10-23-17 NESA Monitor

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10-26&27-17- TBFAA Annual Convention & Trade Show – Montgomery TX

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Palo Alto cuts 11 firefighter jobs after Stanford reduces contract
    10.20.17 – The Mercury News – One area where efficiency might be improved: False alarms at local businesses. The department answers around 9,000 emergency calls a year, Nickel said, and …More Info
  • IN: False alarms, campus fire runs irk Council, fire chief
    10.17.17 – The Banner-Graphic – This is no false alarm. City officials are getting hot and bothered about all the false alarms the Greencastle Fire Department regularly responds to these days. More Info
  • MI: Farmington stiffens penalties for false alarms at businesses
    10.19.17 – Hometownlife.com – Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers told the council that more than 75 percent of the 218 false alarms to which police have responded in 2017 have … More Info
  • ND: 911 User Fee Increase Proposed in North Dakota County
    10.19.17 – Firefighter Nation – “Every 911 call, every non-emergency call, every fire alarm, medical device alarm, every request for assistance from the field units goes through our center,” said … More Info

Industry News

  • Honeywell teases upcoming DIY home security system
    10.17.17 – CNET – Smart thermostat maker Honeywell today sent its existing customers an email teasing an upcoming home security system. All we know right now is that the system is DIY. More Info
  • Latest NFPA 72 Changes Meld CO Standards
    10.17.17 – SSI – Latest CO detector requirement changes address monitoring stations, battery operation and more. More Info
  • How I Use My System: Rick Simpson
    10.18.17 – Security Systems News – It’s performed well, and then obviously we have interactive services through Alarm.com. That provides us both communications outside of the house and then to … More Info
  • Honeywell to Introduce DIY Home Security System
    10.17.17 – SDM – Honeywell, which has offered thermostats, security cameras and professionally monitored security systems, has sent emails to its existing customers teasing an upcoming DIY home security system, according to a CNET article. The product is slated for a Nov. 1 release and it will reportedly debut in partnership with crowdfunding site Indiegogo, according to CNET. Read the full story. More Info
  • Best Buy to Make Bigger Push in Smart Home
    10.11.17 – SDM – Best Buy, which announced a strategic partnership with Vivint Smart Home In May, has announced it will be expanding its smart home offerings by the end of October 2017. More Info
  • 7 Security Cameras to See Who’s Knocking at the Door
    10.18.17 – SSI – Between Halloween and holiday deliveries, it’s important to know who is at the door. Check out these security cameras that will get the job done. More Info
  • Alarm.com Can’t Dodge TCPA Claims In Telemarketing Suit
    10.19.17 – Law360 – U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman declined to grant Alarm.com’s motion to dismiss on the TCPA claims, but granted the company’s request to toss … More Info
  • ADT Acquires Gaston Security to Boost Commercial Integration Business
    10.19.17- SSI – Gaston Security serves the financial, commercial, industrial, educational and government sectors across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region of the United States. More Info

State & National News

  • All your Wi-Fi are now belong to hackers (probably)
    10.16.17 – TNW – … depending on how they’re configured, they could be hacked to leak data, and allow hackers to copy or change passwords on your locks and alarm systems. More Info
  • States rethink occupational license rules
    10.16.17 – The Washington Examiner – States are looking to overhaul their occupational licensing laws, the regulations that require people to be registered with a state or local government before they are allowed to work in a particular field, as the regulations are criticized for making employment too difficult. NCSL’s Albert Downs quoted. NCSL report on the state of occupational licensing. More Info
  • Mental Health Benefits of Owning a Smart Home
    10.16.17 CEPro – Smart homes and home automation systems satisfy neurological, physiological and psychological instincts in humans, including stress reduction and fulfillment of immediate gratification. More Info
  • Latest Cyber Threat: All Devices on WiFi Are Now Vulnerable
    10.17.17 – SSI – Researchers have discovered that all devices on a WiFi network using the WPA2 security protocol are vulnerable to newly discovered KRACK exploit. More Info
  • Congress Looking to Exempt Security Devices From No-Load Power Requirements
    10.19.17 – SSI – The Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act would exempt no-load power energy use restrictions for security equipment. More Info
  • How EPS Security Went From 3-Time PDQ Runner-Up to 2017 Winner
    10.20.17 – Security Sales & Integration – When it comes to managing false alarms, EPS Security has taken the ball and run … logged a 2016 false alarm police dispatch rate of just 4% (down from 13% in … More Info
  • Gov. Rick Scott recommends $1 million for day-school security in …
    10.20.17 – Orlando Sentinel – … from $654,000 this year — so all day schools in the state could pay for bulletproof glass, fencing, video cameras, alarm systems and other security equipment. More Info
  • Great News for Pros: Home Automation is More Confusing than Ever
    10.20.17 – CEPro – Home automation, networking and security have never been more confusing, thanks to an onslaught of DIY products like Ring Protect, Nest Secure, Amazon Echo Plus and Google Home. That’s great news for smart-home pros. More Info
  • AIA Study Says Smart Thermostats and Lighting Control in High Demand
    10.19.17 – EH – American Institute of Architects (AIA) study shows smart thermostats are the most popular product, while demand for mechanical rooms for racks wilts away. More Info

