Public Safety Updates
- CA: Sacramento police create online registry for business owners …
4.22.20 – Sacramento Bee- The Sacramento Police Department announced a new business registry Tuesday in wake of uptick in business burglaries during the …
- IL: Smoke detector ordinance stalls in City Council
4.25.20 – Chicago Sun Times – The proposal would give Chicago’s oldest residential buildings until Jan. 1, 2023 to install smoke detectors with 10-year batteries ran into a …
- BBB Questions Some SimpliSafe Advertising Claims
4.21.20 – SSI – SimpliSafe’s marketing assertions were examined by a division of the BBB National Programs after certain claims were challenged by ADT.
- TMA Needs Feedback on Revised UL Virtual Workplace Guidelines
4.20.20 – SSI – Industry stakeholders that rely on UL certifications as part of their risk management programs are asked by TMA to review the updated guideline revisions.
- NFPA Forced to Cancel 2020 Conference & Expo in Orlando
4.21.20 – SSI – The association posted a message from Jim Pauley, NFPA president and CEO, on its website to explain its reasoning behind the cancellation.
- The problem with prox cards
4.22.20 – SIW – Why organizations should be looking to migrate to more secure access technologies in light of cloning vulnerabilities
State & National News
- NACo releases new report estimating $144 BILLION impact on county finances
4.17.20 – NACO – The COVID-19 pandemic could have massive budgetary impacts for counties of all sizes. America’s counties could face budgetary impacts as much as $144 billion in lost revenue and increased expenditures through FY2021.
- Ten-digit dialing becomes mandatory within 803 area code on …
4.23.20 – WLTX – Columbia, S.C. – On April 25th, ten digit dialing in the 803 area code will go into effect for all calls. Instead of dialing the seven digit number, …
- ADT employee had access to more than 200 customers’ home …
4.23.20 – Dallas News – Home security company ADT is alerting more than 200 of its customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that their accounts were compromised by a former employee who had unauthorized access to their security systems over the last several years.
- Latest Proposed NFPA 72 Updates Address Definitions, Cybersecurity
4.24.20 – SSI – There are a number of proposed additions to NFPA 72 in regard to area of refuge systems and the notification to responding forces of individuals that may still be within a building.
- News Poll: Coronavirus severely affecting security industry
4.21.20 – SSN – Final results are in for this month’s news poll — one of the most participated in polls Security Systems News has done to date — showing that companies are being severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
- Senate votes to increase funding for ‘Paycheck Protection Program’
4.22.20 – SIW – More than $300B to be pumped into program as part of new coronavirus relief bill
- How to Sell Smart Locks to a Technophobe
4.24.20 – SSI – With the right approach, security dealers can convince technophobic parents and homeowners they can learn to love smart locks.
- How to Protect Remote Workers From Business Email Compromise Attacks
4.23.20 – SSI – Work-from-home employees need to ward against business email compromise (BEC), which is particularly easy to execute and surprisingly hard to detect.
- The Security Integrator’s Guide to Sentrol Sensor Alternatives
4.22.20 – SSI – Tech expert Bob Dolph shares some alternative sources for many of the Sentrol sensors that will no longer be available, as well as application resources.
- Contending With the COVID-19 Crisis: A Security Business Continuity Roundtable
4.21.20 – SSI – In this video/podcast, industry stalwarts provide COVID-19 strategies and guidance to owners, operators and managers of security companies.
- A word of caution on AI
4.24.20 – SIW – Genetec president explains why the security industry need to pump the brakes on so-called AI solutions during virtual tradeshow
Fire & EMS News
- AZ: Fire alarm prompts evacuation of Phoenix airport’s tower
4.24.20 – Phoenix (AP) – A fire alarm prompted the evacuation of the control tower of Phoenix’s main airport and resulted in several flights being delayed or diverted while a regional control center directed the airport’s air traffic for about two hours Friday.
- TX: Smoke detector installed by volunteers may have saved …
4.24.20 – News Break – Abilene, Texas – A smoke detector installed by volunteers may have saved an Abilene man’s life. Wednesday morning, fire destroyed a home in the 1600 …
- CA: Burglar breaks into Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, steals …
4.22.20 – Visalia Times Delta – It’s unclear how much food was taken. It’s unknown if the culprits were caught on surveillance video, which all Visalia high schools have. A …
- CA: Investigation continues into consecutive burglaries …
4.22.20 – Sun Herald – In the early hours of Thursday morning, two area pharmacies were burglarized and the suspects are still at large.
- CA: Woodland police quickly apprehend suspected burglars …
4.21.20 – Woodland Daily Democrat– Woodland police quickly apprehended three people — including one juvenile — on suspicion of breaking into Romey’s Gas Station early Sunday. … Police reported officers responded to an alarm and while en-route, “multiple callers reported subjects had entered and exited the store carrying items.”
