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February 6, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • WV: False alarm calls could cost Putnam County residents and businesses
    2.1.17 – WSAZ-TV – A new ordinance could have residents paying the price for false alarm calls. Effective immediately, if officers respond to too many … More Info

Industry News

  • Dallas-Based Integrator Entech Acquires in Oklahoma City
    1.30.17 – SSI – The acquisition, which includes approximately 80 accounts, will give Entech a key presence in the Oklahoma market. More Info
  • Tech Electronics acquires Colorado fire alarm systems provider
    1.31.17 – St. Louis Business Journal – … firm specializing in life safety and communication systems, has acquired Fire Detection Systems, a Colorado-based designer and seller of fire alarm systems. More Info
  • Convergint Technologies Acquires Post Browning
    2.3.17 – Digital Journal – … industry-leading organization that designs, installs, and services integrated building systems including electronic security, fire alarm, and life safety systems. More Info
  • Red Hawk Fire & Security Acquires to Expand Reach in Florida
    1.31.17 – SSI – Integrated Systems of Florida is known for its “strong, well respected team,” says Red Hawk CEO and President Michael McWilliams. More Info
  • American Alarm acquires Atlas Alarm
    2.4.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Arlington, Mass. – American Alarm and Communications today announces the acquisition of Atlas Alarm Corp. of Weymouth, Massachusetts, a major fire alarm … More Info

State & National News

  • Integrators Beware, New Law to Prohibit Asking Potential Employees About Previous Wage Earnings
    1.31.17 – SSI – Like Massachusetts, Philadelphia makes it illegal for employers to ask prospective employees about their salary history. More Info
  • High Awareness, Low Need for Smart Homes
    2.1.17 – SIA – A new survey found that 81 percent of consumers are aware of smart homes, but only 26 percent want one at the moment. More Info
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  • IHS: Video doorbells could be gateway for greater adoption of video …
    2.1.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – As municipalities and law enforcement agencies have looked to clamp down on false alarms in recent years, some have adopted policies that prioritize calls … More Info
  • BBB receives more than a dozen reports of ‘Can you hear me …
    2.1.17 – WFTV Orlando – “Some people report hearing from someone from a travel or a cruise line, some people report hearing from someone about Social Security or their security alarm … More Info
  • New FCC chief gets to work cutting back regs
    1.31.17 – The Hill – The new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vowed to cut back industry regulations at his first open meeting on Tuesday and led the agency in scrapping two rules. More Info
  • U.S. economy adds 227,000 jobs in January; unemployment rate at 4.8 percent
    2.3.17 – Washington Post – The first employment report since Donald Trump entered the presidency showed the economy chugging along at a healthy pace. More Info
  • Report Shows Houston Is ‘Most Infected’ City for Cybersecurity
    2.1.17 – SSI – List of top 10 ‘most-infected’ cities in U.S. in terms of devices that carry malware shows integrators where cybersecurity opportunities lie. More Info
  • U.S. to Double Video Surveillance Towers Along Mexican Border
    2.2.17 – SIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is “contemplating an expansion” of Remote Video Surveillance System that would deploy the program’s digital watchtowers to some of the Mexico’s border’s most isolated regions. More Info

Business Tips

  • Why Multi-Tenant Structures Are Gold Mines for Integrators
    1.31.17 – Security Sales & Integration – “We recommend recorded video for a number of reasons,” says Richard Cantor, CEO with Amerigard Alarm & Security Corp., New York, N.Y. “Security is .. More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Police & Fire for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
    1.31.17 – Juneau Empire – At 9:46 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fire alarm that sounded due to dust, lack of maintenance or similar issue. At 9:51 a.m., they … More Info
  • FL: False Alarm Causes Evacuation at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
    2.3.17 – WKRG – Destin, FL – A false alarm caused about 400 people to be evacuated from Destin-Fort Walton Beach (VPS) airport on Friday morning. The fire alarm … More Info
