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April 3, 2017

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Alarm company responds, agrees to resolve issues
    3.29.17 – WBRZ – That means it can install various items including intrusion alarm systems, fire alarms and cameras and it does not need a license from the Louisiana State Fire. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AR: Texarkana, AR Considers Fee Increases
    3.30.17 – KTAL – The fire department could soon charge for responding to repeated, false alarms and inspections of some businesses. The department currently inspects around … More Info
  • MD: Baltimore makes building permitting requests electronic
    3.30.17 – Baltimore Sun – Homeowners or contractors must request them for certain jobs, such as building an addition, installing a new alarm system, knocking down an internal wall or … More Info
  • MI: Security Cameras Will Be Mandatory for Michigan Township Businesses
    Video surveillance systems will become mandatory April 1 at liquor stores, hotels, banks, pharmacies, gas stations and other businesses with frequent calls to police… More Info
  • NY: New Watervliet law fines homeowners, businesses for false alarm calls
    4.1.17 – NEWS10 ABC – Watervliet, NY – A new local law aimed at reducing the number of false alarms first responders are called to has some people up in arms. More Info
  • NY: Watervliet council OKs fines for false alarms
    3.31.17 – Troy Record – City officials said the intent of this local law is to reduce the number false alarms, to encourage the proper use of alarm systems, and to promote the health, safety … More Info

Industry News

  • Comcast Business Unveils SmartOffice Video Surveillance Solution for SMBs
    3.23.17 – Yahoo – Comcast announced the availability of SmartOffice, a video surveillance solution to improve efficiency for SMBs through advanced monitoring. More Info
  • Vector Security Merges National Accounts Division With Industry Retail Group
    3.28.17 – SSI – The company combined the national accounts division with its wholly-owned retail subsidiary to form the new Vector Security Networks brand. More Info
  • 3xLOGIC and Bold Technologies Partner to Offer Advanced Video …
    4.1.17 – Benzinga – 3xLOGIC, Inc., a leading provider of integrated intelligent security solutions, today announced that Bold Technologies, a leading provider of alarm monitoring … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Locksmiths and locksmith services regulated. | Rosenthal
Status: 03/27/2017 : Introduction and first reading, referred to Commerce and Regulatory Reform
By RANZENHOFER | Restricts automatic renewal of contracts for electronic and life safety alarm services; makes such automatic renewal provisions unenforceable unless: the automatic renewal offer terms or continuous service offer terms are presented to the consumer in a clear and conspicuous manner; the business or person furnishing the electronic and life safety alarm service obtains the consumer’s affirmative consent; and such renewal or continuous service offer provides an acknowledgment of the contract cancellation policy, and information regarding how to cancel in a manner that is capable of being retained by the consumer.

State & National News

  • Consumer Reports: Carbon monoxide alarms safety risk
    3.28.17 – KIMA CBS 29- Consumer Reports — In Consumer Reports’ most recent tests of carbon monoxide alarms, three similar-looking off-brand alarms – the Foho YJ-806, the … More Info
  • Proliferation of smart home tech creates privacy conundrum
    3.30.17 – SIW – Recent incidents could provide future legal, regulatory guidance for IoT devices… More Info
  • Burglar offer tips on how to keep guys like him out of your home
    4.2.17 – Reading Eagle – Many people have the sensor only in the door, and that is not a deterrent because the burglar can break the window without the alarm going off. More Info

Business Tips

  • It’s Time to Stop with the Millennial Bashing
    3.28.17 – CI – Across-the-board criticism of millennials’ work ethic (read: millennial bashing) isn’t right, it’s unprofessional, it’s bad business management and it needs to stop. More Info
  • Cybersecurity Business Models: Smart Home Pros Need to ‘Go There’
    3.30.17 – CEPro – Home-technology specialists at HTSA conference agree cybersecurity is a threat to the smart-home industry, and an opportunity for their integration businesses, but don’t quite know… More Info
  • 13 Low-Light Video Surveillance Tips to Enlighten Your Solutions
    3.31.17 – CEPro -From processing power to lens selection to proper positioning, here are 13 tips to help shed light on proper installation of cameras in low-light conditions. More Info
  • How to Minimize Your Tax Bill
    3.30.17 – SSI – An easy reference guide of tax changes and year end planning for your business… More Info

