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June 6, 2016


How to Maximize YOUR Membership

Joining an association is a first step. But to get the most return on your investment you must do more than just join; you must get involved.

Talk with anyone who has been actively involved in a trade association, especially those in leadership positions, and they will all tell you: you get so much more out of the experience than you put in. You’ll hear things before others do, hear things others never learn, establish lasting relationships and you’ll certainly have fun.

Make the most of your membership – get involved!

Door to Door Sales

  • Company director and employee given suspended jail terms and …
    5.31.16 – Bury Free Press – A director and a salesman from a security alarm firm, who used high pressure sales techniques, have received suspended jail terms and ordered to pay over … More Info
  • Take on door-to-door sales with these tips
    6.5.16 – The Daily Advertiser – Alarm systems: BBBs across the country receive complaints about people selling alarm systems and failing to divulge terms of the contract for alarm system … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CT: Residents reminded to pay annual alarm use fee
    6.3.16 – Easton Courier – The Easton Police Department reminds residents with active alarm systems that they must pay the annual $20 use fee on or before July 1 in accordance with the … More Info
  • IA: Updated c-store surveillance ordinance proposed in Iowa city
    5.31.16- SIW – Proposal would allow Waterloo City Council to set minimum standards for video systems in the future… More Info
  • OK: Additional fee could come to alarm system users
    6.4.16 – KSWO – Lawton, OK – Lawton residents who have an alarm system in their homes or businesses could have to start paying an additional fee, if the City Council … More Info

Industry News

  • New area code coming to Suffolk County
    5.31.16 – News 12 Long Island – The New York State Public Service Commission also recommends that Suffolk residents update all fax machines, and alarm and security systems to now include … More Info
  • Long Island Alarm Dealers Scramble to Meet 10-Digit Dialing …
    6.3.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Suffolk County residents and business will have to dial a 10-digit number beginning June 18, which means lots of alarm will need to be reprogrammed. More Info
  • Aspen fire alarm letter prompts resignation, disbelief
    6.1.16 – Aspen Times – A longtime volunteer captain with the Aspen Fire Protection District resigned his post last month after the alarm company he owns sent a “threatening” letter to … More Info
  • Man sues United Technologies Corporation for telemarketing calls
    6.1.16 – West Virginia Record – 17, he received a call at about 12 p.m. that began with a recorded voice, which a live person then came on the line and offered GE alarm systems sold by UTC … More Info
  • The Most Overlooked Side Effect of Security’s Surge in Mergers & Acquisitions Activity
    6.1.16 – SSI – The suits are finally starting to recognize the appeal of investing… More Info
  • FCC Proposal to ‘Unlock’ Cable Boxes Could Be Boon for Integrators
    6.6.16 – CEPro – If encryption inside cable set-top boxes is opened to third-parties, CE pros could create custom app-based video content delivery systems for their clients. More Info
  • End of the badge? These smart doors will open for you.
    6.3.16 – Washington Post – Arlington firm Kastle says scanning a badge to enter your office is a thing of the past. More Info
  • How Do You Determine Whether a Security Trend Is a Fad or the Next Big Thing?
    6.3.16 – SSI – Much has been made about the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement. How do security companies identify whether that or any other trend is simply a fad or a staple of the next game-changer in the industry? More Info

State & National News

  • Many Northeast, Midwest states face shrinking workforce
    5.27.16 – Stateline – New population figures indicate many Northeast and Midwest states will see their workforce shrivel over the next two decades. And that could spell economic trouble. More Info
  • Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3 billion gap, finishes 2016 session
    5.30.16 – Associated Press – Facing a historic $1.3 billion hole in the budget at the start of the year, the Oklahoma Legislature managed to close the gap through a combination of agency cuts, tax-credit reforms, fee increases and the use of one-time funding sources, including bonds. More Info
  • CSAA Names Recipient of 2016 Public Sector Award
    6.4.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Vienna, Va. — Central Station Alarm Association has awarded Harlin McEwen, a former police chief and deputy assistant director of the FBI, with its 2016 CSAA .. More Info

