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August 8, 2016

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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.

Door to Door Sales

  • 83 year-old caves to door-to-door salesman’s pitch
    8.4.16 – kfor.com – City – Lately our In Your Corner hotline’s been ringing off the hook about salesmen going door-to-door trying to convince homeowner’s to switch their alarm … More Info
  • Sheriff warns of scammers
    8.5.16 – Camp Verde Journal – According to D’Evelyn, these type of door-to-door sales people “work for companies that are authorized third-party dealers for satellite and alarm providers. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • FL: False alarm fines likely coming to Pasco County
    8.2.16 – ABC Action News – During the past year, the Sheriff’s Office says 80 percent of the alarm calls they’ve responded to are false alarms. That’s why Sheriff Chris Nocco has proposed … More Info
  • MD: Maryland Fire Marshal Issues Advisory On Smoke & Carbon …
    8.1.16 – WCBC Radio – State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci reminds everyone of the concerns when purchasing life safety devices, for instance, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide .. More Info
  • MN: Crow Wing County introduces online alarm registration
    8.3.16 – Brainerd Dispatch – The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of launching a new online system for area residents and business owners to register security alarms. More Info
  • MO: City charges fees, fines for alarm system calls
    8.1.16 – News-Press Now – St. Joseph residents with home security alarm systems must pay an annual fee as part of a permit requirement. If officers respond to more than six false alarm … More Info
  • VT: Killington’s new police department paying dividends, town reports
    8.3.16 – Mountaintimes – For years, homeowners and businesses in Killington were required to pay an annual $50 fee to the Vermont State Police alarm administrator to cover alarm … More Info

Industry News

  • Man blames Cox Communications for extent of fire damage to home
    8.1.16 – The Telegraph – A man is suing Cox Communications, alleging that the fire alarm wiring for his Macon home wasn’t connected properly after he switched service to the company. More Info
  • The Pros and Cons of Certified Training for Installers
    8.3.16 – CEPro – A look at the benefits and the efforts, which have to be made in order to become certified. More Info
  • DIY Systems Provider Goes Too Far in Ad Attacking Electronic Security Industry
    8.4.16 – SSI – Boston-based SimpliSafe attacked the home security industry, painting alarm companies as enemies looking to take advantage of customers. More Info
  • Protecting Clients’ Home Artwork with Museum-Level Sensors
    8.3.16 – CEPro – New Magnetic Asset Protection (MAP) sensor from Art Guard allows integrators to add a layer of security detection to clients’ valued items. Sensor integrates with multiple security control panels. More Info
  • Midwest Alarm Systems acquires Electric Specialties Co.
    8.4.16 – Business Record – Midwest Alarm Services, a leading provider of life safety systems based in Des Moines, announced that it has acquired Electric Specialties Co. in Omaha. More Info
  • Doyle Security Systems acquires Syracuse firm’s accounts
    8.4.16 – Rochester Business Journal – Doyle Security Systems Inc. has acquired Murphy’s Lock & Alarm Inc.’s alarm accounts, marking the Henrietta-based company’s first Syracuse-area acquisition… More Info
  • National Time Fire Alarm Pull Stations Recall
    8.6.16 – Kansas City infoZine – Washington DC – infoZine – This recall involves (about 3,500) National Time & Signal 541S fire alarm pull stations. The red and white rectangular pull stations … More Info
  • Don’t Write off ‘Integrators’ Just Yet
    8.5.16 – CEPro – CEDIA evidently is abandoning the term “integrator” as it relates to home technology installers in favor of the term “technologist,” which resonates better with consumers.… More Info
  • Security Pros Should Look in the Mirror When DIYs Criticize Industry
    8.5.16 – SSI – The DIY industry will continue to attack the credibility of the electronic security industry as it tries to grow in popularity. However, the industry needs to recognize that its reputation isn’t bulletproof. More Info
  • CSAA looks for experts to form new tech standards
    8.3.16 – SSI – Vienna, VA – New standards apply to monitoring centers, PSAPs, manufacturers. CSAA is looking for subject matter experts on a variety of up and coming technologies to join its new Emerging Technologies Committee – a division of its Standards Committee – to help form new standards. More Info

State & National News

  • Disney Wants to Track Visitors by Photographing Shoes
    8.2.16 – SIA – Disney has received a patent to take pictures of visitors’ feet at its theme parks. More Info
  • What Integrators (And Their Clients) Need To Know About ADA Requirements
    8.3.16 – CI – American Disability Act requirements are broadly defined from user to user, and integrators play a key role in educating clients about these requirements. More Info
  • Strong job gains, for second month, reframe economic outlook
    8.5.16 – The New York Times – The American economy roared ahead last month, as employers added 255,000 jobs, a bigger-than-expected gain that suggests the country’s growth rate may be more robust than thought just two months ago. More Info

