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September 7, 2015

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Alarm company that misled Springfield woman will pay settlement
    9.2.15 – Springfield News-Leader – The company, formerly known as APX Alarm Security Solutions, Inc., has faced similar accusations and legal actions in other states, according to the Better … More Info
  • Alarming allegations against alarm company
    9.5.15 – Allentown Morning Call – If a salesman comes to your door and says he’s there to alert you that your current alarm company has gone under or was bought out by his company, don’t buy … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AL: Tuscaloosa sets new rules for false alarms
    9.2.15 – Tuscaloosa News – City leaders have enacted new rules governing fire and burglar alarms that are meant to deter alarm owners from allowing repeated false calls. More Info
  • FL: Metro Buzz: False alarms in West Baton Rouge Parish could mean …
    9.4.15 – The Advocate – Commercial businesses in West Baton Rouge Parish will have to fork over more money in the future when firefighters respond to security system false alarms if … More Info
  • KS: Lawrence pet businesses push for new fire codes
    8.31.15 – 6News Lawrence – “All business, irregardless of their type, provide smoke detection integrated into an automatic fire alarm, a monitored fire alarm,” said King. “So if something … More Info
  • TN: Schools may pay for false alarm calls
    9.4.15 – Shelbyville Times-Gazette – An amendment is due to be made to the city alarm ordinance that may require county schools to pay a fine after three false calls. Last year, Shelbyville’s council … More Info

Industry News

  • Alarm company owner says phone glitch puts customers at risk
    8.31.15 – WESH Orlando – John Lane of Lane Electronics said the problem means customers are left without the police, fire or medical alarm services they depend on to keep them safe. More Info
  • SentryNet partners with I-View Now
    8.31.15 – Home Toys- I-View Now was invented to video verify alarms during the dispatch process, reduce false alarms, and to increase apprehensions while using off the shelf … More Info
  • Sequim safe room offers locked door, direct line to police in times of …
    8.31.15 – Peninsula Daily – The button “sends an alarm signal to the alarm company that will then notify and get police on the way,” she said. “Clearly, response time won’t be instantaneous … More Info
  • Alarm Detection Systems acquires Safe Systems
    9.1.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Alarm Detection Systems on Tuesday announced that it has acquired Safe Systems, a privately-owned provider of residential and commercial security services … More Info
  • CE Pro Summit: What Is the Value of My Company?
    9.2.15 – Industry broker identifies the key elements integrators need to examine to determine how much their company is worth. What is the effect of home automation RMR, cash flow, revenues, service contracts and brand name on multiples? More Info
  • Z-Wave Alliance to include integrators
    9.2.15 – Fremont, Calif. – Mitchell Klein, the new executive director for the Z-Wave Alliance, explains how the alliance is broadening its scope to include integrators and installers. More Info
  • USAA invests in California smart-alarm technology company
    9.2.15 – San Antonio Business Journal – The way Roost’s service works is that it transforms existing home smoke and carbon monoxide alarms into smart alarms. By retrofitting existing alarms with the … More Info
  • Study: 28% of U.S. Houses Have Smart Home Device
    9.4.15 – New CNET/Coldwell Banker nationwide study shows nearly half of Millennials own smart home devices and 81% say they are more likely to buy a home with technology than one without. Half say they save $1,100 per year owning smart home devices. More Info
  • Upgrading Your Alarm System With an Arduino
    9.5.15 – Hackaday – When [Doug] moved into his new house, he found an old alarm panel set up — but it had no monitoring service any more. Not wanting to pay a monthly fee to … More Info
  • New area code to join 843; no need for a hangup
    9.6.15 – The State- There are fax machines, and alarm systems … and all those machines: If they use a phone number, they will need to be reprogrammed. … You’d be … More Info
  • Thieves Execute Orderly Plans When Stealing From Jewelry Stores
    9.3.15 – ClaimsJournal.com – Step 2: Thieves will trigger false alarms to watch store personnel response. They could even trigger alarms multiple times in the hopes store personnel will find … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Holden | An act to add Section 7599.56 to the Business and Professions Code, and to amend Section 1633.3 of the Civil Code, Relating to alarm companies.
Status: 07/16/2015 : From Consent Calendar. Ordered to third reading. FILE : SEN THIRD READING FILE DATE : 09/01/2015 ITEM : 166 COMM. LOCATION : SEN JUDICIARY