Business Tips

  • 8 Ways to Boost Profit Potential in Alarms
    10.16.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – In order to gain a competitive advantage, today’s business owners must be proactive and adopt some recommended best practices for their alarm installers and … More Info
  • Fiber vs Cabling: Fiber Drives Bandwidth Better for High-Speed Connectivity
    10.17.17 – CI – As need for bandwidth throughput increases, the demand for high-speed connectivity solutions like fiber vs cabling will drive use in future systems. More Info
  • How to Analyze Service Data to Improve Your Business
    10.17.17 – CEPro – Call cadence, service demand spikes and remote solve rates are key metrics to help you modernize your client service operations, enhance your perceived value and increase RMR potential. More Info
  • Why Vetting Companies Requires More Than Just Looking at Ratings
    10.16.17 – SSI – Peter Giacalone explains how to properly vet companies when looking at online reviews, as well as how to ensure your employees leave positive ones. More Info
  • Business Check-Up 101: Getting Your Act Together
    10.7.17 – SDM – It’s time to take an “outside look” and get your company’s report card. There’s no time like the present to grade the business and get on track, especially as you start looking ahead to 2018. More Info
  • How Video Verification Provides More Actionable Data, Better Intel
    10.18.17 – SSI – Find out how video verification assists in false alarm reduction and delivers RMR potential. More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • AZ: Laundry room fire temporarily displaces family of four
    10.18.17 – Tucson News Now – According to the caller, a smoke alarm in another portion of the house alerted him about the fire. He rushed to get his son out of the house and then called 911. More Info
  • GA: Whitfield Co. fire crews respond to fire at Northwest Whitfield High …
    10.18.17 – WTVC – The Whitfield County Fire Department responded to a fire alarm that was triggered at Northwest Whitfield High School Tuesday night. … More Info
  • HI: Intruder pulls fire alarm, arrested at Sterling Elementary
    10.17.17 – Kenai Peninsula Online – The school was evacuated in response to the alarm and Central Emergency Services fire personnel arrived on scene. An investigation revealed that there was … More Info
  • MN: Winona Fire Department calls for October 11-17, 2017
    10.21.17 – Winona Daily News – 2:44 a.m. — Responded to an active smoke alarm. They found the alarm was periodically beeping and replaced the batteries. More Info
  • NJ: Fire alarm systems offline in new Second Avenue Subway
    10.20.17 – WABC-TV – N.J. Burkett has the details on the lingering problems at the Second Avenue subway stations. More Info
  • NY: Coffee Maker Almost Causes Blaze In Yorktown Home
    10.19.17 – Patch.com – Yorktown, NY – A coffee maker left on a hot stove could have burned down a Yorktown home had firefighters not been alerted by a residential alarm. More Info
  • NY: Fire Alarm Saves Yorktown Home From Burning Coffee Maker
    10.18.17 – Yorktown Daily Voice – A timely fire alarm may have saved a Yorktown family’s home after they left a coffee burner on the stove and it nearly burned down the residence. Members of the … More Info
  • PA: Man charged after marijuana smoke sets of fire alarm
    10.19.17 – Chambersburg Public Opinion – Shippensburg – A Shippensburg man was charged after police said he was smoking marijuana that set off a fire alarm in an apartment building. More Info
  • SD: Vermillion Police Report
    10.21.17 – Vermillion Plain Talk – 1:16 p.m. – An Alarm Company requested officers respond to an elderly person’s residence as they had activated an help alarm. Officer contacted the elderly … More Info
  • TX: Burglar Arrested After Returning to Retrieve His Beer
    10.19.17 – TXK Today – Officer Thomas Shaddix was initially dispatched to an alarm call at the business at 9:38 on Wednesday evening. He found a broken window on the east side of … More Info
  • WI: Smoke at South Green Bay Road apartment caused by fire alarm …
