11-6-17 NESA Monitor

Door to Door Sales

  • Tonight @ 10: Alarm salesman’s aggressive tactics go too far
    11.3.17 – WMC Action News 5 – “He says, ‘Ma’am, I see you have a Vivint alarm system, and I was wondering what kind of panel you have on the wall,'” said Bessie’s daughter, Pam Miller. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • IL: Elgin to unveil proposed 2018 budget Wednesday
    11.3.17 – Chicago Tribune – The department could increase revenue, Schmidt said, by means that include charging for repeated false alarms, increasing what it bills to insurance companies … More Info
  • TN: Hamilton County hopes to trim 911 response times
    11.3.17 – Chattanooga Times Free Press – The Automated Secure Alarm Protocol, made possible through a partnership between the district and ADS Security, allows alarm companies such as ADS to … More Info
  • WA: Billed for Burglary? KHQ investigates Spokane false alarms
    11.3.17 – KHQ Right Now – Property crime continues to plague family after family in our community. We’re constantly telling you stories of the latest victims. It has so many of you worried, … More Info

Industry News

  • TBFAA Honors UCC Exec Sonny Sampson as Person of the Year
    11.4.17 – Security Sales & Integration – San Antonio – The Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA) has awarded United Central Control (UCC) National Account Executive Vernon “Sonny”… More Info
  • Nest to offer video alarm verification through I-View partnership
    10.30.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Through a partnership with I-View Now, Nest’s security dealers will be able offer video alarm verification services to customers that have a Nest Cam security … More Info
  • Alarm firms reach $500K settlement with Georgia AG over use of …
    10.30.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced last week that his office has reached a $500,000 settlement with Alarm Protection Georgia, LLC, and … More Info
  • Experts Share Latest Tips, Trends & Opportunities in Alarm Signal …
    10.30.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Changes and advances in cellular and IP-based alarm system communications have brought about a mix of panic, challenges, improvements and opportunities. More Info
  • AFS Divests Monitoring Account Portfolio Built Over 30 Years
    10.31.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Jim Wooster Sr. launched the company as an alarm funding business in the late 1980s by starting out purchasing small blocks of residential monitoring accounts … More Info
  • Hikvision Boosts Video Surveillance System Performance with New …
    10.31.17 – Markets Insider – Critical analytics — such as false alarm filters, facial recognition, people counting and ANPR — can now be reliably implemented in existing and new surveillance … More Info
  • The Alarm.com Demo House Opens to Offer a True Smart Home …
    11.1.17 – GlobeNewswire – Alarm.com transformed this Falls Church, Virginia neighborhood bungalow into a state-of-the-art smart home. Join Alarm.com co-founder and senior … More Info
  • Bay Alarm Company Gets a Little Larger
    11.1.17 – Digital Journal – Concord, Calif.–(Business Wire)–Bay Alarm, the largest independently owned security company in the United States, got a little larger today by acquiring … More Info
  • Nest updates its app to support the just-released Nest Secure alarm …
    11.1.17 – Android Police – Nest announced its Secure alarm system in September, but the starter pack just became available for purchase today. And to go with that, Nest has updated its … More Info
  • Honeywell announces a DIY security system with Alexa integration
    11.1.17 – The Verge – And while many companies offering similar products are happy to sell customers a professional monitoring service on top — so that if the alarm goes off, … More Info
  • Honeywell Unveils DIY Security System, Launches on Indiegogo
    11.1.17 – SSI – Honeywell says its smart home security system is an all-in-one awareness and home-integration system. More Info
  • To Xfinity … and Beyond!
    11.2.17 – SSI – After decades of false starts, cable, satellite TV and telecom companies are becoming forces in the residential security and connected services market. Take a deep dive into one of the leading players – Comcast’s Xfinity Home – and a winning formula that has surpassed 1 million customers. More Info
  • More Homeowners Making Smart Choices
    11.2.17 – SSI – Consumers are eagerly embracing new home controls technologies and services for energy management, video monitoring, keyless door locks, voice control and more. As market penetration continues will security firms remain well positioned? SSI’s 2017 Residential Market Report analyzes the trends… More Info
  • Pros and cons of hardwired and wireless home security systems
    11.3.17 – KTAR.com – When sensors are tripped by intruders, a hardwired system uses the wires to send signals to a control panel to sound a general alarm and can then use a … More Info
  • Convergint Acquires Banking Industry Specialist Security Products Co.
    11.1.17 – SSI – SPC services customers primarily throughout Minnesota and seven other states in the upper Midwest. More Info
  • Bay Alarm Expands Reach Into Pacific Northwest With Acquisition
    11.4.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Concord, Calif. – Bay Alarm, based here, has acquired Evergreen Security of Everett, Wash., one of the largest security companies in the Puget Sound area. More Info
  • Capital One provides $10M revolving line of credit to Kentucky and …
    11.4.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Bethesda, Md. – Capital One announced today that it provided a five-year, $10 million senior revolving line of credit to Bates Security and … More Info
  • Ring DIY Security System Sales Halted by ADT Lawsuit
    11.4.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Both products include interactive security and home automation, as well as battery back-up and a cellular radio, with no-contract alarm monitoring available as … More Info

