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August 19, 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


  • NS: Residents warned of door-to-door sales tactics
    8.15.13 – Hants Journal – Some users of this Seniors Connect medical alarm technology may soon learn the … Some contracts signed with a company that sold medical alarm systems in … More Info
  • ON: Police warn of alarm system imposters in Niagara
    8.18.13 – Welland Tribune – Police suspect the men were casing homes to get a layout of the interior and exterior, find out if there is an alarm system and see if there are animals. More Info
  • SK: Hundreds scammed by fraudsters posing as security company
    8.16.13 – Globalnews.ca – Saskatoon – A number of Saskatoon residents are angry after being scammed by people posing as alarm company representatives. When Travis Kieluk … More Info

Public Safety Updates


  • AZ: Prescott Valley council to discuss false alarms
    8.14.13 – Prescott Daily Courier – In fact, the PV Police Department has responded to approximately 1,200 calls for burglary and robbery alarms from homes and businesses each year over the … More Info
  • CA: 97% of burglar alarm calls are false in Manteca
    8.13.13 – Manteca Bulletin – You pay a premium price for what you think is peace of mind when it comes to the security of your family and your home. That shiny new security system … More Info
  • GA: Cities begin registration of home, business alarms
    8.12.13 – Reporter Newspapers – The cities of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody are rolling out registration programs as part of recently adopted false alarm ordinances. More Info
  • GA: New fees slated for fire marshal inspections
    8.18.13 – Daily Tribune News – The false alarm charges, which go up to $500 for the sixth and any subsequent false alarms, was something Cox emphasized. “What we’re after, what we’re … More Info
  • GA: Sandy Springs open house will address alarm registration questions
    8.12.13 – Reporter Newspapers – People who live Sandy Springs and have questions about registering your alarm under the city’s new false alarm ordinance should visit city hall … More Info
  • LA: Police: Burglar alarms often false
    8.18.13 – Houma Courier – A striking majority of home and business burglar alarms are false alarms, but law enforcement agencies treat them all as if there is a crime in progress. More Info
  • TX: From the City of Tyler:
    8.14.13 – KLTV – The Police Department will also raise alarm permit fees from $30 to $50 per year. Efforts to retain the City’s trained workforce include a 4 percent increase in pay … More Info

Industry News


  • 14 reasons monitored home security isn’t worth it
    8.12.13 – MSN Money-MSN Money partner It seems I’m always being bombarded with countless ads from companies offering home burglar alarm installation and monitoring services. More Info
  • Study: U.S. security industry a $350B market
    8.1.13 – Security Info Watch – ASIS International, IOFM release comprehensive industry analysis … More Info
  • Train yourself to dial 10 digits
    8.14.13 – Laughlin Times-The transition period also allows customers to begin updating services such as life safety systems, PBXs, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and … More Info
  • Be ready to dial 10 digits for calls starting Sept. 21
    8.15.13 – Scranton Times-Tribune – This includes life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, … More Info
  • ADS acquires accounts from Ga. alarm dealer
    8.16.13 – SecurityInfoWatch – ADS Security announced this week that is has acquired the customer accounts of Savannah, Ga.-based Security Services, Inc. The acquisition marks the second … More Info
  • Security Partners expands to San Antonio with company buy-out
    8.16.13 – San Antonio Business Journal – Response Center USA offers bilingual monitoring services of burglar and fire alarms and video alarms to thousands of residential and commercial customers … More Info
  • Vivint Selling Super-High-Speed Wireless Broadband Door-to-Door
    8.16.13 – CePro – After acquisition of Smartrove, Vivint is offering 50 Mbps upstream/downstream wireless broadband for $55/month in addition to security, home automation, solar power – all sold door-to-door; Utah zero-energy home showcases the goods. More Info

Legislative Report


None this week

State Trends


  • Texas law enables drivers to display insurance on phone
    8.12.13 – The Texas Tribune – Soon drivers on Texas roads won’t have to dig through their glove compartments for their insurance cards when they are pulled over by police officers. Thanks to a recently passed law, motorists will instead be able to pull up proof of insurance on their phones to show officers. More Info

National News


  • Housing Starts Up 24% Year-Over-Year in First Half of 2013
    8.9.13 – CEPro – The U.S. Commerce Department has recently reported on June housing starts, new home sales and construction spending, while the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released its estimate of existing home sales volume for June. So we now have a clear view of how the housing market recovery that began in earnest during 2012 progressed over the first half of 2013. More Info
  • The FCC Isn’t A Fan Of Verizon’s Plan To Discontinue Landline …
    8.16.13 – Fast Company – It also has significantly worse reception than a landline phone, is incompatible with alarm security systems, and incompatible with stores’ credit card uplinks … More Info

