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March 30, 2015

Public Safety Updates

  • IL: Glen Ellyn To Hold Meeting On Proposed Fire Alarm Requirement ...
    3.25.15 – CBS Local – So now, the village is considering an ordinance that would require each building owner to install an alarm system connected to the fire department. She says … More Info
  • MA: Selectmen’s roundup: Many in Danvers may face fees for false alarm …
    3.29.15 – Wicked Local Danvers – Some local businesses and residents can expect to receive bills for false alarms calls in the near future, Police Chief Neil Ouellette said. The town changed its … More Info
  • MO: City Considers Revising False Alarm Ordinance
    3.26.15 – The Missourian – The current fine system calls for a $25 fine for the third false alarm, a $50 fine for the fourth false alarm and five or more false alarms carry a $75 fine each. More Info
  • SK: False alarm bylaw introduced
    3.26.15 – The Battlefords News-Optimist – The new false alarm bylaw, discussed a week earlier at North Battleford’s’ Planning Committee meeting at City Hall, was introduced at Monday’s council meeting … More Info

Industry News

  • Napco sounds alarm over DIY security systems
    3.24.15 – Security Info Watch – Company’s CEO discusses common pitfalls associated with consumer-installed solutions… More Info
  • Embracing Change in the Fire Alarm Industry
    3.13.15 – Security Info Watch – How technological advancement and user expectations are having a dramatic impact… More Info
  • Icontrol One Takes Aim at Alarm.com, Telguard and Honeywell Security & Home Automation
    3.24.15 – CEPro – Already powering ADT Pulse and cable company security/home automation systems, Icontrol will now offer its platform to smaller independent security dealers. More Info
  • Sounding the Alarm on Home Security Systems
    3.24.15 – WTXL ABC 27 – That has many of us installing home alarm systems at an alarming rate, but how do you know which one is right for you? We’ve got some answers in today’s … More Info
  • Why Companies Like AT&T and Vivint Will Be Tomorrow’s …
    3.24.15 – Greentech Media – With the exceptions of Alarm.com, Vivint Inc. and AT&T, few companies have invested in developing their own end-to-end home platforms. In fact, Vivint only … More Info
  • How to Overcome the Challenges of ISPs
    3.26.15 – CEPro – Not only do dealers need to understand the basics of networking, they must also have an understanding of the networking devices their ISPs utilize, and they should be partnering with vendors that are geared to provide them with high levels of support. More Info
  • How Security Dealers Can Bag More Retail Business
    3.25.15 – SSI – Given the substantial revenue losses retailers experience each year due to theft, organizations are increasingly relying on security technologies. Installing security contractors can help retail clients… More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status


Maryland Locksmith Act – Public Lists of Licensees – Remedies for Violations | Sponsored by: Klausmeier
Status: 9/30/2014 : Pre-filed
History MDSB00936




Amends sec. 2 of 2012 PA 580 (MCL 338.2182). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0161’15, SB 0162’15, SB 0164’15 Brett Roberts | Occupations; alarm systems; act requiring registration of security alarm providers; exclude security guard agencies responding to alarms.
Status: 3/3/2015 : printed bill filed 02/27/2015
History MIHB04255




Amends title & secs. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 26, 29, 31 & 33 of 1968 PA 330 (MCL 338.1052 et seq.), adds sec. 15a & repeals sec. 19 of 1968 PA 330 (MCL 338.1069). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0161’15, SB 0163’15, SB 0164’15 Darwin L. Booher | Occupations; security guards; security guard licensing under private security business and security alarm act; remove, and make general revisions.
Status: 3/18/2015 : referred to Committee on Regulatory Reform
History MISB00162




By Crespo | Add S411, Ed L Requires a plan for the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in elementary and secondary school buildings.
Status: 03/25/2015 : referred to education
History NYAB06471




By Crespo (MS) | Amd S3641, Ed L Relates to special apportionments and grants-in-aid to school districts; adds the purchase and installation of carbon monoxide detectors to the definition of school safety and security technology project and requires the costs of the project be included in the smart schools investment plan submitted by a school district.
Status: 03/25/2015 : referred to education
History NYAB06472




Codes – As introduced, makes it a misdemeanor to own or operate a hotel with certain elements that emit carbon monoxide unless a carbon monoxide alarm is installed within 10 feet of every room used for sleeping; requires hotels built with certain elements that emit carbon monoxide on or after January 1, 2016, to have hardwired carbon monoxide alarms. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 120.
Status: 03/24/2015 : Rec for pass if am by s/c ref. to Business and Utilities Committee
History TNHB01308




