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April 11, 2016

Public Safety Updates

  • IA: Editorial: Davenport makes right call with alarm fine
    4.7.16 -The Ledger- But that year police nationwide responded to 36 million false burglar alarms at a cost of nearly $2 billion. Industry analysts say between 94 percent and 98 … More Info
  • ME: What You Need to Know: Lewiston City Council
    4.6.16 – Lewiston Sun Journal- What happened: The city currently charges $55 for the first false alarm and $90 for the second. That fee continues to increase with each false alarm, up to $380. More Info
  • NM: City council accepts funds for Amador Hotel restoration
    4.5.16 – Las Cruces Sun-News- The council also repealed and replaced a city ordinance regulating alarm systems and private security firms. The ordinance was amended to “clarify the intent … More Info
  • NY: Suffolk County Police Department To Announce Alarm Management …
    4.4.16 – Long Island Exchange – Long Island, NY – The Suffolk County Police Department has announced the launch of the Alarm Management Program of Suffolk (AMPS) which is being … More Info
  • OH: 911 delays: Cleveland city council addresses concerns after I TEAM …
    4.5.16 – fox8.com- “They say burglar alarms go from a…they’re not a priority one, they go down to a priority three, but I would think a United States Senator should always be a … More Info
  • OR: Bend to start charging for false security alarms
    4.10.16 – Washington Times – BEND, Ore. (AP) – Police in the central Oregon city of Bend say they’ll start enforcing false alarm fees after responding to more than 2,000 such alarms in each of …More Info
  • OR: False alarms draw police ? often again and again
    4.8.16 – Bend Bulletin – So the department is going to begin cracking down on those with alarms that cry wolf. Of 2,338 alarm calls in 2015, nine resulted in an officer taking a report. More Info
  • TX: MCSO to begin stricter enforcement of alarm ordinance
    4.7.16 -Your Houston News- During the time between Feb. 1, 2015, and Feb. 29, 2016, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to more than 20,000 false alarms in … More Info

Industry News

  • Gamewell-FCI recalls fire alarm panels
    4.4.16 – ConsumerAffairs- When configured in a certain way, the panels can become non-responsive and connected detectors in the area can fail to detect and respond to an alarm. More Info
  • SMS: The path to reducing work for central stations
    4.4.16 – Security Systems News- Security Systems News spoke to two central station automation providers, Dice and MKS, as well as full service alarm company Per Mar Security Services about … More Info
  • Alarm fails to alert security company
    4.4.16 – Highway Mail – A 66-YEAR-OLD Winston Park resident scared off would-be burglars from his home at about 3am last Friday morning by activating his alarm, but the panic … More Info
  • Upstart Security Company Beats ADT on Trademark Appeal
    4.5.16 – Daily Business Review – ADT filed the lawsuit after hearing from Florida customers in 2012 that APT was coming to their doors and asking if they wanted to “upgrade” their alarm system. More Info
  • Alarm.com Launches Fully Integrated Doorbell Camera and New …
    4.6.16 – Nasdaq- Alarm.com has added the Alarm.com Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera – Skybell HD Edition to theAlarm.com Smart Home Security Platform, offering the first fully … More Info
  • Jury: Security firm not liable for $60M heist from Eli Lilly
    4.6.16 – Indianapolis Star- They rappelled to the floor, disabled alarms and used a forklift to load pallets of … confidential information about the warehouse’s alarm system or how they got it. More Info
  • Connected Home Security Market to Grow Almost 50% Through 2020
    3.28.16 – CEPro – The report lists ADT, AT&T, Comcast, Honeywell Total Connect and Verizon as key vendors. More Info
  • Select Security reaches $1m in RMR
    4-5-16 – Lancaster, PA – Select Security, based here, has reached $1 million in RMR following several years of rapid growth both organically and through acquisition. Select Security President Steve Firestone told Security Systems News, “We are getting ready to make a big announcement in the DIY space within the next four- to six weeks.” More Info
  • Honeywell’s Engineering Expertise Is Evident at ISC West 2016
    4.8.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Also showcased at the show is the CDMA-L3 radio, Honeywell’s second in a series of alarm communications radios compatible with Verizon 1XRTT technology, … More Info
  • These thieves foiled bank alarm system by wrapping themselves in …
    4.10.16 -Mirror.co.uk – The daring ruse worked and the alarm didn’t sound, but an armed police response unit was mobilized after the men were seen moving around inside the bank in …More Info

