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Public Safety Updates

  • IL: City of Aurora Finance Committee Agenda met Feb. 14.
    4.27.17 – DuPage Policy Journal – 17-00109 An Ordinance Amending Chapter 17, Article IV Regarding Fire Alarm Systems And Chapter 36, Article IV Regarding Police Alarm Systems. 17-00122 … More Info
  • NS: Cops warn against unlicensed alarm companies
    4.27.17 – TheChronicleHerald.ca – Officers say people have been reporting the salespeople offering new or upgraded alarm systems, but the two companies involved are not licensed to operate in … More Info

Industry News

  • Automated phone calls to ADT landed me with an alarming bill
    4.24.17 – The Guardian – I read a piece from you dating back to 2014 regarding regular ADT daily call costs arising from testing a domestic alarm system. I believe my problem might be … More Info
  • Alarm.com files patent infringement lawsuit against SecureNet and Protect America
    4.26.17 – SIW – Company seeks to prohibit further sales of offending products, monetary damages… More Info
  • Smoke and CO Detector Workshop Reveals Alarming Industry Issues
    4.27.17 – Security Sales & Integration – In February I attended a “Workshop for Survey on Usage and Functionality of Smoke Alarms and CO Alarms in Households” that was conducted by the NFPA … More Info
  • New ordinance may mean increased security at dispensaries
    4.27.17 – KRCRTV.COM – Some of the safety protocols include color security cameras in all rooms of dispensaries, along with burglary and fire alarm systems. Outdoor commercial … More Info
  • S.T.O.P. Alarm named outstanding business honoree
    4.28.17 – Porterville Recorder – Mayor Milt Stowe, center, congratulates Teri Irish, the president of S.T.O.P. Alarm, left, and Ron Irish, the owner, vice president and qualified manager for S.T.O.P. … More Info
  • Deadline Extended for 2017 Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award Program
    4.25.17 – SSI – Entries for the program, which honors excellence in false alarm management, are due by May 12. More Info

State & National News

  • Survey: Consumer awareness, adoption of smart home tech to see big uptick
    4.25.17 – SIW – More than half of consumers plan to buy a smart device within the next two years… More Info
  • Do fake security signs prevent break-ins?
    4.26.17 – KSL.com – Can you just slap a home security alarm company’s sticker on your window and keep potential thieves at bay? The answer is yes. Home security signs of any … More Info
  • SAFE Security awarded nearly $1.5 million in lawsuit against Alder …
    4.26.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – In the unanimous 8-0 decision against defendants including Alder Holdings LLC, Alarm Protection Technology LLC, Alarm Protection Technology Alaska LLC, … More Info
  • This box can see through walls – and it could shake up home security
    4.28.17 – CBC.ca – … it doesn’t recognize, it will send you an alert and can even sound an alarm. … outside the house, for example, but couldn’t provide statistics on false alarms. More Info
  • Some alarm dialers must be reset
    4.29.17 – Sun Community News- Essex County Emergency Services Director Donald Jaquish said the County 911 Center is phasing out alarm dialers that call them on a special number anyway, … More Info
  • Business Tips
  • How to Enhance Value Proposition and RMR Potential With Managed Service Providers
    4.28.17 – SSI – Puzzled by the networking know-how needed to deliver a ‘complete’ security solution these days? Enlisting IT managed service providers can enhance your value proposition and RMR potential with commercial… More Info
  • How Selling Value to End Customers Leads to Recurring Revenue
    4.21.17 – SSI – Selling on value, says Viakoo CEO Bud Broomhead, requires systems integrators to show the client how their business will be improved by what the integrator is offering. More Info
  • The Answers to These 4 Questions Are the Keys to Maxing Your Productivity
    4.28.17 – Entrepreneur – After talking with 100 entrepreneurs about how they plan and execute their days, four questions emerged. These four words will allow you to become more productive because you will be more specific and intentional regarding your “get done” list. More Info
  • 3 Traits Every Great Salesperson Needs
    4.26.17 – Entrepreneur – Breaking down the difference between a good salesperson and a great one. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: False fire alarm causes evacuation at Scottsdale apartment complex
