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August 12, 2013

Association Events

  • 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

  • TX: Be wary of door-to-door business
    Times Record News – Door-to-door sellers of alarm systems must be registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Private Security Board and are required to carry … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • What You Need to Know About Business Licenses and Permits
    8.8.13 – Small Business Trends – Your business will probably need to get an alarm permit if you install a burglar or fire alarm. Most importantly, once you’ve obtained all the proper licenses and … More Info
  • AZ: Surprise council hears of proposed False Alarm Ordinance
    8.8.13 – newszap.com – SurprisE, Ariz. – As many as 4,000 false alarm calls per year is causing Surprise Police to recommend that fees be assessed to individuals and businesses … More Info
  • GA: Johns Creek alarm systems must be registered by Sept. 1
    8.7.13 – NorthFulton.com – Johns Creek, Ga. – Johns Creek residents and businesses in Johns Creek who use a monitored alarm system need to register their systems by Sept. More Info
  • GA: Sandy Springs hosting open house on alarm registration
    8.9.13 – Reporter Newspapers – Sandy Springs residents with questions about new alarm registration requirements should make plans to attend an open house on Aug. 13. City officials are … More Info
  • IA: Coralville False Alarm Calls
    8.6.13 – KGAN TV – Coralville, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) — “We do take each alarm call very seriously…we do treat each one as if they are the real deal,” says Officer Ben Hayden with … More Info
  • IA: False alarms a nuisance, but mean cash for police
    8.5.13 – DesMoinesRegister.com – The burglar alarm system at Sam’s Riverside Inc. auto and truck salvage has effectively kept would-be thieves at bay. But the alarm has also alerted police when …More Info
  • IA: False Alarms: Fines For Regular Burglar Callouts
    8.6.13 – whotv.com – But the real solution came when they subscribed to a security system… until they were fined for a false alarm. “Well it’s discouraging,”Frank says. Discouraging… More Info
  • IL: Decision in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case ‘significant’ for industry
    8.7.13 – Security System News – Arlington Heights, Ill.—A federal appeals court has upheld a previous court ruling favoring ADT and other alarm companies in a case involving public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring. How will the decision help area security companies? More Info
  • MA: Have You Registered Your House Alarm with Falmouth PD?
    8.5.13 – Patch.com – Basic information like address, alarm company and emergency contacts are needed. Police also ask for townspeople to provide specific instructions on locating … More Info
  • MO: Donating police station building to OAKS discussed at Kennett Council
    8.8.13 – Daily Dunklin Democrat – Referred to the Police Committee was an alarm ordinance that was brought to the meeting. Chief Paine informed council members that in 2012 officers … More Info
  • NM: False alarms no longer free
    8.9.13 – Las Cruces Bulletin-A new city ordinance aimed at reducing the number of false alarms police and firefighters respond to is no big deal to court reporter and business owner Jenifer … More Info
  • TX: Beginning Oct. 1, alarms permits $50 annually
    8.9.13 – The Crowley Star-Beginning Oct. 1, residents and businesses of Crowley who have monitored alarm systems will be required to purchase a yearly permit and possibly face fines … More Info

Industry News

  • New layer of security this school year for Plainfield schools
    8.6.13 – Chicago Tribune – The system will include wireless pendants worn by principals, fire-alarm style … About 30 box alarms will be mounted on walls in the district’s high schools, with … More Info
  • Test Smoke Alarms with Real Smoke, Not Just That Convenient Button
    8.8.13 – Lifehacker – Ask someone how to test a smoke alarm, and chances are you’ll be told to press the “test” button on the device. The Boston Globe points out that this is a myth (a … More Info
  • Hints From Heloise: Smoke-detector maintenance 101
    8.8.13 – Washington Post – The battery for a smoke alarm should be replaced every year. Most battery-operated smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years, experts say. You can use … More Info
  • Canary puts an end to false alarms
    8.10.13 – Windsor Star – Next time your dinner burns and you quickly wave smoke out the window in a rush to defeat the beeping smoke alarm, you might be able to handle the problem … More Info

