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August 24, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • APD, home security companies warn of scammers
    8.18.15 – KOB.com – “A reputable alarm company never comes to you at your home or at your business and says, ‘we need to update your system,'” Meurer said. He advises people … More info
  • Vivint Sales Rep Accused of Verbally Attacking Pregnant Woman
    8.21.15 – SSI – A sales representative for Vivint has been accused of verbally abusing… More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: County passes false alarm bylaw after months of discussion
    8.19.15 – Camrose Canadian – After months of discussion regarding a false alarm bylaw, Camrose County council passed a third reading of the bylaw during its Aug. 11 meeting. In attendance … More Info
  • AB: False alarms are costly
    8.17.15 – Drayton Valley Western Review – Every time there is an alarm, police and emergency services are called in to investigate. That involves fire crews driving to the fire stations, changing into … More Info
  • BC: Upper Fraser Valley RCMP Will Only Respond to Verified Property …
    8.21.15 – KelownaNow – “From the beginning of 2015, police have responded to over 1,400 false alarm complaints in the Upper Fraser Valley Regional District, taking us away from … More Info
  • CA: Deaf woman slapped with home security false alarm fines in Vallejo
    8.18.15 – abc7news.com – Many cities, including San Francisco, Oakland and Vallejo, slap homeowners with fines for false home alarms. 7 On Your Side helped one woman escape her … More Info
  • ID: Pocatello City Council passes user fee increases
    8.22.15 – Idaho State Journal – Life safety inspection permits from the city fire department also will rise $5 to $25 and false fire alarms at businesses will now cost $150 for the fourth false alarm … More Info
  • NY: Proposed Ulster County law regulating alarm systems advances
    8.19.15 – The Daily Freeman – Kingston, NY – A proposed local law that would fine Ulster County homeowners and businesses for repeated false alarms at their buildings advanced … More Info
  • TX: False alarms keeping deputies busy
    8.21.15 – The Henderson Daily News – Alarm systems have become commonplace in homes and businesses as a means of keeping the intruders out and by giving peace of mind. But there are times … More Info
  • WV: False Alarm Ordinance Goes to Wheeling Council
    8.19.15 – Wheeling Intelligencer – By the first of the year, Wheeling could be charging fees for police response to false burglar alarm calls – a move the city’s police department has pushed to … More Info

Industry News

  • Homeowner upset at security company after burglary
    8.17.15 – KPRC Houston – A northwest Harris County homeowner said his alarm company failed him during a burglary by two teen crooks whom he caught on camera. John Pike said he … More Info
  • Are cyber threats the Achilles’ heel of the smart home?
    8.18.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – The advent of smart home technology has forever changed the face of the residential alarm industry for the better. Not only are people more connected to their … More Info
  • AT&T Looms Large at IoT Expo Evolution
    8.19.15 – IoT Evolution World – The U.S. alarm industry was an early IoT customer of AT&T’s, he said. Today the company has three large alarm companies that are managing well over 1 … More Info
  • News Poll: Millennials love technology
    8.19.15 – SSN- Yarmouth, Maine – Millennials have entered the workplace, but are they fundamentally different from previous generations? Security Systems News readers said yes in this month’s News Poll: Generation Y is noticeably more tech savvy, they said. More Info
  • Texas Neighborhood Seeks to Boost Security to Deter Burglaries
    8.20.15 – SSI – Residents in a South Lubbock neighborhood are considering installing home security systems, which include video surveillance cameras, after a string of burglaries hit the area. More Info
  • Local business owner victimized by fake electrician
    8.19.15 – 10News – Boyles, swamped by the opening, met him, and when he told her the alarm system needed to rewired and some switches in the fuse box had to be switched out, … More Info

State & National News

  • Copper Retirement Gets FCC Go-Ahead – With Strings …
    Aug 6, 2015 – The FCC adopts a copper retirement order, attracting the ire of some … requirements for telecom service providers that want to retire copper … Initially service providers will have to offer devices providing backup power for … More Info
  • OK Department of Labor Notice RE:  Exemption from Examination Requirement for Burglar Alarm/Residential Fire Alarm Salespersons
    8.11.15 – Effective September 1, 2015, Burglar Alarm/Residential Fire Alarm Salesperson applicants shall be exempt from taking an examination prescribed by the Commissioner of Labor.  All other licensure requirements required by the Alarm and Locksmith Industry Act and Administrative Rules, 59 O.S. § 1800.1, et seq. and OAC 380:75, shall still be in effect, including a mandatory national criminal history records search.  More Info
  • Startup aims to make home devices smart enough to anticipate what you need
    8.21.15 – CNet – Silk Labs wants to weave its software and services into all the new networked devices coming to homes of the future. Behind it: a trio fresh from the ambitious Firefox OS smartphone project. More Info

