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May 30, 2016

History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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Door to Door Sales

  • Better Business Bureau warns of ‘bad apples’ among home alarm …
    5.26.16 – Salt Lake Tribune – Jane Driggs, the BBB Utah president and CEO, said Wednesday there are “bad apples” among Utah alarm companies that do business around the country. More Info
  • ADT Braces for ‘Record Year’ of Door-Knocking Deception
    ADT organized a press conference in Utah along with the Better Business Bureau to inform consumers nationwide about deceptive sales practices. More Info
  • Sounding the alarm on deceptive sales
    Industry braces for what is expected to be a busy door-knocking season… More Info
  • Use caution when dealing with door to door security system sales
    5.29.16 – The Daily Advertiser- Around Acadiana, many homeowners seek to secure their homes, families and belongings with a home security system, also called a “burglar alarm.” More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • GA: Holly Springs sets alarm fines
    5.27.16 – Atlanta Journal Constitution – The city of Holly Springs is cracking down on repeat alarm violators. The city council recently OK’d an ordinance setting up fines for repeat false alarms. A fourth … More Info
  • KS: Overland Park residents say city failed to live up to 2008 annexation …
    5.25.16 – Kansas City Star – For example, Hyatt said his burglar alarm went off in 2013. “It took 25 minutes for the response to come. Twenty-five minutes. Needless to say, everybody in the … More Info
  • LA: NOPD sees improved response time, but short of goals
    5.24.16 – WWLTV.com – In addition, some districts are reclassifying Code Two emergencies as Code Ones non-emergencies, including a large number of burglar alarm calls. Fraternal … More Info
  • PA: Council approves carbon monoxide alarm requirement
    5.24.16 – Chambersburg Public Opinion – Chambersburg – All homes in Chambersburg must now have carbon monoxide alarms as a result of revisions to the borough’s property maintenance code … More Info
  • TX: College Station ordinance is using technology to help solve crimes
    5.26.16 – KBTX – The ordinance requires convenience stores and liquor stores to have a limited amount of cash at the register, a working alarm system, and height stickers on the… More Info
  • TX: Fire marshal approved school’s inadequate alarm system …
    5.26.16 – Houston Chronicle – “Using the authority of The Office of the Fire Marshal, he allowed a fire alarm company to install a fire alarm system without following the fire code,” a frustrated … More Info
  • WI: Village of Pewaukee Waives $7000 in False Fire Alarm Fees
    5.25.16 – WDJT – Here’s a follow-up to a story CBS 58 first brought you back in January: Remember how the Village of Pewaukee was charging up to $8,000 for each false fire … More Info

Industry News

  • Something about Burglar Alarm You Need To Know
    5.24.16 – TheSequitur.com – This is an article to tell you the basics of burglar alarm to protect your home easily. Hope it Helps .This is an article to tell you the basics of burglar alarm to protect … More Info
  • Survey Says 52% of Consumers Want Biometrics
    From baby boomers to millennials, 52 percent of consumers would choose anything but a traditional username and password account registration when given the option. More Info
  • Alarm system delay allows crash and smash break-in
    5.25.16 – WOAI – When police arrived on the scene there was a large screen TV ripped off the wall, furniture flipped upside down, drawers emptied out and the ADT alarm system … More Info
  • New Home Sales in April Hit 8-Year High
    5.26.16 – Purchases of new, single-family homes jumped 16.6% from a month earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 619,000. More Info
  • JCI-Tyco post-merger exec line-up announced
    5.27.16 – SSN – Milwaukee and Cork, Ireland—Johnson Controls and Tyco International, which announced plans to merge in January, today announced the post-merger executive line-up. Seven corporate executive officers and seven business leaders were named. Who was tapped from Tyco and who was named from JCI? More Info
  • I Blame Circuit City for the Tech Labor Crisis
    5.27.16 – CEPro – The lack of skilled labor crisis facing the custom electronics industry is rooted in the demise of the ‘farm team’ breeding grounds of Circuit City, Tweeter, Sound Advice and other lost retailers. That vacuum is still being felt today. More Info
  • San Francisco Hyatt Regency: How not to do ‘Energy Management’
    5.23.16 – CEPRO – Lights turn off when you’re in the shower … and other “energy-efficiency” fails at the San Francisco (SFO) Hyatt Regency. More Info


Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
225 ILCS 447/20-10 225 ILCS 447/40-10 720 ILCS 5/24-2 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that an applicant for licensure as a private alarm contractor who has received a business degree from an accredited college or university shall be given credit for 2 years of required experience. Makes changes concerning the disciplinary grounds under the Act related to commission of a felony or a misdemeanor. Amends provisions of the Criminal Code of 2012 concerning exemptions to provisions concerning unlawful use of weapons by removing language limiting the exemptions for persons licensed under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 who are commuting between their homes and places of employment to commuting that is accomplished within one hour from departure from home or place of employment. Effective immediately.
Status: 7/29/2015 : House Public Act . . . . . . . . . 99-0174
Public Safety – Rental Dwelling Units – Carbon Monoxide Alarms | Sponsored by:
Status: 4/26/2016 : Approved by the Governor – Chapter 175
Amends secs. 4c & 13c of 1972 PA 230 (MCL 125.1504c & 125.1513c). | Construction; fire safety; photoelectric smoke detectors; require under construction code act.
Status: 5/25/2016 : bill electronically reproduced 05/24/2016
Amends sec. 82a of 1917 PA 167 (MCL 125.482a). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5680’16 | Construction; fire safety; photoelectric smoke detectors; require under housing law.
Status: 5/25/2016 : bill electronically reproduced 05/24/2016


State & National News

  • Study Reveals Dramatic Drop in U.S. Hospital Violent Crime Rate
    5.23.16 – SIA – A new study by IAHSS on hospital crime shows that overall, the rate of violent crime dropped dramatically from 2.8 incidents per 100 hospital beds in 2014 to .09 incidents per 100 beds last year, or a 68 percent decrease. Read more More Info
  • Illinois lags in easing entry regulations for professions
    5.29.16 – Illinois Policy – It takes more than a thousand days of education to become a security alarm installer in Illinois and costs more than $800. That effectively makes the profession … More Info

