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Door to Door Sales

  • Consumer Alert: alarm contract scam
    8.16.17 – WPEC – He later learned he was tricked into signing a contract with a different alarm … the salesman at her door promised to get her out of her current alarm contract, with … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • LA: Sulphur Council hears of false alarms
    8.16.17 – American Press – Coats said false alarms put officers at risk when responding to those locations, because they may expect another false alarm, when instead, it’s “something big. More Info
  • MN: False Alarms Lead St. Paul Police to Move Burglary Calls Down …
    8.14.17 – KSTP.com – On top of that, higher costs for burglary alarm licenses in the city coupled with significantly higher fines for multiple false alarms have some St. Paul home and … More Info
  • NM: Armed and Dangerous – Can we stem the onslaught of armed …
    8.20.17 – Albuquerque Journal – … allows businesses to tie their security cameras into APD’s center and allows APD to immediately view and monitor the cameras when an alarm is activated. More Info
  • WA: Vancouver may give ambulances key to gated communities
    8.18.17 – The Columbian – Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina said that the boxes outside of businesses are meant to allow firefighters access to a building where a fire alarm is sounding … More Info

Industry News

  • New Fire and Life-Safety Products Pros Should Check Out
    8.15.17 – Security Sales & Integration – The company’s new D2xC2LD2 is a synchronized alarm horn sounder and LED beacon for hazardous locations. The horn features a sound output of up to … More Info
  • Market for PERS and Related Alarms Expanding 7.3 Percent Annually, Report Says
    8.17.17 – SSI – A new report from the Freedonia Group forecast the U.S. market for personal emergency response systems to be worth $220 million by 2021. More Info
  • Security Partners Enters Monitoring Collaboration With ADR Security
    8.14.17 – SSI – The new business venture will initially target jewelers in New York City, with plans to eventually expand the monitoring concept nationwide through a network of authorized dealers… More Info
  • Tech Electronics Acquires Professional Fire Alarm Systems
    8.18.17 – Security Sales & Integration – St Louis – Tech Electronics, based here, has acquired Professional Fire Alarm Systems (PFAS) of Topeka, Kan., a provider of commercial communications … More Info
  • DICE Corporation is at forefront of video monitoring with Matrix …
    8.18.17 – SourceSecurity.com – DICE Corporation, a research and development company specializing in technologies for the alarm and security industries, recently launched an all-new video … More Info
  • Comcast establishes itself as a security industry mainstay
    8.18.17 – SIW – Cable giant has grown its home security business to over 1 million customers in just five years… More Info
  • AT&T Exploring Sale of Digital Life Home Security Business, Report Says
    8.18.17 – SSI – AT&T is considering selling the security and home automation business unit to ease the debt load from a pending purchase of Time Warner, Reuters reports. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
225 ILCS 447/31-10 225 ILCS 447/31-15 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that the requirement for licensure that an applicant must submit certification issued by the Department of State Police that the applicant’s fingerprinting equipment and software meets all specifications required by the Department of State Police applies to fingerprint vendor agencies (rather than fingerprint vendors), and that the requirement is a continuing requirement for licensure. Adds as a qualification for licensure as a fingerprint vendor that an applicant provides proof of compliance with the Department fingerprinting equipment and software specifications if the applicant is not required to obtain a fingerprint vendor agency license under the Act. Effective immediately.
Status: 8/11/2017 : House Public Act . . . . . . . . . 100-0044
225 ILCS 447/40-5 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that reasonable attorney’s fees and costs may be awarded to a licensee, interested party, or person injured if he or she successfully obtains injunctive relief, whether by consent or otherwise. Effective immediately.
Status: 8/4/2017 : Senate Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments

