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April 20, 2015

Association Events

  •  2015 Golf Tournament North Texas Alarm Association
    Thursday, May 7th- Indian Creek Golf Course – Carrollton, TX  More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Letter: Chico council should refine alarm ordinance
    4.18.15 – Chico Enterprise – The alarm ordinance issue presented at the council meeting was whether to fine alarm companies or end users. I believe it was resolved correctly. However … More Info
  • MN: More burglaries in reported in Rochester
    4.14.15 – KIMT 3 – On April 1, the Rochester Police Department suspended false alarm fees for commercial businesses as a way to combat the recent rash of burglaries. More Info
  • MO: Commission considers new building and fire codes for Columbia
    4.15.15 – KOMU-TV – false alarm will keep firefighters from not being able to get to the actual fires. Other changes discussed were the costs of demolition and emergency repairs as … More Info
  • NM: LCPD: Security alarm calls lower but false calls continue
    4.14.15 – Las Cruces Sun-News – Las Cruces – More Las Cruces residents and businesses are registering their security alarm systems with the city, as mandated by ordinance approved in …More Info
  • ON: Amherstburg To Target False Fire Alarm System Negligence
    4.14.15 – windsoriteDOTca News – The Town of Amherstburg is hoping to put an end to reoccurring false fire alarms in the town with a new bylaw. In a report to Town Council Monday evening, Fire … More Info
  • SK: Vast majority of alarms turn out to be false: Regina police
    4.16.15 – CBC.ca – False alarms from home and business alarm systems have been declining in recent years, but still account for the almost 98 per cent of Regina police alarm … More Info
  • TX: City Councilman continues to push proposal to waive alarm permit fee
    4.14.15 – WOAI – San Antonio – District 2 City Councilman Alan E. Warrick is pushing a proposal to waive alarm permit fees for victims of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, … More Info
  • VT: St. Johnsbury to charge fees to alarm system users
    4.17.15 – WCAX – St. Johnsbury, VT. (AP) – The town of St. Johnsbury is going to start charging fees to businesses and nonprofit groups that use the town dispatch center to … More Info
  • WI: Village of Pewaukee woman slapped with $7K fine for false alarm
    4.17.15 – WISN Milwaukee – An 88-year-old Village of Pewaukee woman is fighting a hefty fee for a false alarm. Arlene Dillon’s carbon monoxide detector on her Life Alert system went off … More Info

Industry News

  • New report sheds light on the wireless alarm industry 2015 market …
    4.13.15 – WhaTech – The report analyzes Wireless Alarm leading suppliers on capacity, commercial production date, manufacturing plants distribution, R and D Status, technology… More Info 
  • Contracts are optional with this DIY connected-home system
    4.13.15 – TechHive – Carney claims that the camera has what he calls “pet immunity,” the ability to ignore objects weighing less than 60 pounds, so your dog won’t set off the alarm. More Info
  • The Alarm.com Smart Thermostat Now Available
    4.14.15 – Benzinga – Alarm.com, the leading technology platform powering the Smart Home, announced today that its innovative Smart Thermostat will be available to its Dealer … More Info
  • Children may sleep through smoke alarms despite loud sound
    4.14.15 – KPRC Houston – They have an alarm right there in their room going off. It’s so darn loud, it is hurting my ears, but they are not waking up. This completely shocks me,” Brittany … More Info
  • DICE reduces VoIP Issues through integrated telecom services
    4.14.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Allowing us or our alarm clients to talk with who created the telecom issues such as VoIP was also out of the question.” says Cliff Dice. Behind each call is a … More Info
  • Telguard’s HomeControl Flex Offers IFTTT Integration for Security …
    4.14.15 – CEPro – Flex enables alarm and home automation systems to integrate with more than 170 smart home devices via IFTTT, an online if/then engine for cloud-enabled … More Info
  • ADT third-party dealer responds to News5 Investigation on door-to ...
    4.14.15 – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News – Typical alarm customers may expect to pay upwards of $500-1000 for a similar … We have also installed nearly 50,000 alarm and home automation system over … More Info
  • Per Mar acquires Wisconsin security firm
    4.14.15 – Quad City Times – It operates a UL-listed Central Alarm Station that monitors more than 40,000 customers. — More Info
  • Indianapolis assigned new area code
    4.15.15 – Indiana Daily Student – While signage is not required to be changed, other systems that use telephone lines such as fax machines and alarm systems must be reprogrammed to dial 10 … More Info
  • Ex-CFO of burglar alarm firm gets 20 years for embezzlement
    4.16.15 – Washington Times – Hagerstown, Md. (AP) – The former chief financial officer of a burglar alarm firm is returning to prison for failing to repay nearly $1 million he embezzled. More Info
  • Get home security without the monthly fees
    4.17.15 – ConsumerReports.org – Consumer Reports tested three products from Nest, Piper, and iSmart Alarm—ranging from a single device to a suite—and found they mostly deliver what they … More Info
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
    UL has been working on several new standards and standards revisions including a new standard for Personal Emergency Response Systems, as well as new standard UL 3802 – Performance of Tactical Video Equipment and revisions to UL 827, and UL 1981, Standards for Central Station Alarm Services, and Central Station Automation Equipment.  More Info

