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April 13, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Straight Talk: Protect yourself from springtime scams
    4.6.15 – Massillon Independent – These scam artists, who are often alarm company sales people, comb neighborhoods looking for signs posted in yards warning that the home has a security …More Info
  • Cold Caller Alarm Warning
    4.7.15 – Pirate FM – There are fears that cold callers are targeting elderly people in Cornwall, allegedly using high-pressure sales techniques to sell alarm systems. Trading …More Info
  • Be mindful of door-to-door sales techniques
    4.9.15 – ABC17News.com – Alarm system salespeople sometimes comb neighborhoods looking for signs indicating that a home already has a system. They knock on the door and offer to … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Council to vote on false alarm regulations
    4.8.15 – Yuma Sun – Proposed city regulations cracking down on false security system alarms will go forward to a Yuma City Council vote, after most members agreed during a work … More Info
  • CA: Chico changes its mind on fining alarm companies
    48.15 – SSN – In October, the City of Chico, Calif., passed an ordinance to fine alarm companies for false alarm dispatches. The California Alarm Association and SIAC responded, citing precedence in Fontana, Calif., where a similar ordinance was overturned. Now, the City of Chico has opted toward the standard action of fining alarm users for false alarms More Info
  • NY: Bid to hire fire inspector using false alarm fees criticized by …
    4.9.15 – RiverheadLOCAL – Councilwoman Jodi Giglio says if the fire districts are willing to waive their share of the false alarm fees, the town should use the money to hire a fire marshal … More Info
  • PA: West Mifflin fire companies plan switch to 911
    4.10.15 – Tribune-Review – According to the statement issued by the fire companies, residents and businesses with monitored fire alarm systems will have to update their information by … More Info
  • TN: City agrees on planning deal for park expansion
    4.12.15 – Shelbyville Times-Gazette – An ordinance dealing with alarms in Shelbyville was passed on first reading, deferring the effective date of Oct. 1, instead of April 1. Changes were made to the … More Info

Industry News

  • DIY Security Animal House
    4.6.15 – Twice – Myfox: The Myfox Home Alarm system, due in U.S. by early third quarter, will detect and deter intruders before they enter the house, unlike other DIY security … More Info
  • Iverify acquires Checkview
    4.1.15 – SSN – Charlotte, NC – Video monitoring company Iverify doubled the size of its business with the March 26 acquisition of Checkview, a provider of loss prevention and security services for national accounts. More Info
  • ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Bashes Smart Home Technology
    4.8.15 – CEPro – An 8-minute segment on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ takes on a skewed perspective to point out every possible flaw of smart home technology, from hacking to voice control to cost, but never even mentions professional installation option. More Info
  • Survey: Cost is a barrier to adding home automation
    4.8.15 – SSN – Redwood City, CA – A survey says that a majority of residential security dealers think adding home automation services is cost prohibitive. More Info
  • Consider Assistive Listening Systems in Mass Notification
    4.7.15 – Commercial Integrator – Public venues must be able to notify patrons with hearing trouble in the event of an emergency. More Info
  • Smart Home & Neighbor Watch: A New Security Model?
    4.10.15 – SIA – Are we doing home security wrong? Does relying on central monitoring and a police response mean home security services aren’t as effective as they could be? More Info
  • Monitronics Announces Partnership with Icontrol Networks
    4.9.15 – Multichannel News – A subsidiary of Ascent Capital Group, Inc., Monitronics is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing home security alarm monitoring companies. Monitronics’ … More Info
  • Illinois Association works to quell proposed fire alarm legislation
    4.10.15 – SourceSecurity.com – Anyone who questions the value of participation in local and national burglar and fire alarm associations need only look at the ongoing activities of the Illinois … More Info


Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status


Alarm Registration Info Not Public Record.
Status: 04/02/2015 : Ref To Com On Judiciary II on 04/02/2015
History NCHB00508




By Crespo (MS) | Add S411, amd S3602, Ed L Enacts the “school buildings carbon monoxide detectors act”; requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in elementary and secondary school buildings; authorizes the commissioner of education to annually prescribe a special cost allowance for such carbon monoxide detectors.
Status: 04/01/2015 : referred to education
History NYAB06745




An Act requiring carbon monoxide alarms in school buildings. | Representative RAVENSTAHL
Status: Referred to EDUCATION, April 6, 2015 [House]
History PAHB00896


