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August 31, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Action 9: Consumer feels taken by alarm company banned in Florida
    8.26.15 – WFTV Orlando – Later, Gill discovered the invoice he signed was actually for a new alarm system from a company he never heard of, Vision Security, which had several Florida … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Brazeau County implements false alarm bylaw
    8.24.15 – Drayton Valley Western Review – Brazeau County council gave a second and third reading to false alarm bylaw at the council meeting on Aug. 18. Drayton Valley/Brazeau County Fire Services … More Info
  • BC: RCMP changes false alarm protocol in Upper Fraser Valley
    8.28.15 – Chilliwack Progress – Since the beginning of 2015, local police logged 1400 false alarm calls in the UFVRD area which covers Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison and Hope. Starting Sept. More Info
  • IL: Des Plaines’ False Alarms Under Fire
    8.26.15 – Journal & Topics Newspapers Online – Recent changes in city of Des Plaines fire and burglar alarm fees that at least one alderman believes may be too high, are scheduled to be discussed Tuesday, … More Info
  • NC: Swain to begin enforcing ‘false alarm’ rules
    8.26.15 – Smoky Mountain News – Beginning Sept. 1, Swain County Sheriff’s Office will have the authority to issue citations and fines for residents who have faulty alarm and security systems. More Info
  • WA: Soap Lake passes false burglary, fire alarms ordinances
    8.27.15 – Columbia Basin Herald – For a second response within three months the city will assess a $150 fine, and a $500 fine would be handed down for a third false alarm response within three … More Info
  • WA: Vancouver Police to offer alarm management online
    8.26.15 – The Columbian – Business and residential security alarm users will now be allowed to manage … Features include the ability to register security alarms, pay permit fees, appeal … More Info

Industry News

  • Lighting and Wireless Internet Top List of 2015 Residential Outdoor Amenities
    8.28.15 – CEPro – Landscape architects rated the expected popularity of residential outdoor amenities for 2015. Tech lagged behind but ecologic sensitivity, but beat out planters and sculptures. More Info
  • Richard Branson invests in video doorbell company
    8.19.15 – Security Info Watch – Ring receives $28M in funding from business mogul, others… More Info
  • Plenty New at CEDIA 2015: Sonos Surprises, Home Automation, Core Brands, More
    8.27.15 – CE Pro – CEDIA Expo 2015 promises a host of new products from the home automation ranks, as well as 20-odd business software tools, and pleasant surprises in Sonos gear, architectural solutions and people news. More Info
  • Security Monitoring Giant Monitronics (Ascent Capital) Appoints New CEO
    8.27.15 – CE Pro – Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) names Jeffery Gardner CEO of Monitronics, replacing Michael Haslip, who is retiring. More Info
  • CE Pro Summit: Get Ready for Millennials-Driven Economic Boom from 2017-2030
    8.21.15 – CEPro – Demographic expert Tim Costello of BDX shows that the broad U.S. economy will boom from 2017 to 2030 as the giant Millennials generation reaches their peak spending years, so.. More Info
  • North American PERS market to hit $3 billion in 2020
    8.24.15 – Security Systems News – False alarms are a problem with PERS devices, Kummo said, and PERS companies … Phillips’ Lifeline, Life Alert and Bay Alarm Medical are key vendors for the … More Info
  • ADT goes live with ASAP
    8.26.15 – SSN – Boca Raton, FL – ADT has joined the ASAP to PSAP program, which will cause a positive chain reaction for the program, increasing its prevalence nationwide, according to Jay Hauhn, CSAA executive director. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History


225 ILCS 447/40-5 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that a licensee, interested party, or injured party successfully obtaining injunctive relief against an individual practicing without a license shall be awarded attorney’s fees and costs. Effective immediately.
Status: 8/21/2015 : House Governor Vetoed


225 ILCS 447/20-10 225 ILCS 447/40-10 720 ILCS 5/24-2 Amends the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004. Provides that an applicant for licensure as a private alarm contractor who has received a business degree from an accredited college or university shall be given credit for 2 years of required experience. Makes changes concerning the disciplinary grounds under the Act related to commission of a felony or a misdemeanor. Amends provisions of the Criminal Code of 2012 concerning exemptions to provisions concerning unlawful use of weapons by removing language limiting the exemptions for persons licensed under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 who are commuting between their homes and places of employment to commuting that is accomplished within one hour from departure from home or place of employment. Effective immediately.
Status: 7/29/2015 : House Public Act . . . . . . . . . 99-0174


