1-9-17 NESA Monitor

January 9, 2017

Door to Door Sales

  • Scammers in Omaha Are Claiming to Be ADT
    1.2.17 – SSI – There are reports of suspicious sales people in the metro area claiming to be with ADT Security. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • MA: Ordinance allows Lowell to fine nuisance properties
    1.4.17 – Lowell Sun – Winward said the new ordinance will cut down on false-alarm calls that annoy residents and cause potential safety problems when firefighters respond to such … More Info
  • MD: Carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in all Maryland …
    1.6.17 – Fox Baltimore – Baltimore (WBFF) – New legislation passed is now requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in new and existing rental units in Maryland. More Info
  • ON: User error, faulty equipment and pets are most common causes
    1.3.17 – The Barrie Examiner – Effective Jan. 1 the fee for a false alarm by Barrie police is $180, and $120 for a cancelled alarm – with homeowners getting one warning, but not businesses. More Info

Industry News

  • How to Enhance Intrusion Detection With Control Panels
    1.2.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Intrusion control panels can utilize alarms to trigger actions that focus the attention of security personnel or central monitoring station operators. More Info
  • 3 Ways the Industry Can Improve in 2017
    1.3.17 – CI – Better network training, stronger system security and increased tradeshow attendance can help industry professionals gain the knowledge they need to make 2017 a great year for business. More Info
  • The Future of Technology: What It Means for the Commercial Integrator
    12.30.16 – CI – The world has made more technological progress in the past five years than it has made in the five decades before that, and integrators will have to master the technological change that is driving the future. More Info
  • Interlogix UltraSync SmartHome Adds New Devices, Expands …
    1.3.17 – Security Sales & Integration – The system can also view live video and replay captured alarm or action-triggered video. Select devices and controllers from Aeon Labs, an in-home automation … More Info
  • Sonitrol Reports Record Number of Criminal Apprehensions
    1.5.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Sonitrol says its verified alarm detection techniques, coupled with law enforcement partnerships, have resulted in more than 175,000 criminal apprehensions to … More Info
  • SSI’s 2017 Security Industry Forecast
    1.3.17 – SSI – While security continues to be the powerful lead, business- and lifestyle-driven services are increasingly playing stronger supporting roles. This ensemble of offerings is the ticket to growth say experts,… More Info

CES Update

  • First Alert® Connects Safety and Simplicity at 2017 CES
    1.5.17 – Yahoo Finance – The sleek, modern-designed alarm is Apple HomeKit-enabled and works with Amazon Alexa, where users can ask Alexa the status of alarms or to help develop … More Info
  • Future of residential security tech on display at CES 2017
    1.6.17 – SIW – Artificial intelligence, drones could soon become a part of home security systems… More Info
  • Vivint Partners with Best Buy on Smart Home; Builds out Sky AI; Teams with Airbnb
    At CES 2017, Vivint announced a partnership with Airbnb, showcased new AI features of its security and home-automation platform, and said little about smart-home trial with Best Buy. More Info
  • Alarm.com is building drones to monitor your home inside and out
    1.3.17 – TechCrunch – At CES on Tuesday, Alarm.com revealed that it is developing a smart home security drone alongside its other IoT devices and software. The idea is that if you … More Info
  • Alarm.com, Qualcomm Partner to Develop Home Security Drones
    1.5.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Alarm.com has announced plans to develop autonomous, video-enabled drones for smart home and business security that will use the company’s new Insights … More Info
  • GE’s new oven can prevent fires—and annoying smoke alarms
    1.3.17 – USA TODAY – The only thing worse than a false smoke alarm is a real one. Now, GE Appliances and Nest have a plan to keep any cooking mishaps from ruining your dinner … More Info
  • CES 2017: Checking out the Pepcom Digital Experience
    1.5.17 – SuperSite for Windows – A device like LG’s Canopy to give you alarm coverage in your home without a huge three year commitment and hardware installation while Alexa and Gear S3 … More Info
  • 5 Smart Home Products We’re Psyched to See at CES—Again
    1.5.17 – ConsumerReports.org – Like all smart alarms, they’ll warn you via a smartphone app if they go off, which is helpful if you’re not at home. The Halo+ has the added feature of audibly … More Info
  • ADT Makes History: Disarm Security System Via Amazon Alexa Voice
    1.7.17 – CEPro – Will we see this solution for other devices like locks and alarm systems? Probably not soon. CE Pro has learned that ADT had to jump through some hoops with … More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
INSB00033
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Dennis Kruse | Adoption of National Electric Code. Requires the fire prevention and building safety commission to adopt by rules the most recent edition, including addenda, of the NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) and to adopt any subsequent edition of the NFPA 70, including addenda, within 18 months after the effective date of the subsequent edition.
Status: 01/03/2017 : First reading: referred to Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation
History
TXHB00421
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Relating to the exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship.
Status: 11/21/2016 : H Filed
All Versions: Introduced
TXHB00421
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State & National News