State & National News

  • NC: Cooper vetoes two wide-ranging bills
    8.15.17 – WRAL.com – Senate Bill 16 contains a number of regulatory changes, touching on industries as disparate as the alarm business and gondola operators. Environmental … More Info
  • CA: California Bans Alarm Companies From Being Fined for False Alarms
    8.17.17 – Security Sales & Integration – “An alarm company operator or an alarm agent shall not be liable for civil penalties and fines assessed or imposed by a city, county, or city and county for false … More Info
  • Security Costs to Protect 2028 Olympic Games Could Surpass $2B
    8.16.17 – SSI – Technology will play a central role in protecting the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, officials say, with a focus on detection and prevention. More Info
  • ADT Survey Reveals Millennials Feel Extreme Anxiety Over Safety Concerns
    8.14.17 – SSI – A new survey by ADT shows 90% of Millennials depend on technology to feel safe when alone. Do you see this as a sales opportunity? More Info
  • An overview of smoke and fire alarm requirements • July-August 2017
    8.18.17 – Electrical Business – Post-fire inspections often reveal dated or disabled safety devices, like smoke alarms, exposing a hard truth those in the industry already know… the proper … More Info
  • Former burglars say barking dogs and CCTV are best deterrent
    8.18.17 – The Guardian – However, burglar alarms were only No 13 on their list of deterrents. … into or stealing cars by street lighting, an alarm, and a vehicle being parked in a driveway. More Info
  • Backyard Surveillance Bill Will Allow N.Y Neighbors to Sue Over Outdoor Cameras
    8.18.17 – SSI – A new law signed by the Governor Cuomo will allow people to sue their neighbors over cameras they feel are obtrusive. More Info
  • Callers make room for new 838 area code
    8.20.17 – Spectrum News –  “One of the things that we’ve come across is most burglar alarms and residential alarms operate off of a seven digit,” said Michael Stevens, the Niskayuna Police … More Info

Business Tips

  • Tech Tips: Wiring, A Lost Art?
    7.3.17 – Locksmith Ledger – Proper wire handling techniques are necessary to efficiently and legally install hardwired electronic access… More Info
  • Tech Tips: Access Control Accessories
    8.2.17 – Locksmith Ledger –  Biometric readers, REX sensors and buttons and even custom installations can solve your customers’ access control… More Info
  • Installation Pro Bob Dolph Shares Indispensable Testing Tools of the Trade
    8.18.17 – SSI – Many things can go wrong during the cabling installation and maintenance process, which is why it’s important technicians keep abreast of the latest testing equipment and related training to maintain today’s sophisticated networks. More Info
  • Expert Tips for Testing a Network Cabling Circuit
    4.18.17 – SI – Tech Talk columnist Bob Dolph gives an overview of some basic but no less important testing parameters for a network cabling circuit. More Info

