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March 20, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • LA: NOPD false-alarm program set to launch May 1
    3.17.17 – NOLA.com – The New Orleans Police Department’s false-alarm program is set to launch May 1, officials said. The program, formally proposed two years ago, has been … More Info
  • OH: Security system false alarms? Columbus makes you pay
    3.13.17 – The Columbus Dispatch – Miller said he thought the alarms were ringing only to his cellphone, not the police, until the bill was forwarded to the address listed for the company that owned … More Info
  • OH: How a Columbus Man Unknowingly Racked Up $20235 in Alarm …
    3.15.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Columbus, Ohio — A man was unknowingly fined $20,235 for excessive false alarms here last year. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Quincy Miller .. More Info

Industry News

  • Panic Hardware Installation Begins and Ends With Fire Code
    3.1.17 – Locksmith Ledger – The bottom line is that the locking or latching device must be easy to operate, intuitive, and require no special… More Info
  • Tech Tips: Electromagnetic Locking Devices
    3.1.17 – Locksmith Ledger – Physical mounting of the maglock is only a small part of the complete installation. The correct wiring, controlling… More Info
  • Do Your Doors Require Exit Devices?
    3.1.17 – Locksmith Ledger – Most buildings and indoor areas where more than 50 people are permitted to assemble are required to be equipped… More Info
  • Alarm.com to Ratchet Up Pursuit of ISP, Cable Market
    3.14.17 – Multichannel News – Alarm.com traditionally has focused its business on working with thousands of independent home security dealers, but the company plans to … More Info
  • Home Monitoring System Features Remote 911 Access
    3.15.17 – EH – Ooma smart home monitoring system sends you an alert when there’s trouble; lets you call 911 from your phone when you’re not at home. More Info
  • Personal Emergency Response System Market 2017 to 2022 with …
    3.15.17 – Business Wire – Personal Emergency Response System Market 2017 to 2022 with Bay Alarm Medical, Medical Guardian, Koninklijke Philips and Tunstall Americas Dominating …More Info
  • CSAA Makes Name Change: The Monitoring Association
    3.16.17 – SSI – The association says the name change reflects an adjustment in mission and focus necessitated by growth and changes in the alarm monitoring industry. More Info
  • Alarm.com Has 5 Million Subs in Wake of Icontrol Deal
    3.17.17 – Multichannel News – Smart home and home security specialist Alarm.com said it had 5 million residential and business subscribers as of March 15, a revised figure that combines the … More Info
  • Introducing the SSI Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2017
    3.16.17 – SSI – Imbued with equal measures of integrity, ambition, innovation, humility and selflessness, another diverse and distinguished group of individuals are presented with one of the industry’s most prestigious… More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Introduced by Senate Ethics and Elections | Specifying that provisions regulating certified electrical contractors and certified alarm system contractors do not prevent such contractors from acting as a prime contractor or from subcontracting work to other licensed contractors under certain circumstances, etc.
Status: 3/1/2017 : Senate – Filed
Amends title & secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29, 31 & 33 of 1968 PA 330 (MCL 338.1052 et seq.) & adds sec. 15a. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0186’17, SB 0188’17, SB 0189’17 | Occupations; security guards; security guard licensing under private security business and security alarm act; remove, and make general revisions.
Amends sec. 2 of 2012 PA 580 (MCL 338.2182). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0186’17, SB 0187’17, SB 0189’17 | Occupations; alarm systems; act requiring registration of security alarm providers; exclude security guard agencies responding to alarms.

State & National News

  • Oklahoma legislature considers banning left-lane driving
    3.9.17 – The Daily Oklahoman – The proposed bill bans driving in the left lane unless it’s done to overtake and pass another vehicle. More Info
  • Brainprints May Resist Fraud
    3.9.17 – The conversation – Emerging biometric technology based on the electrical activity of the brain, or “brainprints,” have shown potential to be fraud resistant. More Info
  • Consumers Okay with $20+ Monthly Fee for Fully Smart Home
    3.16.17 – SIA – Half of U.S. broadband households consider $20 or more a month for a comprehensive smart home service to be a good value, according to research by Parks Associates. More Info
  • Can children sleep through a smoke detector alarm?
    3.16.17 – WTNH Connecticut News – (ABC)– While smoke detectors are credited with saving thousands of lives each year, some researchers suggest that you cannot always rely on their alarm … More Info
  • Consumer Reports sounds alarm on off-brand CO detectors
    3.16.17 – Turn to 10 – In Consumer Reports’ most recent tests of carbon monoxide alarms, three similar-looking off-brand alarms — the Foho YJ-806, the GoChange 882 LCD and the … More Info
  • How to add value to an old home using automation upgrades
    3.17.17 – KSL.com- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors may not seem like exciting devices, but they’re home necessities. Adding a sleek smoke and carbon monoxide … More Info

