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August 29, 2016

About NESA

The National Electronic Security Alliance is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Over the next weeks we will give you short articles about the alliance.

Learn Best Practices

Like any industry ours share a number of specific best practices. Whether you are a newcomer or experienced member of the trade, ignorance of best practices can pose a serious business and reputational risk.  Our national and state associations provide a forum for creating and learning about industry-wide best practices. Becoming a member of your industry association gives you a resource to learn what best practices govern your chosen field. It can also give you a head start on compliance when best practices are amended or change to meet changing technologies.

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Fort Saskatchewan RCMP battle home security false alarms, fines …
    8.27.16 – Edmonton Journal – Home security false alarms in Fort Saskatchewan could cost owners hundreds of dollars in fines. Fort Saskatchewan RCMP since Jan. 1 have been slammed … More Info
  • FL: After break-in, gun shop owner seeks alarm law change
    8.26.16 – Orlando Sentinel – He claims the lag resulted because the alarm company needed to verify the alarm hadn’t been accidentally tripped before they could call law enforcement. More Info
  • NY: Security Camera Registration Program Gives Rochester Police Quick Access to Video Evidence
    8.25.16 – SSI – When a crime happens, police can input the address into the system to retrieve registered cameras in that area. More Info
  • TN: County can now fine for false alarms
    8.24.16 – The Hartsville Vidette – The County Commission voted Monday night to approve an ordinance setting up a service charge for false emergency alarms. A false alarm can now draw a … More Info

Industry News

  • Researchers Say Facial Recognition Not Foolproof
    8.23.16 – SIA – A team of researchers have found that facial recognition systems can be fooled. More Info
  • AlarmForce Admits to Wrongfully Charging Monitoring Fees After Subscription Cancellations
    8.24.16 – SSI – AlarmForce said its policy review resulted from due diligence undertaken during a potential sale process. More Info
  • Area code change may affect alarms
    8.24.16 – Mount Airy News – Fire and burglar alarms provide a sense of security for local businesses or homeowners — who might not be as secure as they think due to a recent telephone … More Info
  • This fire alarm can also detect gunshots, and it’s already being …
    8.26.16 – Business Insider – Guns are three times more likely to kill someone than fire, but at schools and offices throughout the US, it’s a fire alarm that’s mandatory, not a gunshot detector. More Info
  • Telular surpasses 1M IoT subscribers in the commercial telematics …
    8.26.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Telguard created the cellular alarm communicator market three decades ago and has since maintained its leadership by being a first mover in 2G, 3G, CDMA, … More Info

State & National News

  • Technicians, farmers fight for ‘right to repair’
    8.23.16 – Stateline – Supporters of “right to repair” laws want electronics manufacturers to give access to manuals, parts and tools needed by independent repair shops to fix their products. More Info
  • Report Details Smartwatch Ownership
    8.23.16 – SIA – Millennials are gravitating to the Internet of Things, at least compared to other demographic groups. More Info
  • 10 Ways Your Home will Change by 2020  
    8.25.16 – EH – CEDIA predicts the future of home technology: artificially intelligent plumbing? More Info
  • FYI: Burglars Don’t Care If You Have an Alarm System
    8.23.16 – HouseBeautiful.com – Peace of mind just got a lot harder to find. It turns out alarm systems, surveillance cameras and even dogs don’t keep burglars away. Most criminals know … More Info
  • I-Team: Convicted Burglars Reveal How They Case Their Targets
    8.23.16 – NBC New York – Forty-six percent were trying to determine if the home had an alarm system, and 44 … A stunning 59 percent of the responding burglars told the I-Team an alarm … More Info

Business Tips

  • 3 story structures every CEO needs to master
    8.11.16 – Entrepreneur – CEOs tell stories all the time. Great CEOs are consistent in the stories they tell, framing their companies’ core narratives to connect authentically with different audiences. The first step to becoming a powerful storytelling CEO is to understand and master three key stories about your company: the number’s story, the vision story and the bridge story. More Info
  • Better Email Content Would Increase Likelihood of Purchase for Security Professionals
    8.24.16 – SIA – Physical security professionals accept email marketing as an important source of information when it provides value rather than self-serving content. More Info
  • The Commercial Integrator’s Dilemma: Do I Sell or Do I Grow?
    8.23.16 – CI – The economy is changing, technology is evolving and standing still is not an option. The owners of mid-market commercial integration firms must choose between several financial paths, including investment in growth, engaging in M&A activity and cashing in. More Info
  • Legal Briefing: Covering Your Assets During Company Sales …
    8.25.16 – Security Sales & Integration – If alarm insurance policies were claims made — a policy providing coverage that is triggered when a claim is made against the insured during the policy period … More Info

