.9 billion, combine with Protection 1
    2.15.16 – SSN – Boca Raton, FL – Apollo has landed again. ADT today announced it has agreed to be acquired by Apollo Global Management for $6.9 billion. Apollo plans to combine ADT with Protection 1 under the leadership of Tim Whall. Raymond James’ Alper Cetingok talks to Security Systems News about the synergies involved in the deal and the task CEO Tim Whall faces in combining the two companies. What will happen to the ADT brand? More Info
  • The impact of the ADT/Protection 1 merger
    2.15.16 – SIW – Industry experts discuss implications of deal on dealers, industry at large… More Info
  • 300000 American Homes Open To Hacks Of ‘Unfixable’ SimpliSafe …
    2.17.16 – Forbes- “There is something terribly wrong with the alarm industry.” Thus reads marketing material on the site of SimpliSafe, a Boston-based “smart” alarm provider with … More Info
  • Intruder alarm market positive for Americas
    2.18.16 – Englewood, CO – The intrusion alarm market in the Americas will see steady growth to 2019, according to a recent IHS report. More Info
  • News Poll: The future of biometrics
    2.18.16 – Yarmouth, Maine—Most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said they install biometrics solutions at least occasionally, and some readers raised concerns about the technology’s cost, false acceptance rate, and security of biometric data. More Info
  • What to consider in a home security company
    2.19-16 – Duluth News Tribune – You might be able to cut costs by purchasing the equipment for your alarm system. Leasing home security equipment for three or four years could mean paying … More Info
  • Security System at National Civil War Museum Under Fire After …
    2.19-16 – Security Sales & Integration – PennLive reports the museum’s alarm system failed and the video surveillance system did not capture any useful images of the burglar. The only information … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
(PS) | An Act CONCERNING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTION AND WARNING EQUIPMENT IN BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS. Section 1. (NEW) ( Effective July 1, 2016 ) (a) Not later than January 1, 2017, each business firm, as defined in section 12-631 of the general statutes, shall equip its regular place of business, as defined in section 12-218b of the general statutes, located in the state, with carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment complying with this section, unless such place of business does not contain a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
Status: 2/17/2016 : Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
(PS) | An Act REQUIRING SMOKE DETECTORS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS. Section 1. Section 29-292 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof ( Effective October 1, 2016 ):
Status: 2/17/2016 : Referred to Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security
By State Government. | A bill for an act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in certain dwellings and multiple-unit residential buildings, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.
Status: February 17, 2016 : Committee report, approving bill.
225 ILCS 447/40-5 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that reasonable attorney’s fees and costs may be awarded to a licensee, interested party, or person injured if he or she successfully obtains injunctive relief, whether by consent or otherwise. Effective immediately.
Status: 2/17/2016 : Senate Referred to Assignments
425 ILCS 60/3 from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 803 Amends the Smoke Detector Act. In a Section concerning the requirements of smoke detectors installed in a dwelling unit, provides that if a smoke detector is battery powered, then the battery must be non-replaceable, non-removable, and capable of powering the detector for a minimum of 10 years. Status: 2/17/2016 : Senate Referred to Assignments History
225 ILCS 447/35-35 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall issue a firearm control card to an elected or appointed State’s Attorney or the State’s Attorney’s designated assistant who has passed an approved firearm training course, has met all the requirements of the Act, and possesses a valid firearm owner identification card. Status: 2/18/2016 : Senate Referred to Assignments History


State & National News

  • Ex-burglars reveal their insider secrets
    2.21.16 – Which? – If you’re thinking about installing a burglar alarm, there are a number of decisions to be made. Such as whether you want a monitored or unmonitored alarm, … More Info

