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September 2, 2013


Association Events


  • 9.19.13- OKBFAA Business Seminar and Golf Scramble
    September 19, 2013 – Edmond, OK – 8:30 – 11:00 Seminar followed by Golf Scramble. More Info

Door to Door Sales 


  • Vineland warns of door-to-door scams
    8.30.13 – Daily Journal – Report any issues regarding door-to-door solicitations to police at (856) 691-4111 or the Department of Licenses & Inspections at (856) 794-4000, ext. 4645. • Try to provide information on the person’s vehicle, clothing, physical description and license tag number… More Info

Public Safety Updates


  • BC: Home false alarms keep Oak Bay police busy
    8.27.13 – Victoria News – Police responded to 17 false alarms at Oak Bay residences this past week, said Dept. … Homeowners with alarm systems are reminded to review their system … More Info
  • CA: Hollister police, code enforcement encourage alarm registry
    8.27.13 – The Salinas Californian – The Monterey County Office of Education opened the new technology-based Millennium Charter High… More Info
  • CA: Police remind residents to register alarms
    8.26.13 – The Pinnacle – Due to a spike in the number of false alarm reports in the city, Hollister’s code enforcement division and police department are reminding residents to register their alarms to eliminate false reports. More Info
  • GA: Johns Creek alarm fines begin
    9.1.13 – WXIA-TV Atlanta – If you don’t register your burglary alarm in Johns Creek, you could be risking a $100 fine starting September 1st.  More Info
  • IL: Changes proposed to false alarm fees
    8.28.13 – The Galesburg Register-Mail – Galesburg – While many would breathe a sigh of relief when a fire call is determined to be nothing more than a false alarm, few might be aware of the costs fire departments incur during such a response. An example is a response like that took place Monday morning at Galesburg High School, which was ultimately deemed a false alarm. More Info
  • NJ: Westwood to update code on malfunctioning alarms
    8.27.13 – NorthJersey.com – Westwood officials are considering changes to a code governing malfunctioning smoke or burglar alarms at commercial properties in the borough. The current … More Info
  • OH: Too many false alarms now costly in Conneaut
    8.28.13 – Star Beacon – Faulty alarm systems could prove costly in Conneaut, thanks to a new law approved by City Council.  More Info

Industry News


  • No Phone Calls Necessary
    8.1.13 – Security Today – The Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a relatively new program created by the Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO) and the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), can facilitate the rapid transmission of alarms straight to public safety communication centers within seconds after they are verified by the Central Station. More Info
  • Security companies grow fast again
    8.22.13 – Security Systems News – New York – The 2013 Inc. 5,000 list has been released and many security companies made the list again this year. Find out which ones. More Info
  • Vector Security Launches Retail App
    8.27.13 – RetailSolutionsOnline – Vector Security launches a new app for national retailers that brings customer-requested functionality to mobile devices. The new iOS mobile app was developed to complement the company’s existing InSite Web-based product. More Info

Legislative Report


None this week

State Trends


  •  How much are state legislators paid?
    8.23.13 – The Washington Post – Want to get rich? Then serving in your state legislature probably isn’t the way to go. The vast majority of the 7,383 legislators around the country are paid well below a living wage. More Info

National News


  • Experts: More security awareness training needed in schools
    8.22.13 – Security Info Watch – Active shooter incident at Ga. elementary school proves more needs to be done to improve security… More Info

