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NationalMonitor April 28, 2014

Association Events

  • NTAA Golf Thursday May 8, 2014 from 12 to 6 PM – Golf Homepage
  • CTC – Bowling Tournament May 21st 2014- 2:30 – 4:30pm Highland Lanes, Austin, TX- REGISTER HERE

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • NC: New fees, layoffs may close $5 million Greensboro budget gap 4.23.14 – Greensboro News & Record – The police department recommended increasing the fines when officers have to respond to a false alarm and a new $25 annual fee for owners to register their … More Info

Industry News

  • Residential intrusion market poised for strong growth amid ... 4.21.14 – SecurityInfoWatch – IHS is predicting strong growth in the residential intrusion alarm market market over the next couple of years amid increased competition, including from the likes … More Info
  • Learn the ABCs of DACs 4.21.14 – CEPro- What’s a DAC and why do you need one? Take a peek at this popular audio product category. More Info
  • ASG buys in Louisiana, Florida 4.23.14 – Security Systems News – Beltsville, Md.—Bolstering its platforms in Louisiana and Florida, super-regional security company ASG on April 22 announced two acquisitions, one in each state. Which companies did ASG acquire and why is the company so pleased with its Q1 results? More Info
  • Guardian Alarm acquires in Ohio 4.23.14 – Security Systems News – Southfield, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a super-regional based here, has strengthened its Ohio presence by acquiring a longtime security company in the Cleveland market, according to Guardian President David Goldstein. Which company did Guardian buy and why does Goldstein say that the employees Guardian gained in the deal are as valuable as the accounts it acquired? More Info
  • Intrusion detection challenges: Reducing false alarms with … 4.23.14 – SourceSecurity.com – Highly sensitive devices can cause too many false alarms, while devices with insufficient sensitivity are easily defeated by sophisticated intruders. Innovations in … More Info
  • Smoke alarms show little progress since WISN 12 investigation 4.24.14 – WISN 12 Milwaukee – Ten years ago, WISN 12 News alerted officials that children may not wake to the sound of a smoke alarm. WISN 12 News reporter Kent Wainscott checked on what has changed since then. More Info
  • AT&T’s Digital Life to sound the alarm in 7 new markets 4.25.14 – Communications, Engineering & Design Magazine – Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” is available in seven new markets. The latest launches coincided with … More Info
  • 14 Classic Rookie Home Theater Mistakes to Avoid 4.16.14 – EH -Home audio/video projects can be complicated. Here are some mistakes pros see all the time. More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • Good Housekeeping is Good Business: 5 Steps to a Safer Worksite 4.9.14 – OHS- Year after year, the leading cause of accidents and injuries in the workplace is slips, trips, and falls (STFs). The U.S. Department of Labor reports that STFs account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatalities. In addition, DOL statistics show that STFs were responsible for more than 308,000 non-fatal workplace injuries in 2012, the most recent data available… More Info
  • Oklahoma House sends tax cut bill to governor 4.24.14 – The Oklahoman – A bill that would cut Oklahoma’s top income tax rate by 0.25 percent was approved by the state House of Representatives on Wednesday and is on its way to the governor. More Info

Business Tips

  • What Customers Do When They Get Bad Service 4.17.14 – Baseline – When consumers get bad service, they tell family and friends, talk to the vendor directly, post a complaint on the firm’s Website, post a review on a social network or complain on a third-party site. More Info
  • Big Data Plays a Big Role in Fraud Detection 4.21.14 – Baseline – With the growing number of fraud incidents posing major threats to business, more executives are realizing that big data analytics can greatly improve their detection and prevention efforts. More Info