Legislative News

·        Bill Text ·        Brief Description and Current Status


Holden | An act to add Section 7599.56 to the Business and Professions Code, and to amend Sections 1633.3 and 1689.5 of the Civil Code, Relating to alarm companies.
Status: 03/19/2015 : Referred to Com. on B. & P. COMM. LOCATION : ASM BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS HEARING DATE : 05/05/2015
History CAAB01097




Wieckowski | An act to amend Sections 7590.1, 7591.10, 7593.1, 7593.6, 7593.7, 7594.4, 7599.32, 7599.34, 7599.42, 7599.43, 7599.48, and 7599.61 of the Business and Professions Code, Relating to alarm companies.
Status: 04/14/2015 : From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 13). Re-referred to Com. on JUD. COMM. LOCATION : SEN BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMM. ACTION DATE : 04/14/2015 COMM. ACTION : Do pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Judiciary Recommend Consent. COMM. VOTE SUMMARY : Ayes: 09 Noes: 00 PASS
History CASB00177




Notice Before Automatic Contract Renewal.
Status: 04/14/2015 : Ref To Com On Judiciary II on 04/14/2015
History NCHB00631




Alarm Registration Info Not Public Record.
Status: 04/14/2015 : Filed on 04/14/2015
History NCHB00797




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: 04/13/2015 : Comp. SB subst.
History TNHB01308




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: 04/16/2015 : Signed by H. Speaker
History TNSB00647



State & National News

  • Bill would close loophole exposed by KXAN investigation
    4.14.15 – KXAN.com – The move comes in response to a KXAN Investigation which found a registered sex offender installing home security alarm systems. The investigation found … More Info
  • FCC Hit With Four More Lawsuits Over Net Neutrality Rules Changes
    4.15.15 – eWeek – Six groups have now filed petitions with U.S. courts arguing that the FCC’s reclassification of the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the U.S. Communications Act is wrong. More Info
  • 10 Smart Home Features Buyers Want
    A recent survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate showed that nearly two-thirds of its agents have found that homebuyers are more interested in homes with smart features and technology than they were just two to five years ago.  More Info

Business Tips

  • Non-Tech Skills to Look for in Tech Workers
    4.16.15 – CIO Insight – The majority of surveyed IT executives struggle with skill g aps in their workforce, and 44 percent said soft skills are often missing i n tech workers. More Info
  • What Obamacare Means For Your Small Business
    Learn how to find low insurance prices, take advantage of tax credits and employ private health insurance within your business. More Info