Business Tips


  • 7 ways leaders can foster innovation
    8.21.13 – Forbes – Whether experimenting out of public view or transparently in view of all stakeholders, it is clear that leaders have to be bold thinkers and from the top-down or across the board, they play a primary role in fostering innovative organizations. More Info
  • Good leaders get emotional
    8.15.13 – Harvard Business Review Blog Network – Much of what comes out of people’s mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It’s a real person sharing a real feeling. More Info
  • The New Boss at Work: Gen Y
    8.21.13 – CIO Insight – With baby boomers retiring, organizational demographics are rapidly changing. Find out what the future generation of employees wants from IT. More Info
  • A Business Model That Meets Customer Expectations
    8.26.13 – Baseline – It’s essential to deliver a premium experience that meets customer expectations, while ensuring that the economics of the model make sense for your business. More Info
  • A Tiny Device, A Big Danger
    7.18.13 – CIO Insight – An underappreciated security risk, USB drives are often used to penetrate computer networks in order to steal sensitive and confidential business information. More Info
  • Cashing in on the Customer Experience
    8.12.13 – CIO Insight – Technology deployments should be less about automating processes for the sake of efficiency and more about solving customers’ real-world problems. More Info
  • How Professionals Learn Leadership Skills
    8.13.13 – Baseline – Professionals learn leadership skills in the following ways: through challenging assignments (70%), from colleagues and managers (20%), and from formal courses and books (10%). More Info
  • 5 essential skills for successful coaching
    8.8.13 – Inc. – Coaching has become an essential component of leadership in the work place. Pragmatic leaders — those interested in the practical aspects of execution — understand that the key to success is enhancing the capacity, competence and skills of those they work with. They appreciate that they have to be there for the people they lead. More Info
  • 7 tips for shifting a mindset in your organization
    8.12.13 – Harvard Business Review Blog Network – We’re all fascinated by new ideas and how they can grab hold of us, influencing how we think and affecting how we take action. In business, especially, we’re inundated with new ideas — so many we can hardly process or evaluate them. If you have tried introducing a new idea into your organization or community — especially if it’s an abstract idea like sustainability, diversity or innovativeness — you know it’s tough. More Info
  • What Do Security Pros Want From Their Work?
    8.26.13 – What do security pros want most from a job? Cutting-edge technology, national importance, control over their work environment, work flexibility/telecommuting and good compensation. More Info

Fire News


  • DC: A smoke alarm saves two lives
    8.26.13 – FOX 5 Washington D.C – A smoke alarm is being credited with saving two people from a house fire in Progress Village. More Info
  • FL: Man, cat found dead in Delray Beach house fire
    8.26.13 – WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach – Delray Beach Fire Rescue crews responded to a house fire in Rainberry Estates where one occupant was found dead. The call was initially received as a fire alarm activation from a smoke detector. More Info
  • NY: Americana Sparks Electrical Fire
    8.30.13 – Manhasset Press – On Sunday, August 25, at 8:50 p.m. the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Americana Manhasset shopping center. Deputy Chief Mark Kiess arrived on the scene first and found heavy smoke in the basement. The routine fire alarm response became anything but routine. The initial alarm was immediately upgraded to a “structure fire” and all …More Info
  • ON: Smoke alarms save family from Ancaster blaze
    8.27.13 – Hamilton Spectator – A family member who smelled the smoke and heard the alarm called 911 to report a fire believed to be in a third floor bedroom. All the occupants then made it … More Info
  • TX: Amarillo police investigating attempted arson at restaurant
    8.27.13 – Amarillo Globe-News – Amarillo police are investigating an early Tuesday morning attempted arson at a Mexican food restaurant, Amarillo Crime Stoppers Cpl. Sean Slover said. About 2 a.m., Amarillo police and firefighters responded to an alarm at La Fiesta Grande. More Info

