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Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Atherton council roundup: Tennis keys, high-speed rail, false alarm fees
    4.24.18 – The Almanac Online – Atherton residents who don’t want to use the town’s new clay tennis court won’t have to help pay for it, the City Council decided on April 18. Town staff members had suggested the $50 annual cost of a key to the tennis courts be doubled to help pay for the additional costs of maintaining the new clay court, estimated to be …More Info
  • CT: Plainfield police seek ordinance to help reduce false alarms
    4.29.18 – Norwich Bulletin – Plainfield – Since 2015, Plainfield police officers have responded to more than 1,600 home and business burglary alarms — 95 percent of them false. “We’re responding to the same false alarms over and over again, sometimes multiple times a day from the same place,” Police Chief Michael Surprenant said. “It’s gotten … More Info
  • KS: Topeka City Council to discuss fines for false fire alarms
    4.29.18 – The Topeka Capital-Journal – The Topeka Fire Department has asked city council members to consider fining businesses, apartment buildings and other facilities that see repeated false fire alarms due to poor maintenance or inspection. Council members plan to discuss but take no action on the matter at their May 8 meeting, according to a document in … More Info
  • OH: Cincinnati city leaders vote to beef up 911 call center following teen’s …
    4.26.18 – 13abc Action News – The ordinance calls for 11 new full-time positions to combat staffing shortages, better integration of city records and automation of security alarm system calls to separate them from 911 calls. The money will come from the Department of Building and Inspections general fund. (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights .. More Info
  • OH: Grove City Police cite business for repeated false alarms
    4.25.18 – WFMJ – A Grove City business is being cited after police say they were called to answer several false alarms. The Grove City Police Department said on Tuesday that it has filed a summary citation against Central Heating and Plumbing for failing to control their alarm. Police say charges were filed after police responded to the … More Info

Industry News

  • NMC Merges With 3 Monitoring Companies to Form Global Netwatch Group
    4.23.18 – SDM – National Monitoring Center (NMC), a third-party monitoring company in the U.S. with monitoring centers in Lake Forest, Calif., and Irving, Texas, announced the launch of a new global monitoring company following the merging of four monitoring companies with the backing of global private equity firm The Riverside Company. More Info
  • Video tech company looks to ride the security wave
    4.27.18 – SIW – A new video concept empowers video users to manipulate and analyze captured video to fit their needs … More Info
  • Honeywell Launches New Series of Silent Knight Fire Alarm Control …
    4.27.18 – Security Sales & Integration – ATLANTA — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) introduces the Silent Knight 6000 Series, an expansion of addressable fire alarm control panels (FACPs) and accessories sold through security equipment distributors. The 6000 Series includes four new panels with point capacities ranging from 100 to 1,110 points for greater flexibility … More Info

State & National News

  • How to Get Schools Ready to Meet Safety-Focused Building Codes
    4.26.18 – Commercial Integrator – The 2016 release of the NFPA-72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and the 2015 International Building Code meant major changes in how schools outfit themselves for emergency situations and that’s good news for integrators who understand these safety-focused building codes. With these changes, the NFPA … More Info
  • Updates to Google’s Search Engine Could Hurt 66% of Integrators’ Websites
    4.25.18 – SSI – A new algorithm change to Google could hurt the rankings of websites that are not optimized for mobile devices. More Info
  • Research tests show reduction of false alarms when multi-sensor …
    4.27.18 – Planning & Building Control Today – The research was a continuation of prior research from three previous projects, which looked at the occurrence of false alarms in the UK. Over the past 10 years, the FIA and BRE have partnered with King’s College, Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes Fire Brigade, and Scotland Fire Brigade to investigate and find solutions to … More Info

