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April 6, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Scam targets homeowners with Vivint Home Alarm Systems
    4.2.15 – KRIS Corpus Christi News – If you have a home alarm system, be on the lookout. Scam artists may show up at your door. Homeowners with the Vivint home alarm system have reported … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • MN: False Alarm Fines Suspended in Minnesota City During Rash of Burglaries
    4.2.15 – SSI – Business owners in Rochester, Minn., are asked to contact their alarm company to request the first alarm notification call go directly to police dispatch. More Info
  • MN: Rochester plagued by business burglaries
    4.1.15 – KIMT 3 – Rochester Police are also requesting that businesses contact their alarm company and make sure the first phone call after an alarm is to 911 and not to the …More Info
  • ON: False home alarms will soon trigger extra fees
    4.2.15 – CHCH News – It could get expensive for homeowners who falsely trigger their home alarm systems. As of September, Hamilton Police will be charging 150 dollars for all false … More Info

Industry News

  • Why Wireless Duress Systems Beat Out Hardwired Fixed Systems
    Faster installation is one important benefit of wireless panic alarms, but there are several others. More Info
  • Putting Video to Work in New Ways
    A video surveillance system can be a multi-tasker, especially when deployed within a factory or production environment. From shipping and logistics, where it provides control support and documentation, to operations, where it can assist with deploying personnel, video has the ability to go well beyond its usual security and safety functions. More Info
  • Latest Trends in Burglar & Intrusion Alarm Systems
    CE Pro takes a look at trends in burglar and intrusion alarm systems, including the timing of security system acquisitions, access control system installations and average sales prices. More Info
  • Slomin’s charged Berkeley woman beyond the grave
    4.2.15 – Asbury Park Press – Drop was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia when she signed up for the alarm system, Kazlauskas said. “She was suspicious, paranoid, from her … More Info
  • Technology that strives to deter crime while changing hearts and …
    4.3.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – While they may be using the fundamentals of conventional alarm dealer RMR and monitoring, servicing the public safety arena is anything but mundane. More Info
  • Ackerman Security Systems Acquired by Private Equity Firm
    4.1.15 – SSI – Toronto-based Imperial Capital Group and a partner firm purchased a majority stake in Ackerman Security for an undisclosed amount… More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status


Introduced by Senate Ethics and Elections | Revising the definition of the term low-voltage alarm system project and adding the definition of the term wireless alarm system providing that a permit is not required to install, maintain, inspect, replace, or service a wireless alarm system and its ancillary components prohibiting a local enforcement agency from requiring the payment of any additional fees, charges, or expenses associated with the installation or replacement of a new or existing alarm system, etc.
Status: 4/3/2015 : Senate – Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/08/15
History FLSB00466




By Schimminger (MS) | Add S69-xx, Gen Bus L 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.
Status: 03/25/2015 : referred to judiciary
History NYAB06496


State & National News

  • Recent Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure
    3.30.15 – Security Info Watch – Decisions about network reliability left to service providers… More Info
  • New rules requiring ‘photoelectric’ smoke alarms in Ohio for new …
    4.1.15 – newsnet5.com – The Ohio Board of Building Standards approved the new regulations that require at least one photoelectric and one ionization smoke alarm on each level of a … More Info
  • AG Cooper shares top ten consumer complaints for 2014
    4.1.15 – Caldwell Journal – Common robocalls include pitches for lower interest rates on credit cards, medical alert systems, and home alarm systems. North Carolina law makes it illegal for … More Info

Business Tips

  • How the best leaders deal with change
    3.17.15 – Business Insider – Leaders are people who don’t just learn to live with or manage change — they actually create change and help others successfully navigate it. Change is disruptive and can even be turbulent. But then leadership today is all about managing disruption. And disruption is an hourly occurrence. Here are three ways to come out as the victor over change. More Info
  • IT Tax Season: What’s Taxing Your Wireless Infrastructure?
    3.31.15 – EWeek – IT departments should examine what is taxing their network environment and decide what investments are delivering the biggest returns and what aren’t. More Info
  • 4 Tips on How to Bring Out the Best in Your New Hires
    4.2.15 – Entrepreneur – Ease their transition with training, meetups and the tools to yell “help!” when they need to. More Info
  • Why Experts Are The Last People You Want To Include In Creative Brainstorming
    3.31.15 – Fast Company – Experts don’t know everything. Once you accept this, you open your team up to fresh ideas and stronger bonds. Read More
  • How to stay safe online: CNET’s security checklist
    4.4.15 – CNet – Do you have good habits? Safeguard your personal information against the most common Internet perils by taking these security measures. More Info

