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August 17, 2015

Association Events

  • HGCAA & ASSIST Monthly Meeting Wednesday August 19, 2015
    Houston TX – Get more information
  • NTAA Monthly Meeting – August 20th, 2015
    Thursday August 20, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT- Please join us for our monthly NTAA meeting. Lunch will be served and we will have a guest speaker. The Victoria Restaurant, Farmers Branch, TX More info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Security Dealers: Don’t You Dare ‘Hide’ Commercial Accounts in Residential Contracts
    8.14.15 – CEPro – Phoenix detective and alarm inspector warns of dangers and potential illegalities of “hiding” business accounts in residential alarm monitoring agreements. More Info
  • BC: Vancouver fire department to charge $200 per false alarm after third …
    8.12.15 – Straight.com – Now owners or occupiers of Vancouver properties with three or more false alarms per calendar year will have to pony up $200 per alarm. In a news release … More Info
  • CA: Letter: Alarm companies should be fined for false alarms
    8.12.15 – Chico Enterprise-Record – It is quite disturbing the know that one Chico alarm company is using private armed guards to respond to alarm systems yet the police department, according to … More Info
  • TX: Tyler residents to pay more in taxes next year
    8.12.15 – KYTX – The burglar alarm fees for residents are proposed to go down while the fees for … residents and businesses pay a flat rate of $50 a year to have a burglar alarm. More Info
  • WA: Spokane police lay down law on ‘false alarms’
    8.12.15 – The Spokesman Review – Under a city ordinance called the False Alarm Reduction Program, businesses and residences that use burglar alarm systems must pay annual fees of $25 or …More Info

Industry News

  • Target, Sears and the Trouble with Home Automation at Retail
    8.10.15 – CEPro – Target and Sears build impressive showcases for home automation, but the breadth of offerings and confusion around ‘smart home hubs’ expose inherent flaws of retail IoT channel.  More Info
  • Local home security companies — some better than others
    8.12.15 – KOMO News – When it comes to home security, most people don’t investigate. Common complaints after the fact include deceptive sales practices, alarm systems that don’t … More Info
  • Death Knell Ringing for Manufacturers, Integrators Who Still ‘Don’t Get It’
    8.12.15 – CEPro – 3 disturbing conversations with leading manufacturers and a top custom installation company that still do not perceive how the industry must shift from an equipment markup business model to one based on providing valued services. More Info
  • Alarm.com Builds Its Own Smart Thermostat
    8.13.15 – Greentech Media – But security company Alarm.com didn’t feel that any product integrated with its security offering in the way it wanted. So Alarm.com recently launched its own … More Info
  • No Respect: Why Custom Electronics is Rodney Dangerfield of Design/Build Sector
    8.14.15 – CEpro – Without industry-wide generally accepted rules and standards (not regulations) for installation, the custom electronics industry will always ‘Get no respect..’ We need traditional schooling, pricing standards and expected service levels. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
ILHB01422Text 225 ILCS 447/20-10 225 ILCS 447/40-10 720 ILCS 5/24-2 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that an applicant for licensure as a private alarm contractor who has received a business degree from an accredited college or university shall be given credit for 2 years of required experience. Makes changes concerning the disciplinary grounds under the Act related to commission of a felony or a misdemeanor. Amends provisions of the Criminal Code of 2012 concerning exemptions to provisions concerning unlawful use of weapons by removing language limiting the exemptions for persons licensed under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 who are commuting between their homes and places of employment to commuting that is accomplished within one hour from departure from home or place of employment. Effective immediately.
Status: 7/29/2015 : House Public Act . . . . . . . . . 99-0174
ILSB01355Text 105 ILCS 5/10-20.56 new 105 ILCS 5/17-2.11 from Ch. 122, par. 17-2.11 105 ILCS 5/34-18.49 new Amends the School Code. Provides that a school board shall require that each school building in the district be equipped with approved carbon monoxide alarms within one year after the effective date of the amendatory Act, unless a school building does not have or is not close to any sources of carbon monoxide. Allows a school board to use remaining funds on hand in the Fire Prevention and Safety Fund for the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in school buildings. Effective immediately.
Status: 4/29/2015 : Senate Postponed – Public Health
NJSB03020Text Exempts certain activities of alarm businesses from statutes governing practice of locksmithing. Companion bill: A4333.
Status: 8/13/2015 : Substituted by A4333 (1R)


