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March 7, 2016

Door to Door Sales

  • State Fire Marshal says ‘Beware of alarm sales scam’
    2.29.16 – WDAM-TV – A warning for residents from the State Fire Marshal’s office, beware of door to door alarm system salesmen. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal … More Info
  • Sheriff warns of money scams
    3.2.16 – Atmore Advance – “Then, they say it’s time to do maintenance on the homeowner’s alarm system. When the homeowner says they don’t have an alarm, they’ve just given the caller … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Higher fees? Prescott eyes raising them for building, fire and planning
    3.6.16 -The Daily Courier – For instance: An increase from $300 to $375 for fire alarm plan review and inspections; an increase from $160 to $225 for new residential automatic fire sprinkler … More Info
  • CO: Black Hawk Alderman re-elect themselves
    3.1.16 – The Mountain –Ear – In 2015 after reviewing fire alarm response data for 2013 and 2014, the City of Black Hawk Fire Department re-instituted fees for responding to false fire alarms, … More Info
  • IL: City looks to reduce false alarm responses
    2.29.16 – The Edwardsville Intelligencer – At Monday’s Public Safety meeting, Police Chief Jay Keeven reported that his department responded to 1,085 false alarms in 2015. The fire department … More Info
  • MA: Stoneham Police seek help in false burglar alarm reduction
    3.2.16 – Wicked Local – In an effort to reduce the number of false alarm responses, the Stoneham Police Department recommends homeowners and businesses ensure that their alarm … More Info
  • WV: Officials consider charging fines to remedy excessive false alarm calls
    3.6.16 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph – Bluefield — Mercer County Sheriff’s Office officials don’t want to start charging a fee for answering excessive false alarm calls, but it may be coming if… More Info

Industry News

  • Honeywell buys RSI for $123m, discusses UTC deal
    3.1.16 – SSN – Melville, NY- Honeywell on March 1 made two announcements: It acquired a video verification provider for $123 million, and it also issued a statement about why it’s no longer pursuing a merger with UTC. Read details of the deal that’s done and the deal that could have been. More Info
  • CCL to buy Checkpoint in $443m deal
    3.2.16 – SSN – Thorofare, NJ – In a transaction valued at $443 million, Checkpoint Systems, announced it has agreed to be acquired by CCL Industries. It’s a deal systems integrators who do retail security should pay attention to, according to Imperial Capital’s Jeff Kessler. More Info
  • Bart Didden’s new venture to help dealers with DIY
    3.2.16 – SSN – Port Chester, NY – Bart Didden, president of USA Central Station, announced the launch of Security Dealer Network, which will help dealers enter the DIY market. What is DragonFly? More Info
  • Affiliated launches PERS conference
    3.2.16 – SSN – Naples, Fla.- Affiliated Monitoring is expecting at least 250 people at its new PERS-focused conference Catalyst, which will be held here in May. Affiliated’s Daniel Oppenheim talks to Security Systems News about why interest is high in the conference. More Info
  • Man posing as alarm rep takes $80 from fitness center (21 views)
    3.2.16 – Madison County Journal – Gluckstadt – Madison County Sheriff’s deputies are currently looking for a suspect who scammed Starke Fitness on Dees Drive here out of $80 on Monday. More Info
  • Honeywell Expands Security Alarm Communications Coverage with …
    3.3.16 – Security Sales & Integration – CDMA Radio supports Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services and alarm signal transport for fire, burglary and status messages. More Info
  • Fred Harding, Brent McCall: Tips, Tools and the Current State of 4K Ultra HD
    3.4.16 – CEPro – Two industry technical sales pros outline key considerations for 4K Ultra HD, including HDBaseT, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR) and some problem-solving tips and… More Info
  • Recent Honeywell moves raise more questions than answers
    3.4.16 – SIW – Are the company’s recently scuttled merger talks with UTC a sign of more industry upheaval to come? More Info
  • Manufacturer 1-on-1: Honeywell Security and Fire President David Paja
    3.4.16 – SIW – Paja discusses company’s recent acquisitions in this exclusive SIW Q&A… More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
(PS) | An Act REQUIRING VERIFICATION TO REDUCE FALSE ALARMS. Section 1. Section 29-6c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof ( Effective October 1, 2016 ):
Status: 2/25/2016 : Public Hearing 03/01


