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July 29, 2013

Association Events


  • 8.7.13 – OKBFAA – OK Burglar and Fire Alarm
    Monthly Meeting – 112 N.E. 50th Street Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma NECA offices (National Electrical Contractors Assn.) Speaker will be Dan Salts, Owasso Fire Marshall and President, Fire Marshall’s Association of Oklahoma RSVP
  • 9.19.13- OKBFAA Business Seminar and Golf Scramble
    September 19, 2013 – Edmond, OK – 8:30 – 11:00 Seminar followed by Golf Scramble. More Info

Door to Door Sales


  • NC: BBB logs big rise in consumer complaints
    7.23.13 – Charlotte Observer – Complainants from 10 states and Canada allege that Senior Safe Alert is using robo-calls to persuade older adults to buy a personal alarm in case they are … More Info
  • NY: BBB warns of door-to-door scammers
    7.24.13 – WIVB – Home Alarm Scam: Scammers targeting seniors, poor neighborhoods or homes that already have home security systems. They may claim their system is … More Info

Public Safety Updates


  • CA: Oakland man hit with hefty fine for false alarm
    7.24.13 – abc7news.com – Oakland, Calif. (KGO) – There are 30,000 homes and businesses in Oakland protected by burglar alarms, but you’ll pay a hefty fine if yours goes off by … More Info
  • CA: Signal Hill Police Dept. seeking public’s help in reducing false …
    7.27.13 – Signal Tribune – False alarms typically result from faulty or defective systems, improperly trained … Both residential and commercial businesses that have security alarm systems … More Info
  • MO: Missouri city part of new trend of outsourcing false alarm services
    7.23.13 – Security Systems News – Springfield, MO – With false alarms becoming a growing administrative nuisance, the police department in this city decided to do something that is now a burgeoning trend: Outsource its false alarm billing and tracking services to an IT company. Learn the details. More Info
  • PA: $300 Fine for 4 False Security Calls to Police
    7.24.13 – Patch.com – You could be fined if your home security system causes four false alarms in a year, police say. … If you give the wrong one, the alarm company will notify police. More Info
  • PA: University to pay false alarm fees
    7.27.13 – Scranton Times-Tribune – The council said the school should not get a permit to start demolishing Leahy Hall until $17,000 in false-alarm fees are paid. The fees are imposed when the …More Info
  • TX: Police Chief Proposes Changes to Offset Budget, Staffing Constraints
    7.25.13 – KIII TV3 – Most of the calls that would be affected are minor, like barking dogs or kids not wanting to go to school; but the changes could affect certain alarm calls, and even … More Info

Industry News


  • NFPA Launches ‘Fire By the Numbers’ Quarterly Newsletter
    7.15.13 – OHS Online – The National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Analysis and Research Division has launched a new quarterly newsletter, “Fire By the Numbers,” and is inviting people interested in fire safety statistics and data to subscribe simply by entering an email address. More Info
  • Rapid growth projected for security system integration in U.S. schools
    7.22.13 – Security Info Watch – High-profile shootings changing schools’ view on how security systems should work  More Info
  • 7 tips for a security sales rep
    7.22.13 – Security Info Watch – How to make that ever important first impression on customers  More Info
  • Multimillion-dollar verdict against Monitronics upheld
    7.24.13 – Security Systems News – Atlanta, GA -An appeals court in Georgia has upheld a trial court’s $8.6 million verdict against Monitronics, affirming the lower court’s decision that a customer raped in a home invasion suffered harm as a result of the company’s negligence. Learn why the case potentially carries implications for the industry as a whole. More Info

Legislative Report


  • None this week

State Trends


  • None this week

National News

  • Energy Star Program Improvements for Small Business
    7.24.13 – NSBA The EPA recently rolled-out a new and improved Portfolio Manager, the voluntary, online tool small businesses can use to generate an ENERGY STAR score and manage their energy efficiency. More Info
  • House Passes Bill Authorizing Employer Penalty Delay
    7.24.13 – NSBA – In response to the administration’s announcement earlier this month to delay the employer penalty portion of the Affordable Care Act, the House has passed two bills which would codify the employer penalty delay as well as delay by one year the individual mandate. More Info
  • House: Extra funding for police hiring cut from budget
    7.25.13 – The Associated Press via Star Tribune – The Community Oriented Policing Services program has been eliminated by the Appropriations Committee. The COPS initiative was to receive $440 million under President Barack Obama’s budget. House Democrats stated that this spending cut will result in 1,400 fewer officers. More Info

