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June 2, 2014

Association Events

  • Rio Grande Valley Chapter – TBFAA Corpus Christi, TX
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker: Ernest McCloud, Deputy State Fire Marshal- Join us at:
    Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen – 6418 South Staples – Ste 124, Corpus Christi, TX 78413  361-986-0620
  • Rio Grande Valley Chapter – TBFAA McAllen, TX
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 11:30am to 1:00pm Guest Speaker: Carlos Martinez Jr. Agent, CID TX DPS Weslaco Tony Roma’s 2121 South 10th Street  McAllen, TX  (956) 631-2121

Door to Door Sales

  • Protect yourself from door-to-door alarm system scams
    5.29.14 – WDAM-TV Hattiesburg – This is a news release from the Mississippi Alarm Association Warm summer months tend to bring out sunscreen, swimsuits and alarm system salespeople. While the majority of these salespeople are from…More Info
  • Door-to-door sales need permits
    5.29.14 – Wichita Falls Times Record News – As the temperatures continue to rise heading into another North Texas summer, so, too, does the number of door-to-door salesmen, some meaning well and others looking to scam residents. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Alarms ignored as police plan to disregard automated alarms, council member wants discussion.
    5.29.14 – Chico News & Review – Jeff King, the owner of Grana, recently received a notice from the company that monitors his downtown restaurant’s alarm system. Attached was a letter… More Info
  • CT: Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announces new alarm program
    5.30.14 – The Register Star – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will launch a new alarm registration management system in conjunction with PoliceReports.us for Columbia County …More Info
  • NC: Greensboro city leaders considering leaf collection, false 911 call fees
    5.28.14 – myfox8.com – “It cost the tax payers $1,400 every time the fire trucks go out on a false alarm, so that can get very expensive very quickly,” explains Tony Wilkins, a Greensboro … More Info
  • NE: City to take over alarm registration service
    5.27.14 – Lincoln Journal Star – The city is taking over the registration and billing service for burglar and fire alarms in homes and businesses from a private company whose four-year contract is … More Info
  • NY: Online alarm registration system launched in Columbia County
    6.1.14 – Mid-Hudson News – Hudson – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new alarm registration management system in conjunction with www.PoliceReports.us .More Info
  • ON: Burglaries could rise if police scale back alarm response, security …
    5.28.14 – Toronto Star – Torontonians may be more vulnerable to burglaries if the police stop sending officers to alarm calls, even if an overwhelming number of calls are false, warns the … More Info
  • ON: Toronto Police Consider Scaling Back on Alarm Response
    5.29.14 – Security Systems & Integration – Toronto Police Services will consider no longer responding to alarm calls because it drains valuable resources. More Info
  • TN: Olive Branch to charge firms for excessive false alarms
    5.29.14 – Memphis Commercial Appeal – Olive Branch city officials plan to start charging businesses for excessive false fire alarms to end repeated, unnecessary calls that tie up manpower and equipment. More Info
  • TX: Dallas mayor: Look for public safety cuts to cover budget shortfall
    5.22.14 – WFAA – DALLAS — For years, it’s been almost heresy for political leaders to suggest cuts to public safety budgets. But that’s just what Mayor Mike Rawlings did Wednesday during a Dallas City Council budget briefing. More Info

