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September 22, 2014

Association Events

  • MDBFAA 2014 Golf Tournament
    September 23, 2014- Turf Valley – Ellicott City MD – For More Info
  • TBFAA Annual Convention
    October 2-4, 2014 – San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center- Galveston, TX. Join us for all 3 days or just come on Friday for Classes, Updates and the Trade Show. For More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AK: Anchorage Police Not Thrilled With Revised Alarm Ordinance
    9.17.14 – SSI -The false alarm ordinance now charges alarm users a one-time $50 registration fee and resets the number of false alarms for each home to zero at the beginning of each year. More Info
  • CO: Carbon monoxide alarms taking a toll on Aspen volunteer firefighters
    9.15.14 – Aspen Times- Balentine said the pressure of answering so many alarm calls is taking its toll on some of his volunteers, especially from the calls that come in the middle of the …More Info
  • KS: New alarm ordinance goes into effect October 1st
    9.18.14 – KSN-TV- Back in July, the City of Wichita alarm ordinance was revised to decrease the number of false alarm calls for police and fire responders. While the fees and … More Info
  • KS: Wichita Police And Fire Won’t Respond After Multiple False Alarms
    9.19.14- WIBW- WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)— Every time Wichita police officers or firefighters respond to a false alarm, it costs not only money but precious time. A new city … More Info
  • MT: Whitefish addressing issue of false alarms
    9.16.14 – KPAX-TV – Whitefish – Emergency responders in Whitefish say the large amount of time they spend responding to false alarms is causing problems, and city officials are … More Info
  • PA: Pennsylvania City Lowers False Alarm Fees
    9.18.14 – SSI – Scranton officials hope the lowered fees will encourage property owners to comply with the ordinance and make a stronger effort to reduce false alarms. More Info
  • TX: Police must be kept in loop about burglar alarms and security cameras
    9.18.14 – The Fort Stockton Pioneer- A homeowner out of town for the weekend has the most modern alarm system and motion sensor technology. When an attempted burglary occurs, police arrive … More Info

Industry news

  • SIA releases latest version of false alarm reduction standard
    9.15.14 – SecurityInfoWatch- The Security Industry Association on Monday announced the release of the ANSI/SIA CP-01-2014 False Alarm reduction standard. The latest version of the … More Info
  • Recalls This Week: Fire Alarm Bases, Swings
    9.19.14- ABC News- Children’s swings from IKEA with potentially faulty suspension fittings are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other products being recalled include … More Info

State & National News

  • Rip-off alert: Insurance gimmicks that waste your money
    9.18.14 – USA TODAY- One common promise that doesn’t pay off: alarm systems. While it’s a great idea to keep your house protected with a monitoring system, some alarm companies … More Info
  • Falls Still Top OSHA’s List
    9.17.14 –OHS – OSHA’s FY 2014 Top Ten list of the most-violated standards it has enacted was unveiled Sept. 16 during the 2014 National Safety Council Congress & Expo taking place here. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, participated in the announcement. The unveiling is anticlimactic because some standards stay on the list year after year, with fall-related ones near the top. More Info
  • OSHA Safety violations linked to fatal fire
    9.19.14- Wicked Local Malden- … Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which accused the business of “serious” workplace violations in connection with the nine-alarm fire. More Info

Business Tips

  • Employee Training: 3 Helpful Hints for Small Businesses
    9.12.14 – www.businessnewsdaily.com – Even if your small business doesn’t have a formal employee training program, you can still make sure your new hires are learning what they … More Info
  • Why Businesses Should Treat Employees Well
    9.15.14 – CIO Insight – It’s critical to ensure that enterprise tools are in place to support a collaborative, flexible and agile work environment. Great tools don’t make a best employer, but poor ones can break a company. More Info
  • Why Conference Calls Aren’t Always Productive
    9.17.14 – Baseline – Four out of five employees surveyed admit to working on unrelated tasks while they’re on a conference call, which may explain why 64 percent prefer to call in from a mobile device. More Info

