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March 27, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: San Diego hiking fines for responding to bogus burglar alarms
    3.22.17 – The San Diego Union-Tribune – San Diego businesses and homeowners with burglar alarms would pay far less in permit fees but much higher fines for false alarms under proposed policy … More Info
  • IL: Clarendon Hills to fine residents without alarm system permits
    3.21.17 – Chicago Tribune – Clarendon Hills will fine residents $100 if they do not have a permit for an alarm system, and the village is implementing a progressive fine structure for false ...More Info
  • LA: A Crackdown on False Alarms in New Orleans
    3.26.17 – U.S. News & World Report – New Orleans (AP) – New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police … More Info
  • LA: New Orleans Alarm Ordinance to Take Effect May 1
    NOPD officials estimate false alarms cost taxpayers roughly $400,000 a year in police resources… More Info
  • NY: County may ban security alarms from calling 911
    3.23.17 – Sun Community News – Essex County is considering a local law that would prohibit local security alarms from automatically dialing the local 911 center when triggered. More Info
  • SC: County Council moves forward on bond authorization vote for new …
    3.21.17 – Greenville News – In other business, council approved on third and final reading an ordinance that requires an alarm system monitoring company to attempt to verify whether an …More Info
  • TN: City Council recap: Wharton’s portrait, Smith’s zoo offer
    3.22.17 – The Commercial Appeal – The council unanimously approved an ordinance increasing the penalties for false police and fire alarms. Sponsored by member Philip Spinosa Jr., the … More Info
  • WY: New Devices Will Allow Casper Police Improved Access to School …
    3.22.17 – K2 Radio – It is not uncommon for police to receive an alarm from a school building in the middle of the night. Most of the time, an alarm doesn’t indicate anything serious; … More Info

Industry News

  • 4 Home Security Startups Disrupting the Smart Home Industry
    3.20.17 – TG Daily – Canary offers a unique alternative to big alarm systems, which require drilling into walls to install cameras and expensive monitoring services. The standard … More Info
  • Alarm.com acquires ObjectVideo Labs
    3.21.17 – Security Systems News – Tysons, Va.—Alarm.com, which provides a platform for the connected home and business, announced the acquisition of substantially all of ObjectVideo Inc.’s … More Info
  • Inside the Vivint Smart Home Stores at Best Buy: A Huge Paradigm Shift
    3.24.17 – CE Pro – CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson visited several Best Buy stores in San Antonio, Texas, where Vivint Smart Home is testing a new business model for selling and installing security and home automation systems. More Info
  • Are advanced video analytics on the horizon for smart homes?
    3.21.17 – SIW – Alarm.com looks to bring commercial-grade security tech to the residential space with ObjectVideo acquisition More Info
  • 13 Enlightening Considerations for Tackling Low-Light Video
    3.21.17- SSI – From processing power to lens selection to proper positioning, security integrators have multiple factors to analyze when deploying surveillance cameras in less than ideal lighting conditions. These tips will help shed light on proper installation applications. More Info

Legislative News


Bill Text Description History
Locksmiths and locksmith services regulation establishment | Franzen
Status: 03/20/2017 : Referred to Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy
By HELMING | Enacts “Averyana’s law”; provides a tax credit for the purchase and installation of certain smoke alarms which incorporate photoelectric technology including but not limited to: photoelectric detectors; dual photoelectric/ionization detectors; and photoelectric/carbon monoxide detectors.

State & National News

  • How Smartphone Owners Neglect Basic Security
    3.20.17 – SIA – Many Americans are not adhering to smart phone security best practices. More Info
  • Jewelry Crime Increases for First Time Since 2012
    3.21.17 – SIA – Jewelry crime rose 6 percent year-over-year in 2016, according to a report from the Jewelers Security Alliance. More Info
  • New area code may cause temporary glitch in some security systems
    3.21.17 – WSYR – “I was concerned that there are probably several people out there in the same situation that we were, thinking that their alarm system was up and working.”. More Info
  • Attacks, crashes underscore need for new 911 systems
    3.24.17 – Stateline – State and local 911 call centers increasingly are besieged by pranksters and buggy software. Next-generation technology may provide relief, but few states or localities can afford it without help. More Info
  • 7 Smart Home Predictions for the Future
    3.23.17 – EH – The Forbes Technology Council predicts smarter appliances, picture frames, and more. More Info

