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March 14, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • Champaign asks residents to register alarm systems
    3.8.16 – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette – Champaign – The city is asking residents to register their alarm systems ahead of the spring storm season, when false alarms are most common because of … More Info
  • False alarms cost police time
    3.9.16 – IllinoisHomePage.net – Champaign – If you’re planning on buying a security system, or if you have one already, police are reminding you to register it. They say it helps them track you … More Info

Industry News

  • Honeywell introduces CDMA-X alarm communications radios with …
    3.7.16 – SourceSecurity.com – Honeywell recently introduced the first in a series of alarm communications radios compatible with Verizon’s wireless network, giving security dealers more … More Info
  • Long Island hires and promotions: Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum
    3.8.16 – Newsday – Nicoletta Lakatos of Brooklyn, an attorney, has been promoted to chair of the nationwide alarm and security licensing department at Kirschenbaum … More Info
  • Report Says Smart Home Needs Better Products
    3.10.16 – SIA – While individual products bask in the praise of tech writers and reviewers smart tech still has some growing pains to overcome before going mainstream. More Info
  • Monitoring companies foresee benefits from ADT/Protection 1 merger
    3.9.16 – SSN – Yarmouth, ME – Monitoring companies have an opportunity to attract new business, new dealers and new employees in the wake of the planned ADT/Protection 1 merger, according to five leading monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News. More Info
  • RFI goes with Rapid Response
    3.9.16 – SSN – San Jose, CA – To provide more customized services to its clients, RFI Communications and Security Systems plans to close its internal monitoring station and outsource its monitoring to Rapid Response. More Info
  • Vivint gets quarter-million new subscribers in 2015
    3.9.16 – SSN – Provo, UT – Vivint Smart Home on March 8 announced its fourth quarter and year-end financial and operational results, showing record increases across the board, including nearly a quarter-million new smart home subscribers. More Info
  • Initial research: Telecoms, cablecos responsible for half of new subscribers
    3.9.16 – SSN – Dallas – Parks Associates’ Tom Kerber talks to Security Systems News about where the new subscribers are coming from and what initial research is indicating about interactive services and RMR. Hint: A small sample shows that trend flattening. More Info
  • Monitronics partners with telecom for lead generation
    3.9.16 – SSN – Dallas – Monitronics has entered a lead generation partnership with telecom company Consolidated Communications. How will it work? More Info
  • Alarm company billboard makes big, exaggerating claim
    3.9.16 – KRQE News 13 – Albuquerque – A local alarm company’s billboard makes a big, exaggerating claim that’s bugging Albuquerque police. The billboard, located on the … More Info
  • Consumer Study Labels Smart Home Technology as ‘Broken Promise’
    3.11.16 – CEPro – New study of 3,000 consumers by Support.com rails on home automation systems for having poor user experience and low value. In all, 79% of buyers label cost, setup, and maintenance as a ‘turn-off.’ More Info
  • Low-Light Surveillance Advancements Ready to Shine on Burglars and Beyond
    3.9.16 – SSI – Advancements in low-light video surveillance have changed the game when it comes to producing clear, usable images of intruders, burglars and others. As the camera technology continues to improve, so do… More Info
  • 315’ers: Area code changes are coming
    3.11.16 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Some letters mention checking equipment such as voicemail machines, alarm systems and medical monitoring systems to ensure that area codes are included … More Info

State & National News

  • State Fire Marshal reminds Marylanders to “Change Your Clock …
    3.7.16 – WCBC Radio – Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or unsafe carbon monoxide levels, the State … More Info
  • Keyless ignitions a ‘clear safety problem,’ NHTSA says
    3.7.16 – WNCN – In 2011, the agency issued a proposed rule to require alarm systems, calling this issue a “clear safety problem.” In 2016, the rule is still just a proposal. More Info
  • 93% of Americans Say a Home Security System Is Important
    3.9.16 – SIA – Peace of mind remains a key driver for purchasing a home security system. More Info

