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Public Safety Updates

  • GA: Sandy Springs will consider changing alarm ordinance
    5.3.17 – Atlanta Journal Constitution – Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun says the city is exploring changes to its “False Alarm” ordinance and, if approved, the changes would shift the … More Info
  • IL: Proposed ordinance would require Chicago hotels to provide panic buttons to some workers
    5.4.17 – SIW – Hotels would also have to post sexual harassment and assault polices, promise no retaliation against workers that come forward… More Info
  • IN: Death of 22-year-old sparks carbon monoxide alarm ordinance
    5.5.17 – The Republic – La Porte, Ind. – All new homes built in La Porte must have a carbon monoxide alarm under a new ordinance approved by the Indiana Fire Prevention and … More Info
  • LA: NOPD to track false alarms, fine for multiple offenses
    5.1.17 – WWL – The NOPD says they will start imposing fines for a second false alarm tripped at a business or home. After a fourth violation, they will stop responding until the … More Info
  • ON: Police board approves fees for funeral escorts
    5.4.17 – Waterloo Record – Other services for which fees will increase include attending false alarms, collision reports for insurance companies, paid duty events and interviewing officers. More Info

Industry News

  • Predictive Analytics Lets Home Security System Forecast Problems Before They Happen
    5.2.17 – EH – OneEvent Technologies develops a smart wireless security system that monitors the home environment to identify potential risks like fire and flooding. More Info
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  • Doyle Security becomes first in NY to adopt alarm program
    5.2.17 – Rochester Business Journal – Doyle Security Systems Inc. has become the first company in the state to implement a program that allows over 10,000 alarm users in Monroe County to receive … More Info
  • Vivint Charges Woman for 5 Years Worth of Cancelled Alarm …
    5.2.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Vivint Charges Woman for 5 Years Worth of Cancelled Alarm Service, Finally Refunds. Vivint continued to make automatic withdrawals from an elderly woman’s … More Info
  • Tacoma Public Schools honor Red Hawk Fire & Security technicians
    5.2.17 – SIW – Integrators’ employees recognized for helping to extinguish fire at Washington elementary school… More Info
  • ADT Sues Ring, Former Zonoff CEO for Theft of Home-Automation Tech; Ring CEO Calls Bull
    5.2.17 – CEPro – ADT claims former Zonoff CEO Mike Harris misappropriated home-automation assets, transferring them to smart-doorbell maker Ring when the IoT technology actually belonged to ADT. Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff says claims are “ridiculous.” More Info
  • Ring CEO Responds to ADT Lawsuit Regarding Zonoff: ADT ‘Terrified’
    5.4.17 – CEPro – Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff claims ADT feels threatened by Ring’s Wi-Fi doorbells after Ring hired the entire team of Zonoff home-automation platform developers. More Info
  • How ADT Aims to Keep Security ‘Relevant’ in Smart Home World
    5.5.17 – CEPro – ADT sees voice activation, wearables, IP cameras, one-button panics, roadside assistance and distracted driving alerts for parents of teens as ways security systems must adapt to lifestyle needs… More Info
  • IP/Cellular Dual Path Alarm Communicators Dominate ISC 2017
    5.5.17 – CEPro – As POTS lines disappear, security dealers are upgrading alarm panels with dual-path communicators that provide both IP (Wi-Fi or hardwired) and cellular connections to the central station. More Info
  • Vector Security Bestows 2017 Loss Prevention Foundation Scholarships
    5.5.17 – SSI – The security provider doled nearly $24,000 in scholarship awards to support loss prevention continuing education. More Info

