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March 6, 2017

Door to Door Sales

  • Settlement reached with home security company
    3.1.17 – The Shippensburg News-Chronicle – The settlement reached with Vivint Inc., more commonly known as APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc., is the result of an investigation conducted by the Attorney … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CO: Program to curb false alarms in Boulder starts this week
    2.28.17 – Boulder Daily Camera – Beginning Wednesday, every home and business in Boulder equipped with an intrusion alarm system will be required to register under a new city program … More Info
  • CO: Boulder Sounds Alarm About Expensive Bogus Burglar Alarm Calls
    3.1.17 – CBS Local – Over a two-year period, police in Boulder answered 4,915 burglar alarm calls at homes and businesses. Only 10 proved to be legit. Starting Wednesday, all … More Info
  • CO: False Alarm Ordinance Goes Into Effect in Boulder (Colo.)
    Repeat nuisance-alarm offenders run the risk of being added to a “do not respond list.” More Info
  • VA: Newport News police chief suggests change to false alarm ordinance
    3.3.17 – Daily Press – Newport News Police Chief Richard Myers suggested changes on Tuesday to the city’s ordinance for commercial and residential security alarms in order to … More Info

Industry News

  • Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award Program Now Open for Entries
    2.27.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Nominations are being accepted for the 12th annual Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award presented by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False … More Info
  • Contact KY3 Experiment: Do personal safety apps really work?
    2.28.17 – KY3 – It also records video when you press the alarm. Police arrived each time in less than four minutes. All the apps require your friends to be on your network .. so … More Info
  • 10 things to know about the new 279 area code “overlay” for the 916 …
    2.28.17 – ABC10.com – People and businesses should prepare for the overlay by making sure equipment like fax machines and alarm and security devices that use a phone line are .. More Info
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) Market Size …
    3.1.17 – Medgadget – Some of the key players in the global market include, ADT LLC, Alertone Services, LLC, Bay Alarm Medical, Connect America, Critical Signal Technologies, … More Info
  • Female Technician Defies Consumer Electronics Stereotypes
    3.1.17 – CEPro – As a female technician in an overwhelmingly male industry, Kirsten Bouteiller of Hometronics Lifestyles is redefining traditional labor roles in consumer electronics. More Info
  • Invision Technologies Merges With Safe Security
    3.2.17 – SSI – Both security companies are based in Albany, Ga. More Info
  • How ADS Security Mastered M&A
    3.1.17 – SSI – ADS Security notched record growth in 2016 and has acquired 16 companies in the past three years. More Info
  • Doyle Security Acquires Local Dealer to Strengthen Home Base
    3.2.17 – SSI – The acquired company, Lock-Tight Alarms of Hilton, N.Y., was founded in 2002. More Info
  • Icontrol, Alarm.com Respond to Antitrust Suit: Honeywell Defines …
    3.3.17 – CEPro – In its lawsuit to stop Icontrol from being sold to Alarm.com and Comcast/Xfinity, Honeywell defines the relevant security and home-automation market way too … More Info
  • Family-owned Guardian Alarm sells to investment firms
    3.4.17 – Crain’s Detroit Business – Family-owned Guardian Alarm Co. has been sold to New York-based investment companies Certares LP and Vanwall Holdings LLC, according to a news … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
An Act relative to fire protection systems for buildings and structures |
Status: 1/23/2017 : Senate – Senate concurred
An Act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in schools |
Status: 1/23/2017 : Senate – Senate concurred
By Schimminger | Restricts automatic renewal of contracts for electronic and life safety alarm services; makes such automatic renewal provisions unenforceable unless: the automatic renewal offer terms or continuous service offer terms are presented to the consumer in a clear and conspicuous manner; the business or person furnishing the electronic and life safety alarm service obtains the consumer’s affirmative consent; and such renewal or continuous service offer provides an acknowledgment of the contract cancellation policy, and information regarding how to cancel in a manner that is capable of being retained by the consumer.
Status: 02/27/2017 : referred to judiciary
By Finch | 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.
Status: 03/02/2017 : referred to ways and means
An Act providing standards for carbon monoxide alarms in certain lodging establishments; and imposing penalties. | Senator FONTANA
An Act providing standards for carbon monoxide alarms in schools; and imposing penalties. | Senator FONTANA
Status: Referred to EDUCATION, Feb. 27, 2017 [Senate]
An Act providing standards for carbon monoxide alarms in schools; and imposing penalties. | Senator FONTANA
Status: Referred to EDUCATION, Feb. 27, 2017 [Senate]

