12-1-14 NESA Monitor

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December 1, 2014

Association Events

  • December 5, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM- The Victoria – Banquet Hall- 13435 Bee Street – Farmers Branch, TX 75234 More Info

Door to Door Sales

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: False alarm numbers continue to rise
    11.25.14 – Brooks Bulletin- Despite city council making it a priority and Brooks RCMP dedicating a constable to the matter specifically, false alarm numbers continue to rise in the City of …More Info
  • CA: CAA fights fining of alarm companies
    11.24.14 – SSN- Chico, CA – The California Alarm Association (CAA) and the Sacramento Area Alarm Association are filing a lawsuit against the city of Chico, Calif., after the city on Oct. 21 unanimously passed an ordinance that fines alarm companies for false alarms. More Info
  • FL: Expensive error: Paying more for false alarms
    11.27.14 – WTSP 10 News- St. Petersburg, FL — If you have an alarm system you’ve probably done this: set off your alarm by accident and gone running to punch in the code to stop the … More Info
  • FL: False security alarms may come with a price in St. Petersburg
    11.26.14 – Tampabay.com – Instead, the city would recoup costs on the back end, by hiking fines for false alarms that require a police response. The more times an alarm went off falsely, the … More Info

Industry News

  • Home Security Systems Subject to Breaches
    11.26.14 – ABC News – Special software uses radio frequencies to trick homeowners. More Info
  • Suit Alleges ADT’s Wireless Systems Are ‘Easily Hacked’
    11.24.14- SSI – The suit points to an article in Forbes magazine that a simple software-defined radio (SDR) allows hackers to detect when doors are opened and closed. More Info
  • Security Partners to open fourth location
    11.26.14 – Lancaster, PA – Las Vegas as the strategic next step. Security Partners announced Nov. 25 it is opening a new central station in Las Vegas, adding to its national network of three other locations. More Info

State & National News

  • People Ignore Security Warnings Through Habit
    11.20.14 – Campus Technology – An experiment found that users “routinely ignore security warnings.” More Info
  • In Cities Where NFL Games Kick Off, So Does Crime
    11.30.14 – AllGov- A new study published in the Journal of Sports Economics says crime shoots up when NFL games take place. Total crime increases about 3% … More Info

Business Tips

  • Employers Check Up on Employees Who Fake Illness
    11.20.14 – Baseline – Many employers are checking up on employees who call in sick, often by asking for a doctor’s note. Some workers who fake sickness post comments about their deceit on social media. More Info
  • Productivity Killers in the Workplace
    11.20.14 – CIO Insight – Many professionals devote far too little of their work days doing, well, work. Find out what’s holding up their jobs, and how you can help. More Info
  • Why Employees Call in Sick, When They’re Not
    11.20.14 – Baseline – The percentage of professionals who call in sick when they’re healthy is trending downward, but there are still a significant number of workers who do this. And many managers are catching them. More Info
  • Could You Survive Solely on RMR?
    11.26.14 – CEPro – Security dealers reveal that they shut down their installation departments completely during the recession and lived just on recurring monthly revenue (RMR) until the economy picked up again. More Info
  • How great employees can save your company
    11.21.14 – Forbes – Let’s say you have a business: you build bridges across chasms. What would happen if you focused only on the architecture of the bridges — put all your energy into making sure that they were well-designed and balanced — and paid little attention to the quality and maintenance of the materials used to build the bridges? More Info
  • 4 tips to lift employee morale during the busy holiday season
    11.24.14 – Mashable – Here’s how to boost employee morale during the hectic holiday season. More Info
  • Increase Employee Satisfaction By Recognizing Hard Work …
    11.21.14 – A company without incentives is a static enterprise that appeals only to robots, not …More Info

