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April 7, 2014

Association Events

  • MDBFAA Member Meeting 
    April 29 – Joint meeting with FARA- Embassy Suites -BWI – Baltimore, MD – Visit www.MDBFAA.org for more info
  • FARA Annual Symposium
    April 29- May 1 – Embassy Suites -BWI – Baltimore, MD – Visit www.faraonline.org for more info
  • CTC – Bowling Tournament 
    May 21st 2014- 2:30 – 4:30pm Highland Lanes, Austin, TX- REGISTER HERE

Door to Door Sales

  • AL: Macon County Sheriff’s investigator pleads guilty to unlawfully arresting salesman, assaulting him at county jail
    4.5.14 – Mobile Press-Register – J. Keith McCray, 41, of Tuskegee admitted to holding a door-to-door salesman who came to his home on July 4, 2013 at gunpoint after he told the salesman he didn’t want to purchase an alarm system. More Info
  • AR: Seeking Safety: Alarm salesmen push for quick decision
    4.4.14 – The Fayetteville Observer – The Better Business Bureau has received multiple complaints from residents about door-to-door salespeople selling home alarm systems, Fayetteville police said this week. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Home alarm system sparks debate of BPD response times
    4.2.14 – Bakersfield Now – Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Home alarm systems are a popular way to protect your family and possessions, but one local woman feels they are … More Info
  • FL: Police: False alarms cost time, money, resources
    4.3.14 – WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach – Riviera Beach, Fla. – Every time an alarm goes off, police have to respond.  And many local agencies spend a lot of time on alarm calls that end up being nothing.   “About 4.5 hours a day in a 12 hr day officers are responding to false alarms,” said Chief Clarence Williams, Riviera Beach Police. …More Info
  • ME: Newry board tables alarm system discussion
    4.2.14 – Lewiston Sun Journal – Newry – The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously voted to table discussion on whether to purchase an alarm system for the Town Office. More Info
  • PA: False alarm crackdown in Lower Macungie paying off
    4.4.14 – The Morning Call – Lower Macungie has collected about $7,000 in fines from business owners and home owners guilty of prompting unnecessary firefighter responses for false alarms since approving an ordinance last year imposing fines for the offenses. More Info
  • WA: Tukwila raises fees to respond to false police, fire alarms
    4.1.14- Tukwila Reporter – For the first time in years, the City of Tukwila is increasing the fees billed for false alarms that draw a police or fire response. The new fees adopted by the City … More Info

Industry News

  • Wholesale monitoring study find accounts up 19 percent
    3.12.14 – Security Systems News – Michael Barnes suspects cableco/telecom influx is behind the ‘unprecedented growth’; believes ‘new players’ have 500,000+ accounts… More Info
  • NC: Some experts say home alarm systems are worth the cost
    4.1.14 – The Wilmington Star-News – Odds are the $35 to $100 monthly cost of a home alarm system is worth it. More Info
  • UT: Homeowner struggles to cancel contract with alarm company
    4.2.14 – ksl.com – A Utah woman, Claudia Udy, made a contract with an alarm company. The alarm system has helped protect her home for the past five years. A door-to-door … More Info
  • GuardMe expands into Texas
    3.31.14 – Security Systems News – Old Bridge, N.J. – GuardMe has used its teleselling approach to achieve rapid growth in new geographic areas. Find out how many more states it plans to have a presence in and learn what sales strategies it might deploy there. More Info
  • Google’s Nest halts home alarm system sales over possible defect
    4.3.14 – WKZO – San Francisco (Reuters) – Nest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc acquired for $3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms … More Info
  • PPVAR Panels Highlight Video Verification Benefits, Need for Standard
    4.4.14 – Security Sales & Integration – Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response’s two-part panel at ISC West 2014 covered the internal debate going on within the electronic security industry about video verification. More Info

Legislative News

Full Text Brief Description and Current Status History



Senator Mack Bodi White, Jr. | PRIVATE SECURITY: Reduces the amount of insurance required of licensed private security companies for care, custody, and control from $500,000 to $100,000..
Status: 03/26/2014 : Read second time by title and referred to the Committee on Judiciary B.


Relating to: professional licensure of locksmiths, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. Keywords: SB698, Senate Bill 698, SB 698, Sen Bill 698, SAFETY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF, TRADES AND OCCUPATIONS | Senator
Status: 4/1/2014 : Read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary and Labor


State & National News

  • NC: ‘Do not call’ violations top list of NC consumer complaints
    4.1.14 – WRAL.com Raleigh – Unwanted sales calls to phone numbers placed on the Do Not Call Registry was the top consumer complaint in North Carolina last year, according to a report released Tuesday by state Attorney General Roy Cooper. More Info
  • Sensors Will Be Everywhere in Less Than Three Years
    1.21.14 – Baseline – By the end of 2016, six out of 10 users surveyed believe that sensors will be in our offices, our cars, our homes, on trains and in every other imaginable place. More Info
  • U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March; unemployment rate at 6.7 percent
    4.4.14 – Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to a Labor Department report released Friday morning. The nation’s unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent. More Info

