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NationalMonitorAugust 18, 2014

Association Events

  • 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

  • AB: False alarm bylaw gets first reading in Red Deer County
    8.11.14 – Mountain View Gazette- Residents of Red Deer County who habitually set off false alarms could soon pay a penalty for wasting the time of emergency personnel, say officials. On Aug. More Info
  • AL: Alabama Sheriffs’ Departments Upgrade Computer Systems, Boost …
    8.14.14 – Government Technology- Morgan County 911 became the first in the state and the seventh in the nation Friday to implement a home-security alarm feature as part of its computer-aided … More Info
  • CA: Chico policy change could dock alarm companies for false calls
    8.13.14 – Enterprise-Record- Chico –  The Internal Affairs Committee will recommend the Chico City Council adopt an ordinance changing the city’s alarm policy in an attempt to reduce … More Info
  • CA: Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief reports 18 burglaries in Covenant so …
    8.13.14 – Rancho Santa Fe Review- There were 293 alarm calls, which represents a decrease in 35 calls from the same months last year. Wellhouser said alarms account for about 13 percent of … More Info
  • LA: Terrebonne Parish Council tables alarm ordinance
    8.12.14 – KATC Lafayette News- The ordinance, which springs from a rash of false alarms in the area, deals with excessive alarms due to faulty equipment. Under the measure, residents and … More Info
  • MO: False Alarms to Become More Costly in Branson
    8.15.14 – KRZK Radio- Currently businesses are allowed 5 false alarms before a 100-dollar penalty is imposed on the 6th call. The amendment would levy the fine on the 4th call, …More Info
  • MO: Police urge stiffer fines for false alarms
    8.12.14 – Blue Springs Examiner- The Independence Police Department wants to add more teeth to the ordinance regarding false alarms and is advocating partnership with a private alarm … More Info
  • MO: Why security alarms are causing concern for police
    8.15.14 – fox4kc.com- Independence, Mo. — Security alarms are designed to detect intruders. But that’s not always the case. “A battery was off in one of the sensors so it would set …More Info
  • OH: Council changes parking, alarm regs
    8.14.14 – Sidney Daily News – Repeal the ordinance requiring alarm companies to register and pay a fee to the city. The fee is no longer valid because the police department no longer holds … More Info

Industry News

  • The Science of Growing (or Not Growing) a Custom Installation Business
    8.12.14 – CEPro – CEDIA Expo will unveil a series of three courses focused on key decision-making metrics for custom integrators to help them determine if they are really ready to grow their business and hire more employees (and earn more profits). More Info
  • Analyzing Hilton’s decision to allow guests to use smartphones as room keys
    8.11.14 – Security Info Watch – Move seen by experts as a validation of the industry’s push towards more mobile access solutions… More Info
  • Anixter to acquire Tri-Ed for $420M
    8.11.14 – Security Systems News – Deal to expand company’s product offerings, markets served… More Info
  • Warning issued over smoke detector bearing counterfeit UL mark
    8.12.14 – Security Info Watch – ‘Foreign’ misspelled on label of counterfeit unit … More Info
  • RECALL: Smoke alarm may not warn you about fire
    8.13.14 – wtvr.com- RECALL: Smoke alarm may not warn you about fire … buildings, schools, hotels/motels, apartments, dormitories and homes as part of the fire alarm system.”. More Info
  • Road tested: First Alert POD personal alarm
    8.14.14 – Houston Chronicle- As a woman who travels alone a lot, I look for security gadgets, and First Alert’s lightweight alarm is, if nothing else, piercingly earsplitting. While the alarm’s not … More Info
  • Introducing Peq: Best Buy’s New Home Automation System?
    8.14.14 – SmartHome Ventures creates ZigBee-enabled Peq home automation system, reportedly for Best Buy. Initial products seem sparse and unimpressive. More Info
  • Protection 1 adding solar to its mix
    8.8.14 – Security Systems News – Romeoville, Ill.—Protection 1 is joining the trend of security companies selling solar, Protection 1 CEO Tim Whall has announced. More Info
  • Report: PERS market to double by 2019
    8.13.14 – Security Systems News – Wellingborough, England—It’s a simple formula: A younger PERS user means a longer account life, and a longer account life means lower rates of attrition. Over the next five years, the North American PERS market is poised to grow on the strength of that proposition, rising from $700 million in 2014 to $1.5 billion by 2019, according to a recently published report from IHS Research. More Info
  • Home security leads to retirement security for Vietnam vet, former Treasury employee
    8.11.14 – Washington Post – Since the mid-1990s — beginning while he was still at Treasury — the entrepreneur has been earning a nice side income from an alarm company. He is president of A&E Home Security Co., based above the garage at his Silver Spring home. More Info
  • Former burglar offers tips to avoid being victimized
    8.17.14 – Las Vegas Sun- Alarm systems are hit and miss. Tom said they never scared him much. He’d be gone long before private security company employees arrived. More Info
  • North Texas Storms Cause Problems and Power Outages
    8.17.14 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth- “What happened was the power went out – you heard the security alarm sensors go off and on – and then a couple seconds later all the lights went off and then … More Info
  • Samsung Acquires Smart Home Startup For $200 Million
    8.17.14 – RedOrbit- Nest Labs, another Californian company producing advanced home alarm and thermostat products, was set up in 2011 by two former Apple employees Tony … More Info

