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August 4, 2014

Association Events

  • Rio Grande Valley Chapter TBFAA – Corpus Christi, TX
    Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Guest Speaker: Tina Green – El Dorado Insurance- “Insurance:  What It Means To You” Join us at: Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen- 6418 South Staples – Ste 124 – Corpus Christi, TX 78413 – 361-986-0620
  • OKBFAA Monthly Luncheon Scheduled for Wednesday August 6, 2014
    The meeting will start with lunch at 11:30 followed by presentations from Oklahoma Department of Labor and one of our member vendors. There is a lot going on….hope to see you there!   Plan to attend and REGISTER TODAY.
  • Rio Grande Valley Chapter TBFAA – McAllen, TX
    Thursday, August 7, 2014 – 11:30am to 1:00pm – Guest Speaker: Tina Green – El Dorado Insurance- “Insurance:  What It Means To You” – Join us at Tony Roma’s – 2121 South 10th Street – McAllen, TX – (956) 631-2121
  • HGCAA Meeting & Fire Marshall Forum
    Thursday August 14, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT- Dave and Busters – 7620 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024 Register Now
  • HGCAA Bowling Tournament
    Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM CDT- Dave & Busters @ The Marq-e Center- 7620 Katy Freeway – Houston, TX 77024 – Get more information

Door to Door Sales

  • Poll: Readers view door-knocking scams as major problem
    7.31.14 – Security Systems News – Yarmouth, Maine – Door-to-door scams were given a big stage at ESX 2014. Impassioned responses from readers reveal just how much such scams rankle those in the industry. More Info
  • CBS4 Investigates: Alarm Scam Dupes More Customers
    7.28.14 – CBS Local – Miami (CBSMiami) – CBS4 first told you about scam going around South Florida involving alarm systems in early July. The scam involves salesmen with some … More Info
  • Door-to-door security system sales should raise an alarm
    7.30.14 – La Crosse Tribune – During the spring and summer months, home security or alarm companies hire traveling sales agents to go door-to-door. In some cases, the sales agents use … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • GA: One-on-one with DeKalb’s police chief on 911 problems
    7.30.14 – WXIA-TV – After a viewer told us her security company waited on hold for 8 minutes after an alarm, Dekalb PD found out a number of security companies were calling the … More Info
  • MN: Big bills touch off debate on Minneapolis false-alarm fees
    7.29.14 – Security Info Watch – City has collected more than $2.5M in false-alarm fees over the past 5 years.. More Info
  • OH: Champaign County (Ohio) Residents Asked to Join Video Surveillance Program
    8.1.14 – Security Sales & Integration – Champaign County, Ohio — The Sheriff’s Department here is introducing a community video surveillance program to sign up residents who have surveillance cameras in and outside their homes. More Info
  • SC: Woodruff could soon impose fees on some drivers involved in crashes
    7.30.14 – Spartanburg Herald Journal – For example, Spartanburg County EMS charges for each transport, City of Spartanburg Fire Department charges for false alarm response and, in very rare cases… More Info
  • TX: Cutbacks considered as Houston faces fiscal crisis
    7.30.14 – KHOU – Another option, Parker said, would be discontinuing police calls to homes and businesses with alarm systems. Houston police officials have complained for… More Info

Industry News

  • Centrals get social
    7.30.14 – Security Systems News – Yarmouth, Maine – Social media use is on the rise in the central station space. Find out which platforms those in the monitoring space find the most useful. More Info
  • Marijuana: A growing opportunity for the security industry
    7.30.14 – While the use of medical marijuana has been approved in 23 states as of June of this year, the recent legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington has been a proverbial game-changer for the cannabis industry. Of course, opening a dispensary, be it for medicinal purposes or otherwise, isn’t as simple as opening a local liquor store. More Info
  • NY: The Real Deal: Kids and Smoke Alarms
    7.30.14 – WRGB – Colonie–Will your kids wake up at the sound of a smoke alarm? It seems like a simple question with a simple answer but parents might be shocked to learn … More Info
  • FL: ADT unfair competition suit advances in Florida
    7.31.14 – Courthouse News Service – Vision agents locate houses with ADT signs, pretend to be an alarm manufacturer technician “doing business with” ADT, and claim to be giving the homeowner … More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • U.S. economy grew at 4 percent rate in second quarter
    7.30.14 – After suffering the sharpest contraction since the recession ended, the U.S. economy rebounded this spring, growing at a solid 4 percent annual rate, according to new government data released Wednesday. More Info
  • New Battery Technology Could Quadruple YourPhone’s Life
    7.30.14 – ABC News ‎- And here’s some great news for just about anybody who’s ever been concerned about running out of battery power for your cellphone … More Info
  • How police departments can use a new platform to make sense of raw video data
    7.28.14 – PoliceOne – The widespread availability of camera devices that can take pictures and record videos means most crimes or emergency events are captured on camera.. More Info

