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February 24 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

  • AG Zoeller warns Indiana residents of home security, alarm offers …
    2.17.14 – Greenfield Daily Reporter – Indianapolis — Attorney General Greg Zoeller (ZEL’-ur) is warning Indiana residents to be wary of calls and door-to-door solicitors offering home security or … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • FL: Springfield commissioner slams salary cut proposal
    2.17.14 – The News Herald – Springfield – City commissioners discussed penalties for false alarms requiring emergency services and the placement of fire-service fees on property tax … More Info
  • MA: False alarms in Amherst have dropped since bylaw adopted in 2008
    2.18.14 – MassLive.com – In 2013, the police responded to 564 false alarm calls, according to the release. The bylaw addresses burglar or intrusion alarms but does not include fire alarms … More Info
  • NJ: Late fees for late pets, alarms registrations in Mendham Township
    2.21.14 – New Jersey Hills – Annual registrations for burglar, fire and panic alarm systems cost $45 after Jan. 31. Make checks payable to “Township of Mendham” and mail to: P.O. Box 236, … More Info
  • OH: City Cracking Down on False Alarms for PD
    2.15.14 – FOX 8 Cleveland – Cleveland — Cleveland police responded to thousands of false alarm calls last year, something that city officials want to reduce… More Info
  • OH: Police tell Akron residents: Don’t be alarmed
    2.19.14 – Akron Beacon Journal – The meeting was called by the Fairlawn Heights Neighborhood Association whose members are among the largest concentration of home security alarm … More Info

Industry News

  • Alarm Customer Moves But Cannot Cancel Service
    2.18.14 – KUTV Salt Lake City – (KUTV) When the burdens of keeping up her longtime Salt Lake City home became overwhelming, Maxine Dahn gave it up. In October she moved to an apartment building that caters to senior citizens. The building will not allow Maxine to have a private alarm system so she called her home alarm company, Vivint, to cancel. … More Info
  • False alarms, MNS to be features of SupDet 2014
    Security Systems News – Quincy, Mass.- The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet) will take place March 4-7 this year and includes sessions useful for installers, such as ones on nuisance alarms and mass notification. Among topics is how to protect mass notification system. More Info

Legislative News

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Brief Description and Current Status History



225 ILCS 447/10-31 new Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that no licensee shall contract with any non-home rule municipality for the provision of auxiliary police services. Further provides that a licensee may contract with a home rule municipality for the provision of auxiliary police services, provided that each employee who is to act as an auxiliary police officer under the contract is properly appointed by the municipality and has met certain training requirements. Provides that an employee serving as an auxiliary police officer shall perform only those duties provided by the Illinois Municipal Code and shall, at all times during his or her service, comply with all other requirements of the Code.
Status: 2/11/2014 : House Referred to Rules Committee


State Trends

None this week

National News

  • Study finds crime rates higher in counties with Wal-Mart additions
    2.17.14 – The Huntsville Item – The study — “Rolling back prices and raising crime rates? The Wal-Mart effect on crime in the United States,” — examined 3,109 counties across the United States, comparing property and violent crime rates in 767 counties where Wal-Mart expanded with similar counties where they did not build. More Info

Business Tips

  • Step aside, millennials — here comes Generation Z
    2.12.14 – Multibriefs- – Born from the late 1990s to now, Generation Z is the current generation, and its oldest members are starting to enter the workforce. They are known as “digital natives,” and we joke that the “Z” stands for zombies as they are rarely away from their devices. More importantly, they are researching and interacting with our companies long before they will ever buy our products, so being proactive in understanding them is crucial for our companies’ future success. Now is the time to be proactive in preparing our organizations for Gen Zers. More Info
  • How leaders can find their mojo
    2.12.14 – Entrepreneur – CEOs are denigrated every day by the media, employees, shareholders and society at large as greedy, power-hungry moguls who are overpaid for usually lackluster performance. While some CEOs may fit this description, the truth is that most are doing the best they can and have insecurities like anyone else. In fact, there are three challenges that leave CEOs feeling powerless in many organizations. These challenges can be overcome if chief executives embrace the nature of modern-day leadership and use the right processes and tools. More Info
  • Why Multitaskers Get Less Work Done
    2.13.14 – Baseline – Are you a multitasker? If so, you may find that you’re actually accomplishing less work–not more–and are adding to the time required to get work done. More Info