State & National News

  • Texas Looks to Decrease Occupational Licensing
    8.12.14 – Mackinac Center for Public Policy-… barbers, lower-level contractors like those putting up gutters and laying tile, and other areas rarely licensed in other states like floor sanders, alarm installers, … More Info
  • Video Platforms Are the Biggest Bandwidth Hogs
    8.11.14 – Baseline – Fifty percent of system administrators surveyed said that video platforms like YouTube are the biggest culprits when it comes to bandwidth hoarding on wireless networks. More Info
  • Congress may pass CFATS bill
    8.13.14 – Security Systems News – Washington – Bipartisan cooperation and security industry feedback could help secure the passage of a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards authorization bill before the end of 2014. Learn why both sides of the aisle have found common ground on the issue. More Info
  • Feds push for 911 text service but FCC support not unanimous
    8.11.14 – www.techtimes.com – The FCC establishes rules to push cell service providers and VoIP services to adopt text-to-911 services. Some of the FCC commissioners … More Info

Business Tips

  • Consumers Set High Bar for Website Experiences
    8.11.14 – CIO Insight – Potential customers face more time pressure than ever. Learn how high their expectations are when it comes to the performance of a company Website. More Info
  • The best leaders ‘talk the walk’
    8.7.14 – Harvard Business Review Blog Network – In this article, author Bill Taylor contends: “One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to ‘walk the talk’ — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. More Info
  • Reasons why most leadership advice is completely worthless
    8.6.14 – Forbes – Name a celebrity, a TV show or movie or a sports team and you can find at least one article trumpeting what we can learn about leadership from an episode of The Walking Dead or the Beyoncé and Jay Z tour. Unfortunately, most of this leadership advice, while easy to write and even easier to skim, is completely worthless. More Info
  • Digital Downtime Is Good For Worker Productivity
    8.5.14 – www.businessnewsdaily.com – Online breaks at work can refresh workers and boost productivity. More Info
  • The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk” –
    8.7.14 – Harvard Business Review – One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and … More Info
  • The Dangers Of Complacent Leadership
    8.5.14 – www.forbes.com – Leadership is in danger; complacency is becoming the new normal. With the mounting pressure and demands of change management, leaders … More Info
  • Millennials, Gen X Express Strong Job Satisfaction
    8.14.14 – CIO Insight – Millennials and Gen Xers are feeling valued at work these days. Find out what managers can provide to make them feel even more productive and happy… More Info
  • Anticipate Your Customers’ Future Desires
    8.5.14 – CIO Insight – CIOs need to gather meaningful customer data and turn it into business intelligence that informs our future business decisions. More Info

