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NationalMonitorJune 1, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Watchful Eye: Be wary of summertime door-to-door sales
    5.25.15 – Knoxville News Sentinel – watchful eye. Solicitors selling alarm systems door-to-door in West Hills over the last month have neighbors concerned. More Info
  • Woman turns away couple claiming to be from alarm company
    5.29.15 – Sahuarita Sun – The homeowner said the couple, a man and woman in their 20s, identified themselves as representatives of the alarm company when they came to her home on … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AL: Tuscaloosa leaders considering new penalties for repeat false alarm …
    5.30.15 – Tuscaloosa News – Of the 80,023 burglar alarm calls, an average of almost 9,300 per year were false, … And for the 4,193 robbery alarm calls, an annual average of 505 were … More Info
  • GA: Atlanta Police cracking down on false alarms
    5.27.15 – MyFox Atlanta – Atlanta – It is a crackdown by the Atlanta Police Department that has nothing to do with crime. The department is going after homeowners for false alarm calls … More Info
  • ON: Mayor urges landlords to send false alarm bills to…
    5.27.15 – www.insideottawavalley.com/ – A Perth landlord is taking town council to task for possibly having to foot the bill for false alarm bills incurred by his tenants. In a letter addressed to Mayor John … More Info
  • ON: New false alarm bylaw expected to pay dividends
    5.29.15 – Brantford Expositor – A new false alarm reduction bylaw, to take effect July 1, could bring in nearly $680,000 in projected fines to the Brantford police service over the next 4 1/2 years, … More Info
  • WV: Police Chief: Don’t Let False Alarm Fee Proposal Drop
    5.28.15 – Wheeling Intelligencer – Wheeling – It’s been two months since Wheeling City Council’s Rules Committee tabled a proposed false alarm fee, but there’s been little noise on the issue of … More Info

Industry News

  • Security Drone Follows, Photographs Intruders
    5.26.15 – SIA – Japanese security company Secom is launching a drone that will automatically launch when an intruder is detected and follow him or her while sending video to human supervisors. More Info
  • How Important GSA Changes May Impact Security Integrators
    5.26.15 – Commercial Integrator – Ahead of the SIA Government Summit, the General Services Administration is moving to ensure security and interoperability of access control systems components. More Info
  • Will Tesla Batteries Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage?
    5.27.15 – CEPro – The advent of solar power and home batteries from companies like Tesla will force the reinvention of home wiring from primarily AC high voltage to DC home-run low voltage to reduce power conversion loss. More Info
  • Do the Math: Verified Burglar Alarms Are ‘1,000 Times Better’ than Unverified
    5.27.15 – CEPro – Integrator Radius Security in Vancouver, Canada, uses a YouTube video to explain why security burglar alarm signals that are verified prior to dispatch via video surveillance or client callbacks are ‘1,000 times better’ than unverified systems. More Info
  • 3 Strategies to Earn Recurring Monthly Revenue from Power Management
    5.28.15 – CEPro – Add new profitability, reduce service and maintenance costs, while earning recurring revenue with these tips. More Info
  • Kaspersky Lab: Hacked Video Surveillance Systems Pose Huge Threat
    5.29.15 – SSI – Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab reveals that third-parties can hack… More Info
  • Video: Convicted Burglars Offer Tips to Help Homeowners Secure Their Homes
    5.29.15 – SSI – Three convicted burglars serving prison sentences for a property crime offer tips to help homeowners protect themselves against home intrusions. More Info
  • Family Claims AlarmForce’s Negligence Led to Home Burglary
    5.28.15 – SSI – A Canadian family says that AlarmForce received 10 alarms from three different sensors before police officers were called to their home. Thieves were able to take jewelry, cash, credit cards, electronics, passports and other personal documents from their residence.  More Info

State & National News

  • Convicted burglars share crime prevention tips
    5.26.15 – WISH-TV – If I don’t see the wires on the windows for the alarm system, whatever, then I can look through your windows. When you’re not there, shut your windows, we can’t … More Info
  • Password Recovery Questions are a Terrible Way to Protect Online Accounts
    5.22.15 – Security Today – According to a new research paper, Google staffers found that security questions which are often used to help users recover passwords are one of the worst ways to protect online accounts. More Info