Fire News

  • IL: Fire confirmed at Marion, Illinois, Dairy Queen
    8.16.17 – WPSD Local 6 – The Marion, Illinois, Fire Department confirms crews are fighting a fire at the Dairy Queen Tuesday night. Dispatchers said they received a call for a fire alarm at … More Info
  • KS: 2 Children killed in fire at apartment complex in Overland Park
    8.16.17 – WENY-TV – Officials say the building did not have working fire alarms or a sprinkler system. Smoke alarms are required on every story of a residence, according to the state … More Info
  • LA: SFD: Smoke alarm saves family from fire
    8.18.17 – KSLA-TV – Shreveport, LA – The Shreveport Fire Department is giving credit to a smoke alarm for saving a family of four Thursday night. More Info
  • MA: Beverly Police logs, Aug. 11-13
    8.15.17 – Wicked Local Beverly – 7:43 p.m. A fire alarm was reported to be going off on Riverview Street…. More Info
  • MA: Bourne Town Hall evacuated due to electrical odor
    8.16.17 – Cape Cod Times – Buzzards Bay – Bourne Town Hall was evacuated Tuesday morning after an employee pulled a fire alarm because of a burning electrical odor, a Bourne fire … More Info
  • MI: ADT worker save metro Detroit family from carbon monoxide poisoning
    8.16.17 – WXYZ – Sue Brodsky thought it was a false alarm when her carbon monoxide detector was going off. … Sue thought the fumes from the cleaners triggered the alarm. More Info
  • NY: Fire Report, Aug. 17
    8.18.17 – Springvillejournal – 2:09 p.m., East Concord firefighters responded to a fire alarm on Boston-Colden Road. Call cancelled. – 8:37 p.m., Springville firefighters responded to a first aid … More Info
  • ON: Family wakes to smoke-filled home (4 photos)
    8.19.17 – SooToday.com – “This is prime example of a fire alarm saving people from serious injury. They were first alerted by a functioning fire alarm and evacuated… they did everything … More Info
  • ON: Lynden Park Mall evacuated over false fire alarm
    8.17.17 – Brantford Expositor – Shoppers and staff in Lynden Park Mall were evacuated Wednesday afternoon over what turned out to be a false fire alarm that originated at Mark’s Work … More Info
  • TX: 2 families displaced after house fire in West Bexar County
    8.16.17 – KSAT San Antonio – She had received an alert through her home alarm system, but she didn’t realize what was happening until she heard from her husband. “At first, I thought there …More Info
  • WI: “I set my sister on fire:” Man accused of taking life of sister with …
    8.18.17 – fox6now.com – As officers approached, the complaint says they could hear beeping from a smoke alarm, and they could smell something burning. When officers pushed the … More Info
  • WI: State Fair officials: Someone pulled alarm in Cream Puff Pavilion …
    8.15.17 – fox6now.com – This, as the Cream Puff Pavilion was evacuated after the CEO says someone pulled a fire alarm. Many were scared and worried as the commotion caused … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: River Falls, Covington County authorities investigate 2 business …
    8.14.17 – WSFA – On Sunday, officers and deputies responded to the Gitty Up N Go convenience store in reference to a business alarm. Once there, officers saw … More Info
  • AL: Tuscaloosa Police seek burglary suspect
    8.18.17 – Tuscaloosa News – Officers responded to a burglary alarm on Aug. 10, said TPD spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson. A rear window and a … More Info
  • AZ: Police notes
    8.15.17 – Payson Roundup – Thieves triggered the alarm at Five Guys around 5:30 a.m. July 31. Officers found no evidence of forced entry into the business, but the front door was unlocked. More Info
  • CA: Man flees after trying to rob bank south of Corona
    8.19.17 – Press-Enterprise – A man tried to rob a Wells Fargo bank branch on Friday, Aug. 18, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The branch is at… More Info
  • CA: Oxnard man arrested after report of commercial burglary
    8.15.17 – Ventura County Star – Police were dispatched at 2:49 a.m. to a warehouse after a burglar alarm was activated. Police said they witnessed a … More Info
  • CA: Team of burglars hit Carmel Valley homes
    8.19.17 – 10News – Keswani says the thieves ignored posted signs about an alarm system and the security cameras in plain view. He did get alerts on his phone about activity … More Info
  • CO: Lakewood Crime Blotter: Counterfeit $100 bills used at two …
    8.15.17 – The Denver Post – Minutes later he ran out of the store, tripping a security alarm, and jumped into a car that sped away. Employees gave police part of a license plate number to try … More Info
  • CT: Police: Waterbury man arrested during attempt to break into ATM in …
    8.19.17 – Torrington Register Citizen – Officers responded to an alarm, Lieutenant John P. Joseph said in a written statement Friday, to find a window broken and Lorenzo still … More Info
