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June 30, 2014

Association Events

None this week

Door to Door Sales

  • Overland police warn residents of alarm company scam
    6.24.14- KMOV.com – Police say multiple residents on Tuesday reported a man coming to their homes saying he was from their alarm company. Authorities say the man told them he …More Info
  • Authorities warning about deceptive practices used by home …
    6.25.14 – WSMV Nashville – Several of the larger alarm system companies have also banned together at ESX Nashville, a three-day home security conference to try and stop the issue of … More Info
  • Better Business Bureau: How to choose the right alarm company
    6.26.14 – Post-Bulletin – The installation of a home security system is much more common than in years past. In fact, many newer homes already come equipped with them. Not only can … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • KS: City to revise alarm ordinance
    6.25.14 – KAKE – Wichita, Kan. — Wichita 911 dispatchers respond to thousands of false alarm calls every year. So, to cut down on false alarms, the city is updating its alarm … More Info
  • MD: Prince George’s to require carbon monoxide detectors starting July 1
    6.26.14 – Washington Post – “We’ll try to help you get an alarm as opposed to giving you a ticket,” Brady said. Get updates on your area delivered via e-mail. Current Prince George’s County … More Info
  • PA: Salisbury seeks to bill insurance carriers for emergency services
    6.27.14 – Allentown Morning Call – Seagreaves also pointed out that the current ordinance covers only police for false alarm calls and not the fire department. Soriano said staff will look into state … More Info
  • SC: Firefighters Fed Up With False Alarms
    6.19.14 – SSI – The Wade Hampton Fire Department wants to implement a new ordinance that will fine home and business owners for false fire alarms. More Info
  • VA: False Alarms Trigger a Public Safety Hazard in the Valley
    6.24.14- WHSV – Harrisonburg, Va (WHSV) — The city council discussed the issue of false alarms—defined as when there is user error on a building alarm system or when … More Info
  • VA: Suffolk takes steps to combat false 9-1-1 calls
    6.24.14- WVEC.com – The reason behind this wasn’t for the city to collect money with registration fees, but to reduce the number of false alarms requiring emergency personnel to …More Info

Industry News

  • Squirrels chomp on Winnipeg man’s phone, internet services
    6.23.14 – CBC.ca – His phone, internet and alarm system cut out every time it rains on those chewed up lines. Mattson said MTS has sent crews to repair the telephone lines in 30 … More Info
  • Security company ADT settles federal charges of deceptive advertising
    6.24.14- The Oregonian – I wrote last year about other questionable claims that alarm company Vivint, which formerly operated as APX Alarm Security Solutions, had made as they went … More Info
  • Report: 68 percent want to use security cameras for operational improvement
    6.25.14 – Austin, Texas—More than two-thirds of companies plan to use video surveillance security systems for operations improvement as well as security in the future, according to a new report released June 25. More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • Hotels don’t need CO alarms, new rules say
    6.25.14 – USA TODAY – The 2015 codes eliminate a 2012 requirement that required a CO alarm in each guest room or a detection system in all common areas, according to Michael … More Info
  • Law enforcement deaths: Analyzing the last decade
    6.19.14 – Multibriefs – In the past decade, 1,553 law enforcement officers died in reported duty deaths. This is an average of one duty death every 58 hours, or 150 duty deaths per year. In order to analyze and examine these law enforcement duty deaths, data was culled from six different sources. The different ways each reporting organization categorizes these deaths made it challenging to compare and contrast… More Info

Business Tips

  • 5 crucial emotional intelligence traits of highly effective leaders
    6.16.14 – Fast Company – Over the last decade there has been a huge increase in evidence that emotional intelligence is an important factor in leadership. Numerous studies have shown a positive relationship between emotionally intelligent leadership and employee satisfaction, retention, and performance. More Info
  • Engagement insights: Empowering
    6.17.14 – The Demand Network – Bureaucratic organizations limit autonomy through elaborate processes and procedures and are not set up to empower employees to come up with strategic solutions, make decisions and carry a project from concept to execution. The good news is that to shift from command-and-control to co-development and from passivity to engagement can be achieved through very small steps. More Info
  • Ways to Enhance Your Executive Presence
    6.26.14 – Baseline – To become a power player in your company, you must offer more than strong technology skills. You must project an image that screams “executive material” to your managers and peers. More Info
  • Six Reasons Your Best Employees Quit You
    6.24.14 – Forbes – There’s a saying that employees don’t leave companies, they leave … how employees rate that one question and employee retention, customer metrics, …. Such engagement is the key to retaining top talent as well as driving a … More Info
  • Winnie-the-Pooh on Customer Service
    6.24.14 – www.business2community.com – Favorite author A.A. Milne is best known for the stories and poems he … More Info
  • How to Keep a Customer for Life
    6.25.14 – CIO Insight – As organizations cope with a growing array of customer channels, technologies and tools, CIOs and CMOs must work together and adopt the appropriate customer experience management solutions. More Info
  • Building Closer Relationships in the Office
    6.24.14 – Baseline – Twenty-five percent of employees surveyed said they benefit from working in an office because it gives them the opportunity to build closer relationships with company leaders and peers. More Info

