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August 3, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Deceptive sales practices knocked at ESX
    SSN – Baltimore – Diane Pruitt, a resident here, recently had two young men knock on her door, lie to her about her security system and which company they were from, and persistently tried to sell her a different system. More Info
  • ADT or not? Deceptive alarm sales target homes
    7.30.15 – WCPO – Many of us buy a home alarm to give our families a little bit of security. But an alarming deception is targeting hard working Cincinnati-area homeowners, who … More Info
  • Moak: Check out alarm system salesmen, Chaney says
    7.31.15 – Jackson Clarion Ledger – Home security is big business these days. According to the research firm Ibisworld, the home security market is worth about $22 billion and is growing rapidly… More Info
  • Richardson Police Warn of Possible Alarm Scam
    7.31.15 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth – Richardson police warn residents about a possible scam involving a man telling homeowners he’s there to upgrade their home security systems. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Roseville PD pushes for changes to reduce false-alarm burglary …
    7.28.15 – KCRA Sacramento – Roseville, Calif.- The Roseville Police Department is pushing for changes to the way officers respond to burglary alarms as a result of the … More Info
  • IN: Gary, Ind. passes false alarm ordinance
    7.28.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – July 28–A loose screen door, a household pet, curtains blowing in the breeze all can activate a residential alarm. None, of course, is an emergency. But all … More Info
  • NY: Bronxville Alarm Permit Stickers Now Available
    7.29.15 – The Daily Voice – Alarm permit stickers can be picked up this week at the Bronxville Police Department. Photo Credit: File … More Info
  • OK: Midwest City Fire Department handing out alarm system for hearing …
    8.2.15 – kfor.com – The Midwest City Fire Department is hoping to save lives with an alarm system for the hearing impaired. The department partnered with Oklahoma State … More Info
  • PA: Pittsburgh Seeks Implementation of Surveillance Camera Privacy Policy
    7.27.15 – Pittsburg Post Gazette – A long-shelved city of Pittsburgh privacy ordinance is finally seeing daylight this summer, with the launch of police training in video surveillance rules and an effort to identify security cameras held by neighborhood groups. More Info

Industry News

  • CEA, CEDIA Release Architectural Drawing Symbols Software
    7.28.15 – CEPro – Symbols defined in “ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols” enables sharing of information and minimizes miscommunication. More Info
  • 5 Myths About Custom Install Businesses: Just Raise Your Labor Rate?
    7.28.15 – CEPro – Steve Firszt and Paul Starkey explain the business fallacies of the custom electronics business: Hiring more salespeople and raising labor rates isn’t the answer. More Info
  • Think Twice About Surge Protection & Power Conditioning
    7.27.15 – CEPro – Taking the correct steps dealers can solve issues such as ground loops without having to resort to shortcuts that include adapters that lift proper grounding. More Info
  • Hubs Driving Smart Homes Are Vulnerable, Security Firm Finds
    7.28.15- eWeek – In an analysis, security firm Tripwire found that three popular hubs have a number of vulnerabilities that could allow attacker mischief. More Info
  • ADT Reports 75% of New Customers Now Buy ADT Pulse
    7.31.15 – CEPro – Security giant ADT’s Q3 financial results reveal substantial growth of ADT Pulse home automation to 1.4 million total customers and lower attrition compared to stand-alone security… More Info
  • ADT conference leads campaign on deceptive door-to-door sales …
    7.28.15 -SourceSecurity.com – A recent conference by ADT Security Services focused on deceptive alarm sales practices and the need to report such practices. In her latest article, Deborah … More Info
  • Home Monitoring Made Easy With Blink Alarm System
    7.29.15 –Clapway – However, these alarms tend to be expensive and are often difficult to install. For these reasons, Immedia, a Boston-based technology startup, has developed … More Info
  • COPS Monitoring welcomes two former alarm company owners to its …
    7.30.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Williamstown, NJ – July 30, 2015: COPS Monitoring, the largest independently owned provider of nationwide wholesale alarm monitoring and dealer services, … More Info
  • Electronic Security Elevates Its Education Market Standards
    7.29.15 – SSI – Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is a group of industry stakeholders who are leading the charge to adopt tiered safety technology standards for K-12 schools. Find out why dealers and integrators… More Info

