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August 1, 2016

About NESA

The National Electronic Security Alliance is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Over the next weeks we will give you short articles about the alliance.

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All industries have best practices specific to their line of work. Whether you are new in the game or an old hand, ignorance of best practices can be a serious risk to your reputation. Ignorance of best practices can also cost you time and money. Your state associations provide a forum for creating and spreading industry-wide best practices. Becoming a member of your state association allows you to learn what best practices govern your chosen field. It can also give you a head start toward compliance if best practices are amended or changed.

Door to Door Sales

  • Warning: Salespeople targeting Houstonians with alarm systems
    7.25.16 – KHOU.com – The next time you hear a knock at the door, it could be someone trying to sell an alarm system. But as the KHOU 11 Investigates team found out, not everyone is…More Info
  • Warning: ADT and Better Business Bureau taking complaints about …
    7.28.16 – kplr11.com – ST. Louis – You’ve seen the blue ADT signs staked in yards as a deterrent, a kind of warning that a home is armed with a security alarm. But they can … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Time for the town and county to enact false alarm bylaws
    7.25.16 – Barrhead Leader – That is why Woodlands County councillors decided to enact a false-alarm bylaw and perhaps it is time that both the town and county in Barrhead follow suit. More Info
  • NY: Ramapo Police Charge Business Manager With Violating Town …
    7.29.16 – Ramapo Daily Voice – Ramapo police responded more than 15 separate times to the business for false alarm activations. … More Info
  • OH: Rocky River, other cities charge permit fee for burglar alarm owners
    7.28.16 – newsnet5.com – Rocky River, Ohio – You buy an alarm system to scare off burglars, but now you might be paying the price beyond the alarm company’s monthly fee. More Info
  • OK: City Council: Tables RV ordinance, passes false alarm fines
    7.26.16 – KSWO – Also, on the agenda, an ordinance aimed at cutting down false alarms from home and business security systems was unanimously approved. Initially, the city … More Info
  • SD: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue receive false alarm reports
    7.29.16 – KSFY – It’s a Class 1 misdemeanor that could also result in one year in a county jail. Reporting a false alarm that results in a serious injury or death is a Class 5 felony, … More Info
  • WA: Many Everett apartment complexes violate fire alarm codes
    7.25.16 – The Columbian – Everett requires a central fire alarm system – the kind where someone can pull a lever – at any apartment building with at least four stories or more than 16 … More Info
  • WV: New Policy No False Alarm in Wheeling
    7.28.16 – Wheeling Intelligencer – Wheeling – By October, Wheeling residents and businesses must register their burglar alarms or face fines, as the result of an ordinance passed last fall … More Info

Industry News

  • Tyco releases latest version of VisonicGO Mobile Application
    7.27.16 – SecurityNewsDesk – VisonicGo offers the ability to get images and text or sound notification based on alarms in real time. With visual verification available on demand, users can … More Info
  • Dealers Alarmed over False Alarm Fees
    7.13.16 – SIW – Recent attempts in city rulings suggest that alarm companies should be paying the fees resulting from false alarms. The Electronic Security Association and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition are taking an active role in shining a light on the inner workings of the security industry and the ever-present effort to reduce false alarms. More Info
  • How to Box Hackers Out of Your ID Card Access Control Systems
    7.28.16 – SSI – ID harvesting has made it necessary for security pros to add card encryption to their physical access control systems. More Info
  • Are You Liable for Client Injury During Over-the-Telephone Service …
    7-28.16 – CEPro – According to alarm industry legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum of Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum, and a regular columnist for CE Pro’s sister publication Security … More Info