Business Tips

  • Want Loyal Customers and Reliable Employees? Get Personal
    3.21.17 – CI: The concept of fostering personal relationships and trust is key to earning loyal customers and building a successful, reliable team. More Info
  • Cybersecurity Checklist Tool for Integrators Unveiled by CTA
    3.23.17 – CEPro – New Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Connected Home Security Checklist Tool details proper cybersecurity protocols for installing Internet of Things (IoT) devices. More Info
  • Wide Majority of Millennials Value Convenience More Than Safety
    3.21.17 – SSI – A survey conducted by SureID at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017 found 96% of millennials would verify their own identity online. More Info
  • 7 Misunderstandings Related to Managing Millennials
    3.22.17 – CI: Deloitte executive Cathy Benko, author of The Corporate Lattice, laid out some nuances related to managing millennials during a keynote during NSCA’s 19th annual Business & Leadership Conference. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Mother, son escape burning home in Glendale, neighbor captures v …
    3.24.17 –AZFamily – The residents, who were asleep in their bedrooms upstairs, evacuated safely after receiving a call from their alarm company letting them know that it was reading … More Info
  • CT: Two Bridgeport Men Facing Charges For Westport Burglaries
    3.24.17 -Westport Daily Voice – He interviewed the two men and they told him that they had used a crow bar on the front door of Geatanos, but fled when the alarm went off. Both were charged … More Info
  • GA: Faulty sensor caused fire alarm at Statesboro High
    3.23.17 – Statesboro Herald – A fire alarm that sounded Thursday afternoon at Statesboro High School was caused by a faulty sensor. There was no fire, said Bulloch County Schools … More Info
  • IL: Police: Man pulled fire alarm at Shorewood nightspot
    3.21.17 – The Herald-News – “Dispatch was able to tell them where the alarm had been pulled from and there was no fire there. The club was fairly full and they’d already started evacuating … More Info
  • MA: Firefighters respond to alarm and gas smell
    3.21.17 – Brainerd Dispatch – The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a fire alarm both on Sunday and Monday morning at Mills Fleet Farm. Both calls resulted in … More Info
  • MA: Woman escapes from fire with infant daughter thanks to working …
    3.21.17 – My Fox Boston – Her baby was sleeping. She was awoken by the smoke alarm going off. She got her baby, she was able to exit the building, and that’s most important,” Reardon … More Info
  • NV: Smoke prompts false alarm at McCarran airport
    3.23.17 – Las Vegas Review-Journal – Smoke prompts false alarm at McCarran airport … Airport restaurant tripped two smoke alarms, prompting an evacuation message Thursday morning. More Info
  • NY: Hotel dryer fire causes $25000 damage
    3.21.17 – Buffalo News – After receiving a fire alarm activation at the Staybridge Suites firefighters from the Getzville Fire Co. arrived on the scene at 6:15 to find … More Info
  • NY: People returning back to homes after Colonie apartment fire
    3.22.17 – NEWS10 ABC – Eric Montgomery, who lived just three doors down from the apartment where the fire started, says he was just starting to cook dinner when the alarm went off. More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg Police Department Blotter, March 20
    3.21.17 – North Country Now – 22:34 Reported a commercial fire alarm (general and 2nd floor pull station) at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home. Ogdensburg Fire Department enroute. More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg Police Department Blotter, March 23
    3.24.17 -North Country Now – 02:56 Reported a fire alarm activation at the SRO building. Ogdensburg fire department dispatched. Patrol advised subject burned some food. More Info
  • TN: Firefighters respond to two fires on Mountain Creek Rd.
    3.25.17 – WRCB-TV – Chattanooga Fire Department says around 9 a.m. Saturday they received the alarm for a house fire. When officials … More Info
  • TN: Firefighters respond to two overnight fires
    3.24.17 -Chattanooga Times Free Press – The house fire alarm was received after 9 p.m. Thursday night. Firefighters responded to the house fire. Light smoke was visible from the … More Info
  • TX: Cleburne student accused of pulling fire alarm – which could lead to …
    3.22.17 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – A Cleburne High School student faces a felony charge after being accused of pulling a fire alarm between classes Wednesday, leading to an evacuation of the … More Info
  • WV: Recently installed smoke alarms alert family to escape house fire in …
    3.25.17 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph – OAKVALE — Six lives were recently saved in a Mercer County home fire thanks to fire alarms being installed as part of a Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Security footage ends ABC burglary spree
    3.22.17 – WPMI Local 15 News – Police say the two men hit four different businesses earlier this week and it was the security cameras along with alarms that helped catch them “red-handed. More Info
  • AR: Police: Arkansas man steals 388 quarters from laundromat