  • New fire safety rules for residential buildings take effect this month
    1.2.17 – San Francisco Examiner – The legislation requires building owners to provide tenants with updated information on fire safety and smoke alarm requirements, post fire safety-related … More Info
  • What to Expect at CES 2017
    1.2.17 – PC Magazine – In 2016 we saw a focus on home security, so it’s no surprise that this year brings even more smart alarm systems, video doorbells, and security cameras. But the … More Info
  • Norton Core Router Gives Home Security a New Design
    1.3.17 – TechNewsWorld – IoT devices such as alarm systems, door locks, IP cameras, healthcare devices and appliances won’t be paused. Consumers can preorder the Norton Core now; … More Info
  • What You Need to Know: OSHA’s New Fall Protection Regulations
    1.3.17 – OHS – In November, OSHA issued a final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (29 CFR 1910 Subparts D&I). We have provided a Top 5 list to provide an overview of items likely to impact your fall protection program: More Info
  • 71% of Today’s Parents Own at Least One IoT Device
    1.5.17 – SIA – Seven in 10 parents in the United States currently own an Internet of Things (IoT) device and more than a third of these tech-savvy moms and dads believe that their IoT gadgets make them better parents. More Info
  • U.S. added 156,000 jobs in December, unemployment rate ticked up to 4.7 percent
    1.6.17 – The Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 156,000 new jobs in December, according to government data issued Friday, slightly below economists’ expectations, though still representing relatively strong growth. More Info