Business Tips

  • 8 Proposal Metrics Most Integrators Forget to Track
    5.31.16 – CEPro – Integrators rarely, if ever, sell large projects without proposals, yet many CE pros do not routinely ask these 8 important questions about tracking their sales proposals. More Info
  • 4 Ways to Motivate Employees Without Budgeting Bigger Salaries
    6.3.16 – Entrepreneur – People need their paychecks but it is certainly not everything they want from a job. More Info
  • How Successful Entrepreneurs Predict the Future
    6.3.16 – Entrepreneur -Foresight is more about knowing what hasn’t happened yet then predicting what will happen next. More Info

Fire News

  • FL: Family escapes Mandarin house fire
    5.31.16 – WJXT Jacksonville – Two adults and two children inside the home were woken up by their smoke alarm before they called the fire department. The home was filled with smoke before … More Info
  • MA: Structure Fire Closes Park Street in Adams; Four Families Homeless
    6.3.16 – iBerkshires.com – Goyette said the call came in as an alarm activation at about 1:15 p.m. and, when firefighters arrived, they found a fire on a stove on the third floor. “That fire was… More Info
  • MN: Piedmont Heights fire victim identified
    6.3.16 – Duluth News Tribune – The Duluth Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at 9:20 a.m. at the Meridian Apartments where firefighters found smoke in … More Info
  • MN: Woman arrested following Dilworth condo fire, officials investigating
    6.3.16 – WDAY – Daniel Prather, the president of the condominium association, was in his home and just happened to hear the smoke alarm. He says he followed the sound to … More Info
  • NY: Lightning strike blamed for fire at Charlie’s restaurant
    5.30.16 – 13WHAM-TV – “You heard a big giant bang and the alarm started going off,” said employee Ally Mack, who was inside at the time. Her coworker Brianna Swift added, “it was … More Info
  • NY: MSNBC Forced to Cut Off Interview After Fire Alarm Goes Off
    6.2.16 – Mediaite – During an interview with Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld, an alarm suddenly went off in MSNBC’s studios, … More Info
  • TN: Smoke alarm saves family from early morning fire
    6.2.16 – Chattanooga Times Free Press – At 1:30 a.m. the Chattanooga Fire Department received an alarm and responded where they found flames coming … More Info
  • WA: Smoke Alarm, Alert Neighbor Save Everett House
    5.31.16 – My Everett News – smoke alarm The beeping of a smoke alarm and the sight of smoke coming from the eaves led an Everett man to call 9-1-1 to report his neighbors house on fire. More Info