State & National News

  • ​Iowa Senate OKs carbon monoxide alarm requirements in residences
    3.1.16 – Mason City Globe Gazette – Des Moines – Single-family homes and multi-residential dwellings would be required to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms by July 2018 under a bill … More Info
  • NIOSH Does Ladder Safety App One Better
    3.2.16 – OHS – NIOSH has updated its ladder safety app based on users’ feedback, according to a blog post. Introduced in 2013, the app had been downloaded more than 52,000 times by the end of 2015, and it has been promoted by state officials, industry leaders, and safety professionals, they reported, with some companies incorporating it in their safety policies. More Info

Business Tips

  • Do Your Customers Really Know What You’re Selling?
    3.3.16 – CI – Try a new approach to highlighting your value proposition and selling the value of your company as a whole, not just a specific product or service. More Info
  • 3 Ways to Increase Business Value and Owner Equity Before It’s Time to Sell
    2.26.16 – CI – You’re not thinking about retirement yet, or maybe you are, but either way you want to make sure your business is ready when it’s time to sell or hand the reins down to another generation. More Info
  • Your Future-Ready Checklist: How Many of These 5 Tech Trends Are Under Your Belt?
    3.1.16 – CI – In order to solve the problems of tomorrow, today’s integrators need to be aware of the trends that will shape the future of integration. How ready are you to handle the mobile, global and cloud-based needs of your clients? More Info
  • The Modern Workforce: How to Get the Most Out of Millennial Employees
    3.3.16 – CI – In order for Millennials to succeed in helping businesses grow, companies need to communicate clear expectations and provide adequate training to Millennial workers. More Info

Fire News

  • IA: Sioux City Hall evacuated Friday after fire alarm
    3.4.16 – Sioux City Journal – Sioux City firefighters determined a faulty sensor set off a fire alarm, City Manager Bob Padmore said. City workers were moved out of the building. No one was … More Info
  • IL: Lit Cigarette Blamed In Palatine Fire
    3.1.16 – Journal & Topics Newspapers Online – At 12:08 a.m., the Palatine Fire Dept. was dispatched to an activated fire alarm … More Info
  • IN: Man wakes up to smoke alarm, escapes Fort Wayne house fire
    3.2.16 – 21Alive – Fort Wayne, Ind. (21Alive) – Early Wednesday morning, Fort Wayne firefighters responded to a house fire. A man was … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report for Feb. 21-27
    3.3.16 – Southernminn.com – Responded to a fire alarm. No smoke or fire detected; false alarm. • Received an ordinance violation complaint. More Info
  • NC: Smoke Detector Alerts North Carolina Triplex Residents to Fire
    3.3.16 – FireEngineering.com – Randleman – A potential tragedy was averted early Wednesday morning when a Randleman man was awaken by a smoke detector alarm because of a fire … More Info
  • NY: Fire alarm activates at Jefferson County’s jail, no inmates evacuated
    3.4.16 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – A malfunctioning ventilation fan motor caused a fire alarm to activate at 2:20 p.m. Friday at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, seen here in 2013, … More Info
  • UT: Fire displaces 7 Ogden residents, causes $50000 in damage
    3.2.16 – Standard-Examiner – “Seven occupants live in the home and were all awakened by working smoke alarms and exited the home prior to fire department arrival,” said Ogden City Fire … More Info
  • VA: Sprinkler system contains Leesburg townhouse fire
    3.2.16 – Loudoun Times-Mirror – On March 1 at 11:18 a.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for an automatic fire alarm. More Info
  • WI: Units responding for alarm at Wilmot UHS
    3.1.16 – West of the I – UPDATE 9:01 a.m. – Per dispatch: Alarm company says alarm was due to a malfunction on their end. Some fire units responding on a non-emergency basis. More Info
  • WY: False Fire Alarm at Arp Elementary School
    3.5.16 – Kgab – A spokeswoman for Laramie County School District#1 says a fire alarm that went … The false alarm did cause the school to be evacuated, and firefighters were … More Info