Business Tips

  • Alarm Contractors: Make Sure Your Insurance Policies Cover the …
    3.7.16 – Security Sales & Integration – For securing businesses such as legalized/medical marijuana distributors, some insurance policies do not cover an alarm contractor if a claim is filed against … More Info
  • You’re Five Steps Away from Business Greatness
    3.4.16 – CI – ‘Great by Choice’ co-author Morten Hansen outlines five steps to achieving more with your company at NSCA Business and Leadership Conference. More Info
  • The Cool Factor: How to Create Lasting Customer Experiences, Not Just Products
    3.8.16 – CI – A business that provides an experience to its clients, not just products and solutions, is more likely to develop a lasting and trusting relationship with them. More Info

Fire News

  • AK: ‘Captain’s Mast’ – March 10, 2016
    3.10.16 – Seward Phoenix Log – 21:57 – Front Point reported a commercial fire alarm. Before responders were dispatched, Front Point called back advising of a false alarm. More Info
  • CA: Roof partially collapses at San Jose business
    3.7.16 – KTVU San Francisco – Crews responded to a report of a fire alarm activated shortly after 8:30 a.m., San Jose Fire Capt. Christopher Salcido said … More Info
  • CT: Home catches fire on Belden Hill Road
    3.7.16 – The Wilton Bulletin – The smoke alarm was ringing when we arrived as well, which is a good sign,” Kanterman said. Firefighters stand next to a fire hose that was run from the … More Info
  • NS: Kings County fire report March 8
    3.7.16 – Nova News Now – Kentville firefighters responded to a fire alarm sounding at 11:41 p.m. It was traced to broken … More Info
  • SD: Woman douses small house fire with water
    3.7.16 – Rapid City Journal – A woman who doused a small electrical fire with water early Monday was credited by fire officials with heeding the alarm of a smoke detector. Firefighters were … More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Fort Smith Police Arrest Two Convenience Store Robbery Suspects …
    3.10.16 – Times Record – At 11:07 p.m. March 2, police went to the store after an employee at the business pressed a panic alarm. The employee, Amber Whittaker, 36, of Fort Smith, told … More Info
  • AR: ‘No call is routine’
    3.7.16 – Russellville Courier – It’s the opening moments of his shift, and he’s already checking out a panic alarm that went off at a residence near Dover. “We are the peace keepers,” he went … More Info
  • AZ: Car breaks through wall of Avondale gun shop; suspect still …
    3.7.16 – ABC15 Arizona – Busse says officers responded to the location within a minute or so after getting a call from an alarm company, but it’s not immediately known how promptly the … More Info
  • CA: 2 pharmacies hit in suspected string of Orange County burglaries
    3.13.16 – KABC-TV – Westminster police responded to a Rite Aid Pharmacy at 1:46 a.m., after a burglary alarm went off in the … More Info
  • CA: Convicted burglar arrested again on burglary charges
    3.9.16 – Taft Midway Driller – Officers responding to the alarm located evidence of a break-in and theft, according to Taft Police Sgt. Shad Swanson. An hour later, Swanson said, officers … More Info
  • CA: El Paseo business burglarized early Wednesday
    3.9.16 – The Desert Sun – At 1:45 a.m., police responded because an alarm had gone off at the business, according to a news release from the …More Info
  • CA: Gunman Fails Robbery Attempt at San Diego Check & Go
    3.12.16 – Patch.com – An employee managed to run away and hit the alarm. When the suspect saw the employee signal the police he ran out of the store and headed east on … More Info
  • CA: Teen suspected of Ceres party caught at another house in past …
    3.12.16 – Modesto Bee – Art Dunn, owner of a security alarm company, caught and arrested the Central Catholic student when he received video footages of the teen on a client’s … More Info
  • CO: Police Release Photos Showing Thieves Stealing Rifles
    3.11.16 – CBS Local – Police responded to The Shops At Northfield Stapleton in Denver when an alarm went off just after 2:30 a.m. A door was smashed in by two suspects, who got … More Info