- CT: Brewster Man Arrested for Burglary
4.25.20 – Hamlet Hub – Mr. Ramos was transported back to the Putnam County Correctional Facility and he was booked, processed and charged with Burglary in the …
- CT: Enfield Man Arrested In CVS Burglary: Police
4.24.20 – patch.com – Enfield, CT — A man has been arrested in the burglary of a CVS pharmacy in Windsor Locks, according to police. Corey Brackett, 25, …
- FL: Deputies swarm Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven after armed robbery …
4.21.20 – Lehigh Acres, Fla. – Lee County deputies swarmed a 7-Eleven in Lehigh Acres after a robbery early Tuesday morning. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the robber fired shots. A black male was seen running from the scene.
- GA: ACCPD sees increase in commercial break-ins with COVID …
4.21.20 – WGAU – Athens-Clarke County Police say they’ve seen an uptick in commercial burglaries since the outbreak of coronavirus in Athens: the burglars are targeting businesses and restaurants, many of which are closed or operating on reduced hours and with cutbacks in staffing.
- GA: Police investigating burglary at Buckhead jewelry store …
4.24.20 – Buckhead – Police are investigating a burglary at a popular jewelry store in Buckhead. Officers responded to an alarm call around 3 a.m. Friday at Brown & Company Jewelers. Upon arrival, responding officers saw a large hole in the glass window at the front of the store.
- IA: Moline Police investigating armed robbery
4.26.20 – KWQC – Moline Police are investigating an armed robbery which occurred Saturday evening at U-Haul.
- MO: Handguns stolen from business.
4.23.20 – Chillicothe News- Six handguns were stolen from a Chillicothe business in the early morning hours of April 22. According to a press release from the Chillicothe …
- NY: Suspect Nabbed In Burglary At Popular Area Deli/Market …
4.26.20 – dailyvoice.com – A 21-year-old has been apprehended after a burglary at a popular deli and market in the area. It happened on Thursday, April 23 at about 2:50 …
- NY: Troy police charge two in separate store burglaries
4.24.20 – Troy police charged two men with a string on convenience store robberies in the city. Police began a surveillance operations after several stores were robbed that appeared to feature similar characteristics.
- OH: Alleged thief arrested by deputy after alarm activation …
4.24.20 – Senecaville — An attempt by a Bethesda man to steal gasoline and other items from a business early Thursday morning was thwarted by a Guernsey County sheriff’s deputy after the suspect unknowingly activated an alarm at the property near Senecaville.
- OH: TV, Nike shoes reported stolen in Springfield home burglary
4.25.20 – Springfield News – Springfield police are investigating a burglary that was reported last week at a home. Officers were dispatched around 11 …
- PA: Palmyra Police: Woman hid inside CVS store after closing …
4.22.20 – FOX43 – A Lebanon County woman is facing a criminal trespassing charge after Palmyra Police say she hid inside a CVS Pharmacy after it had closed ..
- PA: Reading police arrest 5 in theft of $100,000 worth of medical …
4.20.20 – Reading Eagle – Reading police recovered 22 pounds of medical-grade marijuana worth nearly $100,000 that was stolen from a Reading cannabis-growing …
- SC: Orangeburg County deputies seek pair of suspects in …
4.23.20 – WRDW – The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted break-in at a home in Cordova.
- TX: Troy police charge two in separate store burglaries
4.25.20 – Troy police charge two in separate store burglaries. Troy police charged two men with a string on convenience store robberies in the city. Police began a surveillance operation after several stores were robbed that appeared to feature similar characteristics.
- VA: Group Of Teens Sought In Virginia Square Break-In …
4.21.20 – Arlington, VA – Arlington County Police are looking for a group of teenagers who they say broke into a building in Virginia Square Monday morning and set off an alarm, according to the daily crime report. Around 2:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of N. Stafford St. in response to a burglary alarm.
- VT: Suspect pleads not guilty in Burlington quick stop shooting
4.23.20 – WCAX – A man accused of opening fire at a Burlington convenience store has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
- WI: MPD: Suspect arrested after breaking into tobacco shop …
4.23.20 – Madison, Wis. (WMTV)– Madison police have arrested a suspect who allegedly broke through ceiling tiles to get into tobacco shop over one week ago. Police are tentatively charging Dwayne L. Cooper, 54, after officers arrested him Thursday morning at the Hy-Vee.
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NESA Board of Directors
- President – Chris Russell
- Vice President & – Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Craig Bober
- Secretary – Kathleen Schraufnagel
- Treasurer and Arkansas Security Alarm Assn. Director – Rick Howell
- Past President – Jordon Brown
- Kansas Electronic Security Alliance Director – Vacant
- Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association Director – Dera DeRoche Jolet
- Mississippi Security Association Director – Jack Torrence
- Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Steven Brekel
- Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – John Helweg
- Associate Director – Brian Villari
- False Alarm Reduction Association Director – Kerri McDonald
- Executive Director – Brad Shipp
- Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association Alternate – Amy Fuselier
- Mississippi Security Association Alternate – Shelley Pettit
- Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Jim Emerick
- Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Danna Fowble
- Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Alternate – Kelly Ryan
- False Alarm Reduction Association Alternate – Alicia Vela