Business Tips

  • The Simple Way to Be a Better Leader
    5.14.16 – Fortune – Whereas yesterday’s leaders had a relatively clear sense of their market and the tools in their kit, today’s leaders face a landscape that shifts like a desert dune, and their toolkit is constantly becoming obsolete. In this context, expertise and experience no longer define the leader. Instead, his or her ability to come up the curve quickly on new challenges is most crucial. More Info
  • You Found that Great Employee…Now What?
    5.25.16 – The last thing you want is to put forth the effort in finding and hiring the right employee only to have them leave, how do you set them up for success in the field? More Info
  • 2 Big Reasons You Should Really Be Tracking Your Time (and How to Get Started)
    5.27.16 – CEPro – The source of revenue is drastically different in a services vs. projects model, so cost tracking needs to be addressed differently. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Suspicious fire at Planned Parenthood Modesto Health Center
    5.26.16 – Modesto Bee – At about 3:25 a.m., one fire engine was dispatched to a water-flow alarm sounding at the center, said Battalion Chief Jesse Nicasio of … More Info
  • MD: BWI Control Tower Evacuated Briefly After Fire Alarm
    5.24.16 – ABC News – An official says the air traffic control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was evacuated briefly after the fire alarm went off. More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Police blotter
    5.26.16 – Shelter Island Reporter – The Shelter Island Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Shelter Island House Tavern on the morning of May 18; apparently, floor sanding that was … More Info
  • OH: Nursing home residents safe after air conditioning unit overheats
    5.27.16 – 13abc Action News – And the situation is under control. Authorities tell us that an air conditioning unit overheated and triggered a fire alarm. All the residents are safe and accounted … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Thieves smash Best Buy wall, steal $100K in electronics
    5.24.16 – News Courier – … believe the men then used sledgehammers and a cutting tool to make a hole about two feet in diameter in the back of the building without triggering an alarm. More Info
  • CA: Activities of the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office May 16-22
    5.25.16 – Cedar County Republican – On Wednesday, May 18: A deputy responded to a report of an alarm at Woods … A deputy responded to an alarm. Everything … More Info
  • CA: Blotter: Thieves caught, domestic violence and a man’s legs still there
    5.26.16 – Gilroy Dispatch – A woman tried to take a 40 inch TV out the emergency door at Costco at 2 p.m. She ran away after the alarm sounded. She took off in a red Nissan Maxima. More Info
  • CA: Cops and Courts: May 26, 2016: Pajaro brothers arrested on gun …
    5.26.16 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Watsonville Police were dispatched to the alternative school for a burglary alarm at approximately 11 p.m. A neighbor also reported … More Info
  • CA: Man tries to cash fake check, police use Taser
    5.24.16 – The San Diego Union-Tribune – The man, who also is suspected of being under the influence of drugs, put up a fight when officers responded to a holdup alarm about 6:10 p.m. at the business … More Info
  • CA: Police take down suspected robber in Kearny Mesa
    5.24.16 – 10News – Police said an alarm went off at the store in a strip mall and when officers arrived they found a man inside. It took several officers to get the man under control … More Info
  • CT: Ansonia man encounters armed person inside his home
    5.29.16 – CT Post – The man woke up at about 2:30 a.m. when an alarm went off in his house, police said. He then grabbed a personal gun and, as he … More Info
  • FL: Sheriff honors four in efforts to pursue suspect
    5.24.16 – Palatka Daily News – A sheriff’s office release said the three deputies were in the area after checking on a home alarm, set off from an unsecured door. While waiting on the … More Info
  • GA: Authorities seek two suspects in Phenix City burglary caught on video
    5.27.16 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – 12 alarm call to a residence. When they arrived on the scene, they noticed that a door to the home had been forced open. More Info
  • GA: For the record
    5.24.16 – Athens Messenger – Monday, May 23, 10:17 a.m.: A deputy responded to a residential alarm. On arrival, an exterior check of residence was … More Info
  • GA: Man arrested for striking officer in Dollar General burglary
    5.24.16 – WALB-TV – Patrolman Nicholas Parker responded to the store’s burglary alarm when he saw a suspect crawling out of a broken glass door. Parker yelled for him to stop, and … More Info
  • ID: Pocatello police respond to 217 weekend calls for service
    5.24.16 – Idaho State Journal – … responded to a report of a suspicious subject who may be trying to break into a business and who had set of the burglar alarm. More Info
  • IL: Man, 51, in custody after 4th Nuts on Clark break-in
    5.27.16 – WLS-TV – A 51-year-old man was taken into custody after police responded to a burglary alarm early Friday morning at Nuts on Clark in Chicago’s Wrigleyville … More Info
  • IL: Thieves break into Maspeth Federal Savings Bank in Rego Park …
    5.24.16 – WLS-TV – It’s unclear what went on with the alarm system in place at that location. Police said this is likely connected with a through-the-roof heist … More Info
  • IN: Armed robbery reported at south Elkhart gas station
    5.27.16 – The Elkhart Truth – Police were called to the gas station at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday after a hold-up alarm was triggered. The suspects were only described as men who may have … More Info
  • IN: Burglars target Anderson gun shop for the 3rd time in 18 months
    5.27.16 – WISH-TV- Hinton said he forgot to set the alarm Wednesday night. It’s a mistake he said he’ll never make again. But what else can he do? “Barring putting a mean dog in … More Info