State & National News

  • TalkTalk Ditches Passwords for Voice Recognition
    4.5.16 – SIA – TalkTalk is letting its customers use their voices as passwords. Read more
  • UL launches Cybersecurity Assurance Program
    4.5.16 – SSN – Northbrook, IL – UL on April 5 announced its new Cybersecurity Assurance Program, a standard by which companies can have their products tested and verified by UL for guard against well-known cyber risks. More Info
  • CO Alarm Bill Heads to Iowa Governor
    4.7.16 – KCRG Wednesday, the Senate approved an amended version of a bill requiring carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties and private homes by July 2018. More Info
  • Tyco Integrated Security-Eli Lilly Case Shows Scary Exposure …
    4.7.16 – Security Sales & Integration- The largest reported alarm defense case in history began its story on March 14, 2010 when five burglars cut their way through the roof of pharmaceutical … More Info
  • Passenger ‘Panic Buttons’ Coming To D.C. Cabs Over Industry …
    4.7.16 – WAMU 88.5- Passenger safety buttons triggering a silent alarm that may be relayed to police dispatchers are now required in 6,500 D.C. taxicabs, making Washington the first … More Info
  • Federal Jury Says Security Firm Isn’t Liable for $60M Prescription 
    4.8.16 – Claims Journal – They rappelled to the floor, disabled alarms, used a forklift to load pallets of antidepressants, antipsychotics and other drugs into a truck and drove off. More Info
  • Dog bites woman, and now it’s a federal case
    4.10.16 – Lewiston Sun Journal- A burglary alarm investigation that resulted in a police dog biting a woman, is raising the question of whether sending the dog in, who is trained to bite, was an …More Info

Business Tips

  • Reducing Customer Attrition: Does Modular Home-Technology Hardware Make Better Business Sense?
    4.5.16 – CEPro – What if you could add a Z-Wave module to Amazon Echo? Or a night light to Sonos? Or a voice-control pod to TiVo? Would customers stay longer? More Info
  • Don’t Resort to Tricks, Gimmicky Marketing Campaigns to Earn New Alarm Contracts
    3.31.16 – SSI- Some companies will try to market a security system on the basis of… More Info

