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June 13, 2016

Duplication Is Not Always Beneficial

Sometimes redundancy and duplication has real benefits. For example, backing up your data in several locations can be a real life saver.

Other times it is just a waste of effort. Duplication of the same services by your state and national association is just a waste. That is why NESA has no membership or sales force. The member states handle the recruiting of members. That is why NESA leaves the delivery of training to the states. That is why NESA does not compete with state trade shows.

All of this is a planned effort to control costs and support instead of compete with the state associations. All of this allows your state association to serve you better.

Door to Door Sales

  • BBB warns of door-to-door alarm sales
    6.7.16 -WCNC.com – This week the Charlotte Better Business Bureau is warning everyone about alarm system companies who may not be what they say they are when they show up .. More Info
  • Scammers target ADT Security System owners
    6.10.16 – KSDK.com – Beware of door to door home alarm salesman: That’s the message one home security company wants its customers to hear, after men posing as company … More Info
  • Woman Stands Ground Against ADT Scammers, 2 Later Arrested
    6.8.16 – SSI – Margaret Knight, 61, knew something was wrong with the people at her door claiming to be ADT workers. One month later, the two people who were at her house were arrested. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Will Scottsdale police come when you call?
    6.11.16 – azcentral.com – Scottsdale police officers could be asked to stop responding to certain types of calls – including home-security alarms and minor car crashes – after a … More Info
  • CT: Wallingford considers measures to reduce false alarms
    Meriden Record-Journal – WALLINGFORD – The Town Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on changing the ordinance regarding the police department’s false alarm protocol. More Info
  • VA: City Hall cracking down on false burglar, fire alarms
    6.9.16 – Richmond Free Press – City Hall is about to crack down on false alarms at homes and businesses, including halting police responses to locations that have multiple false alarms. More Info

Industry News

  • Notion’s Home Sensor Could Save America $8 Billion in Insurance …
    6.7.16 – Inc.com – But at least three things are true about most of them: They are expensive, require a contract, and are limited what they can detect via movement to trip an alarm. More Info
  • 10 Steps to Protecting Your Smart Home and Building Installation from Hackers
    6.8.16 – CEPro – Making your installation more secure by using 10 simple tricks. More Info
  • Why smart homes are still so dumb
    6.6.16 – Washington Post – Nest was the poster child for the smart home. Where does that leave us now? More Info
  • Test Your Video Image Quality IQ with These 3 Measurements
    6.7.16 – CI – Here are three key terms that integrators should familiarize themselves with to better understand video image quality. Do you already have them under your belt? More Info
  • Replacing Guards and Gates with Biometrics and Big Data
    The security industry traditionally revolved around the three G’s: guns, guards and gates. Technology is reshaping that landscape, building on these foundations and undoubtedly creating new issues along the way. Read more
  • Amherst Alarm Collects PDQ Award for False Alarm Reduction …
    6.9.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Amherst Alarm Collects PDQ Award for False Alarm Reduction Prowess. The Amherst, N.Y.-based security provider proved its false-alarm reduction mettle to … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
NJSB02313 Text Requires school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement. Companion bill: A191.
Status: 6/6/2016 : Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
All Versions: Introduced