Business Tips

  • Getting The Most Out of Site Surveys
    3.1.17 – Locksmith Ledger – Any visit to a customer’s location is an opportunity to share your expertise and sell your security solutions More Info
  • Real words or buzzwords?: Best of Breed
    3.7.17 – SIW – Adopted from the IT realm, the term has been frequently misused in the security industry… More Info
  • Why Your Sales Pitches Will Never Earn You Loyal Customers
    3.13.17 – CI – At this year’s Business & Leadership Conference, Bob Lobascio, James Kane, Michael Shinn and Jay Myers said it’s time to ditch your old sales tactics and start focusing on building strong, meaningful customer relationships in order to grow your business. More Info
  • Ouch! ‘Loose’ Work Orders Can Lighten Your Wallet, Kill Your Company
    3.14.17 – CEPro – Integrators who do not have the proper legal language in their initial contracts, POs or Work Orders, or do Change Orders based on email agreements, are losing in court. More Info
  • A Brief 20-Year History of the Independent Programmer
    3.17.17 – CI – As end-users demand more modernized, adaptable, and cost-effective solutions, the role of control system programmers and software developers will become more essential. More Info

Fire News

  • FL: 3-alarm fire at commercial building in Oldsmar under investigation
    3.14.17 – ABC Action News – According to investigators, deputies initially responded to AWS Carpenter Contractors due to a security alarm going off. More Info
  • FL: Fire breaks out at Orange County CVS Pharmacy warehouse
    3.13.17 – WFTV Orlando – Crews responded to an automatic fire alarm and found heavy smoke from the building. The fire was found between the first and second floor of the 720,000 … More Info
  • GA: Man dies in Loganville house fire
    3.19.17 – Walton Tribune – Extensive damage was reported and a smoke alarm inside the home was sounding when crews entered the home. Rutledge said four engines, a ladder truck, … More Info
  • IL: California Man Arrested After Pulling Fire Alarm, Fighting at …
    3.15.17 – WspyNews – A California man is charged with Disorderly Conduct and Assault after he apparently pulled the fire alarm and was involved in a fight in the lobby of a Sandwich … More Info
  • IL: Naperville restaurant reopened after kitchen fire
    3.13.17 – Chicago Daily Herald – Firefighters were called to the business at 10:05 p.m. Saturday, first by an automatic fire alarm and then a call from the restaurant reporting a fire on the roof, … More Info
  • MI: Portland family saved by carbon monoxide alarm
    3.15.17 – Sentinel-Standard – Portland – A mother and her young child are alive today because their carbon monoxide alarm sounded and woke them around 8 a.m. Wednesday. More Info
  • NC: Small fire, big smoke when dryer fails at Southeast Raleigh High …
    3.16.17 – News & Observer – Firefighters were summoned by a company that monitors the school’s alarm system, and they were on the scene for two hours clearing the smoke from the … More Info
  • NY: Smoke alarm sounds for house burning across the street
    3.19.17 – Mid-Hudson News – Patterson – Firefighters responded to a 2 a.m. smoke alarm sounding at a home, but when they arrived on Saturday … More Info
  • ON: Barrie family escapes from CO leak
    3.17.17 – CTV News – It was a frightening experience for Gord Bashford and his family. The family was awoken on Wednesday morning by an alarm after their furnace started leaking … More Info
  • OR: He’s my hero:’ Sister credits brother with saving family in SE …
    3.13.17 – KATU – He said the smoke alarms started sounding a short time later. “The house was full of smoke. I almost passed out on the stairs, but I was able to make it out … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Man found dead after East Anchorage standoff with police
    3.14.17 – Alaska Dispatch News – Officers first responded to a residential alarm  just after 5 a.m., Oistad said. Soon afterward, dispatchers received a call … More Info
  • AK: SWAT Standoff Has Ended; Suspect Dies From “Self-Inflicted Wounds”
    3.14.17 –youralaskalink – Officers received a call from an alarm company at 5:04 this morning after a … Officials say the victims mother set off the alarm when she arrived to pick up her … More Info
  • AR: JPD investigating early morning store burglary
