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May 2, 2016

About NESA

The National Electronic Security Alliance is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Over the next weeks we will give you short articles about the alliance.

How is NESA different from other associations?

  • No other association is designed to do what NESA is designed to do.
  • NESA was created for two central purposes; to monitor and influence federal legislation and regulation and to facilitate the exchange of information between state associations.
  • NESA exists to serve the state associations and to help them serve their members.
  • Knowledge of what worked and did not work at other associations has been applied to design NESA to avoid the structural problems that have raised challenges in the past.
  • NESA is structured to serve the state association. This avoids inserting NESA in between the state association and it’s members.
  • NESA is structured to focus on the common needs while allowing subgroups of states to caucus to address mutual needs that are not common to everyone.
  • In NESA, the officers have no power to create new policy or expend funds without board approval.
  • In NESA, task forces are created by the board from time to time to deal with specific issues.

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Calgary Bylaw Adds Controversial Wrinkle to Police Responding to …
    4.27.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Calgary Bylaw Adds Controversial Wrinkle to Police Responding to Alarm Calls. Calgary Police Service is using a more cautious alarm vetting process to cut … More Info
  • AB: Cops changing alarm responses
    4.26.16 – Calgary Sun – Officers will still respond to verified alarm activations, and there are no changes in how they handle panic, holdup or duress alarms, Calgary Police Service said … More Info
  • AL: All Security System Owners Must Register With City of Mobile
    4.27.16 – WKRG – If you’re a business owner or a homeowner, and you have an alarm system, you’ll be getting a letter from the city of Mobile asking you to register your system … More Info
  • AL: Mixed Emotions About Alarm System Registration Fees
    4.29.16 – WKRG- Really there’s no way the police can force you right now to register your alarm system. “That’s correct, I mean when we respond to a false alarm and actually by … More Info
  • AL: Mobile, Ala., Enforcing Alarm System Registration to Limit False Alarms
    4.28.16 – SSI – Homeowners and business owners will have to pay $25 and $50 a year, respectively, to register their alarm systems with the city. More Info
  • GA: New Atlanta police cameras help make arrests
    4.26.16 – FOX 5 Atlanta – Atlanta police said they tripped a residential alarm when they tried to get into a vehicle. The men jumped back into their car and believed they could make a … More Info
  • LA: Board of Aldermen pass ordinance subjecting property owners to …
    4.27.16 – The Advocate – Francisville – The Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting that can subject property owners to possible fines for false fire alarms. More Info
  • MO: City council approves alarm system ordinance
    4.27.16 – Daily Journal Online – After a lengthy question and answer session and review, the council voted to adopt a new ordinance for commercial emergency alarm systems. The ordinance … More Info
  • OR: Alarm Box: Simple safety steps help pass inspections
    4.27.16 – Ashland Daily Tidings – For today’s Alarm Box I will try to give you the inside scoop on fire inspections. A fire inspection is when we look at either a new or existing building and apply the … More Info
  • WA: Yakima County has more burglaries, but they get solved less often
    4.26.16 – Yakima Herald-Republic – Contrary to the depictions in popular media and alarm-company commercials, burglars do not usually hit houses at night when the occupants are home asleep. More Info

Industry News

  • 30 Million Households to Add Smart Home Technology in Next 12 Months
    4.26.16 – EH – August Home and Xfinity Home Study reveals connected cameras, video doorbells and lights are smart home products highest on consumer’s priority list. More Info
  • Advanced Cabling Systems acquires Centralarm in Missouri
    4.27.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Started initially as a fire alarm system installation company, Centralarm has grown into a certified integrator of fire alarm detection and security systems, … More Info
  • Peter Thiel and Mitt Romney invested $100 million in a company …
    4.27.16 – Businessinsider India – It was founded in 1999 as APX Alarm Security Solutions, your stock-standard house alarm system dealer. Over time, its ambitions got grander: In 2006, it started … More Info
  • Monitoring America to build back-up facility
    4.27.16 – Security Systems News – Tulsa, OK – Monitoring America Alarm Co-op president Ron Wies said construction of the third-party central station’s redundant facility in nearby Owasso, … More Info