State & National News

  • Connected Devices Powering Smart Cities, Homes to Triple by 2020
    7.28.15 – Marketwatch – The number of connected devices as part of the burgeoning industry known as the Internet of Things is expected to skyrocket 285 percent over the next five years, reaching 38.5 billion devices by 2020 from just 10 billion today, according to a new report from Juniper Research. More Info
  • Investigating Smoke Alarm Effectiveness in Fatal Fires
    7.27.15 – FireEngineering.com – When the issue of smoke alarms and fire investigation comes up, we are reminded of Mark Twain’s wisdom, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into … More Info
  • Blame the kamikaze cats
    7.27.15 – F Upper Rogue Independent – Years ago we had a security alarm system installed in our rural house. We have since replaced it with a far better one, but the six-year-old original remained … More Info
  • ALERT: Burglars Target Glass Back Doors
    7.31.15 – WFMY News 2- Your options are to either beef up your alarm, or reinforce your door. Barron recommends doors with laminated glass windows, or — better yet — a solid steel … More Info

Business Tips

  • Tips for Managing Difficult Workers
    7.24.15 – CIOInsight – During the pursuit of innovation, there are times when some team members exhibit behaviors that go beyond harmless idiosyncrasies. More Info
  • 7 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Tom Hanks
    7.31.15 – Entrepreneur.com – He’s been a castaway, an FBI agent and a cowboy doll that talks, but his best role is perhaps that of a businessman. More Info
  • Work Less—You Could Accomplish More
    7.22.15  – Open Forum –  A few years ago, I found myself in a situation that I now realize wasn’t unique. Like thousands of other entrepreneurs, I believed that the more I worked, the more successful my business would be. More Info
  • What Your Personality Type Says About Your Career Destiny (Infographic)
    8.2.15 – Entrepreneur.com -Extroverts tend to make more money than introverts, while imaginative intuitive thinkers are more likely to be entrepreneurs than their realistic sensor counterparts, a study shows. More Info

