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June 23, 2014

Association Events

None this week

Door to Door Sales

  • BBB: Do your homework before purchasing home security system
    6.17.14 – KPLC-TV – The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of door-to-door vendors selling alarm systems. The BBB reports that every summer they receive …More Info
  • KVUE Defenders: Deceptive home security sales
    6.20.14 – KVUE – She says the Vision employee told them it was a simple upgrade. “I’m like, OK, but we have an alarm system already. But he said we’re going to upgrade and it’s … More Info
  • ADT: Someone is lying to Central Florida consumers
    6.20.14 – WKMG Orlando – … That ADT had hired them to come by and do audits and inspections and they had to come in to reprogram the alarm system. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: False alarms vexing city
    6.18.14 – Yuma Sun – For the last 24 months, Yuma Police Capt. Rod Hamilton has devoted his time and energy to coming up with a potential solution to the city’s rampant false alarms … More Info
  • MI: New Adrian ordinance seeks to address false alarms
    6.17.14 – The Daily Telegram – In fact, police chief Vince Emrick recently provided the commission with an 11-page report of all miscellaneous false alarm calls from December 2013 through … More Info
  • NC: Greensboro passes false alarm fee increase
    6.18.14 – myfox8.com – Greensboro, N.C. — Greensboro City Council passed a false alarm fee increase Tuesday night to reduce the millions of dollars in response costs. More Info
  • OK: Tulsa City Councilors finalize proposed budget for city
    6.20.14 – KOKI FOX 23 – If you pay the fee police will respond to a false alarm at your house twice in one year. But if you don’t pay the fee and your alarm goes off and you don’t answer …More Info
  • SC: Excessive false fire alarms ordinance approved by WH Fire and …
    6.18.14 – GreerToday – The Wade Hampton Fire and Sewer District has approved a district-specific ordinance aimed at addressing what officials consider “excessive false fire alarms. More Info
  • SC: False fire alarm could result in fine
    6.19.14 – WYFF Greenville – An Upstate fire district says it’s wasting too much time and resources on false alarms. Because of that, people with faulty systems could soon be fined. More Info

Industry News

  • American Family Insurance, Microsoft partner to boost home …
    6.19.14 – Insurance News Net  – Another might be an alarm system that works with a homeowner’s home entertainment system so that a stereo could play loud music if someone enters the … More Info
  • Nest Reintroduces Protect Smoke Alarm at Lower Price
    6.18.14 – CePro – After voluntarily pulling the product a few months ago, Nest’s combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector is back. More Info

Legislative News

Full Text Brief Description and Current Status History


Chapter 148 of the General Laws The committee on Financial Services, to whom was referred the petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1128) of Kenneth J. Donnelly and Robert F. Fennell for legislation relative to the installation of approved smoke detectors in certain residential buildings and structures; the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2155) of John D. Keenan and James B. Eldridge relative to the installation of approved smoke detectors in certain residential buildings and structures; and the petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2164) of Brian R. Mannal and others for legislation to require annual inspections of automatic smoke and heat detectors in condominiums,- reports the accompanying bill (Senate, No. 2157)
Status: 5/29/2014 : Senate – Bill reported favorably by committee and referred to the committee on


Amends sec. 2 of 2012 PA 580 (MCL 338.2182). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0983’14, SB 0984’14, SB 0986’14 Darwin Booher | Occupations; alarm systems; act requiring registration of security alarm providers; exclude security guard agencies responding to alarms.

Amend Hotel Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirement.
Status: 06/04/2014 : Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate on 06/04/2014 –>

State & National News

  • Don’t cut the cord on NJ telephone landlines just yet: Editorial
    6.17.14 – NJ.com – … that’s hardly a fair trade: Cell service is less reliable and incompatible with services important to seniors, such as medical alerts, alarm systems and internet. More Info
  • School safety initiative garners attention of Sandy Hook group
    6.19.14 – NewHampshire.com – The schools were equipped with burglar alarms and panic buttons, but Norcross said there is a delay because the emergency calls are filtered through the alarm … More Info
  • New school crime stats don’t tell the whole story
    6.20.14 – Security Info Watch – According to new data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, crime at U.S. schools increased slightly from 2010 to 2012 after nearly two decades of steady decline. More Info