Fire News

  • AB: Security system saves northwest home from extensive fire damage
    8.25.16 – 660 News – The combination of a security system and a fire alarm helped save a home in the … Laird said it’s a great example of how a working smoke alarm can save lives … More Info
  • MA: State House false alarm triggered by construction work
    8.22.16 – MassLive.com – A brief evacuation of the Massachusetts State House this morning was sparked when construction work in the building’s basement accidentally set off an alarm. More Info
  • MI: Fire breaks out in Marstons Mills commercial building
    8.27.16 – CapeCod.com News – … shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills firefighters responded to an alarm activation and discovered the fire. More Info
  • MI: Fire Chief: Couple escapes house fire due to low battery alarm on …
    8.24.16 – UpNorthLive.com – Grand Traverse County, MI (WPBN/WGTU)– A couple and their dog were able to escape a house fire because of a low battery alarm on their house .. More Info
  • MI: Fire contained at Bear Market in Camdenton Sunday night
    8.23.16 – Lakenewsonline.com – According to a press release from the Camdenton Fire Department, the CFD responded to a fire alarm at Camdenton Post Office … More Info
  • WY: Smoke Alarms Credited for Saving 5 Lives in Cheyenne House Fire
    8.23.16 – Kgab – “Luckily prior to their arrival, the upstairs occupants were still awake and heard the alarm,” added Zimmerman. “They came down the stairs to some smoke and … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Reward offered in gun theft
    8.27.16 – Selma Times-Journal – The police department responded to a call of a burglary alarm at the Co-Op between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m., according to Selma Police Chief John Brock. More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspects tripped up by their whispers
    8.26.16 – Manteca Bulletin – Manteca Police upset the plan of two suspected commercial burglars shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday when an alarm company heard voices inside the Wash … More Info
  • CA: Calistoga Police Report Log
    8.24.16 – Napa Valley Register – 8:46 p.m.: Officers responded for an alarm sounding. The building was found to be secure and the alarm was reset. More Info
  • CA: Gas station mini-mart robbed
    8.25.16 – San Mateo Daily Journal – The suspect, who fought briefly with one of the station owners, fled when an alarm was activated, according to police. At approximately 4:40 a.m., the husband … More Info
  • CA: Man Arrested For Alleged Vandalism, Break-In At Library
    8.28.16 – Patch.com – Deputies were responding to an alarm call at the library in the early hours on Saturday, when one deputy spotted the suspect, later identified as Wesley Lewis, … More Info
  • CA: Man convicted of shooting at homeowner during burglary
    8.24.16 – The Bakersfield Californian – They awakened as the home alarm went off. The husband fired two shots from a handgun at the intruders, according to prosecutors. Melendez appeared from … More Info
  • CA: PHOTOS: Attempted gas station market robbery in Belmont
    8.24.16 – KRON4.com – Belmont – A masked armed suspect tried to rob a gas station mini-mart in Belmont, but left when an alarm was activated Wednesday morning. More Info
  • CA: Visalia man is suspected of arson
    8.22.16 – Visalia Times-Delta – An officer was driving by the Trinity United Reformed Church when he heard an alarm sound from the church. The officer saw a … More Info
  • CT: North Haven Police Investigate Attempted Home Burglary
    8.22.16 -Patch.com – Police responded to a house alarm on Aug. 19 and arriving officers found signs of forced entry into a breezeway. Police said a sweep of the residence revealed … More Info
  • CT: State Police searching for person who stole 11 training guns from …
    8.23.16 – FOX 61 – On August 19 a burglary alarm was activated at the facility during the evening, but Simsbury Police reported that the doors appeared … More Info
  • CT: Suspect Drives Police Batty at Rocky Hill Residential Alarm Call
    8.23.16 – Patch.com – Rocky Hill, CT — Rocky Hill police captured what they described as an “unlikely” suspect after responding to a residential home burglary alarm call on Friday. More Info
  • CT: Watertown liquor store robbed
    8.28.16 – Waterbury Republican American – As Maslak left the store, the clerk switched on the panic alarm, alerting police, according to Deputy Chief Robert Desena. Police found Maslak in the south … More Info
  • FL: ‘Armed’ Robber Using Finger As Weapon Doesn’t Fool Gas Station …
    8.28.16 – Coral Springs Talk – The call came into dispatch around 10:48 p.m. from a silent alarm at the Speedway gas station after a thin white male in his 20’s with a light … More Info
  • FL: Police searching for two suspects in Circle K robbery
    8.28.16 – Orlando Sentinel – Shopper shares story of panic during false alarm at Florida Mall. Shopper shares story of panic during false alarm at Florida Mall. Loud noise causes panic at … More Info