Fire News

  • MB: False alarm fire call leads to marijuana grow-op in Winnipeg, police …
    4.5.16 – CBC.ca- As it turned out, the 3 a.m. call to the home was a false alarm. But it wasn’t a waste of time as police found a marijuana grow-op instead, they … More Info
  • MO: Fire Closes America’s Best Value Inn, Lee’s Summit
    4.10.16 – lstribune – On Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 9:32 a.m., the Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at America’s Best Value Inn … More Info
  • PA: Residents displaced by Middletown fire get by with help from friends …
    4.5.16 – PennLive.com- She said fire alarms are common in the building, sometimes going off several … She added that each time the alarm goes off the fire department responds, as do … More Info
  • NY: Heavy smoke in utility room at Park Site Manor Apartments
    4.10.16 – The Batavian – City fire has responded to an automatic fire alarm in the basement of Building E at Park Site Manor Apartments. On scene, a chief … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: 2 arrested in Tallapoosa store burglary
    4.8.16 – Opelika Auburn News – The department received a call at 12:26 a.m. Friday in reference to an alarm going off at the business, and received additional information about the description … More Info
  • AL: Bibb deputies investigate string of business burglaries
    4.8.16 – 41 NBC News – According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, the coffee shop’s alarm box was destroyed – no alarm call went to dispatch because of the damage. More Info
  • AL: Tallapoosa County Investigating a Burglary and Theft
    4.10.16 – Alabama News Network – Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary and theft that happened early Friday morning. Police got the call of an alarm going off at the … More Info
  • AL: Two arrested for burglarizing store
    4.10.16 – The Alexander City Outlook- According to Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett, deputies responded to a 12:26 a.m. call of an alarm going off at the business. The caller was also able to … More Info
  • AZ: Deputies seek suspect in robbery of credit union
    4.5.16 – Tucson News Now- The teller activated a silent alarm during the robbery. Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME. … More Info
  • AZ: Glendale tattoo shop robbery an ‘inside job’
    4.6.16 – ABC15 Arizona- He says the alarm never went off and that was his first clue it had to be an inside job. Sure enough, when McMorris checked the surveillance video, he saw his … More Info
  • AZ: Homeowner who shot arsonist in home invasion, fire talks to ABC15
    4.9.16 – ABC15 Arizona – Bowers says his house alarm went off and that’s how he knew someone was in the house. “I have just one entrance into the house and that’s the back door. More Info
  • BC: Suspect sought after elderly woman attacked during break-in
    4.8.16 – CTV News – As she began to turn off the alarm system, a man approached her from behind and tried … The alarm went off as the woman struggled, and the suspect ran away. More Info
  • CA: Burglars ransack Anaheim pharmacy, make off with drugs
    4.6.16 – MyNewsLA.com- “We got a call a from a passerby that there was a broken front door at the pharmacy and the burglar alarm was going off,” McManus said. “Officers responded … More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspects lead authorities on bizarre chase
    4.8.16 – KTRK-TV – Authorities received a burglary alarm call around 1:24pm. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies got the … More Info
  • CA: Fresno city, downtown merchants focus on Fulton Street crime, security
    4.10.16 – Fresno Bee- “Every time this has happened, with the exception of the last time, I was the first guy on the scene, and that’s from getting a call from the alarm company, getting . More Info
  • CA: Man, 4 juveniles accused of possessing stolen property in DHS
    4.7.16 -The Desert Sun- Officers found surveillance footage of a red Ford pickup in front of the home around the time the victim’s burglary alarm activated. A witness also told police that … More Info
  • CA: Orange County authorities investigate string of pharmacy burglaries
    4.7.16 – KABC-TV- A pharmacist who did not want to appear on camera told Eyewitness News she received an alarm activation call around 3:20 a.m., but dismissed it because she … More Info
  • FL: 15 TVs stolen in burglary of under-construction Daytona Houligan’s
    4.5.16 – Daytona Beach News-Journal- The alarm company reported that the system had been left in “test mode” during construction, and police said it was unclear if the company received any signal, … More Info
  • FL: Ex-deputy found not guilty in beating of suspected drug dealer
