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12-11-17 NESA Monitor

Public Safety Updates

  • OH: Cleveland Considers Debt Collectors To Curtail Security System …
    12.5.17 – ideastream – Cleveland already has laws on the books establishing fines to address the high number of false alarms each year and plans to hire debt collectors to settle bills. According to the Division of Police, there are 25,000 security alarm calls to law enforcement each year, about 98 percent of those turn out to be false alarms. More Info
  • CO: Police in Colorado city launch voluntary security camera registry program
    Longmont police see private surveillance systems as an additional crime-fighting resource… More Info
  • TN: Memphis to create repeat false-alarm offender list
    12.7.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Dec. 05–A Memphis City Council committee voted Tuesday to require repeat false-alarm offenders to verify emergencies before police respond. The city will add companies to the “verified response” list after six false alarms, said Chief Operations Officer Doug McGowen. He said the city will initially add 34 undisclosed … More Info

Industry News

  • SSN News Poll: New companies in DIY space to change the market
    12.6.17 – Security Systems News – “Each alarm company must be able to offer various levels of security to meet the growing demand and stay competitive, but what alarm companies should do is present themselves as the local, licensed and informed security company so the end user is not only satisfied financially but has a sense the alarm system is … More Info
  • Professional monitoring for Nest Secure systems now available from …
    12.5.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Dallas – MONI Smart Security, a subsidiary of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of its professional monitoring for the Nest Secure alarm system, starting today on … More Info 
  • DICE Corp. Founder Explains How He’s Creating a Modern Day …
    12.8.17 – Security Sales & Integration- So typically when you order this Cloud recording service you get the fiber, the cable connection to the premise from us, which is private, direct connect to our Cloud service. That also allows you to not only Cloud record, but it allows you to provide Internet to a residential or a commercial premise. So alarm companies and … More Info
  • “Smoke out” burglars with new security technology
    12.8.17 – KFDA – Amarillo, TX – Technology new to Amarillo promises to prevent burglaries by smoking out the robber. Starting in February, a new type of home or business alarm system will be available in town, and it’s called the SmokeCloak. This device can be triggered manually or by a motion sensor, and when that happens … More Info

State & National News

  • Make your old home security system smart with this simple kit
    12.5.17 – CNET – Startup Konnected found a use for your janky old wired home security system — to convert it into a SmartThings- or Home-Assistant-powered security system via its $69 Alarm Panel. Expected to ship to backers globally in February 2018, the Alarm Panel has raised over $115,000 on … More Info
  • Fremont residents must register with police to grow pot at home
    12.9.17 – East Bay Times – Also, any such structure would need to be equipped with “a fully permitted burglar alarm monitored by an alarm company or private security company,” which could make growing plants for personal use somewhat expensive. Fremont Deputy City Attorney Erik Kaeding said in an interview the additional restrictions are … More Info
  • Consumer Groups Ask Ninth Circuit to Block FCC Broadband Order …
    12.9.17 – Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment – The FCC also eliminated the “functional test,” which required phone companies to support essential non-voice services, such as alarm systems, medical monitors, and small business services, during the transition to fiber. Finally, the FCC eliminated the 180-day notice requirement for individuals and business customers, … More Info