Business Tips

  • 5 Tips to Help Security Pros Become More Memorable While Networking at Events
    2.19.16 – SSI – Standing out while networking at events can be difficult. When you meet a mass amount of people, they all seem to overlap one another. Use these techniques for security professionals in order to stick… More Info
  • The 5 Essential Hires Needed to Grow a Business
    2.20.16 – Entrepreneur – As your startup gets bigger and you start to bring on team members, it’s important to think about not only the kind of person you’re hiring but also the role they’ll play in your growing business… More Info
  • 10 Habits That Destroy Workplace Relationships
    2.19.16 – Entrepreneur – Bullying, lying, procrastinating… just don’t do these things on the job. More Info
  • It’s 2016, But Nearly Half of U.S. Small Businesses Still Don’t Have a Website
    2.19.16 – Entrepreneur – Cost and perceived irrelevance were the most common reasons for the lack of an online presence, according to a survey of more than 350 small businesses. More Info

Fire News

  • ID: Local fire department using false alarms as teaching opportunities
    2.19.16 -East Idaho News – Fire crews responded to a false alarm at Bed Bath & Beyond Wednesday, Feb. … fire departments, alarm companies and local governments but the Ammon Fire … More Info
  • LA: 5-year-old Louisiana girl saves family from house fire
    2.20.16 – WWMT-TV – Chloe Woods was in bed when she heard the fire alarm going off. She remembered what she learned from a recent field trip to the Fire Department, and ran to … More Info
  • MA: Worker treated after fire in assisted living building
    2.19.16 -Cape Cod Times – Firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm at Keystone Place at 2:24 a.m., arriving as a worker there was calling 911, Carrara said. The four-story building … More Info
  • ME: Rockland says inspection prevented tragic outcome in fire
    2.20.16 – Bangor Daily News – A neighbor in the same building arrived home to hear the smoke alarm and found Sikorsky had not left the smoky apartment. She was able to convince him to go … More Info
  • MS: Smoke alarm alerts family to fire; couple and dogs safe
    2.15.16 – Picayune Item – Smoke alarm alerts family to fire; couple and dogs safe…. More Info
  • NY: Springwater couple lose dog, home to fire
    2.20.16 – The Livingston County News – The fire went unnoticed until the fire alarm went off and woke her up. The American Red Cross has given the family some assistance and temporary housing and … More Info
  • OH: Impatient patient sets fire, floods bathrooms and ERs in hospital
    2.16.16 – NBC4i.com – Gresham Fire responded at 2:55 a.m. to a commercial alarm coming from Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center on Friday. When crews arrived, they learned that … More Info
  • ON: Alarm warns family
    2.17.16 – Sault Star – An alarm warned a Manitou Park family of rapidly rising amounts of carbon monoxide in their home. Sault Ste. Marie Fire Service was called … More Info
  • PA: Crews respond to alarm at Carlisle High School late Monday
    2.16.16 – The Sentinel – Crews respond to alarm at Carlisle High School late Monday… Crews were responding late Monday night to a fire alarm at Carlisle High School. More Info
  • WA: Suspects get away after setting fires inside White Center school
    2.18.16 – KOMO News – Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, Cascade Middle School just before 1 a.m. Thursday after the school’s alarm … More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Calgary woman startled by intruder alarm triggered by bullet
    2.16.16 – Calgary Sun – Asleep in her home early Tuesday morning, a southeast Calgary woman was startled awake by her intruder alarm. But it wasn’t a person who busted in, it was a … More Info
  • AK: Police seek help to ID man who stole TV, threatened store manager …
    2.16.16 – KTUU.com – “It was reported to police that a male was carrying a 43” LED Television out of the store that had the alarm still attached to it,” police wrote. When the store … More Info
  • AL: Deputies catch two “Smash and
    2.18.16 – Trussvilletribune – Early Tuesday morning at about 12:40 a.m., deputies responded to a burglar alarm at a convenience store. Deputies spotted a male on … More Info
  • AZ: Police release photo of Bank of America burglary suspect
    2.17.16 – Verde Independent – Information has been obtained that a white sedan was seen in the area during the time of the initial alarm call at 1 a.m.,” Eisenga’s news release stated. More Info
