10-17-16 NESA Monitor

NationalMonitorOctober 17, 2016

Association Events

  • 10-26-16 – TBFAA Golf Event – 
    Waterview Golf Club – Rockwall, TX
  • 10-27&28-16 – TBFAA Convention & Trade Show –
    Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront, Rockwall TX

Door to Door Sales

  • Man accused of defrauding nearly 30 alarm system owners in Box …
    10.15.16 – fox13now.com – Box Elder County, Utah — A man who went door-to-door in Box Elder County and told alarm owners he was there to update their system …More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • FL: Jacksonville City Council tightens false burglar alarm penalties
    10.12.16 – Florida Politics – On Tuesday night, the Jacksonville City Council passed a bill increasing penalties for false residential and commercial burglar alarms. Of the 45,000 alarms in … More Info
  • IL: Carbondale raising the fee on false alarms to police and fire …
    10.15.16 – The Southern – A proposed ordinance approved by the Carbondale City Council on Tuesday delineates police and fire false alarm calls, and increase the fine for response to … More Info
  • IL: Schaumburg, alarm monitoring companies at odds over new law
    10.15.16 – Chicago Daily Herald – Private alarm monitoring companies are up in arms over a new Schaumburg law that directs all the village’s approximately 1,200 businesses to … More Info
  • IL: Suburban Fire Alarm Issues Lead To Extra Fire Crews On Scene
    10.12.16 – CBS Local – Chicago – Alarm Detection Systems was prompted Tuesday night to contact local fire departments after their radio network has been facing technical… More Info
  • NY: 911 centers call for funding
    10.12.16 – News 10NBC – That includes automated alarm systems that can stream video right into the 911 center and texting right to 911 – something a lot of counties in our area have, but … More Info

Industry News

  • Select Security Makes 3 Acquisitions, Enters the Carolinas
    10.12.16 – Security Sales & Integration – The company offers integrated security and fire alarms, video surveillance and access control, along with home security, life safety and home automation … More Info
  • SENS8 Launches The Most Affordable and Advanced All-in-One …
    10.15.16 – Digital Journal – And what’s worse, other systems are plagued by false alarms caused by moving shadows, pets, or billowing curtains. For all these people, SENS8 is the answer … More Info
  • Alarm.com app update brings widgets to your device homescreens
    10.13.16 – Android Community – In case you still didn’t know it yet, the alarm.com app is not something that will wake you up every morning or whenever you need waking up. You can have your … More Info
  • Are you safe in your home? The history (and future) of home security
    10.13.16 – IFSEC Global – In Japan, the Royal Pavilion at Katsura was built with a burglar-alarm system known as ‘cricket floors’ – creaky floorboards that emitted a musical sound and … More Info
  • Fire & Life Safety: Fire Alarm Signal Transmission
    10.14.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – What happened to the big push to have [all] fire Alarm Signals verified before dispatching the fire department (we are still using the 2010 edition of NFPA 72 in … More Info
  • What’s Your IQ?
    10.14.16 – SecurityInfoWatch – Industry statistics and internal data and research from Monitronics reveals that approximately 99 percent of alarm calls are false alarms. They are a major source … More Info
  • Infographic: Millennials, GenX Biggest Adopters of Smart Home Devices
    10.14.16 – CEPro – Study shows 56% of consumers who already own at least one connected device intend to buy more smart home products in the next year. More Info
  • How to Alert a Subscriber, Let Us Count the Ways
    10.14.6 – SSI – Counting the ways to alert your account base besides calling. More Info
  • Latest Trend in Insurance? Subsidizing Your Smart Home
    10.13.16 – SSI – Insurance companies want to pay for your Internet-connected devices, but privacy concerns loom. More Info

State & National News

  • Do You Know When to Replace Your Smoke Alarms?
    10-10-16 – Security Sales & Integration – “While the public generally knows that smoke alarms play an important role in home fire safety, some smoke alarm messages are not as well understood,” says … More Info
  • Tax cut to figure in Arkansas state budget dialogue
    10.9.16 – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he believes the state could conservatively afford a $50 million-a-year income tax cut, even amid some economic uncertainty, but he hasn’t yet decided how large of a tax cut he’ll ask the General Assembly to pass during its legislative session next year. More Info
  • Smart Homes are Overpriced and Undersold
    10.11.16 – SIA – According to a Beecham Research report, the high price tag associated with smart homes is to blame for putting such homes out of reach for most home owners. For those who can afford the costs, they are not being sold on the benefits. More Info
  • Detroit, Comcast to expand ‘Project Green Light’ camera program
    10.6.16 – SIW – Mayor says program has led to a 50 percent reduction in violent crimes at stores, gas stations and other… More Info
  • A quintessentially American crime declines: Robbing banks doesn’t pay as it used to.
    10.6.16 – Washington post – Such robberies have dropped nearly 60 percent over the past quarter century. More Info
  • Burglar offers 10 tips to burglar-proof your home
    10.13.16 – Cape Cod Times – Many people have the sensor only in the door, and that is not a deterrent because the burglar can break the window without the alarm going off. 2. AVOID THE … More Info
  • 10-Digit Dialing Becomes Mandatory In 317 Area Code On Saturday
    10.14.16 – Indiana Public Media – Examples include life safety systems, fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call … More Info