Fire News

  • CT: Laundry catches fire while drying at Meriden laundromat
    14.15 – Meriden Record-Journal – Around 10:30 a.m., firefighters responded to an alarm at Super Laundromat in the Lincoln Plaza. Upon arrival, firefighters doused a load of … More Info
  • IL: Fire rips through loading dock of uniform company on Rockford’s …
    19.15 – Rockford Register Star – According to a statement released by District Fire Chief James Rife, firefighters responded to an alarm at the building just before 1:45 a.m. and discovered a … More Info
  • KY: Quick-thinking sheriff’s deputy rescues woman from smoke-filled …
    13.15 – WLKY Louisville – Neighbors called police around 2:15 a.m. Saturday when they heard, a smoke alarm going off in a New Haven apartment, authorities said. “I was scared, all right … More Info
  • MI: Muskegon Lumberjacks gut out 2OT win over Youngstown to take 2 …
    19.15 – MLive.com – In a strange occurrence, the fire alarm went off inside the Covelli Centre during the intermission prior to the start of overtime. After a few moments, fans began … More Info
  • MO: Fire chief: KC copper thief put public safety at risk, delayed …
    13.15 – fox4kc.com – With the alarm system and phone lines disabled at the fire station, a radio operated back-up alarm alerted firefighters to the call. But first responders had to … More Info
  • NY: Utica man who allegedly activated fire alarm faces felony charges
    16.15 – Utica Observer Dispatch – A man who allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the Oneida County Office Building is facing felony charges, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. More Info
  • NY: Woman found dead after Southold fire, police say
    15.15 – Newsday – She was described only as being elderly. The fire was reported at 10:28 a.m. via an automatic alarm from an alarm company,… Optimum Online customers get … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    17.15 – Circleville Herald – Caller from a cleaning company advised of an activated fire alarm at the YMCA. Maintenance personnel for the building on scene. Other agency handling. More Info
  • ON: Burnt food sets off alarm
    19.15 – Erie Media – As firefighters were headed to the scene, a second call came in for an alarm. Cartwright said there was no trouble in that building, and that … More Info
  • ON: Fire Alarm Leads To Drug Arrests
    17.15 – WWNY TV 7 – Fire Alarm Leads To Drug Arrests … Two Clarkson University students were charged with drug possession after a fire alarm went off at Hamlin-Powers dormitory … More Info
  • WA: Police respond to arson attempt at Cedar Valley Elementary …
    18.15 – Maple Valley Reporter – According to the report, the alarm company also contacted the reporting party. The reporting party went over and found the lock had been pried off and damaged … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Narcotics stolen from Bessemer pharmacy in smash-and-grab robbery
    4.18.15 – AL.com – On Sunday, April 12, two men used a sledgehammer to break Eastern Valley Drugs’ front window, setting off a burglary alarm. By the time police responded … More Info
  • AL: Strong thunderstorm knocks out power, hampers city communications
    4.14.15 – Dothan First – Police were busy responding to alarm systems that malfunctioned due to the severe weather. Officers were limited to use of their portable radio units due to an … More Info
  • CA: Duck club burglary suspect in custody
    4.17.15 -Los Banos Enterprise – Merced County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Delray Shelton said deputies received an alert from the duck club’s alarm March 28 at 1:57 a.m. Deputies Chris … More Info
  • CA: Firearms and Ammo Stolen from Alquist Arms, Suspects At-Large
    4.16.15 – www.TurlockCityNews.com – Officers responded to Alquist Arms at approximately 7:56 a.m. after the owner reported the alarm to police, said Turlock police… More Info
  • CA: Mountain lion at home under California house
    4.14.15 – KSPR – An alarm technician stumbled upon the unlikely den of a mountain lion under a Los Feliz, California, house. The lion, known as P-22, is happy and comfortable … More Info
  • CA: One arrest made in gun store break-in
    4.17.15 -The Turlock Journal – The break-in was first reported shortly around 8 a.m. Wednesday by the store’s owner, who arrived at the business to find the alarm activated … More Info
  • CA: Police Investigate 2-Minute Smash-And-Grab Burglary At SF Antique …
    4.15.15 – NBC Bay Area – Store owner James Spinello says the security alarm went off just after 4 a.m. Surveillance video shows a man wearing a hat and a surgical mask grab two flat … More Info
  • CA: Thieves Steal $7K In Equipment From Little League Team In Hayward
    4.16.15 – CBS Local – The alarm triggered on Sunday night and when the league’s president, Christina Mathewson, checked on the clubhouse, she discovered the theft, according to … More Info
  • CT: Man Charged in Hamden Burglary
    4.13.15 – NBC Connecticut – 0, 2014 after hearing the alarm go off and saw a man running from the scene. The officer chased him, but the burglar eluded police. As police investigated, they … More Info
