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August 11, 2014

Association Events

  • HGCAA Meeting & Fire Marshall Forum
    Thursday August 14, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT- Dave and Busters – 7620 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024 More Info
  • NTAA Monthly Meeting – August 21
    Thursday August 21, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT – The Victoria Restaurant, 13435 Bee Street, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 – Speaker Jason Villalba, Texas State Representative More Info
  • HGCAA Bowling Tournament
    Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM CDT- Dave & Busters @ The Marq-e Center- 7620 Katy Freeway – Houston, TX 77024 – Get more information

Public Safety Updates

  • IN: Alarm, bike owners may have to register
    8.5.14 – pharostribune.com – Those who own facilities with alarm systems in Logansport are being asked to register with the city’s police department and it looks like the same might soon be … More Info
  • NC: False alarms divide Greensboro council
    8.4.14 – Greensboro News & Record – Greensboro – Should residents with home or business alarm systems have … with new fines, may help the city cut down on the high number of false alarms. More Info
  • NC: Mandatory alarm registration to begin for Wilson, NC in the fall
    8.4.14 – SecurityInfoWatch – The city’s new alarm registration program is still in the planning stages but a new registration website should be available within two or three weeks, said Capt. More Info
  • NM: False alarm calls continue to decline in Las Cruces, N.M.
    8.4.14  – SecurityInfoWatch – City officials credit recently implemented alarm ordinance… More Info
  • PA: Dispatch duties transferred as planned Monday
    8.4.14 – Carlisle Sentinel – Residents with burglar alarm systems that are monitored by independent companies should contact their company to have the reporting number changed to … More Info

Industry News

  • Almost Everything You Need to Know About Ultra HD 4K TVs
    7.31.14 – Electronic House – What is 4K TV? Do you need Ultra HD? What’s on in 4K? These and other issues about Ultra HD TVs. More Info
  • 49% of ADT’s New Subscribers Now Buy Pulse Home Automation
    8.8.14 – CEPro – ADT reports nearly half of all its new customers purchased ADT Pulse home automation systems vs. single-purpose security. Pulse now accounts for 14% of entire subscriber base, is lowering the security company’s attrition rate and even gaining steam among small business clients. More Info
  • Pro 1 reportedly up for sale
    8.6.14 – Security Systems News – Yarmouth, Maine—Home security giant Protection 1 is up for sale for more than $1.5 billion, Reuters reported this week. Is price too high? Too low? Who is a potential buyer? More Info
  • Lowe’s Iris thriving two years after launch
    8.6.14 – Security Systems News – Mooreville, N.C.—The home improvement retailer is trialing an installation option for customers who need assistance with the DIY smart home product. Why is the service so popular, and what is the company’s plan to meet demand? More Info
  • Video verification: A police chief’s perspective
    8.6.14 – Security Systems News – Highland Park, Texas—For law enforcement, the essential task for video verification technology is to maintain confidence that a priority response is needed. Learn what the head of the Texas Police Chiefs Alarm Committee has to say about the recently developed best practices for video verification. More Info
  • Research: Home security systems vulnerable to hackers, cyberattacks
    8.8.14 – Hartford Courant – But Lamb found that the signal the sensors transmit to the alarm panel are typically unencrypted, meaning that they can be easily intercepted and spoofed. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status
CA AB 02220
Daly | An act to amend Sections 7583.32 and 7583.40 of, and to repeal and add Section 7583.39 of, the Business and Professions Code, and to amend Section 28235 of, and to add Chapter 4.1 (commencing with Section 28010) to Division 6 of Title 4 of Part 6 of, the Penal Code, Relating to private security services.
Status: 08/04/2014 : In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. COMM. LOCATION : SEN APPROPRIATIONS HEARING DATE : 08/11/2014 –> History
NJ SB 02316
An Act concerning new home fire safety and supplementing t Requires fire suppression systems in new single and two family homes. Companion bill: A1698.
Status: 7/31/2014 : Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee –> History
US HR 05317
To make the acquisition, installation, and maintenance of security cameras, safety lighting, and building locking mechanisms in public housing an eligible activity under community development block grant program. Sponsor – Rep Jeffries, Hakeem S..
7/31/2014 : Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. –> History