Fire News

  • NC: Smoke alarm wakes up couple, allows them to get out of burning …
    8.2.15 – WECT-TV6 – Their smoke alarms went off, waking them up. The couple saw that the front bedroom was on fire, but they were able to get out safely. They also had a pet and … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    7.27.15 – F Circleville Herald – Caller advised her fire alarms kept going off at her Nicholas Sq. apartment. … Caller advised of a system tamper with an alarm … More Info
  • OH: Alarm prompted Walmart evacuation on Monday
    7.28.15 -GoErie.com Blogs- The evacuation was prompted when an electrician working in the store accidentally set off an alarm, said Betsy Harden, a spokeswoman for the company. More Info
  • NC: Taste-T owner eyes mid-September opening
    8.2.15 – Shelby Star – “Police were originally investigating a burglar alarm, but found a fire,” Shelby Fire and Rescue Fire Chief William Hunt said on the night of the fire. The damage … More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Thieves hit two Nanton businesses early Thursday
    7.31.15 -Nanton News – “At 3:10 a.m., my husband, Darryl, received a phone call from our alarm company and they said the alarm went off three times at the cash register. Darryl asked … More Info
  • AZ: Police log: Locked vehicles burglarized
    7.31.15 -Arizona Daily Sun – The store alarm did not go off until officers went inside to investigate. Surveillance footage indicated the break-in happened at approximately 3:30 a.m. that day. More Info
  • BC: Major break-in at Revelstoke Rona Building Centre
    8.2.15 -Black Press – He said thieves cut the wires to the building to disable the security system, which included alarms and video cameras. No alarm went off when the break-in … More Info
  • CA: Atherton: Police investigating possible home burglary
    7.27.15 – F San Jose Mercury News – An alarm company called police around 9 p.m., said Sgt. Anthony Kockler of the Atherton Police Department. Responding officers found a smashed second-story … More Info
  • CA: Hermosa Beach resident awakens to find men in bedroom claiming …
    7.31.15 – The Daily Breeze – Once she emerged from her house, Higgins said, she found several neighbors outside at the house where the alarm was sounding. That house was unoccupied … More Info
  • CA: KBAK news anchor Kurt Rivera arrested on spousal abuse charges
    7.27.15 – F Kern Golden Empire – “Morrow also reported that Rivera had damaged the alarm keypad to prevent her from calling law enforcement and refused to allow her to leave the home,” the … More Info
  • CA: Kern County Sheriff’s activity for July 28
    7.29.15 – Taft Midway Driller – 1:36 pm, deputies responded to an alarm activation … More Info
  • CA: Taft Police activity for July 27
    7.28.15 -Taft Midway Driller – 3:32 False Alarms 1507280005. Occurred at Burger King, Taft. . Disposition: False Alarm.. More Info
  • CT: Boys accused of breaking into Oxford school, setting off alarm
    7.30.15 – Waterbury Republican American -Boys accused of breaking into Oxford school, setting off alarm … arrested Sunday after they broke in to Great Oak Middle School and set off an alarm, police said. More Info
  • FL: Suspects sought in Polk Game Stop smash & grab
    7.31.15 -WTSP 10 News – When officers arrived, another call came in about an alarm being set off at the Game Stop a short distance away. When police arrived, the front of … More Info
  • IA: Newton Burglary Caught on Video
    7.27.15 – F whotv.com – The owners of Fore Seasons told Channel 13 News there is about a 30 second delay on their alarm. So the thief broke in and in less than 30 seconds, was able … More Info
  • KS: After burglary, police arrest man carrying a safe down the street
    7.28.15 -Wichita Eagle – Officers were investigating an alarm indicating a break-in shortly after 10 p.m. at Accent Bridal and Tux when witnesses told them they had … More Info
  • LA: ATM thieves target Cash Cow check-cashing business as their own …
    7.30.15 – Fox News – The thieves would first trigger the alarm system and watch police respond, Seuzeneau said. They would break in later, using power tools to steal ATMs or open … More Info
  • LA: Slidell police bust two in suspected metro-wide burglary ring …
    7.30.15 – The New Orleans Advocate – He described a sophisticated operation that involved testing the alarm systems of businesses, sometimes multiple times, and watching to see how quickly police … More Info
  • MA: Maynard police log, July 20 to 26
    8.1.15 – Wicked Local Maynard – 8.1.15 – 7:51 a.m.: A caller reported a commercial burglar alarm activation. An officer conducted a walk through with the owner. 10 a.m.: A wire was … More Info
  • MA: Springfield police: city man charged with East Forest Park liquor …
    7.30.15 – MassLive.com – When they pulled into the parking lot, they could hear an alarm in the building sounding and spotted what looked like a shirtless man crouching against the … More Info