  • CA: Aptos Food Burglar Caught In The Act
    2.18.16 – Patch.com – An alarm trigger Wednesday night brings deputies to Deluxe Foods in Aptos. A 31-year-old man was quickly discovered nearby with stolen items … More Info
  • CA: Burglar caught at Turlock High
    2.17.16 – The Turlock Journal – Shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday the Turlock Police Department was notified that an alarm had been triggered at Turlock High School. More Info
  • CA: Man arrested in Oxnard commercial burglary
    2.21.16 -Ventura County Star – Police arrested a man Saturday night in connection with a commercial burglary in Oxnard, officials said. Oxnard police responded to an alarm sounding just after … More Info
  • CA: Man shot by police during bank robbery pleads not guilty
    2.16.16 – KRON4.com – Meanwhile, someone had triggered a silent alarm and officers began arriving as Dinges was leaving the bank, prosecutors said. South San Francisco police … More Info
  • CA: Three La Cañada restaurants burglarized, adding to recent string of …
    2.19.16 -Los Angeles Times – … were found in possession of burglary tools and items possibly connecting them to the break-in at DISH and another burglary that activated an alarm at around … More Info
  • CT: Burst Pipe Closes Berlin Library
    2.16.16 – Hartford Courant – The 1-inch pipe in the children’s department of the library began leaking at 2:08 a.m., triggering an alarm that quickly drew police and others to the building. More Info
  • DE: Suspect Arrested After Harrington Bank Robbery
    2.21.16 -WBOC TV 16 – Police say they were alerted to a “hold up alarm” at WSFS Bank on Saturday. Once police arrived, they got a description of … More Info
  • FL: $500K in merchandise nabbed in Hollywood jewelry store heist
    2.15.16 – 7Online WSVN-TV – If they were already robbed before it seems like they would have all trusted employees wearing emergency silent alarm devices to alert police when something … More Info
  • FL: App shows real-time video of thieves inside home
    2.16.16 – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay – The security system allowed the homeowner to trigger an alarm from her phone. The alarm sent the suspects running. They only managed to get away with an … More Info
  • FL: Clumsy Burglar Fall Through a Popeye’s Ceiling
    2.19.16 – Inside edition – A clumsy burglar fell through the ceiling of a Popeye’s in Jacksonville, Florida. Even though, it appeared like he hurt himself, he got up and continued his heist at the fast food restaurant. More Info
  • FL: Home burglars rob homeowner of iPad and peace of mind
    2.19.16 -ABC Action News – Brown immediately presses a button on her phone to sound the alarm. … She believes her at home alarm security camera stopped the teens from targeting … More Info
  • FL: Man arrested in Wilton Manors Laundromat burglary
    2.21.16 -7Online WSVN-TV – Randall then managed to enter the office through the ceiling, tearing ceiling tiles off on the way up. This triggered the motion sensor alarm system, sending him … More Info
  • FL: Police: Clearwater restaurateur pointed loaded shotgun at them
    2.21.16 -Tampabay.com – After a night out with his girlfriend, Spiridakos said he accidentally set off his home alarm system at 10:55 p.m. He provided the correct security code when the … More Info
  • GA: Police Blotter
    2.21.16 – Columbia County News Times – Deputies were called to an alarm activation at the restaurant and discovered a broken window. Deputies determined a back door was … More Info
  • GA: Police investigating burglary at Popeye’s on Shorter Avenue
    2.19.16 -Northwest Georgia News – … when he counted it Thursday morning. The alarm company provided records that show the alarm was disarmed at 12:27 a.m. and then rearmed a minute later. More Info
  • GA: Three businesses are broken into in Senoia
    2.15.16 – The Citizen.com – 10 responded to commercial burglar alarms at Crooks’ Hit n Run and at the Big Chic restaurant located approximately one mile to the … More Info
  • IL: Couple watches in real time as house robbed
    2.17.16 – WLS-TV – … suspects were seen by the victim on interior video surveillance and fled the residence via the rear window after the victim remotely triggered the audible alarm. More Info
  • IN: Alarm leads to bath salts arrest
    2.16.16 – Muncie Star Press – Pamela Jane Griffis, 42 was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after officers responded to a “panic alarm” activated … More Info
  • IN: Greenwood police investigate rash of thefts at new Rural King store
