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April 27, 2015

Association Events

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

Door to Door Sales

  • Deputies warn of possible security service scam in Berkeley County
    4.25.15 – Live 5 News – “Some guy in a white, four-door car came up, parked across the street, stating that our alarm system had a low battery,” said Shannon Barentine, who lives in … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • NV: Master fee schedule approved
    4.22.15 – Desert Dispatch – Alarm renewal/change fee of $10. • Harvey House fees. • City’s film office will implement an encroachment permit of $85, a rider to an existing film permit at $125 … More Info
  • TX: City waives alarm fees for domestic violence victims
    4.20.15 – mySanAntonio.com – Warrick filed the Council Consideration Request (CCR) on January 22, aiming to waive the $40 permit fee that comes with the installation of an alarm … More Info
  • WV: W. Va. county sheriff’s office changing alarm response due to false …
    4.20.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – “Last month, we had 248 alarm activations that the sheriff’s office was dispatched to,” Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said. “Of the 248 alarms for the month … More Info

Industry News

  • Dual-sensor smoke alarms can save lives
    4.20.15 – WRAL.com – Bernie Deitrick, who tests smoke alarms for Consumer Reports, pointed out that … Reports recommends a dual-sensor smoke alarm and a separate CO alarm. More Info
  • Woman’s sense of security diminished upon discovery that alarm …
    4.20.15 – fox4kc.com – Kansas City, MO – An elderly woman always felt safe in her home, knowing her alarm system would sound an alert should something go wrong. That was … More Info
  • Shopping around for a home security system
    4.20.15 – WJXT Jacksonville – A burglary occurs every 15 seconds! That has many of us installing home alarm systems at an alarming rate, but how do you know which one is right for you? More Info
  • Many Homes Without Inside Fire Warning Protection
    4.20.15 – WXPR – 40 percent of people had lived in a home with no smoke alarm and 20 percent have disabled a smoke alarm because of nuisance beeping or flashing lights. More Info
  • Tyco demonstrates Connected Home at ISC West 2015
    4.20.15 – SourceSecurity.com – Uniquely based on the Android operating system and integrated with Alarm.com, DSCTouch employs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Z-Wave technology, built-in radios for … More Info
  • CEA Study Reveals Sharp Rise in Home Technology Deployment by Builders
    4.22.15 – CEPro – More than 80% of homebuilders now offer structured wiring, home theater and monitored security systems in their new homes. Nearly half of all new homes (49%) built in 2014 included structured wiring. Builders cite increased profit potential as key driver. More Info
  • The Great ISC West 2015 Roundup
    4.22.15 – SSN – Las Vegas – Was it the biggest ISC West since 2007? That’s what the editors of Security Systems News heard. Noticeable 2015 trends were: more 4K cameras, cybersecurity concerns, home automation everywhere and an interest in form as well as function. More Info
  • Law enforcement association defines verified alarms
    4.22.15 – SSN – Galveston, Texas—Steve Walker, president of the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response, called the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s definition of the term “verified alarm” a big step for future conversations on alarm verification. More Info
  • Will video analytics experience a renaissance?
    4.24.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – New enhancements, functionality may make the technology a viable option again… More Info
  • Smart home innovations at ISC West
    4.17.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – A look at some of the products and announcements from the show floor… More Info

Legislative News

·        Bill Text ·        Brief Description and Current Status


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: 04/21/2015 : Set for hearing April 28. COMM. LOCATION : SEN JUDICIARY HEARING DATE : 04/28/2015
History CASB00177




Chapter 148 of the General Laws By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1249) of Kenneth J. Donnelly and Robert F. Fennell for legislation relative to the installation of approved smoke detectors in certain residential buildings and structures. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Status: 4/15/2015 : House – House concurred
History MASB01249




An Act relating to professions and occupations; Professions and occupations; Alarm and Locksmith Industry Act; modifying short title; modifying definition; effective date.
Status: 04/21/2015 : Sent to Governor
History OKHB01067




Relating to municipal regulation of the use of alarm systems and camera systems; authorizing a municipal fee.
Status: 04/21/2015 : H Reported favorably as substituted
History TXHB02162



State & National News

  • Maine bill would prevent employers from checking job-seekers’ credit histories
    4.21.15 – Associated Press – Rep. Scott Hamann, whose proposal will be examined by a legislative committee Wednesday, says credit checks often creates a “catch-22” because it prevents people who’ve struggled financially in the past from getting the job they need to improve their credit standing. NCSL research cited. More Info
  • FCC Chairman Wheeler Hints at Longterm Net Neutrality Plan at NAB
    4.20.15 – Commercial Integrator – Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, spoke of his background in broadcast and the upcoming Incentive Auction at the 2015 NAB Show. More Info