State & National News

  • NFPA Launches Interactive 2014 Fire Prevention Week Quiz
    8.5.14 – LongIsland.com – The quiz reinforces the messages behind NFPA’s annual awareness campaign, Fire Prevention Week, and its 2014 theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: … More Info
  • Oklahoma officials blame squirrel for brownout at county …
    8.5.14 – KOCO Oklahoma City – The Stillwater News Press reports that the power problems effected air conditioning, telephones, backup power and the alarm system. Officials say the squirrel … More Info
  • Beware of These Five Common Confined Space Myths
    OH&S – Nearly every industry contains tight spaces that are considered “confined” because their configurations hinder the activities of any worker who must enter, work in, and exit them. For rulemaking purposes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration uses the term “confined space” to describe such areas… More Info

Business Tips

  • Problems That Lead to Late, Disorganized Projects
    7.30.14 – Baseline – A variety of problems lead to disorganized project approaches and stressed-out team members. Inevitably, that ends up with missed deadlines, budget overruns and unmet expectations. More Info
  • What Visionary Leaders See
    8.3.14 – CIO Insight – Great leaders are able to see things that others don’t. Find out what these qualities are–and why they bring value to an organization… More Info
  • Why I Don’t Ask Employees What They Want
    7.25.14 – CIO Insight – Dell CIO Adriana Karaboutis doesn’t ask employees what they want, but instead has her IT team observe them at work and find new ways to improve how they do their job. More Info
  • 3 Tips for Top Website Performance
    8.5.14 – Fox Business ‎- Web pages and websites are getting bigger and becoming more complex every day. But when a website does not load quickly, it affects … More Info
  • The Dangers Of Complacent Leadership
    8.5.14 – Forbes ‎- Leadership is in danger; complacency is becoming the new normal. With the mounting pressure and demands of change management, leaders … More Info
  • Great IT Leaders Must Be Great Connectors
    8.6.14- CIO Insight – If you want to be a Digital Renaissance Man or Woman, you must be a world-class connector of people with different backgrounds, disciplines and world views. More Info
  • Top Qualities of High-Performing Professionals
    8.7.14 – Baseline – The core characteristics of top-performing professionals include traits related to motivation, resourcefulness, knowledge base, time management and a team focus. See how you stack up. More Info
  • Work Demands Increase and Morale Sinks
    8.5.14 – Baseline – Managers should pay attention to research that shows workers are less engaged on the job and their morale is on the decline–partially due to rising workloads. Some are looking for new jobs. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Dryer fire caught early near Talmage
    8.9.14 – Ukiah Daily Journal – A residential fire alarm sounded at about 12:43 p.m. for a dryer fire at a home … More Info
  • MD: Aberdeen man charged with setting off fire alarm at apartment complex
    8.6.14 – Baltimore Sun- An Aberdeen man has been charged with making a false fire alarm and obstructing firefighters after allegedly setting off an alarm at Burton Manor Apartments on … More Info
  • MI: Alarm forces Detroit Tigers out of Toronto hotel this morning
    8.9.14 – Detroit Free Press – Toronto – Some of the Detroit Tigers received an unwelcome surprise this morning in the form of an alarm going off at their team hotel and elevators … More Info
  • VA: Danville resident saved by smoke alarm
    8.5.14 – GoDanRiver.com – Assistant Fire Marshal Richie Guill said in a new release that a neighbor called saying the house next door’s smoke alarm was ringing and smoke could be … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Brazen break-in at San Jose home caught on camera
    8.5.14 – KTVU San Francisco – “I don’t know what to say about this new breed of burglars,” said Larry Walker who owns the Alarm Company. “It is scary.” Walker said his company currently has … More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspect found hiding after 3 searches of building
