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May 25, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Recent door-to-door solicitors concern Amarillo residents
    5.20.15 – ConnectAmarillo.com powered by KVII – They’re claiming men showed up to their homes offering to update their security alarm system. Facebookers said the solicitors are showing up late at night and … More Info
  • Watchful Eye: Be wary of summertime door-to-door sales
    5.24.15 – Knoxville News Sentinel – Solicitors selling alarm systems door-to-door in West Hills over the last month have neighbors concerned. West Hills Neighborhood Association President … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Council again takes up false security system alarms
    5.18.15 – Yuma Sun – Under the proposed rewrite of the existing false-alarm ordinance, users of residential and commercial systems will have a new requirement to get a permit from … More Info
  • AZ: Yuma OKs false security alarm measure
    5.21.15 -Yuma Sun – The revised ordinance aiming to eliminate some of the 99 percent of security system alarms to the Yuma Police Department which are false got final City Council … More Info
  • CT: Middlebury property owners may face fines for false alarms
    5.21.15 -Waterbury Republican American – Many towns have an alarm ordinance allowing police to fine property owners after a certain number of false alarms to encourage them to fix problems and cut … More Info
  • FL: City councilman proposes fines for frequent 911 callers
    5.22.15 – First Coast News – We have been looking at the issue of false alarm responses and their impact to police services (response time; cost; impact to officer productivity) in the past … More Info
  • OH: Cincinnati police can’t touch city’s worst false alarm violator
    5.20.15 – WXIX – A FOX19 NOW investigation takes a look at the number of false alarm calls burdening the city of Cincinnati’s police department. Despite passing a law in 1988, … More Info

Industry News

  • SIA Perimeter Video Application Paper Released
    5.15.15 – SIA – The SIA Standards Perimeter Security Subcommittee has released the Perimeter Video Application Paper as a free download on the website of the Security Industry Association. More Info
  • By the Numbers: Latest Trends in Home Theater & A/V Furniture
    5.18.15 – CEPro – CE Pro takes a look at the trends in home theater and A/V furniture, including the RS-485 protocol, the UL 2442 standard, LEED points, iPad accessories, and a forecast of installed products. More Info
  • Vivint Launches A New Home Automation System Complete With A …
    5.19.15 – TechCrunch – APX Alarm Security Solutions rebranded as Vivint in February 2011 in an effort to be more than just a home security system. A year later Blackstone purchased a … More Info
  • Apollo Enters Home Security Market, Merging PE-Backed Protection …
    5.19.15 – Mergers & Acquisitions – The Middle Market – Protection 1, headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois, provides security alarm monitoring in the U.S. The company installs, maintains and monitors security systems … More Info
  • Burglars Have Taken To Robbing Victims Violently In Homes In City …
    5.19.15 – CBS Local – NewYork – Authorities say there is a new reason to set your security alarm – no matter where you live. Violent break-ins have been plaguing … More Info
  • Yes, People Care About Smart Home Ecosystems
    5.19.15 – CEPro – Research: customers care about the volume of products available for any given security and home automation platform. More Info
  • The Ten Fastest-Growing In-Demand Tech Skills
    5.18.15 – Baseline – These technology skills have been cited as job requirements by employers over the past two years, and they are considered the hottest skills in terms of demand among employers. More Info
  • Residential Market Report: Dealing with DIY
    5.18.15 – Security Info Watch – Security dealers may see do-it-yourself solutions as a threat, but the potential is there to turn it into an… More Info
  • Knox Box encouraged for business fire safety
    5.21.15 – Ames Tribune – “If there’s a false alarm, it’s a lot less expensive for you to have that key there for the fire department to get access to your building than it is to have them break a … More Info
  • Best Tip for Selling Monitored Home Security?
    5.22.15 – CEPro – One of the biggest objections to professionally monitored home security is that the homeowner has a dog for that. How do you respond? More Info
  • Protection 1, ASG Security to be acquired by Apollo Global Management
    5.20.15 – Security Info Watch – Company executives discuss both the internal and industry-wide impact of the deal… More Info
  • Dimming switch modules recalled due to shock hazard
    5.22.15 -KGNS.tv – The modules were sold in home automation alarm systems that remotely control lighting and home appliances and act as a repeater that amplifies wireless … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History


Relating to municipal regulation of the use of alarm systems; authorizing a municipal fee.
Status: 05/13/2015 : S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations


Relating to certain security devices for residential tenancies.
Status: 05/21/2015 : S Scheduled for public hearing on . . .