Fire News

  • AL: Sprinkler head bursts in Embassy Suites hotel in downtown …
    4.2.15 – Tuscaloosa News – Flashing fire alarm lights could be seen from the street in several rooms of the eight-story hotel on University Boulevard. Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service … More Info
  • CT: Main Street building has doors broken during fire alarm call
    4.1.15 – The Ridgefield Press – Firefighters had to force their way into the building Wednesday morning responding to what turned out to be a … More Info
  • CT: Police respond to boiler fire
    4.4.15 – Darien Times – Darien Police received an alarm activation alert for a fire in the boiler room of 22 Old … who said he had heard an explosion and that his fire alarm had activated. More Info
  • FL: Manatee County admin building evacuated
    3.31.15 – Bradenton Herald – Bradenton – The Manatee County Administration Building was evacuated Tuesday morning due to construction setting off a smoke alarm. The building’s … More Info
  • MA: Fast-acting firefighters extinguish kitchen fire at Wolfie’s Restaurant …
    3.31.15 – MassLive.com – Police Officer Bill Kimball, dispatched to the eatery for a report of a motion alarm in the kitchen shortly after 1:40 a.m., called the South … More Info
  • MA: Woman Arrested For Allegedly Starting Fire In Plymouth Church
    3.30.15 – CBS Local – Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Church in Town Square shortly after 6:30p.m. Sunday. Officials said a woman inside had put items in the … More Info
  • MA: Woman arrested, accused of setting fire in Plymouth church
    3.31.15 – Cape Cod Today – Plymouth firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Plymouth Unitarian Universalist Church around 6:30 p.m. According to the … More Info
  • MI: Police identify woman, young boy and baby killed in house fire
    4.2.15 – MLive.com – The girl told investigators she had been sleeping and woke to the sound of a smoke alarm going off. The statement said she informed police she could hear her … More Info
  • MO: Man jumps out window to escape Northland duplex fire
    4.3.15 – KMBC Kansas City – Authorities said two men were inside when the smoke alarm went off. One man got out through a door and another man had to jump out of a window to escape. More Info
  • OK: False fire alarm stirs Hilldale
    4.2.15 – Muskogee Daily Phoenix – Students file back into Hilldale Upper Elementary School after the Muskogee Fire Department investigated an alarm called in from the school. Hilldale Upper … More Info
  • TX: Leander High student arrested for pulling fire alarm
    4.1.15 – KXAN.com – 18-year-old Haley Hubbard is accused of pulling a fire alarm at school to try to get out of an assignment on Friday. According to an arrest affidavit, the fire alarm … More Info
  • TX: Leander police: Student charged with state jail felony for alarm prank
    3.31.15 – Austin American-Statesman – An 18-year-old student accused of pulling a fire alarm for a fake emergency at Leander High School faces up to two years in jail, according to an arrest affidavit. More Info
  • WI: Regional news briefs
    3.31.15 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Awakened by a smoke alarm, Nelson, who lived at the house, fled with severe burns. With rapidly deteriorating conditions preventing access to the second floor … More Info
  • WV: Sex Assault arrest near War, WV
    4.3.15 – WVNS-TV – Officials with the Bluefield Fire Department in Mercer County told 59 News they were called to a commercial fire alarm on Federal Street early Friday evening. More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Woman fined $1300 for two counts of drug possession
    4.2.15 – Lethbridge Herald – Court was told police responded to a house alarm March 31, 2014. When they arrived, they discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia, and charged Lumley, … More Info
  • AR: Conway police seek tips in AT&T store burglary
    4.2.15 – Arkansas Online – About 9 p.m., officers received a call regarding the alarm at the AT&T store, Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff … More Info
  • CA: $4M worth of gems nabbed in heist at Calif. jewelry store
    4.2.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – They cut a hole in the roof of the neighboring Bushfire Grill, disabled the security cameras and burglar alarm in the restaurant, cut through the wall into the … More Info
  • CA: Couple Tries to Escape Police by Pulling Fire Alarm at Springs Hotel
    4.4.15 – KRDO – Two people wanted on felony warrants, try to escape the police by pulling a fire alarm at a Colorado Springs Hotel. It happened at the Hotel Elegante Suites on …More Info
  • CA: Employee accused of a break-in at Tehama Visitor Center
    3.30.15 – KRCRTV.COM – Police said there have been several alarm calls from the visitor center in the last few months, some with evidence of break-ins and attempted arson. They are … More Info