State & National News

  • Why a Legal Challenge to Sandy Springs’ (Ga.) Alarm Ordinance Is …
    10.31.17 – Security Sales & Integration – There is no lack of activity to report from the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) and our work to positively impact false alarm dispatch reduction and alarm … More Info
  • 86% of burglars will leave if they hear someone at home
    11.1.17 – Which? – When we conducted our own survey of over 100 ex-burglars we found over 7 in 10 were put off by houses that had alarms and the same percentage would think … More Info
  • IHS: DIY security systems put pressure on professional installers
    10.31.17 – SIW – Traditional security providers must learn to coexist and adapt as DIY market expands… More Info
  • New statistics on home structure fires
    10.27.17 – NFPA – Since 1980, the number of reported home fires and fire deaths has been cut roughly in half. But there is still work to be done, as an average of 7 people die in U.S. home fires every day. And the rate of deaths per 1,000 reported home fires was 10 times higher than in 1980, according to NFPA’s new report. More Info
  • Medical Alert System Market – Growth, Trends, Absolute Opportunity …
    11.4.17 – Medgadget – … Absolute Opportunity and Value Chain with Top key player like Legrand Assisted Living & Healthcare, Alertone Services, ADT Corporation, Bay Alarm Medical … More Info

Business Tips

  • Why Homebuilder Relationships Are a Hot Commodity
    11.2.17 – SSI – Whether they are adding it to keep up with the competition, expand their profit portfolio or because prospective buyers are asking, homebuilders see technology as an asset again. Now’s the time for security dealers to capitalize by becoming valued partners. More Info
  • Why the Exculpatory Clause Must Be the Clearest Provision in Your …
    11.2.17 – Security Sales & Integration – If you’re reading this, most likely you are not a neurosurgeon who decided to go into the alarm business. Hopefully, you’re not as stupid as this neurosurgeon or … More Info
  • DIY Gambit: Should Pro Installers Consider a Self-Install Offering to Stave Off Competition?
    11.2.17 – SIW – A slew of DIY security and home automation competitors are flooding the marketplace, challenging traditional business models to keep pace. More Info
  • How to Manage Your Salespeople Without Going Crazy
    11.3.17 – SSI – Management expert Paul Boucherle shares helpful tips to ensure inmates aren’t running your sales asylum. More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • IA: Elderly man dies in early morning apartment fire in Des Moines
    10.31.17 – DesMoinesRegister.com – Crews were called to the Highland Park Plaza. around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday to check on a fire alarm, said Brian O’Keefe, spokesman for the Des … More Info
  • MA: Georgetown police reports: Oct. 20-26
    10.31.17 – Wicked Local Georgetown – 2:34 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported… More Info
  • ME: Beeping alarm allows sleeping man to escape fire
    11.1.17 – WCSH-TV – Waterville, Maine (News Center) – Woken out of a sleep, a beeping sound told a man in Waterville that something was wrong. A fire broke out around … More Info
  • NC: Fire prompts evacuation at WRAL studios in Raleigh
    11.4.17 – WRAL.com – Raleigh, N.C. – WRAL’s studios were evacuated when a fire broke out on the second floor of the building Friday night. Employee Chris Cormier, who works in … More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    11.4.17 – The Oberlin Review – 11:23 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a Union Street Village Housing Unit. A smoke machine may have … More Info
  • PA: Emergency services – Nov. 4
    11.4.17 – Lock Haven Express – At 3:41 p.m., Lock Haven Fire Company responded to a fire alarm. The call ended at 3:47 p.m.  At 3:58 p.m., firefighters from Mill Hall and … More Info
  • PA: Police Blotter 10/24/17-10/30/17
    10.31.17 – The Sentry – 10/24/17 -Fire Alarm- This department was advised of a fire alarm activated in Braddock Hall. Officers responded and found the cause to be from a hair dryer. More Info
  • SC: Orangeburg man dies in home fire
