1-2-17 NESA Monitor

January 2, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Home and business alarms in Calgary will need permits in new year
    12.29.16 – CBC.ca – Welfare said officers responded to 16,000 alarm calls in 2015, of which 96 per cent were false. Of those false alarms, Welfare said 70 per cent were caused by … More Info
  • IL: Charleston City Council authorizes increase in fees for false fire …
    12.26.16 – East Central Reporter – With regard to Item #11, Mayor Combs explained that this Ordinance would eliminate the registration fee for fire alarm systems. It would also increase the fees for …More Info
  • ON: Barrie Police make changes to false alarm fees
    1.1.17 -International-Simcoe.com -Effective Jan. 1, 2017 a $180 fee will be charged for every dispatched alarm call that is deemed to be false by the attending officer. More Info
  • WA: Homeowners face new fines for multiple false alarm call-outs
    12.29.16 – Daily Record-News – Every year law enforcement officials respond to false alarms at businesses, homes and remote cabins. Though the Sheriff’s Office supports alarm systems as an … More Info

Industry News

  • PoE and Edge Access Control Devices – The Good, the Bad, and the …
    12.26.16 – Tech Featured – Mag-locks must release in the event of a fire alarm. This means an NFPA approved device must cut power to the magnetic lock (i.e. must be a mechanical relay … More Info
  • Vivint Smart Home Patent App: Door Locks, Keypads Project Video Display onto Surface
    12.27.16 – CEPro – Instead of unsightly keypads on door locks and security panels, Vivint proposes a method for projecting a laser image of controls and feedback onto a wall, door or other surface. More Info
  • Inside the Industry News that Shaped 2016
    12.29.16 – CI – A look back at the integration industry news that made a difference for integration firms over the past year. More Info
  • Taking a multi-faceted, multi-layered approach to mass notification
    12.29.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – And if an infant abduction alarm sounds, through the integrated mass notification system, security has the ability to send messages to key personnel around the … More Info

State & National News

  • Zuckerberg’s Home AI: Will Facebook be the Next Home Automation Giant?
    12.20.16 – CEPro – Mark Zuckerberg builds ‘Jarvis’ home-automation system, using Crestron as base, plus Facebook platforms like Messenger and facial recognition. More Info