Industry News

  • ADT Offers $25,000 Reward to Help Stop Security Sales Scams
    5.27.14 – Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance – Alarmed by an increasing number of consumer complaints about deceptive home security sales tactics, industry leader ADT has announced it will award up to $25,000 for proof of a company training its sales teams to be deceitful. More Info
  • Can you hear it now: Low frequency tones a new requirement for smoke, CO detectors
    5.27.14 – Security Info Watch – NFPA 72 mandated accommodation for the hearing impaired expected to benefit everyone… More Info
  • Alarm company: Equipment did not malfunction during false intruder alert at Conn. school
    5.22.14 – Security Info Watch – First responders scrambled to elementary school twice in one day after alarms were triggered … More Info
  • Recall Aftermath Shows Nest Labs Shipped 440000 Fire Alarms in …
    5.27.14 – CEPro – Nest Labs smoke alarm-carbon monoxide devices recalled due to an issue that could potentially delay a fire or carbon monoxide alarm from sounding. Tweet. More Info
  • ‘GMA’ Investigates: Will Your Smoke Detector Respond Fast Enough?
    5.29.14 – ABC News Blogs via Yahoo! News – “GMA” Investigates conducted two demonstrations showing response times of smoke alarms in very real fire scenarios. When people buy smoke alarms, they may not know that there are two types on the market: the ionization alarm, which is generally faster to detect blazing fires, and… More Info
  • Alarm insecurity: Will your home alarm work when you need it?
    5.28.14 – KPRC Houston – With more than 26,000 burglaries reported in Houston in 2012, many homeowners are willing to pay the monthly price of a security alarm just for the peace of … More Info

Legislative News

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By MARCELLINO | Amd S27-981.2, NYC Ad Cd Requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in restaurants and other commercial buildings in NYC.
Status: 05/28/2014 : REFERRED TO CITIES
PASB01369Text An Act providing standards for carbon monoxide alarms in dining establishments; and imposing penalties. | Senator KITCHEN
Status: May 30, 2014 : Referred to PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE


State & National News

  • NY: City Council stalls ‘Avonte’s Law’ that requires school door alarms
    5.27.14 – New York Post – The City Council is dragging its feet in enacting a law that would require alarms on the exits of public schools to prevent tragedies like the disappearance and …More Info
  • MN: Minnesota ‘unsession’ dumps 1,175 obsolete laws
    St. Paul Pioneer Press – It’s no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized container. The state’s telegraph regulations are gone. And it’s now legal to drive a car in neutral — if you can figure out how to do it. More Info

Business Tips

  • 10 Ways to Improve Your Critical Thinking
    5.23.14 – CIO Insight – There’s a difference between smart leaders and fully immersed thinkers. Learn how to use critical thinking to make better decisions, solve problems and encourage innovation. More Info
  • Help leaders be less useless at strategy
    5.16.14 – Harvard Business Review Blog Network – At some point in the formulation of a strategy, its creator must review his or her work with the leader, either by choice or by procedure. This approach to strategy review has the unfortunate effect of rendering the leader in the review position almost useless. If they give the gold star, they have added absolutely nothing of substance to the strategy. More Info
  • How to Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter
    5.26.14 – CIO Insight – It’s all too common for CIOs and other leaders to lose sight of all the essentials which are needed to succeed. Learn which oversights could be limiting your leadership potential. More Info
  • 10 Mobile Credit Card Processing Myths Busted
    5.20.14 – www.businessnewsdaily.com – Not everything you hear about mobile credit card processing is true. More Info
  • There’s Nothing Less Efficient Than Providing Great …
    5.28.14 – Forbes ‎- Customers are inherently inefficient and inconvenient to do business with. Great customer service depends on understanding and embracing … More Info
  • Strategies for Preparing Your Business for a Disaster
    5.31.14 – Businesses need more than a basic disaster recovery strategy. They must address the challenge on several fronts. Here are 10 ways to remain operational during a disaster. More Info