  • GA: Burglar caught in the act at Dawson bank
    8.26.16 – WALB-TV – “Well, a good alarm system and the officers response was paramount in them being able to make this arrest,” said Colonel Tommy Poupard, Dawson Asst. More Info
  • ID: Burglary suspect is arrested
    8.28.16 – Bonner County Daily Bee – The subject returned about a half an hour later, presumably to make sure a silent alarm was not activated during the break-in, court records indicate. More Info
  • IL: Sycamore Bank Robbed; Suspect Arrested 10 Minutes Later
    8.27.16 – WspyNews – The bank’s robbery alarm was hit at around 1:20. Sycamore Police got a description of the subject, and police say ten minutes after the robbery was reported, … More Info
  • IN: Thieves steal a dozen guns from gun store during smash and grab …
    8.25.16 – WTTV CBS4Indy – Jeff Rasche. Captain Rasche says sheriff’s deputies arrived at J & M Sporting Goods just 4 minutes after the alarm sounded and the suspects had already fled. More Info
  • KY: Thief cuts hole in roof to break into Lexington neighborhood store
    8.22.16 – WKYT- Quintero believes the store’s alarm scared off the thief before he got into the office, but he did kick their way inside. Quintero said he does have insurance to help … More Info
  • KY:Two local Warren County stores burglarized overnight
    8.28.16 – WBKO – The Warren County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 4:00 a.m. for a burglary alarm at the Richpond Market. The Department discovered … More Info
  • MI: Thieves break into church and steal cake and chips
    8.27.16 – WXYZ – The intruders set off the alarm when they left through the church’s front entrance. They escaped with about $100 worth of cakes and chips. More Info
  • MN: Hubbard County law enforcement Incidents Report
    8.27.16 – Park Rapids Enterprise – Rd. 93; A garage motion alarm was reported in Park Rapids; A Bemidji caller called with concerns of identity theft, he reported receiving a bill for a credit card … More Info
  • MS: Siblings arrested in burglary attempt
    8.24.16 – Meridian Star – “After breaking a window to get inside, which caused the alarms to go off, the suspects exited the business and drove away, but not before they ran into a post … More Info
  • NC: Deputies looking for attempted ATM thief in Cumberland Co.
    8.27.16 – WTVD-TV – An alarm went off which notified the Sheriff’s Office. The man is about 5 foot 8 inches tall and wearing a white sleeveless shirt and a tattoo on his right forearm. More Info
  • NJ: Cops capture 3 children accused of school burglary, report says
    8.26.16 – NJ.com – Willingboro Police captured the three minors after they reportedly set off the burglar alarm at the South Jersey school. All three children were located inside the … More Info
  • NJ: Gas station attendant robbed in Brooklawn
    8.27.16 – Vineland Daily Journal – Police responded at approximately 12:50 a.m. to a panic alarm activation at the Citgo gas station. The attendant said two black males robbed him … More Info
  • NJ: Trenton man broke into school, found clutching lollipops, cops say
    8.26.16 – NJ.com – Police were called to Columbus Elementary School after the school’s alarm went off around 10 p.m., said Lt. Stephen Varn. Officers arrived to find a door slightly … More Info
  • NO: Related? 2 Burglars, 2 botched break-ins, 2 days, same street
    8.22.16 –WGNO – There was little more than ketchup and mustard bottles to steal. So they had to break another door to get inside the main dining area, which set-off an alarm and … More Info
  • NY: Police Arrest Pair Of Young Burglary Suspects In Hartsdale
    8.22.16 – Daily Voice – Greenburgh, N.Y. — A pair of young, homeless burglary suspects was arrested over the weekend after a home alarm went off in Hartsdale. Greenbugh police … More Info
  • OH: ATM stolen from Tremont convenience store
    8.23.16 – fox8.com – Officers responded to an alarm at Tremont Convenience Food Mart early Tuesday morning. When they arrived, police found a large hole in … More Info
  • OH: Man who killed Ohio police K-9 sentenced to 45 years in prison
    8.26.16 – KGO-TV – The two were responding to a burglary alarm at Fishers Foods, a grocery store. Jethro was shot multiple times during a confrontation with Barefield, who also … More Info
  • OH: Oxford police seek suspect in armed robbery
    8.25.16 – Hamilton Journal News – Officers were dispatched to a silent alarm at about 12:11 p.m. at the business. While officers were en route, dispatch received a 911 call from the employee at the … More Info
  • PA: Armed robbery at Subway in Windber
    8.27.16 – Daily American Online – Police responded to a silent alarm at the store and discovered an armed robbery in progress. Police have an individual in custody. More Info
  • PA: Burglaries, attempted burglary reported by Springfield Police
    8.23.16 – Delco News Network – Springfield Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Springfield Suds & Soda Store at 12:41am Aug. 15. Officer Brian … More Info