    8.4.14 – KRCRTV.COM – Anderson Police responded to a glass break alarm. Through the window, police spotted a shattered wall mount scattered across the floor inside the business. More Info
  • CA: Man arrested for allegedly stealing money for sick child, cash register
    8.5.14 – Times-Standard – On July 29, 2014, at approximately 3:59 AM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to an audible alarm at a restaurant… More Info
  • GA: Albany police respond to overnight burglaries
    8.5.14 – The Albany Herald – Officers responded in reference to an activated alarm. Upon arrival, the officers observed a hole in the wall in the rear of the store where forced entry was made. More Info
  • GA: Burglar sought in three separate cases
    8.7.14 – Jones County News – Sheriff’s Investigator Kenny Gleaton said the first burglary took place Monday morning, July 28, and it is believed that an alarm at the residence.. More Info
  • GA: Gunmen attempt north Albany restaurant robbery
    8.6.14 – The Albany Herald – Albany – Two gunmen tried to rob the Burger King Wednesday, police officials say, but were scared off by an unexpected alarm. More Info
  • GA: Notice to home burglars: Don’t mess with Hank Aaron
    8.5.14 – WSB Radio – Hank and Billye Aaron were in New York for the All-Star Game when burglars disabled the alarm system and entered their southwest Atlanta home. Aaron … More Info
  • ID: Enhanced alarm systems required at Hailey gun shops
    8.7.14 – Idaho Mountain Express and Guide – A recent break-in at High Desert Sports in Hailey resulted in the theft of five semi-automatic handguns. An alarm on the property was set off by the intruders, … More Info
  • KY: Overnight Robbery Leaves Victims Restrained in Home
    8.8.14 – WBKO – A panic alarm dispatched Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies to a home around one o’clock this morning. When deputies arrived, they found … More Info
  • LA: Northshore thieves defeat alarm, rob jewelry store
    8.5.14 – WWL First News – “The suspect/s entered through the ceiling after defeating the alarm system,” Sticker said. “We are still working with the owner to determine an exact inventory … More Info
  • MA: Mansfield man arrested in attempted burglary of Norton home
    8.4.14 – Attleboro Sun Chronicle – After seeing the man in her yard, she set the house alarm and it quickly went off. The resident left her home and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911. More Info
  • MA: Norton break-in leads to Mansfield man’s arrest
    8.5.14 – Taunton Daily Gazette – The resident said she set the house alarm when she observed the man, and the alarm quickly sounded. Out of fear that someone was attempting to break into … More Info
  • SC: BCSO investigating bank robbery on Lady’s Island
    8.5.14 – WTOC – Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators are currently on scene of a bank robbery on Lady’s Island. Deputies responded to an activated alarm at the BB&T … More Info
  • TN: Store owners: Be on lookout for ATM robbers
    8.4.14 – Claiborne Progress – In addition, the phone lines to the store were cut to prevent the alarm from notifying authorities. That damage was estimated to be at about $30. Investigator Gary … More Info
  • TX: Homeowner’s new camera catches would-be burglar in the act
    8.6.14 – WFAA – Ryan Kelly already had an alarm system, but wanted to add one more layer of security. For his birthday in mid-July, his wife got him a Dropcam, a small video … More Info
  • TX: Pct. 4 police dog bites officer while looking for smoke shop burglar
    8.8.14 – KHOU – Houston — Houston police responded to a burglary alarm at a smoke shop east of Humble overnight, resulting in a search for the suspect. During the search, a … More Info
  • TX: Police: Man, 73, targeted by same robbers
    8.8.14 – KTRK-TV – Nothing was taken Friday because a loud alarm and the homeowner’s assistant chased him off, but not before he kicked in a window. Powell doesn’t intend to … More Info
  • VA: Roanoke police investigate apparent armed robbery at Second …
    8.7.14 – Roanoke Times – According to a news release, an employee at Second Alarm told officers that a black man in his early 20s entered the business through a back door. He was … More Info

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