Business Tips

  • How to Get More RMR From Monitoring
    8.3.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Leading monitoring companies like Affiliated Monitoring, Monitronics, USA Central Station Alarm and EMERgency24 share their thoughts on incorporating smart .. More Info
  • 4 Secrets to Help You Get the Most Out of AV Labor Subcontractors
    8.4.16 – SSI – Integrators need to work closely with subcontractors and understand their capabilities in order to realize a new level of success in working together. More Info
  • Why Payment by Credit Card Is Now Better Than by Check
    8.4.16 – CEPro – Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum argues that payment by credit card is well worth the extra fees vs. risk of ‘bouncing’ checks or waiting for funds to be available. More Info
  • The Rise Of Cyborg Sellers: How Technology Enables and Empowers Salespeople
    8.4.16 – Entrepreneur – Innovative tech products are changing B2B sales processes in profound ways. Here are four. More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Police & fire for Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016
    8.7.16 – Juneau Empire – On Wednesday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to 12 EMS calls, four transport calls, one false fire alarm triggered by burnt food, one burn complaint and … More Info
  • AZ: Phoenix family escapes early morning house fire
    8.7.16 – ABC15 Arizona – Phoenix – Phoenix Fire officials say a family escaped safely after smoke alarms alerted them that their home had caught fire overnight. The fire originally started … More Info
  • CA: Faulty AC unit at Target store prompts fire response
    8.7.16 – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – A fire alarm at the Target store in Valencia prompted firefighters to respond to a suspected fire early Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles … More Info
  • IA: Burnt food causes fire alarm at Heartland Senior Apartments
    8.2.16 – Fort Dodge Messenger – Kent Hulett, Fort Dodge fire chief, said firefighters responded to Heartland Senior Apartments after receiving a report of a fire alarm going off … More Info
  • NY: Wilson man rescues mother from fire 20 years after saving another …
    8.7.16 – Buffalo News – At 3:10 a.m. Sunday, he heard a smoke alarm go off in his 2.5-story Wilson farmhouse, and raced upstairs to save another elderly woman. But this time, it was his … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Antique Store in San Francisco Robbed During Smash-And-Grab …
    8.1.16 – NBC Bay Area – Then, his alarm company called him again at 1:30 a.m. Monday, which is when he found the place ransacked. Stein said that he’s owned the business since … More Info
  • CA: Atascadero police seek help in identifying man who robbed liquor …
    8.1.16 – The San Luis Obispo Tribune – Police received a call from the alarm company at 4:50 a.m., Taylor said. The man allegedly took a bunch of cigarettes and the cash drawer; Taylor was uncertain … More Info
  • CA: Laguna Beach man arrested trying to flee police after Irvine burglary
    8.4.16 – OCRegister – The owner of a business called officers about 1 a.m. after being told by his alarm company that the burglar alarm … More Info
  • CA: Scotts Valley Jewelry Store Robbed
    8.1.16 – CBS Local – Around 4:15 a.m., officers responded to a report of a security alarm going off at Scotts Valley Jewelers, police said. Upon arrival. More Info
  • CT: Police Investigate Break-In at Plainfield Convenience Store
    8.3.16 – NBC Connecticut – The business was closed when the break-in happened and police said the two intruders tampered with the alarm system and security cameras and smashed the … More Info
  • CT: Police searching for Norwalk bank robbery suspect
    8.5.16 – Thehour.com – The call was originally issued as a hold up alarm from the bank before the branch called 911. The suspect, described as a black male, reportedly passed a note … More Info
  • DE: Police arrest burglar at Ocean View traffic stop
    8.1.16 – Delmarva Daily Times – Troopers were dispatched to a commercial burglary alarm at the Bethany Bay Homeowner’s Association Clubhouse around … More Info
  • FL: APD makes weekend arrest of burglar
    8.2.16 – The Apopka Voice – On July 19, officers responded to a call about a burglar alarm going off at The Catfish Place restaurant in Apopka. Upon arrival the entrance door to the business … More Info
  • FL: Central blotter: Women’s shoplifting plans go amiss, $3000 in …
    8.2.16 – Palm Beach Post – Someone stole six burglar alarm touch pads valued at $200 each, two alarm panels worth $100 each, and at least two smoke detectors worth $72 each from an … More Info
  • FL: Sarasota Cleaning Man Accused in $10K Rifle Theft
    8.5.16 – Patch.com – As it turned out, the business in question received an alarm call on July 29 just after midnight. When deputies responded to check things out, they found the … More Info
  • FL: Six men have been arrested in connection with several car …
    8.3.16 – ABC Action News – While deputies were security checking a nearby business, they heard the alarm ringing, the release states. They immediately responded to the area and … More Info