Business Tips

  • Are You a Micromanager?
    7.24.14 – CIO Insight – Most employees have worked for a micromanager–and many of them say it’s hurt their morale and productivity. Find if you convey such qualities and, if so, what you can do about it… More Info
  • Great leadership matters in any business
    7.21.14 – Inc. – No one factor makes a company admirable. But if you were forced to pick the one that makes the most difference, you’d pick leadership. Great leaders share a combination of traits and behaviors. The good news for the rest of us is that they’re things we can emulate and practice every day. More Info
  • Three Reasons You’re Probably Not Curious
    7.29.14 – CIO Insight – Despite the cultural barriers that urge you to suppress it, curiosity may be one of the most important competencies that you will need to thrive in the Digital Age. More Info
  • Are You Killing Your Customer Service With These …
    7.25.14 – Forbes – I’m going to bet that your company has put less thought into the words that your employees use with customers than you’ve put into the language in your marketing campaigns and website…. More Info
  • Office Distractions That Are Productivity Killers
    7.5.14 – One out of four workers will spend at least one hour of the workday on personal calls, emails and texts. The ideas presented here can help you make the best use of your time in the office. More Info

Fire News

  • AB: Faulty valve to blame for false alarms
    7.29.14 – St. Albert Gazette – A $10,000 valve that has reached the end of its service life is responsible for activating multiple fire alarms at St. Albert Place over the past two weeks. More Info
  • CT: Man accused of falsely pulling fire alarm gets special probation
    7.30.14 – Journal Inquirer – Enfield –– A Superior Court judge on Tuesday granted a special probation to a recent Enfield High School graduate accused of purposefully pulling and … More Info
  • CT: Man Arrested For Falling Asleep With Stove On And Child Home
    8.3.14 – CBS Local – Firefighters arrived at the Valley Street apartment complex Saturday around 7 p.m. after they received report of a fire alarm activation. Smoke was observed … More Info
  • LA: Shreveport families escape major apartment fire on Buncombe Road
    7.29.14 – KTBS – According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area, as well as on each … More Info
  • NY: Lightning strikes pole, keeping firefighters busy
    7.28.14 – WPTZ- The Champlain Valley – They say an electrical fire started in a utility room, but an automatic alarm helped save the building. Down the road in Morrisonville, firefighters say a driver pulled … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Police looking for info on burglary at local pharmacy
    7.31.14 – Moulton Advertiser – The alarm went off immediately when the glass was broken. From the time the alarm went off until the thief left the building was less than a minute,” Morgan said. More Info
  • AL: Teen charged in string of Montgomery burglaries
    7.31.14 – Montgomery Advertiser – The teen was found Wednesday when officers responded to a residential alarm in the Arrowhead neighborhood. The suspect, who will not be identified because … More Info
  • AR police searching for 24 stolen guns
    8.1.14 – THV 11 – Sara Milner said, “Well they took thirty minutes beating on the door to break it in, and then once they got inside there of course the alarm went off.” Milner said the … More Info
  • CA: Business owner’s reaction to stolen quilts: ‘I was sick’
    7.30.14 – Bakersfield Now- Rink said thieves disabled the alarm system, and it appears someone had a key to enter the business over the weekend. Police found no signs of forced entry … More Info
  • CA: El Cerrito police log: Selling pot in Canyon Trail Park; six cases of …
    7.30.14 – Contra Costa Times – Burglary — Officers responding to an alarm at 6:10 a.m. at Panda Express in El Cerrito Plaza found a door with noticeable damage, but no evidence of entry. More Info
  • CA: Officials looking for suspects in Hoby’s Market burglaries
    7.30.14 – Times-Standard – Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Fortuna Police have responded to the alarm calls at the business; however the burglar (s) have fled prior to the … More Info
  • FL: Gun Range Burglarized in Davie: Police
    7.31.14 – NBC 6 South Florida – But, once they got inside, the suspects triggered the alarm and Davie Police responded. Once police arrived on the scene, they found guns thrown on the … More Info
  • CA: Pasadena burglary suspect caught
