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April 25, 2016

About NESA

The National Electronic Security Alliance is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Over the next weeks we will give you short articles about the alliance.

NESA is more cost effective than other national associations. 

How Does NESA Control Costs?

  • NESA is designed to serve the states and does not have the expense of billing or communicating with thousands of individual members.
  • NESA is focused on common issues so the demands on it are focused and limited.
  • NESA does not duplicate state effort; instead it coordinates and amplifies the state’s efforts.
  • To control costs NESA tracks policies and legislation of interest to the members and relies on grassroots efforts of state leaders and members to accomplish its lobbying efforts.
  • NESA does not have employees, but does hire firms to perform legislative and regulatory tracking and administer the association.

Public Safety Updates

  • AL: Permit fee alarming to some
    4.20.16 – Lagniappe – The owner of Bay Chevrolet received a courtesy letter from the Mobile Police Department informing him he needed to purchase a $50 alarm permit following a… More Info
  • BC: Cost for false alarms on the rise
    4.20.16 – Cowichan Valley Citizen – The cost to people and companies for false security and fire alarm calls in the Municipality of North Cowichan has gone up. Council decided at a recent meeting … More Info
  • MD: False fire calls cost resort significant money
    4.21.16 – Ocean City Today- “If, for example, someone burns dinner and the smoke causes the alarm, that’s classified as non-preventable. If someone pulls the alarm, that’s also .. More Info
  • NM: County may mandate business licenses
    4.21.16 – Ruidoso News- Taylor said the county already has an alarm ordinance that requires people to register their alarm systems and pay a fee of $25 annually to cover administration. More Info
  • SC: Fort Mill looks to limit false alarm calls
    4.18.16 – The Herald- The new ordinance is aimed at cutting down on faulty alarm equipment, whether in commercial or residential units. Often new construction can prompt false … More Info

Industry News

  • Protection 1 enhances eSuite data analytics platform
    4.19.16 – Security Systems News – The original eSuite was launched five years ago with the goal of providing “actionable data” such as open/close schedules and reports, details of alarm tests,. More Info
  • Urbana Hotel Shut Down For Fire Code Violations
    4.21.16 – FOX Illinois – The city’s fire chief ordered it be closed and evacuated after finding fire alarms were not in working condition. According to the chief, they’ve known since … More Info
  • Should Alarm Dealers Indemnify Their Suppliers?
    4.22.16 – Security Sales & Integration- Shifting the burden of defending and paying claims through indemnification provisions is not unusual in the alarm industry. By contract, parties can require … More Info
  • Napco Highlights StarLink Universal Alarm Radios at ISC West
    4.22.16 – Security Sales & Integration- Napco spoke with SSI about its StarLink universal alarm radios at ISC West in the video above. Napco’s Dave Sheffey highlighted the StarLink SLE-CDMA and … More Info
  • 3 Easy Steps to Protect IP Cameras From Hackers
    4.21.16 – SSI – Concerned about the network security of your IP camera? Here are three easy steps that are necessary to arm your network against hackers. More Info
  • The golden years of the PERS market
    4.20.16 – SSN – Yarmouth, ME – The users of personal emergency response systems (PERS) are getting younger. They are generally technologically savvy. The technology is getting more advanced. More Info And so monitoring stations, manufacturers and dealers have reasons to believe the golden age of PERS market growth has begun. More Info
  • ESOP is a good idea, industry says
    4.18.16 – SSN – Yarmouth, ME – Integration firms Tech Systems and Pro-Tec Design both implemented Employee Stock Ownership Plans in the last 12 months, and most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said that ESOP is a good plan, benefiting the owners and the employees. More Info
  • DMP dealers can now offer day-to-day monitoring
    4.15.16 – Las Vegas—DMP introduced its new OnDemand Monitoring feature at its April 5 owners’ forum. OnDemand Monitoring enables end users to decide when they want monitoring and when they don’t… More Info
  • The rise of subscription-based security services
    4.22.16 – SIW – Vendors look to capitalize on changing customer preferences… More Info
  • 10 Steps Integrators Should Use to Ensure Manufacturers’ Products are Cyber Secure
    4.25.16 – SSI – More and more security devices are being placed on networks and therefore… More Info