Business Tips

  • Mobility Ratchets Up Risks in the Enterprise
    5.26.15 – Baseline – Security practices in many companies are weak or ineffective, and employee attitudes–particularly among younger workers–tilt toward an indifference to security–especially concerning mobile devices. More Info
  • Now Is the Time to Spring Clean Your Network
    5.25.15 – CIO Insight – Excess data on networks can negatively impact productivity and pose security risks. These tips can help reduce the corporate clutter. More Info
  • Ransomware Threat Drives Companies to Enforce Better Backup Habits
    5.26.15- E Week – A fear of falling prey to ransomware convinces companies to be more systematic in their backup and restore strategies and to try out new technology. More Info

Fire News

  • CT: Fire damages O’Brien’s Pub in Danbury
    5.25.15 – CT News – The alarm came in as an automatic alarm. No staff remained in the building, Omasta said. The fire burned the kitchen and did extensive damage to the main … More Info
  • MN: Fire calls from the May 30, 2015 edition
    5.28.15 – SW News Media – Firefighters responded to a fire alarm … It was a false alarm; firefighters were cancelled en route by the alarm company. More Info
  • PA: Bedroom fire chases couple from Allentown home; neighbors also …
    5.28.15 – Allentown Morning Call – “The smoke alarm was beeping and when I got up, the middle of the bedroom was full of smoke,” resident Milton Bonilla said as he watched firefighters hunt for … More Info
  • VA: Smoke alarm alerts passer-by of fire in Ashland apartment
    5.28.15 – Hanover Herald Progress – One of the apartment maintenance staff members happened to be passing by and heard a smoke alarm going off inside of the apartment. He was able to gain … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Metro officer shoots, kills robbery suspect
    5.31.15 – FOX6 WBRC – MyFoxAL.com – That employee activated his business’s silent alarm. South Precinct Sergeant Scott Carter responded to the store, When he entered the store, police say Sgt, … More Info
  • AR: Country Mart pharmacy break-in probed
    5.29.15 – Harrison Daily – Create one now. A police report shows an alarm company notified the HPD of a commercial burglary alarm at Country Mart Pharmacy about 4:40 a.m. Thursday. More Info
  • CA: 2 men, 1 teen arrested on suspicion of stealing marijuana products …
    5.29.15 – OCRegister – At 3:22 a.m., police officers were called to a burglary alarm at OC Greens marijuana dispensary, according to Sgt. Michael Viscomi of the … More Info
  • CO: Palmer Lake Elementary School Hit By Lightning
    5.27.15 – KKTV 11 News – One lightning bolt hit Palmer Lake Elementary School, setting off the school’s alarm system. Firefighters found no visible damage to the school, but as Palmer … More Info
  • CT: False alarm puts school on lockdown
    5.28.15 – The Advocate – The heart of the system is the so-called SARA pendant, a wireless alarm kept in a classroom or on a staff member’s person. When two buttons on the pendant … More Info
  • CT: Glastonbury Burglary Suspect May Have Targeted Other Towns …
    5.29.15 – CTNow – Officers responded to an alarm sounding at Cofeill’s on Dec. 19 and found that the locking mechanism had been removed from the door during an attempted … More Info
  • CT: PD: Two burglarize, steal register from Middletown Mmart
    5.29.15 – Middletown Press – Authorities were called to the Mmart on May 27 at 4:51 a.m. after the burglar alarm was tripped, police say. They found a … More Info
  • FL: OPD: Burglar strikes Eyeglass World
    5.28.15 – Ocala – Ocala Police Department officers were called to Eyeglass World shortly before 4 a.m. after an alarm was tripped. They saw the front … More Info
  • FL: Suspects sought in Pensacola store break-ins
    5.27.15 – Pensacola News Journal – Shortly after 4 a.m., deputies responded to an alarm at FJK Jewelers. A man threw a brick at the front door, shattering the … More Info
  • FL: Three North Fort Myers businesses burglarized overnight
    5.27.15 – The News-Press – Deputies responded because of an ADT alarm at the Horsin Around Deli that was activated about 2:40 a.m., according to a sheriff’s … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Several Reports of Rock Quarry Trespassing
    5.28.15 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Residence checked. Everything okay. Suspicious Vehicle … More Info