    7.29.14 – Pasadena Star-News – Pasadena – A suspect left empty-handed when he triggered an alarm during a … Lt. Jason Clawson said the resident heard the home alarm go off which meant … More Info
  • FL: Police try to ID 2 Northside burglars
    7.28.14 – WJXT Jacksonville – On July 6, police were called in reference to an alarm. Surveillance video from the store shows two burglars enter the store from a large … More Info
  • GA: Multiple Break-Ins Investigated in Marietta
    7.30.14 – The News Center – Then the suspects went to The Galley, where the alarm system went off. Police responding believe they caught them in the act at The Galley, breaking in through… More Info
  • ID: Cigars stolen in burglary
    7.30.14 – LocalNews8.com – Officers responded to an alarm and found the front window broken. Neighbors said they heard the alarm and saw the burglars running away, but they were … More Info
  • IN: Police: Burglars stealing items in cars for entry into homes
    7.30.14 – WISH-TV – Install an alarm system that will detect entry and notify police. Have your lawn mowed and snow shoveled when away. Close window blinds at night. Keep trees … More Info
  • MA: Braintree bank robbed
    7.28.14 – Wicked Local Braintree – Dispatchers received a panic alarm from a Century Bank branch around 10:20 a.m. Monday, according to the communications. An alert that … More Info
  • MA: Somerville police: Juvenile breaks into house
    8.1.14 – Wicked Local Somerville – The man said he was in his house when he was startled by an alarm sounding, and was afraid someone had entered the house. The alarm was recently … More Info
  • MI: Jewelry store targeted by thieves
    8.3.14 – The Morning Sun – When Ace of Diamonds owners Kriss and Mike Roethlisberger got the call from their alarm company at 4:30 a.m., they immediately headed to their Alma store at … More Info
  • MS: Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime
    7.31.14 – WDAM-TV –  According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers … More Info
  • NE: Sex shop burglary attempt foiled by alarm
    7.28.14 – Lincoln Journal Star – Omar Hussain, 18, and Bao Huynh, 19, threw a rock through the window of Priscilla’s about 4:30, which set off the store’s alarm and alerted police, … More Info
  • NH: Police investigate multi-town burglary spree
    8.1.14 – Exeter News-Letter – Police responded around 3 a.m. after the alarms sounded, but the burglar fled … responded to the store just after 2 a.m. on July 26 after a security alarm went off. More Info
  • NY: 0650 Patrol responded to a burglary alarm
    7.31.14 – North Country Now – Potsdam Fire and Potsdam Police were dispatched to Clarkson University for an alarm activation. Following report of a possible chemical spill, Potsdam… More Info
  • PA: Philly police kill suspected robber
    8.1.14 – Philly.com – A Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a home invasion robber who, police say, put a gun to the officer’s head as he responded to a burglary alarm at a … More Info
  • PA: Police: Bank robbery in Manchester Township may be related to two …
    7.31.14 – York Daily Record – … Arsenal Road, Northern York County Regional Police responded at 10:08 a.m. Thursday after a panic alarm there was activated, according to a news release. More Info
  • SC: Beaufort men arrested after allegedly attempting to rob gun store
    7.28.14 – The State – On Saturday, officers responded to an activated alarm at Onsite Gun Works in Beaufort, according to a Police Department report. Officers … More Info
  • TX: Burglar swipes up to $1 million in luxury goods from Texas woman’s …
    8.3.14 – New York Daily News – Roemer admitted they did not turn on their alarm system on the way out of the … me for the one night I forgot to lock the glass door and set the alarm,” she said. More Info
  • TX: Police: Can you identify these suspected ETX burglars
    7.31.14 – KETK – An officer arrived within minutes of being notified about the alarm. Authorities have also learned of burglaries or vandalism taking place in nearby Walker County … More Info
  • TX: Video shows Houston burglar going through doggie door, falling off …
    7.28.14 – KHOU – “At 2:30 this morning we got a call from our alarm company saying that our home had been broken into” said Tony Ragsdale, the victim. Tony Ragsdale and … More Info
  • UT: Police dog bites suspected Utah school burglar
    7.30.14 – Salt Lake Tribune – Granite School District Police dispatchers were alerted to the alleged burglary at Pioneer Elementary School when an alarm was tripped at … More Info

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