Business Tips

  • 6 Integration Firms the Entire Industry Can Learn From
    12.26.16 – CI – Bold decisions, rethinking project management, sticking with custom roots and reevaluating everything about the integration business, we look back at a year’s worth of CI Profiles. More Info
  • How to Take the Headache Out of Developing Sales Compensation Plans
    12.27.16 – CI – Chances are you have salespeople who specialize in different types of sales and projects, so don’t make the mistake of paying them all the same way. More Info
  • Getting Cozy With Home Automation
    12.26.16 – SSI – The executive director of PowerHouse Alliances dishes on trends, challenges and opportunities in the home automation marketplace. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Burst water pipe at retailer summons fire department
    12.30.16 – White Mountain Independent – Show Low – The Timber Mesa Fire Department responded to an alarm at Lowe’s home improvement store Tuesday, Dec. 27, in which they discovered a burst … More Info
  • CA: Broken fire sprinkler caused false alarm, water damage
    12.27.16 – Hanford Sentinel – Battalion Chief Erik Brotemarkle said firefighters responded to a water flow alarm around 11:13 p.m. at the Casa Del Sol apartments … More Info
  • CA: El Patron owners try to pick up the pieces
    12.31.16 – Press-Enterprise – Sanchez said he received a call about 1:38 a.m. that his alarm sensors had gone off and that deputies were at the scene. He arrived to find the restaurant ablaze … More Info
  • IN: For The Record: 12/27
    12.27.16 – The Herald – Jasper — Units of the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation Monday evening at St. Thomas Properties location. More Info
  • IN: Police log for Dec. 27, 2016
    12.27.16 – Times-Mail – … Fire Department for a smoke detector alarm. … and Marion Township RFD to a fire alarm. More Info
  • MD: Fire in Bowie Home Causes $250K in Damage
    12.29.16 – Patch.com – Two residents escaped burning home safely, due to a smoke alarm, according to Prince George’s County Fire and EMS. … More Info
  • MO: Police: Creve Coeur church fire was arson
    12.28.16 – KSDK.com – Creve Coeur Police said an alarm sounded inside St. Monica Catholic Church around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but there is … More Info
  • OH: Shoplifter drops boot while running from store: Avon Police Blotter
    12.26.16 – cleveland.com – Alarm, Moore Road: Police and fire units responded to a smoke alarm call at 12:45 a.m. Dec. 4. Reports said the resident told police he had “burnt some burgers . More Info
  • OK: Smoke Alarm Alerts Resident About Fire In Tulsa Home
    12.31.16 – News On 6 – A smoke alarm is credited with alerting a resident of a midtown Tulsa home to be … but he was able to get out on his own thanks to that working smoke alarm. More Info
  • WA: CO alarm awakens Redmond man to house fire
    12.31.16 – KTVZ – Redmond, Ore. – A southwest Redmond man awoke to the piercing sound of a carbon monoxide alarm early Saturday, found a fire in the living room and … More Info
  • WA: Fire Chief says fatal Christmas day blaze was preventable: ‘A smoke …
    12.29.16 – Q13 FOX – “A $15 smoke alarm would have saved this person’s life,” said Anacortes Fire Department Chief Richard Curtis. Ramirez, 49, didn’t survive. The Skagit County .. More Info
  • WA: Redmond police and fire respond to two tenuous calls over holiday …
    12.26.16 – Redmond Reporter – The Redmond Fire Department (RFD) responded to a fire alarm in an apartment in … male resident in the unit who advised he had pulled the fire alarm for help. More Info
  • WI: Small Fire at Municipal Garage; Credit Card Fraud at Oak Creek …
    12.31.16 – Patch.com – … the Municipal Garage after a sprinkler water flow alarm was set … knocked down with a water can several minutes after the alarm was reported. More Info

