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May 19, 2014

Association Events

  • CTC – Bowling Tournament
    May 21st 2014- 2:30 – 4:30pm Highland Lanes, Austin, TX- REGISTER HERE

Door to Door Sales

  • Be cautious of door-to-door alarm sales
    The Bandera Bulletin – A scam that had been initiated in the past may pass our way again. Beware of companies soliciting alarm systems door-to-door that are not licensed to install … More Info
  • Be on alert of home security system robocalls
    5.16.14 – fox6now.com – These current calls do not appear to come from a legitimate alarm company and are likely fraudulent. Hang up if you receive a similar call. The messages will tell … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: The sheriff, false alarms, tickets & distracted driving
    5.16.14 – Manteca Bulletin – A burglar alarm goes off somewhere in the United States without an actual crime taking place. In excess of 36 million false alarms occur each year. The cost of …More Info
  • CT: Trumbull, Conn. council says false alarm offenders’ fines won’t be waived
    5.6.14 – Security Info Watch – Town requires residents to register home alarms or face a $100 penalty after the first false alarm… More Info
  • TX: State Fire Marshal’s Notice – Licensing Requirements Related to Sound Sensors for Smoke Alarms in 1- and 2- Family Dwellings
    May 2014 – The State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to receive questions related to a new wireless device that senses the alarm sound from existing smoke alarms in a house and transmits the signal to a central monitoring station. More Info
  • TX: State Fire Marshal’s Notice- Household Fire Alarm Systems – Test of Transmission Signal to Remote Monitoring Location
    May 2014- The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been made aware that some alarm dealers and monitoring stations may not be providing the required monthly test of alarm signal transmission on residential systems – or may not be taking action if/when the monthly test signal is not received. More Info
  • WA: Fire monitoring system to end
    5.16.14 – KING5.com – “Some of that will fall on the alarm dealers and some of that will fall on the customers that didn’t realize the urgency and wanted to wait until it was absolutely …More Info

Industry News

  • BSIA partners with ACPO to reduce false alarm numbers
    5.12.14 – SourceSecurity.com – Police are now more likely than ever to respond to genuine alarm activations, thanks to a partnership approach between Police and the private security industry, …More Info
  • Implantable technology could shape the future of security systems
    5.12.14 – Security Info Watch – Newly developed pill could act as access control mechanism… More Info
  • Consumer Reports Not Impressed with Smart Home Systems
    5.5.14 Electronic House – Are smart home products ready to go mainstream? Consumer Reports rates their favorite devices. More Info
  • From Jay Z and Solange to Rep. Vance McAllister, how does security footage get leaked?
    5.13.14 – Washington Post – The now widely-seen security camera footage of R&B singer Solange attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z (while her sister Beyonce stands by) in a hotel elevator has left everyone asking the same question: what, exactly, prompted that violent outburst? But it also raises another question – how did that footage get leaked, anyway? More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • Honor law enforcement — National Police Week, May 11-17
    NLEOMF – In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which this date falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. More Info
  • FBI releases preliminary numbers for law enforcement officers killed in 2013
    5.12.14 – FBI – Preliminary statistics have been released by the FBI, showing 27 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2013. This is a decrease of more than 44 percent when compared to the 49 officers killed in 2012. By region, 15 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, six officers in the West, four officers in the Midwest and two in the Northeast. More Info

Business Tips

  • Vacation Time Goes Unused
    5.14.14 – CIO Insight – The vast majority of U.S. employees don’t take all of their vacation time, and a stunningly high percentage are leaving at least half of their earned days on the table, according to a new survey. More Info
  • It Takes Bravery to be an Intimate Leader
    5.7.14 – CIO Insight – When you deeply understand a customer, you are able to identify new risks and opportunities and how you can respond to them before the customer may even be aware of them. More Info
  • Employers Want Staff With a Strong Work Ethic
    5.8.14 – Baseline – Almost three-quarters of employers recently surveyed said they look for individuals with a strong work ethic, who are dependable, self-motivated and have a positive attitude.More Info
  • How to master the fine art of small talk
    5.7.14 – Fast Company – Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, they attend, but talk to the three people they already know. This is shortsighted, says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. “Small talk is the appetizer for any relationship,” she says, and people like to do business with those with whom they’ve established common ground. Here’s how to do small talk better.More Info
  • Lead from the top: 5 core responsibilities of a CEO
    5.1.14 – Entrepreneur – What are the responsibilities of a CEO? This is something everyone at a company from an entry-level employee to the chief executive should know. After all, understanding what is required of a CEO helps him or her set the stage for the success of the enterprise It also helps employees better understand what the CEO is trying to accomplish, how they can be in support and what they should aspire to accomplish. CEOs have five key responsibilities, no matter the company’s size, industry or geography. Only the chief executive — who has a holistic view of the firm — can take on these duties.More Info
  • Half of Workers Don’t Feel Valued by Their Employer
    5.13.14 – Baseline – Only 52 percent of workers recently surveyed said their organization makes them feel valued, and only 49 percent are happy with the growth and development opportunities offered by their employer. More Info