Crime News

  • AB: ATM removed from northeast restaurant during smash-and-grab
    3.6.16 -CTV News – … officers responded to Vietnamese Village shortly before 3:00 a.m. Sunday after the business’ alarm sounded. More Info
  • AR: Fort Smith Police Get Additional Surveillance Footage Of Robbery
    3.5.16 – Times Record – At 11:07 p.m. Wednesday, police went to Doug’s Also convenience store, 5600 Zero St., after an employee at the business pressed a panic alarm. The woman … More Info
  • AR: Four Texas Men Arrested for Burglary of Healthway Save-On Drugs
    3.2.16 – Beebe News – At 1:39 a.m. on the morning of February 25th, notification of an alarm was sent to the Dispatcher at the Beebe Police Department. The alarm monitoring company … More Info
  • AZ: Thieves caught on camera breaking into Phoenix home
    3.5.16 – Tucson News Now – Rebecca Hendrickson thinks both may have shown up on her doorstep regarding an alarm system. Hendrickson posted, “I am certain they were casing our … More Info
  • CA: Atherton: Burglars hit two homes during the day
    3.2.16 – San Jose Mercury News – Reporting suspicious vehicles and people in the neighborhood can help the Police Department prevent these crimes. Using an alarm system, too, can help deter … More Info
  • CA: Burglars ram Petaluma gun store, steal 18 handguns
    3.6.16 -Petaluma Argus Courier – Police responding to a security alarm came about three minutes later, Hadid said. “They were in an out of here in about a minute and a half,” Hadid said. More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to burglar alarm at Caliche High School
    3.5.16 – Journal Advocate – March 3 At 7:05 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary alarm at Caliche High School. … More Info
  • CO: Monkey-mask wearing thief targets Wheat Ridge pot shop
    3.4.16 – The Denver Post – The store alarm sounded and an employee inside the business confronted the thieves. When the thieves saw the employee they fled back through the window, … More Info
  • GA: Man charged with assaulting ex
    3.4.16 – LaGrange Daily News – A business alarm may have scared off a potential burglar just before 2:30 a.m. Friday on the campus of West Georgia Technical College … More Info
  • GA: Police Look For Suspects in Canton Restaurant Burglary
    3.3.16 – Patch.com – The business’s alarm was activated around 2:08 a.m. March 2, and the two suspects were captured on surveillance cameras “forcibly gaining entrance through … More Info
  • GA: Smash and grab robbers hit gun store
    3.1.16 – Rockdale Citizen – When they rammed into the door, the store’s alarm company received the alert and called 911. Police, who were nearby, were at the store about 20 seconds … More Info
  • HI: Strong winds cause 60-foot tree to fall on NW Portland home
    3.2.16 – KITV Honolulu – Bob said his alarm company called and told him that his alarm went off on his kitchen window. “We thought maybe a bird hit it, so my office is only 5 minutes … More Info
  • IN: Two Suspects Sought For Attempted Break-In At McKay Family …
    3.4.16 – Front Page – Hearing the alarm, the two men fled on foot. Nothing was taken from the store. Anyone who may have information on the suspects is asked to contact the … More Info
  • LA: Alarm leads to arrests of Natchitoches Parish men
    3.3.16 – Alexandria Town Talk – The alarm call happened on Wednesday around 10:45 a.m. When deputies arrived, they … More Info
  • MA: Douglas police catch break-in suspect; David Degrasse has 30-year …
    3.3.16 – MassLive.com – Police then discovered the telephone wires were cut to prevent the store’s alarm system from going off. … More Info
  • MA: Mansfield police looking for breakin suspect
    3.6.16 – WPRI 12 Eyewitness News – Officers arrived at Bristol Liquors a few minutes before 3:30 a.m. for an alarm activation. They found the front door had been broken but the … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Cement company reports stolen safe
    3.1.16 – Gloucester Daily Times – 10:43 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded on Paws Lane, site of Cape Ann Animal Aid shelter, but officers found the alarm to be false and the building secure. More Info
  • ME: Franklin County sheriff’s weekly report: Milking machine reported …
    3.6.16 -Daily Bulldog – 2/26/2016 Deputy Scovil responded to an alarm. All was secure. On 02/27/2016 Lt. David St. Laurent investigated a complaint that … More Info
  • MN: KARE 11 Investigates: The get out of jail free card
    3.1.16 – KARE – On November 7, 2015, Blaine police officers responded to an alarm call at the Lexington Avenue Fleet Farm. They found a running car in the parking lot. More Info
  • ND: Moorhead police investigate business burglaries
    2.29.16 – KFGO – Police responded to an alarm at one location about 6:30 a.m. and discovered the other burglaries while searching the area. Sgt. Ryan Nelson says the burglar or … More Info
  • ND: Moorhead Police Investigate Business Burglary Spree
    3.1.16 – KVRR – Police responded to a burglary alarm at State Farm Insurance and Reading Therapy Center just after six Sunday morning. Gail Jordhal of State Farm Insurance … More Info