  • DE: Two arrested on indecency charges in separate incidents
    4.13.15 – ThisWeekNews – Officers responded to a burglary alarm at 1:45 a.m. April 4 at a business. An unknown suspect broke in through the … More Info
  • GA: Macon man arrested for north Macon recreation center burglary
    4.14.15 – 13WMAZ – They also found that the alarm system’s keypad was destroyed and a computer tower had been taken. Investigators on scene reviewed the surveillance footage … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Stolen Firearms from Hunting Lodge Recovered
    4.13.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a church. Church checked. Everything okay. Alarm – Walton County deputies responded … More Info
  • GA: String of break-ins has businesses fed up
    4.17.15 -WFXL FOX 31 – “Our alarm went off approximately 10 minutes after the alarm went off at Stainless and Alloy,” said Autoland Service Manager Shane Knight. The two businesses … More Info
  • KS; Bank robbed in Wyandotte County, KCK police and FBI investigating
    4.16.15 – KSHB – Police responded to an alarm call that was made at 4:11 a.m. on Thursday. Officers found a busted window upon arriving, but no one was inside the bank. More Info
  • KY: POLICE: Misplaced cell phone leads to arrest of Bardstown Road …
    4.17.15 – WDRB – An alarm was triggered, but by the time police got there, the suspects were gone. However, police say the incident was captured on surveillance video, and … More Info
  • MA: Cops believe man arrested after 3:50 am restaurant robbery was …
    4.13.15 – SouthCoastToday.com – … were on routine patrol and were aware of the rash of business breaks in the North End when they heard the restaurant’s audible alarm, according to Vicente. More Info
  • MA: Fall River police asking for help in identifying suspect in Tuesday …
    4.17.15 – Fall River Herald News – Tellers hit the panic alarm at 10:20 a.m. after a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt approached a teller and demanded cash. No weapon was shown. No one was … More Info
  • MA: Rockport Police/Fire: Resident reports theft of outboard motor
    4.13.15 – Gloucester Daily Times – Police responded to a home at 2:31 p.m. Monday on report of an activated burglar alarm and determined it was accidentally set off by pets. More Info
  • ME: Police: Break-in Suspects Were “Very Drunk”
    4.17.15 –NECN – The Morning Sentinel reports that they were arrested when police went to check on the convenience store’s burglar alarm. … More Info
  • ME: Sheriff’s deputies arrest pair of drunken burglary suspects
    4.17.15 -Bangor Daily News – When deputies located the vehicle, nobody was in it, but a burglar alarm at a nearby Circle K rang out shortly after police got to the vehicle, Bourque said. More Info
  • MI: Deputies investigate break-in at Fenton Farms Golf Club
    4.17.15 -MLive.com – Deputies were called to the golf club for an alarm at 4:52 a.m., according to Capt. Robb Heath with the Genesee … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate rollover …
    4.17.15 -MLive.com – 12:45 p.m., Deputy Mills responded for a residential alarm. 12:48 p.m., Deputy Freeman responded for a … More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Thursday, April 9
    4.13.15 – Port Huron Times Herald – 10:59 a.m., Burglar Alarm. 5:30 p.m.,… More Info
  • MN: After recent string of burglaries, police and alarm companies offer …
    4.13.15 – KTTC – Rochester, Minn. – Three more Rochester businesses are targeted by burglars over the weekend, including the Silhouette Shop, Pro Builder Lumber … More Info
  • MN: Alarm set off at EP residence
    4.13.15 – SW News Media – Eden Prairie Police responded to a report of a residential intrusion alarm at 4:19 a.m. April 5. More Info
  • MN: New technology leads to burglary arrest
    4.17.15 – Post-Bulletin – Jacob Hughes, executive director of Premier Alarm and Security, demonstrates the ease of installation of a portable, high-tech, security camera. The wireless … More Info
  • MN: Police: Burglars break window, steal chainsaws
    4.16.15 – St. Cloud Times – Officers responded to a 4:54 a.m. alarm at Powerhouse Outdoor Equipment police said. Officers found a window had been broken and … More Info
  • MO: Detectives investigate burglaries near Big Bend and Barrett Station ...
    4.13.15 – KMOV.com – Have we started putting on our alarm, yes,” resident Sharon Danyluck told News 4. Jewelry was taken in the first burglary on March 28 and both jewelry and … More Info
  • MO: Police thwart break-in at Arlington High; suspects at large
    4.16.15 – KOMO News – Police responded to the high school at about 2 a.m. Thursday after the broken window triggered an alarm. Arriving at the scene, officers interrupted whatever … More Info
  • MO: Police urge residents to close windows after break-ins around …
    4.15.15 – KSHB – They think the person(s) went in through an open window without triggering the alarm system. Police met with people who live in the area on Wednesday night … More Info
  • MO: Sheriff’s report