Fire News

  • MI: KFC fire caps busy 12 hours for Tecumseh Fire Department
    11.25.14 – The Daily Telegram- Tuckey said the officer saw the fire and radioed for the fire department at about the same time the fire alarm went off. Tecumseh responded with three trucks and … More Info
  • NJ: Alarm Malfunction at Tuscan School Monday Morning
    11.24.14 – The Village Green- The Maplewood Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at Tuscan School this morning shortly after school began. The school was evacuated as per… More Info
  • OK: Break-in call leads authorities to a 2-story house fire
    11.25.14 – KOKI FOX 23- An official with the Tulsa Fire Department says it was a call from a homeowner’s security alarm company that ultimately led them a 2-story house fire Tuesday … More Info
  • SC: Carbon monoxide scare leaves family thankful
    11.26.14 – Greenville News- Her husband was traveling out of state as she prepared to shuttle three children off to school when a piercing alarm beeped at 6 a.m. last Wednesday. More Info
  • SC: Greer family saved by carbon monoxide detector alarm
    11.27.14 – WHNS Greenville- And then it hit home,” said Sandy Halkett, who heard the detector’s alarm just … but now knows that carbon monoxide detectors won’t sound the alarm, until it …More Info
  • TN: Fire alarm saves elderly Blountville man’s life
    11.26.14 – WCYB- Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eric Wilson tells us the elderly man, who lived there alone, was able to get away because a fire alarm saved … More Info
  • VA: Smoke Fills Danville Regional Medical Center After Pump Malfunction
    11.24.14 – WSET- The Danville Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at the hospital. When they arrived, firefighters say they found heavy smoke inside a mechanical … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Suspect in pharmacy armed robbery in custody
    11.26.14 – Gulf Coast News Today- On Thursday the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency alarm/distress alert from the Lillian Pharmacy in Lillian, Ala. Once on scene, deputies … More Info
  • CA: 7-Eleven convenience store inconvenienced when car crashes …
    11.24.14 – OCRegister- La Habra police responded to a robbery alarm at the store. When they arrived, they saw a Lexus sedan had run through the store, … More Info
  • CA: Fresno police stop school burglary with helicopter
    11.26.14 – Fresno Bee- The suspects – one 15, the other two 14 years old — allegedly set off the school’s alarm while trying to break into the teachers’ lounge to steal money, the … More Info
  • CA: Madera police arrest 1, seek 1 in attempted vending machine theft
    11.24.14 – ABC30.com- They set off an alarm and were spotted by an officer. Investigators say both men ran away, but Price was caught. The 46-year-old was arrested on charges of … More Info
  • CA: Thieves in 2 separate Redding burglaries broke in the same way
    11.25.14 – KRCRTV.COM- Police also said businesses should contact their alarm company to make sure they are connected to the police department. That way, if there is a break-in then … More Info
  • CT: New guilty plea in $70M prescription drug heist in Connecticut
    11.26.14 – WABC-TV- They disabled an alarm and apparently loaded pallets of drugs into a waiting vehicle, police said. The thieves made off with enough drugs to fill at least one … More Info
  • CT: Would-Be Thieves Couldn’t Get to Cigarette Stash: Cops
    11.25.14 – NBC Connecticut- Police responded to the Family Dollar Store at 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday when he burglar alarm went off, according to police. Surveillance … More Info
  • FL: Arrests made in attempted ATM burglary
    11.24.14 – Pensacola News Journal- Deputies responded to an ATM alarm at the Eglin Federal Credit Union shortly after midnight, the release said. Three people … More Info
  • FL: Police: Couple Named Persons Of Interest In Sedanos Burglary
    11.25.14 – CBS Local- A couple was caught on camera tampering with an alarm at a Hialeah Sedanos the same day there was a burglary there. (Source: Hialeah Police) … More Info
  • GA: $1200 worth of sneakers stolen from Hephzibah home
    11.24.14 – McDuffie Mirror- A Hephzibah man told deputies that someone stole more than $1,200 worth of sneakers from his son’s bedroom Friday. A burglar alarm went off about 4:30 p.m. … More Info
  • GA: Augusta chicken restaurant burglarized
    11.29.14 – McDuffie Mirror- The building’s electrical breakers were also shut off during the break-in, disabling the alarm system. The manager believes the theft happened sometime … More Info
  • GA: Police called twice to Mitchell Avenue home