Relating to applications for and certain information regarding an applicant for registration or endorsement under the Private Security Act.
Status: 05/21/2015 : S Committee report printed and distributed: May 21 2015 11:22AM


State & National News

  • Effective Product Safety Labels: Your Guide to Symbols
    5.18.15 – NEMA – Designing effective product safety labels that can help to prevent injuries and save lives is a complex task. One of the key elements to consider is symbols. More Info
  • Net Neutrality Foes Ask an Appeals Court to Halt Key New Rule
    5.13.15 – Eweek – The opponents, led by USTelecom, AT&T and others, are seeking to stop the FCC from reclassifying the Internet as a public utility under Title II of the U.S. Communications Act. More Info
  • NSC Says Cell Phones are involved in 27 Percent of All Car Crashes
    5.19.15 – OHS – The NSC has estimated that cell phone-related crashes have increased for the third consecutive year and now account for 27 percent of all crashes. This estimate includes crashes involving drivers who are texting or talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones. More Info
  • Where has housing grown the fastest since 2010?
    5.21.15 – Stateline – In every state except for Rhode Island, the number of housing units increased between 2010 and 2014. North Dakota outpaced the rest of the states with 10 percent growth. More Info
  • Gov. Scott Signs 44 Bills into Law
    5.21.15 – WCTV – SB 466 Low-voltage Alarm Systems – This bill provides that no permit is needed to install, maintain, inspect, replace, or service a wireless alarm system. SB 570 … More Info

Business Tips

  • Why ‘Password’ Is Still Used as a Password
    5.15.15 – CIOInsight – Too many businesses rely on nothing more than a user name and password for their customers, which leads to some questionable security practices. More Info
  • Business Is Not Prepared for Mobile Malware
    5.15.15 – Baseline – Mobile attack methods are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, but organizations are not keeping up with these threats. Many are not even scanning their networks and mobile apps. More Info
  • Oddball Interview Questions Make Sense to Employers
    5.14.15 – Baseline – Seemingly nonsensical interview questions are designed to reveal information about a job candidate’s personality, analytical skills, self-awareness and grace under pressure. More Info
  • 4 Ways to Turn Employees into Powerful Brand Evangelists
    5.14.15 – CIO Insight – Employees are our biggest investment and our front line. Here are a couple whys and hows to make your employees your first customer. More Info
  • Wearables Will Be Routine in the Workplace by 2020
    5.20.15 – Baseline – Wearables–Internet-connected eye wear, smartwatches and gesture-controlled devices–will become commonplace in both corporate and industrial settings by 2020. More Info