Business Tips

  • Five Guidelines for Work, Business and Leadership
    4.23.14 – Baseline – If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this slideshow, which features author Patrick Stroh’s five great film moments, along with his work, business and leadership takeaways. More Info
  • The rules of the new engagement: Do you have what it takes to engage?
    6.17.14 – The Demand Perspective – Customer engagement is uppermost in everyone’s mind and certainly a perpetual strategic objective for associations. So why are they having such a hard time engaging their members and other customers? Contrary to popular misconceptions, engagement is not the same as participation. More Info
  • How leaders win with strategic innovation
    6.4.14 – MultiBriefs – As modern leaders are aware, risk and uncertainty are on the rise today, and making mistakes is currently the No. 1 fear in the workplace. But if your organization wants to continually change, adapt and reinvent itself, it’s worth noting that we must become comfortable with all of these factors and constantly seek ways to mitigate them. More Info
  • 10 Things That All Great Project Managers Do
    6.13.14 – CIO Insight – Effective CIOs know that project management success starts with the project manager. Learn what 10 qualities every project manager should possess. More Info
  • How to Turn Around a Bad Review Online Successfully
    6.17.14 – smallbiztrends.com – If you’re wondering how to turn around a bad review online, these four tips should get you well on your way to pleasing your customer. More Info
  • The Secret to Being Successful in Every Situation
    6.17.14 – www.inc.com – How can you rise to the top when everyone has access to the same … One Easy Trick That Will Make You Successful in Every Situation. More Info
  • Spam Gets More Sophisticated–and Dangerous
    6.17.14 – Because spam filters catch upward of 99 percent of junk email, spammers are using new methods, including snowshoe spam, which is bulk email unleashed using a large number of IP addresses. More Info