    4.30.17 – AZFamily – Officials with the Scottsdale Fire Department say about 50-70 residents returned to their apartments after they determined there was no fire early Sunday … More Info
  • CA: Homemade smoke device found in boys’ restroom sends Granite …
    4.27.17 – 10News – El Cajon Police Department responded to reports of a ringing fire alarm at the school at 10:10 a.m. to find the device had … More Info
  • CO: Fire alarm, haze, prompt evacuations from Colorado Springs …
    4.24.17 – Colorado Springs Gazette – A light “haze” caused by faulty HVAC system disrupted operations at a medical office building near Memorial North Hospital on Monday afternoon, prompting … More Info
  • CT: Fire log
    4.24.17 – Shelton Herald – #4 responded to an automatic fire alarm sounding at the Wild Kanji Restaurant. There was no fire. Smoke from cooking caused the .. More Info
  • CT: Fire alarm evacuates State Capitol Thursday morning
    4.27.17 – WTNH Connecticut News – Hartford, Conn. – The State Capitol building in Hartford was evacuated for a brief time after the fire alarm sounded Thursday morning. Fire crews … More Info
  • GA: Mediation in Marshall Square fire fails, according to attorney
    4.28.17 – The Augusta Chronicle – The residents remained in their homes after the fire alarm sounded in the middle of the night because the owners and staff instructed residents to “shelter in … More Info
  • KS: Smoke removed from Lincoln Hall dining area on Topeka’s …
    4.27.17 – Topeka Capital Journal – By that time, an automatic smoke alarm had notified the Topeka Fire Department, which arrived about the same time. Once firefighters made it inside, Brunkow … More Info
  • MD: Blaze causes $100K in damage to Damascus home
    4.24.17 – WHAG – Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesperson Pete Piringer said this serves as a good reminder to everyone about the vital importance of smoke alarms. More Info
  • NL: Marystown firefighters respond to alarm at Grace Sparkes House
    4.28.17 – The Southern Gazette – The Marystown Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of an alarm activation at the Grace Sparkes House Thursday morning. More Info
  • NY: Father honored after saving son from burning home
    4.26.17 – Olean Times Herald – Vaughn yelled to Johnson, and the alarm upstairs sounded. The downstairs alarm remained silent. “Thank God there was one that was working because I don’t … More Info
  • PA: Homeowner identifies cause of blaze
    4.24.17 – Altoona Mirror – Decker was out getting pizza when McCort was awakened about 10 p.m. Sunday by a smoke alarm and hustled the five children out of the house. McCort said … More Info
  • WA: ADT Helps Save Seattle Woman and Her Cat from House Fire
    4.25.17 –Yahoo Finance – About then, ADT dispatchers from both the Jacksonville, FL and Knoxville, TN Customer Care Centers started receiving the fire alarms and phoned Grainger. More Info
  • WV: An alarming morning
    4.29.17 – Williamson Daily News – As I made my rounds, I prayed…for my family, friends, church people, co-workers, etc. and pondered the day before me. Suddenly, the alarm went off-screaming … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Blotter Briefs 4-25-17
    4.24.17 – Times Daily – Holmes said officers responded to an alarm at the facility and saw movement inside the building. He said when other officers got to the … More Info
  • AL: ‘Career criminal’ gets 3 consecutive life sentences in store slaying …
    4.28.17 – WSFA – They told Purnell they couldn’t go back inside the store without setting the alarm off because they didn’t have the code so he knocked one of them, a woman, … More Info
  • AL: Thieves get away with $70K worth of merchandise from Auburn …
    4.27.17 – WSFA – “My security alarm company called and said ‘your burglar alarm is going off with motion sensors.’ I said call the police. I mean they were long gone before the … More Info
  • AR: ATM stolen from Texarkana, AR grocery store
    4.28.17 – KSLA-TV – The staff at a Texarkana, AR grocery store is left cleaning up after someone broke into the store and stole an ATM. It happened around 3:30 a.m. at the … More Info
  • AR: Police: Little Rock tortilla shop’s front door smashed; $400 stolen
    4.26.17 – Arkansas Online – Little Rock police officers were sent to Tortilla Brenda at 1:18 a.m. after the store’s alarm started going off, according to a police report. More Info
  • CA: Carpinteria Bank Robbed
    4.28.17 – Santa Barbara Independent – A silent alarm was triggered, and deputies responded to the bank. The suspect is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic … More Info
  • CA: Knock-knock Burglars Terrorize San Fernando Valley
