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May 12, 2014

Association Events

  • OKBFAA Monthly Luncheon Scheduled – Wednesday May 7, 2014
    Crowne Plaza Hotel OKC- 2945 Northwest Expressway- Oklahoma City, OK  73112- Plan to attend and REGISTER TODAY
  • CTC – Bowling Tournament
    May 21st 2014- 2:30 – 4:30pm Highland Lanes, Austin, TX- REGISTER HERE

Door to Door Sales

  • AZ: Beware of alarm system scammers in Arizona
    5.6.14 – KTAR 92.3 Phoenix – Summertime scammers should have Valley residents on full alarm. More Info
  • NL: RNC Warns of Suspicious Door-to-Door Scam
    5.7.14 – Voice of the Common Man – The RNC is ‘raising the alarm’ about some suspicious door-to-door sales tactics being used in the St. John’s area. VOCM’s Linda Swain explains. Police have received a number of calls in recent days concerning suspicious individuals going door-to-door selling home security alarm systems. More Info
  • TX: Liberty residents warned of alarm salesman
    5.8.14 – Dayton News – The Liberty Police Department received information, May 8, about a man going to houses in the City of Liberty claiming he was there to either upgrade current alarms or to sell an alarm. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • IN: Alarm policy sparks debate
    5.16.14 – Journal Review – Since February the Crawfordsville City Council has been unable to complete an ordinance to establish an electronic burglary and alarm system policy. Following …More Info
  • KS: The alarming costs of false alarms
    5.6.14 – KSN-TV – WICHITA, Kansas — False alarms are a serious concern for law enforcement that affects how many officers are out on the street responding to real emergencies. More Info
  • WY: Excessive Residential Fire Alarm Ordinance on Tuesday City …
    5.5.14 – K2 Radio – Under the proposed ordinance, registered homes will be given two free false alarms each year. Homeowners that aren’t registered with the city, however, will be … More Info

Industry News

  • The Biometric Card – Next Evolution for ID Cards
    5.2.14 – First there were bar code cards. They evolved to magnetic stripe cards which evolved into… More Info
  • Measuring AT&T’s success in home security at the one-year mark
    5.2.14 – Digital Life President Kevin Petersen discusses the company’s strategy and goals moving forward More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • Electrical Safety — Don’t Be Shocked!
    5.2.14 – OHS – One challenge that’s got many electricians, safety trainers, and frontline workers confused is the definition of low voltage. Another question regards the difference between alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) in terms of the risk of shock and/or electrocution. These two areas are linked, since the potential of shock from low-voltage, both AC and DC, is dependent on the amperage involved…. More Info

Business Tips

  • 5 ways being a good follower makes you a better leader
    4.30.14 – Fast Company – The relationship between leaders and followers seems pretty straightforward: Leaders lead. Followers follow. But Barbara Kellerman, a leadership lecturer at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government author of Followership: How Followers are Creating Change and Changing Leaders, says that significant shifts in technology and culture have changed that dynamic, giving followers more power. And there’s a lot you can learn about being a good leader by learning to be a good follower. More Info
  • Ten Ways You Can Tame Your Mobile Madness
    4.10.14 – These 10 best practices can simplify your use of your various mobile devices and tame device madness by helping you manage your mobile world more effectively. More Info
  • There’s No App for That!
    5.4.14 – CIO Insight – In today’s post-PC world, the majority of devices are mobile, but many organizations lack a mobile strategy, let alone a mobile app for customers and clients. More Info
  • A Dozen Books That Can Boost Your Career
    5.5.14 – Baseline – These business books promise to deliver new perspectives about disruptive change, business strategies, leadership, innovation, office diversity and personal communications. More Info
  • When an Employee Loses a Work Phone
    5.6.14 – CIO Insight – A new U.K. study finds a disturbing disconnect between employees’ perception of the value of corporate data on their work phones and the actual cost and risk to their company… More Info
  • Three Tips for Avoiding a Budget Crisis
    4.29.14 – CIO Insight – These methods could increase the odds of the budget process going more smoothly in the future and yielding more of the resources needed to best-serve the business. More Info
  • Smart Office Design Improves Employee Engagement
    5.6.14 – Baseline – Enterprises that take a “smart space” approach to workplace design can achieve higher productivity, innovation, employee engagement, collaboration and job satisfaction… More Info
  • 7 Tips for Incredibly Persuasive Presentations …
    Apr 29, 2014 – Yahoo Business – These 7 tips are designed to make you persuasive presentation shine (and leave your audience longing to find out more about what you have … More Info
  • 5 Google Results That Can Ruin Your Business
    Apr 23, 2014 – Duct Tape Marketing – If you Google your business right now, what shows up? Your company’s website? Positive reviews? A mention in a local newspaper? OR, are … More Info
  • Many Office Environments Discourage Collaboration
    5.6.14 – Baseline – Only one-quarter of the U.S. employees surveyed work in the kind of optimal office environments that encourage collaboration, learning, focus and socialization. More Info