Business Tips

  • A Third of Employees Do Most of Their Work Remotely
    3.27.14 – Thirty-one percent of full-time employees in the U.S. do most of their work remotely, and nearly three out of four teleworkers are male, according to a recent report from the Flex+Strategy Group. More Info
  • How to kill strategic planning before starting
    3.25.14 – Multibrief – Strategic planning is an investment about every three years. Volunteers invest a lot of time and money to attend the strategic planning retreat. The result should be a document to guide the board, committees and staff for several years. Some groups sabotage the planning process with shortcuts and frugality that often backfire. Here is a look at a few ways strategic planning can be killed before starting. More Info
  • 5 core skills for remote leaders
    3.26.14 – Management Issues – The demands of leading a team who don’t share a common location or time zone are an order of magnitude more difficult than if they are in the same building. That calls for additional leadership skills on top of those normally needed. More Info
  • Questions That Smart Employees–and Bosses–Ask
    3.31.14 – Baseline – Savvy employees understand how to take charge of their relationship with their manager in order to cultivate a mutually beneficial partnership. Read the list of smart questions this executive coach has crafted. More Info
  • 3 Business Secrets to Learn From Listening to Your Body …
    4.1.14 – Entrepreneur – Just as exercise pros do, think strategically and allocate the right energy and time to your company to arrive at fiscal health… More Info