Fire News

  • MA: False alarms on Lynn street ‘malicious’
    5.13.14 – Daily Item – LYNN — Irritation over a steady stream of false alarms triggered in two downtown apartment buildings has escalated to concern with the fire chief asking police … More Info
  • MN: Alarm malfunction
    5.15.14 – Brainerd Daily Dispatch – Firefighters investigated and no fire was located, but found the alarm to be not … on fire watch until the alarm company would arrive on scene on Wednesday. More Info
  • NJ: Toms River fire spotted after burglar alarm tripped
    5.16.14 – www.app.com – Toms River – Minutes after police responded to a burglar alarm Thursday night at East Coast Gamers in downtown Toms River, smoke and flames could be …More Info
  • WI: Family escapes overnight house fire in Mukwanago
    5.12.14 – CBS 58 Milwaukee – A child sleeping in the home heard a smoke detector and woke up his family… More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Andalusia Police Investigating Fred’s Burglary
    5.16.14 – WTVY, Dothan- Andalusia, AL – On 05-14-2014 at approximately 9:55 PM, the Andalusia Police Department was notified of a Burglar Alarm at Fred’s Pharmacy… More Info
  • AL: Juveniles caught breaking into Phenix City church, may be connected to other church burglaries
    5.14.14 – WSFA 12 Montgomery – Police believe two juveniles caught breaking into a church in Phenix City may have been involved in other similar church burglaries in Columbus, Ga. At 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, Phenix City Police More Info
  • AZ: Video released in Eloy police shooting
    5.13.14 – KTVK 3TV Phoenix – Sheriff’s office investigates Eloy police shooting ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting involving an Eloy police officer. The shooting happened early Sunday after officers responded to a burglary alarm at a business. The owner told officers someone took items from outside the business. Officers began walking through the surrounding neighborhoods to … More Info
  • CA: Burglar who murdered elderly woman sentenced to life without parole
    5.13.14 – Bakersfield Californian – Police reports say Webster tore the alarm off the wall, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and attacked Licastro in her bedroom. He left and was detained by police … More Info
  • CA: False Alarm Nets Three Arrests in Arnold
    5.15.14 – Pine Tree – Arnold, Ca…On 5-11-14 at about 0821hrs, Deputies responded to a report of an alarm sounding at 11049 Dunbar Road in Arnold. Upon arriving, Deputies …More Info
  • CA: Neighbors complain about business security alarm
    5.14.14 – Bakersfield Now – “I’m lying in bed about 6 this morning, the alarm goes off, I come out, nobody’s around,” neighbor Robert Schroeder added. He thinks it’s a false alarm when the … More Info
  • CA: Three arrested in brazen CVS ATM robbery
    5.16.14 – KTVU – Three men were arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly crashing into and burglarizing a CVS Pharmacy in Antioch and then leading police on a multi-city chase, police said. Officers responded around 5:55 a.m. to an alarm at the CVS at 2511 Somersville Road and found that someone had driven a car into the store’s front window and burglarized the store, according to police. Police said … More Info
  • CA: Trio arrested after vehicle smashes into Antioch CVS store during …
    5.15.14 – San Jose Mercury News – Antioch officers were dispatched at 5:54 a.m. to the CVS at 2511 Somersville Road after a store alarm went off, Lt. Don La Due said. Someone had apparently … More Info
  • CO: Police Track Down Suspects In Gun Store Thefts
    5.12.14 – CBS Local – After the alarm went off at the store investigators say the teens escaped though the same side window as the first time but didn’t get too far. “A couple of alert … More Info
  • CO: Two arrested in burglary of Castle Rock gun store
    5.12.14 – kwgn.com – CRPD received the alarm call at 5:17 a.m. and it appears that the suspects entered through the same window. Police in the area spotted two males who matched … More Info
  • CT: Stamford police swarm school after accidental intruder alarms
    5.14.14 – The Advocate – STAMFORD — Twice on Tuesday, first responders thundered to Stillmeadow Elementary School after a new emergency alert system generated false alarms. More Info
  • DE: Two in custody after Bethany car wash burglary
    5.12.14 – KOKH FOX25 – Police were called to an alarm at a car wash. around 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. When police got there, they saw a car parked out …More Info
