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July 21, 2014

 Association Events

None this week

Door to Door Sales

  • CBS4 Exposes Alarm Company Scam
    7.15.14 – CBS Local – Miami (CBSMiami) – The CBS4 Investigative Unit has uncovered a scam going around South Florida involving alarm company salesmen—they are flat out lying …More Info
  • Consumer Alert: Door-to-door security system sales should …
    7.16.14 – fox6now.com – During the spring and summer months, home security or alarm companies hire traveling sales agents to go door-to-door. In some cases, the sales agents use … More Info
  • Amarillo Police Warn About Door-to-Door Alarm Sales Fraud
    7.18.14 – MyHighPlains – Amarillo — The Amarillo Police Dept. is aware of three recent instances of suspicious activity by people that identify themselves as door-to-door home alarm … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • KS: Wichita considers new alarm system ordinance
    7.15.14 – KAKE – A new ordinance being introduced at Tuesday’s meeting keeps the schedule of fines for multiple false alarm calls to public safety. But it makes a couple of big … More Info
  • FL: Reduce costly false alarms with your security system
    7.17.14 – MiamiHerald.com – In researching this topic recently, our team found that more than 90 percent of alarm activations that trigger a police response are false alarms activated by user … More Info
  • MN: Minneapolis businesses wail over high costs of false alarms
    7.17.14 – Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal – Minneapolis, which bills businesses and residents when burglar alarms mistakenly summon the police, charges more per false alarm than does St. Paul. More Info

Industry News

  • Bidding Qualifications and the CSI Master Format
    7.15.14- Commercial Integrator – NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson discusses the Master Format document and how it affects bidding qualifications for integration projects. More Info
  • Did you know? Voluntary codes and standards involving nuisance alarms have changed.
    6.30.14 – NEMA Communications —This is the sixth of a podcast series focused on smoke detection issues. Today we’re discussing the changes to several voluntary national consensus codes and standards intended to reduce nuisance alarms with Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs Manager for Honeywell Life Safety, and Co-Chair of the NEMA 3SB Smoke/CO Group. More Info
  • CA: Disposable Smoke Alarms to Replace Current Models
    7.14.14 – KTXL – Tracy is one of many cities in California that are reminding residents that state law will soon require a new disposable fire alarm with a 10-year battery. The older … More Info
  • CT: Do-It-Yourself Home Security
    7.14.14 – NBC Connecticut – Some consumers are choosing to bypass traditional alarm companies, which are often perceived as costing more and requiring a long contract, according to … More Info
  • ASG consolidates in South Texas
    7.16.14 – Security Systems News – Beltsville, Md.—In a deal that boosts its RMR in South Texas to $1.2 million, super-regional ASG Security has acquired a longtime alarm company there. What is the acquisition and how will the buy help ASG “dominate” the region? More Info
  • Red Hawk sells monitored accounts
    7.11.14 – Security Systems News – San Antonio—The wholesale monitored accounts of Red Hawk Monitoring, a subsidiary of Red Hawk Fire & Security, have been sold. How many accounts? How many dealers? Who’s the buyer? More Info
  • NYC says OK to detecting smoke via video
    7.16.14 – Security Systems News – Sparks, Md.—Video image smoke detection is now accepted under the New York City Building Code, opening a large new market for such detection systems. What applications is this detection method ideal for? More Info
  • ID: AG Office, security firm settle
    7.19.14- Coeur d’Alene Press – Consumers who paid early termination or “buy-out” fees to their prior alarm monitoring companies may be eligible to receive restitution. Todd Dvorak … More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • 4 in 10 U.S. homes are now cellphone only, skip landline
    7.8.14 – Security Info Watch – Survey finds Americans ditching their landlines at twice the rate from just five years ago… More Info
  • The dangers of vehicle pursuits: New emerging issues
    7.14 – The Police Chief – As long as crime has existed, criminals have been attempting to elude justice. The invention of the automobile gave criminals one more way to attempt to escape the grasp of law enforcement. While the use of motor vehicles by criminals is widespread, one could assume that vehicle pursuits have become safer for officers over time. Improvements in vehicle safety technology have made cars more maneuverable and safe, increasing the likelihood of surviving a high-speed crash. Advances in emergency trauma medicine have also increased the survival rate of traffic crash victims. More Info