State & National News

  • What I Learned When Burglars Broke Into My Home
    4.21.16 – Realtor.com News – My rental home didn’t have an alarm when I moved in and I never installed one—because “Pfffft, I’m just a renter, that’s not my job.” For eight peaceful months, … More Info
  • Vintage photo: Before cell phones, alarm boxes are used to report …
    4.22.16 – Syracuse.com – A caller uses an alarm box telephone to notify the Fire Department of an emergency. … More Info
  • 10 Digit Phone Numbers Required for Dialing Beginning Saturday …
    4.22.16 – Camel City Dispatch – Some examples are life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call … More Info
  • Maine moves to make landlines extinct
    4.19.16 – Portland Press Herald – A new law makes Maine the first state to end basic phone service mandates in communities where there is competition… More Info
  • Partisan Shifts Possible In Several Statehouses
    4.15.16 – StateNet – This year’s statehouse elections offer opportunity es for both Democrats and Republicans to shift majority control of legislative chambers, according to Tim Storey of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats are eyeing Republican… More Info

Business Tips

  • ‘Recession Is Coming’ Azione Members Told
    4.19.16 – CEPro – Azione Unlimited members get sobering message about U.S. economy from… More Info
  • 7 Unique Ideas to Boost Business, Improve Efficiency
    4.20.16 – CEPro – Azione Unlimited members share business ideas like hosting a top chef at your showroom for an evening to paying employees an additional 50 cents per hour to quit smoking. More Info
  • 10 Ways to Immediately Give Your Website Pizzaz
    4.19.16 – CEPro – Improved photo galleries, adding sound or voiceover to all your videos, creating interactive tools for customers and allowing clients to ‘personalize’ a project or image are just some tips to transform your boring website. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Someone Pulled a Fire Alarm during a Non-PC Documentary at UC …
    4.22.16 – Accuracy in Academia- which explores the stifling political correctness on campus – a fire alarm went off, immediately ending the event, New University reports. Last week’s screening. More Info
  • IL: Jackson County house damaged by early morning fire
    4.21.16 – WSIL TV – The homeowner was awakened by the smoke alarm and made it out safely. Traffic on Old 13 was shut down for a couple of hours while crews put out the flames. More Info
  • NC: Overheated HVAC unit triggers alarm at Loyd Auman Elementary
    4.18.16 – Fayetteville Observer – An overheated air conditioning unit apparently triggered a fire alarm this morning at Loyd Auman Elementary school prompting the evacuation of students. More Info
  • ND: Jamestown Fire Department calls
    4.23.16 – Jamestown Sun – NE, Sanford Health, to a report of a fire alarm. Firefighters checked for smoke/fire; none was detected. Cause: unknown. Fire alarm was reset. Time out: one hour .. More Info
  • PA: Cats blamed for setting off alarm
    4.23.16 – Butler Eagle – Lancaster Twp – A smoke alarm at a residence may have been caused by “mischievous” felines, firefighters said. Around 6:15 p.m. .. More Info
  • PA: Kimmel fire alert disrupts Stravinsky concert
    4.23.16 – Philly.com – Philadelphia Orchestra concertgoers experienced a rare interruption Friday afternoon when a fire alarm in the Kimmel Center sent audience and musicians out … More Info
  • WA: Smoke alarm alerts man house is on fire in Ford, WA
    4.20.16 – Myfoxspokane.com – Fire authorities say smoke detectors likely saved the life of a man in Ford, WA when his home caught fire. Just after 4:30 Wednesday morning, fire crews … More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Firearms worth $10000 stolen from Cabela’s while manager worked …
    4.20.16 – Calgary Herald – Jacques would not comment on whether police found it unusual that the manager was unaware and that the alarm happened to be off at the time, except that … More Info
  • CA: Inland Empire Pharmacies Targeted by Thieves
    4.21.16 – NBC Southern California – Even with the alarm blaring, the man and woman continued to ransack the store for two minutes, the fifth time the owner says the store has been robbed since… More Info
  • CA: Watsonville Burglary Suspects Caught Escaping From Phone Store
    4.19.16 – Patch.com – Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning after officers responded to a burglary alarm at a store in Watsonville, according to police. More Info
  • CO: Cañon City Police Department Blotter: Three arrested for burglary …
    4.19.16 – Canon City Daily Record – Officers responded to a residential alarm. … Officers responded to a report of a burglary alarm. More Info
  • CT: 7-Eleven Clerk Taken Hostage In Connecticut Armed Robbery
    4.22.16 – CBS Local – Police say a clerk triggered a silent alarm at a 7-Eleven just after 2 a.m. on Friday. Responding officers found two men inside the store holding … More Info
  • FL: Bank robbery suspect arrested