Business Tips

  • The Key to Work-Life Balance? Integration of Those 2 Concepts.
    1.6.17 – Entrepreneur – Want to change into Lycra tights and take a 5-mile bike ride at lunch? That’s absolutely fine, if it helps you produce brilliant work that afternoon. More Info
  • 5 Business Trends That Will Take Off in 2017
    1.6.17 – Entrepreneur – An example: The “one-size-fits-all” approach went away along with mobile strategies and the B-52s. More Info
  • Business Planning Tips to Keep in Mind in the New Year
    1.3.17 – Open Forum -Want to get a jump start on the year ahead? Insights from leading voices in their niche on how you can proactively plan for your best year yet. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Man arrested after threatening to burn Long Beach building
    1.3.17 -KSBY San Luis Obispo News – … floor of the six-story building around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The man had been holed up there since late Monday, when authorities responded to a manual fire alarm. More Info
  • CT: Man charged after tampering with fire alarm at Mystic hotel
    1.2.17 – The Westerly Sun – Stonington – A Danbury man is facing charges after setting off the fire detection system at a Mystic hotel Sunday night after he attempted to deactivate a … More Info
  • NC: Smoke alarm pays dividend in stove fire
    1.4.17 – The Daily Courier – Spindale – A smoke alarm came in handy Monday night when a fire broke out … Keever said the smoke alarms sounded and everyone was able to get out of … More Info
  • OR: AFD responds to Knox Butte fire
    1.3.17 – Albany Democrat Herald – The homeowner, Ken Niles, was working outside when he heard the fire alarm. Niles ran into the house to look for the source of the flames and smoke, but … More Info
  • TX: Lightning blamed for Copperfield house fire, homeowner says
    1.2.17 – KPRC Houston – He reset the alarm thinking it was just the rain that triggered the alarm, he said. Moments later neighbors banged on his door and told him his house was on fire. More Info
  • WA: Smoke alarm helps Prosser family of 8 escape fire
    1.5.17 – Tri-City Herald – A Prosser family of eight was alerted by a smoke detector early Thursday morning that their house was burning. They evacuated without … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Police: Would-be robber subdued during pharmacy hold-up
    1.5.17 – AL.com – The other employee, a technician, pressed an alarm button and grabbed the gun. He locked the front door and the woman was held until police came. No money … More Info
  • AZ: Police investigate attempted burglary on Veterans Drive
    1.7.17 – Scottsboro Daily Sentinel – According to Lt. Erik Dohring, the suspect or suspects cut wires in the back of business in what appeared to be an attempt to deactivate the alarm system… More Info
  • CA: Burglar scared off by alarm?
    1.6.17 – Highland Community News – Highland Deputy D. Chartier responded to a burglar alarm at 2:22 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the American Tire Depot. He found the front door had … More Info
  • CA: Police Surround South Pasadena Burglary Suspect
    1.2.17 – Patch.com – A suspected burglar triggered an alarm at a South Pasadena office building leading to a stand-off that ended in surrender. More Info
  • CT: Man found strapping stolen generator to his car
    1.3.17 – WTNH Connecticut News – Milford Police arrested Calvin Conley, 55 of New Haven, when he was found at a business after a report of a burglar alarm. Police said Conley was … More Info
  • DC: Burglar Enters Liquor Store In Brightwood Park After Cutting A Hole …
    1.3.17 – DCist.com – Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a burglar alarm at Roha Liquor around 5 a.m., according to a police report. More Info
  • FL: Burglars target gun stores in Volusia County
    1.5.17 – WESH Orlando – They fled when a loud alarm sounded. However, the suspects did get into a third business near the DeLand Airport, called Stallion Firearms, and made off with … More Info
  • FL: Police search for 3 suspects in fatal robbery
    1.6.17 – WFTV Orlando – Officers responded to a silent alarm and found the victim unresponsive when they arrived. More Info
  • MA: Home invasion, break-in, stabbing at same Stoughton home
    1.6.17 – Wicked Local Stoughton – “They were all at the hospital visiting the guy who owns the house when he got an alert on his phone that his room’s alarm was going off,” Welch said. More Info
  • MA: Rockland police log, Nov. 29-Dec. 5
    1.7.17 – Wicked Local Rockland – 6:31 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. Police checked and secured the property. 7:33 a.m.: Larceny from a motor vehicle was reported … More Info
  • ME: Police find stolen guns hidden in snow after burglary at Route 1 shop
    1.3.17 – WGME – Alerted by a burglar alarm, Brunswick police went to C&R Trading Post shortly before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and discovered the store had been burglarized and … More Info
  • MO: Attempted burglary at business in McCracken Co. leads to chase
    1.3.17 – KFVS – Deputies were dispatched to an alarm and possible burglary around 10:47 p.m.. Investigators say McKinney was spotted by the business owner, who lives … More Info