Fire News

  • IA: Burnt pizza crust causes emergency evacuation at Iowa Capitol
    5.19.15 – DesMoinesRegister.com – An alarm blared and the loud speaker system issued a warning around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, ordering everyone to immediately leave the Iowa Capitol building. More Info
  • MI: Sunoco to pay woman’s $2800 bill over ‘false alarm’ smells
    5.21.15 – The Oakland Press – St. Clair Township (AP) — Sunoco Logistics has agreed to pay a $2,800 bill for a Michigan woman who called the fire department several times for what she … More Info
  • NJ: Kitchen fire in high-rise building leaves four homeless
    5.22.15 -NJ.com – Firefighters were called just before 2 a.m. after a fire alarm on the sixth floor of a 7-story apartment building activated, Chief … More Info
  • NY: Red Cross assists three after small fire in Brighton
    5.24.15 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – The Brighton Fire Department responded to an automatic alarm to the house about 1:15 p.m. Sunday and found fire on the back of the home, … More Info
  • OR: #Oregon State Police
    5.19.15 – Dalles Chronicle – #May 17, 6:05 a.m. – Personnel responded to a report of a fire alarm with water flow. The business was checked and no … More Info
  • VA: Alarm helps Henrico family safely escape house fire
    5.18.15 – WWBT NBC12 News – The family of five was in their home on Alvis Court near Osborne Turnpike when they heard the alarm going off around 1:30 a.m., according to Henrico Fire … More Info
  • VA: Security Alarm Alerts Virginia Family of House Fire
    5.23.15 – Security Sales & Integration – An intrusion alarm, not a smoke detector, alerted a Virginia family of a house fire that completely destroyed the home. More Info
  • WA: Door open, burglar alarm blaring at S. Seattle house fire
    5.20.15 – The Seattle Times – Fire investigators say a blaze in a South Seattle home Tuesday afternoon was intentionally set. A passer-by reported smoke coming from the two-story house at … More Info
  • WI: Friday log: Mom’s house is for sale?
    5.22.15 -Wisconsin Rapids Tribune – •At 4:21 p.m. Thursday, an alarm company reported a fire alarm. Smoke from cooking had set off the alarm. •At 5:03 p.m. … More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Police beat
    5.22.15 – Arkansas Online – Police responded to business alarm and heard a loud banging noise coming from inside the building, according to an arrest report. More Info
  • BC: Two Attempted Break-Ins at Westside Food Bank
    5.19.15 – KelownaNow – Executive Director Lenetta Perry received a call from the alarm company around 8 p.m. on Saturday night and by the time she arrived on the scene, RCMP were … More Info
  • CA: Arrests made within minutes of $50000 Lincoln bank heist
    5.18.15 – KCRA Sacramento – The Lincoln Police Department responded to a robbery alarm Saturday morning for the bank and within minutes arrested two men inside … More Info
  • CA: Kern County Sheriff’s activity for May 20
    5.22.15 -Taft Midway Driller – 2:25 am, deputies responded to an alarm activation. 3:05 am, deputies responded to an alarm activation in the … More Info
  • CA: Police Logs: May 22, 2015
    5.22.15 -Red Bluff Daily News – Hawes Ranch and Farm Supply: officers responded to a burglar alarm that had gone off just before 4 a.m. Thursday and found a front … More Info
  • CA: Police Make Arrests in High School, Business Burglaries
    5.21.15 -Patch.com – Officers responded to a report of an alarm activated at the campus around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. Arriving officers found a … More Info
  • CA: Teen Tortured After Comcast Alarm System Failed, Judge Told
    5.20.15 – Law360 – Los Angeles – Two intruders were able to break in to a Washington state family’s home, kidnap a teenager from his bed, … More Info
  • CA: Watsonville Little Caesars robbed at gunpoint Sunday night, police say
    5.19.15 – KIONrightnow.com – The store’s alarm was activated and the man left the scene, officers said. Police said no one was hurt. The man is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches, … More Info
  • CO: Fremont County Sheriff’s Blotter: Pickup en route to Cañon City …
    5.20.15 – Canon City Daily Record – ADT reported a motion alarm in the shop. The alarm was set off by an abundance of miller moths. The shop was secured and alarm … More Info
  • CO: Thieves vandalize dental office
    5.24.15 – Pueblo Chieftain – Police officers responded to Sandalwood Dental Care Center around 3:18 a.m. Friday on a report of a burglary alarm and observed a … More Info
  • FL: Cash stolen from restaurant safe