Business Tips

  • Pitfalls and Profits of Working with Family, Friends
    7.15.14 – Commercial Integrator – Like any other industry, commercial integration has its share of spouse-, family- and friend-run businesses. So what’s the secret to this marriage of work and personal life? More Info
  • Best practices for service and maintenance contracts
    7.9.14 – Security Info Watch – Integrators share practical advice on how to avoid potential issues with customers down the road… More Info
  • 6 Tips for Increasing Word-of-Mouth Referrals
    7.14.14 – Fox Business ‎- Especially when starting out, word-of-mouth referrals are the most effective way to grow your business. Even in high-tech companies, having a … More Info

Fire News

  • MO: Smoke alarm sounding leads to discovery of stove fire
    7.14.14 – Daily Journal Online -“We were called initially to a smoke alarm sounding to the apartment complex,” said Desloge Fire Chief Larry Gremminger. “We then sent out an engine with two … More Info
  • VA: Man Badly Burned in Kitchen Accident at Hunters Woods Fellowship …
    7.17.14 – Reston Now – A resident had been cooking and smoke set off the smoke alarm. When the maintenance worker, whose name was not released, went to assist the resident, More Info
  • WV: Winfield home struck by lightning, burns to the ground
    7.14.14 – Charleston Daily Mail – “I’m definitely thankful to have the alarm system,” Mihai said. “They save lives. Maybe they saved our lives, too. “When I went in and grabbed him from the bed … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Chico jewelry store burglarized; Police looking for suspects …
    7.17.14 – Enterprise-Record – AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery owner Geralyn Sheridan was called by her alarm company at about 4:47 a.m. to inform her there was activity at her store at … More Info
  • CA: Recent burglary exposes home-security system loophole
    7.14.14 – KTVU San Francisco – “The fact that an alarm can be disarmed from the outside and not notify the police station or not notify the protection company is something I think we all have to … More Info
  • DE: Ice cream cone lands alleged burglar behind bars, report says
    7.16.14 – CBS News – According to police in Lewes, troopers responded to the Taramino Place Apartments around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, after an alarm was set off by a break in. More Info
  • DE: Residential burglary alarm leads police to Rehoboth Beach suspect
    7.15.14 – Sussex Countian – A Rehoboth Beach man is in jail after a residential burglar alarm led to his arrest, … 14 as troopers responded to an alarm activated in one of the apartment units, … More Info
  • FL: One arrested, one sought in Winter Haven burglary
    7.20.14 – Tbo.com – Police received an alarm from Midas Jewelry after movement was detected inside the business. When officers arrived, they saw a black male … More Info
  • FL: Thieves target Treasure Coast businesses using stolen animal …
    7.17.14 – WPEC – Police now know how they got past Andrade’s alarm system. “They cut a … “I never thought of that,” Henry shakes his head, “Alarms in the front door. Alarms in … More Info
  • IL: Pair apprehended trying to steal guns from Bolingbrook Bass Pro …
    7.15.14 – Suburban Life Publications – A burglar alarm led police to the store around 1:54 a.m. When police arrived, they observed a subject running through the store’s lower level … More Info
  • KS: Teens accused of pawn shop burglary held at gunpoint
    7.16.14 – KWCH – The alarm alerted employees, who found the suspects burglarizing the store. Two employees, a 59-year-old man and a 38-year-old man, detained the burglars … More Info
  • KY: Deputies catch thieves involved in third attempted burglary
    7.15.14 – WKYT – The three ended up setting off the burglar alarm, got spooked and took off. Deputies caught up with the three down the road and pulled them over. Two juveniles … More Info
  • KY: Lexington police: Alarm may have scared off burglar
    7.15.14 – WKYT – Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, Lexington police were called out to a landscaping company for a commercial alarm. When the … More Info
  • LA: HEMET: Would-be burglars tracked down and arrested, police say
    7.14.14 – Press-Enterprise (blog) – A burglary alarm alerted authorities to the attempted burglary at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, July 12. When officers arrived they … More Info
  • MA: Busted Burglar: Female burglar caught in Benson Road
    7.18.14 – Wicked Local Rochester – In the arrest of Sorelle, it is believed she tripped the alarm at the home after gaining entry through a window which set of the alarm, causing her to … More Info
  • MA: Cops: Taco Bell worker nabbed for assaulting unhappy customer
    7.15.14 – Boston Herald – Springfield Police Department spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said officers William LaPorte, Angel Marrero and Anthony Tyler responded to a holdup alarm at the … More Info