    10.31.17 – The Times and Democrat – The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety responded to the scene after a fire alarm was activated. Light smoke was showing when they arrived. Firefighters … More Info
  • WI: Wisconsin Rapids man tries 911, then drives to fire station and pulls …
    10.30.17 – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune – Wisconsin Rapids – A man who thought his house was on fire drove to a fire station and pulled an alarm to get firefighters’ attention. Wisconsin Rapids … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Captain’s Mast
    11.3.17 – Seward Phoenix Log – 0003 – Guardian Security advised of a burglary alarm. Officer found all doors secure. The alarm stopped on its own. The Officer remained … More Info
  • AK: Man smashes OfficeMax glass door, steals office supplies
    11.4.17 – Juneau Empire – At 1:19 a.m. Friday, the burglar alarm went off at OfficeMax, but when officers arrived the store was empty. The front door had been smashed, and the store’s … More Info
  • AR: Cash registers stolen in break-in at west Little Rock restaurant
    10.31.17 – Arkansas Online – The alarm at Tokyo House, meanwhile, went off around 4:20 a.m. Monday, which prompted officers to check on the restaurant. A report in that break-in stated a … More Info
  • AR: Elderly Arkansas woman shoots, kills 19-year-old who broke into …
    10.31.17 – whnt.com – Marion, Ark. – An elderly Arkansas woman shot a home intruder Sunday morning, killing the 19-year-old man, authorities said. The ADT alarm company … More Info
  • CA: Burglars caught on video in San Pedro crime look familiar to veteran …
    11.3.17 – The Daily Breeze – Pronto’s manager, Stephanie Licon, said her parents received a phone call at 11:42 p.m. Wednesday that the store’s alarm had sounded. The surveillance video … More Info
  • CA: Homeowner Emotionally Scarred After Break-In Caught On Video
    11.2.17 – CBS Los Angeles – “I went over and I closed the door. closed this other door and reset the alarm.” The homeowner was not hurt and never came face to face with the men trying to … More Info
  • CA: LA Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig’s Home Burglarized Same Night His …
    11.3.17 – PEOPLE.com – According to the police, officers responded to a burglar alarm late Wednesday evening. The home’s window was smashed and items were taken. Public records … More Info
  • CA: Officers still searching for 2 of the suspects accused in a massive …
    11.3.17 – KFSN-TV – Two weeks after an alarm went off at PRK arms — detectives nabbed the first four men responsible … More Info
  • FL: Jacksonville homeowner captures suspected auto burglar
    10.30.17 – WJXT Jacksonville – When the alarm went off about 4 a.m. inside his home, Fenwick said, he grabbed his gun, which was equipped with a laser. He went outside and shined the … More Info
  • FL: Photos may show Tampa cycling shop burglars
    11.4.17 – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay – Police are still searching for two men in a burglary at the SoHo Cycling shop in Tampa. They stole about $20,000 worth of electronics and … More Info
  • FL: Two men arrested after double shooting in Orange Park
    10.31.17 – ActionNewsJax.com – Deputies say she then activated an emergency SOS on her phone, which turned on a loud, audible alarm. She took off running and began banging on the front … More Info
  • GA: Blood found at burglary scene
    11.3.17 – Moultrie Observer – A police officer responding Tuesday night to a burglar alarm at a downtown Moultrie department store found a bloody window and a bloody T-shirt, but no … More Info
  • GA: Insurance company seeks to cut off liability in death of sheriff’s …
    11.4.17 – The Augusta Chronicle – 5 after responding along with other officers to a burglary alarm at Xytex, a sperm bank. Xytex employee Anita Wylds, who also responded to … More Info
  • IN: Police Blotter 10-31-17
    10.31.17 – thepaper24-7.com – 5:08 a.m. –Report of a residential alarm… 8:46 a.m. –Report of a business alarm. More Info
  • IN: Wabash Monon Bell pranksters sentenced to post-game clean-up