    3.14.17 – KAIT – Around 2 a.m. Monday, Officer Jonathan Wood responded to an alarm at Doublebee’s #129 (Gladiola Express). Surveillance video showed … More Info
  • AR: Police called after cinderblock thrown though Little Rock church’s …
    3.14.17 – Arkansas Online – Officers arrived at Trinity Pentecostal Church around 3:40 a.m. after getting a call the alarm was going off, … More Info
  • AR: Police: Man breaks into Little Rock liquor store, steals vodka before …
    3.14.17 – Arkansas Online – Officers arrived at Westrock Spirits & Wines shortly after 5:30 a.m. to investigate an alarm, officer Scott Dettmier wrote in a police report. More Info
  • CA: Glenn Sheriffs hope surveillance photo will help identify golf course …
    3.14.17 – Chico Enterprise-Record – The alarm was going off when it happened,” Owens said. The deputy said he’s hoping that someone will recognize the burglar from image captured on camera. More Info
  • CA: Hercules: Police seek suspect in home burglaries
    3.17.17 – East Bay Times – At Farragut, a resident learned a motion-sensor alarm had activated around 10 a.m. and returned home to find the house burglarized. An unknown person … More Info
  • CA: Pair arrested after burglary, pursuit in NE Fresno identified
    3.15.17 – Fresno Bee – Landon said officers were sent to investigate a burglar alarm at a Verizon store, and then were diverted to a second alarm at … More Info
  • CA: Stolen Car, Stolen Electronics, Captured Crooks
    3.16.17 -Crime Voice – Fresno – During the early hours on Tuesday, two FPD officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Verizon Store. As they arrived, they … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to burglary alarm, possible runaway
    3.15.17 – Journal Advocate – At 11 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a burglary alarm. At 2:35 p.m. deputies made a return phone … More Info
  • FL: On Patrol – Week ending March 17, 2017
    3.18.17 – Longboat Key News – Officer Schoepfer made contact with the alarm company and advised them that … reset the alarm remotely but the alarm should reset itself after approximately 20 … More Info
  • FL: Two charged in connection with burglary at Dollar General
    3.16.17 – Ocala – Two men followed by a deputy who responded to an alarm at a Dollar General store were arrested early Wednesday and charged with burglary, grand theft and … More Info
  • GA: Thieves target wireless stores in Henry County
    3.16.17 -FOX 5 Atlanta – Henry County police are searching for thieves who targeted two wireless stores in Ellenwood and Stockbridge last week. The burglars broke into the Metro PCS … More Info
  • ID: News of Record – March 15, 2017
    3.15.17 – The Preston Citizen – March 6: Responded to a bank alarm that was determined to be false. Investigated a false alarm at the hospital. Assisted the ambulance crew. Responded to a … More Info
  • IL: Evansville Man Arrested On Felony Burglary Charges
    3.14.17 – Tristatehomepage.com – Early Sunday morning Evansville Police drove to the 1st Avenue Collision Center where a burglary alarm went off. When EPD got on the scene they found Erick . More Info
  • IL: More than $30000 in cameras stolen from Aurora store
    3.16.17 -Chicago Tribune – The burglars disengaged the alarm system during the incident, Ferrelli said. While police have no suspect information, someone reported a dark minivan leaving … More Info
  • IN: Cigarettes taken from Franklin gas station
    3.14.17 – Daily Journal – Police responded to an alarm about 2:20 a.m. Monday at Phillips 66. The front glass door to the business was broken, and a large amount of … More Info
  • MA: Driver arrested after stolen UHaul truck crashes into Revere building
    3.19.17 – WHDH-TV – Officials say police responded to a burglary alarm from Santoro’s Sub-Villa just after 3 a.m. Just before the alarm, a police officer said … More Info
  • MA: Man charged with Great Barrington armed robbery
    3.16.17 -Berkshire Eagle – That was the response of a clerk about 3 a.m. Monday when a masked man entered the Great Barrington Mobil Xtra Mart and demanded money from the register … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire
    3.14.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – 5:41 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at Gloucester High School. … 12:55 a.m.: An alarm sounded at The Pilot House restaurant. More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Crash sends drivers to hospital
    3.17.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – Burglar alarms: A burglar alarm sounded at Friendly’s Ice Cream shop at 11:44 p.m., at the Gloucester School District’s … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Driver in two accidents charge in first
    3.15.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – 6:10 a.m.: A burglar alarm sounded from Gloucester School District’s alternative education building. Officers found the … More Info
  • MI: Couple’s home invasion convictions upheld by appeals court
    3.18.17 – The Macomb Daily – … video knocking on the front door of a Harrison Township home and Head kicking in the front door but fleeing without taking anything after an alarm sounded. More Info
  • MI: Crime Stoppers of Lenawee County asking for public assistance on …
    3.16.17 -WTOL.com – Around one in the morning on February 7, Lenawee County Central Dispatch received a breaking and entering alarm at the store. More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Tuesday, March 14
    3.16.17 -Port Huron Times Herald – 3:02 a.m., Alarm Intrusion,., … More Info
  • MO: Police release images of bank robbery suspect
    3.15.17 – Columbia Daily Tribune – Officers were sent at about 3 p.m. Monday to Landmark Bank. after someone hit a panic alarm, the Columbia Police Department said in a … More Info
  • MO: Police release images of bank robbery suspect
    3.16.17 -Columbia Daily Tribune – Officers were sent at about 3 p.m. Monday to Landmark Bank a. after someone hit a panic alarm, the Columbia Police Department said in a … More Info
  • MO: Robbery at Landmark Bank on Garth Ave, suspect at large
    3.14.17 – ABC17News.com – Police responded to a panic button alarm at Landmark Bank, where allegedly a suspect walked in, demanded money, and left on foot with an undisclosed .. More Info
  • MS: Burglary alarm leads to drug arrest
    3.16.17 -Natchez Democrat – Vidalia – A burglar alarm at a residence on Stephens Road Tuesday led to a drug bust in which methamphetamine, marijuana, Xanax and home-cooked … More Info
  • ND: Devils Lake Police investigate burglary at KFC Taco Bell
    3.14.17 – Devil’s Lake Daily Journal – Police say the alarm at the business was tripped at 11:01 p.m. last night. They reported that the last restaurant workers left the building at about 10:45 p.m.. More Info
  • NE: Burglar claims he is glad he got caught
    3.14.17 – WOWT – According to police reports, officers responded to an motion alarm call at a home near 27th and Pratt around 1:30 PM Sunday. Officers saw a shattered glass … More Info
  • NJ: $1500 in cigarettes stolen from Jersey City store, cops say
    3.13.17 – NJ.com – Jersey City police responding to a burglar alarm at a convenience store on the city’s West Side found that $1,500 worth of cigarettes had been stolen during a … More Info
  • NJ: Virginia Man Charged With Robbing Two New Jersey Banks
    3.17.17 – Cape May County Herald – After recognizing Higgins from the police bulletin, a bank employee triggered the bank’s “hold-up” alarm, and Higgins left the bank and got into a taxicab. Officers … More Info
  • NJ: Virginia man faces federal charges in two South Jersey bank robberies
    3.16.17 -Press of Atlantic City – A bank employee recognized Higgins from the bulletin and triggered an alarm. Higgins left and got in a taxi. Atlantic City police found the taxi near a Wells Fargo … More Info
  • NV: Break-in suspect caught near golf course
    3.15.17 – Elko Daily Free Press – Police responded to an alarm at the golf course early Tuesday morning. They originally thought it was a false alarm but arrested the suspect when they noticed … More Info
  • NY: Police investigate armed robbery at Canandaigua Kwik Fill
    3.16.17 -MPNnow.com – Deputies said they responded to an alarm at the Kwik Fill at 9:27 p.m. March 13. According to Lt. Brad Falkey of the Sheriff’s Office, … More Info
  • NY: Watertown man allegedly burglarizes American Legion
    3.17.17 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – It is further alleged that Mr. Gebo used a hammer and two screwdrivers to pry open and damage an ATM, a lock box and a security alarm. It was estimated that … More Info