    10.20.17 – Journal Times – South Shore Fire Department Battalion Chief John Radewan said the smoke came from the electrical panel for the fire alarm system. Fire officials turned off the … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Mobile police investigating 11 burglaries…
    10.18.17 – FOX10 News – She said, “The first two times the alarm did not even set because it was all connected in together through the power.” Weaks added, “We didn’t have the backup … More Info
  • AL: Police Report for Oct. 17
    10.17.17 – Gadsden Times – The first was where someone broke a window but left without taking anything after an alarm went off. The second was at … More Info
  • AL: Tuscaloosa Police make arrest in church burglary
    10.21.17 – Tuscaloosa News – TPD spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson said said police were called to the church after the alarm activated Tuesday. Officers … More Info
  • CA: Antique Alley repairs window after early week burglary
    10.21.17 – KEYT – Police are investigating after an alarm went off Saturday morning before dawn. The suspect … More Info
  • CA: Burglars Break Into Mariah Carey’s Home
    10.22.17 – VVN Music – The burglars, who allegedly made off with $50,000 worth of bags and sunglasses, apparently tripped a silent alarm but her security didn’t discover the break-in … More Info
  • CA: Santa Cruz downtown sporting goods store burglar alarm triggers …
    10.20.17 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Santa Cruz police responded with heightened security to a downtown business alarm Thursday, with concerns of a burglar’s access to guns inside. … More Info
  • CA: Serial burglar facing growing list of felony charges after kicking …
    10.18.17 – KFSN-TV – It’s sad. It’s sad,” said Barcellos. Barcellos says there was a time years ago when she did not even have to lock her door. She ordered an updated alarm system. More Info
  • CT: Trumbull man arrested for People’s Bank robbery
    10.18.17 – Monroe Courier – Police responded to a holdup alarm at the bank at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14. According to police, bank employees reported that just before closing a man entered the … More Info
  • GA: Bank robbery suspect convicted of murder in the ’70s (with VIDEO)
    10.20.17 – The Daily Citizen – Swiney said Whitfield County 911 alerted deputies to the robbery after the bank’s alarm was tripped and after three phone calls from people reporting the crime. More Info
  • GA: Burglars smash car into Smiths Station gun shop
    10.16.17 – WTVM – “Our alarm went off… the front was caved in, the lights were still off. There was nobody around,” Rodney said. The couple said someone deliberately crashed … More Info
  • KS: Man arrested after hiding in insulation at warehouse, police say
    10.17.17 – Wichita Eagle – The owner of a warehouse received a notification from the alarm company about a possible break-in at around 10 p.m. … More Info
  • KS: Public records for Oct. 18, 2017
    10.18.17 – Manhattan Mercury – Oct. 10, 3:16 p.m., for an alarm system sounded, … More Info
  • MA: Southborough police log, Oct. 20 edition
    10.18.17 – Community Advocate – 6:14 p.m. Officers investigated a burglar alarm at the Southborough Town Hall. 8:48 p.m. An officer on patrol reported a suspicious vehicle … More Info
  • ME: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office weekly report for Oct. 6-20
    10.22.17 – Daily Bulldog – 10/15/2017 – 1931hrs, Sgt. Brann responded to a residential alarm on Tory Hill Rd in Phillips, all was secured. 10/15/2017 – 2205hrs, Sgt. Brann responded to a … More Info
  • MI: 2 arrested for burglary, one connected to other Calhoun County thefts
    10.18.17 – MLive.com – Deputies received a report of an in-process burglary alarm and arrived within in minutes. Deputies on scene found the building had been burglarized and the … More Info
  • MN: Would-be bar burglars run from state-of-the-art alarm
    10.18.17 – Press Pubs – Would-be bar burglars run from state-of-the-art alarm. Sara Marie … “As soon as it picked up the sound of that, the alarm went off and they ran away.” White Bear … More Info