Fire News

  • BC: Smoke alarm saves life
    4.5.14 – The Powell River Peak – A house fire last night resulted in what Malaspina Fire Chief Dave Keiver is calling a total loss. At 7:30 Monday night 17 members from the Malaspina Fire Department were called to the home where they found the structure engulfed in flames. More Info
  • NH: Smoke alarm saves three adults from Center Harbor fire
    4.5.14 – The Union Leader – The three adults living in the home managed to get out, as one heard a smoke alarm and woke the others up. When firefighters arrived, the three occupants were … More Info
  • NY: Fire alarm streak disrupts JFK campus
    4.2.14 – The Riverdale Press – A series of false fire alarms forced the roughly 3,000 students on the John F. Kennedy campus to evacuate the building almost every weekday over a stretch of … More Info
  • OR: False alarm at Lloyd Center after shoppers report smoke
    3.31.14 – KOIN News 6 Portland – Shoppers who quickly called 911 after seeing large amounts of black smoke pour out of the Lloyd Center on Sunday learned the smoke was part of an annual test. More Info
  • PA: Fog machine sets off fire alarm at ‘Rock of Ages’ show
    3.31.14 – Scranton Times-Tribune – Scranton – A malfunctioning fog machine set off a fire alarm at the Scranton Cultural Center during Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s … More Info
  • TX: Fire in north Tyler determined to be false alarm
    4.5.14 – KLTV – Upon arrival, crews determined that no flames were present at the house. Officials have determined that the call was a false alarm. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Thieves in Mountain Brook take advantage of warmer temps, steal …
    4.2.14 – al.com (blog) – Some people have a fob which controls their home alarm system on their key ring. This can compromise your personal security and that of your property. More Info
  • AL: Two arrested in connection to Jackson-Olin High School break-in
    3.31.14 – FOX 6 News Birmingham – Birmingham police have arrested two people in connection with a school break-in. More Info
  • AL: Woman wakes up to alarm, finds burglar
    4.5.14 – WAFF – The victim told police that she was awakened by her alarm sounding and glass breaking around 6 a.m. She said that when she went to investigate, she saw an … More Info
  • AR: Burglars bust through roof to steal liquor, booze, cash
    4.3.14 – KATV Little Rock – Pine Bluff – Burglars generally break in through a window or bust down the front door, but Pine Bluff Police are looking for two men who broke into a liquor store “James Bond” style – they broke in through the roof. More Info
  • AZ: Police looking for suspect in neon sign burglary
    4.5.14 – ABC 15 Phoenix – Police are still looking for the suspect of a burglary that occurred in February at Graham’s Neon Signs on North County Club Drive in Mesa. More Info
  • CA: Brazen burglars break into Grass Valley jewelry store (VIDEO)
    4.1.14 – The Union of Grass Valley – But no one heard the alarm, which went off about 8:30 p.m., or noticed the broken glass until a newspaper delivery person called 911 at just before 3 a.m., said … More Info
  • CA: Grass Valley Jewelry Thieves Get Head-Start After Phone Line Disconnected
    4.3.14 – CBS Sacramento – As soon as they broke into Grass Valley Gold and Silver, the alarm went off. But because the owners had disconnected their land line, the police were never called. More Info
  • CA: Suspect throws money into the air after morning robbery
    4.4.14 – KRCRTV.COM – The clothing was found across the street and returned to the business after officer’s responded to a burglary alarm at 6:04 am. King was additionally charged… More Info
  • FL: Police arrest one after reports of armed gunman
    4.5.14 – Key West Citizen – Key West – Police searching for a possible armed man caused alarm in Old Town Thursday night after officers received reports he threatened another with a handgun, according to incident… More Info
  • GA: Springfield police: false alarm leads to man’s arrest
    4.3.14 – Savannah Morning News – From incident reports at the Springfield Police Department: March 20: Police investigated a security alarm that went off at a house. The homeowner said he wasn’t sure why the alarm sounded; everything was OK. More Info
  • IL: Police investigate RFHS break-in
    4.2.14 – SaukValley.com – Rock Falls – Rock Falls police are investigating a break-in that happened at Rock Falls High School over the weekend. Shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, police responded to an active alarm at the high school. More Info
  • IL: Saint Laurent Paris store burglarized in Gold Coast
    4.4.14 – WGN TV Chicago – A brazen burglary in the Gold Coast where thieves busted the window at the Saint Laurent Paris store and took off with $100,000 worth of merchandise. Police responded to a burglary alarm just before 3 a.m. Friday at the store … More Info
  • LA: N. P. Moss break-in suspects arrested
    4.1.14 – KATC 3 Lafayette -The two juveniles who allegedly broke into N. P. Moss Prep Academy two weekends ago are now charged with unauthorized entry of a building. Lafayette police arrested the suspects, a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, on Monday. Police say the suspects broke into the school through a second-floor window. Investigators say they believe an alarm scared the suspects, causing them to flee the … More Info
  • MD: Man who robbed Ellicott City pharmacy tries again
    4.2.14 – Daily Journal – Officers say he approached the counter and demanded drugs. But the employee said she had activated the store’s alarm. The suspect fled empty-handed. More Info
  • MD: Police arrest man suspected of stealing cars
    4.4.14 – ABC 2 Baltimore – An Upper Marlboro man was charged this week in connection with a March auto dealership burglary that was followed by a police-involved shooting. More Info
  • MI: 2 attempted break-ins reported at Ypsilanti Township homes
    4.3.14 – The Ann Arbor News – Investigators believe an audible alarm that went off during the incident caused the suspect to flee. No description was available in that incident. Anyone with … More Info
  • NC: Police investigate store break-ins
    4.1.14 – Rocky Mount Telegram – Rocky Mount police are investigating two commercial break-ins that happened during the early morning hours this weekend. More Info
  • ND: Home Invasion Attempt
    4.5.14 – KX TV North Dakota – Minot police are investigating a home invasion that happened this morning in southeast Minot as family members slept. The call came in shortly after 4-am in the Green Valley neighborhood, south of the… More Info
  • NJ: Ringwood police make arrest in market burglary
    3.31.14 – NorthJersey.com – Although an activated alarm on that date brought Officer Derrick Doyle quickly to the scene at Cupsaw Plaza, it was too late to catch anyone in the act. What he … More Info
  • OH: Police nab suspected burglar in candy store
    3.31.14 – Cincinnati.com – Police were called to Peter Minges & Son Wholesale Candy and Confection downtown about 7:30 a.m. after getting an alarm. When police … More Info
  • ON: $4,000-$5,000 worth of cigarettes stolen in Oakville break-in
    3.31.14 – Burlington Post – Halton police are investigating after $4,000-$5,000 worth of cigarettes was stolen from a Mac’s Convenience Store. early Saturday morning. More Info
  • PA: Suspect Arrested After Burlington County Bank Robbery
    4.4.14 – CBS Philadelphia – The incident occurred at the bank … More Info
  • TX: El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies arrest woman in Dollar General burglary
    4.3.14 – El Paso Times – An 18-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday in connection to a burglary of a Dollar General store after shoe prints led to her home, sheriff officials said. More Info
  • TX: Masked suspect breaks into upscale River Oaks spa
    4.2.14 – ABC 13 Houston – Police say the suspect’s behavior makes them think it could be an inside job, but they aren’t ruling out other possibilities… More Info
  • TX: Owner: Six shotguns taken from pawn shop, truck abandoned inside store
    4.3.14 – KLTV 7 Tyler – A pawnshop in Gregg County is now a drive-thru after a truck crashed into the building early Thursday morning. More Info
  • TX: Police arrest juvenile in connection with pawn shop gun theft
    4.4.14 – KLTV 7 Tyler – Longview police say the juvenile suspect was arrested, but police are still looking for information on the stolen items, which include six shotguns. More Info
  • TX: Police catch suspected burglar coming out of Dollar General with stuffed backpack
    4.2.14 – KHOU 11 – Houston – Police responded to an alarm call early Wednesday where they said they found a man coming out of a store with a backpack stuffed with stolen items. The call came in around 1:15 a.m. at the Dollar General, Houston police said. The man apparently broke glass at the front of the store to get in. He stuffed his backpack with sunglasses, cologne, toothpaste … More Info
  • TX: Thieves smash truck into NE Houston convenience store
    3.31.14 – KPRC Local 2 Houston – Police are searching for the three people who smashed into a Northeast Houston convenience store. According to Houston… More Info

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