State & National News

  • Didn’t see that renewal notice? Some states are trying to help
    2.27.17 – Stateline – More states are restricting businesses from automatically renewing contracts for goods or services with little or no notice to their customers. NCSL’s Heather Morton quoted. More Info
  • Protecting your property from burglars
    2.28.17 – WCSH6.com – “Ninety percent of the time, the sign is there, but the alarm systems aren’t,” said the second inmate. Sheriff Joyce says he thinks audible alarms are still worth … More Info
  • Fire safety investigation: effectiveness of smoke alarms
    3.1.17 – KRDO – We set off the smoke alarm inside of Alexis Brostrom’s bedroom while she was sleeping just feet away. The 8-year-old moved only once, in the first 30 seconds … More Info
  • Fire victim, alarm company thank firefighters by donating new eq …
    3.3.17 – KMOV.com- A woman whose home was saved by firefighters is now thanking them back by gifting them new equipment. A fire broke out in the garage at Tabitha Taylor’s .. More Info

Business Tips

  • Workforce Study: How to Find and Train the ‘Perfect’ Technician
    2.27.17 – CEPro – First-ever joint CTA/CE Pro Workforce Study identifies key skillsets, budgets and resources for hiring, training and retaining technicians. More Info
  • What Are Today’s Employees Looking For in a Job?
    2.27.17 – CEPro – Salary and benefits matter — but not as much as intangible benefits like company culture, challenging work and career advancement potential. More Info
  • Why security practitioners should care about intelligent LED lighting
    2.28.17 – SIW – Lighting technologies offer new security capabilities, costs savings for facilities… More Info
  • The Case for Offering Security As a Service
    3.3.17 – CI – SaaS (security as a service) lends itself to many kinds of commercial applications, including the need for an effective enterprise solution that will work globally. More Info
  • Easy Tips for Upselling Your Alarm Sales
    3.4.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Maintenance agreements may present an appealing proposition for alarm customers. Dealers can also allow their technicians equipment upselling opportunities … More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Police & Fire for Thursday, March 2, 2017
    3.2.17 – Juneau Empire – At 7:53 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters were dispatched to an active fire alarm on Front Street; no signs of smoke or fire were found. • At 9:06 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters … More Info
  • CA: Faulty detector causes false alarm evacuation at Hillview School in …
    2.28.17 – The Almanac Online – A fire alarm at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park on Monday afternoon (Feb. 27) that caused the entire school to evacuate was a false alarm, Menlo Park City … More Info
  • CT: Fire log
    3.1.17 – Shelton Herald – #4 responded to a commercial fire alarm sounding. There was no fire. A faulty heat detector was the cause of the alarm. Two engines and … More Info
  • CT: Smoke alarm alerts Bridgeport family to blaze
    3.1.17 – News 12 Connecticut – Bridgeport – Fire crews in Bridgeport are crediting smoke alarms with saving a family of four from a fast-moving blaze in their attic this morning. The incident … More Info
  • LA: Fire guts kitchen of reverend’s home
    3.2.17 – The Daily Iberian – The microwave was melted, as well as a smoke alarm in the living room, and the smell of … Johnson said it was the sound of a smoke alarm that saved his life. More Info
  • MA: Woman pulls four false alarms during major Brockton fire
    2.28.17 – Enterprise News – Brockton – As firefighters dealt with stubborn flames inside a three-story home Sunday, they received four false alarms in the downtown area – just over a … More Info
  • MD: Local diner owner loses home in Sunday morning fire
    2.28.17 – Frederick News Post – “I got home and lay down, then I heard the smoke alarm going off and smelled something burning right outside my room,” Ivan said. “When I opened the door to … More Info
  • NC: Smoke alarm saves men from burning Burke County home
    2.27.17 – WBTV – A smoke alarm saved the lives of two men in a Burke County house fire Sunday night. Fire officials say a wood stove sparked the flames outside the home and … More Info
  • NE: 3 people ‘okay’ after fire breaks out in their garage
    3.2.17 – KETV Omaha – We’re told the people first thought it was a false alarm when they heard the smoke detectors go off but then smelled smoke and went looking for a fire. More Info
  • NH: Crash Reported on Camp Road: Amherst Fire Log
    3.2.17 – Patch.com – 10, 2017, the Amherst Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation on … An alarm activation was reported at 11:23 a.m. on Feb. More Info
  • NJ: Police Blotter: Student charged with causing false public alarm
    3.3.17 – MyCentralJersey.com – CAUSING PUBLIC ALARM, 2:42 p.m. Feb. 27. Police responded to Dunellen High School for an activated fire alarm. After no fire was found, investigation with … More Info
  • PA: Emergency Services: 3-2
    3.2.17 – Lock Haven Express – At 1:10 p.m., the Lock Haven Fire Department responded to a fire alarm. The call was cleared at 1:26 p.m..  … More Info
