Public Safety Updates
- SK: Alarm calls for service down 32 per cent since response policy changes: Regina police
8.1.19 – Regina Leader-Post – “If they’re not going to an alarm, which 99.4 per cent of the time is false then it frees them up to get to other calls quicker.”
- Vivint Fined For Installing Equipment Without Proper Approval, Licensing
7.31.19 – SSI – SSI Staff – Vivint allowed its local business alarm license to lapse, resulting in its list of salespeople needing to be re-approved, a necessity in Wichita, Kan.
- Z-Wave Alliance releases enhanced device certification
7.29.19 – SIW – New Z-Wave Plus v2 certification ensures even stronger interoperability, security, and ease of install for end users
- Leviton and Alarm.com partner to release new Z-wave lighting controls
8.4.19 – Digital Trends – Leviton is now an approved provider of Alarm.com Z-Wave lighting controls. This means you can control the lights in your home from your Alarm.com control panel without pulling out your phone and finding the app
State & National News
- NJ congressman will push silent alarm mandate to protect schools from mass shooters
7.30.19 -Pix 11 – Woodcliff Lake, N.J. — New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) plans to introduce “Alyssa’s Act” in the House of Representatives, which would mandate silent alarms in all federally-funded schools nationwide. Currently, only 27 percent of schools have an alarm system that quietly alerts police to an active shooter.
- Amazon Ring alerts often tie up police with false alarms
7.31.19 – Cnet – Police promote Ring partnerships as a way to keep communities safe. Now they’re inundated with video of people in innocent activities.
- Report Says Ring, Police Signed Secret Agreement to Give Away Video Doorbells
7.30.19 – SSI – Documents obtained by Motherboard show Ring has essentially enlisted law enforcement as salespeople for its video doorbells.
- Facial Recognition Technology Faces Scrutiny
7.30.19 – SSI – Those facial recognition bans you keep hearing about involve the government, not businesses. Here’s how to select and utilize this biometric solution.
- Capital One breach shines spotlight on insider threats
8.2.19 – SIW – Cybersecurity experts weigh in on massive breach and what it means for the industry moving forward
- U.S. hiring remains solid with 164,000 jobs added in July
8.2.19 – Washington Post – Economists predicted 165,000 jobs would be added in July, marking 106 consecutive months of job gains. Hiring has been softer this year than in 2018, but it remains at a healthy pace.
- CE Pro Deep Dive: What Do Integrators Want in ‘Wellness’ Solutions?
8.1.19 – CE Pro Deep Dive into the nascent biophilia category expands on the channel’s push into circadian lighting, indoor air quality, and other elements with which integrators should become familiar.
- How the Cloud Can Drive Costs Down & Installation Efficiency Up
8.2.19 – SSI – Among the numerous benefits of Cloud-hosted systems are the ability to manage from anywhere and not having to pull wires to every opening or dig costly trenches to remote openings.
- How QSRs can benefit from integrating video surveillance with POS systems
8.1.19 – SIW – Fast-food restaurant owners have more tools to deter theft and fraud with an integrated video surveillance and POS solution
- Real words or buzzwords?: Cyberspace -Part 2
7.30.19 – SIW – Evolution of the Web has had a profound impact on physical security, both positive and negative
- The security industry’s AI conundrum
7.29.19 – SIW – Why balancing innovation and ethics in today’s video surveillance landscape is paramount
- What to Know Before Transitioning to an ‘As-a-Service’ Model
7.29.19 – SSI – Experts explain why you shouldn’t sweat the as-a-service transition, and how it can reduce cost and maintenance pain points for customers.
Fire & EMS News
- MA: Marion police log, July 21-27
7.30.19 – Wicked Local – The following are excerpts from the Marion police log for Sunday, July 21, through Saturday, July 27. The log is public record and available for review. All persons are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.
- MA: Small electrical fire disrupted business trade in Adams Corner
7.3.19 – Dorchester Reporter – The Boston Fire Department responded to an alarm and found smoky conditions in the basement of 512 Gallivan Blvd. just after 2:30 p.m.
