10-6-14 NESA Monitor

NationalMonitor

October 6, 2014

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Man suspected of posing as alarm company employee
    10.2.14 – Victorville Daily Press – Victorville – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials are urging residents to be on the lookout for people dressed up as security company … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Council asked to increase fines for false alarms
    10.1.14 – News Talk 770 Calgary – Having the fire department show up for a false alarm is going to take a bigger bite out of the … Of the 15,000 fire calls last year, 57% turned out to be false alarms. More Info
  • CA: Chico City Council to consider ordinance fining alarm businesses for …
    10.5.14 – Chico Enterprise-Record – Chico – The Chico City Council will consider changes to its alarm response ordinance, after outcry this summer when the police department opted to stop … More Info
  • IA: Cedar Rapids police propose change to security camera ordinance
    10.3.14 – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is proposing an amendment to the city code which would require more businesses to have surveillance cameras. More Info
  • NC: Police, fire alarm registry begins in Wilson, NC
    10.3.14 – SecurityInfoWatch – Anyone with a fire or burglar alarm must register the alarm before Nov. 30 to avoid any possible penalty. The two-month registration process started Wednesday … More Info

Industry News

  • ADT rebrands, expands commercial business unit
    9.29.14 – Security Systems News – Boca Raton, Fla.—Its non-compete with TycoIS having expired, ADT recently changed the name of its commercial division, expanded its scope, and revealed the 12 markets it plans to target. Learn the details. More Info
  • Confronting security challenges posed by legalized marijuana
    10.1.14 – Security Info Watch – Panel discusses strategies for providing security to burgeoning cannabis market during ASIS 2014 session… More Info
  • Obamacare’s impact on contract security providers
    9.30.14 – ASIS 2014 session examines the challenges and some of strategies for dealing with the law’s implementation… More Info
  • Making it easier to tackle false alarms
    9.29.14 – Fire Industry Association – Some estimates suggest that false fire alarms cost UK businesses over £1 billion a year. False alarms disrupt businesses productivity during evacuations and in … More Info
  • ‘Dangerous cities’ list was scam by an alarm company
    10.4.14 – Standard-Democrat – “They are taking a small snapshot of our crime situation and manipulating the numbers to use fear tactics to sell burglar alarms. I would certainly hope our … More Info

State & National News

  • U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September; jobless rate dips to 5.9 percent
    9.30.14 – Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September, according to a Labor Department report released Friday morning. The unemployment rate ticked down to a 6-year low of 5.9 percent. More Info
  • U.S. fires decrease, but fire deaths increase in 2013
    9.4.14 – NFPA – According to NFPA’s new Fire Loss in the U.S. during 2013 report, public fire departments responded to a fire in the U.S. every 25 seconds. The report, which tracks civilian deaths, injuries, property damage, and patterns by occupancy, region, and community size, also shows that two-thirds of fire department calls were EMS or rescue-type calls. More Info
  • How fast is the Internet in your state?
    9.30.14 – The Washington Post – The vast majority of states saw Internet speeds accelerate in the second quarter from the quarter before: seven even saw double-digit increases in average speeds between the first two quarters of the year, according to Internet infrastructure provider Akamai. More Info
  • Rep. John Mica has a security tip for the Secret Service
    9.30.14 – Washington Post – The always quotable Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) provided free advertising for ADT when he held up a printout of the security company’s logo and asked Secret Service Director Julia Pierson if she’d ever heard of it. More Info
  • State legislatures are very, very busy
    9.29.14 – The Washington Post – Across the country, state legislatures in 47 states and the District of Columbia’s city council have passed more than 24,000 bills into law this year alone. That’s an average of 462 new laws per state. More Info
  • Study Reveals Concerning Lack of Household Smoke Alarm Testing
    10.2.14 – FireEngineering.com – The study revealed that 90 percent of U.S adults don’t test their alarms monthly, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The survey … More Info
  • IAFC, Energizer Partner to Promote Fire Safety
    9.30.14 – Firehouse.com – An absence of smoke alarms is no longer the main problem in the United States, the IAFC and Energizer note. The installation of smoke detectors in homes has … More Info
  • Video shows security breach at White House
    10.2.14 – WDSU New Orleans – An alarm box had been turned down near the front door after complaints by the White House usher’s office that it was too loud. A canine unit was not released to … More Info