Legislative Report

None this week

State Trends

None this week

National News

  • Growing use of FBI screens raises concerns about accuracy, racial bias
    7.30.13 – Washington Post – Employers are increasingly turning to the FBI’s criminal databases to screen job applicants, sparking concerns about the accuracy of the agency’s information and the potential for racial discrimination. More Info

Business Tips

  • Wise Advice About Trust in Business
    8.1.13 – Baseline – A successful business executive learned this lesson about trust in business from the Trappist monks: Once you prove your good faith, you’ll build strong career connections… More Info
  • Annoying Employees Disrupt Co-Workers
    8.6.13- Baseline – These 10 mindless office workers, who are based on real-life situations, are annoying, distracting and disruptive, and they cause significant performance and productivity issues… More Info
  • How Workers Steal From Their Company
    8.2.13 – Baseline – Thirty-three percent of workers surveyed admit to stealing from their companies in sneaky ways, and 7 percent say they have created a fake expense that never happened. More Info
  • 6 steps for successfully bringing change to your company
    8.1.13 – Fast Company – A U.S. Department of Education project conducted by Gene Hall and his colleagues at the University of Texas identifies six predictable and sequential concerns people have when they are asked to change. By taking the time to address these concerns, leaders can improve the odds of success for their next change initiative. More Info
  • How to Unclutter Your Workspace
    8.8.13 – Baseline – Fifty-seven percent of Americans surveyed judge co-workers by how clean or dirty they keep their workspaces, and 77 percent say a cluttered office damages their productivity… More Info