Crime News

  • AB: Police thwart ATM theft after ‘low speed chase’
    12.30.16 – Edmonton Sun – Edmonton Police Service Staff Sgt. James Vanderland said officers responded to an intrusion alarm at Cash Canada in the area of … More Info
  • AR: ASP investigating deadly officer-involved shooting
    12.26.16 – KATV – Maher “Mike” Bishara, owner of the Quick Stop convenience store, said he got a call from his alarm company around 2:00 AM … More Info
  • AR: Man arrested for aggravated robbery
    12.27.16 – Times Record – A sheriff’s news release said the masked suspect gained entry into the rear of the business and set off the alarm, as the manager and friend were returning to the … More Info
  • CA: Benicia Police Release Surveillance Footage Of Serial-Burglary …
    12.26.16 – CBS Local – At around 3:50 a.m., officers responded to a report of an alarm going off at the Super Stop at the Southampton Shopping Center … More Info
  • CA: Man Wanted In Benicia Break-Ins Arrested in SoCal
    12.27.16 – Patch.com – 19, officers responded to a report of an alarm going off at the Super Stop at the Southampton Shopping Center, police said. There … More Info
  • CA: Restaurant Burgled
    12.26.16 – KXO Radio – Police responded to a burglary alarm activated at the Sizzler Restaurant at about 1130 P.M. Saturday night. Entry apparently was … More Info
  • CA: Suspects on the run after attempted burglary in Hayward
    12.28.16 – KTVU San Francisco – The suspects were spotted by a witness and police were alerted by alarm. The first officers on scene said the suspects in a U-Haul tried to ram them. No officers … More Info
  • CT: Branford Teen, 18, Stole Cash Register in Hamden Burglary: Police
    12.27.16 – Patch.com – On Oct. 13, shortly after midnight, Hamden Police responded to Krauszer’s Food Store on the report of a burglar alarm. Upon arrival … More Info
  • CT: New Haven police investigate smash and grab burglaries of …
    12.30.16 – WTNH Connecticut News – Police say on Thursday night at 11:15 p.m, officers responded to Fornalli’s Ristorante after the burglar alarm was triggered. Officers learned … More Info
  • CT: Police: Stafford man, angry about DUI, burglarizes liquor store
    12.31.16 – Journal Inquirer – 16, around 1:30 a.m., troopers were dispatched to investigate a burglary alarm, which was first reported to be coming from the CVS Pharmacy … More Info
  • CT: Rash of burglaries continues into holiday
    12.28.16 – The Wilton Bulletin – …, Capt. John Lynch said on Dec. 27. In one case, a loud alarm deterred the burglars before they could take anything. More Info
  • CT: Window shattered, electronics stolen in Fairfield burglary
    12.29.16 – Fairfield Citizen – Police said an alarm at the Verizon Wireless store was triggered shortly after 4 a.m. Dec. 24 after a suspect broke a window with a sledgehammer. Eleven … More Info
  • DE: Smyrna Police release details about attempted robbery of Reba’s …
    1.1.17 – Milford Beacon – Employees activated the holdup alarm, alerting Smyrna Police to the incident. Hardin was also found to be in possession of illegal prescription narcotics, Smyrna … More Info
  • FL: GPD: UF student breaks into house, found asleep with broom
    12.29.16 – The Independent Florida Alligator – Police responded to the home’s alarm and found Kobes asleep with the broom, according to the report. Kobes, a UF food and resource economics student, … More Info
  • FL: Police dog captures burglary suspect
    12.28.16 – WJXT Jacksonville – According to the arrest report, multiple officer were dispatched to the home after the burglary alarm went off. When officers arrived at the residence, they found a … More Info
  • FL: Roof bandits burglarize 2 Pasco Co. veteran’s halls
    12.29.16 – WFLA – “They climbed through the attic where there’s no motion detectors, cut down throw the ceiling, cut up through the roof, and knew the alarm wouldn’t go off,” Eherts … More Info
  • GA: Athens home hit second time; ransacked by thieves
    12.28.16 – Online Athens – Police went to the same house three days earlier after a burglar alarm sounded and they found a TV had been moved, according to the report. The TV was now … More Info
  • GA: Police: Columbus man arrested in business burglary tried to bite officer
    12.29.16 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Authorities said they were called to Walk In Closet after the business alarm activated around 6 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, the … More Info
  • GA: Thieves hit 6 businesses in matter of minutes
    12.29.16 – WSB Atlanta – Giles believes it was her talking alarm that scared the thieves away. “We have some silent alarms put in. We’re getting more cameras installed and we’re getting … More Info
  • IL: Man charged in Oswego Sprint store burglary, police say
    12.31.16 – Chicago Tribune – Police were called to the store at 3:45 a.m. Friday after witnesses reported hearing an activated alarm and saw two men running from the … More Info
  • KY: LPD: Burglar Breaks Into Business, Steals Shirt
    12.26.16 – WTVQ – Lexington, Ky. – A burglar breaks into a Lexington business, only to make off with a shirt. Police say they responded to an alarm at the Harley … More Info