Fire News

  • NC: Chief: Fire Alarm Likely Saves Southern Pines Residence
    8.17.14 – Southern Pines Pilot- Southern Pines Fire Chief Hampton Williams credited an in-home fire alarm system with likely saving an empty residence Saturday night because firefighters … More Info
  • PA: Police: 5 smoking pot set off smoke alarm
    8.13.14 – abc27- Swatara Township police said they made the arrests after officers were dispatched to assist the fire department with a smoke alarm… More Info
  • SC: Woman Charged For Assault Of Husband for Overcooked Steak
    8.14.14 – WLTX.com- Responding Officers also say in their report that Allen pulled the fire alarm in the apartment, “because the police weren’t coming fast enough.” According to the … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: ATM burglarized at Nikiski market
    8.11.14 – Kenai Peninsula Online- Martinez said video surveillance shows after the alarm went off; the suspects panicked and took off. He said the truck was set on fire a mile down the road. More Info
  • AR: Blytheville man charged after police find pile of pot, cash inside his …
    8.12.14 – wreg.com- Officers when to Anderson’s home after a report the burglar alarm there had been activated. Anderson arrived at his residence just before members of the … More Info
  • AR: Police: Man throws rock through pharmacy door, steals Rx drugs
    8.13.14 – THV 11- According to a police report, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Cornerstone Pharmacy not long after midnight on Wednesday. When they … More Info
  • CA: Rash of business break-ins hit Roseville
    8.11.14 – Merced Sun-Star- On Thursday, officers responded to an alarm at a cell phone repair business and found the back door had been pried to … More Info
  • CT: Hunt on for burglar who hit home on Brookwood Lane in New Canaan
    8.15.14 – News 12 Connecticut- Police were called yesterday after an alarm went off inside a home. Investigators say they found evidence that someone forced their way in, … More Info
  • CT: Man charged in Johnston robberies arrested again
    8.16.14 WLNE-TV (ABC6) – West Greenwich Police responded to the location after alarm companies reported a disturbance. Morrow tried leaving with cash from the register but dropped the … More Info
  • CT: Police: Derby maid stole $22400 in jewelry from Durham home
    8.16.14 Middletown Press- The homeowner, who has a burglar alarm system in place, told police the items were locked in a safe and were last seen in July 2013, Calvo indicated. More Info
  • DE: Robber captured after clerk hits alarm
    8.15.14 – The News Journal- A man who tried to rob a cigarette outlet near New Castle was captured after a clerk refused his demand for cash and set off a panic alarm, state police said … More Info
  • FL: Deputies: Man attached skimmer to ATM in Tampa
    8.16.14 – FOX 13 Tampa Bay, WTVT-TV- An alarm went off, alerting deputies. It was there for about half an hour before it was pulled. HCSO is working with the Secret Service to find out if anyone’s …More Info
  • FL: Police: Thief caught dragging stolen safe behind car
    8.12.14 – Jacksonville Daily News- Mullins was caught after officers responding to an alarm call say they found him driving down Swansboro Loop Road with a safe from the pharmacy in tow. More Info
  • FL: Three teens charged with burglary attempt
    8.14.14 – The Northwest Florida Daily News- “The video shows them busting the window with a hammer and as soon as the alarm went off, they ran away,” Hayse said. Two of the youths were arrested at the … More Info
  • GA: Woman catches burglar in the act
    8.15.14 – Statesboro Herald- “Lt. Bobby Durden and Cpl. Bob Dinello were clearing from an alarm call when the call was dispatched. They were able to locate the … More Info
  • IL: Feds: ATM technician donned burqa before taking $168000 from …
    8.15.14 – MyFox Chicago- … when nobody who recognized his voice would be working, for a single-use code that would allow him to disable the ATM’s alarm, the informant told the feds. More Info
  • MA: Springfield police: 1 of 2 stolen safes found in vacant McKnight …
    8.13.14 – The Republican – masslive.com- The Springfield Arson & Bomb Squad was also summoned to the scene. Investigators theorized that the suspect or suspects fled after triggering the alarm next … More Info
  • MD: Frederick Police seek culprits in CVS burglary
    8.15.14 – Frederick News Post – According to a Frederick Police news release, officers responded to an audible alarm at CVS Pharmacy after a metal storage container at … More Info
  • NC: Swansboro man arrested dragging stolen safe
    8.13.14 – WRAL.com- Police responding to an alarm found Mullins driving down a road towing the safe. Public Safety Chief Bob Ritchie said the safe was about 8 feet tall and about 2 … More Info
  • NE: Police Dog Bites Suspect in Cell Tower Burglary
    8.12.14 – WOWT- It happened around 3:45 a.m. when the Nebraska State Patrol and Omaha Police responded to an alarm at a cell tower arrived first … More Info
  • NE: Police Hope Surveillance Video Will Identify Attempted Burglary …
    8.15.14 – 1011now- Just before midnight Thursday night, Lincoln Police were called to an alarm at the Super C Store. Officers arrived to learn someone … More Info
  • NE: Thieves Steal Air Conditioner From Church, Damage Two Others
    8.13.14 – WOWT- According to Omaha Police reports, an intrusion alarm surrounding the air conditioning unit was sounding just after 4am on Sunday August 10th at Lord Of Love … More Info