Business Tips

  • 11 AV Fails Even MacGyver Couldn’t Fix
    10.12.16 – CI – From hanging a TV by a string to holding a projector with a dish rack, these 11 terrible AV installs will have you screaming, ‘This is why you hire an integrator!’ More Info
  • 7 Values Clients Look for in a Professional Integrator
    10.14.16 – CI – When it comes to implementing digital signage, matching the right hardware for the right locations, helping end users understand content strategies, and identifying why an installation will bring value to a client are just a few values a professional integrator should bring to the table. More Info
  • It’s Not Quick, It’s Not Easy, But It Will Win Over Customers
    10.10.16 – CI – Almost every company and organization is or wants to create online videos, stream web videos or create videos for internal use. Who will step up and helping them create, manager, store and distribute that content? More Info
  • How Maintenance & Service Maintains Profitability
    10.14.16 – SSI – Maintenance and service (M&S) business is a vital element in building security dealer or integrator company value and profitability. Learn out how to promote and structure M&S in most if not all contracts. More Info
  • Legal Watch: 7 Keys to Succession Planning
    10.14.16 – SIW – With ESOPs the focus of this month’s cover story, here are some other considerations for transitioning your business… More Info
  • Your Business: Big Changes for OSHA
    10.14.16 – SIW – Significantly higher penalties, along with new rules on drug testing, retaliation and accident reporting have transformed workplace safety… More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Police and fire for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
    10.13.16 – Juneau Empire – On Monday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to nine EMS calls, a medical transport call, a residential fire alarm triggered by building construction on O’Day … More Info
  • KS: Mechanical issue sets off fire alarm at downtown bank …
    10.13.16 – Lawrence Journal World – Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Eve Tolefree said firefighters responded to U.S. Bank for the fire alarm and … More Info
  • MA: Fire closes Route 24 rest stop in Bridgewater
    10.12.16 – Wicked Local Bridgewater – The Bridgewater Fire Department responded to the southbound plaza, about 6:18 a.m. Tuesday, for fire alarm activation and a report of smoke. Employees told … More Info
  • MO: Columbia beat officers hold first meeting with residents
    10.12.16 – ABC17News.com – A vast majority of burglary alarms CPD responds to are “false alarms,” burning an officer’s time to respond and investigate the alarm. John Pipes, who lived near … More Info
  • NJ: Fire alarm malfunction leads to brief evacuation at Bergen Town …
    10.12.16 – NorthJersey.com – A fire alarm malfunction at the Bergen Town Center in Paramus prompted a brief evacuation of one of its stores on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Fire officials … More Info
  • OK: Candles, decorations blamed for metro house fire
    10.13.16 – KOKH FOX25 – Fire officials say the batteries had been removed from the smoke alarm in the home. Two occupants of the home were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation … More Info
  • ON: Smoke causes evacuation of cancer center
    10.14.16 – Ontario Argus Observer – Fruitland Fire Department, responding to the alarm, arrived at the cancer treatment center at 11:36 a.m., according to a news release from the City of Fruitland. More Info
  • PA: North Allegheny High School evacuated due to smoking HVAC unit
    10.14.16 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – “Because the source of the smoke could not be immediately identified, the fire alarm was pulled, and the building was evacuated. All students, staff and visitors … More Info
  • WA: Smoke alarm saves two people, cats from overnight fire
    10.12.16 – The Bellingham Herald – Ferndale A smoke alarm saved the life of two residents and their cats when a pellet stove sparked a fire in their mobile home north of Ferndale just before 1 … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Burglars flee Fullerton Flame Broiler as alarm blares
    10.14.16 – MyNewsLA.com – Officers received reports of an activated burglar alarm at 1:55 a.m. at Flame Broiler. Responding officers discovered the … More Info
  • CA: Glendora police catch 7 burglary suspects
    10.14.16 – The San Gabriel Valley Tribune – Police received a call at 10:50 a.m. about a residential alarm. Glendora Police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said a … More Info
  • CT: Long Neck Point Road residence in Darien burglarized