- VA: B&T Bank building on Lee Highway will reopen Aug. 26 | News …
7.3.19 – Fauquier Times – Warrenton – The BB&T bank building at 236 W. Lee Highway in Warrenton that was damaged by a lightning strike and fire in May will reopen on Monday, Aug. … The BB&T branch in Warrenton, after it was damaged by a fire started … 26, according to David R. White, BB&T’s vice president for corporate communications.
- AZ: Williams 911 report
8.1.19 – Williams News – Officers responded to an alarm on Clover Hill;
- CA: Crime Report: 3 La Cañada homes burglarized while owners out of town
7.31.19 – Valley Sun – Burglary: Deputies responding to a 9:02 a.m. burglar alarm found a garage side door damaged and its doorknob laying on the floor inside, next to a pair of gardening clippers. The house itself appeared to be secured and undisturbed. The homeowners were out of town.
- CA: Video: Female duo raids La Mesa house as owner watches on doorbell cam
8.3.19 – ABC 10 – KGTV – Video showed a female duo running from an East County… as a helpless homeowner who watched it all unfold on his doorbell camera. … Don says watching on a Ring camera app was the homeowner, his … Moments later, another woman carrying a box stuffed with items …
- DE: Police: Enterprise Car Rental Burglarized In Dover Friday Morning
8.4.19 – 1st State Update – Hoffman said at approximately 12:58 AM, officers responded to the business for an alarm activation. Upon arrival, officers observed that a front window had been broken. Surveillance footage showed that two black male suspects broke the window with a hammer and made entry.
- FL – Lake City Police looking for suspects connected to Sal’s Italian Deli …
8.2.19 – WCJB – Lake City Police looking for suspects connected to Sal’s Italian Deli … Italian Deli at Stonegate Plaza #101 in reference to an activated burglary …
- FL: VIDEO: Burglars use torch instead of hammer but fail again to break …
7.3.19 – News Journal – Daytona Beach – Persistent burglars want something at Daytona Spy Shop but thus far have been foiled despite heat and hammer.
- GA: Burglars hit south Fayette business – The Citizen
8.3.19 – The Citizen – Fayette – Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies at approximately 5:30 a.m. responded to an alarm call at the store. Video showed a white Chrysler Sebring and a gray Jeep SUV in the parking lot. Store video showed four black males exiting the vehicles. The men used a sledgehammer to force entry into one of the store’s …
- IA: Deputies seek driver of stolen pickup
7.29.19 – The Messenger – Fort Dodge – Stubbs said there was a possibility that the alarm was set off by the driver of the stolen pickup. He said deputies ”set up in that area” and began a search
- IL: 3 wanted for Dollar General Store burglary
8.1.19 – Carbondale, Ill. (KFVS) – Carbondale Police are trying to track down three suspects wanted in connection with a business burglary Wednesday night, July 30. At approximately 10:11 p.m., Carbondale officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Dollar General Store.
- IL: Champaign Police search for Rose Bowl Tavern burglar
7.29.19 -ABC 20 – Urbana, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — The Champaign Police Department is searching for the person who robbed the Rose Bowl Tavern. Police say the burglar alarm was activated around 2 a.m. on July 5
- IL: Rocks used to break into Edwardsville cell phones stores, 3 charged
8.1.19 – thetelegraph.com – Edwardsville – Police in Coles County have charged three men suspected of using large rocks to break into the T-Mobile store and Verizon store in Edwardsville and taking several cell phones and accessories.
- IN: Thief breaks into Irvington home, steals family heirlooms
7.29.19 -Fox 59 – Although she has an alarm system on her house, she forgot to arm it when she left for work. When she looked at the door logs, she noticed she had just missed the thief by mere minutes.
- KS: Salina police investigate Sam’s Club shoplifting
7.29.19 – A white female around the age of 30 took a Wisenet security system about 8 p.m. July 19, before leaving through the building’s fire escape doors and triggering an alarm
- MA: littleton Police Reports: July 18-24
8.2.19 – Wicked Local Hanover – The following are excerpts from the Littleton police log for Thursday, July 18, to Wednesday, July 24
- MA: Rochester Police Log: July 14-20
7.30.19 – Wicked Local – The following are excerpts from the Rochester police log for Sunday, July 14, through Saturday, July 20. The log is public record and available for review. All persons are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.
- MI: Trio wanted for breaking into Michigan high school, riding floor scrubber
8.2.19 – ABC11 – Troy, Michigan — A group of young men broke into a high school in Troy, Michigan for a joyride that could lead to charges once police find them.