    4.26.17 – NBC Southern California – One homeowner who allowed NBC4 to use his Ring doorbell video says even his alarm system didn’t deter the two burglars who he says broke in through a … More Info
  • CA: Napa commercial burglary, police chase result in arrest
    4.28.17 – Napa Valley Register – A 46-year-old Oakland man was in the Napa County jail Friday following a burglary at Napa Power Equipment in the pre-dawn hours that resulted in a police … More Info
  • CA: Natomas residents feel neglected by understaffed Sacramento PD
    4.27.17 – KCRA Sacramento – After the alarm went off, Laura Flournoy was first to arrive home, along with the neighborhood security team. Then, they waited for police to show. “But, the police … More Info
  • CA: Police log: Lomita, Palos Verdes Peninsula crime reports
    4.27.17 – The Daily Breeze – A security-gate electric box and alarm were reported stolen. … More Info
  • CA: Sandwich shop break-in reported in Camarillo
    4.26.17 – Ventura County Star – A break-in at a sandwich shop was reported early Wednesday morning in Camarillo, officials said. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm just … More Info
  • CA: Santa Rosa burglary of $13K in power tools could be part of ring
    4.28.17 – Santa Rosa Press Democrat – The incident began when Belkorp Ag’s silent alarm was triggered, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Store manager Chris Hale called the Sheriff’s … More Info
  • CT: Meriden man charged with burglarizing optician’s office
    4.26.17 – Meriden Record-Journal – 13, police responded to Dr. Robert Block’s office for a report of a burglar alarm, according to the arrest warrant. Police discovered the south side … More Info
  • FL: 2 Arrested In Miami Beach Attempted Break-In
    4.26.17 – CBS Miami – As they walked toward the main entrance, they set off a motion alarm. Both men then took off, jumped the front fence and ran into the neighborhood. More Info
  • FL: Bank robbery suspect surrenders at Cascades Park
    4.25.17 – Tallahassee.com – N dye packs r silent alarms,” the teller immediately activated the alarm. Lawson fled the bank with $1,480. During the robbery, tellers noticed Lawson trying to … More Info
  • FL: Burglar uses newspaper to evade security camera and steal $11000 …
    4.29.17 – Miami Herald – Miami Beach police were on their way Wednesday morning, after the home’s alarm went off. When police arrived, they found the side door busted open and a … More Info
  • FL: Man sought in Orange Park death arrested Wednesday in Jacksonville
    4.26.17 – Florida Times-Union – About 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jacksonville police were dispatched to an alarm call at the home, Daniels said. There they found the door ajar, the suspect inside … More Info
  • FL: Owner says at least 5 cars stolen from Delray Hyundai
    4.27.17 – WPTV.com – O’Neill, who owns the dealership with his brother, Jim O’Neill, said the thieves cut power off to the building, disabling the alarm system. Then they ransacked the … More Info
  • FL: Police: Man found hiding in pharmacy by cleaning staff
    4.26.17 – Gainesville Times – A Gainesville man was found hiding under a table inside a Gainesville pharmacy, police said. Gainesville Police responded to an alarm 7 p.m. Tuesday at the … More Info
  • FL: Shoeless man tries to break into Boca Raton shoe store and loses
    4.28.17 – WPTV.com – “We’re well equipped with security cameras, alarm system, and also the hurricane glass.” The motion sensor camera fires up early Friday morning, just after 1:50 … More Info
  • GA: Masked man burrows through business to steal powerful painkillers
    4.27.17 – WSB Atlanta – Johns Creek police say once inside, the man cut wires to an alarm system and attempted to disrupt the video cameras. But he missed one, and it caught him … More Info
  • GA: Police: Burglar burrowed his way into pharmacy, stole narcotics
    4.28.17 – WSB Atlanta – Captain Chris Byers told Petchenik the suspect cut alarm wires and tried to destroy a DVR box. Byers said detectives later found the digital video recorder box in … More Info
  • GA: VIDEO: Auburn thieves caught smashing, stealing $70K worth of …
    4.26.17 – WTVM – On early Monday morning, the store manager, John Oliver, received a call from security saying the burglary alarm went off. Surveillance video showed a group of … More Info
  • IL: 40 guns stolen from Oak Forest gun range, police search for 4 …
    4.28.17 – WLS-TV – Police said around 4:30 a.m., they responded to a glass break alarm at the Eagle Sports Range. Police said the business was closed at … More Info
  • IN: ‘Beaking and entering’? A cop, an alarm and a turkey
