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September 29, 2014

Association Updates

  • 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

  • NY: Draft law would set fines for false fire alarms in Lake George
    9.26.14 – Glens Falls Post-Star- Lake George officials are drafting a law that would impose fines on those whose automatic alarm systems continually sound false alarms that result in needlessly …More Info
  • PA: Wilkes-Barre fire calls down, medical and false alarms up
    9.21.14 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader- Smoke alarms also have an important role. Delaney said that 76 percent of all fire deaths occur in 1 and 2-family dwellings — 60 percent of those did not have a … More Info

Industry News

  • Non-compete complete: Tyco woos small business
    9.24.14 – Security Systems News – Boca Raton, Fla. – When TycoIS’s non-compete agreement with ADT expires next week, the integrator is poised to expand its small business footprint with a bundled offering. More Info
  • How Habitec reduces false alarms
    9.24.14 – Security Systems News – Toledo, Ohio – Habitec Security continues to upgrade its false dispatch reduction strategy, and internal company metrics show those efforts are working. Find out what measures the company is taking to realize drastically lower false dispatch rates. More Info
  • Making Sense of Net Neutrality
    9.9.14 – Security Info Watch – Today’s buzzword might spur tomorrow’s major impact on web-based hosted security service providers…. More Info
  • On Your Side Alert: Be sure to read the fine print
    9.23.14 – WWBT- Security alarm companies’ agreements are virtual “no fault” contracts that leave consumers with no recourse when their alarm systems fail, according to a WMC … More Info
  • Third of burglar alarm owners don’t always bother to use them
    9.25.14 – Easier – A third of people with a burglar alarm installed in their property do not always bother to set the device before they leave their home. New research conducted on … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Brief Description and Current Status
NJAB03691Text An Act concerning nonpublic school security alarms and supplementing chapter 41 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. Requires nonpublic school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to a local law enforcement. No companion bill.
Status: 9/18/2014 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
History NJAB03691Text


State & National News

  • Nursing home cameras create controversy
    9.25.14 – Stateline – At least four states—New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington—have laws or regulations allowing residents to maintain cameras in their rooms. In Maryland, cameras can be placed in a resident’s room, but only if the facility permits them, according to state guidelines. More Info
  • National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11
    9.25.14 – Portsmouth Daily Times- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is announcing Oct. 5-11 as National Fire Prevention Week with the theme, ‘Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: … More Info