Concerning residential security system installations.
Status: Mar 24, 2015 : Public hearing in the House Committee on Labor at 1:30 PM.
Video: Mar 24, 2015 House Labor at 1:30 PM
History WASB05282


State & National News

  • AR: Arkansas bill would allow bosses to force employees to ‘friend’ them on Facebook
    3.24.15 – The Washington Post – An Arkansas Senate committee this week is set to consider a bill that would reverse some online privacy protections for workers, undoing part of a social media rights law passed two years ago. NCSL data cited. More Info
  • Falling Crime Rates Make Dangerous Neighborhoods Safe for Bidding Wars
    3.19.15 – Bloomberg – A more than 50-year low in the U.S. murder rate opens new possibilities for singles and families who want to become homeowners.  More Info
  • TX: Texas House approves ban on texting while driving but veto may loom 
    3.25.15 – Associated Press –  A statewide ban on texting while driving gained preliminary approval in the Texas House on Wednesday, advancing a plan that four years ago fell victim to a gubernatorial veto — and could face a similar fate this time. NCSL data cited. NCSL research on distracted driving laws. More Info
  • How fast is the broadband in your state?
    3.25.15 – The Washington Post – Delaware held onto its top ranking among the states, with average peak speeds of 75.4 megabits per second. Virginia jumped four spots to claim second place at 73.5 Mbps.  D.C. was third at 65.9 Mbps, followed by Massachusetts and Rhode Island. More Info
  • FCC Hit With 2 Lawsuits Over Its Latest Net Neutrality Rules
    3.24.15 – eweek – The USTelecom Association and Alamo Broadband argue in their legal filings that the FCC’s new net neutrality rules are illegal, unfair and should be blocked. More Info
  • MI: Snyder wants fewer ‘licensing regimes’
    3.29.15 – Lansing State Journal – •Security alarm contractors. •Speech pathologist. •Vehicle protection product warrantor. Source: Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs. More Info