Business Tips


  • Successful leadership requires 6 critical resources
    8.5.13 – Forbes – Successful leadership is a by-product of those resources that you are able to access throughout the course of your career. Resources that are not given to you, but rather earned as a result of hard work, sacrifices, respect from your peers and career coaches, and the failures that taught you lessons along the way. Successful leaders are extremely aware of how to detect, enable and maximize their most critical resources — and they know exactly how and when to use them. More Info
  • Why CEOs should do less, better
    8.4.13 – CEO.com – Management guru Peter Drucker was the first to express the difference between doing things right and doing right things. Naturally, corporate boards and CEOs want their companies doing things right. That’s the proof of a well-managed organization. According to Drucker, doing things right is management, doing right things is leadership. Put another way, doing things right is operational, doing right things is strategic. Strategic leadership is the window to strategic change, the critical forerunner to strategic advantage. More Info
  • Ten Workplace Lessons From the Military
    8.9.13 – Baseline – These insights highlight the valuable skills, practices and personal qualities found in members of the military–lessons that are readily transferable to today’s technology-driven workplace. More Info
  • How Praise Increases Employee Engagement
    7.1.13 – CIO Insights – Seven in 10 employees are not engaged with their jobs, but workers’ engagement can be increased with praise, attention and opportunities to lead challenging projects. More Info

Fire News


  • AZ: Man dies from injuries in Phoenix apartment fire
    8.12.13 – Daily Journal – Man dies from injuries in Phoenix apartment fire; smoke alarm didn’t have battery installed … A neighbor called 911 when the neighbor’s smoke alarm activated. More Info
  • AZ: Smoke alarms prompt family to leave Maricopa home; fire not seen …
    8.12.13 – The Republic – Maricopa, Arizona — The Maricopa Fire Department says smoke alarms alerted residents who fortunately decided to leave their home early Monday morning … More Info
  • AZ: Smoke alarms save Maricopa residents
    8.12.13 – InMaricopa.com – Smoke alarms awakened residents in a home in The Villages subdivision about 1 a.m. Monday alerting them to danger. More Info
  • FL: Smoke Alarm Saves Deerfield Resident From Fire
    8.16.13 – Patch.com – A properly working smoke alarm woke a Deerfield resident today in the 700 block of … “The good news is a working smoke alarm work her and saved her life,” … More Info
  • MA: Smoke detectors help man escape North Attleboro blaze
    8.16.13 – Attleboro Sun Chronicle – Several towns responded to a two-alarm fire in North Attleboro early this morning. The fire in a two unit apartment building brought Attleboro, … More Info
  • NM: Fire claims life of Albuquerque man
    8.18.13 – KOB.com – The woman heard her smoke alarm go off, ran outside and told firefighters her son was still inside, said AFD. After an extensive search, they found the man’s … More Info
  • NV: Dryer vent sets off smoke alarm at jail, courthouse
    8.15.13 – Nevada Appeal – Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the build-up of lint in the dryer is a common problem there. He said the inmates are tasked with the laundry duties and are … More Info
  • NY: Cops: Children’s Village Student Pulled False Fire Alarm
    8.16.13 – Patch.com-… Ferry after two witnesses said he pulled a fire alarm the morning of August 9. … witnessing a 16-year-old student pull the alarm after he expressed frustration … More Info
  • SC: Van causes fire at Hardeeville car dealership
    8.14.13 – Hilton Head Island Packet – The Hardeeville Fire Department was called to the scene at about 6 a.m. when a fire alarm at the O.C. Welch dealership was triggered, Chief Daniel … More Info
  • VA: Man charged with arson in Fairfax Co. house fire
    8.12.13 – W*USA 9 – Officials also say a battery-powered smoke alarm was disabled, but a commercial fire alarm activated to alert the alarm company. The company then notified … More Info

