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NationalMonitorMay 11, 2015

Association Events

  • MDBFAA Member Meeting
    Wednesday, May 13 –  Today’s trends in the electronic security industry- what are they and what can you do about them anyway? – Steve Rubin More Info
  • 2015 Bowling Tournament – Central Texas Chapter – TBFAA
    May 19th 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00pm at Highland Lanes (http://highlandlanes.com/)

Door to Door Sales

  • BBB Warning to Consumers; What You Need to Know About Door-to …
    5.7.15 – Sackville Tribune Post – The Better Business Bureau Serving the Atlantic Provinces is warning consumers to be extremely cautious when answering the door to traveling alarm system …More Info
  • “Be skeptical of any offer you receive at your front door:” Take a pass …
    5.7.15 – fox6now.com – Madison (WITI) – As warmer weather returns to our state, it also tends to bring door-to-door sales teams to our communities. Alarm systems, windows … More Info
  • BBB warns of high-pressure alarm system sales
    5.8.15 – TheChronicleHerald.ca – The Better Business Bureau of the Atlantic Provinces is warning consumers to be cautious when answering the door to alarm system salespeople. More Info
  • Be on the lookout for travelling sales crew scams this summer
    5.8.15 – WHBL Sheboygan – “Paving and construction, people with windows, there’s things as small and simple as magazines, there’s certainly alarm system companies that go out and do … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: False alarm plan could reduce burden for YPD
    5.5.15 – Yuma Sun – According to the Yuma Police Department, officers responded to just over 5,000 false alarms last year, or more than 99 percent of all security system alarms. More Info
  • AZ: Council discusses alarm ordinance, apartment complex
    5.6.15 – Yuma Sun – At a Tuesday work session, Yuma City Council members asked for a revised ordinance on false security system alarms to consider alongside an unchanged … More Info
  • OH: City considers fines for false alarms
    5.8.15 – Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – Bucyrus – The city of Bucyrus is considering dropping its annual permit fee for burglar alarms and replacing it with fines for excessive false alarms. More Info

Industry News

  • How Police Respond to Security Alarms: Why Video Verification Matters
    5.7.15 – CEPro – Law enforcement officials explain “priority response” and the importance of professional security monitoring with video verification. More Info
  • Pamela Petrow named president of CSAA International
    5.5.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Central Station Alarm Association International on Monday announced that Pamela Petrow, president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Vector Security, has been …More Info
  • Alarm industry veteran develops DIY home security system
    5.5.15 – SecurityInfoWatch -Abode to offer professional monitoring, installation for its alarm solution… More Info
  • Military Family Hit With Home Security Bill, Had Tried to Cancel 2 …
    5.7.15 – ABC News – We had the same problem — when my husband was medically discharged from the Army, they refused to cancel our alarm contract even though we followed …More Info
  • Halo Smart Labs, the World’s Safest and Smartest Smoke Alarm …
    5.8.15 – Benzinga – Halo Smart Labs will launch the world’s safest and smartest smoke alarms, Halo and Halo WX, on Indiegogo on May 13, 2015. Halo is the first alarm to utilize … More Info
  • The Tricky Ways Burglars Can Break into Your Home
    5.10.15 – ABC News – An hour and a half later, Christine comes home and turns off her alarm system. … High-tech security cameras and alarms are little match for a trained criminal. More Info

Legislative News

·        Bill Text ·        Brief Description and Current Status
CASB00177Text Wieckowski | An act to amend Sections 7590.1, 7591.10, 7593.1, 7593.6, 7593.7, 7594.4, 7599.32, 7599.34, 7599.42, 7599.43, 7599.48, and 7599.61 of the Business and Professions Code, Relating to alarm companies.
Status: 05/05/2015 : Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR. COMM. LOCATION : SEN JUDICIARY COMM. ACTION DATE : 04/28/2015 COMM. ACTION : Do pass as amended, and re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations. COMM. VOTE SUMMARY : Ayes: 06 Noes: 00 PASS
History CASB00177Text
NYAB07358Text By Pichardo | Add S14-155, NYC Ad Cd Enacts the “Safe Streets Security Camera Registry Act” for the city of New York.
Status: 05/06/2015 : referred to cities
History NYAB07358Text