  • FL: $20K worth of electronics stolen from Pine Hills charter school
    5.16.14 – WFTV Orlando – Tuesday, the school’s alarm company notified them of another break-in, but Wilkins said the thieves might have been scared off because they didn’t notice … More Info
  • FL: Thieves use suction cups to burglarize Medley warehouse
    5.16.14 – Local 10 – Once inside, the men ran to the back of the warehouse and cut the alarm wires before helping themselves to more than $10,000 worth of Bose entertainment . More Info
  • GA: Officer mistakenly reports burglary, break-in as false alarm
    5.13.14 – WSB-TV 2 Atlanta – A DeKalb County homeowner believes a police officer sent to investigate a burglary at home failed to properly check for signs of a break in and reported the call as a false alarm. But two burglars had ransacked her home and stole thousands of dollars in belongings.   “He could have caught these guys, but because he only took a visual of the front of the house, he didn’t realize that they were … More Info
  • IL: Lord & Taylor store at Oak Brook Mall robbed
    5.14.14 FOX News Chicago – A department store at Oak Brook Mall in the western suburbs was robbed early Wednesday morning. More Info
  • IN: Shelbyville Police, K-9 unit apprehend man in Cork Liquors burglary
    5.14.14 The Shelbyville News – Paul Gable, Editor A man is behind bars for his role in a burglary Sunday evening at Cork Liquors, 410 North Harrison St. More Info
  • LA: Police: Suspect wearing his team jersey caught in florist robbery in Slidell
    5.13.14 – WDSU New Orleans – Slidell police said it didn’t take long to track down a suspect in a burglary at a florist shop. The suspect was wearing his team’s softball jersey, which led to his arrest. More Info
  • LA: Slidell Police: “Ballz Deep” Burglar Caught
    5.13.14 – WGNO – On Monday May 5th, police responded to an alarm at a Slidell florist shop, Petal & Stems. When they arrived a window had been broken and cash was missing … More Info
  • ME: Police officer shot and killed in Brentwood
    5.13.14 – Portsmouth Herald – BRENTWOOD — Police officer Stephen Arkell, 48, was fatally shot when he responded to a call at a home at 46 Mill Pond Road Monday afternoon, and the suspected shooter is also believed to have died in a fiery explosion following the gunfire,… More Info
  • MI: Burglar blunder: Teenage thief tries to steal from officer, held for back up
    5.13.14 – Oklahoma’s NewsChannel 4  – Georgetown Township, Mich. – A teenager was taken into custody after making a massive mistake. Authorities say 19-year-old Brady Veltman was arrested for first-degree home invasion after breaking into a police officer’s car. Audra Guikema said she was getting ready for work when she heard a car alarm go off. She said, “When I looked … More Info
  • NC: False alarm at bank leads to drug arrest
    5.16.14 – The Robesonian – Lumberton — A Fayetteville Road bank swarmed by police Friday … More Info
  • NC: Man attempts to rob sweepstakes café
    5.12.14 – The Daily Reflector  – Officers arrested a man suspected of robbing a Sweepstakes Internet Café on Stantonsburg Road early Sunday morning, according to a Greenville Police Department release. More Info
  • NC: Nine arrested in several Durham burglaries
    5.13.14 – Durham Herald Sun – A deputy responded to an alarm in the house and caught one of the suspects on the floor, using a screwdriver to disconnect a television and video game … More Info
  • NC: OFFICIALS: Burglar Caught Stealing Copper From Halifax County …
    5.17.14 – WITN – Investigators say that deputies responded around 10:34 a.m. to a tripped burglar alarm at the church. When they arrived on scene, officials say they found Hunter … More Info
  • NY: Father-son pair charged in Plattekill burglary case
    5.12.14 – Middletown Times Herald-Record  – Plattekill — A Poughkeepsie father-son burglary team were busted after the dad was found hiding in a grocery store closet, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said. More Info
  • OH: Cleveland men accused of trying to rob Canton gas station ATM
    5.13.14 – The Canton Repository – Police say two Cleveland men weren’t alone when they broke into a Navarre Road SW gas station Monday morning. More Info
  • OH: Ohio man fatally shoots home intruder
    5.13.14 – WTRF Wheeling – Police say a central Ohio homeowner fatally shot one of the intruders who broke into his garage. More Info
  • OH: Suspected Burglar, Homeowner Involved In Shooting Identified