State & National News

  • 7 Top Smart Home Trends
    7.28.16 – EH – 4K displays, smart home devices, and virtual reality are the hot new technologies. More Info
  • Cities, states plod toward ‘next generation 911’
    7.29.16 – Stateline – The ability to text 911 could be valuable in emergencies where it is unsafe to make noise or verbally describe the danger at hand. NCSL data cited. More Info
  • Impact of Brexit on the security industry uncertain
    7.29.16 – SIW – Many questions remain unanswered about what the vote will mean for trade moving forward… More Info
  • Number of law enforcement officers fatally shot this year up significantly after ambush attacks
    7.27.16 – The Washington Post – The attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge that left eight officers dead earlier this month sent waves of fear through law enforcement agencies across the country, with departments ordering officers to double up on patrols as a safety measure. These deaths contributed to a grim tally this year. More Info
  • FL: Is your alarm system safe? Hack could turn your system invisible
    7.26.16 – Fox 4 – In the past, alarm system companies would have to run wires all over your home. Every sensor from your doors to your windows had to have a wire running to it. More Info
  • Berry: Thirteen secrets your burglar won’t tell you
    7.31.16 – Your Houston News – If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy. 7. A good … More Info

Business Tips

  • The 7 audiences of a CEO
    7.15.16 – Entrepreneur – Every business owner knows that the way you interact with customers is drastically different from the way you communicate with your sales team. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Patrick Bet-David identifies seven distinct audiences that the average CEO deals with on a regular basis and shares tips for communicating with them. More Info
  • Security as a Service: What It Can Do for Your Business
    7.26.16 – SSI – Managing installed access control and video surveillance systems on a subscription basis is a highly promising path to generating more RMR. More Info
  • How to Proactively Manage Communication Path Upgrades
    7.25.16 – SSI – The 2G sunset, among other shifts with alarm communications pathways, make it incumbent upon security dealers and integrators to keep their clientele informed of these critical changes. More Info
  • 3 Reasons to Use Virtual Reality to Promote Your Business
    7.26.16 – CEPrO – Integrators can use immersive virtual reality (VR) cameras to enhance their website and create VR ‘tours’ of their projects… More Info
  • 4 Steps That Will Land You New Security Customers
    7.27.16 – SSI – When you go back to old customers, use these steps to best prepare yourself to secure new business. More Info
  • Why Transparency is Any Salesperson’s Best Friend
    7.28.16- SSI – The best salespeople don’t use gimmicks or phony practices when trying to capture new customers. They help their prospects reach an unmistakable conclusion. More Info
  • The Ugly Truth About Employee Engagement and How to Fix It
    7.27.16 – SSI – With a recent study conducted by Steelcase revealing that 70 percent of employees are disengaged, workplaces need to evolve as their employees evolve, and this means straying away from some traditional workplace designs. More Info
  • Too Strict Mobile Security Can Frustrate Employees
    7.28.16 – SIA – Executives are dancing on a thin line between state-of-the-art security for their company, and just overdoing it, frustrating their employees. More Info