  • CA: Only On 9: Surveillance Video Captures $4M Jewelry Theft
    3.31.15 – CBS Local – Hattar said it’s unclear why the store’s alarm or motion sensors didn’t go off. The majority of the stolen jewelry isn’t covered by insurance. “That’s the last thing … More Info
  • CA: Thieves snare $4 million in gems from Inland Empire store
    4.1.15 – OCRegister – They cut a hole in the roof of the neighboring Bushfire Grill, disabled the security cameras and burglar alarm in the restaurant, cut through the wall into the … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to burglar alarm, verbal disturbance
    3.31.15 – Journal Advocate – A deputy was dispatched in reference to a welfare check. Ronald Delplante, 54, was arrested for violation of a protection … More Info
  • CO: Murder suspect to go to trial
    4.2.15 – Pueblo Chieftain – … to the home of Elizabeth Johnson-Miranda on complaints of smoke and the sound of an alarm coming from the home. More Info
  • CT: Stamford Goodwill store robbery suspect ID’d with DNA
    4.3.15 – The Advocate – Instead of disarming the restaurant’s security system, she activated the duress alarm, alerting police. The three put the woman back in her car and left before … More Info
  • GA: Fred’s Pharmacy in DeKalb Burglarized
    4.3.15 – WTOK – Chief of Police Steven Jackson says officers responded to a burglary alarm at Fred’s shortly after 3 a.m. Friday. “They gained entry through the pharmacy and for … More Info
  • GA: In and out of prison his whole life, Athens man arrested again for …
    3.31.15 – Online Athens – That warrant was still active Tuesday morning when police responded at about 4 a.m. to the East Athens Community Center due to an audible burglar alarm … More Info
  • GA: Kennesaw man charged with burglary
    4.1.15 – Marietta Daily Journal – “The deputy was responding to an alarm call at the residence and as he exited his vehicle he observed two individuals inside the home,” Baker said. “Crider and … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Juveniles with BB Gun, Multi-County Road Rage …
    4.1.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Damage to Property – A … More Info
  • GA: Surveillance video shows armed men breaking into Cobb County ...
    4.5.15 – WSB Atlanta – Tony told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri that he responded to the alarm call when police arrived. It happened last Friday around 11 a.m.. The homeowner said … More Info
  • GA: Two Charged in Woodstock Home Burglary
    3.30.15 – Patch.com – A deputy with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm call at the home and ask he exited the vehicle, he “observed two individuals … More Info
  • IA: 3 plead not guilty to theft of $11000 worth of tires
    4.1.15 – Sioux City Journal – According to court documents, police found the men leaving on March 22 after responding to an alarm. While searching Graham … More Info
  • IL: Blotter: Wedding ring stolen in Bolingbrook
    3.30.15 – Chicago Tribune – A door and lock were damaged, triggering an alarm, at Costco at 11:10 p.m. March 22. A wallet was stolen between 4 p.m. and 11:30 … More Info
  • IL: Man uses ax to break into business, steal $800
    4.3.15 – Peoria Journal Star – Officers responded about 4:10 p.m. Friday to Discount Tobacco Warehouse on an intrusion alarm. The glass door was broken and a trail … More Info
  • IN: Armed robbers: “Be cool and nothing will happen”
    4.1.15 – WANE – The suspects had the employee open registers and the area for cigarettes. They also had her show them how to open the back door without the alarm going off. More Info
  • IN: IMPD catches man stealing frozen patties from Burger King
    4.3.15 – WISH-TV – Indianapolis  – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a break-in alarm at a Burger King arrived to find a man leaving the store … More Info
  • KY: Juvenile, uncle charged in school burglary
    4.2.15 – Central Kentucky News – Deputies went to the school after the alarm went off shortly after 7 a.m. In Carpenter’s arrest citation, Deputy Justin Gurley wrote the alarm company called the … More Info
  • KY: Police arrest man accused in brutal Dollar General store assault
    4.3.15 – WDRB – A Louisville man has been arrested in connection with a brutal assault that took place at a Dollar General store last month. More Info
  • KY: Police Blotter from March 30, 2015
    4.3.15 – Central Kentucky News – 7:47 a.m., activated burglar alarm is showing glass break at Hibbet Sports; upon arrival, officers found contractors working on the roof. 9:41 a.m., three-vehicle … More Info
  • MA: Bedford man arrested after alleged carjacking in Burlington
    4.5.15 – Wicked Local Bedford – … area police to be on the lookout and at approximately 5:30 a.m., Burlington Police responded to a panic alarm at the Middlesex Turnpike Shell station. “Officers … More Info