    5.14.14 WCMH Columbus – Authorities have identified the victim and suspect in connection with a shooting and break-in at a south Columbus home. More Info
  • OK: Police: Alleged thief targets wires to internet, alarm system in local …
    5.16.14 – kfor.com- Oklahoma City – A local homeowner says his house became the target of thieves after a man allegedly broke through a window and disabled his alarm … More Info
  • OK: Thieves steal $35k worth of TVs from Tulsa business
    5.14.14 – KOKI FOX 23 – That day the alarm company notified Camp of an alarm trip, but Camp said employees didn’t come check it out because they’ve had so many false alarms. More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Man To Stand Trial For String Of Convenience Store Robberies
    5.13.14 – KWTV News9 – A Tulsa man has been returned to Tulsa County to face charges in a string of convenience store robberies last summer. More Info
  • PA: Allentown police nab alleged cellphone burglar
    5.18.14 – The Morning Call – A man who allegedly burglarized an AT&T store in Allentown early Saturday morning was caught about an hour later by police. More Info
  • SC: 11 years later, police still look for shooter in bank massacre
    5.15.14 – WYFF Greenville – When Greer police officers responded to a panic alarm at the bank, they found three people dead from gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as bank … More Info
  • TN: Burglars hit home twice in less than a week
    5.16.14 – WVLT-TV Knoxville – Crossville Police say burglars hit a home twice in less than a week, stealing guns and jewelry from a safe. The homeowners are warning others to lock their doors with deadbolts. More Info
  • TN: Police investigate Colbert pharmacy burglary
    5.16.14 – Times Daily- He said another witness heard the burglary alarm go off and saw the two men inside the building. “We’re doing an inventory of what was taken and so far the … More Info
  • TX: Alarm alerts police to active home invasion at Richmond home
    5.14.14 -ABC 13 Houston  – A Richmond family is thankful for their burglar alarm after they say it alerted the police while they were being held at gunpoint… More Info
  • TX: Alarm alerts police to active home invasion
    5.13.14 – abc13.com – Richmond, TX (KTRK) — A Fort Bend County family is thankful for their burglar alarm after they say it alerted the authorities while they were being held at … More Info
  • TX: Burglar in clown mask breaks into East Texas pharmacy
    5.16.14 – KTRE Lufkin and Nacogdoches – At 3:30 Thursday morning, a burglar in a clown mask broke into a Palestine pharmacy. More Info
  • TX: Police investigate pharmacy burglary, criminal mischief at civic center
    5.16.14 – Palestine Herald Press – “The witnesses heard the alarm sound, and shortly thereafter observed police arriving on scene.” The suspect is believed to have left the scene on foot, prior to … More Info
  • TX: Suspects arrested in smoke shop holdup
    5.14.14 – KGBT 4 Rio Grande Valley – Two suspects considered armed and dangerous are behind bars for robbing a smoke shop in Weslaco at gun point, as police continue to search for two more. More Info
  • TX: Teen in attempted home invasion says she was ready for suspect …
    5.16.14 – KTRK-TV – From the inside, the 17-year-old gun enthusiast heard that alarm and went straight for her dad’s Glock. … Luckily, the alarm scared the would-be intruder away. More Info
  • VA: Multiple firearms stolen from Petersburg gun retailer
    5.18.14 – NBC 12 Richmond – Petersburg police are investigating the theft of multiple firearms from a gun retailer Sunday morning. Around 11 a.m. Sunday, police said, an alarm was triggered at the Dunbar Gun Company …More Info
  • VA: Thief smashes window at Chesapeake jewelry store
    5.13.14 – The Virginian-Pilot – Chesapeake A thief smashed the window of a jewelry store in the 700 block of N. Battlefield Blvd. overnight and took jewelry from several glass display cases. A police officer who went to the Long Jewelers about 12:15 a.m. on a report that an alarm was sounding discovered the broken window and glass cases, according to a police news release. More Info
  • WI: Three arrested after break-in at Durand’s ACE Hardware
    5.13.14 – WQOW Eau Claire – On May 11, 2014 at about 4:32 AM the Durand Police Department responded to an alarm at the ACE Hardware Store. When officers arrived they observed a broken front glass door. More Info

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