Fire News

  • IN: Air conditioning unit damaged at Columbus store
    3.31.17 – The Republic – The store’s alarm system indicated the building’s heating and air conditioning system was the source and firefighters then found the damage to the air … More Info
  • MA: Beverly Police logs, March 24-26
    3.29.17 – Wicked Local Weymouth – 10:23 a.m. A fire alarm was reported; party was experiencing Hot Pocket problems. Fans were used to air out building. 10:54 a.m. A disturbance … More Info
  • MD: One dead, four seriously hurt in parkway crash in Maryland
    4.2.17 – Fox Baltimore – According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), the smoke alarm activated and alerted the homeowner, who discovered the small blaze within the … More Info
  • MD: OSFM: Harford County family awoke to smoke alarm, rapidly …
    4.1.17 – Fox Baltimore – The two people inside the home were sleeping when the fire first broke out, but were alerted to the blaze by a working smoke alarm, officials noted. According to … More Info
  • MD: Security System & First Responders Save Life of Baltimore Woman
    3.30.17 – CBS Baltimore / WJZ – The two-time stroke survivor was having a seizure. Dizzy and desperate, she pressed her security alarm. “I know what I wanted to say but it wasn’t coming out … More Info
  • MI: Dust particle triggers fire alarm at Sheridan Community Hospital
    3.29.17 – Greenville Daily News – Firefighters from the Sheridan Community Fire Department respond to a fire alarm at Sheridan Community Hospital on Tuesday night by checking air ducts on … More Info
  • MI: Faulty alarm discovered in older Spring Lake Village home
    3.27.17 – Grand Haven Tribune – Spring Lake Village – Firefighters responding to an alarm at a residence discovered a faulty smoke detector … More Info
  • MI: Mercer Island firefighters award middle school student for bravery
    3.30.17 – Mercer Island Reporter – 11, 2016, the MIFD was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm event. Upon hearing the audible alarm, Crow went outside to investigate and discovered smoke … More Info
  • NJ: Summit FD, Police, EMS Team-Up at Sylvan Terrace Blaze …
    3.27.17 – TAPinto.net – FD responded to a apartment complex on a report of an activated commercial fire alarm. On arrival the building was being evacuated with … More Info
  • OH: Pataskala police find marijuana growing in basement
    4.1.17 – The Newark Advocate – “The fire department went out because a fire alarm was going off (inside the home),” Pataskala Police Chief Bruce Brooks said. “The fire department went out, … More Info
  • PA: Two city fires carry lesson on smoke detectors
    3.28.17 – Williamsport Sun-Gazette – The smoke alarm may very well have saved their lives. The difference in these two emergency circumstances should be obvious. Smoke detectors are not only a … More Info
  • VA: Tornado destroys church in Virginia
    4.2.17 – WNCN – Firefighters were called to an alarm at Real Life Christian Church at 6:38 p.m. When crews got to the scene, they found the church had … More Info
  • WA: Emergency Services – 3/27/17
    3.28.17 – Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – 12:18 p.m. – WWFD to fire alarm at Jacobi’s. 1:36 p.m. — WWFD to fire in back yard… More Info
  • WI: Units responding for alarm in Silver Lake
    3.27.17 – West of the I – At about 10:23 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units are responding to an alarm at a home … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Man breaks into dollar store 1 week after Payless
    4.1.17 – KESQ – Sheriff’s deputies say they responded at around 4 a.m. Wednesday to a burglary alarm at the Family Dollar Store where they found … More Info
  • CA: Police Beat
    3.30.17 -Oakdale Leader – 5:25 p.m. – Officers responded to an audible alarm…. More Info
  • CA: Two arrested after attempting to rob Fortuna High School
    3.28.17 – KRCRTV.COM – On March 25 at 8:00 a.m. Fortuna Police Department (FPD) Officers responded to Fortuna High school after a burglary alarm was tripped. More Info
  • CA: Two Claremont businesses hit by early-morning burglaries
    3.28.17 – Claremont Courier – Claremont officers were called to the T-Mobile store around 3:45 a.m. Monday morning for a burglary alarm, according to a … More Info
  • CT: BREAKING: Police respond to false alarm at Oak Hall
    3.29.17 – UConn Daily Campus – University of Connecticut police responded to a false alarm at Oak Hall at 4:15 Wednesday afternoon, UConn’s spokesperson said. By 4:45 police confirmed … More Info
  • FL: Accused serial thief faces more charges
    3.28.17 – WJXT Jacksonville – “He came through here, the alarm goes off and, I guess, he starts to get crazy — ran over here to the door, yanked it, noticed it was locked so he thought, ‘Hey, I’m … More Info
  • GA: Bandits caught on video in botched burglary at Macon gun range
    3.31.17 – The Telegraph – When the alarm activated, they ran, the release said. Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office … More Info
  • GA: New details emerge about deadly Augusta chemical leak
    3.30.17 – WXIA-TV – They said the equipment’s safety alert system was sending messages prior to the burglar alarm call that sent deputies to the scene. In another detail, 11Alive … More Info
  • LA: 101-year-old Bogalusa woman targeted 6 times by burglars