    3.21.17 – Arkansas Online – Officers arrived around 4:35 a.m. at the Double Clean Wash after an alarm went off, according to a North Little Rock police report. More Info
  • CA: Brentwood Police Discover Loaded Firearm During Pedestrian Stop
    3.24.17 -EastCountyToday – On 2/11/16 at 3:41 am, officers were dispatched to Goodwill on a report of a video verified alarm. The alarm company advised a … More Info
  • CO: Blotter: March 22, 2017
    3.21.17 – Grand Junction Daily Sentinel – Someone burglarized a business and damaged the alarm system Thursday. … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to stolen dirt bike, burglary alarm
    3.21.17 – Journal Advocate – At 11:10 a.m. deputies were dispatched in reference to a burglary alarm. At 6:50 p.m. deputies were … More Info
  • CO: Park City police blotter
    3.21.17 – The Park Record – On Sunday, March 19 at 8:25 a.m., the police received a report that an alarm was triggered on the door to an electrical room in a building  … More Info
  • FL:  Business break-ins caught on video
    3.21.17 – WEAR – There, he pries open the door and triggers the alarm. Lackey said that didn’t seem to trouble him at all. He said, “Alarm company calls, he answers the phone, … More Info
  • GA: Beloved Worth Co. man burglarized, prized gun stolen
    3.24.17 -WALB-TV – “Alarm, cameras, anything you can imagine. This won’t happen again,” said Cooper. In just a matter of hours, someone broke in through a side window, and … More Info
  • GA: Caught on Camera: Burglars burst through wall
    3.21.17 – wwlp.com – According to Mirza, he came to work to open up Saturday morning and realized the alarm for the store had been disarmed. Suspecting something was wrong, … More Info
  • GA: Security video: Thieves cut through walls to rob business
    3.21.17 – 11alive.com – According to Mirza, he came to work to open up Saturday morning and realized the alarm for the store had been disarmed. Suspecting something was wrong, … More Info
  • ID: Panic Alarm Sends Lewiston Police to Idaho Senator’s Office
    3.22.17 – Dailyfly – Lewiston, ID – Lewiston Police responded to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo’s office regarding a panic alarm at 9:45 a.m. this morning. More Info
  • IL: See surveillance video from $1M jewelry store heist
    3.21.17 – WLS-TV – “They were alerted through the night that the alarms were going off, but they didn’t send the police out. They sent a family member over, and he drove over to … More Info
  • LA: BRPD officer in hospital after crashing into median on I-12
    3.21.17 – WAFB.com – According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the officer was dispatched to a call about an activated alarm at roughly 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. The officer … More Info
  • LA: Drugstore burglar left his cap behind; then his getaway car broke …
    3.21.17 – NOLA.com – Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the crime late Friday by a burglar alarm at the pharmacy. They found evidence of forced entry, and a witness reported seeing … More Info
  • MA: Alleged robber returned for purse
    3.21.17 – Lowell Sun – Officers were responding to an alarm that one of the clerks had triggered, and promptly arrested Schwarz without further incident, Crowley said. Schwarz was … More Info
  • MA: Marblehead break-ins related, police theorize
    3.21.17 – Daily Item – Police responded to St. Andrew’s Church at around 3:45 a.m. for a burglar alarm activation. Responding officers found a cut screen and open … More Info
  • MA: Middleton Police Log: March 16-18
    3.21.17 – Wicked Local Boxford – 6 a.m.: An alarm activated. Checked. All was secure. 7:02 a.m.: Police assisted the Fire Department with a medical call. Person … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: 7 owners fined for pet poop on beach
    3.23.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – 7:02 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at East Gloucester Elementary School. A check of the property found it to be secure. More Info
  • MA: Saugus Police log March 19
    3.24.17 -Wicked Local Saugus – At 3:02 a.m. police responded to an alarm at Santoro’s Subvilla. Officers confirmed a break-in and a Uhaul was seen leaving the scene. Police tried to stop the … More Info
  • MD: Man Accused Of Stealing $830000 Worth Of Jewelry From Sears
    3.23.17 – CBS Baltimore / WJZ – The Montgomery County Police Department began investigating on March 17, just after 11:30 p.m., after a burglary alarm went off at the Sears … More Info
  • MD: Police: Man Hid In Sears Store At Closing Time, Tried To Steal $830 …
    3.24.17 –Consumerist – The suspect set off a motion sensor alarm designed to detect, say, someone sneaking around the store after closing time to steal jewelry and “backpack purses. More Info
  • MI: Police seek masked thief who robbed SP Guns-N-Ammo in Southgate
    3.21.17 – Southgate News Herald – Surveillance video shows a person cutting what they apparently thought was the alarm, but it turned out to be the phone line to the business next to the gun shop … More Info
  • MI: VIDEO: Dollar store worker fights armed robbers in desperate effort …
    3.24.17 – WXYZ – They called 911 and Detroit Police were on the scene quickly because they were also responding to the alarm that was tripped when the robbers forced the .. More Info