Business Tips

  • Don’t Be Sunk By Lesser Known OSHA Regulations
    8.19.15 – CI – Environmental steps related to OSHA are among compliance issues discussed at CI Summit 2015. More Info
  • 8 Expenses Businesses Should Pass on to Customers
    8.21.15 – Entrepreneur.com – As a small-business owner, you not only deserve to be paid for your hard work, but your livelihood depends it. More Info
  • Here Are 6 Considerations When You’re Thinking of Selling Your Business
    8.21.15 – Entrepreneur.com – Incredible opportunity, both personal and professional, can come from a sale. But you’ve also got to be prepared for what lies ahead. More Info
  • How To Lead Collaboratively
    8.20.15 – Fast Company – You don’t lead alone, so stop pretending you do. Isaac Newton famously said that if he had seen far, it was “by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Dramatic as that statement is, it’s a poor model for understanding leadership. Leaders don’t rise above everyone else. The best leaders achieve what they do by standing shoulder to shoulder with others. They never lead alone. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Children hear fire alarm, pull man from smoky apartment
    8.22.15 – AZFamily – Children hear fire alarm, pull man from smoky apartment…. More Info
  • CA: Carbon monoxide alarm prompts evacuations at Hillcrest building …
    8.21.15 – San Diego Gay & Lesbian News – A busy commercial building in Hillcrest – including a Trader Joe’s grocery store – was evacuated Friday morning after a carbon monoxide alarm sounded off, … More Info
  • CO: Home struck by lightning; 2nd time for owner
    8.17.15 – WAGM – “I just see like the black smoke go off, and me and my friend try to get a fire extinguisher from under the sink because we heard a fire alarm downstairs,” Macey … More Info
  • CT: Local roundup: Faulty alarm forces Tigers to hold twinbill today
    8.22.15 – theday.com – The alarm first went off shortly before 7 p.m., and fans, staff and players for both teams mingled in the parking lot for about a half hour — some letting out a cheer … More Info
  • GA: West Point woman on trial for alleged arson
    8.20.15 – LaGrange Daily News – On the evening of the fire, Owens said her husband, who was out of town, received a call from an automatic alarm company that notified him of a possible fire in … More Info
  • IA: Smoke detectors credited for saving young girl in Camanche fire
    8.18.15 – KWQC-TV6 – In the middle of a nap she was awakened by the loud chirping sound of a smoke alarm. “I just heard it and I just woke up. I just ran out here as fast as I could and … More Info
  • MA: Boxford police log highlights Aug. 10-16
    8.20.15 – Wicked Local Boxford – 12:05 a.m. Fire alarm activated on Main Street was set off by homeowner. … 7:19 p.m. Accidental fire alarm was activated on Partridge Lane due to burned food. More Info
  • MT: When Walmart becomes a party
    8.19.15 – Polson Lake County Leader – An automatic alarm sounded at Red Lion signaling its sprinkler system was tripped. Moments later, a second alarm blasted through the office, notifying Polson … More Info
  • NV: Home Fire Injures 3 People Near Atlantis Casino
    8.21.15 – KOLO – Life Alert called me and said the smoke alarm is going off and we are notifying the fire department.” Neighbors noticed the smoke and rushed to the woman’s aid. More Info
  • PA: Fire chief: Alarm system reduced damage
    8.20.15 – Altoona Mirror – Fire chief: Alarm system reduced damage. Green Avenue Tower upgrades confined blaze to one unit. More Info
  • SD: Faulty Smoke Detector Results in PFD Being Called to Pierre Hotel …
    8.17.15 – Drgnews – Pierre, SD – Guests at the Ramkota Hotel were evacuated for a short time early Sunday morning after the building’s smoke alarm system began … More Info
  • TX: Wadley Medical Plaza in Texarkana, TX evacuated
    8.20.15 – KSLA-TV – “We were in with the doctor when the fire alarm went off and they just ignored it then they came in and told us we had to leave,” said clinic visitor Tammie Dinkins … More Info
  • VA: Alexandria house fire caused by box fan
    8.21.15 – W*USA 9 – … in the home’s living room at approximately 5:30 a.m. Officials say a man jumped from the front porch roof on to the lawn after hearing the smoke alarm sound. More Info
  • WA: Motel employee hailed as hero for sounding alarm
    8.19.15 – Kitsap Sun – As gas began pouring out of a broken line at the southwest corner of the Motel 6, she instructed an employee to pull the fire alarm. Hinds only knew what a … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Burglary suspect’s restaurant ‘selfie’ led to arrest of 3