Fire News

  • BC: Smoke alarm saves a life
    6.26.14 – Oceanside Star – A working smoke alarm and a sprinkler system may have saved a life and a home … A man in the home had gone out for a walk and the smoke alarm awoke his … More Info
  • MD: Fire closes portion of road in Silver Spring
    6.25.14 – Washington Post – Authorities said a fire alarm went off around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Montgomery County police and fire officials shut down all lanes at the intersection early … More Info
  • NJ: Employee puts out Toms River Pizza Hut fat fryer fire
    6.27.14 – Asbury Park Press – The building’s fire alarm sounded when the suppression system activated, and employees and customers were evacuated, he said. Firefighters found the fire… More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Budweiser burglar busted
    6.26.14 – Selma Times-Journal – When officers responded to a burglary alarm activation, they found the glass front door of the business broken. Security camera footage showed a man throwing … More Info
  • AL: Business owner wants tougher burglary punishment
    6.24.14- WALB-TV – One throws a rock through the Subway front door, while the second one throws one through the Woodall’s front door, kicking his way inside. As the alarm blares, … More Info
  • AZ: Police hunting Parker area burglars
    6.27.14 – Parker Live – If you are going to be, or are regularly gone for long periods of time, an alarm system is something that can help keep unwanted people out of your home. More Info
  • AZ: Police: Jewelry stolen during home burglary
    6.28.14 – Glendale News Press – In addition to home burglary prevention tips such as installing an alarm system and securing sliding doors, the Glendale Police Department reminds residents … More Info
  • CA: Police: Burglary suspect caught at Madera school district yard
    6.29.14 – Fresno Bee – Officers were alerted by a burglary alarm and spotted Steven Todd inside the maintenance yard throwing tools and copper wire spools that he stole from … More Info
  • CA: Robbery at high-end Union Square shop raises security concerns
    6.27.14 – KTVU San Francisco – A high-end store in San Francisco’s Union Square hit by a group of shoplifters that stand out because of their distinctively colorful clothing has raised an alarm … More Info
  • CO: Police Investigating Suspicious Death
    6.23.14 – KKTV 11 News – Around 9:45 p.m., Sunday, officers responded after reports of smoke and the sound of an alarm coming from a home… More Info
  • CT: Suspect Sought in Hartford Church Burglary
    6.24.14- FOX CT – The suspect then tampered with the building’s alarm system and unlocked a window. The Pastor called the alarm company to reset the alarm, thinking that it was … More Info
  • CT: Video aids burglary arrest
    6.24.14- Waterbury Republican American – Daniel Deschaines stole about $3,000 worth of power tools from Total Energy in Wolcott before an alarm system caught him on surveillance … More Info
  • FL: Two arrested in connection with burglary at Desoto Square Mall
    6.27.14 – Bradenton Herald – An alarm at the Charms Palace kiosk went off at 1:27 a.m. on Friday, showing interior motion, according to a report. Units completely surrounded the mall, … More Info
  • GA: Burglars bash glass doors at Albany store and restaurant
    6.24.14- The Albany Herald – “Our alarm is very loud and we think it scared them off. They didn’t take anything from the store.” Williams said both men were wearing makeshift masks to cover … More Info
  • GA: Grocery store burglarized for second time in a year
    6.29.14 – WSB Atlanta – He said that several wires that control the alarm were cut. Some type of electric or mechanic cutting device was used to cut open the ATM and approximately … More Info
  • KY: Lexington Police arrest liquor store burglary suspect
    6.25.14 – WKYT – … climbing through a hole in the wall that was covered up by plywood. Police say they received an alarm in the store, and arrived to find Blanton still in the store. More Info
  • LA: 3 charged in Natchitoches Parish burglaries
    6.25.14 – Alexandria Town Talk – But before the stop, deputies also had been notified of a silent burglary alarm from a residence. While deputies were talking to … More Info