State & National News

  • Violent Crime Rate Remained Unchanged; Property Crime Rate Declined in 2014
    9.1.15 – SIA – The U.S. violent crime rate did not change significantly in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. More Info
  • Your future iPhone could act as a smoke detector
    9.1.15 – CNET – Someone in another part of the building may not be aware of the alarm. Further, an electronic device can provide helpful information to the owner as well as to … More Info
  • Technology Tuesday: Hints for Apple’s Big Announcement
    9.1.15 – EverythingLubbock.com – I-Smart alarm is a do-it-yourself home security system made up of motion sensors and alarms. If something triggers your alarm, you’ll get a text message, as well … More Info
  • Appeals Court Affirms FTC Authority Over Corporate Data …
    8.24.15 -The Wall Street Journal – Washington—Companies that fail to provide customers with reasonable protections against theft of online data can be sued by federal … More Info
  • Loophole makes it difficult to check employee’s criminal history
    9.2.15 – MyFox Detroit – What if we told you the person coming to install your new security alarm … They are at our jobs where we shop and they install our alarms, but could some of the … More Info
  • Technology allows homeowners to monitor, control systems for …
    9.3.15 – The Columbian – “If a piece of toast burns, you can turn off the alarm from your phone,” Ebi said. “If there’s a carbon monoxide leak, the app will alert the thermostat, and the whole … More Info
  • U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August, unemployment rate falls
    The New York Times – The American economy added 173,000 jobs in August, a bit less than expected, making it less likely that the Federal Reserve will feel comfortable enough to make its long-awaited move to raise interest rates when policy makers meet this month. NCSL monthly national unemployment update.. More Info

Business Tips

  • Invest in your leadership abilities by becoming a lifelong learner
    8.24.15 – Forbes – “Success is a lousy teacher,” wrote Bill Gates in his book The Road Ahead. “It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” If you want to stay relevant, you can never stop seeking knowledge. More Info
  • How You Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things
    8.31.15 – CI – Integrators who position themselves in front of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the first to widen customers’ choices and experiences. More Info
  • 8 Most Dangerous Words in Business
    8.31.15 – CI – Change is scary, but there’s one eight-word phrase that’s even more dangerous for a growing business. More Info