Business Tips

  • Employees Frequently Indulge in Tech Distractions
    9.22.14 – CIO Insight – Workers are constantly getting sidetracked by their personal use of tech, affecting workplace productivity. Learn how prevalent the problem is and how to keep employees’ focus on the job. More Info
  • Best Practices for Sales Professionals: How to Get Cloud Products and Services Specified
    9.27.14 – Security Info Watch – Following tested best practices can help improve your A&E and consultant relationships… More Info
  • 11 Game-Changing Technology Trends
    9.19.14 – Baseline – The “IEEE CS 2022 Report” takes a fresh look at the cloud, big data and the Internet of things, and also delves into some important technologies that don’t generate as much attention. More Info
  • Are Tech-Trained Millennials the Right Hire for AV Integrators?
    9.25.14 – Commercial integrator – Consider opening the door to team members who know all about emerging tech and why people want it. More Info
  • What Makes Workers Satisfied With Their Jobs?
    9.25.14 – Baseline – Whether motivated by money or exciting work, many employees are finding ways to achieve career satisfaction. Some are even willing to give up perks such as titles for the right job. More Info
  • Employee Engagement: Living Your Brand Promise
    9.20.14 – Business2Community – Employee Engagement: Living Your Brand Promise image customer experience employee engagement What’s the purpose of employee … More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Faulty Manteca school fire alarm needs rescuing
    9.23.14 – KCRA Sacramento- A faulty fire alarm system at a Manteca high school is forcing school staffers to stand guard. … One of the biggest problems is the school’s fire alarm system. More Info
  • CA: Rude awakening: Alarm goes off in Eagles’ Santa Clara hotel
    9.28.14 – Sacramento Bee- Levi’s Stadium may not generate a lot of noise, but one of the hotels nearby certainly did. An alarm went off at the Eagles team hotel shortly before 2 a.m… More Info
  • NC: Fire alarm alerts resident of blaze
    9.25.14 – Hickory Daily Record- The home owner made it out of the house unharmed after the fire alarm went off, but his two cats died in the fire. He was asleep at the time emergency services … More Info
  • NC: Smoke alarm alerts Westwood Hills resident about fire in dryer
    9.27.14 – Wilkes Journal Patriot- He said the resident of the house, Crystal Whitley, was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm. The Wilkesboro Fire Department was dispatched at 10:24 p.m. and … More Info
  • NE: Storm causes false fire alarm at high school
    9.24.14 – Beatrice Daily Sun – “The fire alarm system was showing a fire suppression system alarm that was basically showing an alarm, but no water was flowing out of the sprinklers,” he said … More Info
  • ON: Windsor couple grateful for smoke alarms that saved their lives
    9.28.14 – CTV News- She was one of the first on scene after her grandparents were woken by their smoke alarm. Investigators say the fire is started in the basement of the home. More Info
  • TX: Update: Clothes dryer to blame for two-alarm fire in Tyler
    9.22.14 – KYTX- Update: Tyler – Tyler Fire investigators say it appears a two-alarm house fire Sunday night started in a clothes dryer. The Tyler Fire Department … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Keanu Reeves Has Second Home Intruder
    9.25.14 – Us Magazine- According to reports, Keanu forgot to set his alarm. Reeves purchased his home next to Leonardo DiCaprio in 2003. The 5,600-square-foot gated abode has … More Info
  • CA: Suspects Wanted In Mid-City Home Fumigation Burglary
    9.24.14 – CBS Local- A burglar alarm went off at the home tented for insects around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police … More Info
  • CA: Two arrested after break-in at SLO Elks Lodge
    9.24.14 – The San Luis Obispo Tribune- At about 4 a.m., police responded to a tripped motion detector burglary alarm inside the lodge. Seeing flashlight movement inside, … More Info
  • IA: Police investigating armed robbery and kidnapping
    9.28.14 – Iowa City Press Citizen- According to an Iowa City Police Department press release, officers responded at about 6:40 a.m. Sunday to a panic alarm at Gasby’s for a … More Info
  • IA: Police: Home invader breaks woman’s arm, ties her up
    9.24.14 – KCCI Des Moines- The man tripped a home security alarm on the way out the back door. Police called in the K9 unit to try to track the man, but were not able to track him down. More Info
  • IL: Cops: ‘Smash and grabs’ at high-end stores may be linked
    9.23.14 – RedEye Chicago- But often, there’s a delay in the alarm system and by the time the alarm company notifies police, the bandits are long gone, police said. Another thing that … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies investigate fight with …
    9.22.14 – The Jackson Citizen Patriot- At 10:48 a.m. Deputy Long responded to an alarm. At 10:49 a.m. Deputy Sukovich responded to Francis St. for a loose dog in the area. At 11:31 … More Info
  • MI: Store, pharmacy broken into overnight
    9.25.14 – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers- According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, deputies received a call of a breaking and entering alarm at the Capac Pharmacy at about … More Info
  • NC: Police: Thief breaks into Southend BBQ restaurant twice in 6 hours
    9.24.14 – WSOC Charlotte- … suspect actually broke in twice within six hours and the alarm went off both times. … and there’s a sensor on the freezer and that sent the alarm off,” Gray said. More Info
  • NE: Suspect Cuts Hole in Roof for Smoke Shop Burglary | Caught on Video
    9.28.14 – 1011now- Just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday, Lincoln Police were sent to an alarm at Island Smokes. Officers arrived and found a hole in the roof … More Info
  • NH: Police: Burglar ate food, drank alcohol while robbing house
    9.22.14 – WMUR Manchester- Hollis police said a burglar alarm activated at a home on Crestwood Drive about 6 a.m. Sunday. Police discovered that a rear window of the home had been … More Info
  • NJ: Lodi man arrested on burglary charges Friday at it again Sunday
    9.28.14 – NJ.com- The alarm activated and Jolls fled. Police Officer Christopher Verost arrived and saw Jolls trying to enter a 2011 BMW parked in the lot of the VFW on Market …More Info
  • NM: Video: NM police claim ghost caught on surveillance
    9.25.14 – Police News- Detectives said there is no way in or out of the secured area without the gates opening and an alarm sounding. Police said they hear strange noises and see … More Info
  • NY: Burglar alarm tripped by home’s two dogs
    9.23.14 – Clarencebee – Saturday, Sept. 13 • A resident reported that someone was shooting in the area. Patrol checked the area. There was a group of construction … More Info
  • OK: Four arrested in overnight break-in, vandalism of Tulsa elementary
    9.28.14 – Tulsa World- … called to Sandburg Elementary around 2 a.m. to help a Tulsa Public Schools officer investigate a trip on the school’s intrusion alarm. More Info
  • OK: Miami Police Investigate Recent Crime Spree
    9.22.14 – Four States Homepage- “Our alarm didn’t go off because we’d been doing some construction work, and our motion detector on the inside was not operable. And they didn’t actually open … More Info
  • TN: Harriman Police search for 3 suspects in convenience store robbery
    9.27.14 – WATE-TV- Police say they were dispatched to an alarm call at 6:45am Thursday at the Eagle Food Mart in Harriman. Officers say they found … More Info
  • TX: 1 arrested after break-in at South Main Baptist Church
    9.24.14 – KHOU- Houston — A security guard and Houston police responded quickly after a burglary alarm went off at South Main Baptist Church early Wednesday. According … More Info
  • TX: Burglar smashes front door at pharmacy south of downtown
    9.27.14 – KHOU- Houston — Houston police responded to an alarm at a pharmacy where they found the front door smashed in. It was reported after 1 a.m. Thursday at the Omni … More Info
  • TX: Dallas man dies in University Park police custody, suspect …
    9.24.14 – Greenfield Daily Reporter- An alarm company surveillance camera showed a man outside a residence. Police say Klessig pushed one officer to the ground and fled on foot. Other officers … More Info
  • VA: Surveillance video helps link suspect to Alexandria killings
    9.25.14 – Washington Post – A car seen speeding from the Lodato shooting is similar to Charles Severance’s, a search warrant says. More Info

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