State & National News

  • Gunman Omar Mateen: Father, security guard, Muslim extremist
    6.12.16 – Orlando Sentinel – Mateen was a security guard who had a license to carry a firearm, according to records at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. According to CBS News, he worked for G4S, a private security firm based in Jupiter, and had been on its payroll since 2007. “We are cooperating fully with all law enforcement authorities,” according to a G4S statement cited by CBS. A spokeswoman for G4S was not available for comment. More Info
  • Fewer Construction Laborers Dying on the Job
    6.3.16 – OHS – Scott Schneider, director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA), reported in this month’s Lifelines newsletter that the fatality rate for construction laborers in the United States has been falling in recent years, falling even faster than the decline in the rate of overall construction fatalities in this country. More Info
  • If states want to help workers find jobs, they should reform licensing
    6.3.16 – Washington Post – With the massive proliferation of licensing boards created by state governments — for everything from florists and manicurists to construction and maintenance workers — it’s time that public officials across the country take a close look at how we can remove impediments to jobs. More Info
  • U.S. cities see unexplained rise in violent crime
    6.5.16 – Associated Press – Violent crimes – from homicides and rapes to robberies – have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities, yet experts can’t point to a single reason why and the jump isn’t enough to suggest there’s a trend. More Info
  • Perceptions of Password Security Do Not Always Match Reality
    6.7.16 – SIA – People’s perceptions of password strength may not always match reality, according to a recent study. Read more
  • More states making it easier to expunge criminal records
    6.8.16 – Stateline – Many Americans are not taking advantage of a growing number of state laws that allow them to seal or expunge their criminal records. More Info
  • UCLA Students Secured Doors with Belts and Cords
    6.10.16 – SIA – UCLA students posted images of cords and belts being tied to the hinges and handles to prevent someone from getting in, prompting questions of safety and preparedness on the campus for 43,000 students. Read more