Business Tips


  • 10 traits of great leaders (and their followers)
    7.16.13 – Inc. – Much is written and taught about becoming a great leader. Many strive for leadership and many actually become great. As Shakespeare said in Twelfth Night: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Whether acquired by birth or circumstance, certainly the traits of great leadership are to be admired.  More Info
  • Tech Hiring Should Hold Steady for 2013
    7.19.13 – Baseline – In the IT job market, hiring is holding steady, and demand is building for professionals with expertise in mobile, cloud, social media, cyber-security, big data and other hot IT areas. More Info
  • Why so many leadership programs ultimately fail
    7.11.13 – Forbes – There is a massive difference between what we know about leadership and what we do as leaders. What makes leadership hard isn’t the theoretical, it’s the practical. It’s not about knowing what to say or do. It’s about whether you’re willing to experience the discomfort, risk, and uncertainty of saying or doing it. In other words, the critical challenge of leadership is, mostly, the challenge of emotional courage. More Info
  • The Ten Most Irritating Types of Co-Workers
    7.18.13 – Baseline – Acknowledging that co-workers–life families–don’t always get along, CareerBliss has come up with a list of the 10 most annoying office colleagues. Recognize anyone you work with? More Info

Fire News

  • KS: Wichita woman escapes house fire
    7.28.13 – KFDI – A fire alarm was credited with waking up the woman, who was taken to the hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. ” She was able to get out and … More Info
  • NH: Manchester man accused of pulling fire alarm
    7.24.13 – The Union Leader – Manchester – A local man was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly pulling a fire alarm on an apartment building after arguing with his ex-girlfriend. More Info
  • NY: Fog machine at YWCA sets off fire alarm
    7.24.13 – The Batavian – City firefighters have returned to quarters after responding to a fire alarm at the YWCA on North Street. After it sounded, the alarm company called to say it was … More Info
  • OR: Police: Man re-enters burning house, dies
    7.28.13 – KATU – Phillips and his 54-year-old wife, Tammie, awoke to a smoke alarm and saw a fire in their laundry room. Lux says they called 911 and both made it safely out of … More Info
  • TX: Smoke Scare at Local Hotel
    7.28.13 – KIII TV3 – Folks staying at the Holiday Inn on the Island had to evacuate after hearing the fire alarm sound just after lunchtime today. Turns out, a cigarette that was thrown …More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar forces way in with truck
    7.28.13 – WAFF – Huntsville police responded to Farmers Tractor after the business’s alarm was activated. Officers saw that the front doors of the … More Info
  • AL: Police investigate vandalism, burglaries
    7.23.13 – Troy Messenger – “The alarm sounded and the person or persons ran. We are working with a lead on that attempted burglary.” One burglary occurred on July … More Info
  • AZ: Armed robbery in Sierra Vista
    7.28.13 – Sierra Vista Herald – The suspect then ordered the victim to turn off the alarm system, and demanded the money from the cash registers. The victim told sheriff’s deputies he opened …More Info
  • CA: SLO bank robbery suspect is arrested, police say
    7.24.13 – The San Luis Obispo Tribune – The Bank of America sent out a silent alarm, and police dispatches confirmed the bank had been robbed. The suspect … More Info
  • CA: Three arrested in Santa Clara gun shop break-in
    7.24.13 – KTVU San Francisco – At the same time, the alarm company alerted police who quickly arrived on the scene. “We have a very sophisticated alarm system,” he told KTVU. “That’s why … More Info
  • FL: 2 arrested in Bradenton burglary spree
    7.24.13 – WTSP 10 News – Luckily, both homes which were vacant at the time had alarm systems notifying police of the break-ins and scared the men off. A witness told deputies the … More Info
  • FL: Lakeland man arrested for “Smash-n-Grab” burglaries
    7.24.13 – WTSP 10 News – The investigation began when deputies responded to an alarm call at the … Approximately 20 minutes later, deputies responded to another alarm at the Sears … More Info
  • FL: Suspect held in multiple Polk store robberies
    7.24.13 – Northwest News and Tribune – About 4 a.m. Monday, Polk deputies responded to an alarm at the Advanced Auto store and found that the front doors had been pried open and more than $600 … More Info
  • FL: Watches, Jewelry Taken In Mayor’s Burglary