  • MA: Springfield teenager’s bail set at $1000 in liquor store larceny
    7.31.15 -MassLive.com – Pulling into the parking lot, they heard an alarm in store and saw a shirtless man crouching against the outside wall of the store, he said. The suspect took off … More Info
  • MD: Two armed men force their way into Towson home, demand valuables
    7.28.15 -Baltimore Sun – Burglary alarm sounded. Officer found window air conditioner unit pushed inside the building. No items were stolen…. More Info
  • ME: Waterville man sentenced for Manchester break-ins
    7.30.15 – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel – Derosier and Marshall were arrested not long after a burglar alarm sounded at the Circle K. A Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office deputy was nearby trying to … More Info
  • MI: Gun-shop thief ‘foolish and wrong,’ hopes to better self in prison
    7.30.15 – MLive.com – He tripped a silent alarm while breaking in through a window and smashing a display case with a hammer. When police showed up, he dropped a duffel bag … More Info
  • MI: Home invasion reported and other Gibraltar police briefs
    7.27.15 – F Southgate News Herald – Officers responded to the home around 11:30 p.m. after an alarm went off, indicating an open side door, the report said. When police arrived, they were greeted … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate car-tractor …
    7.29.15 – MLive.com – At 9:41 a.m. Deputy Johnson responded to a Residential Alarm. At 10:14 a.m. Sergeant Watson responded to … More Info
  • MI: Man sentenced for stealing guns from Robinson Twp. store
    8.2.15 – Grand Haven Tribune – While McCarty was stealing the handguns, a silent alarm alerted police to the burglary. Ottawa County deputies responded to the scene, and McCarty fled … More Info
  • MI: Thousands of dollars stolen from Flint business during robbery
    8.2.15 -MLive.com – Flint police were dispatched to a business on Sunday, July 26, around 4:07 a.m. in reference to a commercial alarm. When police arrived they … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report from July 19-25
    7.29.15 – Southernminn.com – Received report of an alarm going off. Alarm was in the county. Advised to contact the sheriff’s dept. More Info
  • NC: Fayetteville police increase patrols along Yadkin, Reilly roads
    7.29.15 – Fayetteville Observer – That store was equipped with surveillance cameras and an alarm system, Kenyon said. But, if the thieves visited the business during the day, as Chandler has … More Info
  • NC: Leland Police looking for break-in suspect
    7.31.15 -WECT-TV6 – The owners of the store have security cameras and an ADT security system. They think the alarm scared him off. Surveillance footage shows the man attempted … More Info
  • NH: Ossipee Police charge two men with burglary
    7.27.15 – F Conway Daily Sun – Witnesses allegedly saw the men fleeing the scene at around 4 a.m after the burglar alarm at Kevin’s Discount went off. Detective Sgt. Bob King said witnesses … More Info
  • NH: Woman targeted by burglars 4 times in past year
    7.27.15 – F KOB.com – … guy and report him to the cops. In case he’s thinking of break-in #5, Lorraine has upgraded her security cameras and she’s going with a new alarm service. More Info
  • NJ: Burglary charges in Middle Township
    7.28.15 -Shore News Today – Police responding to an alarm at Matthew’s Seafood Market at about 1:45 a.m., Monday, July 2 said they found Edward Hulme, 37, nearby … More Info
  • NJ: Central Jersey towns prepare for National Night Out
    8.2.15 -MyCentralJersey.com- “We were not home, but fortunately the home security alarm went off and Edison police were very prompt. They were here within minutes as the alarm was going … More Info
  • NJ: Man asks for cigarettes then shows hidden handgun during gas …
    7.31.15 -NJ.com – … officers along with those from surrounding agencies were dispatched to the Citgo gas station for a panic alarm activation. More Info
  • NJ: WATCH: Bike-riding burglar sought in several break-ins
    7.28.15 -NJ.com – A home surveillance video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the man trying to open several doors in an Allendale home. He flees when an alarm goes off, … More Info
  • NY: Burglar on Bike Breaks into NJ Homes While Families Are Inside …
    7.27.15 – F NBC New York – … one door after another. He bolts when an alarm sounds and runs across the lawn, and soon after, his bike reflectors are seen spinning away as he rides off. More Info
  • NY: Elmira man accused of Family Dollar burglary
    7.28.15 -Elmira Star-Gazette – Police responded to a business alarm at 1:48 a.m. Tuesday at the Family Dollar and found a broken window and a man exiting through the window. The man ran … More Info
  • OH: Burglars caught on video in Trotwood
    7.28.15 – WHIO – The department released surveillance video that shows two males prying and kicking in the backdoor of a home, which set set off a security alarm and scared off … More Info