  • NJ: WATCH: South Brunswick burglary suspect tries to thwart security …
    8.15.14 – The Star-Ledger- Police responded at 10:30 p.m. Thursday after a burglar alarm went off. Although the security camera was by then pointing away from the coin machine, police … More Info
  • NM: Botched robbery puts industry businesses on edge
    8.11.14 – KRQE News 13- He said they have a solid security system and a panic alarm is what led police … “The alarm systems, someone’s always watching the cameras, stuff like that and … More Info
  • NM: Robber shot dead in smoke shop, witness says
    8.11.14 – Albuquerque Journal- Police also received an advisory from the smoke shop’s alarm company that stated the offender had been shot and was “bleeding out,” according to the report. More Info
  • OH: Cleveland Heights police say two break-ins at religious facilities are …
    8.15.14 – The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com- The synagogue’s alarm system was not activated because the employee … The church did not have alarms and surveillance video was unavailable for police. More Info
  • OH: Duo arrested in Heritage Elementary school break-in
    8.13.14 – WLWT Cincinnati- According to authorities, deputies received an alarm activation at the Heritage Elementary School around 2:25 a.m. Wednesday. When officials arrived, two … More Info
  • OH: Suspect steals cigs in UDF smash-and-grab
    8.17.14 WHIO- Dayton police responded to an alarm call at 2:47 a.m. at United Dairy Farmers. Surveillance video captured the suspect as he smashed one … More Info
  • OK: OKCPD search for suspected gunman in overnight shooting
    8.13.14 – KOKH FOX25- … and then I heard the car alarm chirp and I heard our alarm system chirp when the door opened and the next thing I heard was pow and I heard him hollering.” More Info
  • OK: Okmulgee Police: Liquor Store Thieves May Be Serial Burglars …
    8.13.14 – News On 6- Officers responded to an alarm at the Pott’s Liquor Store at about 6 a.m. and discovered that someone had broken into the store. After looking at video at the … More Info
  • OK: Surveillance Footage Helps Capture Burglary Lookout
    8.14.14 – Security Sales & Integration – Oklahoma City – A security camera helped police arrest a 15-year-old believed to be involved in the theft of a $20,000 necklace. More Info
  • OK: Three liquor stores burglarized in a three-hour time frame
    8.12.14 – KOKI FOX 23- All three liquor stores had alarm systems that went off. Police were tipped off by the alarms but when officers arrived the three men were already gone. FOX23 is … More Info
  • PA: Homeowners on Alert After Burglary Spree in Scranton
    8.13.14 – PA home page- “All my doors and windows are locked as soon as I leave the house and we have an alarm system coming in. It’s scary,” Gillette said. Police say they do have a … More Info
  • PA: Police: Fairview Twp. burglary spree motivated by addiction
    8.12.14 – Citizens Voice- Fairview Township police said they first caught on to Adams July 16 after responding to a burglary alarm in the Fairview Hills development… More Info
  • PA: Recently-Installed Security System Captures Violent Home Invasion …
    8.14.14 – TheBlaze.com- A Pittsburgh family’s recently-installed security system captured a violent home invasion on video. However, the alarm was off at the time so it didn’t help deter … More Info
  • SC: Cops: Man shoots employee after finding no money at N. Charlesto …
    8.15.14 – Live 5 News- At 1:04 a.m., police responded to the A1 Convenience Store in reference to a 911 hang up and building alarm. As a police officer was … More Info
  • TX: Alarm Scares off Burglars on Ayers Street
    8.12.14 – KRIS Corpus Christi News- As they were preparing to back up a trailer to snatch some bigger equipment the thieves set off an alarm and then took off running. They left most of the tools … More Info
  • TX: Camera captures break-in at Galena Park ISD headquarters
    8.12.14 – KTRK-TV- “Because there were district employees working in back corner offices of the building at the time of the intrusion, the alarm was not set and the intrusion was not … More Info
  • TX: Lufkin PD: Man found sleeping on couch at Lufkin Middle School
    8.12.14 – KTRE- … LPD officers responded to the Lufkin Middle School campus at approximately 10 p.m. Monday night in response to an active alarm. More Info
  • TX: Waco: Man Pleads Guilty To Day-Long Crime Spree
    8.12.14 – KWTX- He fled when she activated her life alert alarm, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. He evidently ran from the house on Fishpond to a church near the … More Info
  • UT: Burglary at Einstein’s Bagel
    8.14.14 – KUTV 2News- Officers were called around 4:30 a.m. Thursday about an alarm going off at Einstein’s Bagel. When police arrived they saw the shop had … More Info
  • VA: Deputy shoots daughter sneaking in at 3 am: Trips alarm, sounds …
    8.15.14 – Examiner.com- A Virginia sheriff’s deputy heard the house alarm blare in the wee hours of the morning and he jumped out of bed, grabbed his gun and thinking an intruder was … More Info
  • WA: Man charged with robbing Spanaway business
    8.15.14 – TheNewsTribune.com- … arrested Wednesday after Pierce County sheriff’s deputies found him near AA-Okay Loans while responding to the business’ alarm. More Info
  • WI: Bank robbery in Weston Friday morning
    8.15.14 – WSAU – Officers got a report of a holdup alarm at Intercity State Bank at 9:44 a.m. When police arrived, bank staff told them the … More Info

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