  • MI: Two Lincoln Park KFC locations burglarized on same night
    7.18.14 – Southgate News Herald – In the breaking-and-entering incidents the alarm wires were cut and the culprits entered through the drive-through … More Info
  • MS: Man arrested for high school break-in
    7.16.14 – WTVA – Officers were dispatched to the scene at 2 a.m. in regard to an alarm call. At the school, officers found the doors open and began a search of the building. More Info
  • NC: Thieves break into home while couple at church
    7.14.14 – Gaston Gazette – According to Gordon, his dog was in the backyard, and he forgot to set the alarm. “It’ll be on from now on,” he said. The Gordons go to Union Baptist Church in … More Info
  • NC: Wendy’s robbed at gunpoint
    7.15.14 – Gaston Gazette – … called to the Wendy’s around 12:44 a.m. in reference to alarm. When they arrived, officers were told that an armed robbery had just occurred. More Info
  • NE: Burglar Hits Historical Building At Weak Point
    7.16.14 – WOWT – So we are working with our alarm company to alarm the doors outside, alarm the doors outside and to try and get our motion, be able to set our motion up in …More Info
  • NJ: Bloomingdale deli burglarized
    7.14.14 – NorthJersey.com – According to police, at approximately 10:39 p.m. on July 11, Patrolman Robert Grabowski responded to an alarm at the Union Avenue Deli. At the scene, he … More Info
  • NM: Burglars hitting convenience stores all over Albuquerque
    7.16.14 – KOB.com – One of the owners said his alarm company told him at least 15 stores had been hit in the last week alone, and in every burglary, the thieves cut every wire to the …More Info
  • NY: Attempted robbery at convenience store
    7.14.14 – WBNG-TV – Police responded to the Byrne Dairy Convenience Store around 8:45 PM, when a panic alarm was activated inside the building. More Info
  • OH: Surveillance camera captures suspect on video
    7.15.14 – ThisWeekNews – At 3:30 a.m. July 4, the same male broke into the house through the victim’s back door, causing the alarm to activate, reports said. The suspect then left the … More Info
  • OH: Thieves steal money, computers from Westwood day care
    7.18.14 – WLWT Cincinnati – The unit then fell onto a computer, which triggered the alarm. “Once they did that, it knocked the computer over, which set the motion detector off, so then they … More Info
  • ON: Two arrested following Oakville break-in
    7.15.14 – InsideHalton.com – The suspects triggered an alarm during the break-in and were only able to steal a stereo receiver before Halton police arrived on the scene. The individuals fled … More Info
  • PA: Frequent false-alarm calls could come with a cost in Carnegie
    7.16.14 – Tribune-Review – He said that with a majority of false-alarm calls, the borough’s police … have tried to broach the false alarm subject with Towers management in the past. More Info
  • SC: Deputies: Thieves target Spartanburg animal clinic
    7.16.14 – WHNS Greenville – Spartanburg County deputies said a nurse arrived to find the alarm going off and sheet rock dust on the floor inside Palmetto Animal Clinic… More Info
  • TX: Burglars Break Into Business, Break Through Walls To Reach Others
    7.17.14 – KWTX – Officers were sent at around 4:15 a.m. to business in response to a burglar alarm. As they arrived they spotted some men trying to … More Info
  • TX: Cavender’s entrance damaged in burglary
    7.17.14 – Huntsville Item – Huntsville police responded to an alarm call about 3 a.m. Thursday at Cavender’s Boot City. Once officers were on location they … More Info
  • TX: McKinney Police Need Help Identifying Daytime Armed Robbers
    7.17.14 – CBS Local – An alarm sounded around 5 p.m. on July 14 at an AT&T Store. When officers arrived they found employees inside the store, including a … More Info
  • TX: New Charges in June Garage Burglary
    7.16.14 – MyHighPlains – … a third suspect were caught this morning after a homeowner was awakened by an alarm indicating entry into his garage. More Info
  • TX: Police Officer, 2 Others Injured In Crash; Suspect Photo Released
    7.14.14 – KWTX – Officers were sent at around 3:15 a.m. to the S&C Convenience Store in response to a burglar alarm. Investigators later determined that a … More Info
  • VA: Clerk quits after robber uses steak knife to hold up Chester …
    7.14.14 – wtvr.com – For those businesses that stay open all night, a robbery of any kind with any weapon causes alarm. “It is scary, it’s nerve-racking,” Patel, said. “But we have our … More Info
  • WA: Smoke alarm saves man from outdoor fire
    7.15.14 – Q13 FOX – Poulsbo — Firefighters are praising a man for checking his smoke alarm batteries after a working alarm helped saved him from a brushfire outside his home, … More Info

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