State & National News

  • SC: New area code, dialing changes coming in September | News | The …
    8.14.15 – Collection Today – Some examples are life safety systems or medical devices, PBXs, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, … More Info
  • Hazardous Location Ratings – Breaking Down the Facts
    8.10.15 – OHS – Sometimes electrical equipment must be installed in areas where combustible vapors and gases are used or may be present. These are commonly referred to as “hazardous locations”, and are defined by the National Electrical Code (NEC) in the US. More Info

Business Tips

  • Reality Check: Your Customers Still Need You After 5 p.m.
    8.10.15 – Commercial Integrator – Being available to your customers during weekdays and business hours is not enough. It’s time to provide more ‘service lanes’ of communication in the modern, connected world. More Info
  • 10 commandments for productive meetings
    7.22.15 – Multibriefs – Meetings get a bad reputation for being a waste of time. That doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, a meeting can be a productive and effective tool for accomplishing many endeavors. That’s not going to happen by accident, though. It requires planning and follow-up. More Info

Fire News

  • AR: Little Rock man dies in house fire on city’s southwest side
    8.16.15 – KSLA-TV – Investigators say they believe the fire began in the living room in the front of the home and a smoke alarm awoke Bowyer. The cause of the fire has not been … More Info
  • MS: Southaven Middle evacuated after kitchen gas leak
    8.10.15 – wreg.com – The staff smelled smoke and immediately shut off the valve and activated the alarm system that called the fire department. A post to the Desoto County Schools … More Info
  • NC: Fayetteville family displaced by house fire on Larkhall Drive
    8.12.15 -Fayetteville Observer – Shanda Tucker said she was awakened by the smoke alarm in the residence. Initially, she said, she thought it was an alarm clock, but realized the house was on … More Info
  • VA: Plumbing work leads to townhouse fire in Dale City
    8.14.15. – PotomacLocal.com – While the resident was not in the home, a neighbor stated that they heard a smoke alarm and saw smoke coming from the roof and back of the townhome, stated … More Info
  • VA: Smoke alarm helps three escape house fire in Church Hill
    8.14.15 – WRIC – Richmond, VA – A working smoke alarm helped save the lives of three people Friday afternoon, according to Lieutenant Chris Armstrong with … More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Break-In At Sweetgrass Deli in Okotoks
    8.10.15 – OkotoksOnline.com – “It was Saturday night around 11:30, very early for (a break-in) and the alarm company phoned us at home and said there was motion, and that people were … More Info
  • AL: BBQ store burglarized
    8.14.15 – FOX6 WBRC – MyFoxAL.com – The teen pried open the back door of the restaurant with a crowbar then rifled cash drawers while an alarm sounded. The burglar ran out in about 40 seconds … More Info
  • CA: Burglar Arrested After Santa Monica Store Owner Spots Suspect …
    8.10.15 – Santa Monica Mirror – The alarm company had notified the owner of the store as well as the Santa Monica Police Department. The officers also had information that suggested that the … More Info
  • CA: Burglars steal computers from Glendora private school’s computer lab
    8.12.15 -The San Gabriel Valley Tribune – A burglary alarm sounded about 1:10 a.m. at the Baseline Road campus of Foothill Christian School, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams. More Info
  • CA: Man, 19, Arrested in Connection With Home Invasion Robbery …
    8.14.15 – KTLA – “It appears the suspects were scared off by a neighbor’s burglar alarm sounding. Jewelry and $100 in cash were taken in the home invasion, which may have … More Info
  • CA: Police blotter: Bonfires, burglaries reported
    8.10.15 – The Union of Grass Valley – 4:08 a.m. – A caller reported an alarm at a business, with two men seen on surveillance camera. 6:34 a.m. – A caller … More Info
  • CA: Police: Suspects who caused moviegoers to flee Newport Beach …
    8.11.15 – OCRegister – … males in their late teens to early 30s, quickly fled through the same emergency exit, which had already activated an alarm summoning theater management. More Info
  • CA: Two burglary suspects are arrested in Fontana after high-speed …
    8.12.15 -Fontana Herald-News – The incident began at about 2:09 a.m., when deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to an audible alarm at the Sprint store at … More Info
  • CO: Authorities link two suspects to at least 33 business break-ins in six …
    8.13.15 – UpNorthLive.com – Early this past Monday morning, police say two men tripped an alarm at a hardware store in Tustin. One of the first to arrive was a friend of the store’s owner, who … More Info
  • DE: Man on bail for burglary charges arrested for burglary