  • CT: New Rite-Aid Gets Smash & Grab Welcome
    3.11.16 – New Haven Independent – The store, which opened several weeks ago as the first completed part of a broader “Route 34 West” development, has security cameras outside and an alarm … More Info
  • FL: Man tried to break into ATM, authorities say
    3.8.16 – Highlands Today – Deputies had responded to an alarm at the ATM and found that someone had … At that point, the alarm went off and Coleman fled in his truck, the report said. More Info
  • FL: Police: Regretful West Palm Beach bank robber is arrested
    3.7.16 – Palm Beach Post – Police responded after an alarm panic button was pushed, but Richardson ran out of the bank before authorities arrived. Richardson took an undetermined … More Info
  • FL: Thieves grab pricey bicycles from Pompano Beach cycle shop …
    3.7.16 – Sun Sentinel – “The alarm went off, the police came instantly,” Stradalli said. “The Broward Sheriff’s Office came with the fingerprint people and the canines.” Sheriff’s Office … More Info
  • GA: Athens police make arrest in weekend jewelry store burglary
    3.8.16 – WAAY – Police say the alarm was activated around 1:00 a.m. Officers responded and found David Johnson walking across the parking lot carrying a box. Officers saw … More Info
  • GA: Burglar steals liquor, cash from store
    3.8.16 – newtoncitizen – The alarm for the building had not gone off before, but went off when the officers entered the store to clear it. No one was found in the store. The owner of the … More Info
  • GA: From police reports dated Feb. 7 to Feb. 20
    3.7.16 – Reporter Newspapers – A resident’s alarm was activated. When he went to his house he found someone had broken the glass of the back door and … More Info
  • GA: Police: Two caught burglarizing school
    3.9.16 – Statesboro Herald – Two men caught inside a local school early Wednesday were charged with burglary after deputies and police responded to an alarm. Joshua Burgess, of … More Info
  • IL: Burglars crash stolen vehicle into Waukegan gas station
    3.9.16 – Chicago Tribune – … responded to the Marathon gas station for a burglary alarm. … an alarm, according to a statement from the Waukegan Police Department. More Info
  • IN: Gary man facing federal charges in fatal Hammond robbery
    3.10.16 – nwitimes.com – Doughty said the store’s alarm went off, and the shooting was captured on the store’s surveillance video. He described the footage as imperative to the … More Info
  • MA: Bridgewater Police log, Feb. 24-March 2
    3.8.16 – Wicked Local – 6:51 p.m.: Police responded to a burglary alarm on South Drive. 7:12 p.m.: Police investigated suspicious activity. 9:47 p.m.: Police … More Info
  • MA: Maynard police log, Feb. 29 to March 6
    3.12.16 – Wicked Local – 9:06 p.m.: A commercial burglar alarm was reported on Main Street for front/back door garage motion. The key holder responded. 9:36 p.m.: A caller, of Elaine … More Info
  • MA: Police seek suspect in Mansfield liquor store break-in
    3.7.16 – Wicked Local – Police are seeking a man who broke into Bristol Liquors early Sunday morning, March 6. Officer Michael Fitzgerald responding to a burglary alarm at … More Info
  • MD: Charles Co. Sheriff’s Reports
    3.7.16 – Southern Maryland Online – … officers responded to a grocery store for an intrusion alarm. Upon arrival, officers observed that a rock … More Info
  • MI: Break-in reported at Thorne Elementary School
  • 3.11.16 – Dearborn Press and Guide – After Dearborn Heights police responded to an alarm call from the school at 7:18 p.m., they found an open door on the east side of the building. Police then … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate animal …
    3.10.16 – MLive.com – 9:03 p.m., Deputy Sparks responded to an alarm. 9:22 p.m.,… More Info
  • MI: Three men arrested when silent alarm at bar sounds
    3.9.16 – MLive.com – Niles Township, MI — Three men were arrested before dawn at a local bar and restaurant when an alarm on the property summoned police to the scene, … More Info