Fire News

  • CT: Canton Fire Marshal: Working Smoke Alarm Likely Saved a Life Friday
    8.10.13 – Patch.com – A working smoke alarm very likely saved a woman’s life Friday afternoon, Canton Fire Marshal Adam B. Libros said. The resident of 22 Birch Knoll was home but … More Info
  • MN: Smoke alarm prompts neighbor to call fire department
    8.6.13 – Post-Bulletin – Rochester firefighters responded to a residential fire alarm early Monday morning after a neighbor called for help. According to Larry Mueller, assistant fire … More Info
  • NL: Alarm forces McDonald’s employees, customers outside
    8.6.13 – The Telegram – Employees and customers at McDonald’s in St. John’s exited the building over the lunch period today after a fire alarm sounded. Four police … More Info
  • OR: Fire reports: week of Aug. 7
    8.8.13 – St. Helens Chronicle – Units responded to a commercial fire alarm at Seventh Day Adventist Church. They found no problems while checking the structure. More Info
  • SC: False alarm briefly empties downtown hotel
    8.8.13 – Greenville News – City of Greenville firefighters responded today to an alarm of smoke at the Westin Poinsett Hotel that turned out to be false, an assistant chief said.  … More Info
  • SK: Smoke alarm alerts home’s occupants to fire
    8.7.13 – CTV News-Smoke alarms allowed the occupants of a Saskatoon to home to escape a fire early Wednesday. Firefighters were called just before 3:30 a.m. to a house in the … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Church Burglary Investigation/Gadsden
    8.10.13 – Tv24 – He’s accused of breaking into the church around 1:00 a.m., causing about 13-hundred-dollars in damage to the windows and the alarm … More Info
  • AL: Police: Burglar uses Pick-Up Truck to Gain Entry to Baker Pharmacy
    8.6.13 – WTVY, Dothan – According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, a deputy was called to Health Smart Pharmacy when an alarm went off around 1:23 a.m. … More Info
  • AR: Three pharmacies robbed, possibly connected
    8.9.13 – KATV – Police suspect the alarm scared them. Then at 6:30 a.m., police were called to the Shannon Hills pharmacy. Asst. Chief Spears with the Shannon Hills police… More Info
  • CA: Burglar With a Fashion Sense Tunnels into LA Clothing Store
    8.10.13 – ABC News – The burglar made it in and out of the boutique despite infrared cameras and an advanced alarm system in place to protect the store’s pricey merchandise. More Info
  • CA: Burglars Return Stolen Goods With Apology Note After Robbing …
    8.7.13 – CBS Local – “The alarm company told me there was lots of motion going on in this room and throughout the three suites,” Stallings said. The police were called, but by the … More Info
  • CA: Daytime burglar arrested, stunned
    8.8.13 – Mercury-Register – Around 12:40 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residential burglary alarm. As officers arrived, they saw a man … More Info
  • FL: $26K Reward Offered For Info On Jewelry Heist
    8.6.13 – CBS Local – Police said around 11 a.m. they received a call about an alarm going off in a home. When officers arrived they found a rear sliding glass door was open and no … More Info
  • FL: Bungling burglars smash into Pompano Beach business, take nothing
    8.5.13 – Sun-Sentinel – Once inside, the burglars tried to disable the security system by smashing one of its alarm bells, Pontner said. They then ran around aimlessly before targeting a … More Info
  • FL: Deputies: Man rammed pickup into pharmacy during burglary attempt
    8.11.13 – Sun-Sentinel – After an alarm went off Tuesday morning about 1:20 a.m,. the responding deputy reviewed video surveillance which showed a man trying to get in through a … More Info
  • FL: Police stop robber of downtown Bank of America
    8.5.13 – St. Augustine Record – St. Augustine Police Department officers responded to an alarm at the downtown Bank of America around 2:19 p.m., according to a SAPD release. The officers … More Info
  • GA: Alarm foils beauty shop smash ‘n grab in Fulton County
    8.7.13 – MyFox Atlanta – The store’s owner says it looks like the triggered security alarm scared off the four suspects trying to break in. Nothing was taken from the store. Police say the car… More Info
  • GA: Arrest made in burglary at Hank Aaron’s home
    8.6.13 – WSB Atlanta – A police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the 79-year-old Aaron missed a call from his alarm company Sunday night, July 14, 2013, and … More Info
  • GA: Garden City police arrest two men who cashed a stolen check
    8.6.13 – Thecoastalsource – Friday morning at 6:00 a.m., Ken Davis woke up to a call that his church alarms were going off. He immediately went to Silk Hope Baptist Church and saw police …More Info
  • IL: Burglars targeting Oak Forest businesses
    8.7.13 – abc13.com – “They smashed our front door, and they came in and they banged on our safe for about two minutes while the alarm was going off and I guess they got scared … More Info
  • IL: Elk River drug store, pharmacy targeted by burglars, police say
    8.6.13 – Star News – They were summoned shortly before 11 p.m. to the clinic by an alarm detecting broken glass and motion, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz. More Info
  • IL: Homeowner who killed suspected burglar won’t face charges
    8.9.13 – WGNtv.com – Mark Hayes heard the alarm in his garage going off, so he went to check it out. That’s when he was confronted by another man, identified as 52-year-old Harold … More Info
  • IL: Teens charged in River Forest burglary