    2.17.16 – Fox 59 – Opening the fire door in the back of the store sets off an audible alarm, but the suspects have so far been able to leave the area before police or employees … More Info
  • IN: Indiana police arrest 2 men for California jewelry heist
    2.18.16 – Redding Record Searchlight – Deputies say the other man then entered the store and saw and employee hitting a silent alarm. The pair ran off on foot … More Info
  • MA: CARVER POLICE LOG: Jan. 31-Feb. 6
    2.19.16 -Wicked Local – 1:49 p.m.: Police responded to a burglary alarm on Meadowbrook Way. 6:54 p.m.: Police responded to a medical emergency on Edgewood Road. 11:13 p.m.: … More Info
  • MA: Man charged in Tyngsboro break
    2.19.16 -Lowell Sun – Tyngsboro — Police arrested a Hudson man on Wednesday night after responding to an alarm call at the Forrest Marine and RV Center. More Info
  • MA: Police probe thefts from firearms store
    2.17.16 – Boston Herald – Officers responding to an alarm at the business found Hitman’s front door smashed in and a second metal door damaged. Investigators … More Info
  • MA: Snow causes roof to collapse on Kalkaska building
    2.15.16 – WWMT-TV – An alarm sounded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. There were no injuries. Village Manager Scott Yost tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle … More Info
  • ME: Londonderry man convicted in Maine shooting
    2.17.16 – Eagle-Tribune – Police say on their Facebook page that they responded to an alarm at Hitman Firearms at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, officers found the front door … More Info
  • ME: Wiscasset blotter: Odd burglar alarms
    2.17.16 – Wiscasset Newspaper – Simmons checked on a burglar alarm, and responded to a burglar alarm at Wiscasset Middle High School. The library doors appeared to be … More Info
  • MI: Fire strikes Riverview restaurant for second time in less than a year …
    2.17.16 – Southgate News Herald – He said initially the fire was reported as an activated burglar alarm. It was first spotted as a fire by a manager of the Speedway gas station across the street, who … More Info
  • MN: Three face felony charges, accused of theft on rural farm
    2.19.16 -ABC Newspapers – 3, at 1:12 a.m., Isanti County law enforcement officers were dispatched to an alarm on a farm field irrigation system in rural Cambridge. Deputy John McCarty … More Info
  • MO: Burglars hit former Sparta police headquarters
    2.19.16 – KY3 – He said no alarm sounded because the building’s alarm was not set. Lofton wouldn’t say how the burglar got in but a reporter noticed a hole in the side of the … More Info
  • MO: Wood River Police searching for man wanted in burglary
    2.19.16 -KMOV.com – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at 1:34 a.m. at Lucy’s Place. When the police arrived, they discovered the front glass door shattered. The suspect fled after … More Info
  • NC: Charlotte police arrest man for involvement in elementary school thefts
    2.18.16 – FOX 46 Charlotte – On February 13, police responded to an alarm at Albemarle Road Elementary School. Upon arrival, officers determined a break-in had occurred and located two … More Info
  • NC: Local bank robbed
    2.18.16 – Triad Business Journal – According to police, bank employees triggered an alarm at 11:47 a.m. after a man entered the branch, handed a note to a teller and fled the scene in a … More Info
  • NE: LPD: Man arrested after burglarizing Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    2.20.16 – 1011now- LPD said officers were in the area around 2:30 a.m. when they heard an alarm sounding from the business. When they arrived, officers found the front door … More Info
  • NY: Riverhead police searching for another Toys ‘R’ Us burglary suspect
    2.21.16 – Riverhead News Review – An officer on routine patrol heard on audible alarm at the store at about 4:20 a.m., police said in a press release. The officer also noticed that a window on the … More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    2.19.16 -Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to an activated alarm at Dynahoe. The call was canceled by the alarm company. – A resident came to the police station to … More Info
  • OH: Hideaway Pizza hit in burglary
    2.20.16 – Stillwater News Press- 6: Garage Burgers and Beer, alarm scares off suspect after break-in through roof. Feb. 9: Hobby Lobby, $2,750 reported in damages after hole cut in roof to enter … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    2.17.16 – Circleville Herald – Caller reported burglary alarm at Second Baptist Church. Checked okay. … Caller advised of burglary alarm at Applied Tech Services. All okay. Subjects working … More Info