    7.24.13 – WBFS – Tamajon said the store’s alarm went off but her department never dispatched any officers to check it out. She said instead, the mall’s security guards went by the … More Info
  • GA: Man fires shot, scares away burglar
    7.23.13 – LaGrange Daily News – A police report says that an officer was responding at about 3:53 a.m. Saturday for a residential alarm call when he learned … More Info
  • GA: Police: Recent burglaries may be linked
    7.24.13 – Moultrie Observer – At 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a store alarm at Liberty Gas… And less than two hours later police responded to an alarm at Goody’s at 141 … More Info
  • HI: Arrests in armed robbery attempt
    7.25.13 – Maui News – Miyabuchi said police were notified by a silent alarm that one of the employees pressed during the robbery. “The employees did everything they were trained to … More Info
  • KS: Armed Robbery at Galena Bank
    7.23.13 – Four States Homepage – “I heard the alarm going off,” says Claris. He knew something wasn’t right, paying extra attention so he could give police any clues. “I helped show them where … More Info
  • KS: Police catch two teen burglars after home alarm goes off
    7.26.13 – KFDI – Police quickly caught two teenage burglars after they set off an alarm at a northwest Wichita home. it happened around 11:15 Wednesday night… More Info
  • KY: Lexington police search for bank robber
    7.23.13 – WKYT – Police say around 10:42 a.m. they got a call for a silent panic alarm here at the bank. When officers arrived, one of the tellers came out and told police that a … More Info
  • KY: Three Arrested Following Break-In At Lexington Building
    7.25.13 – WTVQ – At the same time, an alarm call came in from the building. When police arrived, they said a man was spotted coming out of the front door and he immediately ran … More Info
  • LA: Four men wanted in Baldwin store robbery
    7.23.13 – KATC Lafayette News – However, Minor says the suspects forced the victims to turn off the alarm. … Minor adds that the alarm company did not call police because the company’s … More Info
  • LA: Safe and church checkbook stolen from Crossgate Church
    7.23.13 – WBXH – Pastor Louis Husser says he got a call early Monday morning, around 5:00 a.m., from the alarm company telling him that deputies from the Tangipahoa Parish … More Info
  • MA: Alarms, an Arrest and Vandalism in Marlborough
    7.24.13 – Patch.com – 7:14 a.m.: A burglar alarm went off at Sears. 10:06 a.m.: Police arrested Dennis Fisette, 31,… More Info
  • MA: Northampton police probe break-in to Yes Computers, theft of $4000 …
    7.24.13 – MassLive.com – …, told the Berkshire Eagle that somebody smashed the front door of the store however, apparently scared off … More Info
  • MA: Police looking for SUV tied to Mad Macs break-in attempt
    7.24.13 – Berkshire Eagle – John Mullin said when the suspects smashed the glass on the building’s entrance, it sounded an alarm that alerted police and woke up a neighbor. Nothing was … More Info
  • MA: Police: Thief robs $28K worth of cell phones from Cambridge store
    7.24.13 – Cambridge Chronicle – Police had responded to an alarm at the location at 5:01 a.m. earlier that day, but the exterior reportedly appeared secure and there was nothing audible coming … More Info
  • MA: Springfield police investigating knifepoint robbery at East Columbus …
    7.23.13 – MassLive.com – The call came in as a holdup alarm at the Mobil station, but Springfield Police Lt. Henry Gagnon said he was unsure if money was taken from the register or from … More Info
  • MI: Dearborn: Pharmacy broken into; pry marks found on door, frame
    7.23.13 – Dearborn Press and Guide – Police responded to a motion alarm at CVS’ back door at about 6:10 a.m. The … The motion alarm on the back door at LA Pharmacy was activated at about 6:20 … More Info
  • MI: More than 30 break-ins in Ottawa County
    7.23.13 – WOOD-TV – Deputies were notified of the robbery when an alarm from the New Creation Coffee Company in Grand Haven went off at around 3:45 a.m. Saturday. More Info
  • MO: A robbery on Thursday came at the same time as an accidental alarm
    7.26.13 – kzim-am – Cape Girardeau Police responded to a residential alarm on Thursday morning around 10am in the 400 block of South Fredrick, only the robbery that had just … More Info
  • MO: Burglars targeted homes while family mourned at funeral
    7.23.13 – KSPR – If you don’t have an alarm, police said it’s a good idea to look into getting one. “If I had to do it over, I would not place an obituary. I don’t need the whole world to … More Info
  • MO: Burglary Suspect Arrested After Four-Hour Standoff
    7.27.13 – KMOX.com – It began around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night on Legacy Circle when police, responding to a burglar alarm, say the suspect would not leave the home. More Info