  • DE: Police: Man Robs Wilmington Bank And Then Turns Himself In
    8.19.17 – First State Update – … Thursday, August 17 at approximately 3:36 p.m., Wilmington Police Officers responded to the M&T Bank in regard to an alarm. More Info
  • FL: Lee man accused of 2016 burglary at Homer Helter’s Antique Mall in …
    8.20.17 – Naples Daily News – Glass from the front door of the business was smashed, alarm wires were cut and a jewelry counter in the mall also was smashed, the Sheriff’s … More Info
  • FL: N. Naples man accused of stealing jewelry worth $1M gets two …
    8.19.17 – Naples Daily News – The man then disarmed the alarm system, entered the combination of the safe and opened it. He emptied the jewelry into his backpack until it was full and then … More Info
  • FL: Suspect Stayed on Cell Phone During Davie Armed Robbery: Police
    8.18.17 – NBC 6 South Florida – He then showed the employee a handgun in his waistband and made her disable the alarm and take him to the safe. The employee was forced to remove all the … More Info
  • GA: Police investigate double burglary
    8.18.17 – The Union-Recorder – According to a press release from the Milledgeville Police Department, dispatchers received a call around 2 a.m. Tuesday stating that Quality Pawn’s alarm had … More Info
  • GA: Teens attempting to steal motorcycles from business arrested
    8.19.17 – WXIA-TV – Conyers, GA. – Two teenagers have been arrested after they attempted to steal motorcycles from Mountain Motorsports, Conyers police said. More Info
  • IA: 6 cats, 2 ferrets killed in Sioux City house fire
    8.18.17 – Sioux City Journal – Assistant Fire Chief Dan Cougill said crews received an alarm at 3:38 p.m. for a structure fire. Upon arrival, smoke was coming from the front … More Info
  • IA: Woman charged in Iowa City McDonald’s burglary
    8.19.17 – KCRG – Anderson used her access code to deactivate the alarm. She then used her code to access the safe, where she stole cash. Anderson confessed to entering the … More Info
  • IL: Janesville Police Arrest Woman Accused in 11 Burglary Attempts …
    8.15.17 – MyStateline.com – Around 5 a.m. Monday, Janesville officers responded to the Drunken Monkey Bar for an alarm. When they arrived, they … More Info
  • IL: Police investigate report of armed robbery at Park Ridge …
    8.16.17 – Chicago Tribune – Deputy Police Chief Duane Mellema said the clerk reported that the store’s phone and alarm system were not working at the time of the earlier robbery, but it is … More Info
  • IN: Goshen AT&T store robbed
    8.16.17 – Goshen News – Goshen Police Department spokeswoman Tina Kingsbury said the Elkhart County dispatch center received notification of a hold-up alarm from the store … More Info
  • IN: Sullivan County Men Arrested For Alleged Home Invasion
    8.16.17 – WIBQ – An elderly couple’s home was broken into, while they slept and a burglar alarm scared the suspects off. Deputies searched the area most of the rest of a night … More Info
  • KY: Burglary suspect arrested
    8.16.17 – WAVE 3 – After the homeowner was notified by his alarm system about the burglary, he went to check on his house. The warrant says after the man went inside he was … More Info
  • MA: Barnstead police investigate string of business break-ins
    8.15.17 – WMUR Manchester – Advertisement. “They actually pried open the back window, went into the shop and we believe they got scared off by the audible alarm,” Chief Paul Poirier said. More Info
  • MA: Georgetown police reports: Aug. 4-10
    8.16.17 – Wicked Local Georgetown – 4:57 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported on Sage Road. 5:44 p.m.: An animal complaint was reportedly made. 6:07 p.m.: An animal complaint … More Info
  • MI: Police Beat: Clay Township
    8.19.17 – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers – Clay Township police responded to an alarm at the Rock Community Assembly of God Church on Aug. 13, according to a … More Info
  • MN: Lake County Sheriff’s Report: Aug. 18
    8.18.17 – Lake County News Chronicle – 4:55 p.m. Deputy responds to security alarm on Scenic Drive…. More Info
  • MO: 3 burglaries under investigation in Cape Girardeau
    8.16.17 – KFVS – Officers responded to The Medicine Shop for a report of a business alarm. The employee that responded to the business after the alarm … More Info
  • MO: Suspect nabbed in Joplin convenience store robbery
    8.18.17 – Joplin Globe – Trevor Duncan of the Joplin Police Department said officers were responding to a panic alarm set off at the store at 3:34 a.m. when a witness called 911 to report … More Info
  • MS: Police arrest suspect after chase
    8.19.17 – Natchez Democrat – Natchez – An alleged burglary ended with Natchez police officers chasing a subject on foot after he reportedly made a brief escape. At approximately 11:30 … More Info
  • MT: Sheriff: Park County inmate who attempted suicide has died