  • VA: Harrisonburg family credits a smoke alarm for saving their lives
    3.3.17 – WHSV – Conley had no idea she was making a life or death decision one month ago when she put dollar store batteries into the smoke alarm sitting on her counter. More Info
  • WI: False alarm causes Lincoln County Jail evacuation
    2.27.17 – WSAW – Lt. Tim Fischer tells NewsChannel 7 a fire alarm was set off at the jail just after midnight. Corrections officers, deputies and Merrill Police officers evacuated … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Burglar trips alarm, arrested by Juneau police
    3.2.17 – Juneau Empire – Jeremiah Moore Houston, 36, was arrested after the Juneau Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at a residence at about … More info
  • CA: Crime Report: Woman reportedly receives harassing emails and …
    3.2.17 – Los Angeles Times – Burglary, commercial: While on patrol in the neighborhood at about 3 a.m., a deputy heard an alarm coming from the location. More Info
  • CA: Hanford police arrest suspect in credit union robbery despite attempt …
    2.28.17 – Fresno Bee – A Fresno man is under arrest in Hanford on suspicion of robbing a credit union, police said. About 9:05 a.m. Monday, a silent alarm from the Educational … More Info
  • CA: Men who parachuted off Hilton hotel in San Francisco identified
    3.2.17 – KGO-TV – Officers said the people involved triggered a security alarm on the roof. Security officers said they saw two men and a woman on surveillance video; police are … More Info
  • CA: Police: Suspects steal cart of merchandise, set off fire alarm
    3.1.17 – KRCRTV.COM – Anderson, CA – Anderson police arrested three people for trying to steal merchandise from the Anderson Walmart Wednesday morning. It started just before … More Info
  • CA: WANTED: Burglary suspect in El Paso County
    3.2.17 – KKTV 11 News – Surveillance shows the suspect approach the door just after 1 p.m. and is seen leaving the house three minutes later at the same time an alarm sounded. More Info
  • CO: Man arrested in Longmont gas station robbery is suspect in 10 more
    3.5.17 – Longmont Times-Call – Longmont police Sgt. John Wederquist said that police responded to the Alta Convenience store at about 8 p.m. on an silent alarm. More Info
  • FL: Two teens arrested for burglary at DeLand Middle School
    3.4.17 – The West Volusia Beacon – Officers were dispatched to the school at around 3:50 a.m., after an alarm went off in one of the school’s buildings, according to a … More Info
  • FL: Westside business owner warns of string of burglaries
    3.2.17 – WJXT Jacksonville – Back in 2010, News4Jax told viewers about the same auto shop, when Bill Gordon Sr. got a call that the alarm at his business was going off. He drove there and … More Info
  • IA: Officer checking alarm finds car against building, father asleep, kids …
    3.2.17 – KCCI Des Moines – A Des Moines man faces several charges after court documents show a police officer found him passed out behind the wheel with his two children in the car. More info
  • MA: Bank robber threatened to kill bank teller if they hit the alarm, police …
    2.27.17 – WCVB Boston – A bank robber armed with a handgun threatened to kill a bank teller if they hit the alarm, Lowell police said. Advertisement. The robber walked in to the Sage … More Info
  • MA: Cops: Man burglarized Riverside salon; reward offered
    2.28.17 – Riverhead News Review – 7 and attempted to steal a cash register but fled without it after the alarm activated, police said. The suspect reportedly fled on foot … More Info
  • ME: Shirtless Man Spends Night Inside Waterville Fitness Club, Orders …
    3.1.17 – WABI – Security alarms sounded between 8 and 10 p.m. Police checked on it twice, … The third alarm prompted Raymond to check the surveillance app on her phone. More Info
  • MI: Tuscola County deputies investigating B&E
    2.28.17 – Huron Daily Tribune – According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded around 5 p.m. to an alarm at Keene’s to find the front entrance door broken open. The suspects had … More info
  • MO: Police look for burglars who hit two churches
    2.27.17 – KSPR – The pastor there says a person or group tried to get in through a window but the alarm apparently scared them away. Brandon Cederblom is the youth pastor at … More Info
  • MS: Burglary suspect caught in Ferriday residence
    3.4.17 – Natchez Democrat – Ferriday Police Department Investigator Richard Madison said at approximately 6 a.m., police received a call that an alarm had been activated for a Florida … More Info
  • MT: Helena Police Department incidents reported Sunday, Feb. 26
    2.27.17 – Helena Independent Record – At 5:41 a.m., officers responded to a reported burglary alarm at a business. Investigation revealed a male making forced entry into the … More Info
  • MT: Suspected burglar sets Phoenix home on fire; cat rescued – KRTV …
    3.4.17 – KRTV Great Falls News – The homeowner, who lives there by herself and was not home when the alarm sounded, met police at the scene and gave them a key to access the house. More Info
  • NC: Burglar alarm scares off intruder on Cauble Road; TV stolen on …