    8.17.15 – MyNewsLA.com – Officers responded to a burglar alarm and a call of suspicious people at 4:41 a.m., said Covina police Sgt. Gregg … More Info
  • CA: Fresno police burglarized; auto-theft unit targeted
    8.18.15 – Fresno Bee – Police responded after getting a burglar alarm notification at the building, which also houses the major narcotics unit and vice intelligence unit. “We have … More Info
  • CA: Police: Robber pulls gun on bank teller
    8.19.15 – Bakersfield Now – The teller reportedly dropped to her knees behind the counter and hit the alarm before locking herself in a bathroom, where she called her father. Greg Franks … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to commercial burglar alarm, theft
    8.18.15 – Journal Advocate – At approximately 3:55 p.m., a deputy was dispatched in reference to a commercial burglar alarm. At 6:20 p.m. a deputy … More Info
  • CT: Meriden gas station robbed early Thursday morning
    8.20.15 – Meriden Record-Journal – At about 2:30 a.m., police were dispatched to Valero after an alarm, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. After speaking with an … More Info
  • FL: Police: Same suspects likely robbed both Port Orange, Orange City …
    8.18.15 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – “I set up the silent alarm but nobody has responded yet.” Police investigators said the silent alarm malfunctioned. “I am next door. They destroyed all the phones … More Info
  • FL: Thieves cut hole in roof, steal sunglasses from Weston warehouse
    8.21.15 – Local 10 – They said the crooks then disabled the alarm system, rummaged through offices and kicked their way into the back of the warehouse, where the merchandise … More Info
  • GA: Burglars busy in Athens
    8.17.15 – Athens Daily Review – In the pre-dawn hours on Monday the Athens Police Department answered an alarm call from Julio’s Market. Sgt. Jason Bosher … More Info
  • GA: Decatur Burglary Suspect in Custody
    8.19.15 – Patch.com- The victim reported he was upstairs inside of his residence when he heard his door alarm chime. He walked down the stairs when he heard the door alarm … More Info
  • GA: Man charged with stealing T-shirts from Macon store
    8.20.15 – 13WMAZ – According to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the CVS Pharmacy. More Info
  • GA: Suspects sought in break-in attempt
    8.20.15 – The Augusta Chronicle – The men fled from the area when the burglar alarm sounded. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office … More Info
  • GA: Walmart Truck Downs Power Lines, Jar of Coins Stolen, Jet Skis …
    8.21.15 – Patch.com – Alarm- Deputies responded to an alarm at a residence. Deputies checked the area. Everything okay. Alarm- Deputies responded to an alarm at a … More Info
  • IN: Fort Wayne police and local briefs
    8.19.15 – News Sentinel – Another employee in the back pushed the panic alarm. The employee at the counter said the robber was a tall, dark-skinned black man about 5-feet, 10 inches … More Info
    8.17.15 – Indiana Gazette – Officers said the Punxsutawney fire department responded to the alarm and discovered there was no emergency. Investigators then checked video surveillance … More Info
  • MA: Ipswich POLICE LOG
    8.22.15 – Wicked Local Ipswich – 7:43 a.m.: A commercial burglar alarm was reported on Avery Street. 9:45 a.m.: A residential burglar alarm was activated … More Info
  • MA: Maynard police log, Aug. 10 to 16
    8.22.15 – Wicked Local Stow – 7:01 p.m.: An alarm company reported a commercial burglary alarm. More Info
  • MD: Man forced to make ATM withdrawals (North Baltimore Crime Log)
    8.22.15 – Baltimore Sun – Orkney Road. 500 block at 2:20 p.m. Alarm control panel damaged in attempted break-in. Home owner yelled at assailants, … More Info
  • MI: Detroit man to be charged in murder of party store owner
    8.20.15 – Detroit Free Press – Salem’s 16-year-old son was inside the office and hit the panic alarm, Police Capt. Richard Maierle had said. On store video, Salem, 50, … More Info
  • MI: Safe containing narcotics stolen from pharmacy and more Dearborn ...
    8.22.15 – Dearborn Press and Guide – A safe containing prescription narcotics was discovered stolen after police responded to a burglary alarm at Savrx Discount Pharmacy. More Info
  • MI: VIDEO: Clumsy thief takes his time stealing TV from Detroit used car lot
    8.18.15 – WXYZ – The owner of the used car lot says he relied on several lines of defense to protect him against a robbery: surveillance cameras, a loud alarm, a private security … More Info
  • MN: Alarm at Bremer in Crookston, which turned out be false, triggers a …