Legislative News

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State & National News

  • Yellow-Light Crusader Fined for Doing Math Without a License
    5.1.17 – New York Times – Worse still was getting hit recently with a $500 fine for engaging in the “practice of engineering” without a license while pressing his cause. So last week, Mr. Jarlstrom filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying, charging the state’s licensing panel with violating his First Amendment rights. More Info
  • A Mesh Network for Your Home: Why It’s Important
    5.2.17 – EH – A new way of tying smart devices together, a mesh network promises bigger wireless bandwidth, faster speeds, and greater reliability. More Info
  • Life-saving gadget will do no good in a drawer
    5.2.17 – Las Vegas Review-Journal – I was on the medical beat then and had long wondered about the effectiveness of medical alarm devices that were increasingly being marketed to seniors for … More Info
  • Can a Bluetooth-enabled pill cap help you remember your medicine?
    5.2.17 – The Verge – None of this functionality is actually more useful than a reminder app or alarm. But the bigger idea behind Pillsy, or why it might be better than just setting an … More Info
  • Fire Safety Group Backs Smoke Alarm Bill
    5.3.17 – CIproud.com – “These newer alarms are sealed in, meaning the battery doesn’t need to be replaced and cannot be removed,” said Illinois Fire Safety Alliance President James … More Info
  • Can an AI burglar alarm predict break-ins before they happen?
    5.3.17 – Daily News & Analysis – Deep Sentinel redefines cameras’ use in a traditional burglar alarm setup. Rather than passively recording what they see, the footage is analyzed via a … More Info
  • U.S. job growth bounces back; unemployment at 10-year low
    5.5.17 – The New York Times – Job growth recovered in April, according to data released on Friday by the Labor Department, providing a reassuring economic snapshot after weak numbers in March… More Info
  • Little Rock police simulator gets upgrade; system analyzes officers …
    5.5.17 – Arkansas Online – The alarm had gone off several times that week after-hours. This time, as the two walked inside the dimly-lit building and announced themselves as police … More Info
  • Wireless-only homes now a majority in the U.S., survey finds
    5.4.17 – SIW – More than 50 percent of adults now live in homes considered ‘wireless only’ More Info

Business Tips

  • Study reveals shortcomings in background check due diligence
    5.3.17 – SIW – Failing to rescreen employees post-hire could come back to haunt some organizations… More Info
  • How to Deal With a Customer’s Loss as an Alarm Company
    5.5.17 – SSI – There are four main steps you should take when asked for records regarding the alarm system and incidents. More Info