    4.30.17 – Indianapolis Star – The Hendricks County Sheriff showed some levity while telling the story on Facebook of what deputy John Pionke found when responding to a report of an alarm … More Info
  • IN: Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputy responds to residential alarm …
    4.28.17 – Fox 59 – Hendricks County, Ind. – A Hendricks County Sheriff’s Deputy didn’t find the type of intruder he was expecting when he answered a report of a home alarm … More Info
  • IN: Police in Fishers arrest two suspects accused of stealing from …
    4.27.17 – WTTV CBS4Indy – Police were dispatched to investigate a residential alarm going off. “It’s not a crime we see very often, but obviously one we … More Info
  • IN: Teens caught breaking into vending machines at Riley High School
    4.24.17 – South Bend Tribune – According to a report from South Bend police, officers were called to the school around 11:45 p.m. Friday on report of a burglary alarm. When officers arrived … More Info
  • LA: Alexandria man arrested for burglary, stealing vehicle, flight from …
    4.27.17 – KALB News – Alexandria, La. (APD) – On April 27, around 2:30 a.m., APD officers responded to an alarm activation at a business. More Info
  • LA: Anything that can go wrong, does as burglar botches heist
    4.25.17 – WWL – A man who broke in to a shoe store, came in with the skill of an Ocean’s 11 operative, but, after tripping the alarm, forgot he didn’t have a … More Info
  • LA: Louisiana Deputy Killed Responding To Alarm
    4.30.17 – LawOfficer.com – The Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Justin L. Beard, age 26, was killed in a one vehicle traffic collision while responding to a burglary alarm during a severe … More Info
  • LA: Video: Man falls from ceiling, clumsily tries to escape after robbing …
    4.24.17 – The Advocate – Around 12:40 a.m. last Monday, NOPD said a man broke into the store through the ceiling, setting off the alarm. After trying to escape, the burglar fled through an … More Info
  • MA: Police logs: Investigations into B&E (with food fight?) and possibly …
    4.24.17 – mysouthborough – 0552 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a residence…. More Info
  • MI: Sentencing for Bruce Township clerk who pleaded guilty to super …
    4.28.17 – WXYZ – According to State Police, Brockmann was at the township hall at 3 a.m. when the building alarm went off. Officers arrived and that’s when she reportedly backed … More Info
  • MI: Thieves break into Boston Market in Allen Park, find an empty safe
    4.25.17 – Southgate News Herald – An employee arrived that morning and used her key to open the main doors. However, once inside, she heard the alarm going off and noticed the office window … More Info
  • MN: Cops use murdered woman’s Fitbit to charge husband
    4.26.17 – Channel4000.com – At 9:04 a.m., Dabate sent his supervisor an e-mail saying an alarm had gone off at his house and he’s got to go back and check on it. Connie’s Fitbit registered … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report for April 16-22
    4.26.17 – Southernminn.com – Responded to a residential alarm. Home secure; false alarm. • Officer arrested an adult male from Lonsdale for driving after … More Info
  • MO: Cape Girardeau police investigate early morning break-in at AT&T
    4.24.17 – KFVS – Officers on the scene tell Heartland News that they responded to an alarm around 2:30 a.m. Monday, April 24 and found that someone smashed the glass front … More Info
  • MO: Fast-spreading fire ruins Lee’s Summit home and belongings
    4.25.17 – Kansas City Star – Nichole Ahlstrom said she heard glass breaking and the security alarm went off. “It sounded like to me that somebody had broken into the house,” she said. More Info
  • MO: Ozarks Gun Dealers Fight Increase in Thefts
    4.25.17 – OzarksFirst.com – Owner Myron Bahm tells KOLR10; “We had someone cut through the back door, crawled across the floor to avoid our alarm system and they came in.”. More Info
  • MO: Thieves steal more than 100 cellphones and tablets, prompting …
    4.27.17 – Kansas City Star – Police responded to a business alarm at the Sprint store about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the front glass door had been shattered … More Info
  • MS:  Surveillance video shows burglary at Woodrow Wilson business
    4.28.17 – WJTV – The owner, Randy Phillips, said the alarm system didn’t go off because the burglar ducked below the sensor. The video thief went into the office and looked for … More Info
  • NH: North Hampton police probe jewelry store burglary