    5.23.15 – Ocala – Officers said someone had disabled the alarm system, cut a hole in the roof and entered the building. The burglar or burglars went to the office and broke into the … More Info
  • GA: Sandy Springs Blotter: Delivery Driver Ambushed In Armed Robbery
    5.23.15 – Patch.com- An alarm call activated around 2:30 a.m. Responding officers found smashed windows on the business (Subway) and … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Car Break-Ins, Loud Music, Vicious Animal, More
    5.19.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at Walker Park Elementary School. School checked. Everything okay. Zone 6. Arrest – Roy Adcox was … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Catalytic Converters Stolen, Possible Break-In by Ex …
    5.21.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Zone 2. Nothing reported. Zone 3… More Info
  • IL: Cops Seek Man Who Stole $5K Worth of Prada Bags From Skokie …
    5.24.15 – Patch.com – According to witnesses, the man activated the alarm as he was exiting the business around 8:20 p.m. that night and was observed entering a gray vehicle and … More Info
  • IL: Ford County Sheriff’s Office police blotter
    5.20.15 – Paxton Record – On May 14, a residential burglary alarm was received. — On May 14, a complaint of neglected horses was received in … More Info
  • IN: Police: Trooper killed burglar who pointed BB gun at him
    5.23.15 – Indiana Gazette – Two troopers responded to a burglar alarm at the Save-A-Lot grocery store around 4 a.m. and found the rear door pried open, state police said. More Info
  • KY: Employee Thwarts Apparent Robbery Attempt
    5.22.15 -LEX18 Lexington KY News – When the clerk saw the masked men, she set off an alarm instead of unlocking the door. Police say the two men will likely face attempted robbery charges if … More Info
  • LA: NOPD: Man wanted for burglarizing Lakeview business
    5.23.15 – KPLC-TV – Police say that officers responded to a burglary alarm coming from the business and found a rear window removed and leaning against the building. They also … More Info
  • MA: Burglar alarm thwarts 2nd Hingham house break in a month
    5.20.15 – Wicked Local Hingham – On Wednesday, a burglar stole a TV from a home, but police say the alarm prevented more from being taken. A similar break-in occurred … More Info
  • MA: Littleton police log, April 30-May 13 …
    5.23.15 – Wicked Local Littleton – 6:01 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. Police confirmed it was accidental. 3:10 p.m.: A missing person was reported at Littleton Group Home on … More Info
  • MD: Prosecutors say half a million worth of jewelry stolen in heist at …
    5.21.15 -Baltimore Sun – … from Antony Jewelers on Reisterstown Road, before kidnapping him to take the key and store alarm codes they used to break into the store on Jan. 16, 2013. More Info
  • MI: Door smashed, ATM missing from Good Times Market in Burt
    5.19.15 – MLive.com – Albee Township, MI – Police responded to a report of a security alarm tripped at a convenience store in Burt. They found the front door smashed and an ATM … More Info
  • MI: Homeless man convicted of Riverview American Legion break-in …
    5.18.15 – Southgate News Herald – Shortly before 3 a.m. on May 10, police were sent to the American Legion building in response to a burglar alarm. When officers arrived, the front door was … More Info
  • MN: Police: 4 who broke into Litchfield church were looking for ghosts
    5.19.15 – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews – Sheriff’s deputies were on their way to the church shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday because the burglar alarm had gone off, when they saw a vehicle in the area. More Info
  • MN: Suspect responsible for “vast majority” of recent burglaries
    5.21.15 -KIMT 3 – Williams was then followed to Kasson where he was seen leaving a collision business whose alarm later went off. Right now Williams has only been charged … More Info
  • MS: Robbery victim takes business in own hands
    5.21.15 -Meridian Star – “He had already locked the door and was setting the alarm when the robbery started.” The two men began to bang on the door, Sollie said, shattering the … More Info
  • MT: Police seeking men who robbed Billings casino
    5.23.15 – Dickinson Press – Police responded to a hold-up alarm at the casino. Employees told officers that two males wearing all-black clothing and ski masks entered the casino, … More Info
  • NM: 3 arrested in connection to pawn shop gun heist
    5.20.15 – KOAT Albuquerque- Police say nearly 30 guns were stolen from Guns and Gold Pawn after thieves broke in, disabled the alarm and the security cameras and cut the power to the … More Info