Business Tips

  • 19 Great Business Tips from 9 Smart-Home Pros
    12.5.17 – CEPro – In a state where the road to recession recovery took longer than most, Florida-based CE pros offer advice on everything from building out a rockin’ showroom to rolling with niche markets More Info
  • Drive More Sales, Brand Loyalty with Simple Shift in Thinking
    12.6.17 – CEPro – Integrators can leverage Simon Sinek’s ‘Golden Circle’ concept to enhance relationships with clients and improve business. More Info
  • How to Balance Access Control With Convenience in Multifamily Housing
    12.6.17 – SSI – Here’s why you want to make sure to take convenience into consideration when installing multidwelling access control and how to do it. More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • IL: Oswego Fire Ignited In Lumber Storage Area
    12.9.17 – Patch.com – Oswego, IL – Firefighters responded early Friday morning to a small fire in a business at the Stonehill Industrial Park in Oswego. A fire alarm was activated at 6:04 a.m. Dispatchers received calls from people who were smelling smoke, so the response was upgraded to a general alarm. Crews found heavy smoke coming … More Info
  • IL: Police 12-7-17
    12.8.17 -MyWebTimes.com – Ottawa firefighters responded to an activated alarm at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Cooking odors activated the alarm…. More Info
  • IL: Smoke alarm helps family escape fire
    12.9.17 – WAND – Firefighters say thanks to a smoke alarm, the occupants were able to escape the duplex safely. The Champaign Fire Department reminds all citizens to maintain a working smoke alarm in their place of residence. No injuries were reported. The Emergency Services Support Team was called to aid the displaced occupants. More Info
  • MD: High School Partially Evacuated After Possible Pepper Exposure
    12-4-17 – Patch.com – Authorities are investigating a fire alarm and potential pepper spray discharge at Seneca Valley High School. The medical ambulance bus is responding to assist with multiple students who were exposed, Montgomery County Fire & EMS Spokesman Pete Piringer said. Piringer said about ten … More Info
  • MN: Winona Fire Department calls for November 29 to December 5, 2017
    12.9.17 – Winona Daily News – 12:16 a.m. – Responded to an active alarm and found it was an alarm malfunction and the sprinkler system hadn’t been activated. … 2:43 a.m. – Responded for an activated alarm and determined that it was caused by an alarm malfunction. More Info
  • NJ: Vernon Township HS to remain closed Monday as cleanup continues
    12-4-17 – New Jersey Herald – “I believe everything will be in place for us to open on Tuesday except for the sensors for the fire alarm in that part of the building (where the fire occurred),” he said. “The sensors were totally destroyed, so we may need permission from the fire department to have a fire watch in place.” A fire watch, he explained, entails … More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    12.9.17 – The Oberlin Review – 4:33 a.m. Safety and Security Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Lord-Saunders House. … The alarm was reset. 4:36 p.m. A student reported the theft of their bicycle from the west side of Firelands Apartments. The bicycle was locked with a U-lock at the time of the theft. More Info
  • OH: Smoke alarm alerts children of fire in Lima home
    12.7.17 – Your News Now – A smoke alarm has saved six lives, as it alerts children that their house was on fire early Wednesday morning. According to the Lima Fire Department, just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, six children were asleep while their parents were working. The oldest child heard the alarm go off and saw … More Info
  • PA: The Summit needs to stop alarming its residents
    12.8.17 – Drexel University The Triangle Online – After having lived in the Summit for ten weeks now, I can safely say that there are things that I have grown to love about the place, but there are also some things that drive me mad sometimes. One of the most annoying and frustrating things that I’ve come to despise about living at the Summit are the fire alarms. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: 2 teens and a juvenile jailed in Mobile burglary
    12.5.17 – AL.com – Police responded to a residential alarm around 10:24 a.m. Saturday and found a car parked in the driveway using a witness description, she said. The two 18-year-olds and the juvenile were developed as suspects and each was charged with third-degree burglary, Solis said. She said they … More Info
  • AL: Law enforcement searching for Leighton burglary suspect
    12.8.17 – whnt.com – What he didn’t realize was the burglar alarm was set. The suspect then high-tailed it across the parking lot where he made his escape. Leighton police would like to get this case solved. Your calls and text messages are anonymous and worth a cash reward… More Info
  • AZ: Phoenix restaurant burglarized, owner threatened
    12.7.17 – AZFamily – “He was in there about six minutes before I was notified by the alarm company,” said Aguirre. The suspect made off with all the money the business made on Tuesday and then trashed the place. “He was in there ransacking but I think he was looking for more and didn’t find everything he was looking for so, in the process, … More Info
  • AZ: Roof-top burglar gets three years probation
    12.8.17 – Nogales International – When NPD officers arrived, the building alarm of the store had been activated. Two officers climbed up to the roof, where they met with Border Patrol agents. They learned that the suspects had cut a hole in a skylight and used the ladder to enter the second floor of the business. Officers subsequently found three suspects … More Info
  • CA: Madison High School in Clairemont Burglarized