Crime News


  • AK: Police calls for Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013
    8.18.13 – Juneau Empire – Upon arrival, met with a store manager and the alarm was found to be in trouble mode. Found water pouring onto the floor around the auxiliary dry system. More Info
  • CA: Another burglary attempt occurs at Del Mar Heights School
    8.14.13 – Del Mar Times – Meanwhile, 45 minutes later, the sheriff’s department received an alarm call from Solana Santa Fe Elementary. Officials discovered broken glass, but nothing … More Info
  • CA: Armed Robbers Hit 2 Homes in Orange Neighborhood
    8.13.13 – KTLA – He was able to sneak out a bathroom window around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and that set off an alarm, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear what items were … More Info
  • CA: Brazen robbery at Walnut Creek Tiffany store
    8.15.13 – KTVU San Francisco – Walnut Creek police received an alarm alert and numerous 911 calls around 5:45 a.m. reporting someone trying to break into the store located in the middle of … More Info
  • CA: Orange police hunt robbers who invaded 2 homes
    8.13.13 – U-T San Diego – A burglar alarm was tripped at the second home shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and a SWAT team cordoned off the area. It’s unclear what was taken. More Info
  • CT: Congress Street home break-in reported
    8.13.13 – Fairfield Citizen – Police responding to an activated alarm at a home Thursday morning discovered several doors and a window opened. As they checked the … More Info
  • CT: Pair of Burglary Suspects Arrested in Wilton
    8.13.13 – Patch.com – No one was in the home at the time of the 1 p.m. burglary attempt, but an alarm sounded after the pair smashed a window in a rear French door. Once the alarm … More Info
  • FL: Police arrest suspect in St. Pete bank robbery
    8.12.13 – Tbo.com – Andrews also told the teller she needed to keep her hands up and not press any alarm buttons, police said. No weapon was ever implied or seen. The teller … More Info
  • FL: Second man arrested in Coach store burglary
    8.16.13 – The Northwest Florida Daily News – Farias-Fadraga and two accomplices used an improvised device to jam alarm systems and broke through the store’s front door Sept. 22, 2011, according to … More Info
  • FL: Tampa police seek help in identifying burglary suspect
    8.18.13 – Tbo.com – Police responding to an alarm at 6:30 a.m. found Westshore Food Mart had been burglarized. Stolen merchandise included several … More Info
  • GA: Burglaries, thefts, Vehicle and Motorcycle Accidents in Recent …
    8.15.13 – Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded twice to an alarm. All windows and doors appeared secure. Alarm … More Info
  • GA: Smash ‘n grab theft strikes T-Mobile.
    8.14.13 – MyFox Atlanta – An alarm call drew Fulton County police to find a mangled mess at the store. Someone had slammed a vehicle … More Info
  • IA: Robbery Victim: Woman Attacked At Business
    8.18.13 – whotv.com – The 24-year-old woman was alone in the building and went to the front doors to check on an alarm, police said. When she did, an unknown man approached her … More Info
  • KS: Man arrested when police find him hiding in business after store’s …
    8.12.13 – Kansas.com – Shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, Wichita police were called to Central Auto Tech after the store’s audio alarm sounded. More Info
  • KY: 1 arrest after break-in at Louisville archdiocese
    8.12.13 – Danbury News Times – Archdiocese Chancellor Brian Reynolds says an alarm alerted officials to a broken window, which led police to investigate and find the man inside the building. More Info
  • KY: Arrest made after Archdiocese of Louisville break-in
    8.12.13 – WAVE – Shortly before 5 p.m., Louisville Metro Police responded to a burglary alarm at the … “The alarm company contacted us,” said Brian Reynolds, Archdiocese of … More Info
  • MA: Holliston Police: Drunk Driver Crashes, Break-In Reported on …
    8.13.13 – Patch.com – 12:10 a.m.: A 911 caller reported a car alarm going off. An officer responded and the vehicle owner shut off the alarm. 2:49 p.m.: The driver … More Info
  • MD: Cindy’s and Verizon Burglarized in Elkridge: Crime Roundup
    8.13.13 – Patch.com – Police responded to an alarm at Cindy’s Skylight Liquors to find the back doors had been pried open; the doors led to a … More Info
  • MD: Suspects sought in recent Frederick burglaries
    8.16.13 – WHAG – The owners at the Asian Supermarket installed an alarm system and security cameras after the supermarket became a target years ago. More Info
  • MD: Victim says police slow to react
    8.12.13 – ABC2 News – 15 minutes later, her alarm went off and you can still see the marks on her door molding where they tried to force their way in before breaking in through the back … More Info
  • MI: Police: Flint school break-in causes $30K damage – WNEM TV 5
    8.14.13 – WNEM Saginaw – The Flint Journal reports police were called to Alternative Path Academy after an alarm went off Sunday and an officer spotted them running through the building. More Info
  • NC: Security prevents home invasion in south Charlotte
    8.14.13 – WCNC – … to get into the house, but were spooked; not by Thompson’s sophisticated, night-vision security system, but his old school, more traditional burglar alarm. More Info
  • NC: Thief breaks into Kmart early Saturday, steals jewelry
    8.12.13 – Salisbury Post – Salisbury Police received a call regarding an alarm at the store at 2:30 a.m. A police K-9 unit was called in to search the building. The suspect was long gone. More Info