Business Tips

  • Who’s an employee? The Uber-important question in today’s economy
    6.8.16 – Governing – Sharing economy companies like Uber and Lyft claim that the people who work for them are “independent contractors,” thus ineligible for most employee benefits. That argument may prove difficult to sustain. More Info
  • How Alarm Companies Can Defend Themselves From Door …
    6.10.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Alarm companies need to be prepared for competitors to hit the streets to try to sway … MOST alarm company owners are aware of what the competition is up to. More Info
  • How to Pick a Time-Tracking App … and Get Technicians to Use It!
    6.9.16 CEPro – 3 key considerations to help you choose the right time-tracking app. Plus, what are the best ways to categorize your labor for measurable results and how do you incent installers to track their time? More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Smoke fills downtown apartments, forcing out residents
    6.9.16 – fox5sandiego.com – Someone pulled the fire alarm at the residential hotel around 4:45 a.m. as smoke began coming up from the … More Info
  • NJ: Pulling motel fire alarm gets Salem woman a year in jail
    6.7.16 – NJ.com – Salem – A woman is headed to jail for a year after for pulling a fire alarm at a city … a motel employee may have lead Ross to pull the fire alarm, Pelura said. More Info
  • UT: Olive Garden patrons evacuated when fire breaks out
    6.11.16 – St George News – The heavy smoke activated the fire alarm initially, Imlay said, which also activated the emergency sprinkler system within a few minutes. The sprinkler system … More Info
  • WI: CONSUMER ALERT: Recalled dehumidifier catches fire in FdL home
    6.9.16 – WBAY – Firefighters responded to a residential fire alarm Thursday morning. A resident used her dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire. Crews stayed on scene to … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Burglar foiled by audible alarm
    6.7.16 – Porterville Recorder – Earlimart – An audible burglar alarm is credited with thwarting a burglar … person entered the residence through a side door, setting off an alarm. More Info
  • CA: Deputies Investigate Attempted Case Of Arson At DASH Boutique In …
    6.7.16 – CBS Local – The alarm company indicated a burglary alarm had been activated at the location as well, deputies said. Los Angeles County firefighters removed the burning … More Info
  • CA: Suspected jewel thieves caught in the act in Oroville
    6.10.16 – Chico Enterprise-Record – Police were alerted by an alarm at the store. The two were caught wearing rags over their faces inside Marcozzi Jewelers, according to a … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to cow in roadway, burglar alarm
    6.8.16 – Journal Advocate – At 2:06 p.m., deputies responded in reference to a burglary alarm. At 9:45 p.m., deputies were dispatched to … More Info
  • FL: Video captures burglar who robbed Sarasota clothing store of cash
    6.9.16 – Bradenton Herald – At 9 p.m. June 3, deputies were called to Draper’s and Damon’s after the store’s management called the sheriff’s office about an alarm … More Info
  • GA: Athens man caught burglarizing home
    6.12.16 – Online Athens – Responding to a 5:30 a.m. alarm activation, police saw someone peeking through a window of the home. After initially attempting to leave through a window, … More Info
  • GA: Burglary Leads to High Speed Chase in Bainbridge
    6.7.16 – Sowega Live – According to reports from Bainbridge Public Safety, Public Safety Officer Strickland responded to a burglary alarm at a convenience store … More Info
  • GA: Suspect sought in theft of guns
    6.10.16 – Statesboro Herald – The sheriff’s office said no alarm had been received from the business, but a video surveillance camera caught an image of the suspect in the act of committing… More Info
  • IL: 2 North Side businesses broken into within 30 minutes
    6.10.16 – WLS-TV – Officers responded to a burglary alarm at Nothing Bundt Cakes around 1:25 a.m. Friday. Police said the front door … More Info
  • IL: Northbrook police: two purse thefts at stores reported
    6.11.16 – Chicago Tribune – Officers responding to a burglar alarm on June 3 reported finding the front door pried open. A homeowner later told them that … More Info
  • IN: 3:54 am – Report of a business alarm in the 100 block of W. Boscum …
    6.11.16 – thepaper24-7.com – 10:29 p.m. – Report of a business alarm … 10:32 p.m. – Report of a business alarm  … More Info
  • KY: Lexington police investigate overnight burglary, attempted burglaries
    6.8.16 – WTVQ – A short time later, police received another alarm call to a neighboring business, Lumber Liquidators. Police say it appears someone tried … More Info
  • KY: Two indicted in Waco BP burglary
    6.10.16 – Richmond Register – Arrested in late March by Madison County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to a burglar alarm, both were indicted on charges of: third-degree burglary (two … More Info
  • LA: $5M burglary in St. Landry, $100K offered for return of items
    6.9.16 – KATC Lafayette News – The alarm system was not armed when the maid left the home to bring food to the funeral home and the investigation revealed that the thieves used an ATV to … More Info
  • MA: Easton convenience store broken into again
    6.6.16 – Wicked Local – Easton – An Easton convenience store was broken into for the second time in 10 days Sunday night. The security alarm was tripped at New World Gas & Jay’s … More Info
  • MA: Thieves target small-business shops in string of robberies
    6.7.16 – WCVB Boston – At about 2:52 a.m. that morning, the store’s burglar alarm went off. … were cut outside the store, which police believe was an attempt to bypass the alarm system. More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report for May 29-June 4