  • MD: Baltimore County police seek info about suspect in Parkville jewelry …
    12.30.16 – Baltimore Sun – Officers responded to the store just before 4:30 a.m. for an alarm. Police said they found one of the windows, as well as … More Info
  • MI: Jackson Sheriff: deputies arrest breaking and entering suspect …
    12.30.16 – MLive.com – Deputy Johnson responded to a residential alarm. 10:03 a.m. … 4:42 a.m.. Deputy Hudson responded to an alarm. More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 12/27/16
    12.28.16 – Crow River Media – On the 27th at 8:20 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at an address. The deputy determined it was a false alarm and … More Info
  • MT: Burglary suspects arrested in Great Falls
    12.26.16 – KTVH – Officers were able to contact the owners, who were not home at the time of the alarm. They found a broken window on the back side of the house and were able … More Info
  • NJ: Pill Bottles Stolen From Keansburg Pharmacy
    12.27.16 – Patch.com – Pill Bottles Stolen From Keansburg Pharmacy. The suspect fled when the store’s alarm went off, but in his haste he dropped some pill bottles, police said. More Info
  • NM: 3 arrested in Santa Fe after thefts of high-end bikes
    12.28.16 – Albuquerque Journal – According to a criminal complaint, officers responded to an alarm at Mellow Velo about 3:50 a.m. A witness told dispatchers that she saw three men outside the … More Info
  • NV: Silver City Police capture burglary suspect at store
    12.28.16 – Silver City Sun-News – According to a police report, an alarm company contacted Central Dispatch of an activation at Walgreens. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department assisted on the … More Info
  • NY: Multiple Vehicles Destroyed by Fire on Falso Drive in East Syracuse
    12.26.16 – Spectrum News – According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were responding to a burglary alarm when they noticed smoke in the area. When firefighters … More Info
  • OH: Convenience store employee shot and killed in northwest Ohio
    12.26.16 – ABC6OnYourSide.com – Police say officers responded after a robbery alarm was activated. Awwad was shot in the chest and died at a hospital. Awwad pleaded not guilty to conspiracy … More Info
  • OH: Thief breaks window, steals cash at Dayton restaurant
    12.27.16 – WDTN – The owner told officers the alarm went off around 6:10 a.m. and when she got there she discovered the front window had been broken out, according to a police … More Info
  • OK: Alarm sets off search for north Tulsa burglary suspect
    12.28.16 – KOKI FOX 23 – Tulsa police tried to catch a burglary suspect after alarms went off at a Tulsa convenience … Around 2:30 a.m., police responded to the alarm at the Tulsa Trip … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg police blotter, Dec. 26
    12.27.16 – North Country Now – Ogdensburg police blotter, Dec. 26. • 21:34 – Report of commercial alarm at Kennedy School. Police reported it was a false alarm and the building … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg police blotter, Dec. 27
    12.28.16 – North Country Now – 20:54 – Report of commercial burglar alarm at Tractor Supply. Key holder advised false alarm. • 17:31 – Report of commercial burglar alarm at NBT … More Info
  • TN: Caught On Camera: $32000 Worth Of Drones Stolen From Local
    12.28.16 – Local Memphis – Memphis police are on the hunt for two men who they say stole a truckload of drones, worth more than $30,000. The burglary happened… More Info
  • TX: Armed robbers target Denny’s and IHOP restaurants; one customer …
    12.28.16 – KTRK-TV – An employee ran out a side door that triggered the alarm. That spooked the robbers away. About 40 minutes later, two men in the same getaway car stormed into … More Info
  • TX: Police looking for glasses burglar
    12.28.16 – Corpus Christi Caller-Times – 29 after an alarm notified him the business may have been entered. He found the door damaged and about $1,200 worth of frames missing. Police describe the … More Info
  • TX: Video: Thief uses stolen forklift, gets away with ATM in minutes
    12.30.16 – Chron.com – Police were alerted to the incident by an alarm. An undisclosed amount of cash was in the stolen ATM. Police later determined that the forklift was stolen from a … More Info
  • VT: Police: Drug habit behind Rent-A-Center burglary
    12.27.16 – Barre Montpelier Times Argus – The manager said the alarm company that had installed security at the store told him that on the night of the burglary an unauthorized disarm of the alarm was … More Info
  • WA: A Christmas caper: Vandalized ATM leads Seattle police to hot …
    12.26.16 – The Seattle Times – This triggered an alarm around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers found no suspects at the scene. But they did find a large forklift, its engine still running, that they … More Info
  • WI: Mequon-Thiensville Police Reports: Drug possession
    12.28.16 – Ozaukee Now – Police responded to an alarm sounding at 1:48 a.m. and found the glass on a door had been broken and entry gained. Theft. 2About $130 was taken from a … More Info

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