    8.11.15 – Foster’s Daily Democrat – After Dover Police responded to an alarm at about 11:15 a.m. Monday, officers discovered a broken rear window leading into the basement of home. Soon after … More Info
  • FL: Alarm scares off suspect in attempted burglary
    8.12.15 -NBC2 News – When the man opened the store door, the alarm sounded and he drove away. Anyone with information about the attempted burglary is asked to call the … More Info
  • FL: Home security video snares crook in Boynton Beach
    8.13.15 – WPTV.com – Police say the burglar tripped an alarm alerting the homeowner to danger. The homeowner’s wife and three children were inside his home. Law enforcement … More Info
  • FL: Putnam County Sheriff’s Office looking for attempted robbery suspect
    8.11.15 – ActionNewsJax.com – The clerk activated the store’s alarm and the woman left. She was last seen fleeing the area on foot. A canine unit was called to the scene and was able to follow … More Info
  • FL: Thieves Steal $500K Worth of Property From Home: Police
    8.10.15 – NBC 6 South Florida – It was all caught on camera but police weren’t alerted at the time, because the alarm was broken. Police said the thieves were in and out in 10 minutes, with … More Info
  • FL: Woman suspected of robbing bank in Citrus at large
    8.10.15 – WFLA – Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the alarm company about a possible robbery at the bank. When the deputies arrived, they confirmed that the … More Info
  • GA: Cartersville Residents Charged With Burglary At Old School
    8.12.15 -Patch.com – Three 18-year-old men were arrested Tuesday evening after an alarm was, in response to an alarm with an inner hallway trigger. More Info
  • GA: Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department Crime Stoppers: Business …
    8.10.15 – Northwest Georgia News – 3, a burglary occurred in Rossville, in which a lock box was stolen. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a security alarm going off … More Info
  • GA: Savannah-Chatham police investigating theft of South State Bank ATM
    8.11.15 – Savannah Morning News – Just before 5 a.m. Metro responded to a security alarm activation at the branch. Officers observed that the ATM was missing. A stolen boom lift … More Info
  • IA: Attempted burglary at local Toys-R-Us
    8.16.15 – kwwl.com – The zone where the alarm was going off was near the trash compacter. When police arrived they could hear someone inside the trash, that’s where they found … More Info
  • IA: Toy store burglary ends with suspect in trash bin
    8.14.15 – KCRG – … police were called to Toys R Us around 3:30 a.m. Friday for a burglary alarm. Responding officers found 33-year-old Danny A. Akers in a garbage receptacle. More Info
  • ID: Chubbuck bank robber Randy Jordan gets 10 years
    8.15.15 – Idaho State Journal – When Jordan entered the bank, he was recognized and a teller hit the silent alarm at 11:41 a.m. before gathered up the two other tellers in the bank and fleeing … More Info
  • IL: Evanston juveniles charged with burglarizing three stores
    8.10.15 – MyFox Chicago – Officers first responded about 1:10 a.m. to an alarm at a Verizon Wireless store, the statement said. They found a window … More Info
  • IN: Man receives 6-year prison term for burglary
    8.12.15 – Richmond – … April 14 after suspect and vehicle descriptions were obtained from a surveillance system when officers responded to a residential alarm, according to a Wayne … More Info
  • IN: Multiple weapons stolen from South Bend gun store
    8.10.15 – WNDU-TV – “The building alarm might have kept them from getting more proceeds from this burglary,” said Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend police department. “But one … More Info
    8.14.15 – Indiana Gazette – Authorities were alerted to the theft by a motion alarm that reported the intrusion, police said. Police suspected Livingston after learning that her pass code had … More Info
  • KS: Cop Responding to False Alarm ends up Shooting an Old Lady’s Dog
    8.11.15 – Ring of Fire – Cruse was responding to a false burglary alarm at Macnish’s home on July 13. Instead of knocking on the door to determine whether there was an issue, Cruse … More Info
  • KY: Teens Arrested In Connection With Eastern Lincoln County Break-in
    8.13.15 – WHKY – Following that incident the teens went to a residence and made entry by prying open a window but a burglar alarm … More Info
  • MA: Bedford police log, July 31 to Aug. 6
    8.15.15 – Wicked Local Bedford – 6:19 a.m.: A commercial alarm triggered at Chipotle. 8:26 a.m.: A motorist called and reported a motorcyclist became agitated, pulled up next to … More Info
  • MA: Burglar alarm leads police to marijuana in Chiltonville
    8.12.15 – Wicked Local Plymouth – Police did not find any burglars while investigating the alarm shortly before noon at the house. But officers did find and seize six marijuana … More Info
  • MI: Convenient store broken into overnight
    8.16.15 – Fox17 – Deputies also discovered that the alarm lines were cut. Currently there are no suspects and the incident is still under investigation. If anyone has information … More Info