Fire News

  • GA: Allergens cause false alarm for fire officials
    2.18.14 – WALB-TV – Allergens cause false alarm for fire officials. More Info
  • KS: Smoke alarms save lives of residents of burning house
    2.20.14 – Salina.com – The occupants of a home were awakened by a smoke alarm in time to escape a fire that started in the room in which they … More Info
  • TX: Southwest employee under investigation for pulling fire alarm
    2.18.14 – KPRC Local 2 Houston – A Southwest Airlines employee is under investigation for allegedly pulling a fire alarm at Hobby Airport, but there was no fire at all. On Tuesday afternoon police say charges in this case could be filed soon. More Info
  • VA: Problem with alarm system closes store in Va. Beach
    2.21.14 – The Virginian-Pilot – A malfunction with the sprinkler system closed the Wal-Mart in the Salem Crossing Shopping Center on Lynnhaven Parkway this morning, but there was no fire … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Temecula: Burglary alarm leads to two arrests
    2.21.14 – Press-Enterprise – A burglar alarm went off about 3:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. When deputies arrived, they spotted two men running away … More Info
  • CT: Police: Attempted break-in foiled by burglar alarm
    2.20.14 – New Canaan Advertiser – Police responded to an alarm that went off there a little before 7. The owner, who had left his home that morning around 8:30, had been notified by the alarm … More Info
  • FL: Jeweler: Tyco alarm system didn’t sound as thieves ransacked …
    2.21.14 – Palm Beach Post – Jeweler Mitch Diamant thought his store was protected by a state-of-the-art security system. But one night last year, his alarm lay silent as burglars cut a hole in … More Info
  • LA: One Arrest, More Expected in Monroe Burglary
    2.20.14 – NBC 10 – FOX 14 Monroe – On Wednesday afternoon, Monroe Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Antra-Mini Storage Warehouse. More Info
  • MA: Braintree Police Arrest Malden Man on Assault Charge
    2.19.14 – Patch.com – At 7:31 a.m., police responded to an alarm. At 9:05 a.m., police responded to an accident. At 10:46 a.m., police responded to an … More Info
  • NE: Fast Action Prevents Burglary
    2.19.14 – WOWT – But with his first step inside, “The alarm went off, and it goes off inside the office, as opposed to out here, and so that alerted me,” said the manager. The manager … More Info
  • NJ: Burglar alarm leads to drug arrest – NBC40.net
    2.20.14 – NBC40 South Jersey – Galloway Twp. – Police arrested a Galloway Township man on drug charges after responding to an activated burglar alarm at his home. Authorities say they arrived at Joseph Brandenberger’s Federal Court home around 9:00 Wednesday night and found the front door had been forced open. More Info
  • NJ: FBI, Middletown Township Police searching for two men who robbed Wells Fargo Bank on East Lincoln Highway Friday morning
    2.21.14 – The Advance – Middletown Township – The Middletown Township Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two men responsible for an armed robbery Friday morning at the Wells Fargo Bank. More Info
  • NJ: Jewelry store heists in Paramus and Union County strikingly similar
    2.21.14 – The Record – Detectives from Paramus, Springfield and Union are comparing notes on jewelry store burglaries in the hopes of obtaining leads and determining whether the crimes were committed by the same band of thieves. More Info
  • NJ: Oradell and New Milford lose power, tripping burglar alarms
    2.21.14 – NorthJersey.com – The power outage tripped burglar alarms throughout Oradell, police said. Police were required to respond to each alarm to ensure that the power surge was the … More Info
  • OH: Burglar loots Dayton store from the outside
    2.20.14 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – A burglar stole more than $1,500 worth of computer equipment without even entering the store early Thursday morning. The alarm company notified the store manager at Radio Shack, of an interior motion alarm a little after 3 a.m., according to the Dayton police report. No other motion was detected and the store manager decided not to contact police because of city fines for … More Info
  • PA: Burglar alarms alert police to break-ins
    2.20.14 – Main Line Times – Lower Merion police were alerted by alarms of two burglaries in Gladwyne early Tuesday. The first occurred at 1:11 am. Officers responding to a burglar alarm found fresh footprints around the home. The rear door was kicked open but there was no known loss. More Info
  • SD: Clay County Sheriff’s Press Briefing
    2.13.14 – Vermillion Plain Talk – Deputies responded to a bank alarm in Wakonda. The alarm company quickly canceled the alarm when it was found to have been accidentally … More Info
  • TX: Man, 34, charged in theft of coins
    2.21.14 – Wichita Falls Times Record News – A Fort Worth man is accused of being part of a ring that stole more than $1 million from a Wichita Falls home this past August. More Info
  • UT: 2 arrested in string of home burglaries in Holladay, Millcreek
    2.21.14 – KSL Salt Lake City – Unified police detectives have arrested two people, but are looking for others suspected in a recent uptick in home break-ins in Holladay and Millcreek. More Info
  • WA: Man arrested in construction site burglary near Seattle Center
    2.19.14 – KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma – A 27-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday on burglary charges after police were alerted by an alarm at a construction site. At 2:25 a.m., police were called to the site in the 300 block of First Avenue North near Seattle Center after the off-site alarm monitoring company saw two people on video inside the fenced construction area standing next to a crane.  Officers surrounded the area and … More Info
  • WV: Attempted Break-in at Young Chow’s in Beckley
    2.19.14 – WVNS-TV – The burglar alarm went off at the Chinese restaurant in Beckley at around 4:30 a.m. Officers who arrived on scene found 26-year-old Clifton … More Info

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