    12.7.17 – NBC 7 San Diego – An alarm at the school, set off about 12:20 a.m., indicated people were on the roof, according to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). Lawsuit Filed Against Man Who Had Sex With Minor. Officers found damage in the main office. They are waiting for the school to open Thursday morning to determine what items may … More Info
  • CA: Man broke into Groveland pizza restaurant, poured himself a beer
    12.6.17 – Union Democrat – The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Groveland man Monday night after he broke into a Groveland pizza restaurant and drank beer from the tap. Pizza Factory owner Earl Wright said that just before 11 p.m. on Monday night, he received a call from his alarm company that “something was moving in the building.”. More Info
  • CA: Police looking for robbery suspect
    12.5.17 – Hanford Sentinel – At about 9:40 p.m., Hanford Police officers said they were called to the Chevron gas station regarding a report of a silent hold up alarm and a 911 call coming from the business. Police said officers and deputies from the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, who had responded to assist, … More Info
  • CA: Suspect burglarizes three Auto Center Drive businesses
    12.5.17 – Claremont Courier – Police are searching for a suspect who burglarized three businesses early Monday morning. The first burglary occurred at Luscious Nails around 2 a.m., police said in a release. Officers responded to a burglary alarm and discovered the glass door was smashed with a rock. The suspect made entry and … More Info
  • CA: Suspected “Grinch” on the loose after stealing holiday packages in …
    12.8.17 – VVNG.com – “When my alarm notified me of motion at the front door, I assumed it was my husband getting the packages. Once I arrived home and verified it wasn’t, I pulled up the video from my alarm system,” said Jennifer. Jennifer decided to review the surveillance video and was shocked when she saw an unknown man stealing the … More Info
  • CA: Thieves steal $50000 in coins, metals and jewelry from Pasadena …
    12.8.17 – The Pasadena Star-News – Lt. Pete Hettema said officers checking why the alarm activated at the store discovered the back door open. Four people wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and light-colored clothing broke into the business, according to Lt. John Luna. He added that a late model dark-colored vehicle was also seen in the area. Store owner … More Info
  • CT: Wilton man charged in dispute with mother
    12.6.17 – Thehour.com – Wilton – A Wilton man is facing charges after an alcohol-fueled dispute with his mother, police said. Wilton police responded to a residence early Monday morning in response to a panic alarm that was triggered just after midnight. Police said the alarm was the result of a dispute between the homeowner … More Info
  • FL: Suspected burglar arrested in Jackson County
    12.6.17 – WJHG-TV – According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the store manager at the Speed Track store on Caverns Road contacted law enforcement about a burglary at his store. The manager told deputies when he arrived at the store that morning, the door had been unlocked with a key and the store’s security alarm had been turned … More Info
  • GA: Robbers target 3 stores on successive nights
    12.5.17 – Moultrie Observer – At the sound of the alarm the two ran out of the store, making off with a set of keys to the building. The clerk was not seriously injured, Anderson said. The other two robbery attempts happened on Wednesday and Thursday nights. On Thursday, a man armed with a gun was waiting at the One Stop. More Info
  • IL: Police: Pizzeria break-in nets thieves less than a dollar
    12.9.17 – Chicago Tribune – Police said officers were called to JP McCarthy’s Pizza shortly past 4 a.m. to check on a security alarm. They found the rear window had been broken out, causing an estimated $200 in damage. The rear door was unlocked, police reported. The restaurant owner told police about 50 cents was … More Info
  • LA: North Monroe burglary suspects part of state’s early release program
    12.8.17 – Monroe News Star – The two suspects in a rash of burglaries in north Monroe are in custody in Ouachita Parish. Monroe Police Department Executive Officer Reggie Brown said detectives were able to identify Daniel Alston, 31, as a suspect and determined Alston was employed by Foster Farms in Union Parish. More: Mom faces conspiracy to … More Info
  • LA: Sheriff: Suspect, covered in blood, to parents – ‘I made a mistake’
    12.5.17 – WTSP 10 News – 190 in Slidell after a clerk called 911 to report a robbery around 5:30 a.m. Moments later, deputies responded to an alarm at Dollar General. Shortly thereafter came an alarm at Lishman’s. While at that scene, a passerby said there was an attempted burglary at … More Info
  • MA: Georgetown police reports: Nov. 24-30
    12.6.17 – Wicked Local Georgetown – 9:56 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported…. More Info
  • MA: Rochester Police Log, Nov. 26-Dec. 2
    12.8.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 1:17 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 1:30 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. More Info
  • MD: Burglary suspect arrested after running into NW Baltimore home
    12.6.17 – Fox Baltimore – The home owner was notified by his alarm company about detected motion in the home. The owner returned to his home and discovered evidence of a burglary. More Info
  • ME: Vacation homeowners assess burglary damage in Belgrade Lakes
    12.7.17 – WLBZ-TV – They found him sleeping at one of the homes, after an alarm had been set off at a home. Wednesday a few homeowners made their way back to their summer homes on the lake only to find that they had been broken into and damaged. People like Lee Miller and Joanne Laurin, of Massachusetts, who have … More Info
  • MI: Caught on camera: Clumsy crook stealing from Commerce …