Fire News

  • BC: Smoke Alarm Alerts Resident to Mobile Home Fire
    9.17.14 – KelownaNow- The lone occupant of the home was woken up by the sound of their smoke alarm. The Kelowna Fire Department reminds everyone to check their smoke alarms … More Info
  • CT: Family escapes house fire in West Hartford
    9.19.14- WFSB- The family of four living there was alerted by the home’s smoke alarm. “Upon arrival, all the homeowners were out of the building,” said Battalion Chief John … More Info
  • FL: 2 men arrested in IKEA following road rage incident
    9.20.14- WFTV Orlando- “All of a sudden the fire alarm went off and we came out,” said shopper Areli Perez. Children in the play area were evacuated by store employees, causing tense … More Info
  • KY: Miller Hall fire alarm interrupts class
    9.15.14 – Kykernel.com – Architecture graduate students Rupa Gurung and Allender Stewart sat on the grass outside the building after filing out of Miller when the alarm went off. More Info
  • MD: Teen Breaks Sprinkler Head in Boys Village
    9.19.14- Southern Maryland News Net- He was charged with False Fire Alarm, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Reckless Endangerment. The juvenile remains at Cheltenham Youth Facility until … More Info
  • NC: Smoke alarm sounds, homeowner escapes injury
    9.18.14 – Lexington Dispatch- Jerry Hall was praising his working smoke alarm Wednesday, hours after it alerted him to escape without injury from a house fire. About 3:30 a.m., firefighters … More Info
  • NY: Cops: Fire chief headed to alarm at Macy’s rearended Liverpool driver
    9.18.14 – WSYR- A fire official was responding to an alarm at a Macy’s store in Great Northern mall when he rear ended another driver on Morgan Road in the town of Clay, … More Info
  • QC: West Prince homeowner says he will keep alarm that saved his life
    9.20.14- The Guardian Charlottetown-Jamie Matthews displays the basic smoke alarm that he says saved his life Thursday evening after a fire started in the basement of his Union home. More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Burglar lies in wait, steals Costco jewelry after hours
    9.19.14- Juneau Empire – The suspect tripped a burglar alarm at about 10:33 p.m. but got away before police arrived on scene. Police are now asking the public to help solve the case. More Info
  • AK: Thief makes off with $40K of jewelry in Juneau smash-and-grab
    9.19.14- Alaska Dispatch- On Wednesday at about 10:30 in the evening, officers responded to an alarm at the capital city’s Costco. They found the jewelry case inside the store had been … More Info
  • AL: 2 men arrested after forcing clerk at his home to return, open store …
    9.18.14 – AL.com- Police received an alarm call at the Brown Bag Convenience Store. A clerk in the store told police he had … More Info
  • CA: El Cerrito police log: Squatters in building; camper on Greenway …
    9.17.14 – Contra Costa Times- HOME BURGLARY — A side door of a home was kicked in during the day, activating a burglar alarm, and property was … More Info
  • CA: ‘Mission Impossible Burglar’ Arrested in Theft of Laptops Worth More …
    9.20.14- KTLA- … tools, often to gain entry through the roof, lowering himself into the location and bypassing alarm systems and other security devices,” according to the release. More Info
  • CO: 2 suspects identified in Denver jewelry store robbery; Couple …
    9.16.14 – The Denver Channel- The robbers took off in a gray four-day vehicle, but were quickly spotted by police officers responding to the robbery alarm. The store owner praised the fast … More Info
  • CO: Fremont County Sheriff’s Office: Female party reports bear outside …
    9.16.14 – Canon City Daily Record- Biker Town, alarm/business. Leaf Alert reported a business alarm at this location. Deputies were advised by the key holder to cancel because… More Info 
  • CO: Witness claims he watched Macyo January steal from home
    9.18.14 – Colorado Springs Gazette- … January gunned down Army Staff Sgt. David Dunlap, 37, and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler, 35, as the couple checked on their burglar alarm in early 2013. More Info
  • FL: Deputies seeking Clay 7-11 robbery suspect
    9.17.14 – First Coast News- That’s when the clerk activated the store’s silent alarm and called 911, the report said. A witness who was pumping outside at the time told investigators he saw … More Info
  • FL: Police: 3 teens break into Palatka gun shop
    9.19.14- WJXT Jacksonville- Before dawn, police officers responding to a burglar alarm at Great Guns located at 713 St. Johns Avenue found the back door broken open and a 16-year-old … More Info
  • FL: Santa bank robber sentenced to 8 years
    9.20.14- Daytona Beach News-Journal- “When he came in, it was just too bizarre the way he was dressed and acting, so I immediately pressed my alarm button,” Brunson said. Port Orange police … More Info
  • FL: Suspects sought in Estero Polo store robbery
    9.20.14- NBC2 News-The men set off the store’s alarm system, but were able to get away. Anyone with information on the identity of these two men are asked to call Crime Stoppers at … More Info