  • MI: Woodhaven couple’s home invasion convictions upheld by appeals …
    3.20.17 – Southgate News Herald – … 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
  • MN: Gossips’ owners stop thief after alleged burglaries
    3.21.17 – Farmington Independent – According to court records, at 9:15 a.m. March 11, a security alarm at Gossips went off, causing the alarm company to contact Kenny LaBeau, owner of the … More Info
  • MO: Texas County Sheriff’s Report
    3.23.17 – The Licking News – An alarm call was received at a business. The business owner believes the alarm was activated by a storm. The business was secure. More Info
  • NJ: Broken window, broken trust
    3.26.17 – The Hudson Reporter – The alarm company altered the center of motion detector activity on the front porch prior to the arrival of the staff, who discovered the window bashed in. Nothing … More Info
  • NJ: Jersey City police investigate ‘bias incident’ at LGBTQ center
    3.21.17 – NJ.com – The building’s security alarm was triggered when the window broke. Lucas added that there haven’t been any similar incidents or threats made against the … More Info
  • NM: Public Record
    3.22.17 – Artesia Daily Press – 11:59 a.m. – Officer dispatched in reference to an alarm. 12:41 p.m. – Officer dispatched in reference to an alarm. More Info
  • NY: Hungry crook breaks into shop to feast on $500 worth of meat
    3.21.17 – Brooklyn Paper – The owner received an notice from the alarm company that someone broke into the store around 8 pm. Police arrived to the location the … More Info
  • OH: Bucyrus Police: Rounds include checking on hit pedestrian, dog bite …
    3.22.17 – Richland Source – 10:35 a.m. A false alarm was received. … 11:59 p.m. Officers responded to an alarm … More Info
  • OH: Mentor police: Smash and grab attempt made at firearms business
    3.23.17 – News-Herald.com – Officers responded to Finast Firearms for an alarm around 3 a.m., March 23. >>Smash and grabs becoming more popular with … More Info
  • OH: Police searching for suspect after Middletown CVS robbery
    3.24.17 –WXIX – Police said the man entered the store and gave the pharmacy a long note that said, “”This is a robbery I am armed and dangerous. Do not alarm cops. The drugs … More Info
  • OR: Crime Stoppers: Guitar worth $700 stolen
    3.21.17 – KTVL – Police say they received notification that the store’s alarm went off at around 6 a.m. morning on March 11, .but when they showed up minutes later the suspect … More Info
  • OR: False alarms triggered at Ross Ragland
    3.22.17 – Herald and News – Ross Ragland Executive Director Mark McCrary said the alarm company ruled out heavy rain as the cause of the malfunction and said they were not yet certain … More Info
  • PA: See surveillance video from $1M Philly jewelry store heist
    3.21.17 – 6abc.com – “They were alerted through the night that the alarms were going off, but they didn’t send the police out. They sent a family member over, and he drove over to … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg Police Department Blotter, March 22
    3.23.17 – North Country Now – 12:22 Reported a commercial burglar alarm at the Tractor Supply Store. No key holder responding. Patrol advised building secure. More Info
  • TN: Brewer’s Pool and Landscaping burglarized in Bartlett
    3.21.17 – FOX13 Memphis – “From the moment the alarm went off the police were here within seven minutes, which I thought was really good,” he said. The items cost around $24,000. More Info
  • TX: 3 people custody after school break-in
    3.25.17 – FOX 4 News – Three juveniles were taken into police custody after an overnight burglary at a Dallas high school. Investigators say an alarm went off at W. H. Adamson High … More Info
  • TX: Burglar caught on camera breaking into home on west side
    3.24.17 -KENS5.com – “Around lunchtime, I received a call form my neighbor stating that there was a loud noise coming from the house, and then I got another call from the alarm … More Info
  • TX: Conroe Man Arrested Breaking Into Former Workplace
    3.24.17 -Patch.com – … Pipe Group on March 22 for an alarm. … the business when he broke an interior window which activated the alarm. More Info
  • TX: Man takes Richardson PD on high-speed chase after breaking into …
    3.24.17 -CW33 NewsFix – “It started out as an alarm call at about 2:15 am,” explained Richardson PD PIO. “He came towards the officer making his way out of the building he started firing … More Info
  • TX: Surveillance camera captures SA home break-in that left owner rattled
    3.24.17 -mySanAntonio.com – The suspect, who was caught on Hewitt’s security camera system, broke in through the front door, setting off an alarm. “If that alarm didn’t go off, he could’ve had … More Info
  • TX: Suspect in Lamborghini dealership burglary in custody
    3.21.17 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – Richardson police arrived at Lamborghini Dallas on a burglary alarm call about 3:30 a.m. when the suspect fired at … More Info
  • WA: Elger Bay grocery vandalized
    3.21.17 – Stanwood Camano News – Island County Sheriff deputies responded to an alarm call about 12:54 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Elger Bay Grocery & Gifts store… More Info

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