    11.4.17 – The Banner-Graphic – What the foursome didn’t know is that the Bell was equipped with a pressure-alarm sensor, which as soon as the prized Bell was moved sounded an alarm at … More Info
  • KY: Two arrested for murder of Caneyville man
    11.4.17 – Grayson County News Gazette – The Commonwealth Bank in Fordsville was robbed by two unknown white men. KSP said Troopers were notified around 10:00 a.m. from the alarm company at … More Info
  • MA: Homeless man charged with burglary at Lawrence Dunkin’ Donuts
    11.4.17 – Eagle-Tribune – Lawrence – A homeless man who allegedly broke into a local Dunkin’ Donuts was quickly captured early Friday morning after an alarm went off at the coffee … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log, Oct. 15-21
    10.30.17 – Wicked Local Marion – 12:33 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 12:37 p.m.: Harassing phone calls were reported… More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log, Oct. 22-28
    11.3.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 6:58 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 7:55 a.m.: A disturbance was reported on Upland Way. 2:28 p.m.: Larceny was reported on Brandt … More Info
  • MD: Baltimore officer defense underway in disciplinary hearing
    11.3.17 – Fox Baltimore – The employee refused, and the suspect fled when an alarm was activated. No one was injured and nothing was stolen. An 18-year-old Columbia man was … More Info
  • MI: Suspected burglar arrested at Clinton Twp. apartment complex
    10.30.17 – The Macomb Daily – At the department’s suggestion, the apartment’s management firm upgraded its security system to add silent alarms and motion sensors in addition to existing … More Info
  • MI: VIDEO: Thief makes off with several guns in New York State smash …
    10.30.17 – WDIV Detroit – He then smashes open a display case. As a burglar alarm go off, the unflinching thief collects several weapons from the case, puts them in his backpack, and … More Info
  • MN: Litchfield Police Report 10/27/17-10/29/17
    10.30.17 – Crow River Media – 3:01 A.M. Litchfield Police responded to an alarm at a business. Upon officer’s arrival, everything was found to be okay. 8:10 A.M. Criminal … More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 10/27/17-10/29/17
    10.30.17 – Crow River Media – On the 29th at 5:47 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm. The deputy found that it was a false alarm. More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 10/31/17
    11.1.17 – Crow River Media – On the 31st at 1:24 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at a business. All was found to be secure. On the 31st … More Info
  • MO: Deputies arrest 1 in burglary of West Springfield business
    10.31.17 – KY3 – An alarm call tipped deputies off to respond to Elite Homes early Tuesday morning. Deputies arrived to two men running from the … More Info
  • MO: Thieves with stolen forklift try to rip ATM out of Lee’s Summit bank
    10.30.17 – Kansas City Star – Officers responding to an alarm shortly before 2 a.m. at the Bank of the West saw a white Ford truck leaving the scene headed … More Info
  • NC: Deer Gives Triad Woman Early Morning Scare After Breaking Into …
    11.4.17 – THV 11 – Amanda McNeil said the deer entered her house through a bedroom window which set off her alarm and the animal knocked over several item. The deer was .. More Info
  • NJ: Police Investigate Bank Robbery
    11.3.17 – TAPinto.net – Franklin Township police responded to an alarm activation at the Chase Bank at 6 p.m. Bank … More Info
  • NY: Authorities: Suspect in gun store heist captured
    11.4.17 – The Daily Gazette – The store’s alarm system failed to notify the owners or police. Subsequent tests of the system have not revealed a cause for the malfunction, and investigators … More Info
  • NY: Gun store owner: I feel violated by weekend burglary
    10.30.17 – Spectrum News – Musto has installed a number of cameras and alarms in his three-year-old store. The cameras caught the entire burglary, and alarms went off instantly. More Info
  • NY: No excuse for lax security at gun store