State & National News

  • Bill would allow Louisianians to carry one-of-a-kind driver’s license on phone
    4.25.16 – Baton Rouge Advocate – Louisiana could become the first state in the nation that offers an electronic copy of a driver’s license, which motorists could access through an app on their iPhones or other devices. More Info
  • Pending Home Sales Increase to Highest Level in Almost a Year
    4.27.16 – SSI – The National Association of Realtors index forecasts future sales by tracking real estate transactions in which a contract has been signed, but the deal has not yet closed. Rodney Bosch · More Info

Business Tips

  • Bridging the generation gap in security
    4.29.16 – SIW – Why it’s important to leverage generational diversity within your organization. More Info
  • Shifting Part of Your Client’s Budget from Cable Company to You
    4.29.16 – CEPro – For years, integrators and cable/satellite companies have had a frustrating, one-way relationship. Dealers spend countless hours designing and installing super-cool A/V systems and then present the customer on a proverbial silver platter to the cable/satellite company to connect their sometimes clunky set-top boxes. More Info
  • CE Pro 100 Tackle Challenges Head On
    4.29.16 – CEPro – We asked the 2016 CE Pro 100 to share thoughts on their biggest challenges, opportunities, growth strategies, hot technologies and more. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Suspect caught on video arrested in Modesto restaurant burglary
    4.28.16 – Modesto Bee – Police officers typically do not respond to unverified burglary alarm reports, Graves said. “Someone has to see a door kicked in or hear sounds inside,” she said. More Info
  • IA: Fire alarm not working during Sunday hotel file
    4.25.16 – KMTV – Lightning caused the fire, which stayed in the attic, and it’s possible the surge of electricity caused the fire alarms to malfunction CB Fire Marshal … More Info
  • IL: Pulled fire alarm causes Holmes Student Center evacuation
    5.1.16 – Northern Star Online – Around 30 people were evacuated from the Holmes Student Center at about 2:30 p.m. today due to a pulled firm alarm. DeKalb police responded to the incident . More Info
  • MD: Man In Animal Costume Shot Outside Baltimore TV Station After …
    4.28.16 – CBS Local – The security guard activated an alarm under his desk, and the station was quickly evacuated, WBFF General Manager Bill Fanshawe said. Police say the man … More Info
  • MI: Blackman-Leoni Township public safety: Burnt waffles cause false …
    4.25.16 – MLive.com – At 9:27 a.m. officers responded to reports of a fire alarm at the Fairfield Inn. Upon arrival, it was determined some burnt waffles caused the … More Info
  • NJ: Lightning strike a bolt of luck in Glen Rock
    4.26.16 – NorthJersey.com – The electrical surge had popped three circuit breakers and tripped off the fire alarm system. “It sounded like a gunshot,” Radman said of the lightning strike, and … More Info
  • NY: Two men, one juvenile charged for breaking into, stealing from Virgil …
    4.28.16 – CNYcentral.com – … on April 18 at the Virgil Country Market. There deputies responded to a building alarm and found a window had been smashed and the store was broken into. More Info
  • OH: Reward offered in Lucky’s Taproom break-in
    4.28.16 – WHIO – He’s seen on camera removing a cash register drawer and running out the back door, which activated the alarm. The restaurant posted to its Facebook page it is … More Info
  • OR: Smoke detector sounds the alarm to get Portland family to safety
    5.1.16 – OregonLive.com – Gresham Fire Department crews say a working smoke detector helped alert a family to flee their residence early Sunday morning after flames broke out in an … More Info
  • RI: Three teens arrested for breaking into New Bedford storage lot
    4.28.16 – Turn to 10 – Police said the owner of the Airport Mini-Storage arrived at the lot after an alarm activation. When he arrived he saw three people fleeing the area. A hole had … More Info
  • TN: Arrest made in Sunday South Knoxville fire
    4.25.16 – Local 8 Now – The husband and wife were away from their home when the alarm monitoring company notified them, and the fire department of the incident. No injuries were … More Info
  • TN: Fire officials: Woman escapes fire thanks to free device installed in …
    4.28.16 – WBBJ-TV – Fire officials say they are crediting a smoke alarm with getting the woman out safely. … Fire officials said they still have plenty of free smoke alarms. If you need .. More Info