Fire News

  • MN: Fire Marshall: Fire At St. Cloud School Caused By Lightning
    6.16.14 – CBS Local – According to the St. Cloud Fire Department, officials responded to an automatic alarm around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed … More Info
  • OR: Young man hears smoke alarm and gets his brothers out of burning …
    6.21.14 – The Oregonian – A young man who woke to the sound of a smoke alarm early Saturday is credited with saving his life and the lives of his two younger brothers when he led them … More Info
  • VA: Chick-fil-A in Salem temporarily closed due to false fire alarm
    6.17.14 – Roanoke Times – The fire alarm sounded around 8:45 this morning as business was running properly. Although there was no fire, the alarm triggered the activation of the sprinkler … More Info
  • VA: Fire at Norfolk peanut business
    6.18.14 – WAVY-TV – The fire was called in around 4 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they reported heavy smoke coming from the roof. Williamson said an employee pulled the alarm, … More Info
  • WI: Bird nest causes porch fire in Dane County
    6.19.14 – hngnews.com – The homeowner was awoken to the sound of the home’s smoke alarm detector. Law enforcement believe the bird’s nest ignited due to the heat generated from … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: 2 teens arrested after gas station armed robbery
    6.16.14 – youralaskalink – Anchorage police say a silent “holdup” alarm was tripped shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday from the Holiday station on Huffman Road. Dispatchers called an … More Info
  • AL: Predawn burglary at Fairfield restaurant leads to injured officer, hunt …
    6.20.14 – al.com – Fairfield police responded to the burglar alarm call, and arrived to find one suspect still inside, said Fairfield police Chief Leon Davis. Once the burglar spotted … More Info
  • CA: Bookstore break-ins a mystery
    6.21.14 – Modesto Bee – Regardless, its still difficult to have your home or business burglarized or vandalized, and Gauthier’s business is getting hit even though he has a reliable alarm … More Info
  • CA: Police dog helps find Martinez man suspected in Petaluma burglary
    6.18.14 – San Jose Mercury News – Police had responded around 1 a.m. to a burglary alarm at Lily Kai Chinese restaurant, Lyons said. More Info
  • CT: Brazen burglar targets West Hartford homes, flees on bicycle
    6.20.14 – WFSB – “If you have motion lights, lock up, make sure they are functioning properly if you have an alarm,” said Stoneburner. “Cut back shrubs around the house. More Info
  • CT: Man Breaks Into Hartford Church During Bible Study
    6.18.14 – NBC Connecticut – Police say this man was caught stealing from the Family Worship Center and disabled the alarm while a group was at Bible … More Info
  • CT: Thief cuts alarm wire, steals televisions from Hartford church
    6.18.14 – WFSB – They said they later discovered that he cut a wire to the rear entrance alarm and left the south side window unlocked. The suspect returned a second time the … More Info
  • FL: Burglars Cart Off 90 Plus Cigarette Cartons From Deerfield Beach …
    6.16.14 – CBS Local – Using the van as cover, the two pried open the security gate doors and disabled the alarm, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office. While inside the storage, they … More Info
  • FL: DCF, Sheriff’s Office investigating Kids R Kids day care
    6.17.14 – News 13 Orlando – The woman called the Sheriff’s Office, and deputies were able to get in touch with an employee through the alarm company. The employee didn’t have a key, … More Info
  • FL: Thieves Target E-Cigarettes in Dania Beach
    6.16.14 – NBC 6 South Florida – The owner of the E-cigarette business, Barak Beleli, said he has an alarm with motion sensors, but the alarm never went off during the burglary. Belei also said … More Info
  • GA: Owner beefs up security after smash and grab
    6.18.14 – WALB-TV – “I was thinking a long time ago and it was just delayed, but I’m going to go ahead and do it as soon as possible and also put in an alarm system.” Moored says … More Info
  • IA: Suspect sought in liquor store robbery
    6.16.14 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – The clerk was likely able to activate the alarm but the suspect had fled by the time police arrived, Waterloo Police Lt. Michael McNamee said. No arrests have … More Info
  • IN: 2 Arrested in Grocery Store Break-in
    6.16.14 – Tristatehomepage.com – EPD says they received a call from the alarm company for Simpson’s Food Mart … Simpson’s alarm company reported a glass break alarm, but the front of the … More Info
  • IN: Arrest made in Kouts Dollar Store burglary
    6.18.14 – nwitimes.com – Police responding to an alarm said they found a shattered window and security footage showing individuals taking items and attempting to … More Info
  • IN: Farmer catches thief in act of stealing copper
    6.16.14 – Newsbug.info – Nicholas Collins, 28, of Wheatfield, was charged with Attempted Criminal Mischief and Trespass following an alert farmer who had installed an alarm system on … More Info
  • KY: Burglar breaks into Lexington pharmacy
    6.16.14 – WKYT – The store has a security system with a motion detector, which triggered police to come out to the store after the alarm company saw someone moving around … More Info
  • KY: Hammer used to smash in door in Jessamine County theft
    6.20.14 – WKYT – Chad Rayyan, the owner, says he was woken up around 2 o’clock Friday morning by employees after an alarm was tripped by the intrusion. Rayyan estimates … More Info
  • KY: Thieves break into St. Matthews jewelry store through the roof
    6.21.14 – WDRB – The general manager for the jewelry store said the culprit entered the business through the roof. The store will now be equipped with more alarms and sensors. More Info
  • MA: Southborough police log, June 20 edition
    6.18.14 – Community Advocate – 4:32 p.m. Officers attempted to serve court paperwork at a residence. 4:38 p.m. Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a residence. More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate possible ...
    6.16.14 – The Jackson Citizen Patriot – 9:38 p.m. Deputy Stuart was dispatched to East Michigan for an alarm. 9:42 p.m. … 1:26 a.m. Deputy Rybicki was dispatched for an alarm. More Info
  • NM: Armed robber sought in Santa Fe
    6.20.14 – Albuquerque Journal – A deputy was on the scene within one minute of the activation of a panic alarm but an intensive search of the area failed to turn up any suspects, the Santa Fe … More Info
  • NY: Lyons teen gets six-month in jail for robbery
    6.17.14 – Finger Lakes Times- Police responded to a hold-up alarm within minutes, as did Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deputies with a K-9 officer, but they were unable to find a suspect. More Info
  • OH: Thief makes off with air conditioner, TV
    6.19.14 – The Newark Advocate – Nutter has an alarm system, but it wasn’t armed Tuesday night when a thief, or thieves, took an air conditioner, TV and cellphone… More Info
  • OK: Chickasha Pharmacy Break-In Caught On Camera
    6.20.14 – news9.com KWTV – You can see the two men in the pharmacy’s surveillance video looking for a quick grab, but they were apparently spooked by the alarm system. “They just all of a … More Info
  • OK: Police Release Video Of Suspect In SW OKC Business Burglary
    6.17.14 – news9.com KWTV – Police say the suspect triggered the motion sensor at the construction yard, which activated the alarm to send the police. In a surveillance video released by … More Info
  • OR: Prineville burglary suspect caught on way out
    6.16.14 – KTVZ – A burglar alarm brought Prineville police to a feed store early Monday, just in time to arrest a Terrebonne man as he tried to escape by breaking out the front … More Info
  • OR: Stolen keys lead to three burglaries
    6.17.14 – Mail Tribune – About three hours later, police responded to burglary alarms at the location of Norris Shoes and G.E. Messinger Shoe Repair, in downtown… More Info
  • PA: Police: Man wanted in North Middleton restaurant burglary
    6.16.14 – The Sentinel – Police responded to a burglary alarm and found that someone had broken into the business, removed coins and damaged an exterior surveillance camera. More Info
  • RI: Wiscasset Police: Another busy week
    6.18.14 – Wiscasset Newspaper – Chief Cline checked on an alarm going off at Twin City Lock & Key, which turned out to be a faulty alarm. Harassment. Reserve Patrolman Donald … More Info
  • TX: ATM Ripped From Foundation in Theft Attempt
    6.20.14 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth – An alarm at the bank sounded and the thieves were able to escape before police arrived. The property manager said this is the second time in eight years that … More Info
  • TX: Thieves steal Conway family’s air conditioning unit while they w …
    6.18.14 – KATV – If somebody’s trying to steal the whole unit the alarm will sound. Or if they cut the refrigerant lines, which a lot of times we see, there’s a little section from the unit … More Info
  • WA: Suspected serial burglar arrested in St. Helens
    6.16.14 – KOIN.com – Officers responded to a home in the Grey Cliffs neighborhood a day earlier following a tripped alarm. When they arrived, the officers found a bicycle and a trail … More Info

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