Crime News


  • AL: Thieves hit same street in Vestavia Hills multiple times
    8.29.13 – FOX 6 News Birmingham -Homeowners on a street in Vestavia Hills seem to be a favorite of thieves. One home has been hit by burglars twice within the past five months. More Info
  • AR: Pharmacy trashed by burglar, drugs stolen
    8.26.13 – WXVT 15 Greenville – Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – Authorities say a burglar ransacked a pharmacy and stole drugs from a Fred’s Discount Store in southern Pulaski County. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm on Sunday and found that entry had been forced into the building. More Info
  • AR: Security Ramped Up After Thieves Make Off with Cash, Golf Balls
    8.26.13 – KFSM Ft. Smith-Fayetteville – Security is being beefed up at a River Valley Golf Club after thieves made off with thousands of dollars and… More Info
  • CA: $5,800 in baseball equipment stolen from Watsonville High
    8.29.13 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Watsonville — More than $5,800 worth of baseball equipment was stolen from Watsonville High School after thieves broke into a storage shed, Watsonville police said. More Info
  • CA: Four juveniles arrested in school vandalism
    8.26.13 – The Stockton Record – Stockton – Officers from Stockton Unified arrested four juvenile suspects they say were responsible for breaking into Montezuma Elementary late Friday, stealing property and committing vandalism that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage. More Info
  • CA: Police calls made in your neighborhoods
    8.28.13 – Canyons, Coto, Ladera & RSM News -. Burglary alarm, 6:27 p.m. Burglary alarm-audible, 6:40 a.m. More Info
  • CA: Police: Complaints reported in your Laguna Hills neighborhoods
    8.29.13 – Saddleback Valley News – Robbery alarm-silent, 7:09 a.m.. Burglary alarm-audible, 3:39 a.m…. More Info
  • CA: Report: Calif. clerk locks self in store with robber
    8.26.13 – Fox News – A quick-thinking California clerk reportedly locked himself inside a convenience store with a robbery suspect, police said. More Info
  • CA: Thieves steal $40K of stereo equipment
    8.26.13 – KGTV San Diego – About $40,000 in stereo equipment was stolen from a store in El Cajon. Surveillance video shows the thieves loading boxes and boxes of expensive stereo equipment into a white truck. More Info
  • CA: Two people sought in San Pedro home-invasion robbery
    8.28.13 – Los Angeles Times – A man and a woman were beaten and robbed in their San Pedro home early Wednesday, authorities said. More Info
  • CO: Police nab suspect who stashed pants behind 7-Eleven store
    8.26.13 – UPI – Loveland, Colo., – Police in Colorado said they arrested an alleged jewelry store burglar who abandoned his pants and phone behind a convenience store. More Info
  • DC: Thieves steal computers from new Dunbar High School
    8.26.13 – The Washington Times – Thieves stole computers from a brand new D.C. high school that opened Monday for the start of the school year. The burglary at Dunbar High School happened sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Someone smashed a window on the first floor … More Info
  • FL: Bank robbery at Regions Bank
    8.31.13 – ABC 7 Gulfshore News – The Lee County Sheriff’s office is investigating a bank robbery at the Regions Bank in North Fort Myers. Deputies say just after ten this morning a woman walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash. That teller pressed a silent alarm. More Info
  • FL: Lake Mary homeowner, 72, fires 2 shots at burglars, police say
    8.28.13 – Local 6 Orlando – A 72-year-old Lake Mary homeowner fired shots at burglars who were attempting to break into his home while he was sleeping, according to police. The incident occurred Wednesday morning at a home. Lake Mary police say the man heard his alarm go off when the burglars smashed the sliding glass door while he was napping in his bedroom. The man grabbed his … More Info
  • FL: Three juveniles accused of break-in at Bradenton school
    9.1.13 – The Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Three juveniles face burglary charges in connection with a break-in at Horizons Academy…. More Info
  • GA: Burglar took cigarettes, police told
    8.26.13 – The Augusta Chronicle – Police are searching for a man who broke into Family Dollar on Sunday morning and stole 30 packs of cigarettes. More Info
  • GA: Police release video of break-in
    8.29.13 – The Augusta Chronicle – Richmond County investigators have released video of a man stealing a shopping basket filled with cigarettes from the Family Dollar. More Info
  • IA: Police recognize subject in dispute as burglary suspect
    8.27.13 – The Des Moines Register – Police arrested a Des Moines man for burglary after an officer responding to an unrelated call recognized the sweatshirt the suspect had on top of his cat carrier as the one the burglar was wearing, officials said. More Info
  • IL: 2 arrested in gun store break-in
    8.30.13 – Shelbyville Daily Union – Two would-be gun thieves were quickly caught while trying to flee a Shelbyville gun shop Thursday morning. Shelbyville police were waiting in the alley behind Shelbyville Firearms after a silent alarm was sounded when the thieves broke the front door… More Info
  • IL: Attempted robbery to Janesville Texas Roadhouse
    8.26.13 – WREX-TV Rockford – Janesville Police officers arrest a man attempting to rob the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. More Info
  • IL: Villa Park man charged with burglary