    3.28.17 – FOX 8 News WVUE-TV – But they are coming into this house with the alarm on,” she said. Bogalusa Police say they have a good idea who’s behind the crimes. The woman’s surveillance … More Info
  • MA: Dracut police report break-in at Heav’nly Donuts
    3.30.17 – Lowell Sun – Lt. Peter Pappas said police received a call from an alarm company at 11:49 p.m. Wednesday about the incident at the store. “There was … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett police log: March 12-18
    3.27.17 – Wicked Local Marion – 1:21 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 1:58 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 2:14 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported on … More Info
  • MA: Middleton Police Log: March 19-26
    3.29.17 – Wicked Local Middleton – 3:36 p.m.: An alarm activated. Police checked. All was OK. More Info
  • MA: Off-duty detective thwarts daytime house burglary
    4.1.17 – SouthCoastToday.com – The detective spotted Simmons exiting the front door of the house while the alarm was sounding. He was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime for a … More Info
  • MO: Columbia man arrested on suspicion of burglary
    3.27.17 – Columbia Daily Tribune – … a member of the lodge had gone into the building to turn off the alarm and found a white man hiding inside who did not have permission to be in the building. More Info
  • MO: Sheriff’s report: March 19 – 26, 2017
    3.30.17 – Ozark County Times – 12:10 p.m. – Back door alarm triggered. Checked OK. … More Info
  • MS: Officers respond to false alarm at school
    3.29.17 – Natchez Democrat – Natchez – A false report of a student with a gun on the Natchez High School campus resulted in a lockdown of the school Tuesday and an early dismissal of … More Info
  • NH: Two charged with burglary of Nadeau’s Sub Shop in Gofffstown
    3.31.17 – The Union Leader – Police responded that morning to a burglary in progress after an alarm was tripped during the break-in. A dark pickup truck was spotted leaving the scene and … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Vineland burglary suspect caught in the act
    3.28.17 – Vineland Daily Journal – Vingi was busting through the businesses’ doors and doing a quick search, aware the alarm was sounding, police said. During the trio of burglaries, police said … More Info
  • OH: Clintonville camera shop burglary may be part of bigger crime
    3.30.17 – 10TV – Thieves got away with some very expensive equipment after breaking into a Columbus camera shop but that may be just the beginning of the story. Midwest … More Info
  • OH: Police blotter
    3.29.17 – Dayton Daily News – Bellbrook (March 7) – A burglary alarm was received from a State Route … Bellbrook (March 8) – A residential alarm was received from … More Info
  • OH: Police investigate 2 cell phone store break-ins
    3.28.17 – WDTN – Police responded to alarm calls around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Less than 45 minutes later, officers went to Venus Wireless … More Info
  • OH: Police investigate reported burglary at wireless store in Dayton
    3.28.17 – WKEF ABC 22 – Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Best Wireless to find the front glass shattered. Investigators and evidence crews … More Info
    3.30.17 – KTVL – Police say they received notification that the store’s alarm went off at around 6 a.m. morning on March 11, .but when they showed up minutes later the suspect … More Info
  • OR: Eugene men arrested on suspicion of Douglas County burglaries
    4.1.17 – NRToday.com – Upon entering the building, deputies noticed that several wires had been cut that appeared to be an attempt to disable the alarm system. Two security cameras … More Info
  • RI: Police seek suspects who robbed cell phone store in NP
    4.1.17 – Valley Breeze – On March 28, at around 2:20 a.m., members of the North Providence Police Department responded to an alarm call at the cell phone store. Upon arrival, officers … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg Police Department Blotter, April 1
    4.2.17 – North Country Now – 18:25 Subject reported an alarm activation at City Hall. Patrol on scene reported false alarm…. More Info
  • TN: Suspect Sought In Family Leisure Break In
    3.27.17 – NewsChannel5.com – According to a manager, a door had been left unlocked and an alarm system had been pulled apart from the inside. The security company saw a man walking … More Info
  • WA: Bellingham robber beats 7-Eleven clerk unconscious over pack of …
    4.1.17 – The Bellingham Herald – Officers received a silent holdup alarm at 5:12 a.m. from the mini-mart. Less than a minute later, a customer called 911 because the clerk … More Info
  • WI: Merrill Police reports
    3.28.17 – Merrillfotonews – The caller advised an hour prior to calling; a male party had left the store out an emergency only door and set off the alarm. He had fled the store with a backpack … More Info
  • WI: West Allis Woman Facing Charges After Robbing Two Banks
    3.30.17 – WDJT – Officers responded to a BMO Harris Bank for an alarm. According to the criminal complaint, the teller said a woman, later … More Info
  • WY: Police/Sheriff News
    3.30.17 – Cody Enterprise – Intrusion alarm triggered, Canyon Therapy, citation issued, March 24. Welfare check performed on man who said he’d “go for a walk to Heart Mountain,” March … More Info

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