Fire News

  • AR: Carbon monoxide detected at Bentonville hotel
    5.2.17 – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – The hotel has carbon monoxide detectors and the alarm went off, Boydston said. “The manager did a great job and evacuated the hotel of customers and … More Info
  • IL: Naperville firefighters respond to kitchen fire, no one hurt
    5.1.17 – Positively Naperville – At 8:09PM on Sunday evening (04/30/2017), Naperville’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a 911 call from the alarm monitoring company … More Info
  • IN: For The Record: 5/3
    5.3.17 – The Herald – Ferdinand — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to an alarm activation at Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Firefighters revive heart patient
    5.2.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – 1:49 and 12:23 a.m.: Police dispatched Fire Department personnel on report of an activated alarm at the Congregational Church. Boht instances … More Info
  • NJ: Possession of weed prompts wild police chase
    5.2.17 – The Signal – On April 19, at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Cromwell Hall on reports of an activated fire alarm. Upon arrival, the building … More Info
  • NY: Smoke detector saved man’s life in Niagara Falls fire: Chief
    5.1.17 – Niagarathisweek.com – “A man is alive today thanks to having working smoke alarms in his apartment,” said Niagara Falls fire department Chief Jim Boutilier. “What more proof do we … More Info
  • NY: Smoke alarm saves life in Falls fire
    5.2.17 – Niagara Falls Review – Ben Trendle, a captain with the Niagara Falls Fire Department, is prepared for the Wake Up campaign. Throughout the month of May, firefighters will go … More Info
  • VA: A day after opening, Waterside District party interrupted by fire alarm
    5.6.17 – Virginian-Pilot – Construction dust in heating and cooling ductwork likely triggered a fire alarm at Waterside District on Friday night and led to an evacuation, according to Norfolk … More Info
  • WI: Battery Charger causes fire at Appleton residential facility
    5.3.17 – WGBA-TV – The Appleton Fire Department reminds people that 911 should be called when a smoke alarm sounds, because not all fire alarm systems automatically notify … More Info
  • WI: Libertarian speech goes off in Madison without protesters’ planned …
    5.3.17 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – A pulled fire alarm blaring a few minutes before Murray started speaking didn’t even prompt the 100-plus guests in the ballroom to rise from their chairs. More Info
  • WV: Fire alarm interrupts commission meeting
    5.6.17 – Martinsburg Journal – The commission meeting and court trials were interrupted when the fire alarm sounded. Commissioners said there was to be a fire drill this week, but that was … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Arrest made in convenience store burglary
    5.5.17 – Dothan Eagle – When officers responded to the sounding alarm, they found that someone had made a forced entry through a side door of a convenience store on Eufaula … More Info
  • AL: Burglars get away with a case load of prescription drugs in Mobile …
    5.4.17 – AL.com – One of the suspects, in a red sweatshirt, begins sliding all of the prescriptions into a blue crate. Burch said MCSO deputies responded to the alarm at the store, … More Info
  • AL: Calhoun Co. deputies searching for man involved in home burglary
    5.2.17 – WBRC FOX6 News – On Friday, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an alarm call. Police say window screens on the back side of the … More Info
  • AL: Man charged with breaking into Florence businesses overnight
    5.5.17 – WAAY – Tobby Randall Blackstock, 39, of Lexington Tennessee, was arrested just after 2 a.m. after a burglary alarm call at Evergreen Restaurant. More Info
  • AL: Reward offered in store burglary
    5.2.17 – Shelby County Reporter – “It never triggered the alarm because the alarm is set for door separation not shattered glass,” she said. Using store surveillance footage, Dunsmore determined … More Info
  • AL: Would-be burglars hit up wrong gun store & leave empty-handed
    5.2.17 – FOX10 News – Stone was at the store within two minutes after the alarm went off and Mobile Police a minute after that. Meanwhile, officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco… More Info
  • AR: Police beat
    5.4.17 – Arkansas Online – Michael Siggers was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday after officers responded to an alarm at the Downtown Deli, according to an arrest … More Info
  • BC: Suspects nabbed in break-in
    5.1.17 – Coast Reporter – A security company alerted store employees and Sunshine Coast RCMP of an alarm sounding at the business… More Info
  • CA: 5 suspects arrested in residential burglary, hours after sheriff’s …
    5.4.17 – Los Angeles Times – … Crescenta Valley Station at 8:19 p.m. after he received a notification that his home security alarm system had activated while he was away from the residence. More Info