Fire News

  • DC: What fire alarm? News team ignores it during broadcast
    9.2.15 – The Daily Cardinal – It’s hard to ignore the bells or whistles when a fire alarm goes off at work, but this news team did a fairly good job of it. More Info
  • FL: Gas station burglarized, fire intentionally set
    9.6.15 – Naples Daily News – When police arrived, the alarm was blaring, and the sprinkler system was going off inside the building and water was running from outside the building. Officials … More Info
  • MI: KPSD reponds to carbon monoxide alarm at home
    9.4.15 – Iron Mountain Daily News – Kingsford – Officers from the Kingsford Public Safety Department were called to a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence … More Info
  • MN: Deaths of New Richmond mom, daughter ruled homicides
    9.4.15 – Minneapolis Star Tribune – When first responders entered the home Wednesday, an alarm was sounding and water was running in the basement. Flames and smoke were present, and … More Info
  • OK: Man Arrested For Setting Fire Inside NW OKC Apartment
    9.6.15 – news9.com KWTV – The incident took place around 1:00 a.m. when Oklahoma City fire crews were called to a commercial fire alarm at the Hayden Place Apartments. … More Info
  • VT: Small fire empties Kmart
    9.6.15 – Burlington Times News – The Burlington Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Kmart at about 7:45 p.m., said Battalion Chief Travis Handy. There was a small fire in an exterior … More Info
  • WI: Units responding to Salem School for alarm
    9.4.15 – West of the I – UPDATE 9:22 a.m. — Per dispatch: Alarm company says they received a call from an unidentified person saying the alarm is false. Some fire units still … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Dozen weapons stolen from Birmingham gun shop; reward offered …
    9.1.15 – AL.com – …. Tarrant police Lt. Larry Rice said they responded to an alarm, and arrived to find the windows broken and weapons missing. More Info
  • AR: Castle Rental and Pawn burglary probed; Reported early Monday …
    8.31.15 – Harrison Daily – A police report shows an alarm company notified the HPD of the burglary alarm at the store just after 1 a.m. Monday. Alarm calls aren’t unusual – the report … More Info
  • CA: Crime summaries for Sept. 4 Fremont Bulletin
    9.3.15 – The Argus – 26 at 3:36 a.m., officers responded to a verified burglar alarm at a business. As officers arrived, the reporting party allegedly … More Info
  • CA: Drugs stolen in overnight robbery at Mission Viejo pharmacy
    9.6.15 – OCRegister – The robbery was reported at 2:55 a.m. when the an alarm went off at the Oso Medical Pharmacy … More Info
  • CA: Man Arrested After Pilfering Santa Monica Rite Aid
    9.6.15 – Santa Monica Mirror – They said that when the suspect had walked past the security sensors an alarm had sounded and it was at that time that they detained the suspect. After the … More Info
  • CA: Police: Burglary Suspect Caught Fleeing with Cash Register
    8.31.15 – Patch.com – He said a patrol officer was checking downtown store fronts when he heard an alarm sound. The officer immediately got out of his vehicle to investigate, stepping … More Info
  • CA: Rancho Cucamonga: Warehouse burglars escape with …
    8.31.15 – Press-Enterprise – “From the video surveillance, it appears the suspects…crawled around inside to bypass the alarm systems,” according to the statement. “Over the next few hours, … More Info
  • CA: Thieves rip ATM from Poway Rite Aid, escape
    8.31.15 – 10News – The smash-and-grab occurred sometime before 3:30 a.m. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies responded to a commercial alarm find the … More Info
  • CA: Visalia cop breaks up burglary crew
    9.5.15 – Fresno Bee – He fled when the burglar alarm went off. The surveillance tape showed a gray Nissan Titan. The next day, the California Highway Patrol and the Visalia police … More Info
  • CT: Franklin man arrested in gas station robbery
    9.2.15 – WTNH Connecticut News – Police responded to a hold-up alarm at the gas station. When they arrived, employees of the gas station told troopers that they had been robbed at gunpoint. More Info
  • CT: Man Arrested After West Haven Robbery
    9.6.15 – Hartford Courant – Sgt. David Tammaro said West Haven police responded to a hold up alarm at the New Alliance Credit Union at about 10:30 a.m.. Employees said … More Info
  • CT: Police: 2 adults, 5 juveniles arrested after breaking into Lyman Hall …
    9.2.15 – Meriden Record-Journal – 23 about 6:30 p.m., a police officer was sent to Lyman Hall High School for a report of a burglar alarm sounding. The officer saw seven people running out of the … More Info
  • FL: Burglar smashes through front door of Pembroke Pines cellphone …