  • MD: Bel Air Family ‘Unequivocally’ Saved by Smoke Alarm: Fire Marshal
    2.2.17 – Patch.com – When she awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm, she found a kitchen fire at her home. She gathered her children, who .. More Info
  • MD: Seven displaced after Aberdeen apartment fire Saturday
    2.4.17 – Baltimore Sun – The hotel’s automatic fire alarm went off, and the guests got out; no injuries were reported. Five firefighters with the Aberdeen Fire Department responded. More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    2.4.17 – The Oberlin Review – 8:18 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a re alarm at a Village Housing Unit. Smoke from cooking activated … More Info
  • TX: Smoke alarm saves three from house fire
    2.5.17 – KWTX – Temple, Texas Three people were saved from a Temple house fire due to a working smoke alarm Saturday afternoon. Fire crews responded to a … More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: Burglar caught inside home
    2.1.17 – Glendale Star – … a homeowner told officers their alarm went off after being activated by motion. When the homeowner went outside to investigate the alarm, they told officers … More Info
  • AZ: East side business owners say crime is on the rise – …
    2.4.17 – KVOA Tucson News – “I got a call from my alarm company and when I got to the store there were two police officers waiting outside,” said Ochoa. “The door had been kicked in.”. More Info
  • CA: Man attempts to steal roughly $1000 worth in tires from car …
    2.1.17 – TheReporter.Com – Police said they first learned of the incident at approximately 5:40 a.m., after the alarm system at the Momentum Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership, … More Info
  • CA: Police: Man gets stuck in chimney during attempted burglary
    1.30.17 – KERO 23ABC News – Ridgecrest Police Department said officers were called to a residence after a residential burglary alarm was triggered. More Info
  • CA: Smash-And-Grab Burglary Hits Costumes On Haight
    2.5.17 – Hoodline – The alarm went off at around 4am this morning, he said. Costumes on Haight is a year-round destination for a wide range of costumes … More Info
  • CA: The Bank of America robbery, and Scotts Valley pursuit
    2.4.17 – The Tracy Press – 9:55 a.m. – Less than a quarter-mile away, a silent alarm from the Bank of America is relayed to the officers by a Scotts … More Info
  • CT: Hartford Police Arrest Bank Robber
    2.5.17 – CBS Local – … On Friday, February 3rd, at approximately 1:18pm Hartford Police Officers were dispatched to the Key Bank on a robbery alarm. More Info
  • CT: Norwalk man accused of assaulting cop, two others in Stamford
    1.31.17 – The Advocate – He was also arrested early Saturday morning when officers responded to a burglary alarm. Officer Mike Costello was checking the property when … More Info
  • CT: Stamford Man Faces Drug Charges In Bust Outside Fairfield …
    1.30.17 – Stamford Daily Voice – Fairfield, Conn. – Officers called to an alarm at a popular eatery in Fairfield ended up arresting a Stamford man on drug charges early Sunday, police said. More Info
  • DE: Suspects sought after break-ins at two Milton businesses
    1.30.17 – CapeGazette.com – An automatic alarm dissuaded two suspects from theft at Po’ Boys Jan. 30, but money was stolen from China Wok during a break-in around the same time, police … More Info
  • FL: Burglary suspect gets stuck in chimney
    2.1.17 – Palm Beach Post – Ridgecrest Police Department officers responded to a home alarm alert at about the same time a woman had called the police saying her friend needed help … More Info
  • FL: Smash-and-grab thieves storm jewelry store; one in custody, police …
    2.1.17 – Sun Sentinel – An alarm went off and they left without taking anything, Hassan said. Investigators urge anyone with information about the case to call Fort Lauderdale police at … More Info
  • FL: Soot-covered burglary suspect found stuck in chimney
    2.2.17 – WPTV.com – Coincidently, the burglary alarm and request for help were at the same location. When officers arrived, they found the suspect Keith Allen Schultz, 28 stuck inside .. More Info
  • FL: Two arrested in Proctor car dealership burglary
    1.30.17 – Tallahassee.com – Two brothers have been arrested after an alarm interrupted their attempted burglary of Proctor Acura early Monday morning. More Info
  • FL: Woman stole $113000 in jewelry from NFL player at Pro Bowl …
    2.4.17 – WKMG Orlando – The victim said he passed out sometime after 2 a.m. and awoke to the sound of his alarm alerting him that his front door was opening. His $10,000 Rolex watch … More Info
