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October 12, 2015

Door to Door Sales

  • Police warn of phony salesman in the South Hills
    10.6.15 – WPXI Pittsburgh – According to a Nixle advisory from Jefferson Hills police, 20-year-old Jens Peterson pretended to work for an alarm company when he showed up at a home in … More Info
  • Home Security Firm Cries Foul Over Tactics
    10.7.15 – Courthouse News Service – Richmond, Va. (CN) – A home security company says three deceitful competitors convinced its customers to switch to their services by impersonating alarm … More Info
  • Lawsuit Filed in Virginia After Security Sales Reps Duped …
    10.8.15 – Security Sales – Utah-based companies Elite Home Security and NorthStar Alarm Services are accused … Security customers while pretending to be alarm systems technicians… More Info
  • Your Stories: Security sales controversy
    10.9.15 – 13WHAM-TV – If you are having problems with your alarm, make sure you document it. Write down the dates and times of your problems, the names of people you talked with, … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: False alarm bylaw now in effect
    10.5.15 – Drayton Valley Western Review – RCMP would like to let the public know that the false alarm bylaw is now in effect in both the Town of Drayton Valley and County of Brazeau. Ticket costs start at … More Info
  • CO: City sets false alarm fee for 2016
    10.9.15 – Lamar Ledger – Fire Chief Jeremy Burkhart the fees are $50 for the third alarm, $100 for the fourth, $150 for the fifth and for every sixth and subsequent alarm would be $200. More Info
  • IL: Champaign residents and businesses reminded to obtain alarm …
    10.6.15 – WAND – Champaign – Champaign officials are reminding residents and businesses to register their alarm systems, in accordance with the city’s municipal code. More Info
  • WV: Wheeling Council Approves False Alarm Fines
    10.7.15 – Wheeling Intelligencer – Wheeling – City residents and business owners may have a slight reprieve from the newly adopted false alarm ordinance and its associated penalties, as the … More Info

Industry News

  • PERS features debated
    10.7.15 – SSN – Park City, Utah—Attendees debated the demand for “fall detection” in PERS devices at AvantGuard’s third PERS Summit, held here last week. More Info
  • Smart dealers can benefit from smart thermostats
    10.6.15 – SSN – Austin, Texas—Smart and connected thermostats offer traditional resi dealers a way to make an impact in the home security market if they take the right approach, according to a recent study. More Info
  • Vivint is latest big player to go ASAP
    10.6.15 – SSN- Provo, Utah—ADT adopted ASAP to PSAP in August, now Vivint is doing the same. More Info
  • Ultimate Guide to DIY Security & Home Automation at CEDIA Expo 2015
    10.6.15 – CEPro – More DIY-focused security and home automation companies are reaching out to home tech pros at CEDIA Expo 2015: MivaTek, Netatmo, Insteon, Lucis, Smanos and more. More Info
  • Habitec Security Reducing False Alarms Much to Satisfaction of Local Police Department
    10.8.15 – SSI – Habitec has reduced false alarms in Toledo, Ohio by 65% as a result… More Info
  • Attitude of Gratitude: Are Your Front-Line Employees Leaving a Good Impression on Customers?
    10.8.15 – SSI – Attribution Busters called around to 25 security companies to evaluate how their front-line employees treated customers and represented the company they work for. The results were less than stellar. More Info
  • Why counterfeit cables could be hurting your business
    10.7.15 – SIW – How to navigate the minefields of fraudulent wire and cable… More Info

State & National News

  • Sheriff’s Office touts property tracking site
    10.6.15 – Sequim Gazette – The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in Washington encourages all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable and invaluable personal property. ReportIt is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics and other valuables.  More Info
  • OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2015 Announced at NSC Expo
    10.2.15 – OHS – During day two of the 2015 National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA’s top ten most-cited safety violations for FY2015 were announced. Unsurprisingly, fall protection was number one. More Info
  • Fire Prevention Week: Smoke alarm safety tips
    10.9.15 – Hanford Sentinel – During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will focus on reminding residents the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, … More Info

Business Tips

  • Breaking through millennial cynicism
    9.22.15 – Abila – Millennials don’t trust you. Why should they? They’ve grown up in a world in which traditional institutions and precepts have proved untrustworthy. According to Pew Research, in fact, just 19 percent of millennials say most people can be trusted, compared with 31 percent of Gen Xers and 40 percent of Boomers… More Info
  • How to Keep Office Conversations Private with One Simple Tool
    9.29.15 – CI- Keeping sensitive information secure goes past the network. Eavesdroppers can be as troublesome as hackers. More Info
  • 4 Tech Trends Defining the Workplace of Tomorrow
    9.25.15 – Whitlock and partners highlight four technology trends that are creating exceptional experiences in the corporate office. More Info