  • MA: Randolph man indicted on bank robbery charges
    4.3.15 – Enterprise News – Officers alerted to the robbery by a panic alarm were unable to find him. After following several fruitless leads, police said they were contacted by someone who … More Info
  • MD: Dollar Tree broken into
    3.30.15 – My Eastern Shore – 27 and hearing the rear door alarm. Police found a door had been forced open and three cash registers had been tampered with. Nothing was reported missing. More Info
  • MD: Gunman at large after attempted robbery
    4.3.15 – Bay Net- It was learned that the panic alarm was a result of an attempted robbery of the establishment. The suspect entered the establishment brandishing a hand gun … More Info
  • MD: Gunman tries to rob California liquor store
    4.3.15 – So Md News – A panic alarm activated by the clerk shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday at HV Liquors in the San Souci shopping center brought Maryland State Police troopers to … More Info
  • ME: Wiscasset Police Blotter: Medicinal marijuana certificate revoked
    3.31.15 – Boothbay Register – Sgt. Kathy Williams checked on an alarm tripped at Quik Stop due to employee error. Williams checked on an alarm at Lincoln County Jail Museum… More Info
  • MI: Capac Pharmacy bandits captured
    4.2.15 – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers – The sheriff received an alarm at the Capac Pharmacy at about 2:40 a.m. At about the same time, a citizen called in, saying the building was … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies make OWI arrest ...
    3.31.15 – MLive.com – At 8:05 a.m. Deputy Caroffino responded for an audible alarm. At 8:50 a.m. Deputy Warner responded for a Domestic Situation. More Info
  • MI: Two in custody in connection with Taylor bank robbery
    3.31.15 – Southgate News Herald – She said officers responding to a holdup alarm stopped them, as their vehicle matched a description given by … More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff’s Office report
    4.2.15 – Crow River Media – On the 1st at 6:26 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at Gold Country Seeds. Upon arrival of the deputy everything was found … More Info
  • NC: Alarm leads to arrest in business break-in
    4.1.15 – Richmond County Daily Journal – Timothy Theron Griffin Jr., 20, was arrested early Tuesday after police responded to a commercial alarm activation, Detective Lt…. More Info
  • NJ: Berkeley police report three arrests and a burglary
    3.30.15 – Asbury Park Press – Investigating a burglary– On March 23, at 1:55 a.m., Patrolman Steven Kappock responded to the Hess gas station for a burglar alarm call. More Info
  • NJ: Glassboro truck business burglarized, office ransacked, police say
    4.3.15 – NJ.com – Police were dispatched to Demountable Concepts shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday night for a burglar alarm, according to a release issued by … More Info
  • NJ: Gloucester City police: Alleged burglary suspect caught hiding in …
    3.31.15 – NJ.com – Gloucester City – A Camden man was arrested last week after police responded to an activated burglar alarm and reportedly found their suspect hiding in … More Info
  • NJ: Police seek suspect in break-in at Lincoln Park Chinese restaurant
    4.3.15 – Southgate News Herald – According to a police report, officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Chinese restaurant just before 2:30 a.m. March 29 and found that the … More Info
  • NY: Falls police probe break-in at Niagara Street auto shop
    4.5.15 – Buffalo News – Niagara Falls – The operator of a Niagara Street auto shop who forgot to activate the burglar alarm Thursday night arrived to work the following morning to … More Info
  • OH: Accused Church Burglar Caught Red-Handed by Church Member
    3.30.15 – ABC6OnYourSide.com – Columbus Police were called to The Ebenezer Baptist Church early Friday morning, after the building’s security alarm went off. “I saw a bag on … More Info
  • OH: Building alarm secured: Medina Police Blotter
    3.31.15 – cleveland.com – Alarm, Public Square: Police responded to an alarm call at 3:30 a.m. March 20. The building was found secure when officers arrived. Police had no further … More Info
  • OH: City man convicted of store, pickup robberies
    3.31.15 – Columbus Telegram – Court documents detail a store robbery investigation that began with a silent hold-up alarm reported to Columbus Police shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday. Sgt. Bret … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    3.30.15 – Circleville Herald – Burglary alarm activation at Tractor Supply Co. Key holder was advised and not responding. Checked okay. Caller reported someone had spray painted her … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.2.15 – Circleville Herald – Caller reported an alarm activation for a residence. Officers spoke to a resident and checked the residence. Checked okay. Officer on patrol … More Info