  • MD: Two men are free after being held by armed abductors at Silver …
    6.27.14 – Washington Post – At 11:04 a.m., the teller pressed an alarm button. As time passed without the teller handing over money, the intruder who had accompanied the victim into the … More Info
  • ME: Burglar hits local computer store
    6.29.14 – Seacoastonline.com – Portsmouth — Officers from several agencies surrounded and searched the MacEdge computer store building Sunday when an alarm at 5:18 a.m. alerted to … More Info
  • ME: Portsmouth police seek help finding MacEdge burglary suspect
    6.29.14 – Seacoastonline.com – Portsmouth — Officers from several agencies surrounded and searched the MacEdge computer store building Sunday morning when an alarm at 5:18 a.m. More Info
  • ME: Two boys arrested for allegedly breaking into Saugus convenience …
    6.26.14 – Wicked Local North of Boston – Police responded to the Saugus Town Foodmart at 11:45 p.m. on June 25 for a burglar alarm activation. After meeting with the owner of the … More Info
  • NM: Thieves attempt to steal ABQ ATM
    6.26.14 – KRQE News 13 – But, as you can see, the doors come busting open shattering glass and setting off the alarm. They took off leaving the ATM behind. A reward is now being offered … More Info
  • OH: Dayton police investigate grocery store break-in
    6.23.14 – WHIO – The store’s alarm system was still armed and police noted only three people know the alarm code. The break-in was evident by the broken glass on the ground … More Info
  • OH: Lorain’s suspected ‘ATV bandit’ charged
    6.27.14 – The Morning Journal – The man said the barn door has an alarm, which sounds and calls his phone when the door is opened, the report said. He told police the alarm batteries were … More Info
  • PA: Apparent lightning fries alarm system
    6.26.14 – Butler Eagle – Workers on Wednesday conducted inspections inside the county courthouse after an apparent lightning strike fried the building alarm system Tuesday night. More Info
  • TN: Smash and grab” reported at Radio Shack
    6.27.14 – WDTN- They say the alarm went off around 3:30 a.m. Friday. Deputies found broken glass and discovered someone had thrown a rock through the front door. A news … More Info
  • TN: Police search for cunning crooks hitting Nashville-area businesses
    6.24.14- WKRN – The crooks were stopped when they broke through the cleaner’s wall to gain entry to the Vittles restaurant, where an alarm scared them off. Now, owners and … More Info
  • TX: 3 men arrested in pharmacy burglary in north Houston
    6.24.14- KPRC Houston – Officers say they broke a hole in the wall and snuck into the pharmacy. That’s when one of the crooks tripped the alarm, notifying Houston police to the scene. More Info
  • TX: Burglars target Remington Ranch subdivision
    6.24.14- KPRC Houston – Reporter: He says he forgot to set his alarm when he left for work on the day his house was broken into. Still he says that … More Info
  • TX: Police: 3 men in custody after attempted burglary at car dealership
    6.23.14 – KPRC Houston – According to Clear Lake patrol officers, an alarm company contacted authorities after they spotted three or four men on the security cameras inside the … More Info
  • TX: Rash of break-ins shatters serenity in northwest Houston subdivision
    6.28.14 – KHOU –  “It’s to carry the stuff out,” said Boling, who admitted she forgot to set her alarm that day. It seems as though the thieves have been busy, hitting a total of three … More Info
  • UT: 3 arrested in connection to Provo bank robberies
    6.24.14- KUTV 2News – On June 17 Provo police responded to a bank alarm at the AM Bank on Tuesday afternoon. Police reports say three armed … More Info
  • UT: Miscommunication at Panda Express
    6.25.14 – Park Record – Unbeknownst to the tired employee, Panda Express’ alarm company was monitoring the breezeway through a video feed. Seeing a person lying down, the … More Info
  • WA: Video Released Of Break-In At Washington Governor’s Office
    6.28.14 – Northwest Public Radio- “I think it’s obvious there was no alarm in place, certainly those discussions are going on now,” Calkins said. “One of the challenges with alarms is what would be … More Info

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