  • CO: Logan County Sheriff’s Office deputies respond to burglary alarms …
    5.3.17 – Journal Advocate – At 8:25 a.m. deputies were dispatched regarding a possible residential burglary alarm. At 4:05 p.m. deputies … More Info
  • CO: The Record
    5.1.17 – Steamboat Pilot & Today – #12:57 a.m. Officers responded to a residential intrusion alarm in the 70 block … Springs Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a fire alarm … More Info
  • GA: Avondale Estates Police respond to two recent reports of burglaries
    5.4.17 – Decaturish.com – Officers responded to a burglary alarm around 6 p.m.. “The officer discovered that forced entry had been made to a side door … More Info
  • GA: Charges filed in burglary case
    5.3.17 – Moultrie Observer – The rash of calls started for law enforcement with an alarm at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. A deputy… More Info
  • GA: Police Blotter: Suspect Robs, Stomps On Woman In Sandy Springs
    5.6.17 – Patch.com – 5/1: The complainant said he received an alarm just before 11 p.m., indicating that someone may have entered the property’s … More Info
  • IL: Turkey caught trying to break into house
    5.2.17 – 13WMAZ – “Deputy John Pionke responded to the report of an alarm on April 25 to find an aggressive subject attempting to gain entry … More Info
  • IN: Suspects in custody after robberies across 3 states
    5.2.17 – WISH-TV – Indianapolis – Two suspects are now in custody after police say they committed a string of robberies spanning three states. 24-Hour News 8 first … More Info
  • KY: Burglary leads to arrest of man wanted for sex crimes
    5.6.17 – The Messenger – … arrested shortly after members of the Madisonville Police Department responded at 10:23 p.m. to Country Cupboard restaurant in reference to an alarm call. More Info
  • LA: New details: OPSO deputy dies in wreck
    5.1.17 – Monroe News Star – … determined Deputy Justin Beard, 26, was traveling west on the highway in his patrol vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe, responding to a burglar alarm call. More Info
  • MA: Lowell police seek Marchand Oil van used in business break-in
    5.2.17 – Lowell Sun – The owner of Cason’s was out of town when the incident occurred, but contacted his neighbor after an alarm went off at the store, according to broadcasts. More Info
  • MA: Police say suspect in Mansfield pizza shop break-in captured on …
    5.4.17 – The Sun Chronicle – When police responded to a burglar alarm the night of the break-in, they found the front window shattered. Police also found a hammer and a sock outside the … More Info
  • MA: Transylvania Police Chief Stops Machete Attack in Campus Coffee …
    5.2.17 – Campus Safety Magazine – Muravchick received an alert from the campus dispatcher when someone pressed the panic alarm behind the counter of the coffee shop, reports Kentucky.com. More Info
  • MD: ATMs rammed with vehicle in theft attempt at Mondawmin Mall
    5.6.17 – Fox Baltimore – Police were first alerted at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, when an alarm came from the Bank of America, said spokesperson Jeremy Silbert. Lawrence Grayson … More Info
  • ME: Wiscasset Police Department
    5.3.17 – Wiscasset Newspaper – Police responded to four burglar alarms; assisted EMS with two calls; assisted the Fire Department with a call when a tree fell on power lines; escorted a patient … More Info
  • MI: Police Beat
    5.6.17 – Thecountypress – Commercial alarm tripped at party store ELBA TWP. — An alarm company told the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. May 3 that a motion sensor had been tripped at … More Info
  • MI: Ypsilanti Township party store robbed of money, cigarettes
    5.2.17 – MLive.com – Deputies responded to a report of an alarm about 11:50 p.m. Sunday at Round Haus Pizza and Party Shoppe, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s … More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 4/28/17-5/2/17
    5.3.17 – Crow River Media – On the 28th at 2:42 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm. The deputy found there was no cause for … More Info
  • MO: Cedar County Sheriff’s Office Report
    5.3.17 – Cedar County Republican – Received a report of an alarm call going off in Stockton. Everything was OK. … A deputy handled an alarm call in the El Dorado Springs area. Everything was OK. More Info
  • NE: Over $500 in drugs stolen from Kearney pharmacy
    5.3.17 – Kearney Hub – At 9:39 p.m. Tuesday, a security alarm at Valley Pharmacy inside Kearney Clinic activated. When Kearney Police Department officers arrived, … More Info
  • NJ: Man accused of burglarizing Franklin business twice
    5.5.17 – MyCentralJersey.com – According to Robertson, around 4:10 a.m. May 3, the Franklin Township Police Department received an activated burglar alarm at a business in the … More Info
  • NJ: Oak Tree Rd. Home Burglarized; Bicyclist Hit on Rt. 27; Cars …