  • MO: Burglary arrest early Friday; police say suspect may tie to others
    10.21.17 – Harrison Daily – The log shows an alarm company notified the HPD of a burglary alarm at the car wash about 2:30 a.m. Assistant Police Chief J.R. Cagle said the alarm wasn’t … More Info
  • MO: Cole County police deputies arrest man accused of stealing and …
    10.17.17 – ABC17News.com – A burglary alarm at Goldstar Recycling in Cole County triggered a police call at about 4:09 pm on Saturday, October 14. Deputies said they found the back door … More Info
  • MS: Bogue Chitto homeowner thwarts burglary
    10.20.17 – Dailyleader – A frustrated homeowner in Bogue Chitto turned the tables on a gang robbing his vacation getaway this week, leading to their arrest on charges of burglary. More Info
  • NC: Man accused breaking into multiple businesses in High Point
    10.21.17 – myfox8.com – Officers were called to an alarm at Metro-PCS on Thursday where an officer spotted the suspect fleeing the scene, according to a High Point … More Info
  • NC: Reidsville police seek leads in three incidents
    10.19.17 – Greensboro News & Record – Upon arrival, a maintenance worker told officers that when he began opening the mall, he noticed the building’s alarm system had been disabled. More Info
  • NE: Police investigate string of bar burglaries
    10.17.17 – KLKN – About six weeks ago, Tack Room owner Gary Burow got a call early one morning saying the burglar alarm was going off at his bar … More Info
  • NJ: Man Charged with Burglary of 4 Rio Grande Businesses
    10.17.17 – Cape May County Herald – Rio Grande – Middle Township Police Department received a report of a burglar alarm at a cellphone store … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Robbery Suspect Left Wallet Behind at Crime Scene
    10.20.17 – U.S. News & World Report – Officials responded to an alarm at Mavis Discount Tire early Thursday and found a broken window in the back of the building. Police say they … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Robbery suspect left wallet behind at crime scene
    10.21.17 – WRIC – Officials responded to an alarm at Mavis Discount Tire in Fair Lawn early Thursday and found a broken window in the back of the building. Police say they … More Info
  • NJ: String of burglaries at Atlantic City Cedar Markets has workers uneasy
    10.20.17 – Press of Atlantic City – 7, police responded for a burglar alarm at the Cedar Market. The suspect, Phillip Campos, who also goes by Willy jumped … More Info
  • NY: BLOTTER: Police reports for Oct. 19
    10.19.17 – Niagara Gazette – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at the business at 1:25 a.m. Monday and discovered that someone had entered by breaking a window. The business … More Info
  • NY: Car slams into pharmacy in apparent burglary
    10.18.17 – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – … police said officers were called to Warren’s Pharmacy just before 11:30 p.m., after a car crashing into the building set off an alarm. More Info
  • NY: Homeless man sentenced for robbing Queens churches
    10.22.17 – TimesLedger – That same day, April 10, Woznik broke into St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Elmhurst but fled when a church alarm went off. He also went that day to … More Info
  • OH: Burglary reported at Advance Auto Parts in Columbus
    10.21.17 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Authorities were called to the business after its alarm sounded at 5:15 a.m. Thursday. No one has been named as a suspect in connection with the break-in. More Info
  • OH: Former employee arrested after inquiring about store’s cash drawer …
    10.20.17 – cleveland.com – Carrying a concealed weapon: At 9:40 p.m. Oct. 15, police responded to a hold-up alarm activated at 7-Eleven. The clerk told … More Info
  • OH: Police investigate burglary at Buena Vista Road laundromat
    10.21.17 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Columbus police were called to the Speed Queen Laundromat after its security alarm sounded around 3:13 a.m. Friday. More Info