State & National News

  • Maine bill would require carbon monoxide detectors at more sites
    4.6.15 – Press Herald – A combination photoelectric smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector with a 10-year battery is $30 to $40, said John Martell, of the Professional Fire Fighters … More Info
  • New Emergency App Sends Photo and Video to Dispatcher
    4.7.15 – SIA – Developers in Boston have worked with global emergency response teams to create its One-Touch-911 app. More Info
  • Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Gains Steam
    4.6.15 – OHS – The American Red Cross installed almost 1,000 smoke alarms in a single day in eastern North Carolina homes recently, which was part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, an initiative that aims to reduce casualties from home fires in America by 25 percent in the next five years. Red Cross workers and partners visit neighborhoods at high risk for home fires, to educate people about fire safety and install smoke alarms where they are absent. More Info
  • Bell Labs Celebrates the Past, Looks to the Future
    4.8.15 – Eweek – At an event, the storied research institution lauds its Nobel Prize winners and outlines efforts to improve enterprise network speeds and capacity. More Info
  • Study reveals potential gaps by employers in performing background checks
    4.10.15 – SIW – HireRight releases 2015 edition of its annual Employment Screening Benchmark Report More Info
  • Setting limits on video surveillance in public places
    4.6.15 – SIW – Recent court cases establish new ground rules for law enforcement More Info