State & National News

  • Millions Download American Red Cross Apps
    8.21.15 – OHS – Today, the iconic American Red Cross symbol is not only found on vehicles and volunteers’ armbands, but on websites, apps, and software tools that guide and aid our work.” More Info
  • New Plan for More Private Security Cameras in New Orleans
    8.24.15 – SIA – The NOPD and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation have unveiled a new initiative to increase the number of private security cameras in crime hot spots across the city. More Info
  • Fire Prevention Week to Focus on Smoke Alarms
    8.25.15 – Firehouse.com – Less than half the approximately 36,000 respondents to an NFPA survey said they did not know that a smoke alarm should be installed in each bedroom. More Info
  • Cities, Counties Could Soon Face Much Higher …
    8.26.15 – WDET- They say many communities still use traditional landlines for things they depend on to be reliable, such as elevator lines, alarm lines, telephone backup lines, … More Info

Business Tips

  • You’re Fired! Knowing When To Call It Quits With Clients, Part 2
    8.26.15 – CI – The customer isn’t really always right. It might be time to let some of your existing customers follow through on their threats to leave… More Info
  • Creating a Pricing Strategy for Managed Services
    8.26.15 – CI – How do you find that sweet spot between giving away the farm and frightening customers away? More Info
  • 6 Ways to Improve Employee Morale
    8.26.15 – Open Forum – A desirable company culture is well within reach. You can encourage a positive environment by keeping these… More Info