Business Tips

  • The 1/4 Rule and You: Why Solid State Projection is Best for Classroom Displays
    4.23.18 – CI – The 1/4 Rule helps you find the ideal type and size of classroom displays…and the right solution might be solid state projection. More Info
  • Why Security Integration Should Match Wits With IT Teams
    4.25.18 – CI – By leveraging managed services provided by security integration, IT departments are able to scale their teams without having to staff/resource internally. More Info
  • Quiz: How Well Do You Know Government Agencies?
    4.25.18 – SSI – Whether designing and installing a security system, acting as a security consultant or security director, these questions provide information that can help active security practitioners within our industry. More Info
  • How Conference Technologies, Inc. (CTI) Holds On to Their Employees
    4.27.18 – CI – John Laughlin is not afraid to spend money to educate those who show they’re committed to Conference Technologies (CTI) or keep them from being poached. More Info
  • Don’t Let ‘Time Vampires’ Suck Productivity and Focus Out of Your Business
    4.27.18 – SSI – Paul Boucherle explains how to identify ‘time vampires’ and understand and deal with unscheduled, frequent interruptions that disrupt your priorities. More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • CT: Fire Reports | April 19-25, 2018
    4.27.18 – The Newtown Bee – The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, April 19: 11:27 am, alarm; Botsford and Hook & Ladder responded; 11:33 am, alarm Sandy Hook and Hook & Ladder … More Info
  • KY: Police and fire reports for April 24, 2018
    4.24.18 – Winchester Sun – At 3:13 p.m. Friday, firefighters responded to an alarm sounding. It was a false alarm. — At 8:53 p.m. Friday, firefighters responded to an unauthorized fire. The fire was extinguished. … More Info
  • MA: Marion Police Log, April 8-14
    4.23.18 – Wicked Local – 4:14 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported … More Info
  • OR:  For the Record for April 27, 2018
    4.27.18 – Dalles Chronicle – April 24, 6:59 p.m. – Crew responded on a fire alarm. The hotel was checked floor by floor with no problem found. It appears this was an alarm malfunction and staff was advised to have the alarm system checked. Crews also responded to seven calls for emergency services on … More Info
  • PA: Ruptured steam pipe triggers fire alarm at Loyalsock Township High …
    4.27.18 – Williamsport Sun-Gazette – Volunteer firefighters responded to the Loyalsock Township High School when a fire alarm was tripped by a ruptured steam pipe about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to fire officials. Some in the school initially mistook the steam for smoke, officials said, adding that there was no fire. Employees from … More Info
  • PA: Sentinel area fire calls for April 24
    4.25.18 – Carlisle Sentinel – 2:52 a.m.: automatic fire alarm … 11:11 a.m.: automatic fire alarm … 6:52 p.m.: automatic fire alarm. More Info
  • NH: Amherst Police log: Teen Driving With Suspended License
    4.25.18 – Patch.com – On April 18, 2018 at 1816 hours, the Amherst Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation. On April 19, 2018 at 2231 hours, the Amherst Fire Department responded to fire alarm activation. On April 22, 2018 at 0648 hours, the Amherst Fire Department responded to a … More Info
  • WA: Bellingham woman charged with fire alarm tampering after Thursday …
    4.29.18 – KGMI – Belllingham, Wash. – A Bellingham woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after an incident at an apartment complex on West Maplewood Avenue Thursday. Police say Amber Dawn Black threatened to hit a resident who was evacuating the complex after two fire alarms were sounded around 4am that … More Info