Fire News

  • MO: Smoke alarm alerts families to KC apartment fire 4.22.14 – KMBC Kansas City – An apartment fire in northeast Kansas City forced seven people out of their homes, but residents credit a smoke alarm with making sure everyone got out in time. More Info
  • NH: Smoke Alarm Warns West Windsor Family in Time 4.27.14 – Valley News – Hartland Fire Asst. Chief Scott Bowers, right, pulls insulation from a home in West Windsor, Vt., as fire fighters from multiple stations worked inside and outside the structure to keep a fire under control on April 26, 2014. Homeowner Leah Abrahamson was at home with her daughter when the fire started, “but the smoke alarm worked,” Abrahamson said, and they got out safely. More Info
  • TX: Fire confirmed inside elementary school classroom in Edinburg 4.24.14  KGBT-TV – Somebody at the school pulled a fire alarm prompting an evacuation. Firefighters reported that the fire was already out when they got there but fanned out the … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Armed robbery at Chico bank; Suspect linked to three robberies in Northern California 4.26.14 – Oroville Mercury-Register –  Chico – A man who authorities are calling the “Man Bag Bandit” has allegedly robbed three Northern California banks, including the Rabobank. More Info
  • CA: Belmont: Walgreens thieves steal thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes 4.23.14 – Contra Costa Times – Police are searching for a pair of burglary suspects who stole nearly $6,000 worth of cigarettes from a Belmont Walgreens Friday. More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspect arrested at Valley Republic Bank offices 4.22.14 – Bakersfield Now – Officers were called to the business for a report of a burglar alarm. Officers found a smashed window on the second floor, and they found … More Info
  • CA: Pair arrested in smoke shop burglary 4.24.14 – KGET 17 Bakersfield – Bakersfield, CA — Two Bakersfield men have been arrested in connection with a break-in at a tobacco store in southwest Bakersfield, police said Wednesday. Mickey Pulley and Chaves Stills, both 26, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy and resisting arrest, according to Sgt. Joe Grubbs, public information officer for the Bakersfield Police Department … More Info
  • CA: Sheriff’s seeking information on truck stop burglars 4.26.14 – The Hanford Sentinel – Hanford — The Kings County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspects responsible in stealing $9,000 worth of cigarettes at a local truck stop last week. More Info
  • CO: Electronics stolen in break-in at Toys R Us 4.22.14 – UpNorthLive.com – An alarm alerted deputies to the break-in. Electronics were stolen from the store. Between the damage to the window as well as a display case inside, the … More Info
  • CO: Police Dog Helps With Search For Dispensary Break-In Suspects 4.25.14 – KKTV 11 Colorado Springs – Two men have been detained in possible connection to an earlier marijuana dispensary break-in overnight, thanks in part to the efforts of a police canine. More Info
  • FL: Business burglary suspect caught on camera removing window 4.25.14 – WINK TV Southwest Florida – Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who broke into a Lehigh Acres business earlier this week. More Info
  • FL: Davie cellphone store burglars flee without the goods 4.24.14 – Sun-Sentinel – Police officers responding to the alarm found a white pickup truck, its engine still running, on Southwest 78th Avenue behind the strip mall… More Info
  • IA: Burglar steals jewelry in Waterloo store burglary – ABC5 News Des Moines, IA 4.21.14 – WOI-TV Des Moines – Waterloo, Iowa (AP) – Waterloo police are investigating the theft of jewelry worth thousands of dollars from a Kmart store. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the jewelry was stolen during a break-in around 11 p.m. Thursday, while the store was closed. More Info
  • ID: Police searching for pharmacy burglary suspect 4.23.14 – KIVI Boise – Boise Police are searching for a man who they said robbed a west Boise pharmacy More Info
  • ID: Three Idaho pharmacies robbed in last week 4.27.14 – KBOI-TV Boise – The Idaho State Journal reports that police did not release any information on the robberies until after being contacted by the newspaper. More Info
  • LA: 2 Juvenile Accused of a Carjacking and a Burglary 4.21.14 – KATC 3 Lafayette – Two juveniles are in police custody accused of breaking into a Broussard business and stealing multiple guns. According to police, early Sunday morning, Broussard Police responded to an alarm call at Railside Feed on Albertson Pkwy. Officers discovered the business was burglarized and several guns were stolen. Investigators began collecting evidence and video from the location to identify the … More Info
  • LA: Juveniles charged in Broussard gun theft 4.22.14 – The Daily Advertiser – alarm at Railside Feed discovered the business had been broken into and several guns were stolen, Decou said. Around 11 a.m. Monday … More Info
  • LA: Police arrest Railside Feed burglary suspects 4.21.14 – KLFY Lafayette – Broussard police responded to an alarm call at Railside Feed on Albertson Pkwy on Sunday. More Info
  • MA: Attempted Break-in Reported on Cabot Street 4.24.14 – Patch.com – At 7:14 p.m., police responded to an alarm. At 8:00 p.m., police responded to a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident. More Info
  • MI: Battle Creek Burglary Suspects Picked Up In Portage 4.27.14 – FOX 17 Grand Rapids – Battle Creek, Mich. (April 26, 2014)- Four men are currently in the Calhoun County Jail after being arrested in connection to a break-in at a Sprint Store in Battle Creek. According to the Battle Creek Police Department, a burglary alarm …More Info