  • PA: Feds indict 3 for S. Lebanon bank robbery
    8.24.16 – Lebanon Daily News – Police got to the bank within two minutes of the alarm but the robbers managed to run away on foot. The same bank, which was closed on April 15, had been the … More Info
  • PA: Neighbor armed with a golf club subdues armed robber
    8.28.16 – Chambersburg Public Opinion – Polito said the house is equipped with an automatic alarm system, which went off when Rideout burst through the back door around 11 p.m. He said another … More Info
  • PA: North Hills woman arrested for burglaries in Dresher, Springfield
    8.22.16 -Montgomery Newspapers – 8, Upper Dublin police responded to an alarm at the Dresher Nail Salon and found the front glass door had been broken out, … More Info
  • PA: School burglar who trashed teacher’s lounge denied a break on his …
    8.22.16 – PennLive.com – Police said Scott, 35, of Carlisle, rifled through offices and the teacher’s lounge at the South Middleton School District building, triggering the alarm system. More Info
  • SC: Liquor store thief fled with cash, but left something behind
    8.28.16 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – Myrtle Beach police were called to Giff’s Liquor at 2:40 a.m. in response to an alarm activation at the business. The store’s owner, who met … More Info
  • TX: All clear given after alarm scare at Nueces County Courthouse
    8.23.16 – KRIS Corpus Christi News – Early Tuesday morning, workers and visitors to the Nueces County Courthouse got a momentary scare. An alarm was set off on the 9th floor of the courthouse. More Info
  • TX: Kingwood, Porter gas stations damaged in smash-and-grab burglaries
    8.23.16 – Your Houston News – HPD officers responded to an alarm at the First Stop Grocery store around 2 a.m. Aug. 9 where the suspects allegedly used a … More Info
  • TX: Pflugerville Man Arrested After Prompting School Lock-Down While …
    8.26.16 – Patch.com – But about two hours later, someone from an alarm company called police to tell them they had overheard an argument while calling about an alarm activation… More Info
  • TX: Several handbags swiped from Tootsies in Upper Kirby
    8.22.16 – KTRK-TV – Officers responded to the store after an alarm went off. It’s unclear at this time whether surveillance cameras captured … More Info
  • TX: Suspected burglary caught in the act during convenience store …
    8.24.16 – KHOU.com – According to the Houston Police Department, officers received a call at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday of a burglary alarm at the Metro Food #2 store … More Info
  • VA: Man Finds Two People in House, Large Group in Pool: Police
    8.22.16 -Patch.com – Haymarket, VA — This is an unsettling scenario for anyone who wakes up in the middle of the night because a home alarm has been triggered. Such was the … More Info
  • VA: Man tries to break into a Norfolk home, is caught on camera instead
    8.22.16 – wtkr.com – “Our air conditioning thing is back there so he cut the wires to the AC unit thinking it was the alarm system,” said Long. Then Long said the suspect tries to kick in … More Info
  • VA: Police: Burglars use pool at Haymarket home
    8.23.16 – Inside NoVA – A resident of the home told police he woke up when he heard a door alarm, when he went downstairs to check on the alarm, he saw two unknown people in the … More Info
  • VT: Bank Robbed Twice in 1 Week in Winooski, Vermont
    8.26.16 – NECN – … 2:30 p.m. Thursday and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Winooski officers responded after an employee activated the bank’s panic alarm. More Info
  • VT: TD Bank in Winooski robbed at gunpoint again
    8.25.16 – BurlingtonFreePress.com – Winooski police responded to the scene after being notified of a panic alarm at the bank. The Colchester Police Department assisted with establishing a … More Info
  • WI: Man Arrested for Racine Burglary after Shirt Found at Scene with His …
    8.23.16 – WDJT – On July 28 at 3:26 AM Racine Police was dispatched to Port of Call Liquors for a burglary alarm. When police arrived the officer … More Info
  • WI: Police say would-be burglar didn’t get far
    8.28.16 – WiscNews – Authorities said he cut phone and alarm wires to the businesses before he attempted to break in. Goad was arrested after a foot chase in which police say he … More Info

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NESA is a federation of state associations established to serve and promote the electronic systems industry at the direction of, and through its affiliated state associations. Five state associations are part of NESA – Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (MDBFAA), Kansas Electronic Security Association (KESA), Arkansas Security Alarm Association (ASAA) and Oklahoma Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (OKBFAA). For more info visit www.nesaus.org.

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