    8.31.15 – Local 10 – “The alarm (company) called me (and) I already knew someone had come in,” store owner Orelvis Beltran said. “I checked on my phone and I see that they have … More Info
  • FL: Designer Eyeglasses Shop Burglarized in Coral Gables: Police
    9.4.15 – NBC 6 South Florida – …  experienced an apparent burglary on Aug. 20. “At 3 a.m. I got a call from the alarm company that there was a break-in. More Info
  • FL: Exclusive video: Man tries to break into homes
    9.1.15 – WPBF West Palm Beach – Howard said the alarm indicated it was that side door that was open. So he went to the door and pulled it shut from the inside, having no idea a man armed with … More Info
  • FL: Home Depot employee charged with burglarizing store
    9.1.15 – Sun Sentinel – On Sunday, officers and K-9 arrived at the store at 12:18 a.m. to investigate an alarm and found Sylne hiding in the garden department, where a bag of tools … More Info
  • GA: LaGrange police: Woman says man hit her with rock
    9.4.15 – LaGrange Daily News – According to police, the man was detained by employees at the business after he set off an alarm while trying to leave and they found two breath lozenges in his … More Info
  • GA: Smash-and-grab burglary at LaFayette Verizon
    9.3.15 – Northwest Georgia News – Employees of neighboring Hibbet Sports who heard the alarm go off and witnessed the broken glass at the store on Saturday morning notified the police. More Info
  • IN: Police searching for attempted hold-up suspect
    9.1.15 – WANE – 18 to the Check ‘n Go after a hold-up alarm was triggered at the store. When police arrived, a clerk told investigators that as she was … More Info
  • IN: Two Elkhart men jailed, accused of taking TVs from RVs
    9.4.15 – The Elkhart Truth – … by sheriff’s deputies who responded to an alarm shortly before 2 a.m. Diemer and Evans were trying to take TVs from RVs on the property, police say. More Info
  • KS: Parsons Police Make Arrest in Business Burglary
    9.2.15 – Parsons Sun – Sharp said officers were dispatched at 10:07 p.m. Monday to Gold and Silver for an alarm sounding. Officers responded to the business while others canvassed … More Info
  • KS: Two detained for business burglary
    9.1.15 – Parsons Sun – Sharp said officers were dispatched at 10:07 p.m. Monday to Gold and Silver for an alarm sounding. Officers responded to the business while others canvassed … More Info
  • LA: APSO searching for burglary suspect who stole nearly $20K in …
    9.1.15 – NOLA.com – 27, the suspect forced entry into the pharmacy from the back of the building by disabling the alarm and going undetected before stealing the large amount of … More Info
  • MA: Latest police log highlights
    9.5.15 – Wicked Local Swampscott – 8:23 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported in the living room of a residence. The house appeared to be secure and there was no alarm sounding. More Info
  • MA: Maynard Police Log, Aug. 24 to 30
    9.5.15 – Wicked Local Maynard – 2:08 a.m.: A caller reported a panic alarm activation. 2:55 p.m.: A caller reported that a package was stolen out of his mailbox … More Info
  • MA: Police Blotter – Sept. 6
    9.4.15 – Brainerd Daily Dispatch – ALARM – At 1:05 a.m., Aug. 28, officers responded to an alarm call at the Charles A. Lindbergh house. The key holder arrived and … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Man accused of forging prescriptions
    9.3.15 – Gloucester Daily Times – No signs of entry: A burglar alarm sounded at 2:25 a.m. at the site of the Gloucester Alternative School program within Stage Fort Park. A check of the building … More Info
  • MD: Police Investigate Robberies in Potomac (PHOTOS)
    9.6.15 – Montgomery Community Media – According to a press release, the police responded to an alarm at the Cabin … to a burglary alarm at the Potomac Express Food and Deli. More Info
  • ME: Series of burglaries hitting businesses in 4 counties
    9.4.15 – WLBZ-TV – Owner Betsy Piper said the thieves cut phone lines, tore off an alarm, ripped off a door and took the video recorder, all before cutting open the store safe and … More Info
  • MI: Lansing store burglarized in smash and grab with SUV
    8.31.15 – nwitimes.com – Fabian Newman, spokesman for the City of Lansing, said officers were called at 3:50 a.m. to a burglar alarm at Tops and Bottoms… More Info
  • MI: Man accused of break-in at Hudsonville church
    8.31.15 – MLive.com – Sheriff’s deputies were called to an alarm at Carpenter’s House Church, about 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. A lower level window of the church was … More Info
  • MI: Man arrested in Sparta Sport Shop gun theft