    4.10.16 – Daytona Beach News-Journal- The morning started with Amidei telling the court he did not remember Terrell telling him about hearing an alarm at the daycare center. He said Collins was … More Info
  • FL: Man Allegedly Stole Truck, Asked Deputy for Jump Start
    4.8.16 – LawNewz – See, a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at a business where a security alarm was going off. He saw a Chevy truck parked nearby, so he told dispatch to … More Info
  • GA: Barrow County deputies arrest three suspects in burglary of Verizon …
    4.8.16 – Online Athens – Authorities were alerted to the crime when a burglar alarm sounded at 7:26 a.m. and when deputies arrived they determined the business was entered, … More Info
  • GA: Coffee Co. Sheriff officials investigate store break-in
    4.9.16 – WTVM – Coffee Co., GA (WALB) -. The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm call at Jet Foods about 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Upon arriving … More Info
  • GA: South Albany Dollar General door smashed, but nothing stolen
    4.9.16 – WTVM – The suspect ran inside and grabbed clothing and headphones. When the alarm sounded the man dropped the items and ran away. More Info
  • IL: Chicago Alderman’s Office Burglarized
    4.8.16 – CBS Local – A loud burglar alarm is blaring as he hurries through the office. “The bike was right here, so he must have heard the alarm going off,” Burnett tells CBS 2’s Mike … More Info
  • IL: Peoria homeowner recalls encounter with intruder inside burning …
    4.10.16 – YourWestValley.com- Bowers said his house alarm went off, and that’s how he knew someone was in the house. “I have just one entrance into the house, and that’s the back door. More Info
  • IN: Chesterton jewelry store burglarized
    4.8.16 – nwitimes.com – Police responded to an alarm at Ashley’s Jewelry By Design at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday. When police arrived, they found the front door glass broken. More Info
  • MA: Attempted Burglary At Heritage Pharmacy, Police Seek Suspects
    4.5.16 – Patch.com- Police said they responded to Heritage Pharmacy on March 30 at 3:55 a.m. after an alarm was activated. When officers arrived, they … More Info
  • MA: Burlington police log, March 22 to April 3
    4.9.16 – Wicked Local – 1:44 p.m.: An alarm was reported at T-Mobile. The mall handled the incident. More Info
  • MA: Teen Arrested After Attempted Liquor Store Robbery
    4.5.16 – Patch.com- 29, deputy sheriffs responded to a report of a burglar alarm at Scotty’s Putnam … front door of the business — but had apparently fled when the alarm sounded… More Info
  • MA: Wareham Police Log: March 5 – March 12
    4.10.16 – Wicked Local – 12:29 p.m.: Police responded to an alarm. More Info
  • MA: Westford police reports, March 27 to April 2
    4.9.16 – Wicked Local – 10:41 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. Tuesday, March 29. 4:31 a.m.: A fire structure was investigated. 11:46 a.m.: A traffic … More Info
  • MA: Wilbraham police: Attempted break-in to Algonquin Drive home …
    4.8.16 – MassLive.com – The incident began about 3:30 a.m. when police were notified of a residential alarm at the home, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. More Info
  • MB: Case of beer stolen after glass door smashed
    4.5.16 – Brandon Sun- They initially received an alarm call to the beer warehouse at a hotel a shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday. Video surveillance later showed the … More Info
  • MB: Winnipeg telephone lines trigger false calls to 911
    4.8.16 – CBC.ca – “They told me ‘We were expecting it to be a false alarm’ because of the weather. They said they had attended to 15 to 16 false alarm calls already that evening,” … More Info
  • MI: Attempted robbery reported at Holland gas station
    4.8.16 – WZZM13.com – The incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. at the Wesco station. Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a holdup alarm at the … More Info
  • MI: Chief lauds officers for lifesaving actions, catching bank robber and …
    4.7.16 -Southgate News Herald- As the cashier attempted to reach for the silent alarm, the robber said: “Don’t do it.” The cashier then gave him all of the money that was in her till, about $5,700. More Info
  • MI: Getaway driver in deadly robbery gets life in prison
    4.6.16 – Detroit Free Press- Salem’s teenage son was locked in the back office and hit the panic alarm during the crime. McKinley received 229 days credit for time served, according to court … More Info
  • MI: Gun-store alleged burglary attempt lands 2 teens in custody