Crime News

  • AR: 2 local burglary suspects arrested after being caught in the act
    6.3.16 – KATV – According to the Benton Police Department, police were called just after 3:20 a.m. on Thursday, about a business alarm going off. More Info
  • BC: Man in custody after holdup alarm triggered at business
    6.1.16 – Times Colonist – A man is in custody after a holdup alarm was triggered at a business on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. A man is in custody after a holdup alarm was … More Info
  • CO: Juveniles arrested in burglary of Pueblo officer’s home
    6.5.16 – KRDO – Was the call about the robbery from an alarm company? This tidbit would alleviate this looking like special treatment. More Info
  • CO: Pueblo West teens unwittingly pick police officer’s home to rob
    6.4.16 – Colorado Springs Gazette – The officer responded when he received a call from the alarm company and saw the two juveniles running from the home. He pursued the teenagers on foot … More Info
  • CT: Ansonia police search for two suspects after home burglary
    5.30.16 – WTNH Connecticut News – According to police, the homeowner said awoke to his burglar alarm going off and his dog barking. Officers said when the homeowner got out of bed to check his … More Info
  • CT: Man arrested, charged in grocery store burglary
    5.30.16 – WTNH Connecticut News – An employee heard a door alarm, found a rear door open and a man crouched inside of the building. The man ran away but was later found by police. More Info
  • FL: Burglary suspect with manners caught on camera
    6.4.16 – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay – It even allows the user to activate an alarm if they see someone in the house who shouldn’t be; which is exactly what the owner of this home saw last Friday. More Info
  • FL: Man hurt by SWAT team as he tried to cash check can seek new …
    6.4.16 – ABA Journal – Nonetheless, mistaking Valladares for the robber, the teller triggered a silent alarm and engaged him in conversation, even though he did nothing, then or later, … More Info
  • GA: Springfield Police: Tag scanner helps officer recover stolen car
    6.4.16 – Savannah Morning News – May 16: An alarm sounded as a woman was leaving Family Dollar. She admitted taking several makeup items. She ran before police arrived. More Info
  • IA: Five charged with stealing from Lowe’s in five states
    6.1.16 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – On May 4, Ware and Dawson triggered an alarm when they took $475 worth of items from the Home Depot. As they ran from the store with … More Info
  • IL: Habitual Burglar Arrested After Heist While Family Slept: Police
    6.4.16 – Patch.com – Riverside detectives investigated the burglary “non stop,” since it caused great alarm in the community. They tracked the stolen cell phones to an ECO-ATM … More Info
  • LA: Man accused of trying to break into Houma clinic
    6.2.16 – Daily Comet – On Friday, patrol officers with the Houma Police Department responded to a business alarm, where the Watkins Family … More Info
  • MA: Police logs: Missing juvenile located, political sign stolen, snapping …
    6.3.16 – mysouthborough – 1218 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a business. 1245 hrs – An officer on patrol removed a road hazard (a large plastic slide) from … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Man accused of drugged driving in collision
    6.2.16 – Gloucester Daily Times – 3:21 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at the Gloucester Public Schools’ alternative program building in State Fort Park. Officers found the building to be secure. More Info
  • MN: False alarm causes Woodland Hills evacuation
    6.3.16 – Duluth News Tribune – A panic alarm accidentally tripped at Woodland Hills Academy this afternoon caused an evacuation and sent several emergency response vehicles to the school … More Info
  • MN: Jackson County Sheriff: deputies respond to a threats report at the …
    6.3.16 – MLive.com – 11:48 am. Deputy Taylor responded for an alarm. 12:03 p.m. … Deputy Wickham responded to an alarm. 2:50 p.m… More Info
  • MN: Police Blotter – May 31
    5.31.16 – Brainerd Dispatch – Alarm – An officer responded to a burglary alarm at 4:25 p.m. May 20. … More Info
  • MS: Church break-in in South Jackson
    5.31.16 – WAPT Jackson – Police say someone broke in through this window, set off the alarm and damaged a door inside. … More Info
  • MS: Jackson business “Smash and Dash”
    6.4.16 – WDAM-TV – Thursday night the business alarm failed to go off, no one was notified of the break-in. Other security measures are under scrutiny, and the owners are nervous. More Info
  • NJ: Potential Burglar Smashes Door of Moorestown Home, Flees After …
    6.5.16 – Patch.com – Police were first alerted of the crime by the alarm company, followed by a phone call from the homeowner. More Info
  • NY: Police arrest alleged Spa City restaurant burglar
    6.4.16 – Albany Times Union – Police say they first spotted Ryan M. Danaher when they responded to an alarm that was triggered downtown at Sperry’s Restaurant. More Info
  • OH: Guns stolen during break-in at Beavercreek gun shop
    6.5.16 – WHIO – Officers were dispatched to the gun shop in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center around 1:25 a.m. on an alarm that was triggered. More Info
  • OH: Someone’s stealing and scrapping commercial air conditioners in …