    8.28.13 – Daily Herald   – A Villa Park man has been charged with burglary after police say they caught him in the back lot of a Carol Stream business early Tuesday morning. Nicholas Prendergast, 26 also was charged with one count of possession of burglary tools and possession of cannabis, officials said. More Info
  • IN: Police nab suspect in string of burglaries at Jeffersonville churches
    8.30.13 – Evening News and Tribune – Jeffersonville – A teenager believed to be responsible for at least 12 recent church burglaries in Jeffersonvile was arrested early Friday morning after a nearly three-hour pursuit. More Info
  • IN: Suspect wanted in Lafayette, Brownsburg
    8.26.13 – WRTV Indianapolis – Lafayette and Brownsburg police are looking for a female suspect in two holdups at Advance America on Monday. More Info
  • LA: Central car wash burglar leaves empty-handed
    8.27.13 – The Advocate- “What upsets me is the fact that he was able to get inside the office for a good 15 minutes and the alarm didn’t set off,” he said, adding the alarm company has … More Info
  • LA: Stolen truck discovered at CVS with ATM chained to bumper
    8.29.13 – KATC 3 Lafayette – On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 3:30 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm activation at the CVS Pharmacy. Officers with the Lake Charles Police Department responded to assist. More Info
  • MA: Brockton man arrested in break at state office in Lakeville
    8.26.13 – The Standard-Times – Lakeville – A Brockton man faces multiple charges after police said they found him inside the state Environmental Protection office at 20 Riverside Dr. early Saturday morning. More Info
  • MA: Northbridge man arrested after break-in
    8.31.13 – The Milford Daily News – A Northbridge man was arraigned in Uxbridge District Court Friday morning in connection with break-ins at area businesses. More Info
  • MA: Police Log: Suspicious People, a Heroin Arrest and Other Calls
    8.28.13 – Patch.com – The alarm was confirmed as accidental by the homeowner. 3:28 p.m. … 3:27 p.m. – Police responded to a reported alarm activation, which was … More Info
  • MB: Suspect arrested after restaurant manager thwarts break-in
    8.28.13 – Brandon Sun – Police have tracked down and charged a suspect they originally suspect was responsible for trying to break into a Brandon restaurant. As originally reported last week, early in the morning of Aug. 20, an alarm went off at a restaurant. The manager arrived and… More Info
  • ME: Fairfield burglar ordered to pay for Oakland couple’s home alarm
    8.26.13 – Portland Press Herald  – Brandon M. Rimes, 26, of Fairfield, was ordered to spend eight months behind bars, and to pay for a couple’s home security system, for burglarizing an Oakland home on Dec. 6. More Info
  • ME: Maine man gets 8 months for Christmas burglary
    8.27.13 – Boston.com – Augusta, Maine (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to breaking into an elderly couple’s Oakland home while they were sleeping and stealing Christmas gifts intended for family has been ordered to pay for a security system for his victims. More Info
  • ME: New York man charged with burglarizing historic Moffatt-Ladd House
    8.26.13 – Portsmouth Herald – Portsmouth – A New York man shattered a window to break into a warehouse at the historic Moffatt-Ladd House early Monday morning, bled all over the area, then fled from officers responding to a burglar alarm at the museum, police allege. More Info
  • MI: Homeowner stands up to thieves, waits an hour for DPD
    8.28.13 – FOX 2 News Detroit – A homeowner stands up to thieves stealing tires off a car in front of her home, but Detroit Police leave her waiting for nearly an hour before they show up to help. More Info
  • MI: Police: Man tries to rob same bank year after 1st robbery
    8.30.13 – ClickOnDetroit – An employee recognized William Jearls when he approached a teller window as the man who … More Info
  • MI: Waterford police: Jimmy John’s thief caught on camera; no arrests made
    8.29.13 – Detroit Free Press – Waterford Police responded to a 1:15 a.m. burglary alarm at the sub shop according to a release issued today. More Info
  • MI: Ypsilanti Twp: Cigarettes stolen during break in at gas station
    8.26.13 – Ypsilanti Courier – Someone broke into a gas station early Monday in Ypsilanti Township and filled a garbage bag with cigarettes from inside before fleeing the scene. More Info
  • MT: Thieves target Columbia Falls store
    8.28.13 – KXLF Butte – A Columbia Falls business owner is picking up the pieces again after two would-be burglars smashed through his front door Sunday evening. More Info
  • NE: Burglary Suspect Caught
    8.31.13 – WOWT Omaha – Police have made an arrest in an Omaha burglary. More Info
  • NV: Homeowner Hopes Video of Thief Helps Catch Crook
    8.30.13 – KLAS Las Vegas – Video cameras caught a bold criminal in action. More Info
  • NY: Three teens accused of two burglaries
    8.26.13 – WIVB Buffalo – Three teens have been charged with breaking into two businesses in the Town of Yorkshire last week. More Info
  • OH: Caught on tape: Thief looting iPhones in Moraine
    8.28.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – Police are investigating a theft from a Moraine business after someone threw a rock through the store’s front window and broke into a display case, investigators said. Surveillance video from Cashland shows a burglar smashing open the case and looting several items before exiting the business, which also doubles as a pawn shop. Officers responded to the store around 2 a … More Info
  • OH: Grocery thieves’ item of choice: Black and Mild cigars