  • TN: KFD: Man charged with arson of South Knoxville home
    4.25.16 – WBIR.com – The homeowners were away from the home when an alarm monitoring company notified them, and the fire department of the fire. No one was hurt. More Info
  • TN: Teen charged with false reporting after fire alarm at University Edge
    4.25.16 – Johnson City Press – Police said they investigated a fire alarm at University Edge Apartments and identified the girl as the offender. She was taken to the … More Info
  • TX: Burglar sues homeowner who shot him after break-in
    4.28.16 – KTRK-TV – Two years ago, a burglary suspect set off an alarm on a detached garage in Dunkirk, Indiana. The homeowner saw the man running away, pulled out a gun and … More Info
  • WA: Fire Spotted on Roof of Westport Water Department
    4.29.16 – KBKW News – The employee activated the building’s fire alarm and began to work on the fire from the outside with an extinguisher. Volunteer crews arrived at the building … More Info
  • WA: Man and cats safe after Valley condo fire
    4.25.16 – KREM.com – The smoke alarm in the condo was not working at the time and the man noticed the fire from the smoke. Fire officials said the blaze was contained to the … More Info
  • WI: Faulty lithium ion battery in bike suspected as cause of $350000 fire
    4.25.16 – Madison.com – Someone arriving for work at a neighboring business noticed a fire alarm going off, saw that a window was coated with soot, and called 911, the fire department … More Info
  • WI: Hotel Occupants Evacuated after Fire at The Racine Architect Hotel
    4.30.16 – WDJT- There were reports of an activated fire alarm. Hotel occupants were evacuating when the fire department arrived on scene. South Shore Fire crews found no … More Info
  • WI: Officials investigating Ashwaubenon warehouse fire
    4.26.16 – Green Bay Press Gazette – … of a Tuesday morning fire at a fiberglass warehouse. Crews responded at 3:51 a.m. to a company fire alarm at Marine Technology Inc. More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Campus Crime starting on April 22
    4.27.16 – The Herald – 4:52 p.m. – Officer Billy Branch responded to the Farm Complex in reference to a burglary alarm. He was advised that the exact location was the “chicken barn”. More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspect caught on camera in Petaluma
    4.27.16 – Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Opening the door set off an alarm, which was checked by employees who reportedly found nothing amiss. But a review of surveillance tape showed a man using … More Info
  • CA: Police Chase Newport Beach Burglary Suspects, Recover Stolen …
    4.28.16 – Patch.com – Newport Beach, CA – An alert neighbor and an alarm system interrupted a home burglary in Newport Beach that led to a police chase ending with the arrest … More Info
  • CA: Suspect arrested for allegedly stealing iPads from school
    4.26.16 – KRON4.com – … to James Madison Elementary School at about 5 a.m. Saturday after being notified of a silent alarm at the school, according to police. More Info
  • CA: Two non-profit organizations have items stolen by thieves in Madera …
    4.29.16 – KFSN-TV – David Cropper who is a veteran says the American Legion’s locks weren’t good enough to keep the burglars out but the alarm did its job. “It scared them away,” … More Info
  • CA: Video released after Santa Monica woman wakes to stranger …
    4.27.16 – KABC-TV – … they received a call for a home alarm activation … entered an unlocked and unoccupied guest house which activated the alarm. More Info
  • FL: 3 nabbed after Foot Locker break-in, police say
    4.27.16 – Sun Sentinel – Greene was hiding behind a dumpster when the K-9 alerted police. Officers who responded to the burglar alarm at the store found three other people in the area. More Info
  • FL: Sunrise shoe store burglars caught after tripping alarm
    4.27.16 – 7Online WSVN-TV – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Crooks tried putting on their running shoes after robbing a Fort Lauderdale shoe store, Wednesday morning. According to … More Info
  • GA: Hoschton bank robbery suspect being sought
    4.26.16 – Gainesville Times – Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco responded to the alarm at the bank, located just outside the Hoschton city limits. As Hoschton does not have a police force, the … More Info