- MN: Hastings man arrested after Prescott police respond to business alarm
7.30.19 – RiverTown Multimedia News – Prescott Police Chief Eric Michaels said officers responded at 4:29 a.m. July 30 to an alarm at Tractor Supply Co., where they found a man lying down in a fenced-in area of the property.
- NC: Sheriff: Statesville man charged with breaking into local business
8.1.19 – Mooresvilletribune.com – A deputy answering an alarm call Tuesday stopped a vehicle leaving the business and charged a Statesville man with breaking into a business.
- NE: Convenience store customer shoots alleged thief
8.1.19 – Lincoln, Neb. – Lincoln Police said a customer inside the Kwik Shop shot a person trying to steal from the store early Thursday morning. Officers were called to the convenience store at 1:40 a.m. on a hold-up alarm. Investigators said a man had gone into the store and tried to steal undisclosed items.
- NH: Police searching for suspected robbers who broke into NH medical marijuana dispensary
8.2.19 – Dover, N.H. (WHDH) – Officers responding to an alarm system that went off at Temescal Wellness just after midnight found a glass door had been broken with a rock and items had been stolen from the customer service area of the dispensary, police said.
- NJ: Attempted Break-In At Holmdel Home Monday Night
8.1.19 – Holmdel-Hazlet – Patch – Suspects tried to break in through a window, and then fled when the home’s intruder alarm went off, Holmdel police said.
- NY: Geneseo Police Activity Report
8.1.19 – LCN – Village officers responded to the following calls from July 15 to 21. The report does not reflect all of the department’s activity during that time
- OH: Break-in under investigation
7.29.19 – The Review – Wellsville – According to Police Chief Eddie Wilson, surveillance video shows someone prying open the back door of the business, which resulted in setting off an alarm at about 5:45 a.m. The thieves reportedly stole an unspecified number of cigarettes.
- OK: Suspect wanted in more medical marijuana dispensary burglaries
7.30.19 – Oklahoma City (KOKH) — Multiple medical marijuana dispensaries have been the target of burglaries in the last week in northwest Oklahoma City.
- RI: Police still searching for Verizon store robbery suspect | Narragansett …
83.19 – RICentral.com– South Kingstown – Nearly $9,000 worth of merchandise was stolen … Wireless Store this past Sunday during a break in. … with Tighe and Sgt. Jerome Gillen pointing out items he suspected stolen.
- SC: Deputy responding to alarm call shoots armed homeowner in South Carolina, video show
7.29.19 – The State – The deputy says he was responding to a panic alarm at the house. “We don’t even have an alarm,” the man is heard saying in the video.
- SC: Lightning strike causes house fire in Duncan, officials say – WSPA.com
8.3.19 – WSPA – Duncan, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate homeowner is counting her blessings despite a lightning strike that left her family without a home.
- TX: Crime of the week: Authorities searching for burglary suspect
8.2.19 – Midland -MRT – Deputies responded in reference to an alarm. They discovered the side door to the business was unsecured and had been tampered with. The manager determined that merchandise valued at more than $700 was taken.
- TX: Neighbors on edge after series of weekend break ins
8.4.19 – Fox San Antonio – Even with security gates and high-tech home alarm systems, Summer Glen residents in far north San Antonio got hit hard by a criminal recently.
- VA: Burglary suspect arrested in Stafford
8.2.19 – Fredericksburg Today – On July 31st at approximately 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to an alarm at the Bed Bath and Beyond. Upon arrival, they observed no signs of forced entry; however, they found two damaged cash registers inside.
- VA: Gabe’s restaurant owner shares how recent break-in has affected business
7.29.19 – ABC 13 – Madison Heights, Va. (WSET) — Gabe’s restaurant owner shares how the business has been affected after the restaurant was broken in to on Saturday morning. “Roughly around 3:30 in the morning, I got an alarm on my phone that an intruder was in the building,” said Smith.
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- Vice President & – Maryland Burglar & Fire Alarm Assn. Director – Craig Bober
- Secretary – Kathleen Schraufnagel
- Treasurer and Arkansas Security Alarm Assn. Director – Rick Howell
- Past President – Jordon Brown
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