    4.24.17 – Seacoastonline.com – Crimeline for the Hamptons announced it is offering the reward Monday, two days after police responded to a burglar alarm at the store … More Info
  • NJ: Police charge suspect in cell tower battery thefts
    4.28.17 – NorthJersey.com – Investigators said the utility boxes at the base of cell phone towers were opened and an alarm activator disabled with tape, Batelli said. The 64 batteries stolen … More Info
  • NM: APD: Man reported missing, apartment ransacked
    4.27.17 – Albuquerque Journal – Williams’ girlfriend found his apartment in disarray with the alarm panel torn off the wall and security camera wires ripped out, according to police. His girlfriend … More Info
  • NM: Police investigating man’s disappearance as ‘possible kidnapping’
    4.28.17 – KOB 4 – Police say an alarm went off at 56-year-old Terry Williams’ apartment around 5 a.m. Wednesday. His girlfriend showed up to find the place ransacked. Williams … More Info
  • NY: NCPD: Bethpage Man In Police Custody After Breaking Into and …
    4.24.17 – LongIsland.com – Mall security responded to the scene after the fire alarm was set off. Security observed the defendant run through the broken door, across the parking lot and into … More Info
  • NY: Police Investigate Milan Mobil Station Burglary
    4.24.17 – Hudson Valley News Network – The burglary occurred on Sunday Apr. 23, 2017, about 4:15 a.m., at which time, said police, unknown suspects disabled the alarm system and stole cash from … More Info
  • NY: Syracuse police catch burglar inside Dunk & Bright furniture store …
    4.25.17 – Syracuse.com – Officer JM Giarrusso responded to a burglary alarm at the South Salina Street store at 3:40 a.m. When he arrived, Giarrusso saw a man carrying two laptop … More Info
  • NY: Two men charged with burglary to Wonder Lake grocery store
    4.25.17 – Northwest Herald – Members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at 3:17 a.m. Friday at the Village Market and found that someone … More Info
  • OH: Bucyrus Police: “Accidental” teen shooting leads to 4 charges
    4.26.17 – Richland Source – 2:03 p.m. A false alarm was received … 1:05 a.m. A false alarm at the Bucyrus School Administration building was … More Info
  • OH: Bucyrus Police: Midnight Pokemon players draw cop call
    4.24.17 – Richland Source – 7:51 p.m. Officers responded to an alarm . … 9:27 a.m. A false alarm was received from Bucyrus Preferred Wireless… More Info
  • OR: Gresham gun store robbed
    4.27.17 – Portland Tribune – Police received an alarm call from Advanced Firearms Training and discovered the missing items. Surveillance images showed the … More Info
  • PA: Armed robber assaults convenience store clerk
    4.25.17 – Lebanon Daily News – Officers responding to a panic alarm set off at 8:28 p.m. in the Hutter’s Gas Station arrived to find the shaken 52-year-old clerk, who told them the … More Info
  • PA: GANT Weekend Police Blotter
    4.24.17 – Gant Daily – Police responded to an alarm at a local business. Police received a report about an alleged incident of harassment at the Lawrence Park Village Apartments. More Info
  • PA: Lebanon man charged with armed robbery at Hutter’s
    4.27.17 – Lebanon Daily News – Police were dispatched at 8:28 p.m. to the store for a panic alarm. When they arrived, a 52-year-old store employee told them the store had been robbed. More Info
  • PA: Man found dead after downtown Allentown apartment stove fire
    4.24.17 – Allentown Morning Call – Allentown firefighters were dispatched 5:10 p.m. where they went on a report of a smoke alarm in a fourth … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg police blotter, April 23
    4.24.17 – North Country Now – 3:54 p.m. — Alarm activation at Ogdensburg International Airport. Report was false. More Info
  • VT: Police: Man Admitted to Robbing Champlain Farms Twice
    4.24.17 – My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22 – Police say they were called just after 6 p.m. on Monday, after a panic alarm was activated. Officials say two employees said they had just been robbed by a man … More Info
  • WA: Stolen car seen on surveillance during attempted burglary
    4.24.17 – KIRO Seattle – Police responded to an alarm at the gas station. After reviewing surveillance video, they determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Kent on … More Info
  • WI: Dick’s Sporting Goods robbed
    4.27.17 – WMTV – Madison, Wis. – Madison Police responded to an alarm at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Thursday morning around 12:10. More Info

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