  • GA: Homeowner watches burglary on live video
    2.2.17 – Moultrie Observer – “Deputies were dispatched to a motion bedroom alarm …”on Sunday at about 8:25 p.m., Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Michael Cox … More Info
  • IL: Police log four burglaries, warn about unlit properties
    1.31.17 – Chicago Tribune – Then, at 7 p.m., officers responded to an alarm when someone triggered motion alarms at the back door and in the living room. More Info
  • IN: Another wall-busting burglary prompts warning from police
    1.30.17 – Fox 59 – The suspect was apparently not willing to stick around after the alarm system in the Ace Cash Express went off. The detective on the case believes that alarm … More Info
  • IN: Authorities searching for suspects who stole thousands from …
    2.1.17 – Fox 59 – A deputy was called to investigate an alarm at Low Bob’s Tobacco around 5:51 a.m., but found nothing out of the ordinary. He was … More Info
  • IN: Burglars take safe from tobacco store
    1.30.17 – Daily Journal – The video also shows that a sheriff’s deputy, who was called to the store due to the alarm going off, arrived minutes after the burglars had left, the report said. More Info
  • KY: High-speed pursuit: Illinois man leads police on chase from Madison …
    2.4.17 – Richmond Register – But according to BPD Lt. Jake Reed, the bank’s silent alarm went off before police arrived. When police showed up, Reed said Conway, who was driving the … More Info
  • KY: Sheriff’s Office Charges 3 Men with Hanson Pharmacy Burglary
    2.1.17 – SurfKY News – Authorities responded to the alarm at 4:03 a.m. Dec. 15 at Hanson Pharmacy according to the report. Deputies arrived at the … More Info
  • MA: Swastika Found Etched on School Field, Man Leads Police on Foot …
    2.4.17 – Patch.com – The alarm company had noted alarms going off at the family room light door and basement door motion alarm. Officers heard someone at the back of the house … More Info
  • MD: String of Home Break-Ins and Burglaries Hits Chevy Chase Area
    1.30.17 – BethesdaMagazine.com – In the third incident, a residential home alarm was activated around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 after someone broke open the rear door of a home … More Info
  • MI: 3 arrested in marijuana dispensary robbery, Police investigating 2 …
    1.31.17 – WILX-TV – The break-in at the dispensary happened early Tuesday morning after 1 a.m. The alarm at the shop went off notifying police and the owner. More Info
  • MI: SUV strikes home, sets off security alarm before leaving scene
    2.5.17 – MLive.com – The collision set off a security alarm in the home. Portage Department of Public Safety officers say the alarm went off at 8:34 … More Info
  • MO: Break-ins may be work of burglary ring
    2.1.17 – KSDK.com – The alarm company called owner Scott Markovich early Saturday morning. “Checked my video cameras, you know, via my mobile app and saw that there was … More Info
  • MO: Smash-and-grab burglary at jewelry store in Manchester
    1.31.17 – fox2now.com – Police rushed to the scene about 2:45 a.m. after a getting a call about the smash-and-grab from an alarm company. Investigators say the suspect or suspects … More Info
  • MT: Deputies: Suspect in burglary spree caught breaking into safe
    2.1.17 – Great Falls Tribune – Deputies were dispatched to Cattlemen’s Cut when Potter allegedly set off the restaurants alarm by breaking in through a window, according to a statement from … More Info
  • NJ: Burglar bought fast food after stealing firefighters’ credit cards: cops
    1.31.17 – NJ.com – Officials say Barfield broke into the firehouse when the firefighters were out rescuing a 16-year-old boy from a two-alarm blaze at a home. More Info
  • NJ: Police search for suspect in Bridgewater bank robbery
    2.1.17 – NJ.com – At approximately 3 p.m., township police responded to an alarm activation at the bank. More Info
  • NJ: Watch: Accused burglar wears stolen firefighter gear in bodega scam
    2.2.17 – NJ.com – The same firehouse where Carter is suspected to have stolen the firefighter gear was burglarized last week while firefighters were out responding to a two-alarm … More Info
  • NY: Garrison Man Charged with Attempted Burglary
    2.5.17 – Highlands Current – According to police, Rivera attempted to enter the home through a rear sliding door, then used a shovel to pry at a lower rear door, triggering an alarm. More Info
  • NY: Oceanside bagel store burglarized, cops say