State & National News

  • OSHA Unveils New Safety and Health Poster
    5.1.15 – OHS – OSHA this week unveiled a new version of its “Job Safety and Health – It’s the Law!” poster. The poster informs workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities. More Info
  • G.O.P. expands labor battle to laws setting state construction wages
    5.2.15 – The New York Times – Efforts to end prevailing-wage laws are emerging in statehouses around the nation. NCSL resources on prevailing wages. More Info
  • NTSB Alert Offers Recommendations for Commercial Vehicle Video Systems
    5.5.15 – OHS – The National Transportation Safety Board recently released a safety report on the benefits of commercial vehicle onboard video systems and also a Safety Alert with recommendations for ensuring the quality of video from these systems is optimal. More Info
  • Millennials and the Demise of the Single Family Home
    5.6.15 – CEPro – Do millennials want their piece of suburbia? Explore research from the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies and what the findings mean for the CE industry. More Info
  • OSHA Unveils New Safety and Health Poster
    5.1.15 – OHS – OSHA this week unveiled a new version of its “Job Safety and Health – It’s the Law!” poster. The poster informs workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities. More Info

Business Tips

  • Middle Managers Are the Latest Hacker Target
    4.30.15 – CIO Insight – Hackers are focusing more on businesses, particularly middle managers, in order to exploit users’ psychology and circumvent IT security. More Info
  • Companies Use Predictive Analytics to Surveil Workers
    4.30.15 – Baseline – When predictive analytics is applied to HR, it’s the beginning of machine-based surveillance of employees. It’s a Minority Report-style attempt at pre-crime: stopping employee transgressions before they happen. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: ‘The Late Late Show’ shows guests a hot time – literally
    5.9.15 -Kansas City Star – A fire alarm went off, and a shocked Corden sent the show to a commercial. After the break, a bare-bones version of the production came back. This time, though … More Info
  • FL: Fire breaks out in science lab at Coral Park High School
    5.8.15 – Local 10 – A Miami-Dade Public Schools representative told Local 10 News that the fire was small, and students were evacuated from the building after the fire alarm went … More Info
  • MO: Smoke testing raises the alarm
    5.9.15 -Hannibal.net – The smoke testing of portions of the city of Hannibal’s sanitary sewer system has prompted at least two calls to the Fire Department. The latest such response … More Info
  • NY: Police and fire calls
    5.9.15 -The Adirondack Daily Enterprise – Lake Placid – The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at Uihlein Living Center at 6:26 a.m. Friday with one truck and … More Info
  • OH: Microwave sets off fire alarm
    5.5.15 – Times Reporter – Firefighters said food that burned in a microwave oven set off a fire alarm at 10:08 p.m. Sunday in a break room in the Medical South Addition of Union Hospital … More Info
  • OR: Smoke alarm alerts sleeping Bend homeowner to fire
    KTVZ – A sleeping homeowner awakened by smoke alarms in Bend’s Romaine Village on Friday put out a fire in the bathroom, then evacuated before fire crews arrived, … More Info
  • PA: Kitchen fires damage apartment, house in Cheltenham
    5.5.15 – Montgomery Newspapers – Police responding to a call of a burglar alarm at 11:40 a.m. at the residence arrived to find the door locked, but a neighbor … More Info
  • TX: House Alarm Alerted La Feria Police to Fire
    5.8.15 – KRGV – developing this morning. a suspicious fire out of la feria. firefighters cleared the scene of a house fire. this is a live look at the scene right now. this is at the corner … More Info
  • WI: Carbon monoxide alarm alerts residents to danger from …
    Madison.com – A carbon monoxide alarm alerted residents of a residence to the danger from a malfunctioning stove on Friday afternoon, authorities reported. More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Springdale Police: Four Juveniles Arrested For Burglaries, Vehicle …
    5.9.15 -5newsonline.com – Officers, who were investigating an alarm, found the suspects as they were trying to breaking into the ATM in a parking lot and arrested two of them, while a third … More Info
  • AR: Woman arrested in LR mall robbery
    5.5.15 – Arkansas Online – George was arrested about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, after officers responded to a residential alarm. When police arrived, two officers checked the … More Info
  • CA: Burglars entering La Mesa homes via pet doors
    5.8.15 – 10News – We have an alarm, we have dogs and there’s usually somebody home.” One of their neighbors posted on Nextdoor, a private social network where people can … More Info
  • CA: Crime Report: Suspects allegedly try to hit OSH employee with car
    5.9.15 -Valley Sun – A woman came home at around 10:30 p.m., entering through an attached garage, and heard the burglary alarm sounding in her house. She noticed the front … More Info
  • CA: Deputies searching for burglary suspect
    5.6.15 – KRCRTV.COM – Lt. Wayne Hanson said that a deputy responded to a report of a burglary alarm going off at Murphey’s Market. When the deputy arrived at the market, … More Info