  • FL: Suspect climbs through window steals $4000 in cash and valuables …
    8.5.16 – WPTV.com – Homeowner Luis Ramirez was alerted to the crime when his alarm went off and rushed home to call police. “My wife is very worried and scared, but I feel well … More Info
  • GA: Burglars batter down gate, store wall to steal cycles
    8.3.16 – The Citizen.com – Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies responded to an alarm call at 5:25 a.m., finding that the security gate had been rammed. Babb said a vehicle was used to ram a … More Info
  • GA: Police: Man wanted for Wagener home burglary caught on camera
    8.3.16 – WRDW-TV – The homeowner called 911 and told dispatch that he received an alarm alert and watched the suspect on camera break into his home. When deputies got there, … More Info
  • IL: 8 years for man who tried to break into Circle K
    8.2.16 – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette – The police report said the business was closed when the alarm went off about 1:50 a.m. A review of surveillance video showed a man with a white hooded … More Info
  • IL: Charges pending in gas station burglary, says East Dundee police …
    8.6.16 – Chicago Tribune – … in the area and found broken glass from the door of the Amstar gas station. The gas station’s burglary alarm didn’t go off until officers arrived, … More Info
  • IL: East Dundee gas station burglary caught on camera
    8.3.16 – WLS-TV – Police said the gas station’s burglary alarm didn’t go off until officers arrived. Less than 10 minutes before, police said they tried to break into another gas station. More Info
  • IL: Suspect in gun shop break-in charged
    8.2.16 – Chicago Tribune – He was captured after fleeing when an alarm went off, alerting police, authorities said. Gibbs Custom Gunsmithing is one of three businesses… More Info
  • KY: Kentucky man breaks into liquor store twice in one morning
    8.5.16 – Local 8 Now – Within four hours the owner said the alarm company called him about another possible break in. When he arrived to his store he said he found McKinney sitting … More Info
  • KY: Owner: Man breaks into Lexington liquor store twice in one morning
    8.4.16 – WKYT – Soundh says within a matter of four hours, his alarm company called him about another possible break in. When Soundh arrived to his store he said he found … More Info
  • KY: Police Surround Lexington Business After Burglary Alarm
    8.5.16 – LEX18 Lexington KY News – The call came in around 2:30 a.m. Friday after the business motion sensor alarms went off. When police arrived, they saw multiple ceiling tiles lying around on … More Info
  • KY: Surveillance video captures suspect burglarizing Louisville church
    8.2.16 – WDRB – Liberty Tabernacle is a small church with a big mission — and after several break-ins, church leaders have installed an alarm system and cameras. Kimberly … More Info
  • KY: Would-be W’burg burglars caught in the act
    8.5.16 – The News Journal – About 2:10 a.m., Officers Mike Taylor and Cody Jeffries responded to an activated alarm at Tractor Supply. When officers … More Info
  • MA: Framingham Police: Two men broke into burned-out house
    8.2.16 – MetroWest Daily News – It was the alarm installer who discovered the possible break-in, when he arrived at the home around 11 a.m.. “He saw a man come from the back of the house, … More Info
  • MA: Mansfield store break-in linked to arrests in New England crime spree
    8.2.16 – The Sun Chronicle – According to police, the Mansfield break-in was a sophisticated operation in which the store’s alarm system was disabled and a look-out was employed. More Info
  • MD: Burglary suspects arrested in Caroline County
    8.4.16 – WMDT – Police responded to a residential alarm near Martinak State Park around noon Friday. Denton Police say upon arrival, a door of the residence to be open and … More Info
  • MO: Man turns gun on himself after seeing investigators, FBI says
    8.2.16 – KMBC Kansas City – Alan McCracken, who lives in the neighborhood, said he wasn’t aware anything was going on until someone’s burglar alarm went off about 8:30 a.m. and he … More Info
  • ND: Grand Forks Police investigating break-in at Dutchman Vapors
    8.5.16 – Valley News Live – Officers were sent out to Dutchman Vapors after a burglar alarm was set off just before midnight. When they arrived they found … More Info
  • NH: Concord ATM burglary attempt may be part of a New England-wide …
    8.2.16 – Concord Monitor – The would-be thieves triggered an alarm and fled before police arrived, he said. O’Malley said his department hasn’t connected Barker or Montero to the crime, … More Info
  • NH: Hudson police seek help locating robbery suspect
    8.7.16 – Nashua Telegraph – Hudson police say a man with a handgun robbed the TD Bank location on Saturday morning. Police say they received a panic alarm from the … More Info
  • NH: Surveillance photo leads to arrest in Goffstown burglary
    8.2.16 – WMUR Manchester – According to court documents, Provencher told police he had smashed a window in search of money to buy heroin, but had been scared off the alarm. More Info
  • NV: Update: alleged burglar provides false name to police