  • OH: Police: Serial robber hits 6 businesses in 24 hours
    2.19.16 -WKEF ABC 22 – Dayton Police thought they had a lead when an alarm went off at the Cash Land. It turned out to be a false alarm. If you have any … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Cell Phone Store Window Damaged By Large Rock
    2.18.16 – News On 6 – Officers said at around 4 a.m. they were called to the Cricket store because of an alarm. They arrived to find the store’s front … More Info
  • ON: Man shot after police respond to alarm at Toronto bank; SIU …
    2.20.16 – The Globe and Mail- One man was shot at a Toronto bank early Saturday morning after police were called to a robbery alarm. A TD Canada Trust bank in the city’s west end had a … More Info
  • ON: Police make arrest in Fort Erie break and enter
    2.19.16 -Times of Fort Erie – Further investigation of the incident revealed that the residence where the intrusion alarm originated had been entered by force and that significant damage was … More Info
  • OR: Burglar uses truck to rip off door to pawn shop
    2.18.16 – KOIN.com – According to police, officers received a break-in alarm at 2:17 a.m. at the Money Market store… More Info
  • OR: Thieves steal cash machine at DMV in Cedar Hills
    2.15.16 – OregonLive.com – Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the office about 5:30 a.m. Sunday after the alarm … More Info
  • PA: Century 21 store targeted by burglars in Center City Philadelphia
    2.18.16 – 6abc.com – A burglary alarm and window motion detector was tripped at the store. Officers arrived to find two display windows broken and … More Info
  • PA: Police search for suspects in Jewelers Row burglary
    2.19.16 -FOX 29 News Philadelphia – A tripped security alarm sent police racing to the scene but it was too late. Barsky says a decade or more ago, police staffed this stretch full time– even in the late … More Info
  • PA: Security plan at National Civil War Museum ‘is a disaster’: Harrisburg …
    2.18.16 – PennLive.com – The building’s alarm failed to trigger an alert to the police department. Police and museum officials won’t say whether the alarm failed, whether the alarm … More Info
  • SD: Alcohol, cigarettes taken in three gas station break-ins
    2.19.16 -Sioux Falls Argus Leader – At about 2 a.m., police responded to a burglar alarm at the Gas Barrel, and at about 5:30 a.m. the owner of the the Faulds BP… More Info
  • TN: 2 charged with burglarizing Lebanon businesses
    2.15.16 – The Tennessean – Police initially responded to an alarm at Man Motorsports at about 2 a.m. Monday. An officer came around the building when he heard two … More Info
  • TN: Burglars steal crossbow, arrows from Franklin’s Archery Den
    2.16.16 – The Tennessean – Police say officers responded to investigate a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, officers found that the front door had … More Info
  • TX: 85-year-old woman assaulted during robbery
    2.16.16 – KHOU – In the meantime, some homeowners are relying on surveillance cameras and alarm systems to keep them safe. “And we try not to linger on the driveway … More Info
  • TX: Burglar steals Houston man’s precious puppies
    2.17.16 – KHOU – Someone broke in to his home while he was at work. His neighbor called police after the alarm company couldn’t get in touch at first. More Info
  • WA: Man charged in store holdup across from East St. Louis Police …
    2.19.16 -Belleville News-Democrat – “We received a panic alarm from ADT. It was a holdup alarm. Less than a minute later, we received a call from a citizen reporting that the gas station was being … More Info
  • WA: Two apprehended in Snoqualmie business burglary Thursday
    2.18.16 – Snoqualmie Valley Record – According to Police Captain Nick Almquist, the burglary alarm at the restaurant was triggered around 2:30 a.m. and “It just so happened that one of our officers … More Info
  • WV: Attempted robbery suspect claims it was meant to be a joke
    2.21.16 – WSAZ-TV – Saint Albans Police responded to a hold up alarm at the Sun Trust Bank, inside the Kroger, just before 1:00 Saturday … More Info
  • WV: Early morning robbery under investigation
    2.17.16 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph – An employee was locking up Tammy’s and had just set the alarm when she was attacked by two male individuals and knocked to the ground, Bailey said. More Info

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