  • CA: Man held on suspected commercial burglary
    5.4.15 – Visalia Times-Delta – According to Visalia police, officers responded to Target for reports of a burglary alarm. According to police, the responding officers … More Info
  • CA: POLICE BEAT: Pacifica man cited for possessing drug paraphernalia
    5.9.15 -San Jose Mercury News – Marlin Drive, 2:36 p.m. A residential alarm went off at a house whose occupants were out of town, and a neighbor found glass missing from a side door to the … More Info
  • CA: Police pursue possible prowler
    5.5.15 – Napa Valley Register – 12:37 a.m.: Officers responded for a vehicle alarm. 1:00 a.m.: Officers responded for a commercial alarm in… More Info
  • CA: San Bruno Police Looking for Jewelry Thief
    5.4.15 – Patch.com – According to police, they responded to a residential alarm Wednesday at 2:42 p.m. Upon arriving at the residence, officers … More Info
  • CA: San Francisco smash and grab burglar caught on video
    5.7.15 – KRON4.com – “It is violating,” she said, explaining that she is in the process of purchasing an alarm system to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Giusti said she closed her … More Info
  • CO: Businesses Burglarized
    5.6.15 – The Mountain Jackpot – Vigil estimated that his store lost more than $20,000 in jewelry, a toll that could have been much worse if the thieves didn’t get scared off by an alarm. More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to activated burglar alarm, harassment complaint
    5.7.15 – Journal Advocate – At 10 a.m. deputies assisted with a civil standby. At 11:34 am. a deputy was dispatched in reference to an … More Info
  • CT: Hartford Police Catch Suspected Thieves With Stolen Wheels, Rims
    5.7.15 – Hartford Courant – According to police, Harte Infiniti’s surveillance cameras captured video of the suspected thieves about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, and the alarm company alerted police. More Info
  • CT: Meriden police investigating medical office break-in
    5.5.15 – Meriden Record-Journal – On Sunday, around 5 p.m., police received notification that a security alarm had been tripped at ProHealth Physicians, said police spokesman Lt…. More Info
  • FL: Naples spas targeted in overnight break ins
    5.8.15 – Naples Daily News – Neither of the hair salons had an alarm. All three women said they were surprised to see salons and spas targeted since they bring in less cash each day than … More Info
  • FL: Police search for gun thieves in Palm Bay
    5.5.15 – MyFoxOrlando.com – It’s also equipped with an alarm system, but the alarm system didn’t activate until it … The burglars were inside the shop for about five minutes before the alarm … More Info
  • IL: Police checking for links in separate break-ins
    5.5.15 – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette – An alarm box had also been broken away from the wall, Coffey said. Nothing was taken in that break-in. Anyone with information on either burglary is urged to … More Info
  • MA: Chelmsford police log, April 27-May 3
    5.9.15 -Wicked Local Chelmsford – 5:40 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported at a business on Alpha Road. 9:49 a.m.: Past theft of merchandise left outside was reported at Market Basket on … More Info
  • MA: Pittsfield Police log Wednesday, May 6
    5.7.15 – Berkshire Eagle – 6:59 a.m.: A report of a burglar alarm at the Stearns School. The alarm is false. 7:39 a.m.: A report of a motor vehicle break in on North … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate larceny, assist …
    5.10.15 – MLive.com – 2:55 a.m., Deputy Sawyer was dispatched to Glenshire for a commercial alarm. 3:01 a.m., Deputies Ruge and Laughlin were dispatched to… More Info
  • MI: Witnesses catch early morning break-in suspect
    5.5.15 – Cadillac News – The store’s alarm had not sounded, according to police. As the suspect exited the store, one of the witnesses confronted the man shortly before he fled on foot. More Info
  • MN: Cameras capture burglar on tape, with master key
    5.5.15 – Woodbury Bulletin – On May 10, 2014, officers responded to a burglar alarm and found Jerome James Humphreys III, who told Woodbury police he was walking from a trailer park to … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale Police Department
    5.6.15 – Southernminn.com – Responded to a residential alarm. Alarm set off by homeowner, false alarm. • Received report of a found prosthetic leg. More Info
  • MN: Second person charged in connection with restaurant burglaries
    5.9.15 -Isanti County News – 17, at approximately 5 a.m., Isanti County deputies Sean Hartnick and John Gillquist were dispatched to an alarm at Jumpin’ Jacks, … More Info
  • NC: Caught in the act: Man charged for breaking and entering
    5.4.15 – WITN – New Bern police responded to an alarm around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived to the 5 Points Mini Mart, officers saw 22-year-old … More Info
  • NH: New Hampshire Home Invaders Caught on Camera Ambushing …
    5.7.15 – ABC News – After she unlocked the door and disarmed the alarm system, “all of a sudden two guys rush her from behind,” Charlestown Chief Patrick Connors told ABC News … More Info
  • NH: New Hampshire woman left tied up for 9 hours after terrifying home …