  • IA: Video shows 2 men walk up to pharmacy window with big rock
    5.29.15 – KCCI Des Moines – One of the men breaks the window with rock with his second attempt. That triggers the stores alarm and the men can be seen running off. Police reported finding … More Info
  • IL: Two Chicago men arrested after bank robbery
    5.25.15 – Danville Commercial News – Department of Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said Saturday night that Danville police responded to an alarm indicating an armed robbery at Central … More Info
  • MD: Armed Suspect Arrested After Barricading Himself Inside Ex …
    5.29.15 – CBS Local – At 5:30 a.m., the burglar alarm went off along. “The officer that responded knew that there was a history to the house, so he knew … More Info
  • MI: Attempted break-ins caught on camera at Ypsilanti’s Thompson Block
    5.27.15 -MLive.com – Beal said he received calls from witnesses and the security alarm system. Beal then called the police. After his fruitless attempt at Thompson Block, the man … More Info
  • MI: Suspect spotted sipping beer before bank break-in
    5.29.15 – MLive.com – Police were alerted to the situation by the burglary alarm and several witnesses who called 911. Bryant was arrested by responding officers and taken to the … More Info
  • MI: Trooper loses control while responding to call, flips cruiser
    5.28.15 – WNEM Saginaw – State Police Spokesperson Lt. Dave Kaiser said the trooper was responding after a panic alarm went off at a home in Vernon Township. When the alarm … More Info
  • MO: Recent armed robberies in Soulard concerns police, residents
    5.30.15 – KMOV.com – Five minutes earlier, police believe one of those men tried to steal another person’s car but the panic alarm went off and the suspect fled. “The number is a bit … More Info
  • MS: 4 sought in Glendale Pawn Shop burglary
    5.27.15 – WDAM-TV – Cook added that apparently this time, they didn’t see what they wanted, and with the alarm sounding, they just took off. “This is wrong, I’m a business man, I’m a … More Info
  • NJ: Burglar discovered inside Grand Marketplace in Willingboro
    5.29.15 – Burlington County Times – The second took place May 13 when officers responded to an alarm activation and discovered a man had broken a skylight trying to enter the building. Anyone … More Info
  • NJ: Failed smash-and-grab burglary under investigation, Pine Hill police …
    5.27.15 – NJ.com – On May 23 at 1:28 a.m., Pine Hill police responded to the Country Farms convenience store for an alarm activation. According to police … More Info
  • NJ: Newark police seeking bank robbery suspect
    5.30.15 – NJ.com – Department spokesman Sgt. Ron Glover said police responded to a panic alarm sounded at the TD Bank branch. Employees told … More Info
  • NJ: Timing was bad for alleged burglar, just right for cops
    5.29.15 – NJ.com – Officers were sent to the house at 11:18 a.m. when a burglar alarm in the residence was activated. When the first officer arrived, he saw a man leaving the rear of .. More Info
  • NY: Fire alarm leads to 91 marijuana plants: cops
    5.27.15 – The Journal News | LoHud.com – Montebello – Police responded to a home fire alarm Tuesday only to find 91 marijuana plants and growing equipment in the basement, Ramapo police said. More Info
  • NY: Kingston cop shoots teen suspect during incident outside Chase Bank
    5.29.15 – Times Herald-Record – Kingston – A veteran city cop answering a bank burglary alarm on Thursday night shot a suspect who pulled what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at … More Info
  • NY: Neighbors have had enough of school alarm
    5.29.15 – WKBW-TV – Buffalo, NY – Neighbors living near Buffalo’s North Park Academy say the school’s alarm is repeatedly going off, sometimes for hours, and they want … More Info
  • NY: Pair charged in Stony Brook gas station burglary, police say
    5.28.15 – Newsday – A security firm alerted police that a burglar alarm had been activated about 3:55 a.m. at the Munch Repair Service/Getty Gas Station. More Info
  • NY: VIDEO: Alarm goes unanswered at Buffalo school
    5.28.15 – WKBW-TV – This video was sent to WKBW by viewer Kerri Machemer, who says the alarm sounded three times in one hour, scaring her small children. She says the alarms … More Info
  • OH: ATM stolen from Berlin Township business