Business Tips

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Office Behavior
    10.1.14 – Baseline – While it takes more than just good manners to rise through the ranks, displaying professional courtesy can certainly help your career. Here are some do’s and don’ts of office behavior. More Info
  • Easy Access to Apps Improves Productivity
    10.3.14 – Baseline – An identity and access management system enables the Susan G. Komen organization to streamline access to cloud applications, while safeguarding sensitive data. More Info
  • Are You Really Listening to Your Customers?
    10.3.14 – Entrepreneur – Core client service issues often fall through the cracks. Talking to those who purchase your products is a vital entrepreneurial opportunity. More Info
  • How to Choose Between a Specialist and a Jack-of-All Trades
    10.3.14 – Deciding on the right type of consultant need not be a baffling choice. You just need to know the right variables to consider. More Info

Fire News

  • MA: Philadelphia Eagles undone by 2 a.m. fire alarm at team hotel?
    9.29.14 – The Patriot-News – PennLive.com- The errant alarm rang at 2 a.m. Pacific Time, according to the website. The pre-game day disturbance resulted in Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho taking to … More Info
  • MI: Fire chief says smoke detectors helped save lives of three …
    10.5.14 – Southgate News Herald – The father reported that he was in a deep sleep when he heard what he at first thought was his alarm clock, but quickly realized was the smoke detector alarm. More Info
  • NY: Updated: False fire alarms across campus caused by overheating …
    9.30.14 – CU Columbia Spectator – McShane said that the machine set off a smoke alarm in the basement, which in turn activated the water pumps that supplied the sprinklers. While the sprinklers … More Info
  • OH: Dispatch tapes released: Fire alarm checked out but fire raged later
    10.3.14 – 19 Action News – 19 Action News is uncovering more about a fire that raged an hour after firefighters checked out an alarm and left. It happened last week at the Close to Home … More Info
  • OR: Smoke alarm, firefighters rescue Clackamas man
    9.30.14 – KOIN.com – Clackamas, Ore. – A smoke alarm alerted a man to a fire in his mobile home and was rescued by Clackamas firefighters just after midnight Tuesday … More Info

Crime News

  • DE: Two Suspects Connected to Multiple Burglaries
    9.30.14 – WBOC TV 16 – Police said that at approximately 2:37 a.m. that day, officers were dispatched to Elite Liquors for an alarm activation. While traveling to Elite … More Info
  • GA: Dazed woman burglarized
    10.5.14 – Columbia County News Times – Just before 2 a.m., deputies responded to a commercial alarm at Crazy Vapors. They found the front glass door broken. The owner and an … More Info
  • GA: Suspected thieves throw stolen chainsaws at police
    10.5.14 – USA TODAY – Two suspects were seen driving away from Howard Brothers True Value Hardware Store around 1:30 a.m. on Monday by an officer who heard the store’s alarm … More Info
  • IN: Police investigate Indianapolis gun store theft
    9.29.14 – Indianapolis Star – Police responded to an alarm at Wide Open Arms shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. The door had been rammed in by a vehicle, and several … More Info
  • MA: Armed bank robber captured after Buzzards Pocasset bank heist
    10.4.14 – Cape Cod Today – According to a Bourne police release, officers responded to a hold-up alarm at the bank around 12:15 p.m.. A man brandishing a handgun entered the bank and … More Info
  • MA: Buzzards Bay man arrested in connection with Saturday bank …
    10.4.14 – Wicked Local Wareham – Bourne police were called to an alarm at the TD Bank at 12:17 p.m. Dispatch confirmed with employees that a man had … More Info
  • MA: Heavily-armed police arrest bank robbery suspect
    10.4.14 – WCVB Boston – The alarm sounded just afternoon with reports of a thief brandishing a knife. Police K-9 units tracked the suspect in the … More Info
  • MA: Pair charged in Concord jewelry store burglary
    10.4.14 – Lowell Sun – At 4 a.m. on Friday, Concord police received a call for a commercial burglar alarm at Artinian Jewelers. A responding officer noted the front door of … More Info
  • MT: Police: Butte man disappointed with response time sets off multiple …
    10.2.14 – Montana Standard – A Butte man told police he set off several alarms because he didn’t think … Apparently, the three minutes police took to respond to the burglar alarm at the … More Info
  • NY: ‘Intruder Alarms’ Added At Croton-Harmon High School
    10.3.14 – The Daily Voice – The boxes look similar to the typical fire pull alarms, but are blue instead of red. When the alarm is pulled, an alert is sounded throughout the school and village … More Info
  • OH: Video: Suspect smashes window, tries to break into gun store
    10.4.14 – fox8.com – Surveillance video from the store shows the man breaking the glass on the window, then running away when the security alarm sounds. Anyone with information … More Info
  • PA: Police respond to Taco Bell alarm in Carlisle Tuesday
    10.1.14 – The Sentinel – Carlisle – A false alarm led police to respond to a possible robbery at Taco Bell on Tuesday. Around 12:30 p.m., Carlisle Police responded to a “hold-up” … More Info

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