    3.2.17 – WBTV – The homeowner did not notice that anything had been taken, leading deputies to conclude that there was an intruder who went inside, then left once the alarm … More Info
  • NC: Crime Roundup
    3.2.17 – Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald – About 3:30 a.m., patrol units responded to a residential alarm at a residence off. Upon arrival it was discovered the … More Info
  • ND: Burglars hit Fargo strip mall ‘like a mouse for a chunk of cheese’
    3.1.17 – Prairie Business – “There are different alarm systems, camera systems. there’s quite a few things that businesses can do if they’re willing to make the investment,” said Fargo … More Info
  • NJ: PRINCETON Police Blotter for the week of 3/3/17
    3.4.17 – Packet Online – Police responded to a burglar alarm at 8:46 p.m. Feb. 24 and found the burglar had forced his way into the house through a rear door, and rummaged through … More Info
  • NY: Chocolate smeared on car in parking lot
    3.1.17 – Clarencebee – A burglar alarm was reported at Walgreens Pharmacy. Patrol checked the building and found it to be secure. A resident of Lapp Road reported … More Info
  • NY: Thieves break into Boston Market to steal ribs, brownies
    3.4.17 – New York Post – Police and a restaurant employee arrived at the scene after the store’s alarm system went off Thursday, but they were too late. The thieves had shattered a glass … More Info
  • OH: Delphos Police reports
    3.4.17 – Delphos Herald – On Sunday, officers were sent after an alarm was activated at a business in the area. Officers arrived and found that a … More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    3.4.17 – The Oberlin Review – 3:18 a.m. Safety and Security officers responded to an alarm, which was missing the detector head, on the second floor of Baldwin Cottage. A student resident … More Info
  • OK: Designer glasses store offering $5000 to help catch thieves
    3.4.17 – KTUL – The store had surveillance cameras and a silent alarm system installed in early 2016. The store owner, based in Dallas, is now working closely with Tulsa .. More Info
  • PA: Man lands in jail on outstanding warrant, $1 bail
    2.28.17 – WFMZ Allentown – Borough police were dispatched to the VFW to investigate an automatic alarm. Court records do not indicate the time of the alleged offense. More Info
  • TX: Arlington Business Target Of Multiple Burglaries Within Months
    3.5.17 – CBS DFW – “The owner’s calling 911 because he was able to access his video cameras when the alarm went off,” said Arlington Police Lt. Chris Cook. “He was saying, ‘hey I … More Info
  • TX: Caught on camera: Alleged toothbrush thief wanted by cops …
    3.2.17 – KZTV Action 10 News – During one of the incidents, which took place at the Walgreens on Saratoga, the man walked out of the store and activated the theft alarm. A witness was able to .. More Info
  • TX: Following false alarms, UT Tyler will retrain employees
    2.28.17 – KLTV – But after two false alarms last week, the university has stopped using the app temporarily. Heartland Security Insurance Group CEO and Chairman Billy Hibbs … More Info
  • TX: Housekeeper accused of breaking into home, stealing heirloom ring
    2.28.17 – KPRC Houston – Police said the homeowner received a notification from his alarm company about an entry into his home followed by… More Info
  • TX: Over $30000 worth of bikes stolen from shop
    3.2.17 – KPRC Houston – “He actually removed the glass from the front door, not to break it, so it wouldn’t trigger the alarm that way,” owner Phillip Shama said. He said it took the suspect … More info
  • TX: Police Report
    3.2.17 – Sealy News – Officers dispatched to an alarm. … More Info
  • TX: Same suspects probably involved in two armed robberies
    3.4.17 – Temple Daily Telegram – The first robbery at 10:27 p.m. came in as a silent panic alarm at the Shop N Go. An officer arrived quickly, but a language barrier interfered at … More Info
  • TX: Temple: Burglar steals cash, lottery tickets from liquor store
    2.28.17 – KWTX – She received a second call from the alarm company at 4:15 a.m., again checked the cameras, and again advised the company not to send police. But when she … More Info
  • VA: Burglar Caught Red-Handed in Fredericksburg: Police
    2.28.17 – Patch.com – Officers responded to an alarm at Action Window Tinting, according to Fredericksburg Police, and found the door open and the thief inside. More Info
  • VA: Newport News police investigate shattered glass, stolen beer at 1st …
    2.28.17 – Daily Press – An alarm sounded about 2:30 a.m. and police found a brick inside the store, and shattered glass at the front of the store, Bastas … More Info
  • VA: Virginia Woman Pulls Fire Alarm to Stop Attacker at Her Apartment …
    3.3.17 – NBC4 Washington – A Virginia woman can thank a loud fire alarm and her own quick thinking for ending an attack at her apartment complex early Thursday morning. Just before 1 .. More Info
  • WI: Suspects sought after 4 vehicles stolen from Manheim Auto Auction
    3.1.17 – fox6now.com – According to police, shortly before 2 a.m. the Racine County Communications Center received a call for an alarm at the Manheim Auto Auction… More Info

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