    5.27.15 – ThisWeekNews – Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a burglary alarm earlier this month at a business in Berlin Township discovered thieves had stolen an ATM … More Info
  • OH: Home Surveillance System Catches Thief in the Act
    5.29.15 – SSI – Police have arrested an Ohio teen after a home surveillance system captured the 18-year-old stealing a 42-inch plasma TV from his neighbor’s home. More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    5.27.15 – Circleville Herald – Alarm activated at Christopher’s Boutique. Unable to reach any key holders and voicemails left. Checked okay. 911 caller advised of loud arguing in the area of … More Info
  • OH: Video: Suspect breaks in, burglarizes tanning salon in under 40 …
    5.26.15 – fox8.com – The suspect broke the glass on the door and waited to see if an alarm would sound. The suspect than ran into the building, grabbed a small amount of cash and … More Info
  • PA: Homeowners Catch Burglars After Home Was Broken Into Three …
    5.31.15 – MyFOXPhilly.com – It`s very rare especially with a traditional alarm, that would normally be a 5 or 10 minute response,” explains Renton Police Commander, David Leibman. More Info
  • TN: Police investigate early morning break-in at Raleigh-Egypt HS
    5.27.15 -WMC Action News 5 – An alarm company called police around 3 a.m. after spotting three people inside the school through surveillance cameras. Police say the three teenagers … More Info
  • TN: Police kill robbery suspect who took hostage
    5.31.15 – The Tennessean – Carter came on the scene after an employee from Direct Auto Insurance, adjacent to Easy Cash, activated the silent alarm service. The Direct Auto employee … More Info
  • TX: Men facing charges after Waianae home burglary
    5.29.15 – KHON2 – Police responded to a residential alarm just after 3:45 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they saw a man leaving the home with items on him. The suspect ran off … More Info
  • TX: Police seek public’s help in solving recent burglaries
    5.31.15 – Valley morning Star – According to Garza, officers responded to an alarm call at 3:30 a.m. at Extreme Nutrition and found the front glass door shattered. More Info
  • VA: Burglar Flees After Middle-of-the-Night Alarm Sounds at McLean …
    5.28.15 – Patch.com – Residents heard alarm and found their garage door open and items taken at home on … An alarm apparently sent a burglar running in the middle of the night … More Info
  • VT: Break-in at family-owned Burlington diner
    5.31.15 – WCAX – … and another window around 4 a.m. and injured themselves in the process. He says the alarm system scared the burglar off. Burlington police want to hear from … More Info
  • VT: Police: Addict linked to break-ins
    5.30.15 – BurlingtonFreePress.com – An alarm went off in the restaurant about 5:36 a.m., but when an employee checked security cameras remotely by his computer, he saw nothing. The employee … More Info
  • WA: Live Mobile Video Feed Leads to Quick Dispatch, Burglary Arrest
    5.29.15 – SSI – A homeowner called 911 after viewing intruders inside his residence; two suspects were soon arrested in the neighborhood. More Info
  • WA: Police credit surveillance system for helping nab suspected burglars
    5.29.15 – Q13 FOX – “It’s very rare especially with a traditional alarm, that would normally be a five- or 10-minute response.” A system that didn’t just alert police, but one they say will … More Info
  • WA: Suspect in credit union robbery, stabbing appears in court
    5.28.15 – The Columbian – Credit union staff activated a panic alarm at 12:58 p.m. The incident spurred a lockdown for several hours as witnesses were interviewed. A surveillance photo of … More Info
  • WI: A Sheboygan Elementary School is Broken Into
    5.26.15 – WHBL Sheboygan – Lieutenant Doug Teunissen tells WHBL News that officers responded to an alarm activation at the school, around 11:30, Monday night. The lieutenant says … More Info
  • WI: Burglary, vandalism at Legends bar cancels veterans’ benefit
    5.26.15 – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3 – Responding to a 5:27 a.m. alarm call, officers found a shattered glass door. Thieves had destroyed several gaming machines and made off with an undisclosed … More Info

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