    4.19.16 – Highlands Today – On Monday, Sebring police responded to an alarm call where it was suspected that a man fitting the description of the SunTrust robber had entered with the … More Info
  • GA: Albany Police Department charges suspect in Dollar General burglary
    4.21.16 – The Albany Herald – According to APD reports, officers responded to an active burglary alarm on the evening of April 7. Upon arrival, officers discovered the double glass front door of … More Info
  • IL: APD cracks burglary cases
    4.20.16 – Alton Telegraph – She said patrol officers located the suspects after receiving a call and a burglar alarm. Then, effective interviewing by detectives Mike O’Neill and Marcos Pulido … More Info
  • IL: Police book Peoria house fire suspect
    4.23.16 – YourWestValley.com – The homeowner, Dave Bowers, said his house alarm woke him up. He admitted to shooting the intruder after a struggle, after his carpet had been set on fire. More Info
  • IN: Burglarize cut through a gas station wall
    4.20.16 – South Bend Tribune – Mike Kellems said burglars might have been created the hole to avoid tripping an alarm by forcing a door open. The suspect’s presence, however, was detected … More Info
  • LA: Alexandria man accused of burglarizing business
    4.18.16 – Alexandria Town Talk- Alexandria Police Department officers responded at 10:35 p.m. to an alarm activation at a business. The complainant .. More Info
  • MA: Four arrested on gun charges after Worcester gas station held up at …
    4.19.16 – MassLive.com – A clerk at the gas station pressed the “hold up alarm” after a man entered the store, approached the clerk, and began to yell profanities at him. “The customer … More Info
  • MA: Topsfield cop log for April 11-17
    4.21.16 – Wicked Local – 3:55 a.m. Police responded to an alarm activation. Nothing found. 9:00 a.m. Medical aid was provided on Kinsman Lane for an elderly female .. More Info
  • MI: Alarm stalls break-in
    4.18.16 – Traverse City Record Eagle – Someone nearby heard the alarm and called authorities to report they saw someone driving away … “I think the alarm might have spooked them,” Giddis said. More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies make arrest after high …
    4.19.16 – MLive.com – At 4:13 p.m. Deputies Johnson and Rybicki responded to a commercial alarm. At 4:27 p.m. Deputy Rybicki … More Info
  • MN: Readers Write (April 22): North Minneapolis, a war zone? Plus …
    4.21.16 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – The first night in my home, as the sirens went off and my alarm sounded, I cried. What had I done? What had I done to my children? Thinking back, I remember … More Info
  • MS: Officers’ quick response led to burglary suspect caught in the act
    4.19.16 – WTVA – Columbus, Miss. – Police arrive on the scene of a burglary alarm and find the suspect there. On Sunday, April 17, Columbus police officers arrested … More Info
  • MT: Meat burglary at Butte Country Club caught on surveillance video
    4.23.16 – KRTV Great Falls News – … trailer at about 2:37 a.m. on Friday, quickly cutting the lock and getting away with several pounds of prime rib and other items, even though the alarm went off. More Info
  • NC: Charlotte teens cited in break-in at old Land of Oz theme park
    4.20.16 – Charlotte Observer – After breaking the door, they fled from park when a burglar alarm went off. Nothing inside Dorothy’s house – furnished like the one in the classic 1939 “Wizard of … More Info
  • NJ: Bloomfield: Police blotter, April 22
    4.22.16 – NorthJersey.com – Police responded to an alarm, discovering a broken side window with the cash register missing. Officers Georgio Antinori and Jose Alicea located the suspect, … More Info
  • NJ: Juvenile is found in Lodi school after hours
    4.20.16 – NorthJersey.com – On April 14 at 1:40 a.m., the Lodi Police Department was dispatched to the school on the report of an active burglary alarm. When they arrived, Lt. Theresa Grillo .. More Info
  • NJ: NY Man Arrested For Burglarizing Bloomfield Dunkin’ Donuts: Police
    4.23.16 – Patch.com – According to the Bloomfield Police Department, officers responded to an active alarm at the Dunkin’ Donuts on the evening of April 12. At the scene, police found . More Info
  • NY: Clerk, customer held hostage in convenience store overnight
    4.23.16 – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV – Officers were called to the 7-Eleven convenience store at about 2:10 a.m. after the clerk set off the panic alarm. An officer patrolling in the area … More Info
  • OH: Investigators looking into suspicious fire at southeast Columbus auto …
    4.21.16 – ABC6OnYourSide.com – One of the business owners told ABC 6/FOX 28 their security alarm went off early this morning, about two hours before the fire broke out. More Info
  • OK: Police Search For Getaway Driver In Cushing Pharmacy Burglary
    4.18.16 – news9.com KWTV – Police arrived and cleared the scene after the burglary alarm sounded, but the suspects were already gone. But investigators said they were picked up the next … More Info