    8.27.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – Two thieves broke into a local grocery store and got away with tobacco products. Sometime after 2 a.m. Dayton Police responded to the GroceryLand store on reports of an alarm. Two white males broke through the front window of the store to gain access to the inside. They took various tobacco products, including Black and Mild cigars, before exiting, police said. The suspects were … More Info
  • OH: Suspects charged with stealing gun from Russia Road home
    8.29.13 – The Chronicle-Telegram – Elyria – Three suspects in a home burglary were apprehended Wednesday at the Burger King, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Josh Croston. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residential alarm at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies discovered the home had been burglarized, and said a .357 … More Info
  • ON: Suspects break into Beer Store
    9.1.13 – Niagara This Week – Police are looking for an unknown number of suspects after employees of The Beer Store in St. Catharines Sunday morning discovered the building was broken into over the course of the night. More Info
  • OR: Suspect in window-breaking arrested, freed, arrested again
    9.1.13 – Corvallis Gazette Times – At 10:25 p.m., Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm regarding glass breaking at the Cottonwoods Market. A door … More Info
  • PA: Burglars hit Lower Saucon Township home
    8.27.13 – WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey – Lower Saucon Township police responded to a burglary early Sunday morning at the home. Police responded to an alarm call at 4:32 a.m. Sunday and determined a burglary had occurred when they arrived. More Info
  • PA: Burglars hit Lower Saucon Township home
    8.28.13 – WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey – Lower Saucon Township police responded to a burglary early Sunday morning at the home of  Joe Topper. Police responded to an alarm call at 4:32 a.m. More Info
  • PA: Police: Burglar stole vacuum from Delran Lowe’s
    8.26.13 – Burlington County Times – Delran – The Lowe’s home improvement store was broken into overnight Friday and a vacuum cleaner was stolen, police said Monday. More Info
  • PA: Teen keeps cool during armed home invasion in Upper Darby; 3 men under arrest
    8.26.13 – News of Delaware County – Upper Darby – When confronted by an armed robber, a brave 13-year-old pushed the panic alarm rather than disarming the security system as ordered, police said. More Info
  • PA: Thieves steal football equipment days before Pennsylvania team’s home opener
    8.29.13 – Prep Rally via Yahoo! Sports – A budget-crunched high school still recovering from a fire this past April now faces another obstacle after burglars stole $10,000 in athletic equipment from a padlocked storage building just days prior to the football team’s home opener. Now, the Lansdowne … More Info
  • SC: Liquor store burglars expanding reach
    8.28.13 – The Times and Democrat – They stake the place out, rip the steel bars from the windows and make off with thousands of dollars worth of liquor. More Info
  • TN: Burglar who fled due to home alarm arrested in Hendersonville
    8.26.13 – WKRN Nashville – Christopher Bradshaw, 27, is charged with two burglaries in and near the Bluegrass Downs subdivision in Hendersonville. More Info
  • TN: Lebanon man charged in two Hendersonville burglaries
    8.27.13 – Ashland City Times – A Wilson County man was arrested Aug. 24 and charged in connection with two Hendersonville burglaries that occurred Aug. 14. Police say a home surveillance tape showing the suspect’s face and vehicle led to his capture. More Info
  • TN: Man Caught on Home Surveillance Stealing Mail
    8.29.13 – WBBJ TV – Jackson, Tenn. – A mail man dropping off a package in north Jackson is not an unusual sight.. What is, though is a man caught on surveillance stealing that package. More Info
  • TN: Pharmacy trashed by burglar, drugs stolen
    8.27.13 – FOX 13 Memphis – Authorities say a burglar ransacked a pharmacy and stole drugs from a Fred’s Discount Store in southern Pulaski County. More Info
  • TX: Burglar pins Austin Police patrol car against a tree…officer shoots driver
    9.1.13 – FOX 7 Austin – A little after midnight Saturday morning, Austin Police were called out to an industrial complex near Mopac and 183 for a broken glass alarm. More Info
  • TX: HPD investigates attempted burglary of Sprint store on East Freeway
    8.26.13 – KHOU 11 Houston – Houston – Houston police were investigating an attempted burglary of two businesses along the East Freeway early Monday…. More Info
  • TX: NW Houston supermarket burglars take cigarettes, pie
    8.30.13 – Houston Chronicle – From a preliminary glance at the security video, Mayes said three people wearing hoodies and probably masks broke into the store. Mayes said he couldn’t tell if the perpetrators were male or female, but from the way they jumped over the grocery carts they looked athletic. More Info
  • UT: Would-be robber threatens store employees
    8.27.13 – KSL Salt Lake City – Police are looking for a man who threatened two women at gunpoint while trying to rob a store. More Info
  • WI: Burglary suspect arrested near crime scene in Janesville, police say
    8.27.13 – Wisconsin State Journal – A burglary suspect who allegedly tried to cut a hole in the roof of a Janesville restaurant was arrested early Monday as he tried to run from the scene. More Info
  • WI: Tried the roof but goes to jail
    8.26.13 – Wisconsin State Journal – A burglar alarm has helped land a Delavan man in jail. More Info

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