    8.16.17 – The Livingston Enterprise – 10 by Sheriff Hamilton, a detention officer activated a panic alarm at about 6:13 a.m. Thursday after discovering a male inmate unconscious during a routine cell … More Info
  • NC: DEPUTIES: Man takes only lighters after dollar store break-in
    8.16.17 – WITN – Sheriff Lemmie Smith says they responded to an alarm call around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday to the Family Dollar Store. The store’s front … More Info
  • NV: Police: Man arrested after threatening letter left at Heller’s office
    8.15.17 – Las Vegas Sun – Police received a call about 9 a.m. July 16 from an alarm company reporting a burglary alarm at the main entrance of Heller’s office … More Info
  • NY: Four women arrested after Kohl’s shoplifting spree
    8.14.17 – Buffalo News – They left the store without paying, apparently using aluminum foil found in one of the purses to thwart the store’s alarm system. A Buffalo police patrol car … More Info
  • OH: $200 allegedly stolen from Cornersburg coffee shop
    8.20.17 – WFMJ – Youngstown Police say they reported to Stone Fruit Coffee around 2:30 a.m. after a glass break alarm went off. According to officials, the drive-thru window was … More Info
  • OH: Accused ATM robbers plead guilty
    8.16.17 – Sandusky Register – Just after 2:30 a.m., local authorities responded to a Genoa Bank burglary alarm and determined someone tried to break into the facility’s separate ATM building … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Business Burglarized 4 Times In 3 Months Offers Award For …
    8.15.17 – News On 6 – They added an alarm and cameras, but, it didn’t stop. “They’ve probably cut our fence here at least eight or nine times,” Blagowsky said. A man broke in in May. More Info
  • PA: Allentown man charged in robberies of Gulf, Speedway, KFC and CVS
    8.15.17 – Allentown Morning Call – The Shakey’s burglary was aimed at stealing guns, but it was canceled when an alarm went off as the would-be burglars tried to pry open a door with a crow bar, … More Info
  • PA: Lancaster man accused of attempting to break into Columbia home
    8.19.17 – FOX43.com – Officers responding to the call on Tuesday met the victim, who told them he and his family were awakened by a security alarm and observed Sherman, whom he … More Info
  • PA: Police charge second man in connection to robbery spree
    8.19.17 – WFMZ Allentown – They ran after the store alarm went off. Police charged Landis with three counts each of robbery and conspiracy and a single count of attempted burglary, … More Info
  • PA: Second man charged in string of Lehigh County robberies; bail set …
    8.18.17 – Allentown Morning Call – He also was one of five people who tried to burglarize the gun shop, but fled when they set off an alarm, the affidavit says. In the Gulf station robbery in June, … More Info
  • TX: 3 arrested after burglaries and car chase
    8.16.17 – KFDA – Around 3:14 a.m., officers were called to a burglary alarm at a business where a cash register and other items where missing. More Info
  • TX: APD arrests 3 after pair of burglaries, car chase early Monday
    8.16.17 – Amarillo.com – At 3:14 a.m. officers were sent to a burglary alarm went off at a business. Officers discovered that a cash register and other items … More Info
  • TX: Robbers escape Walgreens near Southeast Memorial Hermann
    8.20.17 – Chron.com – When Houston police responded to the alarm, the three thieves were already gone. Surveillance footage of the burglary is being reviewed. Hospital officials … More Info
  • TX: Three arrested in burglary case in Smith County
    8.19.17 – KLTV – At approximately 2:30 this morning, Smith County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to an alarm call at Tractor Supply. More Info
  • TX: Video: Odessa police searching for robbery suspects
    8.16.17 – Midland Reporter-Telegram – Odessa Police responded to (IN-N-Out) at 3:11 a.m. Tuesday in reference to an alarm. The investigation revealed that two male subjects … More Info
  • VT: Shelburne man accused of assault, robbery, attempted murder after …
    8.16.17 – BurlingtonFreePress.com – Colchester police first responded to Maplefields after a panic alarm was activated. The clerk, Asa Towne, said he had been robbed at … More Info
  • VT: Subway, American Legion Broken Into Early Thursday
    8.19.17 – Caledonian Record – It was about 4:20 a.m. Thursday when the alarm company alerted Richard Bean of the American Legion that a burglary alarm had been triggered at the Legion’s … More Info
  • WA: Subject found sleeping on school grounds|Police Blotter
    8.17.17 – Covington-Maple Valley Reporter – 8 it was reported an alarm was tripped at the Euphonium recreational marijuana store. The police report stated the alarm reportedly caught a voice saying “let’s … More Info

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