  • GA: Suspect arrested in smoke shop crime spree
    9.16.14 – NorthFulton.com- He went to cash register, cut the computer connection and was gone,” he said. “He did $5,000 or $6,000 in damage [to the door, floor and alarm system] besides … More Info
  • GA: Thomasville burglar steals thousands of dollars in phones
    9.17.14 – WALB-TV- “I got a call from the alarm company around 12:30, and I thought something had fallen off the wall again because of the sensors inside. So they didn’t’ dispatch,” … More Info
  • GA: Three Covington businesses report break-ins
    9.15.14 – newtoncitizen- Just before 5 a.m., Covington Police Department Officer Chad Payne responded to a burglary alarm at Firehouse Subs. “Upon my … More Info
  • IL: Police Blotter (Sept. 17, 2014)
    9.17.14 – Paxton Record- 13, a deputy responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the John Deere dealership in Melvin. — On Sept. 12, a rural Paxton man reported possibly being the … More Info
  • IL: Residents wary after burglary at Moncler in Gold Coast
    9.15.14 – WLS-TV- Officers responded to a burglary alarm around 3:50 a.m. on Monday and found the front door of Moncler shattered. More Info
  • IL: Two charged over break-in at convenient mart
    9.19.14- Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette- Urbana police Investigator Dave Smysor said officers were sent to an alarm at the Urbana Food Mart & Liquor at 1:30 a.m.. As an officer … More Info
  • KS: Man arrested for breaking into 3 Lenexa businesses, leaving behind ...
    9.18.14 – fox4kc.com- Lenexa police say an alarm went off in a jewelry shop just before midnight. When officers arrived they found someone had forced their way into five businesses, … More Info
  • KS: Suspect sought in rash of commercial burglaries
    9.17.14 – Officers then responded to another reported alarm about 10 minutes later at Clark’s Tools. When authorities arrived at all locations, broken … More Info
  • KY: Police seek ATM theft information
    9.17.14 – Bowling Green Daily News- At 3:35 a.m. today Bowling Green Police received an alarm call from Independence Bank. The alarm indicated ATM motion on an outdoor … More Info
  • MA: West Springfield police: Man threw brick through store window …
    9.18.14 – The Republican – masslive.com- Police were summoned by an alarm at Entry Computer shortly after midnight. They found the suspect, wearing a heavy winter coat, walking … More Info
  • MB: Business break-in trips alarm
    9.17.14 – Brandon Sun- Police responding to an alarm Tuesday night found that someone had entered a business’s compound, but had fled after trying and failing to pry open a door to … More Info
  • MD: Police: Virginia women charged with shoplifting, police confiscate …
    9.20.14- Salisbury Post- Authorities said the women used a metal device to silence the store’s alarm system and then they removed the tags from the anti-theft device. When police asked … More Info
  • ME: Biddeford apartment house fire now homicide case after man dies
    9.20.14- Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel- “The only alarm from the building that went off was the fire alarm, and that had to be pulled by the police officer” who was first to arrive, he said. Fire officials also … More Info
  • ME: Pittsfield Police Log for Thursday, Sept. 18
    9.20.14- Berkshire Eagle- 12:57 a.m.: A burglar alarm is investigated at East Street Video. 3:17 a.m.: An unwanted subject is transported from Berkshire Medical Center on … More Info
  • NC: Police investigate attempted armed robbery at Shipyard Boulevard …
    9.17.14 – Port City Daily- Officers responded to an alarm at El Mercadito in the shopping center just after 1:30 p.m., according to Wilmington Police Department … More Info
  • NJ: Detergent thief lands in hot water with Trenton police
    9.18.14 – The Times, Trenton – NJ.com- Patrolmen Jeffry Donair and Erik Mancheno were called on a report of a burglary alarm around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and saw … More Info
  • NJ: Duo breaks into gas station to steal cigarettes in Trenton
    9.18.14 – Southgate News Herald- Police were dispatched to the area when they were notified via radio when the motion alarm went off at the gas station. While enroute, an officer observed a … More Info
  • NJ: Student breaks into Teaneck High School, steals hall passes, police …
    9.15.14 – NJ.com- An alarm went off at the school at about 2 a.m., Teaneck Police Detective Lt. Andrew McGurr said. Police found an open window in the school courtyard. More Info
  • NJ: Teaneck High School break-in leads to an arrest
    9.17.14 – NorthJersey.com- … Police Department initially received a call of an activated burglar alarm at the … the department received a second call of an activated alarm at the high school…. More Info
  • NY: Three men indicted on burglary, kidnapping charges in connection …
    9.16.14 – News 10NBC- We’re told the men demanded the keys to the store and the alarm code and then stayed in the house overnight until the store opened the next morning. More Info