Business Tips

  • Reasons Workers Avoid Security Policies
    3.17.15 – CIOInsight – A recent survey revealed that one-fifth of employees violate their company’s compliance and security policies simply to get their jobs done. More Info
  • Workers Want Ethics and Transparency From Management
    4.21.15 – Baseline – A cross-section of employees who were recently surveyed rank a strong sense of ethics, honesty and transparency as the top qualities they want from their company’s management. More Info
  • Work-Life ‘Unbalance’: Employees Put in Longer Hours
    4.23.15 – Baseline – Professionals continue to work longer hours–50 hours a week or more–and many continue working after they leave the office, responding to emails before going to bed and after getting up in the morning. More Info
  • Simple Tips on How to Become a Better Leader
    2.19.15 – CIOInsight – As a leader, it’s important to contribute your input as decisions are being made, and it’s equally important to stick by those decisions. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Tempe Police: Man with meth pulls fire alarm while wearing only …
    4.20.15 – The State Press – Officers were called to the scene after a fire alarm was pulled at a motel, although there was no immediate threat or emergency, police reported. When officers … More Info
  • CO: Sterling Fire Department respond to tractor trailer fire
    4.21.15 – Journal Advocate – At 10:31 p.m. Sterling Fire Department units responded for an activated fire alarm at Dowis Hall. Upon arrival, incident command was … More Info
  • NY: Cleaning machine sets off fire alarm in Capen Hall
    4.22.15 -University at Buffalo The Spectrum – Fire alarms sounded off in Capen last week as well due to dust from work being done on Norton Hall. Capen, Norton and Talbert Hall all share the same alarm … More Info
  • NY: Food in microwave sets off Broadway fire alarm
    4.22.15 -Elmira Star-Gazette – A food item that exploded in a microwave oven set off a fire alarm Wednesday afternoon at Broadway Academy in Elmira, the Elmira school district reported. More Info
  • TN: Alarm credited with saving Loy’s life
    4.21.15 – The Standard Banner – “I was sound asleep when the smoke alarm went off,” said Loy, who was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. “I sat up and the smoke was so thick I couldn’t … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Shed light on a darkly-lit burglary
    4.22.15 – WAFF – One of the first things he did was set off the alarm.You can’t hear it on the surveillance video, but when that alarm went off the two crooks couldn’t get out of there … More Info
  • CA: Kern County Sheriff’s activity for April 23
    4.24.15 – Mount Shasta Herald – 5:15 am, deputies responded to an alarm activation. 9:19 am, deputies responded to report of a peace disturbance in … More Info
  • CA: Man accused of recent Tanger Outlet burglaries
    4.22.15 – Desert Dispatch – Barstow police arrested Victor Roman Valencia, 18, early Monday morning after responding to a burglar alarm at Fossil at approximately 9:22 p.m. Sunday. More Info
  • CA: Natomas Cops Log – April 22, 2015
    4.23.15 – Natomas Buzz – Officers responded to the residence regarding a report of a ringing alarm. Officers determined that forced entry had been made to the home with property taken. More Info
  • CA: Police catch Milpitas High burglary suspects with school equipment
    4.22.15 – San Jose Mercury News – On April 16 at about 5:08 a.m., Milpitas police officers responded to the high school when an alarm activated. Officers confronted two … More Info
  • CA: Robbers Use Sledgehammer to Smash Way Into Jewelry Store
    4.23.15 – NBC Southern California – … a La Verne Police Department spokesman said. Police arrived just three minutes after the alarm was tripped, but the raiders had already left the scene. More Info
  • CA: Smoke bomb caused false fire alarm in vape store burglary
    4.21.15 – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – Burglars that looted a vape store in Stevenson Ranch a week ago detonated a smoke grenade inside the store in an effort to obscure video camera surveillance … More Info
  • CA: Ukiah PG&E office burglarized
    4.24.15 – Ukiah Daily Journal – At 1:50 a.m. April 15, MCSO deputies were dispatched to the office because the burglary alarm had been set off. More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to commercial burglar alarm, suspicious incident
    4.21.15 – Journal Advocate – A deputy was dispatched in reference to a commercial burglar alarm. Upon arrival the building was checked and everything was … More Info
  • FL: 2 suspects captured after robbery at Panama City bank
    4.22.15 – The News Herald – Shortly before 10:30 a.m., PCPD received a call reporting a robbery alarm had been activated at Centennial Bank. According to police, dispatchers contacted a … More Info
  • FL: Body camera records deputy shooting Pasco resident’s dog