Fire News

  • IL: Burglar alarm alerts crews to small fire
    5.16.14 – KSPR – The initial call came from police when they responded to a burglar alarm and that’s when officers noticed smoke coming out of the building. While the fire was … More Info
  • LA: Scott House Fire Victim Thankful for Smoke Alarm
    5.28.14 – KATC 3 Lafayette  – At 2:15am, Patrick Conner says he was awoken from his sleep by a large clap of thunder, a flash of lightning, then the screeching of his smoke alarm, to find his house had been stuck by lightning and was engulfed in flames. “I got hit by smoke and it felt like I was hit by a 2×4,” said Connor. Instinctively, he crawled underneath the smoke to get out of the house on St. Mary Avenue in Scott … More Info
  • NY: Oldest building in East Rochester burns
    5.27.14 – 13WHAM-TV – The burglar alarm inside the store went off at the same time the smoke alarm did, but Romach said that’s not unusual. “I don’t know what the fire bureau has … More Info
  • TX: Tough morning for Bexar County election workers
    5.27.14 – mySanAntonio.com – Rudder Middle School had a fire alarm that forced everyone, including poll workers, to evacuate, but only for about 10 minutes, said Elections Administrator … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Bank of America on Ming Avenue robbed
    5.29.14 – Bakersfield Californian – The incident occurred at 12:51 p.m. A silent alarm was activated during the hold-up but police arrived at the scene after the suspect had fled, … More Info
  • CA: Man attempting to rob business locks himself in bathroom
    5.29.14 – The Stockton Record – Stockton – Police were alerted early this morning to investigate an alarm with audible banging noises at a northeast Stockton business. They ended up arresting a man locked inside a bathroom. More Info
  • CA: Man on AB109 release arrested after break in at meat market
    5.28.14 – KERO-TV 23 – Bakersfield – Bakersfield police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Jalisco Meat Market at 4700 Panama Lane Monday morning. Officers found that the … More Info
  • CA: Two suspects arrested in Burbank home burglary
    5.29.14 – Burbank Leader – While police were on the scene, a burglary alarm call came in four blocks over on the 400 block of North Buena Vista Street. Investigators in the area noticed a … More Info
  • CT: Alarm Thwarts Attempted Burglary
    5.28.14 – CBS Local – Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a residential alarm at a home on … scared off by the sound of an alarm because he left without taking anything. More Info
  • FL: Bradenton police release photos of suspect in April 9 burglary at …
    5.30.14 Bradenton Herald – Police say that before burglarizing the supermarket, the suspect disabled the alarm system by cutting the lines for the alarm on the outside of the building. More Info
  • GA: Police search for suspect in 2 Atlanta bank robberies
    5.31.14 – Atlanta Journal Constitution – Atlanta police are looking for a man who may be connected to two Saturday morning bank robberies. About 10 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to an alarm call …More Info
  • IN: Man charged over shooting intruder
    5.29.14 – Muncie Star Press – McLaughlin told police he had been awakened by an alarm in his unattached garage, retrieved his .45-caliber handgun and went outside, where he saw a man … More Info
  • LA: Store burglar sought
    5.30.14 Houma Courier – Shortly after 11:45 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Smoke ‘N’ Go convenience store and noticed a shattered … More Info
  • MA: Thieves caught stealing TV, computers from Springfield school
    5.28.14 – CBS 3 Springfield – Thieves were carrying a flat-screen TV and multiple computers out of a school Tuesday morning, but were interrupted by authorities. More Info
  • MI: Convenience store burglar caught on camera
    5.30.14 WZZM – A witness observed the front glass door shattered and an alarm ringing. Deputies believe the thief or thieves stole alcohol and cigarettes. The suspect may have …More Info
  • MI: Police looking for convenience store burglar
    5.30.14 WOODTV.com – Deputies were called to the store when a witness heard an alarm and saw the front door glass shattered, according to a release. Police say the suspect took … More Info
  • MN: Burglary suspects caught near Almelund
    5.29.14 – East Central Minnesota Post Review – According to the complaint, deputies with the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at Rod’s Country Corner … More Info
  • NE: Teen tripped school’s intruder alarm at 4:15 a.m.
    5.30.14 – KCCI 8 Des Moines – When police arrived, officers reported seeing someone run from the school. More Info
  • NJ: Four indicted as part of $1M burglary ring across five states
    5.26.14 – The Record – A federal grand jury indicted four men Thursday in a home-burglary ring centered in North Jersey that authorities said netted more than $1 million in stolen goods and stretched across at least five states. More Info