    8.2.16 – Elko Daily Free Press – Officers responded to an alarm call around 1:51 a.m. i and entered the business upon the arrival of the owner. When investigating … More Info
  • OH: Suspected serial bank robber arrested in Cleveland
    8.2.16 – WKYC-TV – The FBI says that Garfield Heights incident had Smith and an accomplice robbing a bank customer due to an employee triggering the bank alarm as they … More Info
  • OK: Storefront smashed overnight in Kendall-Whittier neighborhood
    8.2.16 – KTUL – Urban Furnishings owner Rebecca Joskey tells Tulsa’s Channel 8 she received a call from her alarm company early Tuesday morning. Thinking someone may … More Info
  • PA: Man found with narcotic wanted by sheriffs
    8.3.16 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – According to police, officers responded to an alarm at the Anthracite Cafe at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. They found found Brian Dickinson, 34, of the Glen Lyon … More Info
  • PA: Police: Burglar who hit jewelry store, restaurant in Elizabethtown …
    8.5.16 – LancasterOnline – Officers responding to an alarm there were alerted to another alarm at Andrew Douglas Jewelers. Police found its back glass door shattered and … More Info
  • PA: Police: Wanted Glen Lyon man captured, found with drugs
    8.3.16 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – At approximately 12:01 a.m., an alarm sounded at the Anthracite Cafe. Upon arrival, officers saw a car belonging to Brian Dickinson, 34, of Glen Lyon, in the … More Info
  • RI: Cops interrupt midnight jewelry store heist in Providence
    8.7.16 – The Providence Journal – When he overheard an alarm at Rachana Jewelry, in a strip mall on 361 Reservoir Ave., Patrolman Joshua Cascione checked around the outside and saw a … More Info
  • SC: Aiken County authorities seeking help in finding burglar
    8.3.16 – The Augusta Chronicle – The caller told police he had received an alarm alert and was watching through his surveillance cameras while an unknown man burglarized his home. More Info
  • SC: Police: Men Steal $20000 in Guns from Store
    8.5.16 – WLTX.com – Deputies say they responded to the scene within four minutes of the alarm going off, but by the time they arrived, the suspects were gone. It’s estimated the men … More Info
  • SC: Rock Hill man accused of breaking into six businesses, more than …
    8.4.16 – The Herald – He had reportedly damaged a boarded up window to make entry, causing an alarm to sound. He damaged the inside of the office before leaving, according to … More Info
  • SC: Sumter deputies seeking 2 who robbed gun store
    8.6.16 – Manning Live – Bell said that an alarm sounded at the time of the break-in, and although deputies were on scene within four minutes, the suspects had already fled. He said they … More Info
  • TN: Montgomery Co. deputies want tips into Monday burglary
    8.3.16 – Clarksville Leaf Chronicle – The homeowner and victim, who was not named in the release, was asleep but awoke when the alarm sounded. He locked his bedroom door and secured … More Info
  • TX: Early-morning chase ends with 1 detained, 2 still at large
    8.7.16 – KYTX – Tyler Police responded to a burglary alarm and found two suspects trying to start motorcycles they had just stolen. More Info
  • TX: Man poses as North Texas firefighter to steal from hotel
    8.7.16 – KBTX – After resetting some systems, the man asked the hotel manager to go to another part of the building to set off the fire alarm. Police say when the manager … More Info
  • TX: One suspect in custody for stealing ATM from DuGood at Major and …
    8.1.16 – KFDM-TV News – Monday, August 1st, 2016, at 3:42 AM, officers responded to an alarm at Dugood Credit Union. Upon arrival officers observed an ATM lying on the ground, … More Info
  • TX: Suspect Charged With Torchy’s Tacos Break-In
    8.1.16 – Eater Austin – On Thursday, July 14, Austin police officers arrived on the scene, responding to the burglary alarm, and heard someone moving around. They saw someone … More Info
  • TX: Tyler police searching for burglary suspects
    8.6.16 – KLTV – Tyler police say at 2:31 a.m. Saturday, they responded to a burglary alarm. More Info
  • VA: Burglars strike Newport News store twice in one week
    8.4.16 – 13newsnow.com – Then this past Tuesday at 3:17 a.m., police received a call from a woman who said she saw three men jumping off the roof of the H&H Mart while an alarm could … More Info
  • VA: Police investigate 7-Eleven overnight armed robbery in Portsmouth
    8.3.16 – 13newsnow.com – Officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven. after being alerted of a robbery alarm just before 10 a.m.. Officers arrived … More Info
  • WI: Alleged bank robbery foiled
    8.7.16 – Marquette Mining Journal – Marinette County Dispatch received a call that the State Bank of Florence in the Village of Wausaukee had activated its hold-up alarm. Several officers began … More Info
  • WI: Man arrested after bank robbery attempt
    8.5.16 – WGBA-TV – A bank employee pushed a hold up alarm just as the suspected walked inside. He ran away once the alarm sounded. Deputies were able to find the man, who … 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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