Business Tips

  • What Managers Can Learn From a News Show Anchor
    3.23.15 – Baseline – Many of the actions that go into hosting a news show are best practices for any successful endeavor in which people work together to create something of value. More Info
  • How Generations Approach the Workplace Differently
    3.25.15 – CIO Insight – Millennials represent the fastest growing generation in the workforce, and there are vast differences between them, Generation X and Baby Boomers. More Info
  • 4 tips on how to grow leaders within an organization
    3.20.15 – Multibriefs – Growing leaders within an organization is a great opportunity, but leadership is not developed overnight. It takes a long, steady process of coaching, mentoring and giving people a chance to excel. Current leaders must step up and mold the future of the organization. Here are four tips to better help grow leaders within your organization. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Fire alarm sounds in science building
    3.25.15 – The Roundup News – A fire alarm switch in the CFS building at Pierce College. … A fire alarm was triggered in the Center for Sciences building at about 2 p.m. … More Info
  • GA: Smoke alarm alerts Lawrenceville family to candle-fueled fire
    3.25.15 – Gwinnettdailypost.com – A smoke alarm allowed a family of six to escape from their burning … and a child — had been woken by a smoke alarm and escaped the home unharmed. More Info
  • IL: Dixon woman dies after her clothes catch fire
    3.25.15 – WQAD.com – A neighbor told police no one answered when they tried to contact 31-year-old Felicia Morris because her smoke alarm was sounding. The smoke alarm had … More Info
  • IL: Handicapped woman dies in Dixon Fire
    3.26.15 – KWQC-TV6 – Dixon, IL – A handicapped woman burned to death in her residence while her smoke alarm rang for two hours. Dixon police responded to a home … More Info
  • KY: Madisonville Fire Department Reports Released
    3.28.15 – SurfKY News – Dispatched at 7:51 a.m. Tuesday to 1560 Scott Drive for a false alarm. … at 6:15 p.m. March 21 to Oasis Southwest Grill for a false alarm. More Info
  • NY: Falls man arrested after fire alarm’s pulled at NU
    3.28.15 – Niagara Gazette – In cooperation with Niagara University Campus Security, the investigation revealed video surveillance capturing Cole pulling and activating the false alarm … More Info
  • NY: Man caught on camera pulling school’s fire alarm
    3.26.15 – WKBW-TV – Lewiston, NY – A man is facing charges after State Police say he was caught on camera pulling the fire alarm at Niagara University on Thursday. More Info
  • NY: Student accused of pulling alarm at Niagara University
    3.27.15 – Buffalo News – The alarm was activated at 11:08 a.m. at Dunleavy Hall, prompting a response from emergency responders, including the State Police. Classes were disrupted … More Info
  • PA: Fire Log March 24
    3.24.15 – Evening Sun – 8:22 a.m. Gettysburg National Military Park Police responded to a commercial fire alarm … More Info
  • TX: Fort Worth Building Damaged After Fire
    3.27.15 – CBS Local – Fort Worth (CBSDFW.COM) – Emergency crews in Fort Worth responded to a fire alarm at a 12-story building on Thursday morning. It happened at about … More Info
  • TX: Frequent false alarms awaken Austin apartment residents
    3.28.15 – KXAN.com – Austin – For months, hundreds of families at the Post West Austin apartments have been waking up to false fire alarms. More Info
  • TX: Pasadena officials investigating possible arson at middle school
    3.25.15 – The Pasadena Star-News – At 2:17 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the girls locker room at the school, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena … More Info
  • VA: Smoke in hallway prompts evacuation at Godwin High School
    3.23.15 – WRIC – Godwin High School was evacuated Monday afternoon; smoke in a hallway prompted a fire alarm, and fire trucks were dispatched to the scene. During the … More Info
  • WI: Update: Woman who was found dead in Mukwonago fire has been …
    3.24.15 – WDJT – The fire chief say the victim’s neighbors heard her smoke alarm. They got out and tried to save the woman. “Kicked the door in and they were unable to make … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Alarm chases would-be burglar
    3.26.15 – Highland Community News – On Wednesday, March 25, deputies from the Highland Police Department responded to a residential burglary alarm call. More Info
  • CA: Burglar arrested after cutting power, breaking into home
    3.25.15 – Taft Midway Driller – The victim told police he was awakened by the alarm and noise from the blinds on the back door of his residence. He tried turn on the lights but there was no … More Info
  • CA: Fremont Siren Sounds for March 27 edition
    3.27.15 – Fremont Bulletin – The first call was reported at 1:39 a.m. after an alarm company’s security notified police dispatchers of a broken glass at Plaza Real Business Center… More Info
  • CA: Thieves take $350K in computer gear from Santa Ana business
    3.26.15 – KABC-TV – Officers say the burglars disabled an alarm system and spent several hours inside the business. If you have information about these suspects, you’re urged to … More Info
  • CA: Transient arrested for suspected commercial burglary in Milpitas
    3.25.15 – Chico Enterprise-Record – The alarm activation covered the roof hatch for the business. Arriving officers searched the interior portion of the business and located a ladder which led up to … More Info
  • CT: Attempted burglary at West Side home
    3.26.15 – CT News – Sgt. Kelly Connelly said police were dispatched at 4:30 p.m. to a residence on a burglary alarm. Officers noticed that a … More Info
  • CT: Burglar, 72, Found on Pharmacy Roof: Cops
    3.26.15 – NBC Connecticut – Police said a burglar alarm called them to Visell’s Pharmacy just before 2 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived to hear footsteps overhead … More Info
  • DE: Neighbor arrested in home burglary
    3.25.15 – The News Journal – Police responded to a home burglary alarm shortly after 1 p.m., Officer First Class Tom … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: 3 Arrested for Drugs, Particle Board Swiped, Tire …