Fire News

  • IL: Fire alarm goes off during live TV broadcast — and no one knows …
    7.28.16 – WQAD.com – The second hour of Eye Opener TV got off to an unusual start on Wednesday morning. The hosts opened the show with a fire alarm blaring in the background. More Info
  • MA: Middleton police log for July 17-24
    7.28.16 – Wicked Local Topsfield – 7:31 a.m. A fire alarm was activated for burnt food. 9:32 a.m. More Info
  • NV: UPDATE: Alarm goes off at Luxor hotel-casino
    7.25.16 – KTNV Las Vegas – UPDATE: MGM Resorts said that the situation at the Luxor hotel-casino was resolved Monday morning. An alarm went off in the Criss Angel Theater. Firefighters … More Info
  • OK: Classrooms damaged after malfunction causes sprinklers to go off at …
    7.31.16 – KOCO Oklahoma City – Fire crews were called to the school shortly before 4:40 a.m. after the school’s automatic water-flow alarm went off. OKCPS officials said the damage has been. More Info
  • PA: Ohio delegates get unexpected wake-up call in Philadelphia
    7.27.16 – fox8.com – The delegates, who are staying at the Embassy Suites hotel, were woken up by a fire alarm at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. More Info
  • TX: Woman pulls sheriff’s office alarm — on way out of jail
    7.27.16 – Hood County News – On her way out of jail Sunday morning, the 29-year-old pulled the fire alarm in the lobby of the Hood County Sheriff’s Office for no apparent reason, according… More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Atascadero police release surveillance video in search for burglars
    7.29.16 – KSBY San Luis Obispo News – Caleb Davis, Administrative Sergeant with the Atascadero Police Department, says police were notified that alarms were sounding from the store and someone … More Info
  • CA: Police Searching For Serial Burglars In Mar Vista Area
    7.29.16 – CBS Local – He says two men broke a window to gain entry into his home, before the alarm went off and they burglars quickly fled after jumping over the backyard fence. More Info
  • CA: Widow’s Studio City home burglarized, wedding ring stolen
    7.27.16 – KABC-TV – The alarm company alerted Bencivenga to the break-in, but nothing could prepare her for what she found the in the bedroom: The thieves had even going … More Info
  • CO: Business Owner Watches On Phone As Smash & Grab Occurs
    7.26.16 – CBS Local – “When the (store) alarm went off we were actually able to get on our phones and watch as it happened. It was kind of crazy,” Huelsing said. Ella Bliss Beauty Bar … More Info
  • CO: Police notes: Intrusion alarm triggered by floating balloon in Erie
    7.25.16 – Longmont Times-Call – Erie officers responded to an intrusion alarm at 5:49 a.m. Friday. Officers checked the residence and discovered … More Info
  • CT: Cove school burglarized in Stamford
    7.27.16 – The Advocate – The alarm was set off when two males left the school through a door that was wired into the alarm system. Hohn said video of the suspects, two males, was … More Info
  • CT: Iowa man charged with burglary in Darien
    7.25.16 – The Advocate – The Darien Police Department received a burglar alarm from the BP gas station about 2 a.m. Sunday. The first officer arrived within two .. More Info
  • FL: Cop arrests 19-year-old security guard after not following order
    7.31.16 -Local 10 – … police officer Patrick Moriarty claims security guard Paul Leon Darling made it difficult for him to get into a gated community to investigate a burglary alarm. More Info
  • FL: Homeowner helps Pembroke Pines police catch burglar in the act
    7.26.16 – Sun Sentinel – He had received an phone alert triggered by the house alarm and immediately logged in to check the surveillance video inside his home, his wife said. “He saw … More Info
  • FL: Police arrest 3 suspects accused of burglarizing Miami-Dade homes
    7.25.16 – 7News – WSVN-TV – Once the alarm went off, the burglars were forced to leave without stealing anything from the home. … More Info
  • GA: SCMPD seeking help to identify would-be burglar
    7.25.16 – WBRC FOX6 News – WBRC.com – When police responded to a security alarm at the residence, they discovered the door had been kicked in while the … More Info
  • IA: Police search grocery after silent alarm triggered
    7.29.16 – KCCI – Des Moines, IA – Des Moines police were sent to a grocery store early Thursday after a silent alarm was triggered. Other Stories. Mom found unresponsive … More Info
  • ID: News of Record – July 27, 2016
    7.26.16 – The Preston Citizen – Investigated a fireworks complaint; and an alarm in a business. July 16: Cited a male for eluding an officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and reckless driving … More Info
  • IL: Police say suspect stole car in Moline, captured in Henry County