Fire News

  • GA: Moultrie Fire department says smoke detector saved a home
    8.25.15 – WALB-TV – They say a fire last night in a house could have been a lot worse if not for the smoke alarms the fire department installed in the home for free. More Info
  • IN: Vigo County Deputies respond to large crowds
    8.29.15 – WTHITV.com – Emergency agencies had to respond to a fire alarm at the Ashley Furniture Store. However, the crowd was so large the emergency crews could not make it to the … More Info
  • MA: Fall River police charge two in relation to Coughlin School fire
    8.24.15 – Fall River Herald News – Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane said the suspects disabled the building’s fire alarm system and ripped out its cables, as well as telephone lines. More Info
  • NY: Watertown man accused of improperly activating fire alarm
    8.24.15 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – Watertown — City police charged a man with third-degree falsely reporting an incident after he allegedly activated his building’s fire alarm inappropriately. More Info
  • OR: Fire damages gym at Salem elementary school
    8.24.15 – Statesman Journal – “We’re just really grateful that it triggered the fire alarm and it saved us from really losing a lot,” Casebeer said. “It could have been a lot worse.” The gym was … More Info
  • TN: Fire officials investigating arson at office building
    8.25.15 – WSMV Nashville – Police were called to the building after a burglary alarm went off. When they responded, they discovered … More Info
  • TX: Smoke alarm alerts family to house fire
    8.24.15 – Dallas Morning News – Published: August 24, 2015 4:21 pm. A smoke alarm awakened a Plano family early Monday morning, alerting them to a fire engulfed their garage and attic. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: House alarm leads Limestone County deputies to marijuana grow
    8.25.15 – AL.com – The sheriff’s office responded to a residential alarm shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A deputy was reportedly securing the premises when … More Info
  • AL: Sheriff’s deputies find 7-foot marijuana plants, make arrest
    8.26.15 – News Courier – A residential alarm on Cross Key Road in Athens Tuesday led Limestone County sheriff’s deputies to find marijuana plants as tall as 7 feet and to make an arrest … More Info
  • AR: Beebe Police Make Quick Arrests After Pharmacy Burglaries
    8.26.15 – Beebe News – On Thursday, August 13th, at approximately 12 a.m. and again on Monday August 17th, 2015, the B.B.P.D. received notice of an alarm activation at the … More Info
  • CA: Commercial burglar arrested after robbing pizza restaurant
    8.24.15 – KRON4.com – Milpitas – Milpitas Police Officers responded to a call around 3:12 a.m. Friday of a reported alarm activation. Officers arrived at Stuft Pizza … More Info
  • CA: Thieves Take Drones, Cash in Caught-on-Video Studio City Burglary
    8.26.15 – KTLA – Alarms can be heard as the burglars continue to rummage through the store for more … A witness who heard the alarm flagged down officers, but not until the … More Info
  • CO: Dentist office broken into
    8.29.15 – Pueblo Chieftain – Police responded to Family Dentistry just before 7 a.m. on a report of a burglary alarm there, according to a police report. Officers arrived on … More Info
  • CT: Bridgeport police seek armed robbery suspect
    8.27.15 – FOX CT – Police officers responded to the duress alarm from the store and canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is approximately 6 feet … More Info
  • FL: 2 arrested in Pinecrest T-Mobile burglary
    8.26.15 – Local 10 – Police said a security alarm was tripped, and the security company was able to watch the burglary as it happened. Police arrived within two minutes and were … More Info
  • GA: Safes stolen in Ashley Park burglary
    8.29.15 – Newnan Times-Herald – At 2:58 a.m., officers responded to Ashley Furniture to check on a security alarm, said Sgt. David Schrepfer with the Newnan Police Department. When they … More Info
  • IA: Sioux City man pleads guilty to burglary at tire store
    8.26.15 – Sioux City Journal – … on March 22 after responding to an alarm. While searching Graham Tire nearby, police found a cut fence and 36 semitrailer tires stacked up outside the fence. More Info
  • IL: Four charged with smashing into store, stealing merchandise
    8.24.15 – Chicago Tribune – 4 after an alarm at the store went off. Responding officers located a stolen Dodge Grand Caravan with heavy front-end damage parked on Premium Outlets … More Info
  • IN: 2nd burglar sighting on business surveillance camera
    8.27.15 – WRTV Indianapolis – In the latest video, the man eventually wanders off after triggering an alarm. The police arrive only minutes later. Briggeman believes the burglar is the same man … More Info
  • IN: Arrest made in Fishers bank robbery investigation
    8.25.15 – Indianapolis Star – … Weger of the Fishers Police Department said officers were called to the bank shortly before 1 p.m. Monday in response to the business sounding an alarm. More Info
  • IN: Indy man arrested after bank robbery in Fishers; second suspect …
    8.24.15 – WTTV CBS4Indy – Around 1 p.m., officers responded to a bank alarm from the Chase Bank. An employee told officers a man entered the bank and … More Info
  • IN: Off-duty Indianapolis police officer arrested in domestic battery case
    8.26.15 – Indianapolis Star – He was in the building for about six minutes, then left once an alarm had been tripped. Then-Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson told The Indianapolis Star in … More Info
  • KY: Police search for suspects in gas station cigarette robberies
    8.27.15 – WLKY Louisville – The alarm company called Sighu early Monday morning to tell him the alarms in both the front and back of the building had been triggered. “They busted through … More Info
  • MA: Latest police log highlights
    8.29.15 – Wicked Local Swampscott – Thursday, Aug. 13. 6:37 a.m.: An alarm company reported a burglar alarm at Marian Court College. The alarm was accidentally set off by … More Info
  • MA: Maynard police log, Aug. 17 to 23
    8.29.15 – Wicked Local Maynard – 11:50 a.m.: A caller reported a commercial burglar alarm activation for the basement motion of Bancroft Street. The party on scene retrieved the proper passcode … More Info
  • MA: Peabody Man Among Three Arrested For Breaking and Entering in
    8.26.15 – Patch.com – Shortly after 8 p.m., police were dispatched to a burglar alarm activation at a private home on Lorraine Terrace where officers found that the house had been … More Info
  • MD: Md. man charged with multiple false alarms