  • OK: El Reno woman shoots possible home intruder
    9.21.14 – KOCO Oklahoma City- This alarm jolted her awake Thursday night. Kathy realized someone was trying to break in. I have daughter that’s has … More Info
  • SC: Police: Video shows man used banana to rob store
    9.17.14 – WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC- They were responding to a fire alarm call when it overturned on a slight curve and hit a culvert. The State Highway … WRAL-TV reports the fire alarm that the fire. More Info
  • TN: Crime Stoppers: Burglary On Gunbarrel Road
    9.17.14 – The Chattanoogan- Chattanooga Police received an alarm call at Cell Phone Repair. Officers arrived and found the front glass of the business shattered. More Info
  • TX: Man caught robbing First United Methodist Church in Weslaco
    9.16.14 – KGBT-TV- The Weslaco Police Department responded to an alarm call around 10:50 p.m. Monday. Suspect Jose Villarreal allegedly broke a window, and went into the … More Info
  • TX: Manager, dining nearby, hears burglar alarm go off at grocery store
    9.17.14 – KHOU- It was just before 2 a.m. when the alarm at the Foodarama went off. The store’s manager was at a restaurant nearby and heard the alarm. More Info
  • TX: Police search for grocery store burglars in NW Houston
    9.17.14 – KPRC Houston- The manager happened to be at a restaurant down the street when the alarm went off and ran over to check it out, said police. According to officers, the manager … More Info
  • TX: Police seek info on law equipment thefts
    9.17.14 – Cleburne Times-Review- Police responded to a business alarm call at 5:25 a.m. Monday. Someone threw a large rock through a sliding glass window … More Info
  • TX: Police: Man in jail after rooftop break in at grocery store – 12 News …
    9.18.14 – 12NewsNow.Com- A police spokesperson said officers responded to a burglar alarm at the Gulfway Food mart around 2 a.m. Thursday. Officers … More Info
  • VA: Pair arrested in Hampton gas station burglary
    9.17.14 – Daily Press- An alarm at the Citgo was activated just after 11 p.m., and there, they found that the front door glass had been shattered and several… More Info 
  • VT: Overnight store theft prompts police investigation
    9.19.14- WPTZ The Champlain Valley- An overnight alarm brought police out to Simon’s Mobil station and Deli. More Info
  • VT: Police: Man broke police station window
    20.14- BurlingtonFreePress.com- Police Cpl. Jonathan Marcoux wrote in court documents that the attempted break-in set off an internal alarm and prompted police to enter “lock down” mode. More Info
  • WA: Belleville robbery report turns out to be false alarm
    9.18.14 – Belleville News Democrat- Police said an emergency call that brought five patrol cars and an ambulance to an east Belleville store turned out to be a false alarm. A call came in just before … More Info
  • WA: Police: Armed man robs Olympia bank
    9.21.14 – KIRO Seattle- Police responded to a bank alarm. When officers arrived bank employees said they were just held up by a gunman. Police said a man who was armed with a … More Info
  • WI: Caught on cam: Pleasant Prairie police seek bank robbery suspect
    9.19.14- ox6now.com- Pleasant Prairie (WITI) — Pleasant Prairie Police responded to State Bank of the Lakes for an alarm on Friday, September 19th, at approximately 11:11 a.m. … More Info
  • WI: Janesville Police need help identifying liquor store burglars
    9.319.14- WMTV- Just before 1 a.m. Monday morning, Janesville Police Department dispatched to the Liquor Cabinet for an intrusion alarm. More Info
  • WI: Janesville police release videos of liquor store burglary
    9.19.14- Gazettextra- Police were dispatched to the business at about 12:40 a.m. Monday after an intrusion alarm was triggered. Officers, including a dog team, checked the area and … More Info
  • WI: Janesville Teen Arrested For Burglary
    9.18.14 – MyStateline.com- An intrusion alarm subsequently went off. Officers arrived on scene and chased down the suspect on foot. Due to his age, police are not releasing the identity of … More Info
  • WI: Police: Burglar smashes window, takes cigarettes
    9.17.14 – Officers were called to the Mobil station at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for a burglary alarm. Police said the front door glass was smashed with … More Info
  • WI: Police: Teen caught in tobacco shop burglary
    9.18.14 – WISC Madison- Suite 3 at 1:40 a.m. Thursday for a burglar alarm. Police spotted someone leaving the area on foot who fled when officers tried to contact him. The teen was … More Info
  • WI: Teen burglar arrested on seven charges
    9.18.14 – Janesville Gazette- According to the release, police responded to a burglar alarm at 1:40 a.m. at Smokers World II. Upon arrival they saw a male running … More Info
  • WI: Vacuum cleaner shop burglarized
    9.16.14 – WISC Madison- Officers were called to Olson Vacuum Cleaner at 1:01 a.m. for a burglary alarm. Officers said they found a broken window and a … More Info

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