    7.26.16 – KWQC-TV6 – Around 6:33 a.m., police received a hold up alarm from the LeClaire Food Mart. When they arrived, officers found the clerk who said a white man … More Info
  • MA: Alarm may have scared off vandal who broke into Stoughton store
    7.25.16 – The Patriot Ledger – Stoughton police responded to the Five Below store about 11:52 p.m. for an alarm. Officers arrived and found the front door unsecured and … More Info
  • MA: One suspect arrested in Perfect Game break-in; Worcester police …
    7.26.16 – MassLive.com – Police began investigating the break-in at the bar after the business’ security alarm was activated at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Perfect Game owners … More Info
  • MA: Police to seek charges after Tuesday crash
    7.28.16 – Gloucester Daily Times – 11:28 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at the historic Hammond Castle on … p.m.: The Fire Department was dispatched for an activated fire alarm. More Info
  • MD: Charles County police briefs
    7.27.16 – So Md News – On July 22 at 1:52 a.m., officers responded to the Toys-R-Us in Waldorf for the report of an intrusion alarm. When the first officer arrived, he observed the front … More Info
  • MI: Jackson Sheriff: deputies dispatched for report of trouble with …
    7.26.16 – MLive.com – Deputies Freeman and Johnson responded for an alarm. … was dispatched to Hanover Road in Hanover Township for a commercial alarm. More Info
  • MI: Pot grow house robbed for second time
    7.29.16 – Coldwater Daily Reporter – Troopers from the Michigan State Police were called to a residence after an alarm went off at the location. Reports … More Info
  • MN: Fargo thief steals trophies belonging to baseball great Roger Maris
    7.26.16 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – The break-in triggered an alarm but the thief had fled by the time security arrived, Heaton said. According to the mall, at 2:17 a.m., a vehicle pulled up outside the … More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 7-25-16
    7.26.16 – Crow River Media – On the 25th at 6:10 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an alarm at a residence. The deputy was cancelled prior to … More Info
  • MO: Pawnshop alarm leads to arrest but no charge
    7.25.16 – Joplin Globe – Joplin police took a 41-year-old man into custody while responding to a burglary alarm early Saturday morning at the Joplin Pawn and Purchase shop… More Info
  • MO: Sheriff’s report: July 18 – July 24
    7.29.16 – Ozark County Times – 11:08 p.m. – Residential alarm sounded. Checked OK. … 10:48 p.m. – Alarm is going off on a 2015 Chevy Impala. More Info
  • MS: Thieves attempt to steal ATM from Marathon
    7.26.16 – WDAM-TV – According to Commander Tyree Jones, officers responded regarding an alarm at the gas station. RELATED: Thieves attempt to steal ATM from Marathon. More Info
  • NC: Driver crashes into Garner pawn shop, looks for guns
    7.31.16 – WRAL.com – … Garner Police Department, the suspect drove the car into the Arrow Pawn Shop, setting off the building’s alarm and causing …More Info
  • NJ: Two charged in Wood-Ridge home break-in
    7.27.16 – NorthJersey.com – … where two masked men broke in through the back door but fled when they heard a burglar alarm, Detective Sgt. Joseph Biamonte said. More Info
  • NM: Public Record
    7.29.16 – Artesia Daily Press – 1:43 a.m. – Officer dispatched to 816 S. First St. in reference to a burglary alarm. … p.m. – Officer dispatched in reference to a fire alarm. More Info
  • NM: Public Record
    7.30.16 – Artesia Daily Press – 1:43 a.m. – Officer dispatched in reference to a burglary alarm. … p.m. – Officer dispatched in reference to a fire alarm. More Info
  • NY: Crew Used Blowtorches to Break Into Banks and Steal $5 Million …
    7.26.16 – DNAinfo – Crew members Michael Mazzara, 44, Charles Kerrigan, 40, and Anthony Mascuzzio, 36, who were arrested Tuesday, cut alarm wires and telephone lines and… More Info
  • NY: DWI, Domestic Disputes, Laptop Stolen: Mount Kisco Police Blotter
    7.26.16 – Patch.com – 8:30 a.m. – Westchester County Police responded to a business due to an activated burglar alarm. It was determined that … More Info
  • NY: NYC bank burglars stole $5 million in cash, diamonds
    7.26.16 – HeraldNet – In Brooklyn, the burglars cut interior vault alarm wires along with phone wires a block away, authorities said. Investigators said they relied in part on telephone … More Info
  • NY: Police: Teens broke into Queensbury school and ate cookies
    7.31.16 -Albany Times Union – State Police said they were responding to a burglar alarm at the school when they found Spencer M. Harding, …. More Info
  • OH: Attempted break-ins reported at 2 Harrison Twp. businesses
    7.29.16 – WHIO – Around 3:45 a.m. deputies were dispatched on an alarm reported at the Metro PCS store and reported an attempt to break into the … More Info