    4.22.15 – FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV – A Dade City dog owner is furious after a Pasco County deputy opened fire on her dog, killing it, while responding to a burglar alarm call. The incident happened … More Info
  • FL: Sheriff: Pasco deputy shoots, kills attacking dog
    4.23.15 – TBO.com – San Antonio – A Pasco sheriff’s deputy had no choice but to shoot to death an attacking Rottweiler while responding to a residential alarm complaint last … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Suspicious Person Seen Wearing Burger King Crown
    4.23.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Arrest – Keith Avery was arrested … More Info
  • IA: Waterloo police arrest three men after fight, shots fired
    4.20.15 – KCRG – According to a release from the Waterloo Police Department, officers responded to Prime Mart after an emergency alarm went off. Police on … More Info
  • IL: Alarm scares off burglars from Magnificent Mile boutique
    4.26.15 – Chicago Sun-Times – A group of would-be bandits gave up their attempted heist after tripping a burglary alarm early Sunday on the Magnificent Mile. More Info
  • IL: Suspect sought in liquor store break-in
    4.20.15 – IllinoisHomePage.net – A few minutes later, the white suspect returned to the business and broke out the front glass door. He entered the store and fled after activating the alarm system. More Info
  • IN: Elkhart men arrested in 7-Eleven robbery
    4.24.15 – WSBT-TV – On Thursday April 23, 2015 at 2:17 AM officers were dispatched, 7-Eleven, in regards to a hold up alarm, which was found to be a … More Info
  • KS: Police and ATF seek men who stole guns from Olathe gun store
    4.20.15 – fox4kc.com – On Monday, April 6, at about 3 a.m., police responded to a business alarm at OMB Guns and found the business front door had been shattered and firearms … More Info
  • KY: Johnson County deputy escapes when tree falls on cruiser
    4.21.15 – WKYT – Johnson County, Kentucky – Deputy Richard Salyer was responding to a house alarm in the Flat Gap community Monday afternoon when his drive back … More Info
  • MA: Chicopee police find marijuana grow room while responding to alarm
    4.21.15 – MassLive.com – Police, responding to an alarm at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, entered the home and detected a strong odor of marijuana. After checking the residence they found … More Info
  • MA: Man gets probation in thefts of neon signs, cash from Westfield bars
    4.22.15 – MassLive.com – When the alarm went off, the Champiney reportedly cut the wire to the security system and proceeded to search the bar for items to steal. Champiney allegedly … More Info
  • MI: Bank Robbery Suspects Caught After Police Chase On I-94
    4.20.15 – CBS Local – “Our deputies were converging on the location in response to the alarm,” Michalke said. “One of our deputies located the vehicle as it was getting on westbound … More Info
  • MN: Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot attacking Rottweiler while responding to …
    4.24.15 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – San Antonio, FL – A Florida sheriff says a deputy had no choice but to shoot a Rottweiler that ran at him while he was responding to an alarm at a home … More Info
  • MO: Burglars hit two student homes, steal electronics and car
    4.20.15 – ABC17News.com – They checked their alarm system and found the burglars entered their home just before one a.m.. “Since then, it’s been so scary, you know, going to sleep and … More Info
  • MO: Holt Summit police looking for break-in suspect
    4.21.15 – ABC17News.com – Officers were dispatched to the scene when an alarm went off at the business Tuesday at 2:54 a.m., discovering glass in front of the door of the business was … More Info
  • NC: Men charged with Williamston robbery, pawn shop break-in
    4.24.15 – WITN – Police say the two came into the business through the roof after setting off the alarm. The two are also facing armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Beaufort … More Info
  • NJ: Flat tire, sand trap part of teen crime spree
    4.21.15 – Asbury Park Press – Shortly afterward, police answered a burglary alarm at Ray’s New York Pizza, less than a mile from the Wawa. More Info
  • NJ: Stafford Police Arrest Two Barnegat Light Youths After ‘All-Night …
    4.21.15 – Patch.com – Police then responded to a burglary alarm at Ray’s New York Pizza on Millcreek Road, where they determined that someone broke into the business and took … More Info
  • NJ: Teens stole 2 cars, burglarized business during crime spree …
    4.21.15 – NJ.com – A burglary alarm went off a short time later at Ray’s New York Pizza, where they had forced entry and removed merchandise, police said. More Info
  • OH: House damaged when intruder detaches hose
    4.22.15 – ThisWeekNews – Deputies responded to a burglary alarm between 2:15 and 2:30 a.m. March 30, according to sheriff’s … More Info
  • OH: Man charged in Pen Argyl municipal building break-in