  • IN: Burglars target empty homes
    5.25.16 – WISH-TV – Homeowners are encouraged to protect their investment by using a burglar alarm. Police suggest asking a trusted source to keep an eye on the property. Lastly … More Info
  • KS: Police catch suspected thief riding stolen bicycle
    5.23.16 – KWCH – At about 5 a.m. Sunday, police responded to an alarm at the Bicycle Exchange. Police say the front window of the business was busted out and … More Info
  • LA: UPDATE: Standoff in Grand Prairie over
    5.24.16 – KATC Lafayette News – The clerk then set off the alarm and was able to secure himself in a back room. Lejeune then left the store on foot with no money in hand. The driver of the car … More Info
  • MA: Brookline police incident reports
    5.29.16 – Wicked Local – Saturday school: Alarm Central reported the alarm at the high school was going off. Police found one door propped open. Boston Police sent a K-9 to check it … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Man drives into sea at Pavilion Beach
    5.26.16 -Gloucester Daily Times – 1:16 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at the State of the Art Gallery. Officers found the building to be secure. More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Man falls in quarry, is arrested for trespassing
    5.25.16 – Gloucester Daily Times – 9:20 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded from the Gloucester School District’s alternative school program site. Responders found … More Info
  • ME: Ellsworth teen charged with early morning burglary at State Street …
    5.23.16 – The Ellsworth American – Police said they received a call at 1:11 a.m. Saturday morning alerting them that a burglary alarm had been activated at the business. More Info
  • ME: Gouldsboro Police Log: Franklin man accused of smashing mailboxes
    5.25.16 – The Ellsworth American – On May 14, police responded to a burglar alarm at a home … Police said they checked the building, found nothing awry and reset the alarm. More Info
  • MI: BC man arrested in North Avenue business burglary
    5.26.16 – Battle Creek Enquirer – Officers were sent to the State Farm Insurance office at 1:19 a.m. to check the building because of an alarm. The first officer to arrive … More Info
  • MI: Burglar alarm alerts police, 24-year-old arrested
    5.26.16 – MLive.com – At 1:20 a.m. Thursday, May 26 officers from the Battle Creek Police Department responding to an entry alarm at the business observed a broken exterior window … More Info
  • MN: South metro police blotter, May 29
    5.27.16 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – A 37-year-old Burnsville man was arrested for disorderly conduct, falsely reporting a crime and tampering with a fire alarm system… More Info
  • MT: Butte medical marijuana shop hit by roof-top burglary
    5.25.16 – KTVH – Officers did respond to the first alarm call at about 2:30 a.m., but when they arrived at the business they saw no sign of a burglary or foul play. “At that time the … More Info
  • NC: Raleigh Family Dollar cashier hid, eluded armed robber
    5.26.16 – WTVD-TV – After hearing the commotion, the manager pushed the alarm and exited the rear of the building. As the teenaged cashier saw a man with his face covered head… More Info
  • ND: Minot Honda dealership burglarized; motorcycle is missing
    5.24.16 – SFGate – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at Pure Honda shortly before 1 a.m. Monday and found signs of a forced entry. They found no one inside. An employee … More Info
  • NH: Three indicted on charges in March burglary
    5.26.16 – Nashua Telegraph – An activated security alarm drew police to Merrimack Firearms just before midnight on March 5, and they found that someone had tried to enter the store but … More Info
  • NJ: Towaco man charged with Montville burglary, cops say
    5.26.16 – NJ.com – Police responded to a burglar alarm on Foremost Road on May 13 where they discovered an open window and determined a person had broken in between 1 … More Info
  • NM: Crime of the Week: Recreation Center vandalism
    5.25.16 – Carlsbad Current-Argus – Carlsbad Police responded to an alarm set off during the incident around 12 a.m. that day. Vandals used rocks to break windows throughout the building and the … More Info
  • NM: Repeat burglary victim says APD not acting on evidence handed over
    5.24.16 – KOB.com – “They took this whole alarm panel and cut it right off the wall,” he said, pointing to the wires sticking out of a wall. Nearly four weeks ago, they burglarized the … More Info
  • NV: Burglars caught on tape stealing guitars from popular downtown shop
    5.26.16 – News3LV – Amoroso says he received the dreaded call of a break-in early this morning from his alarm company. “3 o’clock in the morning this morning I get a phone call that … More Info
  • NV: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Burglars target bakery, sushi restaurant
    5.25.16 – KTNV Las Vegas – “[The burglar] came right below where the photos are here and he poked his head right through the wall and off the alarm went,” Bryant described. Rolling in .. More Info
  • NY: Deputies investigating Lisbon store burglary
    5.25.16 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – Deputies responded to the store after a 9:30 p.m. alarm activation and determined the store was entered through a window that was broken. They said bars on … More Info
  • NY: Potsdam police blotter, May 25
    5.26.16 – North Country Now – 1308 Fielded the report of an ATM alarm activation at Clarkson University. 1337 Issued a temporary handicap parking placard. More Info
  • NY: Suspect of NBT robbery remains at large
    5.25.16 – Evening Sun – Members of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at 11:06 a.m. from an alarm monitoring system reporting a robbery at the bank. The alarm … More Info
  • NY: Thieves break into bank in NYC by cutting hole in roof over vault
    5.25.16 – WTVD-TV – It’s unclear what went on with the alarm system in place at that location. Police said this is likely connected with a through-the-roof heist in Borough Park, … More Info