    5.2.17 – Patch.com – At 11 p.m. police responded to a burglar alarm at the home. Arriving officers found the front door open and one bedroom ransacked. Police determined the … More Info
  • NJ: Two-Timer: Cops Bust Burglary Suspect Twice Within 24 Hours at …
    5.6.17 – TAPinto.net – Police responded to an activated burglar alarm on May 3, at a business in the Princeton section of Franklin Township, according to a statement from … More Info
  • NM: Local real estate agent accused of intentionally hitting man with car
    5.2.17 – KRQE News 13 – … a Nob Hill home he has for sale. Police issued a criminal summons, saying Pino owed $775 in fines because the alarm kept going off. More Info
  • NY: Cops: Jewelry, cash stolen from Hicksville jewelry store
    5.6.17 – Newsday – Nassau County police responded to a 911 call for the alarm and met Verma and other family members who help run the business. Verma said the burglars tried … More Info
  • NY: Tempers heated in Home Depot after attempted smoke alarm theft
    5.6.17 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Burglary: Between 10 p.m. April 29 and 8 a.m. April 30, someone, possibly using the garage, entered a house and stole cash out of wallets … More Info
  • OH: FBI releases bank robbery suspect info
    5.6.17 – Ashland Times Gazette – Wooster police responded to a hold-up alarm around 4:23 p.m., according to a news release from Wooster police. No one was injured during the robbery. More Info
  • OH: Police shoot dog while responding to Merion Village home alarm
    5.3.17 – 10TV – A central Ohio dog owner said what happened at her Merion Village home could happen to anyone. Katie Seay’s four-year-old Doberman “Keno” was shot by a … More Info
  • OK: Whataburger robber forces employees into freezer
    5.2.17 – kjrh.com – The robber then ordered employees into the freezer, at which point the employees hit an alarm. The robber took cash and fled from the restaurant. The man was … More Info
  • OR: Burglar targets Portland family wellness center
    5.3.17 – kgw.com – The business alarm system failed to alert anyone, until the moment he left. That’s after he was inside the building for almost an hour. By the time police got here, … More Info
  • PA: Gettysburg man; juvenile charged in home burglary
    5.2.17 – FOX43.com – The two allegedly conspired to break into the residence but left without taking anything after an audible alarm sounded. The homeowner was alerted by his … More Info
  • SC: Crime blotter for May 1
    5.1.17 – Aiken Standard – Deputies responded to an alarm at a home Saturday to find the back door open and a jewelry box on the ground with the contents … More Info
  • TN: Caught on Camera: Homeowner’s backyard targeted by groups
    5.2.17 – wreg.com – One even appears to be taking a selfie. Hearing voices, the homeowner grabbed a flashlight and went to check it out. An alarm sounded, scaring off the group. More Info
  • TX: Lee County Sheriff’s Report
    5.3.17 – Lexington Leader – An alarm company reported a business alarm. Deputy Nelson and Deputy Nurse arrived on scene and spoke to two subjects who were … More Info
  • TX: Lexington Police Report
    5.3.17 – Lexington Leader – Officer Walton responded to an alarm at Christina’s Kitchen. Officer Walton and ACO Landrum … More Info
  • TX: Palestine police arrest store employee for bomb threat at Lowe’s
    5.2.17 – KLTV – Police determined that Martinez was the person who had falsely reported a bomb in the store. He was arrested for false alarm or report and was taken to the … More Info
  • TX: RPD arrests suspected restaurant burglars
    5.1.17 – Rockport Pilot – At 6:40 a.m. on April 22 officers with the Rockport Police Department (RPD) were dispatched to a business alarm at Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken on … More Info
  • TX: Shunned by a teller and nailed by a dye pack, bank robber went 0 …
    5.6.17 – WTSP 10 News – And if Fort Worth police have their way, his future won’t be so bright, either. The suspect walked into the Bank of America … More Info
  • VA: Police release surveillance video of suspected Sprint store iPhone …
    5.4.17 – WLNI, Lynchburg’s News and Information Station – From Lynchburg Police: At 3:37 a.m., Officers responded to the Sprint store for an alarm which had been activated during a burglary. More Info
  • VA: Radford man held in Christiansburg robbery
    5.4.17 – Southwest Times – She said an alarm and call regarding an armed robbery at Check Into Cash was received at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of … More Info
  • WA: Sunny days in Blaine
    5.4.17 – Blaine Northern Light – April 26, 2:38 p.m.: Officers responded to an activated fire alarm at Blaine High School. The officer arrived and learned from school employees that a student was … More Info
  • WV: High Life Lounge robbery prompts short standoff
    5.5.17 – The Dominion Post – According to Morgantown Police: Officers responded to a holdup alarm at 10:14 p.m. Thursday. Officers were on scene within one … More Info

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