    4.13.15 – Cedar County Republican – On March 26: A deputy responded to an alarm. … A deputy responded to a report of an alarm at a residence. More Info
  • MT: Missoula police investigating bank robbery
    4.16.15 – KPAX-TV – Police responded to a burglary alarm around 4 a.m. and discovered a small window had been removed from the back … More Info
  • NC: Man Pleads Guilty In Connection With Armed Robbery Of Store And …
    4.14.15 – WHKY – Hill was observed running out of the store and crossing the street by a Hickory Police officer who was responding to the hold-up alarm at the store, and the … More Info
  • NJ: Burglar alarm leads to Lodi High School bomb scare
    4.19.15 – Cliffviewpilot.com – CVP Exclusive: Authorities were reviewing surveillance video at Lodi High School after a burglar alarm led to the discovery last night of a suspicious-looking … More Info
  • NY: Doors blowing open keep deputies busy
    4.14.15 – Clarencebee – A burglar alarm was reported. The alarm had been set off by the homeowner. • A resident of Stonebriar Drive reported that someone in an older … More Info
  • NY: Teens held after school burglary
    4.17.15 -Ithaca Journal – Two teenagers were taken into custody at Beverley J. Martin Elementary School after police responded to a break-in alarm at the school, according to the Ithaca … More Info
  • OH: West Jefferson Burglary Suspects Arrested After Chase Through …
    4.15.15 – 10TV – Police say the suspects tripped an alarm while they were inside the store and that’s when the chase started. Deputies from Franklin County teamed up with West …More Info
  • OH: Windows reported stolen from construction site
    4.15.15 – ThisWeekNews – Officers who responded to a burglary alarm at 10:07pm March 20 found an office door had been forced open and the office … More Info
  • ON: Would-be thief scared off by alarm in Barrie
    4.13.15 – Simcoe.com – One neighbour awoke this morning after their car alarm sounded. The man noticed damage to the car door. Shortly after, another neighbour woke to someone … More Info
  • OR: Five arrested in connection to overnight Roseburg-area break-ins
    4.15.15 – KPIC News – Around 2 a.m. Roseburg Police officers responded to a glass breakage alarm at the Ridgeway Market. When officers arrived on … More Info
  • PA: Philadelphia jewelry store worker left bound at cemetery; 1 in …
    4.14.15 – Aiken Standard – The victim had worked at the store for 15 years, but did not know the code to the safe or store alarm, which the captors demanded. She gave them her purse, … More Info
  • PA: Woman charged with harassment
    4.16.15 – Towanda Daily Review – According to state police, the charge was filed against Dollar General after police responded to a commercial burglar alarm going off around 7:28 a.m. on April 9. More Info
  • SC: Conway police searching for suspect who stole $5 in change
    4.16.15 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – … located at Police Department responded to Jamestown Grocery, on Wednesday in reference to an alarm activation, … More Info
  • TX: Burglary suspects in custody after chase through Smith, Wood County
    4.16.15 – KLTV- The Smith County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy nearby heard the alarm at the doughnut shop and saw a black Chevrolet Tahoe pull from the parking lot and … More Info
  • TX: Dallas Police Investigate Another Attempted ATM Theft
    4.15.15 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth – They unplugged the ATM and moved it about 25 feet before the alarm went off. The men left the ATM and fled. In their escape the men tried to crash a blue … More Info
  • TX: Suspects caught breaking in to convenience store in Donna
    4.18.15 -KGBT-TV – Just a few minutes after the break-in, Chapa said police went to check on the property after the alarm was set off. But after they left, the suspects made their way … More Info
  • TX: Surveillance Video Captures Crash, ATM Theft
    4.17.15 -NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth – Store owner Remneek Randhawa said his alarm company called him and then police. When he arrived, he found the glass front door shattered and his ATM … More Info
  • UT: Police blotter
    4.17.15 -UVU Review – April 2- An officer was dispatched to the old Wee Care center. The officer found that the alarm was set off accidentally by construction workers in the building. More Info
  • VT: Police Search for Shooter in Springfield VT
    4.19.15 – My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22 – At around 6 pm Springfield Police responded to an alarm. That’s where authorities found shooting victim Wesley Wing, age 37. More Info
  • VT: Waterbury police and fire activity April 8-15
    4.16.15 – Stowe Today – April 11 at 3:24 a.m., police responded to a security alarm. April 11 at 7:06 a.m., police responded to a security alarm. April 11 at 7:45 p.m., police provided help … More Info
  • WA: Deputies investigate medication thefts at Walgreens
    4.19.15 – Bellingham Herald – The Columbian reports that deputies responded to an alarm at the Walgreens in the Fairgrounds neighborhood at about 5:30 a.m. … More Info

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