Business Tips

  • CIOs Are Concerned Over Employees’ Cloud Misuse
    4.3.15 – CIO Insight – IT leaders are worried about employees improperly using cloud storage services because of the risks posed by data privacy leaks. More Info
  • For Some Americans, Smartphones Offer Their Only Internet Access
    4.3.15 – eWeek – About 7 percent of U.S. smartphone owners use their phones for all their Web access, including 18 percent who have used them to apply for a job, Pew Research finds. More Info
  • Professional Books That Can Recharge Your Career
    4.7.15 – Baseline – You can recharge your career with these professional books, which cover topics that address key IT and business trends, including managing disruptive technologies and motivating work teams. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Carbon monoxide levels high at senior living facility
    4.10.15 – KESQ – Around 10:30 Saturday morning an alarm alerted authorities to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide at Segovia Senior Living and … More Info
  • CO: Fugitives who pulled fire alarm at hotel in Colorado Springs caught …
    4.6.15 – The Denver Channel – Two people tried to escape the police by pulling a fire alarm at a hotel in … set off the fire alarm – causing water to pour out from the ceiling and flood the room. More Info
  • MA: Fire destroys Riverton home
    4.6.15 – Brainerd Daily Dispatch – Brown said after the alarm woke him up, he could see flames on the side of the house and yelled to wake up Cranfill, instructing him to bring the family dog … More Info
  • MD: 83-year-old man dies after fire sparked by cigarette
    4.7.15 – W*USA 9 – A smoke alarm alerted family members to the fire. The man’s death is the second fatal residential fire in the county this year, according to Brady. Brady told us … More Info
  • MO: Delayed response to deadly fire because of copper phone line theft
    4.12.15 – KSHB – Kansas City, Mo. – Copper theft from local phone lines caused an alarm malfunction at a Kansas City, Mo., fire house Saturday morning, leaving firefighters to … More Info
  • NC: Bordeaux Branch Library closed until further notice due to smoke
    4.6.15 – Fayetteville Observer – The sprinkler system in the book drop room activated the alarm to the fire department, Shutt said. A watch commander with the Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.9.15 – Circleville Herald – Fire alarm activation at Circleville High School. Officer on scene looked into it and alarm was set off due to water pressure. Checked okay. Alarm activation at an … More Info
  • OH: West Muskingum Middle School evacuated after fire alarm triggered
    4.7.15 – Zanesville Times Recorder – Zanesville – West Muskingum Middle School was evacuated after a power surge triggered the fire alarm and sprinkler system Tuesday morning. Though … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Man guilty of attempted burglary
    4.8.15 – Beaver Dam Daily Citizen – 21 after a burglar alarm went off. Jackson was found in the area and had a warrant through probation and parole. Police questioned Jackson and he said that he … More Info
  • CA: BPD Officer parked in handicap spot was responding to an emergency
    4.9.15 – Kern Golden Empire – The caller stated that there was an alarm sounding at the business and an open door to the front of the business and didn’t appear anyone was there,” says … More Info
  • CA: Burglary Suspect Wanted For Stealing Thousands Of Dollars From 3 …
    4.9.15 – CBS Local – “He takes his time in one burglary because he knew there was no alarm,” Det. Samer Issa, who is investigating the first case in Panorama City, said. “In another … More Info
  • CA: Pot Shop Owner Watches Thieves on Security Camera Video
    4.9.15 – NBC Southern California – Owner Didi Chin was alerted by her alarm company and watched on her home computer as she called police. “(I told them) better come here soon, because … More Info
  • CA: Surveillance system captures home break-in
    4.9.15 – News10.net – They both attempted to get inside the home, but were scared off at the sound of an alarm. “I’m thankful that we weren’t hurt but to think of how I would have had to … More Info
  • CA:; Transient arrested in Thousand Oaks burglary
    4.10.15 – Ventura County Star – The woman pressed a police alarm in her kitchen and was able to get away from the man and to a neighbor’s house, officials said. When a deputy arrived on … More Info
  • CT: Break-In At Dunkin Donuts
    4.8.15 – WTNH – It happened Sunday night around 10:00 p.m. Cops were responding to a reported alarm activation at the store on Universal Drive. When officers arrived, they … More Info
  • FL: Man suspected of burglarizing 3 restaurants sought by Port St. Lucie …
    4.7.15 – WPTV.com – Police say all of the restaurants have alarm systems to alert police of a break in. Police say the suspect likely visited the restaurants before breaking in so he … More Info
  • FL: Surveillance video helps deputies ID man who stabbed security guard
    4.11.15 – WFTV Orlando – He said the burglar tripped the silent alarm, which alerted the security guards. The burglar got away with a jacket, vest and the tip jar from Byrd’s Custom Leather … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Copper Lights Fixtures, Lawn Equipment Stolen
    4.9.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Alarm – Walton County deputies … More Info
  • IA: Holdup alarm at convenience store leads to police chase
    4.10.15 – Quad City Times – A holdup alarm at the QC Mart at West Locust and Iowa streets in Davenport led to a police pursuit that ended in a quiet neighborhood at the corner of Forest … More Info
  • IA: Two charged after leading police on chase
    4.11.15 – Quad City Times – Davenport police responded to a holdup alarm at 7:26 p.m. Friday at the QC Mart. Police then located a Dodge Caliber … More Info
  • IL: Fairview Heights man to serve 10 years for robbing Granite City bank
    4.10.15 – Belleville News Democrat – He told the teller he would start shooting if the alarm was activated or if he was given bait money. Haverhehl also has admitted to holding up the Pulaski Bank in … More Info
  • IL: Ford County Sheriff’s Office police blotter (April 6, 2015)
    4.7.15 – Paxton Record – On April 1, a residential burglary alarm was received from a house in rural Cullom. The alarm was caused by owner error. — On April 1, a sheriff’s deputy … More Info
  • IL: Police blotter: Animal cruelty, child endangerment charges filed
    4.10.15 – Chicago Tribune – Police said they responded to a burglar alarm and found pry marks on the rear door. Entry was not gained, police said. A small SUV — possibly a Honda Civic … More Info
  • IN: Thief blasts through car showroom in Indy 500 pace car
    4.9.15 – USA TODAY – A man broke into the dealership, stole the keys to a replica Indy 500 Chevrolet Camaro pace car and — with security alarms blaring and the convertible top … More Info
  • MA: Concord police log, March 30-April 5
    4.11.15 – Wicked Local Concord – 5:46 a.m.: An alarm was triggered. Police responded and found the alarm was set off accidentally during a delivery. 7:27 a.m.: … More Info