  • NV: PD: Man broke into 2 homes, car during west Vegas pursuit
    5.22.15 -KVVU Las Vegas – Lt. Steven Candellos said officers first responded to an alarm at a business at 3:24 a.m.. According to police, officers arrived to find … More Info
  • NY: 2 boys charged in paintball break-ins
    5.22.15 -News 12 Westchester – On Wednesday night at around 7:30, store owner Anthony Galasso says he was notified that something had triggered his security alarm. He returned to the store … More Info
  • NY: Bronxville Police Investigate Another Home Invasion
    5.21.15 -CBS Local – An alarm was triggered at a nearby home, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported. “We think in the same time they were in the area likely hitting the other home, and … More Info
  • NY: NYPD officers thwart Queens MetroPCS robbery when suspect …
    5.22.15 -WABC-TV – NYPD officers responding to a tripped alarm at a MetroPCS cell phone store in Queens were able to figure out that the “employee” who greeted them at the … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    5.19.15 – Circleville Herald – Smoke alarm activated at a residence. Engine 102 dispatched and Medic 1 responded. Engine 102 advised to have the alarm company change … More Info
  • OH: Police: 2nd Speedway robbed by same woman
    5.18.15 – WHIO – Fairborn police responded at 5:19 p.m. Sunday after an employee activated an alarm. After obtaining an undetermined amount … More Info
  • OH: Televisions reported stolen from home on Oak Avenue
    5.24.15 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – According to the police report, the police responded to an alarm activation at 6:54 p.m. Saturday. Entrance was made through the front door. Property damage is … More Info
  • OR: Police: Burglary suspect caught in sink of SE Portland business
    5.19.15 – KPTV.com – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the complex’s Verizon Wireless store and heard noises on the roof. They also saw altered ceiling tiles inside one of the… More Info
  • PA: GantDaily Weekend Police Blotter
    5.18.15 – Gant Daily – Police responded to an alarm at the Discovery House. Police received a report about an alleged incident of harassment involving students at the elementary … More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion Police Reports: Attempted burglaries reported
    5.21.15 -Main Line – When police were called to the house on the report of an alarm activation, they checked the home and found a sliding door leading to the kitchen was slightly … More Info
  • PA: Wanted Burglar Killed by Police
    5.22.15 –WTAJ – While prying open the back door police say that Lowery tripped the burglar alarm. When police responded they found Lowery hiding in an employee break area, … More Info
  • SK: Teens arrested after alarm tips off Saskatoon homeowner to break-in
    5.19.15 – Globalnews.ca – Saskatoon – An alarm tipped-off a Saskatoon homeowner to a garage break-in early Tuesday morning. Police say the homeowner heard the garage alarm … More Info
  • TX: Burglar breaks into Cavender’s Boot City, steals boots
    5.21.15 -KPRC Houston – Berenice Delgado, an assistant manager at the store, said she woke up to the alarm company calling her to report the burglary. “They told me to get up and get … More Info
  • TX: Man shot, killed inside home after walking in on burglary, deputies say
    5.23.15 – KPRC Houston – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the victim, Devonte Hardison, 21, got a call from his mother to go check on their home, because the burglar alarm had … More Info
  • TX: Temple: Burglars Hit 2 Businesses, Steal Cigars And Cigarettes
    5.22.15 –KWTX – A short time later, officers were sent to a burglar alarm report at the Texas Best Smoke Shop where they found someone had broken … More Info
  • TX: Two Woodville drug stores broken into May 13
    5.22.15 –Tylercountybooster – On May 13 at approximately 5:30 a.m, the Woodville Police Department received a call that the security alarm had gone off at Woodville Drug … More Info
  • VA: Police investigating convenience store break-ins
    5.18.15 – WFIR News Talk Radio – While conducting that investigation, officers received another alarm call from the Gas N Shop. There was evidence of a … More Info
  • VA: Westbury Pharmacy permit, pharmacist’s license revoked
    5.22.15 -WWBT NBC12 News – The tablets could be taken from the storage cabinet even when it was locked, the access code to the alarm system and key were posted on the alarm control … More Info

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