    2.1.17 – Newsday – Fourth Squad detectives responded to a 911 call about an alarm at Bagel Boss, at 1:43 a.m.. More Info
  • NY: Yorktown Police Seeking Public’s Help After Attempted Burglary
    2.4.17 – Yorktown Daily Voice – The suspect ran from the property when an alarm was triggered. Police subsequently interviewed neighbors, who reportedly witnessed a suspect in his late … More Info
  • OH: Intoxicated Man Breaks Into Westlake Business, Eats Muffin, Gets …
    2.4.17 – Patch.com – The man got intoxicated, broke into a business, set off the alarm, and then sat there and ate his muffin. You can see a picture of the exact muffin he was eating … More Info
  • OH: Westlake police arrest Lorain man in store robbery: police blotter
    2.5.17 – cleveland.com – He let himself in and enjoyed a muffin while setting off the store’s alarm. He was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated after store management gave … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Store Burglary Attempt Causes Extensive Damage
    2.3.17 – News On 6 – … a Chevy Cruze pull up, someone get out and force the door open. They said it appears the burglar alarm scared the thief away before he could take anything. More Info
  • OR: Cops & Courts
    2.1.17 – Blue Mountain Eagle – Responded to a bank hold-up alarm at Umpqua Bank; it was a false alarm. Jan. 27: Responded to a report of a unwanted disorderly subject at … More Info
  • PA: Shamokin police officer suspended after weapon accidentally …
    1.30.17 – Sunbury Daily Item – A patrolman with the Shamokin Police Department is suspended without pay after accidentally discharging his firearm while responding to a burglary alarm in … More Info
  • SC: He was at large after two bank robberies. Then, police caught up.
    2.2.17 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – According to a police report, officers responded to a hold-up alarm about 12:30 p.m. at TD Bank after Humphreys allegedly handed the teller a … More Info
  • SC: Wandering 3-year-old leads deputies to roach-infested house
    2.1.17 – WYFF Greenville – A woman at the facility said she found the child after the toddler tried to open a door, setting off an alarm. More Info
  • TN: Memphis police searching for band of hair extension thieves
    2.4.17 – whnt.com – Smith rushed to her shop on Mt. Moriah Monday morning after getting a call from the alarm company and seeing something strange on her security system. More Info
  • TX: LPD Officers Catch Pawn Shop Burglar
    2.1.17 – EverythingLubbock.com – At approximately 4:45 a.m. Lubbock Police were dispatched to an alarm at the shop. When they arrived, they found glass on the floor, and that a metal cage of a … More Info
  • TX: Odessa police looking for suspect in 7-Eleven robbery
    2.4.17 – KTRE – Authorities were called out to a panic alarm on Jan. 24 just after 5 p.m.. Investigation revealed the clerk was robbed by two … More Info
  • TX: Police find theft suspect inside pawn shop, wearing body armor
    1.31.17 – KCBD-TV – Lubbock Police Officers were called to an alarm at Cash America Pawn around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday. When they arrived, they found the … More Info
  • TX: San Marcos Police arrest five Houston men for burglary at medical …
    2.4.17 – WOAI – Around 3:52 a.m. on Friday, SMPD responded to a burglar alarm at a business. When the first officer arrived, he noticed a … More Info
  • VA: Man arrested after abandoned vehicle crashes into Richmond building
    2.4.17 – wtvr.com – Police said at approximately 12:25 a.m., officers were called to Kevin’s Cars for a burglar alarm. When officers arrived to … More Info
  • VT: Shelburne police looking for bank robbery suspect
    2.4.17 – WPTZ – Shelburne police responded when a bank robbery alarm was sounded. Police said they are looking to speak with someone driving a red Jeep Wrangler who … More Info
  • WA: Police agencies team up to arrest serial burglar
    2.1.17 – KING5.com – The alarm went off, police showed up, but he was gone,” said owner Andrew Tweten. In Tweten’s case, the burglar left empty-handed, but other businesses … More Info
  • WI: Masked female reportedly robs BP with hammer or hatchet
    2.4.17 – Journal Times – On Friday at approximately 7 p.m. the Racine County Communications Center received a call that there was a robbery panic alarm at the BP Gas Station, … More Info
  • WI: Woman Robbed Gas Station With a Hatchet; Police Seek Suspect
    2.5.17 – Patch.com – On Friday, February 03, 2017 at approximately 7 p.m., the Racine County Communications Center received a call that there was a robbery panic alarm set at the … More Info