    5.8.15 – KABC-TV – She unlocked her door, disarmed her alarm system and let out her dog. Surveillance footage outside of her home captured the two men attacking her at her front … More Info
  • NJ: Man steals cigars from Manchester convenience store
    5.5.15 – Asbury Park Press – On Monday at about 8:30 p.m., police responded to a burglar alarm at the Country Farms convenience store … More Info
  • NJ: Police Searching for Bridgewater Pharmacy Burglar
    5.7.15 – WHSV – On April 14, at about 1:10 a.m. Bridgewater police responded to an alarm at the Bridgewater Pharmacy. The responding officers found … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Teen Smashed Manchester Store Window, Stole Cigars
    5.5.15 – Patch.com – Manchester Patrolmen Kyle Rickvalsky and Michael Steffen responded to a commercial burglar alarm at the store and found the front door had been shattered … More Info
  • NY: Wheatfield burglary suspect caught after alarm scares him off
    5.9.15 – Buffalo News – Dominic Passanisi, 22, was captured about 4:14 a.m. after an alarm system alerted the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office to a break-in on Kelsey, …. More Info
  • OH: Athens County crimesolvers for May
    5.4.15 – Athens NEWS – The final incident occurred on April 19, 2015 at approximately 5 a.m. The OU Police Department was notified of an activated alarm at the Jefferson Market … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    5.4.15 – Circleville Herald – Caller advised of an alarm activated at Rumpke and reported user code tampering from the key pad. Checked okay. Caller reported several juveniles were … More Info
  • PA: Neighbors Shocked After 91-Year-Old Woman Beaten, Robbed
    5.7.15 – CBS Local – But the victim was able to press her medical alarm before her assailants took it, so police arrived a short time later. That’s when they saw tracks in the grass that … More Info
  • PA: Police: Burglars cut hole in wall to access business
    5.9.15 – Citizens Voice – Officers responded to an alarm call at United Check Cashing at about 1:50 a.m. Friday, according to Hanover Township police. More Info
  • RI: Man accused of breaking into New Bedford ice company
    5.8.15 – Turn to 10 – New Bedford police said Thursday that they responded to a burglar alarm at Crystal Ice Co. at about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday. Inside, they caught … More Info
  • TN: Brainerd Baptist School burgled for iPads
    5.9.15 – WRCB-TV – “We haven’t yet, no because our alarm system was turned off because our custodian had come in at 3:58 that morning, one of our custodians had came in and … More Info
  • TX: Nacogdoches police arrest man in connection to credit union robbery
    5.7.15 – KLTV – According to a press release, the Nacogdoches Police Department received a robbery alarm from the Doches Credit Union … More Info
  • TX: Police hunt suspect in capital murder
    5.7.15 – Beaumont Enterprise – One of the suspects pointed a pistol at Kuruppa, who batted it away and reached for an alarm button. The police-provided video ends at that point. Police said … More Info
  • TX: Police investigating another area pharmacy burglary
    5.5.15 – KXXV News Channel 25 – Police report the alarm was tripped just before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Pharmacy Plus. The two burglars reportedly broke … More Info
  • TX: Police make arrests in Sherman burglary
    5.6.15 – KXII-TV – The alarm system alerted Sherman Police officers who responded within minutes. The burglars had already made off with a few glass pipes, but left behind … More Info
  • TX: Police Search for Suspect After Early Morning Burglary
    5.5.15 – Big Country Homepage – A surveillance video taken at the scene shows a while male with a medium build unlocking the door, disarming the alarm, and taking the money. More Info
  • TX: Police seek 2 in Bellmead pharmacy burglary
    5.6.15 – Waco Tribune-Herald – The men broke through a window, triggering an alarm, said Bellmead police Detective Kory Martin. According to surveillance footage, the men spent a few … More Info
  • TX: Residents believe thieves are targeting Harris Co. community
    5.5.15 – KHOU – “Our security alarm was on but I don’t why it never rang or anything. They didn’t take everything, but they decided to take the computer, take the blankets. More Info
  • TX: SW Houston pharmacist shot during robbery
    5.5.15 – Chron.com – Someone inside the pharmacy hit a panic alarm, alerting police about the robbery. Witnesses told Houston police the gunmen shot a pharmacist then fled with … More Info
  • VA: Alarm Alerts Cops To Unauthorized House Party
    5.7.15 – Leesburg Today – Loudoun deputies responded just after 2 a.m. May 3 to a residential alarm. They found an allegedly intoxicated juvenile in the home. More Info
  • VA: Man accused of robbing bank posts photo, video on Instagram
    5.7.15 – KTRK-TV – … for police to arrive, so “I would appreciate it if you ring the alarm a minute after I’m gone.” It also says to “make sure the money doesn’t blow up” on his way out. More Info
  • WI: Police: Woman crawled through Kmart ceiling to steal drugs
    5.9.15 – WISN Milwaukee – While officers were searching the store for Butler, an alarm went off near the pharmacy, and officers saw her walking toward the front of the store. Officers said … More Info


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