Crime News

  • CO: High Country Crime: Thieves steal painkillers in Vail pharmacy smash …
    4.29.18 – Summit Daily News – The thieves stole nothing else, not even money, said Kent Lambrecht, who owns the local Edwards business with his wife, Courtney. Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies were on the scene less than two minutes after the alarm sounded, but the thieves — who appeared to know exactly what they were after — were already gone. More Info
  • CT: Waterford Police Investigating Multiple Business Break-Ins
    4.25.18 – NBC Connecticut – After an alarm went off, police said the people involved ran away, just as a business owner showed up. Also that night, a business was targeted in the same way. “They went in an immediately went to the cash registers. And that was about all they went to. They didn’t go looking for a safe,” said Lt. More Info
  • FL: Cooper City Family Watches on Video as Burglar Ransacks Home
    4.25.18 – NBC 6 South Florida – A Cooper City family watched through a home surveillance app as a burglar ransacked their home in the middle of the day. Christopher Hayle, who has a wife and two young daughters, said he feels “violated” by the incident. Hayle said the burglar triggered the alarm because he pried open a window, which he couldn’t … More Info
  • GA: Entering Auto Suspect Points Gun At Resident: Blotter
    4.25.18 – Patch.com – Three Dollar Café, 4/15: Responding to an alarm call just after 3 a.m., officers found a bicycle outside the front door and a woman inside the restaurant. The door window had been smashed. At first, the woman said she was the cleaning person, then said she was the wife of the owner and had … More Info
  • IL: Can you help solved these unsolved crimes?
    4.27.18 – Quad City Times – “On April 23 at 5:12 a.m., East Moline Police responded to a burglar alarm at S & K Mini Mart, 4400 Kennedy Drive. A window on the southwest side had been broken out. The suspect entered through the broken window and took cigars and over $4,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. Video surveillance shows the suspect … More Info
  • IN: Man in custody after breaking into IMPD SW district building
    4.29.18 – WRTV Indianapolis – Indianapolis– A man is in custody after breaking into the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s southwest roll call building early Sunday morning. Officers responded to an alarm just after 3 a.m. When they arrived they found Wilfredo Quiles behind a plexiglass barrier in the front lobby of the building with a dog. More Info
  • LA: Suspects break into home on White Sands Drive, flee scene after …
    4.24.18 – WBRZ – Baton Rouge – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects involved in an attempted home burglary that occurred. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, three individuals broke into a home on April 16. More Info
  • MA: 2 Arrested For Assaulting One Another: Milford Police Log
    4.28.18 – Patch.com – Milford, MA – The following are excerpts from the Milford police log. An arrest does not indicate a conviction. Sunday, April 15. 5:53 a.m.: Front glass break alarm. Small spider crack in Dollar Tree door, unknown if related. Message left for key holder. Big Lots. 8:33 a.m.: Caller reports that he was assaulted earlier. Destyn … More Info
  • MA: Acton police reports: April 13-19
    4.24.18 – Wicked Local – 2:59 a.m.: An alarm was reported. 10:50 p.m.: A commercial burglar alarm was reported. Saturday, April 14. 8:09 a.m.: A commercial burglar … More Info
  • MA: Attleboro burglary suspects may be linked to organized ring, court …
    4.27.18 – The Sun Chronicle – Police responded to the break-in around 4 a.m. Saturday after a burglar alarm was set off and the owner accessed a security camera remotely from his home. He told police three men were inside the store, according to police. Both suspects have pleaded innocent to breaking and entering, larceny, receiving a stolen car, … More Info
  • MA: Bridgewater police log, April 13-19
    4.28.18 – Wicked Local – 1:48 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported at CNT Inc. Police reported the building checked secure…. More Info
  • MA: Cohasset police log, April 16-22
    4.28.18 – Wicked Local – 8:13 a.m.: A residential alarm was reported. Police reported the property appeared secure. 11 a.m.: A carbon monoxide alarm was reported at a residence. Fire personnel reported the resident set it off accidentally. 2:19 p.m.: A suspicious party was reported sleeping at the pharmacy at … More Info
  • MA: Georgetown police reports: April 12-19
    4.24.18 – Wicked Local – 3:20 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported…. More Info
  • MA: Police: Burglary suspects part of organized crime ring
    4.28.18 – wwlp.com – In addition to the thefts, the store owners said the suspects did a good bit of damage to their business, including cutting the alarm system. Police had already been notified, however, and arrived around 4 a.m. Saturday to find three men exiting the building and getting into the waiting vehicle. According to a search warrant … More Info
  • MA: Rockland police log, March 18-24
    4.28.18 – Wicked Local – 7:53 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported at the Rockland Police Department. 7:37 p.m.: Larceny was reported. … More Info
  • ME: South Portland Police Beat: April 27
    4.27.18 – The Forecaster – 4/17 at 8:17 p.m. False alarm. 4/18 at 8:20 a.m. False alarm. 4/18 at 8:58 a.m. False alarm. 4/19 at 11 a.m. False alarm. More Info