    3.27.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a business. Business checked. Everything okay. Zone 2. Suspicious Person – Someone … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Firearms Discharged, Arrests, Damage to Property
    3.24.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Alarm – Walton County deputies … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Hunting Cabin Burglarized, Colt Revolver Stolen
    3.25.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Zone 3. Burglary – A … More Info
  • IA: Burglars target Des Moines sports complexes
    3.25.15 – DesMoinesRegister.com – Police responded to reports of a triggered silent alarm at the complex around 4 a.m. Tuesday. A garage door was lying on … More Info
  • IA: Police Report for week of March 16 through March 24
    3.27.15 – Algona Upper Des Moines – 2:13 p.m. – Officers investigated an alarm at Northwest Bank. • 1:05 p.m. – Officers investigated a civil complaint. • 1:19 p.m. – Officers investigated an animal … More Info
  • KY: Police are searching for a man wanted on a robbery charge.
    3.26.15 – Bowling Green Daily News – The store alarm sounded when the women left. The employee, who is required by store policy to contact corporate loss prevention about what to do in the event … More Info
  • MA: Pittsfield Police log for Monday, March 23
    3.24.15 -Berkshire Eagle – 4:17 p.m.: A burglar alarm is reported at the DPW office. The alarm is false. 4:43 p.m.: Police arrest Andrea L. Eggleston, 37, … More Info
  • MI: Burglaries reported at next-door car dealerships in Kalamazoo …
    3.24.15 -MLive.com – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were dispatched to the Hayes Jeep dealership at about 1:45 a.m. for a burglary alarm, … More Info
  • MI: Thieves bust hole in wall of Detroit beauty store
    3.23.15 – WDIV Detroit – THE ALARM SPOOKED THEM OFF, SO … Police said the thieves grabbed about $100-worth of merchandise before being scared off by the building’s alarm. More Info
  • MI: Two arrested after Capac robbery
    3.29.15 – Port Huron Times Herald – Deputies responded after receiving both an alarm from the building and a call from a witness just before 3 a.m.. The witness gave a description of the vehicle the … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report for March 15-21
    3.27.15 – Southernminn.com – SW. Officer made contact with female who was okay. • Responded to a panic alarm. Alarm accidently set off by employee, false alarm. More Info
  • NC: Man charged in Jonesville burglary cases
    3.25.15 – Elkin Jonesville Tribune – On March 23, at around 2 p.m., the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Woodruff Road regarding an alarm call. As the deputy was … More Info
  • NY: Man accused of breaking into Verona SavOn store
    3.28.15 – Utica Observer Dispatch – The business was not open at the time, and Oneida Nation police responded after receiving an alarm. Upon their arrival, Mosley was found inside the store and … More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Police blotter: 5 tickets, 1 accident
    3.27.15 – Shelter Island Reporter – Burglary alarms were set off at two homes on Ram Island on March 19 and 22. No problems were noted in the first case; the security company cancelled the … More Info
  • OH: Cigarettes taken in Smoke Stop smash-and-grab
    3.28.15 – WHIO – Police responded to an alarm just before 1 a.m. at the store according to a Dayton police report. The glass to the front entrance door was … More Info
  • OH: Driver nabbed in park after hours: Medina Police Blotter
    3.24.15 – cleveland.com – Alarm, Washington Street: Police responded to an alarm call at a business at 10:10 a.m. March 21. The building was found secure and employees were on site … More Info
  • OH: Hoppin’ mad, down the Bunny Trail: Moreland Hills police blotter
    3.27.15 – cleveland.com – Police also learned that the burglar alarm had not gone off, and that nothing appeared to be out of place. They instructed the neighbor to secure the door while … More Info
  • OR: Jewelry store robbery suspect strikes Prineville sergeant in head …
    3.23.15 – OregonLive.com – A 25-year-old man is accused of striking a Prineville police sergeant in the head with a hammer after the sergeant responded to a burglary alarm at a jewelry… More Info
  • PA: Police charge Farrell man with participating in burglary
    3.25.15 – Sharonherald – Police were alerted at 2:56 a.m. to a security alarm at Valley Fuel and found the front door glass smashed with a rock and the … More Info
  • SC: ‘We’ve been robbed!’
    3.24.15 – The Tand D.com – Once she opens the door, Johnson goes to the alarm panel to deactivate the … On Tuesday morning, Johnson said the alarm panel wasn’t responding to the … More Info
  • TN: Man sought in Wildwood burglary
    3.25.15 – Cookeville Herald Citizen – “While responding, a burglary alarm at the Wildwood Market, which was very near where the person was walking in the roadway, was also dispatched to me …More Info
  • TN: Thieves steal from pastor on Palm Sunday
    3.29.15 – WMC Action News 5 – When he left home that morning, his house alarm was on, but when family members arrived home later, the front door stood open and the back window smashed … More Info
  • TX: 2 West Texas officers shoot dog during call, pet survived
    3.26.15 – 12NewsNow.Com – The officers were outside a house responding to a security alarm. Gonzalez says the two officers defended themselves by shooting the dog, which survived. More Info
  • TX: Convenience store smash-and-grab reported in Redbird
    3.26.15 – WFAA – Owner Nazmuo Karin told News 8 he believes the alarm system may have scared them off, and they drove away without the ATM. Convenience store smash and … More Info
  • WA: Police nab suspect on bike making bank robbery getaway
    3.25.15 – KXLY Spokane – He happened to be in the area when the alarm call came out. And when the alarm was confirmed, he actually saw the suspect riding on the bicycle, and that’s … More Info

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