  • GA: Wild Flour Cafe and Harvest Moon broken into early Wednesday …
    4.27.16 – The Albany Herald – Officers responded to an active burglar alarm at Harvest Moon early Wednesday morning and reported discovering evidence of forced … More Info
  • IA: Burglar nabs high-valued baseball cards
    4.25.16 – DesMoinesRegister.com – The business alarm was still sounding off through the pried-open front door. The owner of the store said he believes the suspect had been to the store before … More Info
  • IL: Libertyville police: Drunken driver lost control, hit another car
    4.25.16 – Chicago Tribune – According to police reports, officers at 10 p.m. were responding to a burglar alarm when they noticed a car with the engine … More Info
  • IN: Burglar Sues Man Who Shot Him: I’m Lucky to Be Alive
    4.26.16 – Daily Beast – A midnight alarm tripped in the garage, waking a snoozing postal worker in Indiana. He grabbed his .45 pistol and darted downstairs, where he went Dirty Harry … More Info
  • KS: Man sought in attempted burglary early Wednesday in Lyndon
    4.27.16 – Topeka Capital Journal – Around 11:23 p.m. Sunday, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a business alarm at the Sports Mart. Upon arrival, officers located damage to … More Info
  • MA: Suspicious Person with a Knife, Car Crash, a Suspicious Van and …
    4.27.16 – Patch.com – 4:36 a.m. – Call from Lexington Alarms reporting a commercial burglar alarm at the Bedford Public Library. Officer reports the doors and … More Info
  • ME: Brunswick businesses burglarized Thursday morning
    4.28.16 – Bangor Daily News – A burglar alarm at Midcoast Marine Supply drew officers and then detectives just after 6 a.m. Thursday, according to Brunswick police Lt. Mike … More Info
  • ME: Gouldsboro Police Log: Reported fisherman fight proves to be false …
    4.25.16 – The Ellsworth American – Gouldsboro Police Log: Reported fisherman fight proves to be false alarm … Police responded to a false burglar alarm April 8… More Info
  • MI: Burglar Suspect named in Vandenboom Break-In
    4.25.16 – UpperMichigansSource.com – According to police, they were responding to an Alarm at the Vandenboom Elementary when they found Fisk near an open window with burglary tools. More Info
  • MI: Northern Michigan Man Banned From Traverse Area District Library …
    4.25.16 – 9&10 News – Police went to the Traverse Area District Library early Sunday morning after an alarm was triggered. Police say the man, who was leaving the library when they … More Info
  • MI: Ottawa County police log: April 22-28
    5.1.16 – HollandSentinel.com – 4:40 p.m. 1 block of Waverly Road, burglary alarm. … More Info
  • MN: Judge commits Friese indefinitely
    4.26.16 – St. Cloud Times – Court records accuse Friese of luring his mother to his apartment by pulling a medical alarm. Friese has undergone several exams to determine his competency … More Info
  • MO: Randolph County Sheriff’s Report – April 22, 2016
    4.25.16 – Moberly Monitor Index – A deputy was dispatched to a residence in rural Moberly in reference to a residential alarm sounding. Upon arrival the deputy checked the residence and found … More Info
  • MO: Woman arrested after falling through ceiling of Big Lots in …
    4.25.16 – Springfield News-Leader – … statement, police were dispatched to the Big Lots just after 2 a.m. Thursday because the alarm was going off. More Info
  • MS: ‘Ghost face burglar’ caught in Starkville
    4.25.16 – WTVA – Starkville, Miss. – Police respond to a sporting goods store burglary alarm and arrest the “ghost face burglar.” On Monday, April 25, the Starkville … More Info
  • NC: Foot chase by Waynesville police thwarts pharmacy break-in
    4.27.16 – Smoky Mountain News – Police officer Michael Whitley was on patrol just before 5 a.m. last Sunday when the burglar alarm went off at Kim’s Pharmacy. More Info
  • NC: Police investigate home invasion
    4.27.16 – McDowell News – He said an alarm at his back door started going off and the man hitting him told him … off the alarm and the police were on the way and they left,” said Arrowood. More Info
  • NH: Arrests after break at furniture store
    4.26.16 – Nashua Telegraph – Nashua – Police investigating an activated security alarm early Monday morning at a large south Nashua furniture store spotted two suspects, then ended up .. More Info
  • NH: Manchester Police activity log
    4.25.16 – The Manchester Journal – April 21st: 07:56 Burglary alarm. 09:50 Assist Winhall PD with an incident. 11:17 Burglary alarm … More Info