  • NY: Deputies checked Penfield alarm call, but didn’t check on roof
    3.1.16 – 13WHAM-TV – Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies came out to the plaza because an alarm for Ray Komka Coin and Jewelry went off. They left after finding no signs that anyone … More Info
  • NY: Meds stolen from JC Walgreens
    3.1.16 – Press & Sun-Bulletin – A burglar stole medicine that could be used to make illicit drugs from the Walgreens store in Johnson City, police said. The store’s alarm system sounded at … More Info
  • OH: 2 gas stations targets of smash and grab burglaries
    2.29.16 – WHIO – Englewood police responded to an alarm at the BP station around 4:20 a.m. Monday. A police dispatcher said officers found forced … More Info
  • OH: Bond set at $300000 in Check ‘n Go robbery
    3.2.16 – Toledo Blade – One worker activated a silent alarm, and the man ran when police confronted him. He discarded his sweatshirt. Police said a DNA test of the items matched … More Info
  • OH: Dayton business again a target for cigarette thieves
    3.5.16 – WHIO – Dayton police responded an alarm call from the Belmont Market around 5 a.m. and found the back door to the business pried open. More Info
  • OH: Suspect in break-in captured
    3.4.16 – Logan Daily News – The arrest stems from a call on Christmas morning regarding an alarm activation at the Crooksville carry-out. The Crooksville Police were first on scene and … More Info
  • OR: Forest Grove police log: Cops receive world-wide theories on …
    3.1.16 – OregonLive.com – Police responded to an alarm at a building. Police discovered that a dog in the building had triggered a motion sensor alarm. Building staff … More Info
  • OR: Public Safety: March 2, 2016
    3.2.16 – Corvallis Gazette Times – False Alarm: Philomath Police responded at 9:55 a.m. to an address to what turned out to be a false residential burglar … More Info
  • OR: Tillamook Police seek help identifying man in video
    3.5.16 – Tillamook County Pioneer – … 6:21 a.m., Tillamook Police Department Officers responded to Smoke 4 Less in the shopping center on a report of a burglar alarm. More Info
  • PA: Chinese restaurant in Jonestown burglarized twice in a week
    3.5.16 – FOX43.com – Investigators say the suspect(s) turned off the electric to the shopping plaza by flipping off the breakers behind the building–thereby disabling the alarm system. More Info
  • PA: Ex-Penn College student admits to role in ATM break-in plot
    3.5.16 – PennLive.com – State police arrested Smith and Pratt shortly after the West Milton attempted break-in because the ATM alarm system had been activated. Without the plea … More Info
  • PA: GANT Police Blotter
    3.4.16 – Gant Daily – Police were dispatched to an alarm Thursday at a business. Upon arrival police made contact with technicians who were … More Info
  • PA: Jewelers’ Row Abduction, Torture Suspect Gets 14 Years in Prison
    3.1.16 – NBC 10 Philadelphia – The trio took $800 in cash and her ring and demanded the woman’s debit card pin number and codes to the alarm and safe at National Watch & Diamond … More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion police say 1 in custody following BC burglary
    3.1.16 – Main Line – Lower Merion police say one man was taken into custody Monday after he was found at the rear of a property following a security alarm … More Info
  • SD: Homeowner catches and holds intruder for police
    3.3.16 – KELO AM-FM – Clemens says the house has an alarm that woke the husband and wife. He went to the garage and found the suspect in a pickup. Clemens says the intruder … More Info
  • TX: Doors ripped off convenience store in ATM smash-and-grab in west …
    3.4.16 – Dallas Morning News – Dallas police responded to a burglar alarm at an EZ Mart at about 1:45 a.m. Friday. They found the doors of the store ripped off and the cash machine gone. More Info
  • WA: Burglar caught quickly at Everett home
    2.29.16 – KIRO Seattle – An alert citizen reported the burglary at the same time as an alarm activated a response to the residence. Deputies arrived quickly and had the suspect in … More Info
  • WA: Surveillance video shows burglar breaking into pizzeria
    3.2.16 – KIRO Seattle – With the alarm blaring, he took off before police arrived. “I got lucky nothing was taken,” owner Nick Gueorguiev said. “I only have to repair the doors and change … More Info
  • WV: Roanoke police investigate nTelos burglary
    3.2.16 – WDBJ7 – The alarm went off after a brick was thrown through the front door. Investigators are collecting fingerprints on the scene. There are no suspects at this point. More Info
  • WV: Two charged in McDowell County breaking and entering
    3.2.16 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph – … Welch Detachment and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department responded at approximately 1 a.m. to an alarm call at the Roderfield Kwik Serve, according … More Info

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