  • SC: Man holding woman at gunpoint shot, killed by deputy, officials say
    10.17.17 – WYFF Greenville – Deputies responded responded to an alarm Monday afternoon and found a man holding a woman hostage, Ryan Flood, with the Greenville County Sheriff’s … More Info
  • SD: Clay County Sheriff’s Report
    10.21.17 – Vermillion Plain Talk – 3:44 p.m. – A deputy responded to an alarm at a rural residence. No sign of any intrusion was found. 8:36 p.m. – A deputy responded to a report of a dispute … More Info
  • TN: Two taken into custody for a church break-in …
    10.19.17 – WZTV – While speaking with the suspects, an alarm came in at the Inglewood Nazarene Church and the officer detained them. The alarm turned out to … More Info
  • TX: Arrest made after burglar caught on the scene
    10.19.17 – eParisExtra.com – On October 19, 2017, officers responded to a burglar alarm just before 3:00 a.m. at Hick’s Tire and Muffler Shop. Officers made contact with Christopher Niven, … More Info
  • TX: Burglars steal up to 15 shotguns, rifles from Hutto gun shop …
    10.18.17 – Austin American-Statesman – Deputies responded to an alarm at the Blackland Hills Gun Works around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday and found the front window broken, the sheriff’s office said … More Info
  • TX: Burglary attempt lands drunken man behind bars
    10.20.17 – KXII-TV – “The officers were close enough that when the alarm went off, they responded as they should, in a quick fashion, got there in time to find this guy there, still at the … More Info
  • TX: Man Tear Gassed, Arrested At Water Park Early Thursday Morning
    10.20.17 – CBS DFW – Police said around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to an alarm call at the water park. A man, later identified as Ricardo Arturo … More Info
  • TX: Police Investigate Jewelry Store Break In
    10.20.17 – Alice Echo News-Journal – At approximately 2:30 a.m., an unknown subject set off the business alarm when they caused substantial structure damage to the building’s exterior wall. More Info
  • VA: Burglary at pawn shop in Hampton
    10.22.17 – wtkr.com- Hampton Police are looking for information into the burglary of The Money Clip pawn shop in Hampton, Virginia. Officers responded to calls of an alarm going off … More Info
  • VA: Three men arrested, charged after breaking into multiple Dollar …
    10.22.17 – WIS – Deputies say on October 18 at about 3:30 a.m. they responded to an alarm call at the Dollar General located at 1616 Jefferson Davis Highway. When they got on …More Info
  • VT: Police probe Pownal shop break-in
    10.21.17 – Rutland Herald – Trooper Justin Walker said Vermont State Police were notified Friday of a commercial alarm activation at the shop. When police arrived, they found someone … More Info
  • WA: Okanogan County sheriff’s REPORT
    10.19.17 – Quad City Herald – A report of a burglary alarm. Interior motion alarm was set off. Two subjects appear to be cleaning, when there shouldn’t be … More Info
  • WI: Platteville PD looks for bank robber
    10.21.17 – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3 – At approximately 12:45 PM, on Friday, October 20, 2017, Platteville Police officers responded to a hold up alarm from American Bank & Trust. It was determined … More Info
  • WI: Two arrested in Stoughton bank robbery Tuesday were wanted for …
    10.20.17 – Madison.com – As she did, she tripped a holdup alarm. Another teller and a mortgage officer were told to lie down in one of the vaults, where the robbers had ordered them to go … More Info
  • WI: Video shows burglar using gun at Madison store
    10.18.17 – WKOW – Madison – Video shows a burglar using a gun to shoot out glass, display cases at a Madison electronics store during the theft of $5,000 worth of smart … More Info
  • WV: 2nd man charged for breaking into Kingwood Tractor Supply
    10.17.17 – The Dominion Post – According to the criminal complaint by Kingwood Police Chief T.A. Nestor: A store alarm was triggered at 10:32 p.m. at the store’s rear door. Two men ducked … More Info

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