    10.13.16 – Darien Times – Police responded to a burglary alarm at a residence on Oct 8 at 10:15 a.m. The alarm company confirmed that the family was out of state … More Info
  • DC: Man Fights Off Armed Intruders During Adams Morgan Burglary
    10.11.16 – Borderstan – The woman also hit the “panic” button on her home alarm system as she fought to push the intruders back through the front door. The man awoke upon hearing … More Info
  • GA: It started with a burglar alarm and ended in death
    10.16.16 – The Telegraph – Deese said at approximately 4:20 a.m. neighbors of Nick Food Mart reported hearing an alarm going off. A deputy arrived in four minutes, and … More Info
  • IA: Police search for suspects in Shop N Save robbery
    10.10.16 – DesMoinesRegister.com – The employee then hit the panic alarm from inside the store. As police arrived on the scene, they walked to the south side of the building where two suspects ran … More Info
  • ID: Teen burglar accused of stabbing at Boise store
    10.14.16 – Idaho Statesman – Evidence gathered on scene indicates the teen broke into the store and set off an alarm. Two employees responded to the alarm, and came across the teen as … More Info
  • IL: Freeport man accused of burglarizing Cork, Keg & Liquors
    10.12.16 – Freeport Journal-Standard – Police discovered liquor bottles broken and lying on the store’s floor when they responded to the alarm call at about 2:45 a.m.. Summers has said the duo stole … More Info
  • IL: Police blotter: credit card stolen in Oak Brook used at Lombard Target
    10.15.16 – Chicago Tribune – Several cellphones were found stolen at 3:21 a.m. Oct. 10 when police responded to an alarm at Sprint … More Info
  • IL: Victim shot in attempted robbery at Peoria convenience store
    10.14.16 – Peoria Journal Star – Police responded to a holdup alarm, Dotson said. The alarm is tripped automatically or manually. At 1:15 p.m., the area was taped off as a crime scene, with at … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett police log, Sept. 25-Oct. 1
    10.11.16 – Wicked Local Marion – 9:07 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. … More Info
  • MA: Plymouth man accused of masterminding Lindsey’s Restaurant …
    10.15.16 – Wicked Local Wareham – David M. Reed Jr., 29, of 60, who worked for an alarm company, had been charged with unarmed robbery and breaking and entering in … More Info
  • MA: Police logs: Three vehicle B&E’s
    10.11.16 – Mysouthborough – 0719 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a residence. … More Info
  • MA: Two charged with breaking into Hingham business
    10.13.16 – Taunton Daily Gazette – The alarm system did not activate. A review of surveillance video shows a man, believed to be Holland, smashing the window and clearing the remaining glass … More Info
  • MD: Man charged in Crownsville, Glen Burnie burglaries.
    10.12.16 – CapitalGazette.com – The following day, on Oct. 6, police responded to a burglary alarm at the Benfield BP gas station. Someone broke into the gas station … More Info
  • ME: 16 handguns stolen in Bangor pawn shop burglary
    10.13.16 – WGME – Police got to the store within six minutes of the alarm, Gallant said. “We don’t know if they [the two burglaries] are tied together right now but we are doing … More Info
  • MI: Surveillance footage shows burglar in school break-in
    10.11.16 – MLive.com – An alarm at the building alerted school security, who called police upon discovering the break-in. The suspect entered the building by breaking a window, police … More Info
  • MO: Livingston County Sheriff reports on arrests, investigations and …
    10.10.16 – kttn – Investigation continues. The sheriff’s department responded to an alarm at an area school. The alarm system was being worked on and there was no problem. More Info
  • NB: Rare trading cards grabbed in Moncton store robbery
    10.15.16 – CBC.ca – The thief smashed a window in the front door, triggering the alarm system, … Police and store employees arrived quickly after the alarm was triggered, but the … More Info
  • NC: Security system didn’t protect antique store
    10.10.16 – The Mountaineer – Despite Felts’ hefty security system, which includes cameras and a motion-sensing alarm, the thieves were able to make it into and out of the building without … More Info
  • NC: Winston-Salem man charged with daytime house break-in
    10.14.16 – Winston-Salem Journal – The Winston-Salem Police Department responded to an alarm owned by John Harrison, 61, and found an open door at the … More Info
  • ND: Moorhead Police arrest man inside Kmart