Fire News

  • CT: Police charge students with pulling fire alarm
    10.10.15 – My Citizens News – Police said the two 14-year-old girls pulled a fire alarm near the cafeteria at about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. The girls were charged with falsely reporting an … More Info
  • IL: No smoke alarm at fatal fire site, Pekin fire chief says
    10.5.15 – Peoria Journal Star – Pekin — No smoke alarm was present to alert an elderly woman that deadly fumes and fire were building in her living room Friday. Flames and smoke roiled … More Info
  • MI: Teen saves family from Pontiac house fire
    10.10.15 – WDIV Detroit – Will: The smoke alarm went off and the 13-year-old girl was the only one in the house to hear the alarm. She got up and wept … More Info
  • NC: Students, admins upset about false fire alarms
    10.7.15 – Duke Chronicle – There were 17 fire alarm activations on East Campus between Aug. 18 and last Friday, Oct. 2—four of which students say came in Randolph residence hall. More Info
  • NE: UPDATE: House fire displaces couple in Lincoln
    10.5.15 – KLKN – Officials say the homeowners got a phone call from their alarm company saying there was a fire. The man and his wife confirmed it was on the outside of their … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Four alleged burglars arrested after silent alarm activated
    10.5.15 – San Mateo Daily Journal – At 5:47 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a silent burglary alarm at BorrowLenses.com according to sheriff’s officials. More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to burglar alarm, 911 hangup
    10.7.15 – Journal Advocate – At 9:35 p.m. deputies were dispatched to investigate a burglar alarm. Jeffery Morrison, 30, was booked for driving under … More Info
  • CT: HPD: Worker Breaks Into Employer’s Restaurant, Gets Arrested
    10.5.15 – Hartford Courant – Lemke learned that an alarm had sounded at the business. Window bars in the back of the restaurant had been bent, and the door was open. The list of missing … More Info
  • FL: 3 men steal lingerie from Miami-Dade County warehouse
    10.5.15 – Local 10 – Detectives said the burglars, who wore hooded sweaters and jeans, broke into the warehouse by creating a hole in the wall and then disabling the alarm system. More Info
  • FL: Security camera captures cell phone burglars in action, escape
    10.7.15 – Orlando Sentinel – By the time an Orlando police officer heard the burglar alarm at 1:46 a.m., all seven suspects were in, out and gone. And so were 14 phones worth $8,000, … More Info
  • GA: Window smashed at Cedar Shoals Drive convenience store
    10.9.15 – Online Athens – The man is seen taking a large rock and throwing it into the window, which set off the burglar alarm. The pair never approached the window, tried to get in, … More Info
  • IA: Police seek suspects who stole ATM
    10.9.15 – DesMoinesRegister.com – According to a police report, officers responded at 3:12 a.m. to Casey’s General Store in response to a security alarm. On scene, a … More Info
  • IL: Police: Same thief may have hit two Northbrook Court stores
    10.6.15 – Chicago Tribune – Officers responding to a burglar alarm Sept. 25 reported finding the front door of a business pried open. Several file cabinets … More Info
  • IN: Police suspect pair of burglaries connected
    10.7.15 – Daily Journal – A security alarm went off in a home near Boggstown at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, and employees from the alarm company could hear someone in the home, Johnson … More Info
  • KY: City police looking for info in burglary case
    10.8.15 – Bowling Green Daily News – Police received a burglary alarm June 24 from the business. When officers arrived, they found the front door smashed. After an inventory … More Info
  • LA: Blytheville store robbed at gunpoint
    10.8.15 – KSLA-TV – Officers responded to a panic alarm and, once on scene, spoke to an employee who told them a black male suspect robbed the store at gunpoint. Adams states … More Info
  • MA: Gloucester police/fire:
    10.5.15 – Gloucester Daily Times – 6:44 a.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at Olympia Sports in the Gloucester Crossing complex, adjacent to the Fuller site. Officers found the building to be secure. More Info
  • MA: Homeless man arrested for alleged larceny spree
    10.9.15 – Wicked Local Watertown – Detectives then received a burglary alarm at the library. Detectives responded to the alarm, and after an extensive search, Stith was located hiding … More Info
  • MD: Men charged with robbing fast food restaurant
    10.5.15 – The Star Democrat – Officers were called to respond to the McDonald’s for an alarm and an open line 911 call. The police observed Desjardin and Dukes walking away from the … More Info
  • MI: Breaking and entering of Mecosta County store under investigation