  • OH: Attempted Heisley Road gun-shop break-in probed
    3.14.17 – News-Herald.com – Officers responded at 3:36 a.m. to an alarm at Point Blank Range & Gun Shop, according to a news release from the Mentor .. More Info
  • OH: Burglars chased off by alarm at west Toledo paint store
    3.17.17 – WNWO NBC 24 – Police are investigating after an early morning break-in at the Sherwin-Williams store … More Info
  • OH: Robbery spree hits Portsmouth
    3.14.17 – Portsmouth Daily Times – Officers were alerted to a problem occurring at Clarks Pump and Shop by an alarm being activated. Upon officers arrival, Zachary … More Info
  • OH: Whitehall business sees second break-in this month
    3.13.17 – NBC4i.com – Whitehall, Ohio (WCMH)– Police from Whitehall, Columbus, Bexley, and Gahanna all responded following an alarm at the Shoppes at Wyandotte early … More Info
  • OK: Thief Robs Tulsa Restaurant, Gets Away With $5
    3.13.17 – News On 6 – He thinks the suspect started crawling like this to avoid setting off the motion alarm. “It’s just that eerie feeling when you get a text in the morning and say your .. More Info
  • ON: Alarm foils break-in at Rockwood library
    3.17.17 – CBC.ca – Provincial police say the shrill sound of an alarm at the Rockwood branch of the Wellington County Public Library scared off some would-be thieves attempting … More Info
  • OR: Burglary suspect gets stuck in window of Keizer smoke shop
    3.17.17 – kgw.com – A security officer responding to an alarm at a Keizer smoke shop was surprised to find a bleeding burglary suspect stuck in a window and needing rescue. More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg City Police Blotter, March 14
    3.16.17 -North Country Now – 17:29 Received a report of a commercial burglar alarm activation at the Social Security Office. Patrols advised building secure. No key holder … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg police blotter, March 18
    3.19.17 – North Country Now – 1:52 p.m. – Burglar alarm activation at City Hall. False alarm. • 7:03 a.m. – Burglar alarm at St… More Info
  • SC: Police: Church member hit wrong code, set off burglar alarm at …
    3.14.17 – Live 5 News – Charleston Police say a church member entered a wrong security code, mistakenly setting off a burglar alarm at Mother Emanuel AME Church … More Info
  • TX: Goliad County searches for burglary suspect
    3.14.17 – Victoria Advocate – Deputies responded to an alarm at CJ’s Mini Mart and discovered the broken window, according to the office’s Facebook page. They searched the store, but the … More Info
  • TX: Local musician shot by masked robbers after SXSW event
    3.14.17 – KEYE TV – Eventually, he went into his own home, hit the panic button on his home alarm, and ran to another neighbor’s house until EMS arrived. The Austin Police … More Info
  • VA: Chantilly gun store suspect photos released
    3.14.17 – Fairfaxtimes.com – Officers said responded to “50 West Armory” early Saturday morning for a commercial burglary alarm. Police have not disclosed the type or manner of guns that … More Info
  • VA: Police charge two in Chesapeake pawn shop burglary
    3.14.17 – WAVY-TV – I just thought that they were old ceiling tiles and fell and then I started taking the trash out and the alarm went off to the pawn shop as I was walking by,” Everette … More Info
  • WA: JJ’s In and Out robbery caught on video; store owner offering $500 …
    3.18.17 – The Bellingham Herald – Joyce Heberden, 22, the only employee working the night shift, had pulled the alarm moments after the robber left, and surveillance video inside the store caught … More Info
  • WI: False alarm prompts temporary lockdown at Cushing Elementary …
    3.18.17 – fox6now.com – Delafield — Cushing Elementary School located in Delafield, was temporarily put on lockdown around 3:15 p.m., following an automated panic alarm that … More Info
  • WI: Milwaukee police suspect who smashed his way into Family Dollar …
    3.14.17 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – The store’s alarm sounded and the man fled without taking anything. He is described as a black man, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 150 to 170 pounds with a goatee and … More Info

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