  • OH: Boardman Boost Mobile store burglarized, suspects arrested
    7.27.16 – WKBN.com – The alarm went off, and the Boardman Police Department quickly arrived at the scene. Salman said the police department and a Campbell K-9 unit were able to … More Info
  • OH: Canton man leads Massillon police on chase before crashing
    7.25.16 – Canton Repository – According to jail records, Massillon police responded to an alarm at a convenience store. Officers saw a car driving from the business at a … More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    7.26.16 – Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to an activated alarm at O’Reilly Auto Parts. The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office was advised. – An officer marked out at a disturbance he … More Info
  • OH: Hubbard police looking for jewelry thief
    7.29.16 – WYTV – Police say the suspect smashed through the front door of Village Goldsmith around midnight, setting off the store’s alarm. Police say the suspect got in and out … More Info
  • OH: Police investigate attempted break-in at Vandalia gun store
    7.27.16 – WHIO – Officers were dispatched to the gun shop around 2:50 a.m. on a reported alarm at the business. Police scanner traffic indicates a rock was thrown at either a door … More Info
  • OH: Thief attempts break-in at Huber Heights smoke shop
    7.27.16 – WHIO – Huber Heights police responded to an alarm call at a smoke shop after a … a younger man appeared startled by the alarm and fled without taking anything. More Info
  • ON: Police respond to alarm at Second Line West business
    7.29.16 – SooToday.com – In the early morning of July 29, officers with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service responded to an alarm at a business. More Info
  • PA: Burglars take motorcycles from technical school
    7.26.16 – PennLive.com – Police were dispatched to the school after a security alarm went off. Anyone with information is asked to call Lower Paxton Township police through Dauphin … More Info
  • PA: Dick’s Sporting Goods Burglary
    7.31.16 – YourErie – Millcreek Police responded to a burglar alarm at about 4 am at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Millcreek Mall. When they arrived, they found suspects running from … More Info
  • PA: State police at Clearfield
    7.26.16 – Clearfield Progress – Police responded to an alarm at a business. The building … Police were canceled en route by the alarm company. State police at … More Info
  • TN: Officer struck by vehicle in North Memphis
    7.29.16 – Memphis Commercial Appeal – Police said the officer was responding to an alarm call on a dark street where power was out. An elderly driver hit the front of the officer’s squad car, having failed … More Info
  • TX: Brownwood police searching for Jeep connected to pharmacy thefts
    7.28.16 – KTXS – Police responded to a call at Live Oak Pharmacy after the store’s alarm went off, according to an incident report. Upon arriving, the officer … More Info
  • TX: Police accuse man of breaking into Torchy’s Tacos on South First St.
    7.29.16 – Austin American-Statesman – Officers who responded to a burglary alarm at the restaurant that morning found the building’s glass door shattered, an arrest affidavit said. The first officers to … More Info
  • TX: Prosecutors: Man found naked in historic home, drinking Pina …
    7.28.16 – KFDM-TV News – On 7/12/16 at 22:03 hours, Affiant was dispatched to a residence to an alarm. While en … More Info
  • WA: Air 1 helps deputies arrest two teens trespassing at U-High
    7.26.16 – KREM.com – Deputies said the alarm was tripped just prior to 1:00 a.m. Deputies called in help from Air 1 and Air 1 located two cars parked on the east side of the building. More Info
  • WA: Man arrested for commercial burglary at Boyer Bank in Kennewick
    7.31.16 – KVEW – Officers responded to an alarm from inside the bank just after midnight. Officers found a broken, bloodied window at the rear of the bank. The business was …More Info
  • WI: Manitowoc man arrested for burglaries
    7.25.16 – Herald Times Reporter – One of those occasions was July 24, and after police responded to the alarm, Aaron Michael Alvarez attempted to flee, but ran into the basement and was … More Info
  • WV: Man arrested for allegedly breaking into library
    7.25.16 – The News Center – He was identified as the suspect of a break-in at the library on July 13 that set off an alarm. Police say Smearman fled the building when officers arrived. More Info

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NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Five state associations are part of NESA – Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA) and Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA). For more info visit www.nesaus.org.

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