  • MI: Lansing police seek tips after power saw used in attempted burglary
    8.10.15 – nwitimes.com – Lansing police were dispatched about 6 a.m. Monday to the Tops and Bottoms store after the store’s owner reported an active alarm. More Info
  • MI: Police link suspects to 33 burglaries in 6 counties
    8.14.15 – MLive.com – 10, when Osceola County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 4:30 a.m. alarm at Hoaglund Hardware in Tustin. Deputies met a worker who had just seen two men … More Info
  • MI: Saginaw bank robbery suspect found with items matching those …
    8.11.15 – MLive.com – Seconds after the robber left the bank, the teller triggered a “hold-up” alarm and went to the door to lock it, she said. She watched the robber walk to the … More Info
  • MI: Two juveniles caught after homeowner interrupts bike theft
    8.10.15 – MLive.com – … get in a residence via a window that held an air conditioning unit but may have fled when the burglary alarm sounded. More Info
  • MI: Two juveniles caught after homeowner interrupts bike theft
    8.11.15 – MLive.com – … get in a residence via a window that held an air conditioning unit but may have fled when the burglary alarm sounded. More Info
  • ND: Grand Forks man jailed after pharmacy burglary
    8.13.15 – Grand Forks Herald – When police responded to a burglar alarm at the business they observed a male subject in the area acting suspiciously, according … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Suspect hits Paterson robbery victim in face with sanding …
    8.11.15 – NorthJersey.com – The incident happened at about 8:30 am when a 21-year-old resident heard a burglar alarm go off in his home’s garage area, police said. More Info
  • NV: Reno police calls: Man makes fight video, is stabbed
    8.11.15 – Reno Gazette Journal – Store security responded Sunday to an alarm at a store and found that a door had been sawed. Police said store merchandise was … More Info
  • NY: Police: Burglar caught after brief foot chase, second burglar on the …
    8.10.15 – wivb.com – Orchard Park, NY – When an alarm triggered at a local bar after hours, police rushed to respond. Orchard Park Police say when they hit the scene, … More Info
  • NY: Suspect accused of stealing booze from charity
    8.11.15 – WKBW-TV – Orchard Park, N.Y. – On Sunday, August 9th around 1 a.m., the Orchard Park Police Department responded to an alarm at Wings Flights of Hope … More Info
  • OH: Dayton home break-in caught on camera
    8.10.15 – WDTN – When the security alarm sounded, they all ran from the scene. Ferguson said this has been a problem in the Western Hills neighborhood for the past two months. More Info
  • OH: Feds, local cops search for gun heist suspects
    8.11.15 – Dayton Daily News – Evers said police were dispatched to Palmer Firearm around 5:40 a.m. Friday after the suspects broke into the store and triggered the alarm. Officers were on the … More Info
  • OH: Squirrel quarrel sets off burglar alarms while goats roam the streets …
    8.13.15 – cleveland.com – Russell Township, OH – Alarm, Fairmount Road: An officer responded to a burglar alarm 2:47 p.m. Aug. 8 for an upper rear door to a home. He found two … More Info
  • OH: Thief broke into Perkins shop, made off with cigarettes
    8.13.15 – Sandusky Register – Perkins police were called to the Convenient Food Mart at about 4 a.m. Wednesday after learning the store’s alarm had activated. More Info
  • PA: Gun shop owner wonders how teen killed by police ended up in Pa …
    8.11.15 – PennLive.com – Audible as well as silent alarms alerted police and him. Heverling said he received notification from his alarm company at 5:09 a.m. Aug. 3, and said police were … More Info
  • TN: Morristown suspect charged in burglary, auto theft
    8.11.15 – WATE 6 On Your Side – A Morristown police officer responded to an audible alarm at the store. They saw Phillips walking away from the store near a broken front window. Sever cartons … More Info
  • TX: Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Pharmacy burglary
    8.10.15 – KTRE – The burglars gained entry into the pharmacy by prying open the rear door, which triggered the building’s alarm system and alerted law enforcement. More Info
  • VA: Vienna Crime: Assault at a Family Reunion, Man’s Home and Car …
    8.15.15 – Patch.com – August 13 10:52 a.m. An alarm company reported a residential alarm had been activated. More Info
  • WA: Burglars break in to convenience store through roof
    8.10.15 – KHQ Right Now – Sgt, Tom Lee says responses to Shaheen’s business had been suspended due to unpaid false alarm fees, and officers were even slower due to an unusually … More Info
  • WI: Wilmette PD Responds to Burglaries
    8.10.15 – DailyNorthShore.com – The resident had locked the doors but left without activating their alarm system. The third floor master bedroom was targeted and ransacked. Other bedrooms … More Info


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