    10.13.16 – Valley News Live – Officers responded to a burglar alarm just after 11 p.m. Thursday. A K9 was sent in, located and bit the suspect. He’s identified as Juan Patrick Eugene Bunker. More Info
  • NJ: 5 Teens Nabbed In Wanaque Gas Station ‘Hidden Key’ Cigarette …
    10.12.16 – Ridgefield Park Daily Voice – Officers responding to an activated alarm at the Lukoil station at 1:15 a.m. Saturday didn’t find any signs of forced entry, Capt. Kenneth … More Info
  • NJ: Bloody Apron, Videos Tie Toms River Man To 6 Break-ins: Police
    10.14.16 – Patch.com – Stocco said police were called to the restaurant about 12:20 a.m. on Oct. 7 when a burglar alarm was tripped. Upon arrival, the responding officers found … More Info
  • NJ: Fair Lawn Church Burglaries Tied To Man Charged With Teaneck …
    10.10.16 – Bergenfield Daily Voice – Minutes later, another burglar alarm sounded at the Community School around the corner. Police found an open window, Carney said. More Info
  • NJ: Rochelle Park PD: Teen Intruders Partied In American Legion In On …
    10.14.16 – Hackensack Daily Voice – A relative of a cleaning company stole access keys, entered the alarm code and allowed the group access to American Legion Post 170, Detective Sgt. Jim … More Info
  • NY: Man charged in Garden City, Hempstead burglaries, cops say
    10.10.16 – Newsday – Police responding to an alarm Sunday afternoon in Garden City arrested an 18-year-old man, charging him in a string of residential burglaries and attempted … More Info
  • OH: Delaware: Lockbox, cash go home with thief
    10.15.16 – ThisWeekNews – Officers responded to a burglary alarm about 3 a.m. Oct. 6 at a business. Someone reportedly forced entry and stole $50 in … More Info
  • OH: Police respond to alarm, find juveniles inside
    10.16.16 – WHIO – Three juveniles were caught inside the Dollar General after police responded to a burglary alarm at the store. The alleged breaking and … More Info
  • OH: Suspects drive SUV into Dayton Family Dollar store; help …
    10.12.16 – WKEF ABC 22 – Around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, Dayton Police were notified of a burglar alarm in the store. Officers think the crooks rammed a car into the storefront to get in. More Info
  • OK: Midwest City widow says she was sold a bill of goods
    10.11.16 – kfor.com – Gary said thieves hit them six years ago, so they added cages and alarms to the copper wiring. Beets and a buddy allegedly triggered the alarm trying to hack … More Info
  • OK: Two Boys Caught Breaking Into Owasso Elementary School
    10.16.16 – News On 6 – Officers said two juveniles broke into Pamela Hodson Elementary, setting off the school’s burglary alarm. A school official got up in the middle of the night with … More Info
  • SC: Nearly 200 guns stolen from SC store during Hurricane Matthew
    10.13.16 – WCBD News 2 – The owner says the alarm has a backup battery, but doesn’t stay on long without power. The police report says a preliminary estimates showed over 150 … More Info
  • TN: Metro trying to identify man suspected of burglarizing Monell’s
    10.15.16 – WZTV – Police said the man used a cement block to break through a window about 3 a.m. He was apparently scared off the the alarm and fled, empty handed. More Info
  • TN: Police investigating multiple break-ins at Nashville markets
    10.12.16 – WKRN.com – The breaking of the glass door triggered the security alarm and police responded, using K-9 officers to search the store for suspect before entering. The owner … More Info
  • TX: 22-year-old man arrested by deputies after…
    10.15.16 – KPRC Houston – A 22-year-old man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money, according to reports. The teller pushed the alarm button to notify … More Info
  • TX: Crime Stoppers seek identity of burglary suspects
    10.10.16 – KSAT San Antonio – Police said they were responding to a burglar alarm at the Rodney D. Young Insurance Office when a second burglar alarm was activated at the Pawn Money… More Info
  • UT: Security alarm triggers multiagency response
    10.13.16 – St George News – Security alarm triggers multiagency response. Written by Cody Blowers. October 13, 2016. More than one dozen officers responded to the Red Cliffs Mall near … More Info
  • WA: Burglars break into Pullman pot shop
    10.15.16 – The Daily Evergreen – The Whitman County deputies received a report of a burglary alarm at Bud Hut at around 11:30 p.m. Arriving after Pullman Police, … More Info
  • WI: Burglars hitting northwest side homes
    10.11.16 – WISN Milwaukee – Took my alarm right off the wall, showing me they knew exactly what they were doing,” Fonfara said. “In the areas where they have an organized block watch, … More Info

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