    6.8.16 – Southernminn.com – Responded to an alarm. Building secure; key holder contacted. More Info
  • MO: Acrobatic thieves squeeze through air vent to burglarize Shelton mall
    6.11.16 – KOMO News – Police responded to a burglar alarm at the mall at about 11:45 p.m. on Thursday. When they arrived … More Info
  • MO: Thief steals ice cream, snack cakes from Pevely-area gas station
    6.11.16 – Leader Publications – The victim told deputies she got a call at 11:57 p.m. from an alarm company that an alarm was sounding at the business. When she arrived on the scene, she … More Info
  • NJ: Burglary suspect caught in Bergenfield
    6.9.16 – NorthJersey.com – He said the homeowners were awakened by the sound of breaking glass, as well as that of a security alarm going off. The captain said one of the homeowners, … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Man breaks into Ocean Township bank
    6.9.16 – Asbury Park Press – … glass front door at the Amboy Bank shortly after 2:30 a.m., setting off the burglar alarm, according to a release from Detective LT. Timothy Torchia. More Info
  • NM: Alamogordo man charged with breaking into bank, store
    6.7.16 – Las Cruces Sun-News – Police were alerted to the break-ins by alarm companies. When officers arrived at the Shell, they located Allen inside the convenience store, the release said. More Info
  • NY: Macy’s Worker Tricked Alarm Company Into Helping Him Steal $69K …
    6.8.16 – The Consumerist – The man would allegedly call the fire alarm company to disable the alarm so he could get boxes of the perfume to his car. In all, the police say the man pulled the … More Info
  • OH: $7000 in cash stolen from Middletown safe
    6.8.16 – Hamilton Journal News – The resident told police when he returned home from work he noticed his home alarm had been disabled. He told police he set the alarm before he went to work. More Info
  • OH: Police investigating vape store break-ins
    6.10.16 – Lancaster Eagle Gazette – All of the wires to the alarm system and phone were pulled from the wall. A pair of camouflage gloves and tennis shoe prints were found on the roof. Police are … More Info
  • OH: Several guns stolen from Beavercreek gun shop
    6.6.16 – WDTN – Police responded to the Dayton Armory at 1:25 Sunday morning after the gun shop’s alarm system was triggered. Once on scene they found the door smashed … More Info
  • OH: Thieves caught on camera at Cricket phone stores
    6.9.16 – WKEF ABC 22 – “I got a call from the alarm company, four in the morning, it was actually 4:06 exactly, saying my store got broken into,” said Hamed. After lurking outside the store … More Info
  • PA: Fifth man admits role in Whitpain home invasion
    6.9.16 – Montgomery Newspapers – The investigation began when police responded to a panic alarm at the couple’s home. When responders arrived on the scene, they found the … More Info
  • PA: Man arrested after allegedly robbing East Bay bank armed with gun
    6.12.16 – San Jose Mercury News – Pittsburg police were also alerted to a holdup alarm at 6:56 p.m. at the bank inside the grocery store, Lt. Phil Galer said. They also received … More Info
  • PA: Security video leads to burglary charges
    6.9.16 – Butler Eagle – The footage, documents said, on some of the nights that the alarm went off showed Bates “run directly back to the alarm key pad and disable the alarm” while the … More Info
  • SC: Report: Break-in at auto shop leads to burglary charge
    6.11.16 – Greenwood Index Journal – On May 31, Greenwood city police responded to an alarm at McGrier Car Care, according to a report. A window had been broken, and officers .. More Info
  • SC: Teenager fires shots at dog following home burglary
    6.10.16 – WCBD News 2 – Recently, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office investigators were sent to a home due to a home alarm. No one was found inside. More Info
  • TX: Burglars break into home twice in same night, caught on camera
    6.9.16 – KTRK-TV – Around 1am Sunday, the alarm on her front door was tripped. Sheriff’s deputies responded but found no signs of forced entry. Three hours later, motion detectors … More Info
  • TX: Homeowner catches burglar on video and solves multiple cases
    6.8.16 – FOX 7 Austin – … on camera walking from room to room speeding up as the alarm system kicks on. … watched the video after being summoned home by her alarm company. More Info
  • TX: Lubbock police searching for burglary suspect
    6.11.16 – KSLA-TV – Yesterday, Thursday, June 9 Lubbock police responded to an alarm at 12:17 a.m. at Parkview Dentistry. Officers reports that the … More Info
  • TX: Model home burglarized in Cibolo
    6.9.16 – WOAI – The burglary happened in late May in the Saratoga Subdivision. According to the Cibolo Police Department’s Facebook page, a burglary alarm alerted them to … More Info
  • TX: Suspect arrested, police searching another after break-in at school
    6.10.16 – KHOU.com – According to the Houston ISD Police Department, officers received a call at 2 a.m. Friday from an alarm company monitoring Shadydale Elementary School, … More Info
  • TX: Texarkana, TX Police asking for help in finding a burglary suspect
    6.8.16 – KTAL – Police say officers responded to a report of an alarm at a business late Monday night. Police say they found a broken … More Info
  • UT: Police arrest suspected burglar
    6.11.16 – Cache Valley Daily – Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said officers were originally called to Fast Cache Pawn early Thursday morning, after a security alarm was triggered. More Info

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