  • NJ: Suspects sought in Valero break-in
    5.27.14 – The Newark Advocate – Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the Valero station shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, deputies found … More Info
  • NJ: Washington Township police nab smash-and-grab burglar suspect
    5.30.14 The Star-Ledger – Washington Twp. — When the motion alarm sounded at the T-Mobile store in the 2800 of the Black Horse Pike at 12:19 a.m., a township officer was just … More Info
  • NY: Burglar gains entry into Lockport restaurant by smashing a window
    5.30.14 – The Buffalo News – Lockport – Someone smashed a window with a brick at Kalamata’s Family Restaurant on South Transit Road and stole money from the cash register, according to a Niagara County Sheriff’s Office report. More Info
  • OH: Cash, electronics stolen in break-in at auto shop
    5.31.14 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – Multiple items were taken in a break-in overnight at a Salem Avenue auto-repair shop in Dayton. The security alarm at Otey’s Auto Repair was going off at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The owner responded and found the front Plexiglas door kicked in and the cash register empty, according to the Dayton police report. The cash register contained approximately $1,500. Two computers, two-way … More Info
  • PA: Intoxicated man strays into another’s home in Bethlehem
    5.27.14 – WFMZ Allentown – Police said they responded to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival they encountered a man in his 20s, bare feet, in his boxer shorts … More Info
  • PA: Thieves use homeowners’ ladder to rob Radnor home
    5.29.14 – Main Line Suburban Life – Radnor police responded to a home on Monday, May 26 for the report of a burglary discovered. More Info
  • SC: Deputies, paramedics called to reported armed robbery on Ashley Phosphate Road
    5.30.14 – The Post and Courier – Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of an armed robbery outside a Check Into Cash business. More Info
  • SC: Florence deputies ask for public’s help investigating golf shop burglary
    5.29.14 – WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC – According to Investigators, on or about May 28, 2014 at approximately 1:50 AM, FCSO deputies were called to investigate an alarm at the Pro Shop at Traces … More Info
  • TN: Donelson businesses broken into through roof
    5.29.14 – The Tennessean – … from the businesses, Metro Police Department Capt. William Dyer said. An alarm was activated likely when the suspects left one business through a front door. More Info
  • TN: Thieves break into Lebanon Pike restaurants through air ducts
    5.30.14 – WSMV Nashville – Burglars targeted a pair of restaurants on Lebanon Pike overnight, but they weren’t after the food. More Info
  • TX: Convenience story burglary suspects indicted
    6.1.14 – Weatherford Democrat – During the traffic stop, a second officer was dispatched to a burglary alarm at a convenience store, according to … More Info
  • TX: HPD: Bank robber caught red-handed in NW Houston
    5.27.14 – ABC 13 Houston – Police caught a man who had broken into a bank in northwest Houston. More Info
  • TX: Odessa Police Seize 20 Pounds of Marijuana After Responding to an Alarm Call
    5.26.14 – News West 9 Midland – Police in Odessa took some drugs off the street after they found more than 20 pounds of marijuana inside a home. The bust happened… More Info
  • TX: Odessa Police Stop Burglary in Progress
    5.27.14 – Permianbasin360 – Police say they were called in response to an alarm. Witnesses on the scene identified the burglar as Dillon Davis. They were able to … More Info
  • TX: Round Rock officers kill dog while investigating burglar alarm
    5.30.14 – KXAN.com – ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Officers shot and killed a Rottweiler Friday morning as they investigated an alarm call. More Info
  • VA: Chesapeake neighborhood on edge after rash of robberies
    5.27.14 – WTKR Norfolk – Chesapeake, Va. – Six home break-ins have been reported in six weeks inside the Point Elizabeth neighborhood. “They`re taking PCs, and things like that, computers, probably whatever`s quick to grab,” says Lillian Kozak, who lives in the neighborhood. One man showed NewsChannel 3 his front door that clearly had been broken into. He says two […] More Info
  • WA: Elderly couple outwit would-be robber at their Washington home by …
    5.30.14 UPI.com – An elderly Washington couple was able to outwit a would-be robber who broke into their home by scaring him off with their car alarm. Jim and Betty Lilja of Milton … More Info
  • WV: Residents unnerved by recent burglaries at Glade
    Beckley Register-Herald – When we got our first alarm it was 12:57 or 12:58 in the middle of the day. It was saying that someone was trying to get the doors open and it tells you what doors … More Info

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