  • NJ: Break-in suspect left muddy prints
    4.25.16 – Cherry Hill Courier Post – In that crime, a suspect broke a window, tripping a burglary alarm, and made off with cash. Police found “distinctive sneaker prints in the mud,” according to a … More Info
  • NJ: NJ man caught after breaking into dollar store, jumping from roof to …
    4.27.16 – NJ.com – Jersey City – A 49-year-old man was arrested early this morning after he triggered a burglary alarm while breaking into a dollar store, according to a police … More Info
  • NM: Teen Center Broken into over Weekend
    4.27.16 – Rio Grande Sun – He said, based on the calls he received from the alarm company, as well as footprints and surveillance footage, that the thieves went to the dark side of the … More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Police Department blotter
    4.28.16 – Shelter Island Reporter – Use of a garage door triggered an automated burglary alarm at a Hay Beach house on April 20; a family member using the door was not aware that the alarm … More Info
  • OH: Cash, cigarettes taken during Centerville Smoke Shop break-in
    5.1.16 – WHIO – Centerville police Sgt. Steve Maynard said officers were dispatched to the shop around 9:20 a.m. Sunday after receiving an alarm … More Info
  • OR: Public Safety: April 27, 2016
    4.27.16 – Corvallis Gazette Times – False Alarm: Philomath Police responded to an audible alarm at 11:09 p.m. at Eco Express laundromat. It turned out to be a false alarm. … More Info
  • PA: Lower Makefield Police Report: Police respond to burglar …
    4.25.16 – Bucks Local News – Police responded to an alarm activation and discovered two open doors and an open window. Police spoke with the homeowner who confirmed that the home … More Info
  • PA: Three charged in April M&T bank robbery
    4.27.16 – Lebanon Daily News – Police arrived on scene within two minutes of the alarm, but they still managed to get away on foot, South Lebanon Township police Chief Michael Lesher said in … More Info
  • RI: Newport Beach pharmacy burglarized; connection to other break-ins …
    4.26.16 – KABC-TV – The burglary was reported by an alarm company at Best Choice Pharmacy around 1:28 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect or suspects … More Info
  • TX: Burglars caught on camera trying to break into Chipotle
    4.28.16 – KHOU.com – According to the Houston Police Department, officers responded to a call at 2:30 a.m. Thursday from an alarm company who could see three male suspects … More Info
  • TX: Surveillance photos released of suspects wanted for…
    4.25.16 – KPRC Houston – This time they went to the back of the business and attempted suspects attempted to disable the alarm and open the registers, police said. When they triggered … More Info
  • TX: Suspected bank bandits charged
    4.27.16 – Wilson County News – Mr. Widman refused to obey when instructed to “put ’em up”, slammed the door in the “would be” robbers faces and walked out on the street to give an alarm. More Info
  • VA: Multiple arrests made in Nelson Co. following weekend break-ins
    4.27.16 – WSLS – On Sunday morning, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office received an alarm call from Shipman Auto. Authorities responded to the call and found two suspects … More Info
  • VT: Man faces charges after alleged false alarm call in Williston
    4.26.16 – WCAX – Criminal charges for a man police say called in a false alarm at a Williston inn. Investigators say Christopher Keller called 911 claiming an odor had caused four … More Info
  • WA: Police Blotter Police Blotter week of 4-25-16
    4.25.16 – Westseattleherald.com – The alarm had been tripped, indicating motion in the hallway. … security footage, officers saw that the suspect had fled the scene as soon as the alarm sounded. More Info
  • WI: Fort, Jefferson, Creek bar break-ins probed
    4.27.16 – Daily Union – “Nothing else was damaged besides the alarm system inside,” he said, not wishing to reveal how much money was taken. No surveillance footage was available ...More Info

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NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Five state associations are part of NESA – Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA) and Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA). For more info visit www.nesaus.org.

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