Fire News

  • AB: A little burned popcorn results in entire City Hall evacuation
    5.8.14 – Red Deer Advocate – A lunch-time snack turned crispy created smoke in the halls of Red Deer City Hall, setting of alarms and causing the evacuation of the building on Thursday. More Info
  • CT: Student arrested for burning homework in apartment bathroom
    5.7.14 – Fairfield Mirror – Fairfield Police and Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety responded to a fire alarm late last evening caused by a student who lit his schoolwork … More Info
  • GA: Fire out at Big H in North Augusta
    5.9.14 – WRDW-TV-The owners closed the store at 9 p.m. and found out about the fire from their alarm company. Fire officials say they do not know the cause of the blaze yet, but … More Info
  • MA: New ladder truck used to save trapped man ‘paid for itself’
    5.7.14 – The Salem News – Salem — When a smoke alarm sounded at 1:15 a.m. yesterday in a sprawling brick apartment building in The Point neighborhood, most of the estimated 70 … More Info
  • NC: Fire breaks out at Charlotte business
    5.11.14 – WBTV – Firefighters say they received an alarm and found a haze of smoke when they entered the building. As they moved closer to the service area, they found heavier … More Info
  • ON: Smoke alarm averts tragedy
    5.6.14 – Brant News – The Brantford Fire Department says a family of five escaped a house fire on the weekend unscathed thanks to working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms awoke the … More Info
  • OR: Homeowner said smoke alarm saved her life
    5.8.14 – KOBI – KOTI Medford-Klamath Falls – Wimer, Ore. — A burning ember may be to blame for the fire that tore through a Wimer family’s roof. Homeowner Sue Ann Wardle said she and her husband were just about to go to bed when she heard a strange beeping noise. She traced the sound to the upstairs smoke alarm and found the roof of her Wimer home engulfed in flames. She said without the smoke alarm going off when it did she and her …More Info
  • PA: Man’s oven catches on fire
    5.11.14 – Citizens Voice – The next thing he knew, his smoke alarm sounded. He went into his kitchen and saw flames coming out of the back of his gas oven. Edwardsville Fire Chief Ray …More Info
  • TX: Texas police seek man in miniskirt over bank arson
    5.7.14 – KOSA – An alarm led emergency responders to the fire, which had burned itself out. Police did not immediately return a message Wednesday. More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Berkeley: Burglar smashes car into Apple store; steals products
    5.9.14 – San Jose Mercury News – A burglar drove a car into the 4th Street Apple Store, smashing the glass facade and security gate and stealing several products early Friday, police said. More Info
  • CA: Deputy-involved shooting in San Leandro leads to chase and crash
    5.10.14 – KTVU San Francisco – According to Nelson the clerk was able to activate a silent “hold-up” alarm. As the two robbers were running out of the store, deputies arrived at the scene. More Info
  • CA: Library Alarm Catches Burglar
    5.9.14 – Desert Independent – Blythe, Calif – On Sunday, May 4 at about 11:30 P.M. Officers from the Blythe Police Department were dispatched to the Palo Verde Valley District Library in … More Info
  • CA: Robber waiting in bank lobby gives up
    5.5.14 – U-T San Diego – About 15 people, employees and customers, were inside the bank. More Info
  • FL: Burglars threw bench through Casselberry gun shop window, police say
    5.9.14 – Local 6 Orlando  – Casselberry police say burglars used a bench to break into a gun shop on Friday morning, as the search for the culprits continues. Police say weapons are missing from the Southern Guns shop on U.S. 17-92, but the owner says he thinks otherwise after an inventory check. It is believed that at least two burglars came to the store just before 3 a.m., broke a few glass display cases and setting off …More Info
  • FL: Lauderdale electronics wholesaler burglarized
    5.11.14 – Sun-Sentinel – Atheft of components from an electronics wholesaler drew Fort Lauderdale police detectives to a quiet business park in the city Friday. More Info
  • FL: Police kill robbery suspect in South Daytona
    5.7.14 – WESH 2 Orlando – An armed robbery suspect has been shot dead by police outside a tanning salon in South Daytona. More Info
  • FL: Police: Man with fake alarm clock bomb robs bank
    5.10.14 – Tampabay.com – An alarm at the Grow Financial bank. sounded around 5:20 p.m. Witnesses told Pinellas Park police a man set a bag on the counter saying it …More Info
  • FL: Suspects sought in Tampa ATM robbery
    5.9.14 – The Tampa Tribune – Hillsborough County deputies are seeking two suspects in an ATM burglary at a Tampa bank. More Info
  • LA: Three jailed, charged with ‘kick-in’ burglaries in Caddo Parish
    5.8.14 – KSLA-TV Shreveport – Three men are behind bars in Caddo Parish, charged with burglarizing several homes in Shreveport and Greenwood Wednesday morning. More Info
  • MD: Police make arrests in Brooklyn Park pharmacy robbery
    5.6.14 – WBAL Baltimore – Anne Arundel County police said they arrested four people red-handed after a hold-up alarm was tripped during a robbery at a Brooklyn Park pharmacy. More Info
  • MI: Attempted break-in at vacant home and other Dearborn Heights ...
    5.9.14 – Dearborn Press and Guide – Officers went to the house, which was vacant, after an alarm was triggered. The west side garage door was ajar and the door had been kicked in from the outside … More Info
  • MI: Deputies investigating 3 neighborhood break-ins in 24 hours
    5.9.14 – The Ann Arbor News – The home’s security alarm had been tripped, sheriff’s deputies said. No property was reported missing in the incident. The third incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. … More Info
  • TN: Suspect in Ga. pitchfork robbery arrested in Tenn.
    5.11.14 – FOX 8 New Orleans – Authorities have arrested a suspect in the pitchfork robbery of a Waffle House in Georgia and a killing in Tennessee. More Info
  • TX: Burglar busts hole into side of eastside Family Dollar store, leaves empty-handed
    5.9.14 – KHOU 11 – Houston – Houston police were called to a Family Dollar along the East Freeway near Lockwood overnight after someone broke in. Police said an alarm went off at the store shortly before 4 a.m. Friday. They arrived to find a hole in the wall, but the suspect or suspects were already gone. Surveillance video showed a man knocking out a few bricks in the wall to climb into the back of the store …More Info
  • WV: Suspect in attempted bank robbery arraigned
    5.7.14- Bluefield Daily Telegraph – The bank teller, who was attempting to comply with the orders, dropped some change in the floor and hit a panic alarm button as she bent over to pick up the … More Info

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