  • OH: Collection money stolen from prayer room at mosque: Richmond …
    7.29.15 – cleveland.com – On July 21, officers returned to the mosque when a side door alarm was activated. Several fresh pry marks were found near the door latch, but it appeared the … More Info
  • OH: Deputies, police arrest 3 after burglary alarm
    7.30.15 – Marion Star – Marion – Early morning patrols Thursday led to three arrests in connection with several recent break-ins at area businesses, law enforcement officials reported. More Info
  • OH: Police: Man arrested after stealing car, attempted robbery
    7.27.15 – F WDTN – Police say an alert clerk at Gordon Food Service triggered a silent alarm, summoning police to the scene. The suspect left the store without getting any money. More Info
  • OH: Trotwood police on lookout for burglary suspects
    7.27.15 – F WDTN – Police say an alarm sounded and chased the suspects off. One suspect is described as in his late teens or early 20s with short cropped hair. He wore a stocking … More Info
  • OK: Burglary alarm leads police to retail break-in
    7.28.15 -Stillwater News Press – A burglary alarm led Stillwater Police to a break-in at a retailer, a car chase and two arrests early Tuesday morning. Police received the alarm … More Info
  • OR: Security cam catches thief stealing security cam
    7.31.15 – KATU – “It does make me a little bit on high alarm though,” said Ying. “Does he want to break into our house at some point? Or why he’s doing that?” There could be … More Info
  • PA: 2 charged in burglary at Rita’s Italian Ice in Palmer Township
    7.28.15 -lehighvalleylive.com – Stroud Area Regional police responded to a burglary alarm at the Strousburg Rita’s and caught the pair in the act, court records say. Still photographs of Schmitt … More Info
  • PA: Abington Township police briefs: Week of Aug. 2
    8.2.15 -Montgomery Newspapers – Police responded to the business for a report of a panic alarm, police said. An employee said a man handed her a $20 bill to pay for his yogurt and she marked … More Info
  • PA: Upper Dublin Township police reports: Week of July 26, 2015
    7.27.15 – F Montgomery Newspapers – The employees said they had accidentally set the alarm off and the officer asked for ID from an employee and Niemann handed over his driver’s license, which …More Info
  • PA: US Marshals Capture Clearfield Co. Fugitive
    7.30.15 – Gant Daily – 19, Sandy Township police were dispatched to a local hotel for an activated fire alarm. Upon arrival at the hotel, officers were advised that smoke and an odor of … More Info
  • TN: Man on the run after attempted break-in at Family Dollar
    7.29.15 – WMC Action News 5 – “They came in through the back wall and before that they cut the phone line and cut the power meter so my alarm wouldn’t send a signal to the alarm company,” … More Info
  • TN: Police respond to break-in at Nashville Gun Shop
    7.28.15 -The Tennessean – An alarm at the Nashville Gun Shop likely scared off a pair of masked attempted burglary suspects Tuesday morning, Metro police said. More Info
  • TX: Following manhunt, 4 charged in Northeast Austin burglary
    7.27.15 – F KXAN.com – Minutes after the female tipster called police, officers responded to a burglar alarm call less than a mile from the neighborhood pool where the men were spotted, More Info
  • TX: Suspect sketch released in Sugar Land home invasion
    7.30.15 – KTRK-TV – He said that during that time, his alarm was disabled. Police tell Eyewitness News they believe the home may have been targeted. More Info
  • UT: Hyrum bank robbed, suspect claimed to have explosive device
    7.28.15 -fox13now.com – Cache County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a hold-up alarm at a Wells Fargo Bank at about 5:50 p.m. Initial investigation showed one … More Info
  • VA: Employee finds shattered glass at Norfolk business
    7.29.15 – 13newsnow.com – Norfolk Police responded to a burglary alarm at Capeview Food Mart around 3:45 a.m.. An employee says he arrived to find the … More Info
  • VA: McLean Resident’s Home Alarm Triggered, Screen in Window Cut
    7.29.15 – Patch.com – The incident occurred early Monday morning, July 27, at approximately 1:10 a.m. The resident told police his home alarm was triggered and that he later found … More Info
  • WA: SPD officer fires shots when local criminal alledgedly pulls out gun
    7.27.15 – KXLY Spokane – Peking North has a silent commercial burglary alarm. The first officer to respond to the scene found a door open and called out to the person he heard rustling … More Info
  • WA: Suspect in custody after Spokane police shooting
    7.28.15 -The Spokesman Review – Cephas W. Parham, 39, is suspected of triggering a commercial burglary alarm at Peking North. The officer, who has not been identified, … More Info


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