    9.4.15 – WZZM – When the burglary alarm triggered, he ran and took a long rifle on his way out. After the investigating officer made other departments aware of this case, both the … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report for Aug. 23-29
    9.3.15 – Southernminn.com – Responded to an alarm. Alarm set off by employee, false alarm. • Received a barking dog complaint. Citation issued to owner. More Info
  • MO: Police investigating series of break-ins at phone stores on south …
    9.1.15 – KMOV.com- Another store, Simply Prepaid, believes someone cut the wires on its alarm, but that triggered the system. The owner called police and thieves came away empty … More Info
  • NC: Man backs stolen car into 2 Monroe stores, police say
    9.2.15 – WSOC Charlotte – The owner of the stores said she got a call from the alarm company and watched the break-in on her phone. The man took the cash register, but the owner said … More Info
  • NE: Woman arrested after allegedly being found in box at local store
    9.4.15 – Scottsbluff Star Herald – A Scottsbluff woman has been arrested on charges, allegedly found hiding in a box after tripping a security alarm Friday morning. Capt. Brian Wasson of the … More Info
  • NH: Man armed with gun tries to rob Concord store, police say
    9.1.15 – WMUR Manchester – The man demanded that the clerk open the safe, police said. The man took off empty-handed once the clerk hit the alarm. Police described the man as white, … More Info
  • NY: 3 men arrested on burglary charges in Trenton
    9.6.15 – Utica Observer Dispatch – Three men were arrested on burglary charges Saturday night, Oneida County sheriffs officials said. Around 11:38 p.m., deputies were dispatched to an alarm … More Info
  • NY: Man arrested for breaking into Lakeshore Catholic
    8.31.15 – Niagarathisweek.com – Port Colborne – A 21-year-old Port Colborne has been arrested after police responded to a security alarm at Lakeshore Catholic High School and found a … More Info
  • NY: Teens reprimanded for doorbell ditch
    9.1.15 – Clarencebee – Deputies responded to a panic alarm. The alarm had been set off by the homeowner. • A man with mild dementia was reported missing … More Info
  • NY: Toms River robbery: ‘Let’s make this easy’
    9.6.15 – Asbury Park Press – Police responded to a 3 a.m. alarm at the store Sunday morning, where a clerk told them a young man in sunglasses handed over a note saying “Let’s make this … More Info
  • NY: Two local houses of worship vandalized
    9.5.15 – East Niagara Post – Then at approximately 5:30 this morning, Amherst Police and the Getzville Fire Co. responded to an alarm at the Chapel. When they … More Info
  • OH: Kern County Sheriff’s activity for August 29
    9.1.15 – Taft Midway Driller – 12:18 pm, deputies responded to an alarm activation. 12:54 pm, deputies responded to report of grand theft in … More Info
  • OH: Man mistaken for hat-wearing bank robber seeks $3.3 million
    10TV – The teller panicked and hit the silent alarm, thinking he was a bank robber who had been seen wearing a Miami Heat hat. Valladares says that within minutes, … More Info
  • OH: Police investigate Rent A Center break-in
    9.6.15 – WDTN – Police were called to the Rent A Center after 2 a.m. Sunday when an alarm sounded. Officers said someone threw a large concrete … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    8.31.15 – Circleville Herald – Burglary alarm activated at Tractor Supply Co. Checked okay, extra patrol requested. Caller advised her son told her he was shot at near … More Info
  • OR: Man caught on camera in Bi-Mart smash and dash
    9.1.15 – Mail Tribune – Surveillance cameras caught a masked man breaking into a Medford Bi-Mart and damaging its pharmacy early today. Medford police responded to an alarm that … More Info
  • OR: Two accused in break-ins at SE Bend businesses
    9.5.15 – Bend Bulletin – An alarm went off about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. A glass door had been broken and money was taken. • Coffee and Snack Factory.: Police were … More Info
  • PA: GantDaily Police Blotter
    9.4.15 – Gant Daily – Police responded to an active burglar alarm at a business. Upon arrival it was discovered to be an accidental trip, police said. More Info
  • RI: Man Caught in the Act of Breaking into Newport House
    9.1.15 – Patch.com – According to a police report, the alarm sounded at 3:22 a.m. and upon arrival, police checked the outside of the property, noticing a gate leading to the back yard … More Info
  • TN: Burglar alarm detects fire at Cookeville home
    9.2.15 – WSMV Nashville – The smoke was thick and heavy enough to trip the motion alarm on the burglary device. “I feel so blessed,” Stover said. “I could be homeless tonight.” The fire … More Info

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