  • MS: Burglars break-in Sports Center late Saturday
    4.29.18 – Natchez Democrat – An alarm is blaring in the video, though it does not phase the burglars. “I mean it takes one minute for the alarm system to dispatch the company and another minute for the company to call dispatch, and by the time police get here it’s been five or 10 minutes,” Craig said. Craig said the car captured on footage was a black … More Info
  • MS: Officers: Burglar found under bed
    4.27.18 – Natchez Democrat – The alarm system in the house has a microphone and speaker, and Armstrong said the alarm company representative also heard movement inside the house and asked if anyone was inside. “She gave them her name and told them the same thing, that she was thirsty,” Armstrong said. Officers arrested Starling, no age … More Info
  • MT: Thief uses rock to break into Pearl District business
    4.23.18 – KPAX-TV – Best said she had cameras rolling and even a working alarm system, but both didn’t deter the crook one bit. “Definitely crime is getting worse,” she said. In fact, something like this has happened before. Just last month, Fox 12 spoke with the owner of a nearby Lebanese restaurant who shared similar surveillance video. More Info
  • NC: Teenager arrested in Columbus County break-in
    4.27.18 – WECT-TV6 – On April 19, Columbus County deputies were dispatched to a residence on Smyrna Road in Whiteville in reference to an alarm call. Via security cameras, the homeowners saw an unknown man in their home. The suspect fled on foot and no property was stolen. Still photos from the video footage, including shots of the man … More Info
  • NJ: Bedminster Home Burglarized, Ransacked
    4.25.18 – Patch.com – Bedminster, NJ — A Bedminster home was reportedly burglarized and ransacked last week. On April 20 at 8:32 p.m., Bedminster Police responded to a home for an activated burglar alarm. Upon arrival the officer noticed the front door of the home was wide open with damage to both the frame and … More Info
  • NJ: Cops collar church burglar, find ‘precious’ chalice swiped from priest
    4.24.18 – NJ.com – Zappley said Correa entered the cathedral by breaking a side basement window, which set off an alarm while he was in a washroom. Startled, he ran and responding patrol officers nabbed him. He confessed to four break-ins, two at each church this month. One was the April 13 crime at St. More Info
  • OH: BP clerk robbed at knife-point
    4.23.18 – Mansfield News Journal – Mansfield – A clerk at the BP Station was robbed of cash at 9:31 p.m. Sunday by a man with an all-black, folding knife. Mansfield police officers were dispatched to the business when an alarm was activated. While enroute to the business, a dispatcher said the robbery had just occurred and a … More Info
  • OH: Front window of Dayton business smashed in
    4.24.18 – WDTN.com – Dayton, Ohio – Officers responded to an alarm at the $1.00 Store just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say someone broke the front window of the business. Police say it doesn’t … More Info
  • PA: Burglar alarm inadvertently leads authorities to drug bust
    4.25.18 – WPXI Pittsburgh – Wilkins Township, Pa. – Wilkins Township police responded to a burglar alarm Tuesday night where they stumbled upon drugs, guns and a lot of cash. No one was home when they arrived, but a door was open and when they looked inside, they found everything in the open. Police found five guns, 34 bricks of heroin, … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg police blotter, April 27
    4.28.18 – North Country Now – Report at 5:18 p.m. of a commercial burglar alarm at City Hall. Employee on scene. False alarm… More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg police blotter, April 28
    4.29.18 – North Country Now – At 7:10 p.m. a report of a burglary alarm at Ogdensburg International Airport. False alarm.  … More Info
  • TX: Did this Texas county official break the law to comply with the law?
    4.27.18 – Tyler Morning Telegraph – He triggered a silent alarm that alerted authorities. Wright called for an investigation into the break-in. And then, nearly 10 months after the incident, Lovett was arrested Monday on charges of burglary, forgery and tampering with a governmental record. On Thursday, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced … More Info
  • VT: Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department statistics April 16-23
    4.26.18  – Stowe Today – April 17 at 4:08 a.m., a burglary alarm at a building in Johnson had been accidentally … More Info
  • WI: MPD: Suspect arrested after bank robbery
    4.28.18 – WMTV – Madison, Wis. – A man was arrested in connection to a bank robbery near the north side of Madison Friday afternoon. An alarm was activated at Home Savings Bank just before 3 p.m., according to the Madison Police Department. The bank was robbed by a man described to be in … More Info
  • WV: Police Reports
    4.28.18 – Wheeling Intelligencer – At 11 p.m., burglar alarm… More Info
  • WV: Robbery Suspect Arrested After Second Hold Up in One Day
    4.23.18 – WOWK – Early Sunday morning Putnam County Deputies responded to a hold up alarm at Speedway. The clerk of the store said a white male came in the store, told him to get on the floor and threatened to kill him before stealing money from the register and fleeing in a sedan. Since … More Info
  • WV: Wheeling, Belmont County Police Reports
    4.25.18 – Wheeling Intelligencer – At 11:07 p.m., burglar alarm…. More Info

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