  • ND: Authorities responded to a burglar alarm
    8.15.13 – WDXE – Authorities responded to a burglar alarm at Summertown Bait and Tackle early Sunday morning around three. While en route, officers were notified that the … More Info
  • NJ: Alarm Interrupts Alden Avenue Home Burglary
    8.14.13 – Patch.com – A home burglary was interrupted when the intruders tripped the home’s alarm system by putting down the attic stairs after … More Info
  • NL: Bank Robbery in Clarenville
    8.17.13 – VOCM – The RCMP responded to an alarm at the bank shortly after 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Surveillance photos have been obtained of a man who is of interest to … More Info
  • NL: RCMP Investigating Bank Robbery
    8.16.13 – VOCM – The RCMP responded to an alarm at the bank shortly after 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Surveillance photos have been obtained of a man who is of interest to … More Info
  • NY: Motorists accused of DWI
    8.18.13 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – Police said a cashier at the store pushed a silent alarm after Mr. Snyder allegedly argued with her over not selling him beer. The charge was a felony because of … More Info
  • OK: Mustang police searching for man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend
    8.12.13 – kfor.com – Monday morning her house alarm went off and police said Ledford might be responsible. Ledford is about 5-foot-9 and just … More Info
  • ON: Cash and jewelry taken in Oakville break-in
    8.14.13 – InsideHalton.com – At around 4:15 p.m., police said, suspects forced open the front door of the residence setting off an alarm. Once inside the intruders went to the master bedroom … More Info
  • PA: ATM catches fire during robbery attempt in Philly
    8.12.13 – Daily Local News – Philadelphia (AP) — Philadelphia police say an ATM caught fire at a bank after thieves had cut wires to try to disable an alarm during an attempted robbery. More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion police report August 14th – burglary while resident ...
    8.15.13 – Main Line – According to police, officers were called to the business by a manager who received a call that a burglary alarm had gone off. When the manager got to the … More Info
  • PA: Police Report: DuBois City
    8.14.13 – Gant Daily – An alarm occurred Tuesday at the law firm of Jeffrey DuBois. Police found the building to be secured. Charges are pending against a … More Info
  • SC: Union man accused of breaking into the CVS pharmacy
    8.16.13 – Spartanburg Herald Journal – A Union Public Safety incident report states that officers responded to an alarm activation at the store just before 4 a.m. They found the front-door glass broken … More Info
  • TN: Burglars held at gunpoint
    8.16.13 – Cookeville Herald Citizen – An alarm on the home went off early yesterday afternoon and the son went to the … The alarm goes off pretty regularly, so he went there to check on things,” … More Info
  • TN: Robbery Confirmed at Bank of Jackson
    8.14.13 – WBBJ-TV – Jackson, Tenn– A robbery is reported at Bank of Jackson and the suspect is believed to be the same person as First State Bank robber on Monday. A white … More Info
  • TX: Burglar caught on camera
    8.16.13 – KGBT-TV – “The alarm didn’t set off because he didn’t pull up the window. Very smart, but not smart enough to not put the camera in his face,” Cantu said. While the Cantu … More Info
  • TX: Four businesses burglarized over weekend
    8.14.13 – Pleasanton Express – On Sunday, Law Security Inc. called Monica Lopez- Washington, owner of Cre8tive designs, telling her that the alarm systems installed at her business detected … More Info
  • TX: Man who tried to rob bank arrested walking out of Target after police …
    8.12.13 – Dallas Morning News – The teller activated the bank’s alarm and held up a note to the window, informing a customer in the drive-through lane that the bank was being robbed, the … More Info
  • TX: Sugar Land police release surveillance photos of burglary suspects
    8.12.13 – KHOU – A woman told police her neighbor’s alarm activated at about noon, and she saw a man wearing a blue shirt climbing over a backyard wall carrying a television. More Info
  • TX: Suspected burglars go through roof to get into northeast Houston store
    8.12.13 – KHOU – She said it was around 4 a.m. Monday when her alarm company called about a possible break-in at her store. The owner … More Info
  • VA: Man charged in commercial burglary
    8.13.13 – WAVY-TV – Around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Hampton police responded to Signal Engineering after a security alarm activated, according to Mary … More Info
  • VA: Overnight Thieves Target 6 North Stafford Shops
    8.17.13 – PotomacLocal.com – Stafford County authorities were alerted to the string of vandalism and thefts when an alarm was triggered inside a deli on Tech Parkway, just off Va. 610, about … More Info
  • VA: Police: Alexandria Man Charged with Assault on a Police Officer
    8.18.13 – Patch.com – Officers responded for an alarm and found a front door shattered. An employee confirmed cell phones were stolen. More Info
  • WI: Officer’s good memory leads to man facing two burglary charges
    8.15.13 – Chippewa Herald – On May 25, Boos went to a Chippewa Falls restaurant where an alarm had gone off. It turned out the alarm had been set off due to human error. However, while … More Info

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