    8.18.15 – Crookston Daily Times – An alarm triggered at Bremer Bank early Monday afternoon triggered a swift reaction from local law enforcement, with the Minnesota … More Info
  • MO: Armed robbery at Circle K in north St. Louis County
    8.20.15 – KMOV.com – Bridgeton Police Department received a call from the alarm company from a Circle K gas station on Old St. Charles Rock Road around 5 a.m. Thursday. More Info
  • MO: Squatters break into vacant home for low-income family, trash ho …
    8.18.15 – KCTV Kansas City – “We did have an alarm system on it. That’s one of the first things they did is cut the alarm system,” said Edwin Lowndes, Kansas City Housing Authority’s … More Info
  • NC: Jewelry Thieves Driving White Mercedes SUV
    8.19.15 – WLOS – “We were out of town and got a call from the alarm system company,” said Olivia … Zahler believes the alarm system went off and so the thieves knew they had a … More Info
  • NJ: N.J. men caught trying to pry open ATM, police say
    8.17.15 – NJ.com – The two men set off an alarm at 4:51 a.m. after they were able to free the lower portion of the machine off the ground with a crowbar, Loaces said. When police … More Info
  • OH: Boardman police have a suspect in jewelry store heists
    8.20.15 – Youngstown Vindicator – The man reportedly was shot after the owner of Cirelli saw him in the store via video surveillance after an alarm sounded. The owner then confronted the suspect … More Info
  • OH: Boardman police: Jeweler shoots would-be robber
    8.19.15 – WKBN.com – Surveillance video shows a would-be thief broke into the shop on Market Street just after 11 p.m. and started rummaging through cases, setting off an alarm. More Info
  • OH: Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports
    8.21.15 – Troy Daily News – DOGS: A deputy responded for a burglar alarm. It appeared the reason the alarm was tripped was because there … More Info
  • OH: PD: Stark County man breaks into same business twice in two days
    8.19.15 – newsnet5.com – Just before midnight, the store’s alarm sounded after the second break-in and deputies raced to the scene. Pritchett was arrested inside the store while trying to … More Info
  • OK: Three arrested at Bell Elementary School after Saturday morning …
    8.22.15 – Tulsa World – Three suspects were arrested and booked after police received an alarm call at Bell Elementary School early Saturday morning. … More Info
  • OR: Transient booked for breaking into local market
    8.22.15 – Herald and News – Robert R. J. Long, 24, was contacted shortly after 4:20 a.m. by officers responding to a burglary alarm … More Info
  • PA: 2 masked men get nothing in attempted Penn Wynne armed robbery
    8.21.15 – Main Line – Police were called to the store after the activation of a holdup alarm. Once on scene, police were told by the clerk the two men entered and one was displaying a … More Info
  • PA: Warrants issued for two men accused of robbing midstate KFC
    8.18.15 – PennLive.com – Lebanon police responded to a panic alarm just after 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the KFC, according to a news release from city police. More Info
  • TN: Pharmacy alarm results in burglary charge for Cookeville man
    8.17.15 – Cookeville Herald Citizen – Cookeville — An early morning alarm at a local pharmacy resulted in a Cookeville man being charged with burglary, according to a report by Cookeville … More Info
  • TX: Caught on CCTV: Teens Allegedly Lift $250K Worth of Items From ...
    8.20.15 – Security Sales – School officials are not considering adding security alarms. After it was … What gets me is, Why is the school spending more money on a potential alarm system. More Info
  • VA: One arrest made in gun thefts
    8.23.15 – Martinsville Bulletin – … in reference to the store’s burglary alarm system. On scene, officers discovered that four firearms had been stolen from … More Info
  • VA: Three charged, one arrested in June burglary or Dunham Sports
    8.21.15 – WSLS – Officers went to Dunham Sports in reference to a burglar alarm. Officers found 4 firearms were stolen from the business. More Info
  • WA: Public asked to help identify suspects
    8.18.15 – Columbia Basin Herald – “They were attempting to try and break-in and triggered the alarm and the alarm is super quick. So the cops showed up within 45 seconds, within 45 seconds of … More Info
  • WA: Surveillance video released of suspected store burglars
    8.17.15 – iFIBER One News – The two men fled when the alarm sounded and police were unable to find them. Anyone with information can call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at … More Info


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