    6.4.16 – cleveland.com – The first was reported April 28, but the business owner said he received alarm notifications in days prior to the thefts, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt…. More Info
  • OH: Vape store reports breaking and entering
    6.4.16 – 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. The report … More Info
  • OK: Police search for man caught on tape breaking into SW OKC business
    6.4.16 – KOCO Oklahoma City – Police received a call shortly after 1:35 a.m. Tuesday about an alarm going off at AA Spine Center, according to a police … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Burglary Suspect Found Unconscious In Woman’s Closet
    5.31.16 – News On 6 – Police were called to the home Monday night because of a burglary alarm. The left after finding nothing around the … More Info
  • ON: False alarm leads police to Val-des-Monts marijuana grow-op
    6.1.16 – Ottawa Citizen – A Val-des-Monts man who made an urgent 911 call to cancel police response to his home alarm ended up under arrest Tuesday when patrol officers discovered … More Info
  • OR: Homeless man burglarizes Moonstruck Chocolate looking for place …
    6.2.16 – OregonLive.com – Officers responded to a burglary alarm at Moonstruck Chocolate Company’s North Portland location around 3:45 a.m. and spotted someone walking on the… More Info
  • PA: Bucks pharmacist shoots, kills masked gunman during stickup
    6.4.16 – Philly.com – Within two minutes of receiving the alarm, eight Falls Township police officers responded to the scene, said Lt. Henry Ward. The store had just opened and no .. More Info
  • PA: Greenville man arrested following Sharon crime spree
    6.1.16 – Sharonherald – Sharon – A Greenville man faces charges linked to recent break-ins at five Sharon businesses. At 4:41 a.m. May 25, police responded to an alarm going off at … More Info
  • PA: Police seek to ID suspects in gun shop burglary
    5.31.16 – FOX43.com – The sound of breaking glass activated the store’s burglar alarm. The bandits quickly smashed glass display cases and snatched up 9 handguns that included … More Info
  • PA: SURVEILLANCE: Photos show suspected Lancaster County gun …
    5.31.16 – WGAL Lancaster – Northwest Regional police were dispatched to an alarm at the Trop Gun Shop … Police say the alarm was activated when burglars smashed the glass of the … More Info
  • SC: 2 arrested after 3 break-ins in Henderson Co.
    6.5.16 – WSPA.com – Then at 5:15am the same day, while deputies were still in the area searching for suspects, a bank alarm alerted deputies to another breaking and entering at the … More Info
  • SC: Three people accused of armed robbery at large in Beaufort County
    6.3.16 – WSAV-TV – On their way, the security alarm company advised emergency dispatchers the employees of the store were being held up by three male subjects at gunpoint. More Info
  • TN: Arrest made for break-in at Fred’s
    6.4.16 – Nashville Leader – Officers received an alarm call at about 10 p.m., Tuesday, but found the building secure. When the manager arrived, the officers discovered that entry had been … More Info
  • TN: Burglary suspect escapes custody in handcuffs
    5.30.16 – FOX13 Memphis – “He was inside, doing his thing while the alarm was going off,” Sparks told FOX13. “I just got off the phone trying to talk to ADT. It took them a good 30 minutes to … More Info
  • TX: Hays County is investigating aggravated robbery in Buda
    6.4.16 – FOX 7 Austin – The victim notified a neighbor of the incident who called 911 to report the incident. The victim’s alarm company also notified 911 of the intrusion. More Info
  • TX: Police: Del Valle man beaten to death by his former roommate
    6.1.16 – KXAN.com – Police were called around 9 p.m. after a home alarm went off. Deputies told KXAN when they arrived a disturbance could be … More Info
  • VA: Bedford County authorities search for three suspects in burglary …
    6.3.16 – Lynchburg News and Advance – Deputies responded to an alarm at 10 a.m. at a residence, according to a news release. The same residence was burglarized in April, the … More Info
  • VA: Hanover deputies need help searching for robbery suspect
    6.2.16 – WWBT NBC12 News – Officials received the call for a commercial burglary alarm around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. More Info
  • VA: Man with camouflage hat wanted for robbery of Hanover store
    6.3.16 – wtvr.com – Police said the incident happened Wednesday, June 1, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Deputies responded to a burglary alarm. More Info
  • VA: New video evidence in Waynesboro burglary
    6.4.16 – WHSV – Officers responded at 4:35 a.m. to a business alarm at the store and found the front door shattered. Upon entry they cleared the building finding no one inside. More Info
  • VA: Sounding alarm startles would-be robbers in Danville
    6.1.16 – GoDanRiver.com – Two would-be robbery suspects were startled by an alarm at the Hill Top Exxon … The suspects ordered the clerk to unlock the door, “at which time the alarm … More Info
  • VA: Two arrested in connection to attempted robbery in Danville
    6.2.16 – WDBJ7 – As the clerk opened the door the alarm sounded, and the suspects took off running. The second incident happened around 2 a.m. … More Info
  • WA: Police Blotter Police Blotter Week of 5-30-2016
    5.31.16 – Westseattleherald.com – Officers responded to a call for a residential alarm around 8:15 a.m. on Fri., May 20. A back door had been forced open at … More Info

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