  • PA: Burglary suspect bitten by police K-9 to stand trial
    4.20.16 – WPXI Pittsburgh – Police responded to the burglar alarm and said Gandy was seen removing a piece of plywood from a first-floor window of the store. He then jumped through it … More Info
  • PA: Local man admits holding up liquor store
    4.18.16 – Sharonherald – Wilcox also threatened to kill another employee if she pressed the alarm button, Wenger said. Wilcox could be imprisoned for up to 20 years when he is … More Info
  • PA: Man sought in South Side business burglary
    4.22.16 – New Castle News – According to a police report, the store’s burglar alarm sounded when the front glass door window was shattered by a chunk of concrete. A store employee told … More Info
  • QC: Montreal demands $1.5M in damages from security guards and their …
    4.19.16 – CBC.ca – A few minutes later, at 5:22 p.m., an intrusion alarm linked to a window in the daycare sounded. However, the city says, rather than go back to see what triggered … More Info
  • SD: Alarm Company Helps Police Catch Walgreens Burglary Suspect
    4.18.16 – KDLT News – Police say they were contacted by the alarm company regarding a break-in at the Walgreens just after 6 a.m. They say an officer … More Info
  • SD: Suspect Arrested In Sioux Falls On A Repeat Burglary Offense
    4.21.16 – KDLT News – Authorities said Stark entered an unlocked door which tripped an alarm alerting the homeowner. Stark did not steal anything from this garage, but was found with …More Info
  • TN: Alleged burglar tracked down by K-9
    4.18.16 – WBBJ-TV- I just happened to be in the area, and I heard the alarm call come out over the city net and I thought, ‘well, I’m close. I’ll just give them assistance,’” Henry County … More Info
  • TN: Overnight burglary at Coffman’s Home Furnishings
    4.22.16 – Jackson Sun – Jackson police responded to a burglary alarm at Coffman’s Home Furnishings early Friday morning. According to Lt. David Demoss, the alarm call sounded … More Info
  • TN: Property crime, burglary down in Shelby County
    4.21.16 – wreg.com – His home is one of many on his street displaying an alarm sign. He has cameras, too. Prior to this he was a break-in victim. “It was 5:30 in the morning, and the … More Info
  • TN: Restaurant burglar caught on camera
    4.21.16 – wreg.com – “Ten minutes later and the alarm system call me again,” she said. This time he broke through a window, again only getting away with change. Perez said it’s cost … More Info
  • TX: Deer busts through window of Houston business, capture live …
    4.21.16 – UPI.com – The deer crashed through a picture window at the Connect One Alarm Company Wednesday evening in west Houston and the business shared photos on … More Info
  • TX: Round Rock Man Sues Police For Fatally Shooting His Dog
    4.18.16 – Patch.com – Round Rock – A local man is suing three Round Rock police officers for shooting his dog, Bullet, dead as they entered his home responding to an alarm…More Info
  • TX: San Antonio sailor accused of aiming gun at deputies
    4.19.16 – NavyTimes.com – The deputies, who were responding to a burglary alarm, announced their presence at his front door. That’s when Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class . More Info
  • TX: Suspected burglar caught on camera stealing from Auto Zone
    4.21.16 – KHOU.com – According to the Houston Police Department, officers received an alarm call at midnight early Thursday from an alarm company about someone breaking into an … More Info
  • VA: Suspect on the run after breaking into Moody Middle
    4.21.16 – WWBT NBC12 News – Police say the alarm went off at the middle school around 12:15 a.m. When they arrived, they found one of the doors had been pried open and a lock on another … More Info
  • VT: American Legion in Orleans broken into Saturday morning
    4.23.16 – Newport Dispatch News – A witness told police that they saw a gold colored SUV leave the scene shortly after the alarm was activated. Police are asking anyone with information about … More Info
  • WI: SPASH police response was due to false alarm
    4.19.16 – WSAW- Stevens Point, Wis. – Stevens Point Police Department Assistant Police Chief Tony Babl tells NewsChannel their response to Stevens Point Area … More Info
  • WV: Police: Armed robber fired shot over clerk’s head
    4.20.16 – Charleston Gazette-Mail – A clerk sounded an alarm signaling 7-Eleven was being held up just before 11 p.m, said Sgt. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha … More Info

The National Monitor is a service of the National Electronic Security Alliance (NESA). Member states are free to reproduce the information contained herein in print or electronic media as they see fit. Contact NESA for more information at 301.519.9237 or bradshipp@4yoursolution.com

NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Five state associations are part of NESA – Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA) and Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA). For more info visit www.nesaus.org.

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