    10.6.15 – UpNorthLive.com – Deputies responded to an alarm at the Pit Shop store in the Village of Barryton. Deputies say the suspect(s) forced entry into the store. If you have any … More Info
  • MI: Police catch three boys stealing goods after they allegedly forced …
    10.11.15 – MLive.com – An alarm had sounded and police found the three boys inside the building. They had allegedly forced their way inside the store and were filling bags with items, … More Info
  • MO: Burglars crash through wall of Kansas City loan business and steal …
    10.10.15 – Kansas City Star – Officers dispatched on an intrusion alarm found a large hole in the west wall of the business, with vehicle tracks on the lawn. A person associated with the … More Info
  • NE: Police Investigate Possible Break-In At Kohll’s Pharmacy
    10.9.15 – 1011now – Police say they were called to the store just before 8:30 p.m. because an alarm in the store went off. Shortly after police arrived, a witness called police and the … More Info
  • NJ: Burglary of Middletown store interrupted, cops say
    10.8.15 – NJ.com – Nearby resident Amy Smith said her 21-year-old son was driving home at approximately 3:30 a.m. when he heard an alarm coming from the store and called the … More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Police blotter
    10.8.15 – Shelter Island Reporter – Two burglary alarms were activated at residences in the Center on September 30 and October 2. All exterior doors and windows were checked in one case and … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    10.8.15 – Circleville Herald – Alarm activated for a residence. Checked okay. Caller advised her son called her and told her an unknown subject was pounding on his S. Scioto … More Info
  • OK: Homeowner, police seeking to identify northeast OKC burglary sus
    10.5.15 – KOKH FOX25 – It was the alarm company that alerted Megan Peters about a break-in last Tuesday. No one was home but immediately she called her husband and told him to … More Info
  • OK: Man arrested after shots fired
    10.8.15 – Muskogee Daily Phoenix – Officers were checking on a residential alarm at about 12:50 p.m. Wednesday when they heard shots. Farmer said a pistol was … More Info
  • SC: Man Accused Of Robbing South Charleston Convenience Store …
    10.7.15 – WCHS-TV8 – The South Charleston Police Department said in a news release that they responded Wednesday to a holdup alarm at the Exxon One Stop … More Info
  • TN: False alarm prompts evacuation at MTSU
    10.5.15 – The Daily News Journal – Murfreesboro – A false alarm had students being evacuated from the Mass Comm building this morning. According to a spokesman for the MTSU Security, … More Info
  • TX: CCISD board member’s house broken into
    10.5.15 – KRIS Corpus Christi News – … glass pane on a door to the kitchen had been shattered, and discovered the power had been shut off from outside, allowing the intruder to bypass the alarm. More Info
  • TX: Jewelry thieves caught on camera
    10.10.15 – WFAA – “The suspects disconnected the alarm system from the wall and then began to empty shelves of jewelry into a large plastic trash can they found at the location,” … More Info
  • TX: Police activity blotter
    10.9.15 – Stephenville Empire-Tribune – A report was made for a business alarm. … More Info
  • VA: Police search for suspect after Shell gas station robbed
    10.9.15 – Roanoke Times – … keep any large amounts of cash and familiarize themselves with any silent alarm systems in the building to help prevent robberies as the holidays approach. More Info
  • WA: Burglar causes $100000 in damage to Olympia Veterinary Hospital
    10.9.15 – The Olympian – According to court documents, an alarm panel was ripped off the wall, and a light fixture was ripped off of the ceiling. At a Thursday court hearing, Thurston … More Info
  • WA: Small child found at gas station vanishes | Federal Way Police Blotter
    10.6.15 – Federal Way Mirror – police responded to a residential panic alarm and found a juvenile suspect leaving the back of a residence through a … More Info
  • WA; East Tacoma burglar steals jewelry, leaves disgusting surprise on …
    10.7.15 – Q13 FOX – Ed and Donna were on a trip to the Oregon coast last month when the East Tacoma couple’s alarm company called about a break-in. Donna pulled up the video … More Info
  • WI: Police locate 3 vehicles connected to Kenosha County fugitive
    10.10.15 – WISN Milwaukee- Obregon is considered armed and dangerous. “He broke in, and the alarm went off. He grabbed some cigarettes and a few other things then took off,” Beth said. More Info
  • WI: Thursday log: Grave’s statue damaged
    10.8.15 – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune – At 9:29 p.m. Wednesday, an alarm company reported a burglar alarm. Officers found someone had pried open a back … More Info

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