    8.28.15 – WHAG – According to investigators, they located Bailey where he was served an arrest warrant for three counts of false alarm. Bailey is currently being held at the … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate hit-and-run …
    8.25.15 – MLive.com – At 9:48 a.m. Deputy Caroffino responded to Francis Street for an alarm. The business checked secure. At 11:58 a.m. Deputy L. Johnson responded to Bellville … More Info
  • MI: Police investigating break-in at MC Sports in Ann Arbor’s Briarwood …
    8.25.15 – MLive.com – Officers were called to Briarwood Mall around 3 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a security alarm going off. Police are still … More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Tuesday, Aug. 25
    8.26.15 – Port Huron Times Herald – 12:08 p.m., Burglar Alarm 3:05 p.m., 8:16 a.m., Burglar Alarm … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report
    8.26.15 – Southernminn.com – Responded to an alarm. Alarm set off by contractor; … More Info
  • MS: Woman dead in Itawamba County stabbing
    8.27.15 – WTVA – Sheriff Chris Dickinson says an alarm company called after 6:15 p.m. Thursday reporting there was a disturbance at a home … More Info
  • NC: Attempted robber ends up in jail
    8.26.15 – WCTI12.com – Tippett did not believe it and triggered the silent alarm. “The last thing she said was you’ll never catch me,” Tippett said. Police did … More Info
  • NC: Man Charged In Connection With Break-ins To Businesses
    8.26.15 – WHKY – On August 23 at approximately 11:42 p.m., Deputies of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm call at the Little Market Basket … More Info
  • NC: Woman arrested for attempting to rob discount tobacco store
    8.26.15 – WCTI12.com – According to police, the employee pressed a silent alarm. The woman ran from the store and was captured a short time later while driving in Surf City. Beasley … More Info
  • NJ: New Milford man charged in burglary at food mart
    8.26.15 – NorthJersey.com – Police Detective Kevin Van Saders said police were dispatched to the store at 2 a.m. that day when its burglar alarm went off. The detective said access to the … More Info
  • NJ: Woman attacks officer, barricades herself in N.J. home, police say
    8.27.15 – NJ.com – The confrontation began when uniformed officers Charles McQuaid and Jason Healy responded to a burglar alarm Tuesday around 5:20 p.m. in the township’s … More Info
  • NY: Burglary of Armored Car Company Foiled by Alert Officer
    8.27.15 – ABC News – … substantial hole in the wall and video surveillance shows the suspects, all wearing masks, tampering with wiring that control’s the building’s alarm, Smith said. More Info
  • NY: DWI, Stolen Plates; Mischief: Mount Kisco Police Blotter
    8.24.15 – Patch.com – Friday, Aug. 21 – 8:48 a.m. – Westchester County Police responded to an activated burglar alarm at a residence on Lenox Place. It was determined that the … More Info
  • NY: Man jailed in burglary assault at Chevy dealership
    8.25.15 – Press & Sun-Bulletin – At 2:30 Tuesday morning, police responded again to the Botnick location, after an alarm was triggered in the building. Jenkins was found inside and charged … More Info
  • NY: Reported Break-in was Staff, Customer: Mount Kisco Police Blotter
    8.27.15 – Patch.com – 12:21 p.m. – Westchester County Police responded to an activated burglar alarm at a home on Beverly Road. The premises were secure and the alarm … More Info
  • OH: Cop douses tire fire on boat trailer: Moreland Hills police blotter
    8.27.15 – cleveland.com – Alarm drop: After an alarm hooked up to a liquor cabinet went off shortly before 9 a.m. on Aug. 19. Police learned that it may have been rattled by … More Info
  • OH: Habitual drunken driver jailed: North Ridgeville police blotter
    8.29.15 – cleveland.com – Breaking and entering: Officers responded to a local business for an alarm on Aug. 20. The front door of the business was found unsecured. Officers … More Info
  • OK: Fleeing burglary suspect crashes car
    8.26.15 – Claremore Daily Progress – Officers responded to an alarm at Radio Shack. at 5:10 a.m. Officers reported that when they checked the area, they found a man … More Info
  • OK: Man, juvenile arrested after break-in at downtown liquor store
    8.26.15 – Tulsa World – Officers responded to an alarm at Modern Spirits around 12:50 a.m. and found the glass shattered. Police then saw two people running from the … More Info
  • OR: Man accused of burglarizing Roosevelt HS
    8.24.15 – KOIN.com – … to the high school at 11:57 p.m. on Sunday after getting reports from the school’s security company of an intrusion alarm. More Info
  • OR: Police reports
    8.26.15 – Pamplin Media Group – 16: Police responded to an alarm sounding at a business. Police checked the business, were unable to locate the cause of the alarm and made sure the building … More Info
  • PA: 4 arrested in connection with robbing elderly woman
    8.27.15 – WTAE Pittsburgh – She reached for an alarm remote attached to the walker she uses but was knocked to the floor. One man took the alarm away from the victim. The men took … More Info
  • TN: 4 charged with house burglary
    8.24.15 – Crossville Chronicle – 16 responded to a burglar alarm and Ptl. Dawn Mars arrived on the scene with Sgt. Dustin Lester to find a woman — identified as Meadows — located near the … More Info
  • TN: Crime Watch: Potential meth lab discovered
    8.27.15 – The Daily News Journal – When the alarm came through dispatch, the employee answered the call back by saying there was a problem, then disconnected, according to a Murfreesboro … More Info
  • TN: Man arrested, charged in break-in at Memphis elementary school
    8.26.15 – WMC Action News 5 – Police responded to break-in when the alarm company reported an alarm going off in the kitchen area of the school. Upon arrival, officers saw a broken window. More Info
  • TX: Burglars Break Into Flower Mound Department Store: Police
    8.28.15 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth – A Flower Mound police officer was checking the back of the store when the alarm went off and immediately drove to the front of the store, where he was … More Info
  • VA: Video: Police investigate Kempsville High School break-in
    8.24.15 – 13newsnow.com – Later that day, at around 9:45 p.m., school security responded to an alarm at the school. Video shows five suspects walking through the school and going into … More Info
  • WI: Police forced to utilize pepper spray, K-9, taser in order to take 17 …
    8.24.15 – fox6now.com – Police say it was shortly after 3:00 a.m. when they were dispatched to a burglar alarm at the MetroPCS. An initial … More Info

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