    11.25.14 – LaGrange Daily News- A manager at the center told police the man set off an alarm as he was leaving for work, and a search of his coat turned up a stereo speaker and a pack of … More Info
  • IL: Driver flees after car crashes into building in West Garfield Park
    11.26.14 – WLS-TV- Police responded to a burglary alarm in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. They found the vehicle in the building and the … More Info
  • IL: Police investigate Austin smash-and grab after truck crashes ...
    11.27.14 -WLS-TV- Chicago police responded to a burglary alarm at the J-Bees around 4:20 a.m. Thursday. They found the vehicle … More Info
  • IL: Thieves Steal Jeans, Shoes in West Side Smash-and-Grab
    11.26.14 – NBC Chicago- Officers responded to a report of a burglar alarm at a business in the 4000 block of West Madison and found a vehicle crashed into it. From NBC Chicago’s … More Info
  • KY: Lexington Police investigating breaking and entering at Mister Money
    11.24.14 – WKYT- Officers say around 5:30 a.m., they received an ‘alarm call’ at the Mister Money. Police tell WKYT that someone drove a vehicle through the … More Info
  • MA: Posted Nov. 29, 2014 @ 8:00 am
    11.29.14 – Wicked Local Concord- 1:17 p.m.: A burglary alarm was triggered on Powder Mill Road. The area was checked and secured. 4:45 p.m.: A motion alarm was triggered at the DPW … More Info
  • MI: Break-in at Oshtemo gun shop foiled by an alert neighbor
    11.30.14 – WNWN-FM- Eliminating the power may have taken out the alarm systems. Arriving deputies caught two men in the act of burglarizing the business, which specializes in … More Info
  • MI: GRPD officers nab would-be business burglars
    11.25.14 – WZZM- It happened around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, when officers were responding to a burglar alarm at the Marathon gas station. The officers … More Info
  • MI: Kent Co. deputies respond to business break-in
    11.28.14 – WZZM- Around 2:30 Friday morning, the Sheriff’s Department responded to a burglary alarm at Radio Shack. Investigators searched the area … More Info
  • MI: Police respond to burglary alarm at business, end up finding scene …
    11.24.14 – Fox17- Grand Rapids, Mich. — Officers responded to a burglary alarm at a local trucking business early Monday morning, but when they arrived, they discovered that … More Info
  • MI: Police: Boy rams van into store in bid for booze
    11.28.14 – WSBT-TV- Monroe County sheriff’s officials said in a news release that deputies responded to an alarm at the Frenchtown Liquor Shoppe early Friday morning in … More Info
  • MI: Police: Pill thief nabbed while breaking into downtown Ann Arbor …
    11.25.14 – MLive.com- Ann Arbor police were called to the the pharmacy when the alarm was activated, according to Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes. More Info
  • MO: Lewis Reed’s SUV used in smash-and-grab
    11.28.14 – KSDK- … Department says shortly before 4 a.m. officers responded to Simple Mobile Solutions for a report of a burglar alarm sounding. More Info
  • NC: King’s Pharmacy robbed Sunday
    11.24.14 – StarNewsOnline.com- Police were alerted to the incident at 6:09 p.m. when the burglary alarm sounded at King’s Pharmacy, said Cathryn Lindsay, Wilmington … More Info
  • NC: POLICE: Man breaks into Farmville sweepstakes cafe
    11.24.14 – WITN- Farmville Police say they responded to an alarm at the Winners Edge Cafe on … officers discovered he ran from the cafe empty-handed, likely when the alarm … More Info
  • NJ: Union police: burglars scared off by alarm, then arrested
    11.25.14 – NJ.com- Union Township police say they received a call from a residential alarm company shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, reporting that a burglar alarm was going off in a … More Info
  • NM: Son and two friends rob store after mother fired
    11.28.14 – Carlsbad Current-Argus- A call from the security company monitoring the store’s alarm system triggered by the broken door went unanswered because Bruns’ mother, who had been fired … More Info
  • NY: Getting a jump on Thanksgiving deals: Early shoppers enter closed …
    11.27.14 -Riverhead LOCAL- Riverhead Police were called to the Route 58 retailer at about 1 p.m. after shoppers entered the unlocked front doors of the building and set off the alarm. More Info
  • OH: ATM found in Dayton may be from Franklin gas station
    11.24.14 – WHIO- Hours earlier at 4:40 a.m., Franklin police responded to a break-in alarm and found the ATM had been taken at the Marathon station. “We don’t … More Info
  • OH: Convenience Store Burglarized in Vinton County, Ohio
    11.28.14 – WSAZ-TV- Deputies say they received an alarm call about 2 a.m. Thursday from Par Mar Stores in Wilkesville. When they arrived, they found broken glass and several … More Info