  • OR: Accused driver in SE Portland chase pleads not guilty
    4.3.15 – KOIN.com – Milwaukie Police Officer Jeff Rogerson was dispatched to help Portland Police as they responded to a commercial burglary alarm that was activated at a home … More Info
  • OR: Burglary Alarm Leads To Police Chase
    3.31.15 – 750 KXL- A burglary alarm went off at a business early Tuesday morning. When police arrived at Maids By Trade, they found a … More Info
  • OR: Police: Burglary suspect got into Portland businesses through roofs
    4.2.15 – KPTV.com – Police responded to Berry’s Southeast Coin Shop Wednesday morning after a burglary alarm went off and found that someone had entered the store through an … More Info
  • PA: GantDaily Police Blotter
    4.1.15 – Gant Daily – Police received a report about an activated alarm Tuesday at Farmers National Bank. Upon arrival police found everything to be OK. More Info
  • PA: Search continues for daylight bandit
    4.2.15 – Sunbury Daily Item – At 10:40 a.m., with Bremigen and Chief Brad Hare the only officers on duty and in the department four blocks away, they were alerted to a burglar alarm which … More Info
  • PA: Suspect sought in multiple robberies in North Philadelphia
    4.1.15 – 6abc.com – But the employee refused, handed back the note and pushed the robbery alarm. The would-be robber then fled the store empty handed. An hour later, the same … More Info
  • TN: Caught On Camera: Crook burglarizing Memphis toy store
    4.3.15 – WMC Action News 5 – An alarm alerted the owners at home and they actually watched him on their computer. “Yep, we saw him leaving,” said Guttensohn. The cash drawer was still … More Info
  • TN: Police investigating attempted break-in of Ashland City pharmacy
    3.31.15 – The Tennessean – When the alarm system didn’t go off, he said the suspects then pried open the back door. The alarm system went off and the suspects fled the scene. More Info
  • TN: Suspect smashes safe, steals cash
    3.30.15 – The Standard Banner – White reported that dispatchers informed him that a representative of the alarm company reported that the video system showed a heavy-set male wearing a … More Info
  • TX: Local pharmacy burglarized 3rd time in recent months
    4.1.15 – KXXV News Channel 25 – Police were called to the pharmacy, just after 6 a.m. Wednesday, after the burglar alarm went off. When officers arrived … More Info
  • TX: Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Liberty
    4.3.15 – Your Houston News – According to sources, Liberty police officers responded to a silent alarm call at Check Into Cash. An officer arrived immediately after the alarm sounded and … More Info
  • TX: Police arrest suspected burglar sleeping near crime scene
    4.2.15 – KTRK-TV – The owner accessed the camera from home this morning when an alarm went off at the store. According to Lt. Larry Crowson of HPD, … More Info
  • TX: Sheriff’s Report
    4.2.15 – Lexington Leader – A commercial burglar alarm was called in to the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt Carvin responded to the alarm. He advised all the windows … More Info
  • TX: Surveillance video helps catch suspect in Heights pawn shop burglary
    4.2.15 – KHOU – According to Lt. Larry Crowson with the Houston Police Department, it was around 2 a.m. when an alarm alerted the store’s owner to movement within the … More Info
  • TX: Suspect makes off with safe after smashing car into Little Caesar’s
    3.30.15 – KHOU – The car ramming into the business immediately set off the alarm here. However, police said the suspect was in and out in under five minutes. Police said that the … More Info
  • TX: Suspect shot by police officer at gas station
    4.3.15 – KTRK-TV – But before that, a clerk hit a panic alarm. Two officers came to help. They apprehended the suspect and were trying to arrest him, but they say as they were … More Info
  • UT: Police investigate possible burglary
    4.3.15 – The Durango Herald – … Durango Police Department officers mobilized at about 10:20 p.m. Friday in the area near the Ptarmigan Center in response to a burglary alarm at a marijuana … More Info
  • WV: Boone County Principal facing sexual abuse charges
    4.3.15 – WVNS-TV – Officials with the Bluefield Fire Department in Mercer County told 59 News they were called to a commercial fire alarm early Friday evening. More Info
  • WV: Naked Woman Arrested for Trying to Rob Convenience Store
    4.2.15 – WSAZ-TV – A short time later, the panic alarm was reported at the convenience store. Deputies say Setliff walked into the One Stop partially covered with a white towel. More Info

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