    4.21.15 – lehighvalleylive.com – Police said he ran off after an alarm was triggered. Feller was arraigned before District Judge Douglas Schlegel and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.22.15 – Circleville Herald – Activated residential alarm coming from a garage. Officer advised everything checked okay. Contact was made with a neighbor who advised he … More Info
  • OH: Two youths arrested in Welland break-ins
    4.26.15 – News Talk 610 CKTB – Police responded to an alarm call at Father Fogerty Learning Centre on … A short time after the initial alarm call, police responded to another alarm call at …More Info
  • PA: $3000 taken from Duquesne VFW in possible inside job
    4.20.15 – Tribune-Review – “Someone had to have the keys and the alarm system,” Salvador said. “The bartender left at about 1 a.m. An alarm code was used at about 4:30 in the morning.”. More Info
  • SC: Deputies seek Murrells Inlet liquor store thief, officials say
    4.20.15 – WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC – At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Friday, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an alarm call at the Murrells Inlet Liquors… More Info
  • SC: Georgetown authorities searching for liquor store burglary suspect
    4.21.15 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called about 3 a.m. April 17 when an alarm went off at Murrells Inlet Liquors. When deputies … More Info
  • SC: HCPD arrest armed robbery suspect, injured store clerk’s condition …
    4.22.15 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – Police responded about 2:16 a.m. Wednesday to the Scotchman convenience store, after getting a hold panic alarm from the store location, … More Info
  • SC: Horry County police charge intoxicated man with burglary, four …
    4.24.15 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – Officers responded to an alarm at 1st Capital Title Loans around 12:15 a.m. Friday where Gartner allegedly broke into the … More Info
  • TN: 65 Chattanooga burglaries in 10 days; how people can protect …
    4.20.15 – WRCB-TV – After the break-in Carmichael and her family installed an alarm system. “It won’t happen again I can tell you that,” Carmichael said. Carmichael says she’s going … More Info
  • TN: Charges filed in brash ATM vandalism, theft try
    4.21.15 – Knoxville News Sentinel – The truck was used to ram the Y-12 Federal Credit Union ATM after Wallace and his cohort dismantled the ATM’s alarm, according to an arrest warrant. More Info
  • TX: Alarm at George HW Bush home broken for 13 months
    4.23.15 – KAGS News – Washington (AP) – A government watchdog says a security alarm at the Texas home of former President George H.W. Bush was broken for at least 13 months … More Info
  • TX: Amarillo Police Arrest 2 After Saturday Morning Burglary at United …
    4.20.15 – MyHighPlains – The alarm was indicating the burglary was taking place at the fuel island. As officers were responding police received a description of the vehicle and one officer … More Info
  • TX: Assault-type rifles stolen from Brazoria County gun store
    4.24.15 – KTRK-TV – Detectives responded to an alarm call at about 3am at Pride Arms Guns and Ammo. Upon arrival, they found a portion of the front window broken. Looking at … More Info
  • TX: Warrant: Suspect wanted to confront shooting victims about …
    4.20.15 – LubbockOnline.com – Officer Jarod Bryant said the home’s alarm system was activated when the rear door was forced open. He believes the shooter knew the alarm code and … More Info
  • VA: Vienna Police: Resident Reports ‘Suspicious Man’ on W&OD Trail
    4.25.15 – Patch.com – Open Door April 16 1:50 p.m. An alarm company reported a residential alarm had been activated. Officer Tremont .. More Info
  • WA: Police Beat – April 20, 2015
    4.20.15 – Woodinville Northwest News-Officers responded to an audible business alarm and arrived to find the front window smashed out with the unknown suspect(s) gone. A K-9 unit responded to … More Info
  • WI: Crime Stoppers: Portage Co. burglary
    4.22.15 – MyFox Wausau – When the alarm went off they ran off,” Portage Co. Sheriff Mike Lukas said. Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who may have information to call the toll-free … More Info

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NESA Board of Directors

  • President – Jordon Brown
  • Vice President & Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director- Chris Russell
  • Secretary- Kathleen Schraufnagel
  • Treasurer and Arkansas Security Alarm Assn. Director – Rick Howell
  • Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director- Craig Bober
  • Past President –Rex Adams
  • Kansas Electronic Security Alliance Director – Vacant
  • Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director- Rick Spring
  • Associate Director- Dean Coburn
  • Executive Director- Brad Shipp
  • Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate- Brian Shrake
  • Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate- Danna Fowble
  • Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate- Chip Bird