  • OH: Man arrested for Strawberry Hill break-in
    11.29.14 – Sandusky Register- 21 around 3 a.m., an alarm was tripped at Hunters Sports Bar according to another report. The door was pried open, … More Info
  • OH: Police Searching for Suspect in Attempted Robbery at Steubenville …
    11.26.14 – WTRF- Steubenville police said they arrived at Maryland Market where the owner informed them his basement and garage motion sensor alarm had been set off. More Info
  • OH: Suspect goes right for cash drawer
    11.30.14 – WDTN- The owners said the previous day they were having trouble with the phone lines which may have affected the alarm system from working. Police said another …More Info
  • OR: Man arrested in release of Portland police horses
    11.25.14 – OregonLive.com- Police responding to an alarm at the facility said they saw Bradly Sean Miller run from the building from which the horses were released. He was arrested on … More Info
  • OR: Police catch teens accused of school break-in
    11.24.14 – KTVZ- The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to an alarm from Boones Ferry Primary School Friday evening and spotted four teens leaving. More Info
  • OR: Young teens arrested for burglary at Wilsonville school
    11.24.14 – KATU- Katz is with the Wilsonville Police Department and responded to an alarm at Boones Ferry Primary School. around 6:30 pm. More Info
  • PA: Burglars break into Lower Paxton AT&T store for second time in a …
    11.28.14 – PennLive.com- Lower Paxton police officers responded to an alarm at the store on Jonestown Road at about 3:20 a.m. Thursday to find the glass front door smashed and left … More Info
  • PA: Officer attacked at corner store
    11.26.14 – WFMZ Allentown- It happened yesterday morning at Easton Corner Grocery and Deli. Police responded to a silent panic alarm and say a 25-year-old man … More Info
  • PA: Police investigate AT&T burglary in Lower Paxton Township
    11.27.14 – FOX43.com- Police were dispatched to an alarm at the store around 3:20 a.m. Thursday and found the glass front door smashed in and the door ajar. An interior storeroom …More Info
  • PA: Police: Two Ardmore Businesses Burglarized
    11.26.14 – Patch.com- Officers responded to a burglar alarm at 4:39 a.m. Nov. 25, and discovered that a burglar or burglars had entered the service station through a bay door window. More Info
  • PA: Rising burglaries in Moorestown have residents on edge
    11.28.14 – Philly.com- The alarm had scared off the burglar, but not fast enough, the family learned. The silver necklace the wife received for her wedding anniversary was gone. More Info
  • SC: Suspect puts sword to throat, threatens to take his own life
    11.28.14 – The Tand D.com- When she heard the alarm sound, she exited her residence and went to the garage. She said a black male exited the garage and took off on foot. An extension … More Info
  • TN: Lone masked man wanted for five Corinth break-ins
    11.27.14 -wreg.com- “At 3:30 in the morning my security system called me and said, ‘There’s an alarm going off.’ And I said, ‘At 3:30 in the morning there shouldn’t be anybody here,’” … More Info
  • TX: Bank robbery suspect’s parents turn him in to police
    11.26.14 – FOX 29- The teller then told the suspect she needed to go to the back to get money and that’s when she activated a silent alarm. He apparently grew tired of waiting and … More Info
  • WA: Burglars steal Lincoln from dealership, ram other car
    11.24.14 – KING5.com- Once the alarm went off, Uribe pulled up the security cameras at home and started watching it happen. “I called 911. I had to be transferred to Seattle station. More Info
  • WA: Kennewick Verizon Store Robbed Again
    11.27.14 -KVEW- On 11/26/2014 at 10:00 PM hours Dispatch received an alarm at the Verizon Sales building. Officers arrived and found the back … More Info
  • WA: Several iPhones stolen from Kennewick Verizon store
    11.27.14 -Mid Columbia Tri City Herald- Kennewick police found the back door pried open after an alarm went off at the store at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Several cell … More Info
  • WI: Man surrenders after barricading himself in church
    11.28.14 – Madison.com- The Verona Police Department says it responded to a burglar alarm at St. James Lutheran Church about 11 p.m. Thursday. Officers arrived to find a broken … More Info
  • WI: Waukegan police search for man wanted in four armed robberies ...
    11.25.14 – Chicago Daily Herald- Police were called to Illinois Cash Advance in the 1300 block of North Green Bay Road for a business panic alarm about 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. A store employee … More Info

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