    4.8.16 – MLive.com – Norton Shores officers were dispatched to a business alarm at the store. Officers found damage to the gun store’s door where the would-be burglars tried to get … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate crashes, dog bite
    4.10.16 – MLive.com- 4:30 p.m., Deputy Johnson responded to a residential alarm. 5:07 p.m., Deputy Roberts responded to Michigan … More Info
  • MI: Thieves work together to steal 12 fifths of vodka at Riverview Rite …
    4.7.16 -Southgate News Herald- They concealed a dozen fifths of vodka in their pants and jackets, then ran out the store, activating the alarm system. No vehicle was seen. According to police … More Info
  • MO: Police looking for pharmacy intruders
    4.8.16 – KSDK.com – University City Police said they responded to the Millbrook Pharmacy for an alarm sounding. More Info
  • NC: Berry Patch owner says he’ll pray for teen break-in suspect
    4.7.16 -Richmond County Daily Journal- The Electronics Service Company alarm was reported to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and nearby deputies, who Berry said had been out looking for the … More Info
  • NC: Break-in at Beech Mountain’s Land of Oz, Dorothy’s House vandalized
    4.5.16 – WJHL- Investigators said the suspects ran after they bused open the door to Dorothy’s House and set off an alarm. Beech Mountain’s police chief said despite popular … More Info
  • ND: Despite theft, Inspire Pharmacy determined to push forward
    4.7.16 -Grand Forks Herald- … working to iron out a few insurance details to get ready to fill prescriptions, and after the break-in, she had to juggle that with working on the alarm system. More Info
  • ND: West Fargo Police Rescue Man Left Behind in Costco Store
    4.9.16 – KVRR – West Fargo Police responded to the store after the man called 911 and said he set off the store’s security alarm. The man said he was in the store with other … More Info
  • NE: Crime Stoppers: Would-be burglar attempts to break into Family Dollar
    4.6.16 – KETV Omaha- Before he could steal anything, an alarm scared him away, according to police. The Omaha Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking for the … More Info
  • NJ: Bloomfield: Police blotter, April 7
    4.7.16 -NorthJersey.com- At 2:14 a.m. April 3, police responded to A-One Market on an alarm. Officers Anthony Cruz, Gemner Rosales and Michael Devenney … More Info
  • NJ: ‘Shooter drill’ Friday; burglar sought: BPD
    4.5.16 – The Observer Online – Upon arrival, police discovered a window in the rear of the building had been shattered and that entry had been made – but the alarm sounding had apparently … More Info
  • NY: Police: Man attempts to break into adult store in Troy
    4.6.16 – NEWS10 ABC- They say the man was trying to break in, after they reported to a burglar alarm going off inside. The area is blocked off right now…. More Info
  • OH: Lights & Sirens
    4.8.16 – Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – Thursday. Officers responded to an alarm. Officers assisted Adult Probation. Dustin Angel, 30, was arrested on a warrant out … More Info
  • OH: Thieves target Washington Twp. smoke shop
    4.6.16 – Dayton Daily News- Officers were dispatched around 6 a.m. on a reported alarm from the ½ Price Smokes store. Initial reports from the scene … More Info
  • OK: Man caught on camera breaking into business, stealing …
    4.6.16 – kfor.com- “We all have to be on our toes and be alert and do preventative measures to plan for it, having surveillance, alarm systems, those are all very important to protect … More Info
  • OR: Man arraigned on burglary, fleeing police charges
    4.6.16 – Statesman Journal- Deputies arrived after he set off a burglary alarm. A deputy saw him fleeing from the scene and pursued him, officials said. … More Info
  • TX: Houston burglars use sledgehammer to get cigarettes
    4.6.16 – CW39- “The owner of the store was home when the alarm went off. He was able to access the cameras via the Internet and saw three males inside the store,” said HPD … More Info
  • WA: Police News Updated 4-5-16
    4.5.16 – Voice of the Valley- On March 20 at approximately 11:34 a.m. officers were dispatched to a residence in reference to an audible residential alarm … More Info
  • WA: Suspect triggers alarm, leaves with stolen goods
    4.8.16 – HeraldNet – The man apparently activated a rape alarm, also called a personal safety alarm, and left it underneath a shelf at a drug store. The tiny heart-shaped alarm, which … More Info
  • WI: ATM thefts garner woman probation
    4.6.16 – Leader-Telegram- She said she deactivated the alarm and took an estimated $90,000. Farrell said Bianco dropped her off at her residence and left to bury the money, according to … More Info

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