  • OH: Carefree crook leaves behind DNA evidence at convenience store
    5.27.16 – WKEF ABC 22 – Police investigation found the DNA clues left behind by the seemingly carefree criminal shown walking out the store as the alarm blared. As the repairman … More Info
  • OH: Man robbed at gunpoint during Craigslist deal: Mayfield Heights …
    5.26.16 – cleveland.com – An employee was alerted to the theft after the security alarm sounded when he was leaving. She later learned the cashiers had not ringed up a vacuum cleaner … More Info
  • OH: Man’s bike stolen while shopping for a bike lock: South Euclid Police …
    5.26.16 -cleveland.com – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at Buckeye Medical Supply around 4 a.m. May 13 and found the front glass door broken out, but no suspect in the area. More Info
  • OH: New Albany: Johnstown Road businesses targeted by burglars
    5.25.16 – ThisWeekNews – At 2:27 a.m. May 13, New Albany police were called to a restaurant on a reported alarm. Officers found the rear glass door … More Info
  • OH: Thieves again target Harrison Twp. Cashland
    5.24.16 – WHIO – A Cashland location was the target of a break-in for the second time in two weeks. Deputies were dispatched on a reported alarm from the … More Info
  • OK: Police seek persons of interest in attempted burglary at Tulsa business
    5.25.16 – Tulsa World – Officers responded to an alarm call at a business on April 25. Surveillance footage showed five men in their teens to early … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Police ask for help identifying burglary suspects
    5.24.16 – kjrh.com – Police responded to an alarm call on April 25th. Surveillance video shows five suspects walking around the back of the business. More Info
  • TN: PD search for escaped burglary suspect
    5.29.16 – WBRC FOX6 News – WBRC.com – Police said officers were responding to a panic alarm i when they saw the suspect running from the home. Officers caught … More Info
  • TN: Police arrest man accused of robbing three local businesses
    5.23.16 – WKRN.com – Officers arrested Oderrick Lawrence Friday after a robbery alarm went off at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store. A police … More Info
  • TX: 2 juveniles caught after breaking into middle school
    5.26.16 – KHOU.com – Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday police received an alarm call at Edison Middle School, and the alarm company said they could see someone inside the school. More Info
  • TX: Burglars caught in act by homeowner’s remote camera
    5.24.16 – KPRC Houston – After letting themselves in her bedroom door, one man disabled the burglar alarm in six seconds while the other began going through the house. More Info
  • TX: HPD: Smash-and-grab suspect caught taking gumball machines
    5.27.16 – KHOU.com – The man was loading up the machines when HPD received an alarm call and responded. The officer arrived while the suspect was still inside, and the man was … More Info
  • TX: K-9 cop nabs evading suspect in north Harris County
    5.26.16 – KTRK-TV – According to Precinct 4, deputy constables were called to a business about an alarm going off. When deputy constables … More Info
  • TX: Lubbock mother behind bars after 3-year-old found alone in house
    5.27.16 – KCBD-TV – Lubbock police came to the house around 4 p.m. in response to the alarm going off and discovered a young child inside. More Info
  • TX: Police Investigate Shattered Windows at Alarm Business on McArdle ...
    5.24.16 – KIII TV3 – Corpus Christi police were called Monday night to an alarm at a business in the 5700 block of McArdle Road and found the front glass shattered out. More Info
  • TX: Police Investigate Shattered Windows at Alarm Business on McArdle …
    5.25.16 – KIII TV3 – Corpus Christi police were called Monday night to an alarm at a business and found the front glass shattered out. More Info
  • TX” Police search for two suspects behind an attempted robbery at …
    5.24.16 – LubbockOnline.com – One of the victims managed to set off the panic alarm causing the suspects to flee the scene, police said. Suspect description was provided. Both suspects are … More Info
  • UT: Police seek 2 suspects connect to attempted ATM theft in Midvale
    5.25.16 – fox13now.com – On May 10 at about 2:10 a.m., Unified police responded to an ATM alarm at the Granite Credit Union after two suspects try to steal the bank’s machine, according … More Info
  • VA: Victim says he was stabbed, thought wife was dead during home …
    5.24.16 – WUSA9.com – During the last few hours of testimony Monday, a police officer who thought he was responding to a house alarm, found the two gravely injured victims. He said … More Info
  • WA: Ephrata man sentenced for gas station theft
    5.25.16 – Columbia Basin Herald – Later in the day the EPD responded to an alarm call at the same gas station and contacted Newman’s girlfriend. She wasn’t aware of the theft situation involving… More Info
  • WA: Homeowner woken by burglary exchanges gunfire with teen
    5.26.16 -The Olympian – The homeowner and teen exchanged gunfire before the teen ran out the front door of the home, triggering the home’s alarm system, police said. A short while … More Info
  • WA: POLICE BLOTTER | May 25, 2016
    5.25.16 – Queen Anne News – The homeowner told police his house alarm was going off and he’d locked himself in his bedroom. When police arrived, he told officers he had been asleep … More Info
  • WA: String of burglaries hit north Franklin County
    5.25.16 – KVEW – “Having an alarm system, having it make a noise, having it be monitored, get a response are all activities that can help this consumer in this case be able to have … More Info
  • WV: Police Investigate Breaking & Entering at Morgantown Long John …
    5.23.16 – WDTV – They were called to the restaurant late Saturday night, for an alarm call. Once on scene, investigators noticed a broken window. When officers, including at MPD .. More Info

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