  • MA: Littleton police log, March 26-April 1
    4.11.15 – Wicked Local Littleton – 7:05 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. Police checked and secured the building. 10:44 p.m.: Burglary/breaking and entering was reported at More Info
  • MA: Springfield man admits breaking into dry cleaners to steal items …
    4.8.15 – MassLive.com – Wassermann said when police responded to the alarm at Mirkins, they saw a man walking in front of the main counter of the facility, which was closed. More Info
  • MD: Police Nab Burglary Suspects In Chevy Chase Using Shoe Print
    4.10.15 – Bethesda Now – Police responded to an alarm call at 12:15 p.m. Friday at a house. Officers immediately saw the back door was kicked in … More Info
  • MI: House broken into and other Southgate police briefs
    4.7.15 – Southgate News Herald – According to a report, officers were dispatched for a broken basement window alarm. Police secured the perimeter and contacted the house’s keyholder. Nobody … More Info
  • MI: Three breaking and enterings reported in two day span in Dearborn …
    4.11.15 – Dearborn Press and Guide – When the window broke and the alarm went off, the three men fled the area. … When the window broke and the alarm went off, the three men fled the area. More Info
  • MO: Brazen burglars undaunted by alarms in string of KC break-ins
    4.9.15 – fox4kc.com – Kansas City, Mo. – Home alarm systems did not stop burglars in one South Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood where victims said intruders ransacked their … More Info
  • NC: Surveillance video captures Gastonia business robbery
    4.9.15 – WSOC Charlotte – One man climbed in through a window as the burglar alarm sounded and went straight for the commercial leaf blowers. “[It took] four minutes and 30 seconds to … More Info
  • NC: Video captures brazen burglary while woman was home alone
    4.9.15 – WTVD-TV – You think you’re secure if you’ve got surveillance cameras, an alarm system, locked doors, locked windows and motion sensor lights, but none of those things … More Info
  • NE: Police searching for burglary culprit
    4.6.15 – Lincoln Journal Star – Shortly after 6:19 a.m., an alarm went off at Praxair Distribution. The alarm company called Lincoln Police. Police are… More Info
  • NJ: Bridgeton police investigating attempted break-in on Fayette Street
    4.11.15 – NJ.com – Officers responded to a residential alarm call at a home recently. On scene investigation showed that unidentified actor(s) … More Info
  • NM: Burglary suspect’s car full of treasures
    4.7.15 – Albuquerque Journal – That burglary occurred March 31 before police responded to a home alarm. Police contacted the homeowner who was out of town and who told them there were … More Info
  • NM: Police Blotter — April 3-5
    4.7.15 – Quay County Sun – 12:48 a.m., an alarm was reported at an office. An officer advised all was OK. • 1:41 a.m., an alarm was reported … More Info
  • NY: Bust made in bank heist
    4.10.15 – The Daily Star – Police were notified of the robbery by an alarm at the bank, Nayor said. She demanded money and threatened the use of a gun, though no weapon was … More Info
  • NY: Five gunmen steal an estimated $5 million from Lufthansa cargo …
    4.10.15 – New York Daily News – The gunmen forced the guard to deactivate a silent alarm and open the front entrance to admit a black van that contained three more gunmen, police said. More Info
  • OH: Burglars steal fireworks from Phantom store
    4.9.15 – WFMJ – Officers were first called to the business around 1 a.m. after an alarm company said someone got out of a car and threw a rock through a … More Info
  • OH: Masked male steals smokes from Dayton store
    4.6.15 – WHIO – Police said officers responded after an alarm was triggered when the door was shattered. The burglar was described as white, 6-foot, 180 pounds and wearing a … More Info
  • OH: Police investigating convenience store break-in: Cleveland Heights …
    4.10.15 – cleveland.com – Burglary, Mayfield Road: At 12:32 a.m. April 6, police responded to a burglary alarm at Sahlani Brother’s Marathon gas station. Officers found the store was … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.10.15 – Circleville Herald – Caller reported a burglary alarm at Eye Specialist of Ohio. Officer reported it was a false alarm. Checked okay. Caller reported a student at Evert’s Middle School … More Info
  • OK: Naked woman tries to rob convenience store, fails miserably
    4.6.15 – KRMG – As they approached the area, they were diverted to a convenience store where a burglar alarm was sounding. Then, things got weird. Cops searching the store … More Info
  • OK: Security guard captures convenience store burglary suspect
    4.6.15 – KRMG – We’re told 39-year old Cewanee Steele was caught after the burglar alarm was set off at the One Stop about 2:19 a.m. Monday. More Info
  • OR: Police arrest burglary suspect at Der Rheinlander Restaurant
    4.7.15 – OregonLive.com – Police arrested a 46-year-old Portland man early Monday after responding to a burglar alarm at Der Rheinlander Restaurant. Sgt. Pete … More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion Police Reports: Burglar hits Bryn Mawr home
    4.10.15 – Main Line – According to police, officers responded to the home when an alarm activated. Arriving officers reported finding an open door that had signs of force entry on it. More Info
  • SC: Deputies: Suspects Burglarized 8 Churches
    4.10.15 – WLTX.com – … Church) 29063, the suspects forced entry through the rear door of the Church; once inside, the suspects set off the motion detectors which sounded the alarm. More Info
  • SC: Man arrested, suspected of killing 300000 chickens
    4.8.15 – USA TODAY – “He turned off the alarm system,” said Hahn. “Usually if something happens, minor things, the alarm’s supposed to be going off and we know right away. More Info
  • UT: Unified Police catch burglar with duffle bags of cellphones, tablet PCs
    4.7.15 – Salt Lake Tribune – In this case, it was a burglary alarm that summoned Unified Police officers to a T-Mobile store in Taylorsville — just in time to catch a suspect with cellphone and … More Info
  • VT: Cigarettes stolen from S. Burlington Jiffy Mart
    4.10.15 – BurlingtonFreePress.com – Police responded to an alarm at the Jiffy Mart just after 3 a.m. Upon arrival it was determined that the glass door at the front of the building … More Info
  • VT: South Burlington Police Investigating Jiffy Mart Burglary
    4.7.15 – My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22 – South Burlington, Vt. – South Burlington Police responded to an alarm at the Jiffy Mart Tuesday morning. The incident happened at … More Info
  • WA: Help police ID burglary suspect seen using rocks, bricks to break …
    4.6.15 – Q13 FOX – Many neighbors have added surveillance cameras and alarm systems. “This is becoming a neighborhood that’s fearful and suspicious, and that’s an awful thing … More Info

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