  • MI: Thieves steal electronics from Flint home in three minutes despite activated alarm, police say 4.24.14 – The Flint Journal – Within minutes of leaving home Thursday afternoon, a Flint woman returned to find electronics missing from an upstairs bedroom. More Info
  • MS: Deputies seek cash register thieves 4.27.14 – The Vicksburg Post – Warren County Sheriff’s deputies were searching Saturday for a pair of burglars who stole a cash register from a grocery store. More Info
  • MS: Pawn Shop Burglary 4.23.14 – WHLT22 – “I got a phone call from our security system, saying that our alarm was going off,” Judy Mclain, Owner of Money Man Pawn said. Hattiesburg Police arrived and … More Info
  • MT: Man accused of burglarizing Missoula church 4.24.14 – KBZK Bozeman – Missoula – Authorities have arrested a man who they say was responsible for burglarizing a South Avenue church. More Info
  • MT: Man charged with stealing safe from casino, disabling alarm system 4.24.14 – Billings Gazette – A 46-year-old man who prosecutors said stole a safe from a casino was charged on Wednesday. More Info
  • NC: Pharmacy employees hid drugs from suspected thief 4.25.14 – WSOC-TV Charlotte – Following a break-in at his pharmacy in Lancaster, Vic Patel made sure his workers took a few extra steps in case the thief came back.   “We put some of the bottles in with other merchandise, not where they’re usually kept,” Patel said.   Police said that thief did come back Thursday night.  A glass pane in the front door was again smashed at Lancaster Pharmacy on, but this time … More Info
  • NE: Teen gets jail time for break-ins 4.21.14 – Lincoln Journal Star – On Oct. 17, an early morning alarm sent Lincoln police to HobbyTown USA where they found the front glass door shattered and, soon after, … More Info
  • NH: Jewelry taken from Laconia antiques store during break-in 4.24.14 – WMUR Manchester – An alarm at the Laconia Antique Center went off at about 3:10 a.m. Thursday. Police said someone broke a glass door to get in, then broke into two glass display … More Info
  • OH: Cops catch Girard bank robber 4.27.14 – The Youngstown Vindicator  – Asks for bus aschedule at hot dog shop… More Info
  • OH: Man tries to rob Cleveland Heights auto parts store at gunpoint, flees after alarm sounds 4.23.14 – The Sun Press – A man tried to rob the Auto Zone store at gunpoint last week but fled after an employee ran out of an emergency exit, sounding an alarm, reports say. More Info
  • OH: Police say four teenagers were drinking and smoking marijuana … 4.25.14 – The Plain Dealer – Burglary, Center Ridge Road: At 3:41 a.m. April 15, an alarm was tripped at a Westlake tavern and when police arrived, they found a rear door was broken and … More Info
  • OR: Report of robbery in progress sends police to student film project 4.26.14 – KVAL Eugene – Police and sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a robbery in progress Friday that turned out to be a student film project. More Info
  • PA: Bryn Mawr burglar reported Wednesday evening 4.23.14 – Main Line Times – Lower Merion police report a home on was burglarized Wednesday evening. Police officers responding to an alarm activation at approximately 9 p.m. found forced entry to the home. More Info
  • PA: Eateries burglarized 4.24.14 – South Philly Review – Three food establishments parted with cash Tuesday in a serial burglary. At 3:15 a.m., authorities responded to an alarm at Le Virtu and found an empty cash register on the site’s block. Someone had forced open the front door lock and taken $100. Officers reported to… More Info
  • SC: Police: Locked door foils bandana-clad would-be robbers’ attempt 4.21.14 – WHNS Greenville – Police said an employee at the Check Into Cash store hit their alarm button about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when she though two men may try to … More Info
  • SD: Man breaks into bar just to get a drink 4.25.14 – Rapid City Journal – A man broke into Murphy’s Pub and Grill early Friday morning apparently just to have a drink, according to the Rapid City Police Department. More Info
  • SD: Police arrest man for Deadwood library break-in 4.25.14 – Rapid City Journal – Deadwood | Police arrested a 51-year-old man Thursday night in connection with a break-in at the Deadwood Public Library early Wednesday. More Info
  • TN: Woman who attempted to rob Bluefield bank at gunpoint captured in … 4.24.14 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph – The bank teller, who was attempting to comply with the orders, dropped some change in the floor and hit a panic alarm button as she bent over to pick up the … More Info
  • TX: Burglars split after triggering alarm at northwest Houston deli 4.21.14 – KHOU 11 Houston – Houston – Some potential burglars fled when they tripped the alarm at a northwest Houston deli early Monday, police said It was reported around 4 a.m. at the Murphy’s Deli. Police arrived to find a large front window broken out, but the suspects were already gone. A store manager said it did not appear anything was taken. More Info
  • TX: Burglary suspects caught after stop for unlit license plate 4.23.14 – Weatherford Democrat – During the traffic stop, a second officer was dispatched to a burglary alarm at a convenience store, according to … More Info
  • TX: Man breaks into store, carries out furniture 4.24.14 – Corpus Christi Caller-Times – Corpus Christi police are looking for a man accused of breaking into a furniture store March 12 and getting away with four pieces of furniture… More Info
  • TX: North Austin home burglary caught on camera 4.24.14 – FOX 7 Austin – This is surveillance video from inside a home in the Ridge at Scofield Farms neighborhood. More Info

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