  • MT: Billings police release convenience store robbery photos
    1.6.17 – KTVQ Billings News – Police said the man entered the store and pointed an object at the clerk, demanded money and then fled the store when he believed that an alarm had been … More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Reporter police blotter
    1.5.17 – Shelter Island Reporter – Police responded on December 22 to an automated burglary alarm at a Silver Beach residence caused by an unsecured basement door. More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    1.5.17 – Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to a burglary alarm at Automark Speedy Car Care. The scene checked OK. – A caller from Howard’s Home Care … More Info
  • OK: 2 caught on camera breaking into metro home improvement store
    1.3.17 – KOCO Oklahoma City – Police responded to an alarm around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 26 and found that the building was secure, according to the report. The men returned to the store shortly … More Info
  • OK: Cushing police searching for men accused of trying to break in to …
    1.6.17 – kfor.com – Authorities say the alleged suspects were able to pry open one of the doors, but never made entry into the business because of the security alarm. The alleged .. More Info
  • OK: Police searching for two armed men who broke door, robbed …
    1.2.17 – kjrh.com – Police said the employees waited about 20 minutes before setting the alarm and … “They waited before they actually triggered the alarm for their own safety,” … More Info
  • ON: Police seek two males suspected in south-end Guelph break-ins
    1.6.17 – Guelph Mercury – Just after 1 p.m. on January 5, a security alarm went off after the front door of a Gosling Gardens home was forced opened. The alarm company contacted police … More Info
  • OR: Two Bend Burglaries May Be Connected
    1.3.17 – KBND – Officers first responded to a burglary alarm at Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers at the Cascade Village Shopping Center Monday at about 1:15 a.m. They discovered a … More Info
  • PA: Drunk Lansdale Man, Accused of Knife Assault, Steals Cans of …
    1.3.17 – Patch.com – Borzelleca first attempted to walk out of the store with cold medication valued at $21.99, but he set the store alarm off, the report states. He returned the … More Info
  • SC: Myrtle Beach man stole $900 worth of Newport cigarettes, $4 in …
    1.2.17 – WNCN – Officers were called around 7:45 p.m. Saturday to the Crown Petro for an alarm activation. When officers arrived they noticed the front … More Info
  • SC: Police say footprints in snow leads to burglary suspect
    1.8.17 – WYFF Greenville – She said the man used a tool to break the back door and set off the alarm. The report said the officers who responded noticed foot tracks in the snow and saw a … More Info
  • SC: Report: Police locate Upstate man connected to burglary by …
    1.8.17 – Live 5 News – The victim’s alarm immediately started going off and police were notified. When officers responded to the scene Lamb had already fled, but they were able to … More Info
  • TN: Murfreesboro car lot hit by thieves for second time in 6 months
    1.3.17 – WKRN.com – The building is equipped with an alarm system and the manager is trying to figure … Police told News 2 once they received the call from the alarm company an … More Info
  • VA: Henrico teen arrested for GameStop break-in
    1.3.17 – wtvr.com – Police first responded to an alarm at GameStop at 1:30 a.m. on Monday, January 2. “When the officers arrived on scene, they … More Info
  • VA: Man Burglarizes Two Stores in Fredericksburg: Police
    1.3.17 – Patch.com – Around 1:30 a.m., police responded to an alarm at the Game Stop and found the front glass door shattered, with items apparently taken from the store. Then they … More Info
  • VA: Rash of Burglaries Reported in Arlington: Police
    1.6.17 – Patch.com – 5, police responded to a motion alarm. Officers determined an unknown individual had forced entry into the business. Police … More Info
  • WA: Tacoma man whose $65000 video game collection was stolen has it …
    1.6.17 – The News Tribune – As for Cline’s rebuilt collection, it’s now stored in a safer location with an alarm system. And every item is now individually catalogued and insured, to boot. More Info
  • WI: Alleged teen burglar chased and arrested by Madison police
    1.3.17 – Madison.com- Officers responded to the smash and grab burglary when an alarm came in to police of a burglary taking place at the store. “The suspect was spotted running … More Info
  • WI: Fitchburg police investigate robbery on McKee Road
    1.2.17 – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3 – Fitchburg, Wis. – Fitchburg police responded to a robbery at about 12:17 a.m. Monday at Steve’s Liquor after an alarm was set off. A police … More Info
  • WI: Suspects Sought in Waukesha AT&T Attempted Burglary Case
    1.8.17 – Patch.com – Waukesha police responded to the AT&T Store just before 2 a.m. Sunday on a report of a burglary alarm. According to the report, … More Info

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