    8.8.13 – Chicago Tribune – River Forest police responded to a burglar alarm at the home about 1 a.m. Tuesday to find a door that appeared to have been forced open, the release states. More Info
  • LA: Cops: Northshore burglar made it easy to ID him
    8.9.13 – WWL First News – “Shortly after 4:00am this morning Mandeville Police responded to Gunfighter Paintball in Mandeville on a burglary alarm,” Lt…. More Info
  • LA: Man hit with car, stabbed, police say, and other New Orleans-area …
    8.10.13 – The Advocate – Police answered a burglar alarm at the business at 4 a.m. Friday and found a window broken with a brick and one item missing — a single paintball gun valued … More Info
  • MA: Armed man robs Dunkin’ Donuts in Newton
    8.6.13 – Newton TAB – Officers replied to an alarm at the store at 11:20 p.m., where employees flagged them down and said they were robbed. A Dunkin’ Donuts… More Info
  • MA: False alarm draws police to TD Bank in Beverly
    8.6.13 – The Salem News – Beverly — Police responded to TD Bank for what ended up being a holdup alarm set off accidentally by a teller early this afternoon. More Info
  • MI: Deputies release photo of man stealing cigarettes from gas station
    8.5.13 – AnnArbor.com – Investigators responded at 2:30 a.m. July 21 to the Citgo gas station after being alerted to the break-in by an alarm. Deputies said the man … More Info
  • MI: Pembroke man charged in July burglary at Duxbury convenience store
    8.9.13 – Wicked Local Duxbury – Officer Francis McTernan was patrolling near the store at approximately 4 a.m. July 20 when the burglar alarm at the store sounded. McTernan arrived on scene… More Info
  • NC: Armed robber flees Papa John’s after alarm sounds
    8.7.13 – Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald – “Apparently, (the employees) had set the alarm and the door wasn’t shut so the alarm went off,” Jackson said. The robber ran back to his vehicle, which was … More Info
  • NJ: K9 nabs burglary suspect hiding in store after hours
    8.6.13 – Vineland Daily Journal – Police responded to an alarm at the store at 10:31 p.m. Friday, about a … About an hour later, a second alarm brought police back to Kmart. More Info
  • NJ: Montclair Pair Linked to Commercial Burglary Spree, Police Say
    8.9.13 – Patch.com – … the Valley Road Williams-Sonoma store after hearing of an activated burglar alarm. … their efforts were again foiled by the security alarm at Williams-Sonoma. More Info
  • NJ: North Bergen police say Bayonne man burglarized home, jumped …
    8.10.13 – The Jersey Journal – NJ.com – North Bergen police responding to a residential alarm on Thursday heard footsteps and arrested a Bayonne man on burglary charges after he jumped out a … More Info
  • NM: Santa Fe police shooting
    8.10.13 – ABQ Journal – … place March 4 on Johnson Lane when a caretaker was shot and seriously wounded by a Santa Fe officer when both responded to a late-night burglary alarm. More Info
  • NY: Quick arrest made in attempted Falls robbery
    8.7.13 – Niagara Gazette – The teller then activated the bank’s silent alarm. Falls patrol officers, along with Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies who were in the area, raced to the bank and … More Info
  • OH: Scout Shop burglary investigated
    8.5.13 – Marion Star – Marion Police Lt. Daryl Burbaugh said officers responded at 2:53 a.m. Sunday to a burglary alarm at the story. Shortly after the alarm, … More Info
  • OR: Seaside man out on $10000 bail after burglaries
    8.8.13 – Montesano Vidette – 1, deputies responded to a commercial alarm at the Chevron station. A passer-by also called to report a white Volvo … More Info
  • PA: Villanova home burglarized while residents slept
    8.5.13 – Main Line – The victims told police they retired upstairs on the 30th at 10:30 p.m. The house alarm was set, police said. In the morning, the resident found her purse open, … More Info
  • TX: Burglars caught on video inside home in The Woodlands
    8.7.13 – KHOU – One of the burglars had just begun pilfering jewelry in an upstairs bedroom when an alarm sounded. The racket apparently frightened the thieves, who quickly … More Info
  • TX: MCSO seeks men in Woodlands home burglary
    8.6.13 – Your Houston News – Deputies responded to a residential alarm at a home in Cochran’s Crossing Village at around 9:45 a.m., according to a MCSO press release. Deputies found … More Info
  • TX: Montgomery County Burglars Scared off by Alarm
    8.6.13 – News 92 FM – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for two men who attempted to break into a home in the Woodlands last month, but were scared off by an alarm … More Info
  • TX: Thieves smash into West Dallas check cashing store, steal ATM
    8.10.13 – Dallas Morning News – Officers were called to the scene around 3:11 a.m. after the store’s alarm went off. They arrived to find the glass front of the business bashed in. An employee … More Info
  • WA: In brief: Costco jewelry stolen in overnight burglary
    8.9.13 – The Spokesman Review – The store alarm apparently wasn’t triggered. An employee discovered the damage, saw jewelry was missing and immediately called police, Cotton said. More Info
  • WI: Another Handgun Lost to Burglary
    8.9.13 – Patch.com – This time, the owner had an alarm system, but it did not register the actual break-in. … At 12:50 p.m. that day, police were dispatched to answer a burglar alarm … More Info
  • WI: Waupun police officer on the lam arrested
    8.6.13 – Appleton Post Crescent – 5 after the owner was alerted by the alarm system. While performing an exterior search of the building, deputies observed a suspect exit the building and run into … More Info

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