  • MO: De Soto laundromat burglarized twice in a month
    3.10.16 – Leader Publications – A witness saw a green van leaving the scene shortly after the alarm went off. Video surveillance revealed that the suspect threw a sledge hammer through the … More Info
  • NC: Caught on video: Raleigh police bust would-be burglar, officials say
    3.9.16 – WNCN – Brown says the suspected burglar triggered the security alarm when he first forced his way in … clearly ignoring the signs that remind people they’re on camera. More Info
  • NC: Raleigh police take down suspected burglar caught in the act
    3.9.16 – WTVD-TV – The suspect triggered the security alarm, and was quickly apprehended by Raleigh police officers. More Info
  • ND: More Burglaries Reported
    3.10.16 – WDAY – Shortly after 7:33am, police say they responded to Our Savior Lutheran Church for a burglary alarm. They say the suspects made forced entry into the building … More Info
  • NM: Public Record
    3.9.16 – Artesia Daily Press – … Officer dispatched in reference to a burglary alarm. … p.m. – Officer dispatched in reference to a fire alarm. More Info
  • NY: Police seek man who robbed Tops gas station
    3.11.16 – Ithaca Journal – Members of the Ithaca Police Department responded to a panic alarm activation at 9:09 p.m. Thursday at the gas station… More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    3.9.16 – Circleville Herald – Advised of a burglary alarm activation on the front door. Checked okay-accidental. Advised of burglary alarm at Circleville Fast Freeze. Unable to … More Info
  • OH: Scrap metal thief escapes on West Bagley Road; intoxicated man …
    3.10.16 – cleveland.com – The person, while stealing the metal, set off a motion-detector alarm. The alarm firm contacted Huge’s owner, who checked security video on his cell phone, saw … More Info
  • OK: Blood found at burglary scene, man arrested
    3.10.16 – Theadanews – Police responded to an alarm call shorty after 5 a.m. at John’s Quick and Easy convenience store. “Upon arrival, I … More Info
  • OK: Police investigate burglaries at two Wagoner businesses
    3.11.16 – KOKI FOX 23 – Thieves are accused of cutting off power to the businesses to prevent the alarm from sounding then breaking into the back door. Cash was stolen from the … More Info
  • ON: Break-and-enter suspect fell from getaway car: police
    3.7.16 – CTV News – The alarm was triggered when someone threw a brick through the glass door of the shop, officers told CTV Toronto. It appeared that the suspects attempted to … More Info
  • ON: Pharmacy theft suspect arrested
    3.9.16 – Chatham Daily News – She said the business alarm had sounded at 2:30 a.m. when someone shattered the front glass door of the pharmacy and made off with an undisclosed quantity … More Info
  • SD: Vermillion Police Report
    3.11.16 – Vermillion Plain Talk – 8:37 a.m. – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at a local business. It was a false alarm. 10:40 a.m. – An Officer observed a female texting on her cell phone … More Info
  • TN: Springfield PD nabs burglary suspect
    3.11.16 – The Tennessean – On March 1, police were called to Belk’s Department Store for an alarm just before 2:30 a.m.. When they arrived at the scene, they found that a front window had … More Info
  • VA: Henrico teen arrested during burglary at Goodwill store in Hanover
    3.11.16 – Richmond.com – After responding about 3 a.m. to a burglar alarm at a Goodwill store, deputies noticed that a window on one of the … More Info
  • VA: Significant amount of jewelry stolen in Martinsville burglary
    3.7.16 – WDBJ7 – Henry County deputies and Martinsville police responded to an alarm call at Eden Jewelry around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday. They discovered forced entry once they … More Info
  • WA: POLICE BLOTTER | March 9, 2016
    3.8.16 – Queen Anne News – At 10:04 a.m. on Feb. 5, a homeowner called 911 after receiving a notification from his alarm company that an alarm … More Info

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