  • MO: Two arrested in Johnny’s Pizza and Steak Restaurant burglary
    7.24.13 – KRCG – Jefferson City police responded to an alarm about 3:00 am on Wednesday. When officers arrived, two men were seen running from … More Info
  • NC: Police Respond to Home Alarm, Kill Dogs
    7.22.13 – Reason – Officers were responding to a house alarm when three dogs ran out of the garage, police said. At least two bit the officer, police said. Source: WXII…. More Info
  • NC: Police: Man hid in K-mart bathroom, stole jewelry, getaway bike
    7.24.13 – WBTV – He then stole a bike from the display floor, and left through the rear door, setting off the security alarm. Police say he left the scene on the stolen bike. The burglar … More Info
  • NC: Two charged in Fayetteville Food Lion break-in
    7.24.13 – WRAL.com – Fayetteville police said they responded to a 4 a.m. alarm at the supermarket and found the sliding glass door shattered. Security video … More Info
  • NJ: Attempted burglary in Westampton probed
    7.24.13 – Cherry Hill Courier Post – Township police said officers responded just after 9:45 p.m. to a burglar alarm at a home on Mayfaire Circle in the Fernebrook development. Police found that a … More Info
  • NJ: Evesham police offer tips to prevent home burglaries this vacation …
    7.22.13 – South Jersey Local News – Friel also recommends residents contact their burglar alarm company to make sure emergency contact information is up-to-date. Having a trusted neighbor is the … More Info
  • NJ: Jewelry box taken in Saddle Brook break-in
    7.25.13 – NorthJersey.com – Responding to a call from the homeowner’s alarm monitoring service, police arrived to find the screen removed from the storm door and broken glass in the inner … More Info
  • NJ: Neighbor Observes Burglary with Binoculars; Notifies Police; Arrests …
    7.28.13 – The Ocean Signal – Jackson-On July 26 2013 at 9:58 am, Jackson Police Officers Joseph Candido responded to burglar alarm activation … More Info
  • NL: Break, Enter & Mischief at Joan’s Corner Store in Bellevue
    7.24.13 – Placentia Charter – In each instance, the security alarm was triggered and is believed why nothing was actually stolen. Anyone with any information surrounding this incident is … More Info
  • NY: Cops: Alleged safe thief jumped into Merrick Bay to avoid arrest
    7.28.13 – Examiner.com – … of a residential burglary alarm. When the officers arrived, they found a Chevy Cruze with a door ajar and the car blocking a driveway at a neighboring house. More Info
  • PA: Indian Valley area police reports: Week of July 21
    7.22.13 – Montgomery Newspapers – The person or persons fled after an alarm went off, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 610-584-0814. Hit & run. A white sedan hit a … More Info
  • PA: Man steals cigarettes from Scranton store
    7.23.13 – Scranton Times Tribune – Police responded to the store on an alarm call four minutes later but did not find the perpetrator. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at … More Info
  • PA: Police: Alarm scared away burglar at Westampton home
    7.22.13 – phillyBurbs.com – Officers responded to the activation of a burglar alarm at the house then … Police said they believe the alarm scared the burglar off before any property was … More Info
  • RI: Man Tries to Break into Atwood Grill ATM, Fails
    7.22.13 – Patch.com – … July 2 by an officer who responded to a burglary alarm at the restaurant. … he was at the restaurant cleaning up after hours and must have set the alarm off. More Info
  • SC: Burglars steal from Spartanburg County church
    7.25.13 – WHNS Greenville – Deputies said the church has an alarm system, but the alarm system did not go off during the burglary. If anyone has information about the case, you’re asked … More Info
  • TX: For suspected Arlington burglars, a lot of work for nothing
    7.23.13 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – Arlington police responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Arlington Camera, at about 6:30 a.m. and an alarm representative called … More Info
  • TX: Man accused of pharmacy break-in may be tied to other case
    7.25.13 – Laredo Morning Times – An alarm system was activated at 2:25 a.m. Thursday at the Medicine Shoppe. Investigator Joe E. Baeza, …More Info
  • TX: The Jeweler, the Diamond Heist, and How Richardson Cops …
    7.25.13 – Dallas Observer – And there were other things that didn’t quite fit: how, in the surveillance video, Meyler kept stirring his black coffee; the burglar alarm, which can be set to go off at … More Info

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