    11.1.17 – The Daily Gazette – Are we supposed to be accepting of the fact that the alarm system malfunctioned? A fallible alarm system obviously has no practical use in a store that sells guns … More Info
  • NY: Two Gouverneur men jailed for alleged burglaries
    11.4.17 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – The break-in was discovered after a business alarm was reported to police. The two were found by Watertown City Police at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the city … More Info
  • OH: UPDATE: Williamstown Police searching for bank robbery suspect
    10.31.17 – Parkersburg News – Update: Officials say a robbery alarm came in around 10:30 this morning from … was seen leaving Williamstown Bank after police responded to a panic alarm. More Info
  • OK: Burglar caught inside south Tulsa bowling alley
    11.4.17 – KRMG – Officers received a call after the suspect tripped an alarm. When they arrived at the scene, the burglar tripped additional alarms. A K-9 located the suspect … More Info
  • OK: Police: Man arrested after Tulsa dollar store break-ins
    10.31.17 – KTUL – Just after midnight, officers responded to an alarm at a Family Dollar store. When they arrived, police reviewed video surveillance of two … More Info
  • SC: Burglar botches safe heist at Wendy’s
    10.30.17 – The Times and Democrat – A burglar unsuccessfully used everything from a sledgehammer to an aluminum parking sign to try to remove a safe from the office inside of Wendy’s restaurant … More Info
  • SC: Easley police officer responding to alarm call puts out fire, renders …
    10.31.17 – FOX Carolina – An Easley police officer responding to an alarm call early Tuesday morning rendered aid to a woman and put out a fire burning inside a home, according to Lt. … More Info
  • TN: Giles County deputies arrest burglary suspects
    11.3.17 – WSMV Nashville – Upon arrival at the scene the deputy spotted an open window and heard an audible alarm. He then noticed a GMC Envoy leaving the scene through a field at a … More Info
  • TX: Lubbock police investigating robbery at local steakhouse, burgled …
    10.31.17 – LubbockOnline.com – The incident came days after police responded at about 6:23 a.m. Thursday to the same location. During this time, a manager told police the alarm company had … More Info
  • TX: Wood County Sheriff’s Report October 18-24, 2017
    10.30.17 – KSST – Deputies were dispatched, at approximately 1:16 p.m., in reference to an alarm. Deputies checked the building and it was secure. More Info
  • TX: Wood County Sheriff’s Report October 25-31, 2017
    11.4.17 – KSST – Deputies were dispatched, at approximately 8:10 p.m., in reference to an alarm. Deputies checked the building and it was secure. More Info
  • VA: Man charged in South Boston school B&E
    11.3.17 – YourGV.com – The incident occurred on May 28 when officers responded to an alarm call to South Boston Elementary School … More Info
  • VA: Norfolk police are looking for a commercial burglary suspect
    10.30.17 – wtkr.com – Police responded after an alarm at the business went off, and when units arrived they discovered that the glass front door to the store was broken. The man stole … More Info
  • WA: Suspected thief captured wearing same clothes spotted on video …
    10.31.17 – KOMO News – Three months later on Oct. 23, police received a call from an alarm company for a burglary. South. The man got away this time … More Info
  • WA: Tucson gun store owner thwarts attempted robbery
    11.3.17 – Seattle Times – Frontier Gun Owner Jim Sharrah tells KGUN-TV he went to check on his store after his alarm company informed him Wednesday morning that there was glass … More Info
  • WA: WATCH: Deer breaks into house, leaves behind mess
    11.4.17 – KIRO Seattle – Amanda McNeil was awakened by her security alarm at about 4 a.m., WFMY reported. When she went to investigate, she found her house in shambles – and a … More Info
  • WI: Two suspects nabbed in Fox Point bank robbery Saturday
    11.4.17 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – According to Fox Point Police, officers were notified of a holdup alarm at North Shore Bank about 11:30 a.m.. Two subjects fled the … More Info

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