    12.9.17 – WXYZ – But when he got a call from his alarm company on Wednesday, he thought it was a false alarm. “Three people were smashing the door,” he said. “Two people got in. Looked a little drunk. Obviously, they didn’t cover their face,” Moe Cheaito said. A man starts grabbing cash. Moments later, one of his partners in crime comes … More Info
  • MI: Men attempting to use restroom in unlocked McDonald’s trigger …
    12.6.17 – Southgate News Herald – According to the men, they thought the restaurant was open and walked inside to use the restroom. They told police they immediately left when the alarm sounded and went to the Rivera Market, informing employees the alarm was going off at the McDonald’s. The report said they walked to the gas station to use the restroom … More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report Nov. 19-25
    12.5.17 – Southernminn.com – Responded to a residential alarm, alarm accidentally went off, false alarm. … More Info
  • MO: Arrest made in Franklin County church burglaries
    12.8.17 – KSDK – He walked around the building before he set off an alarm. The church’s security system captured video of the burglar, but his face was covered by a hoodie. Perry said he hopes to see the burglar again, but not climbing through a window. Perry wants to welcome the burglar into the church. “If people are having difficulty, … More Info
  • MO: Villa Ridge Man Charged with Burglarizing Area Churches
    12.9.17 – The Missourian – During the thefts, the offices were ransacked and electronics, cash and other items were stolen. “People who burglarize places are looking for an easy target,” Hammack said. “I recommend anybody who has a business with valuables have an alarm system.” He explained that an audible alarm that alerts police is a deterrent … More Info
  • MS: Mississippi man charged in connection with church burglary
    12.7.17 – Seattle Times – Starkville, Miss. (AP) — Police say a Mississippi man has been charged in connection with a church burglary. WTVA-TV reports a Starkville man was arrested at a church after a burglar alarm alerted police. Starkville police said in a Facebook post that officers responded to the alarm at New Horizons Church on Monday … More Info
  • MS: Northsiders again burglarized while sleeping; no suspects
    12.9.17 – Northside Sun – Davis was awakened at around 3:30, after burglars tripped the alarm. “My fiancé woke me up and said, ‘someone has just kicked in the back door,’ ” Hughes said. “I grabbed my pistol, hopped up and (got) in place so I could get a draw on the (bedroom) door where they couldn’t get a draw on me,” he said. “My inclination … More Info
  • MS: Phoenix restaurant burglarized, owner threatened
    12.8.17 – WTVA – “He was in there about six minutes before I was notified by the alarm company,” said Aguirre. The suspect made off with all the money the business made on Tuesday and then trashed the place. “He was in there ransacking but I think he was looking for more and didn’t find everything he was looking for so, in the process, … More Info
  • MS: Starkville man arrested for church burglary
    12.6.17 – Starkville Daily News – A Starkville man is in jail and accused of breaking into a local place of worship. The Starkville Police Department arrested 20-year old Shamar Banks for commercial burglary on Monday, Dec. 4. SPD responded to an alarm at New Horizons Church around 7 p.m. Once officers began investigating the … More Info
  • MT: Billings-area burglar panics when alarm sounds (video)
    12.9.17 – KBZK Bozeman News – A would-be burglar broke in through the drive-through window, and surveillance video posted on Facebook by the restaurant shows him panic when the alarm sounds. The restaurant said: “Break in from Sunday Morning! Does anyone know this idiot? He owes me a take out window. The alarm went off. It’s very loud. More Info
  • MT: Officials search for suspect who climbed through take-out window at …
    12.7.17 – Billings Gazette – The alarm went off. It’s very loud. The idiot couldn’t read Billings Alarm posted on all windows and doors.” The black-and-white footage shows a man climbing through the take-out window and dropping into a crouch, peering around corners and holding an object that might be a crowbar… More Info
  • NB: Fredericton pizza joint broken into early Monday morning
    12-4-17 – CBC.ca – “There was a window that had been boarded up and then they pushed in the [window] and the alarm went off,” he said. He said police still don’t know what was taken inside the local restaurant and the suspect or suspects are still at large. The department’s forensic unit and canine unit were also on scene, he said. Police are … More Info
  • NC: Hickory Police seek assistance finding Cricket Wireless break-in …
    12.8.17 – Hickory Daily Record – HPD officers responded to an alarm call at the wireless service store, finding the front door unlocked and a point of entry in the ceiling, according to the release. Access to the store was made through an air conditioning unit on the roof of the building; an unknown amount of cellphones … More Info
  • ND: Burglary Alarm at Pharmacy in Grand Forks
    12-4-17 – WDAY – Grand Forks – Police responded to a call of a burglary alarm going off at the Thrifty White Pharmacy at 1:36 a.m. on Monday. When authorities arrived on the scene, they found a broken window on the north side of the building. After investigating further it appears that white male with a … More Info
  • ND: Grand Forks Police Searching for Pharmacy Burglary Suspect
    12.8.17 – KVRR – Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks police have released images from an attempted burglary at a drug store. They hope someone can identify the man that broke a window at Thrifty White Pharmacy early Monday morning. It set off an alarm and the man ran off without taking anything. More Info
  • NV: Suspect responsible for 17 robberies arrested on Dec. 3
    12.5.17 – KLAS-TV – The clerk activated the alarm and police were able to capture Laird after a short foot pursuit. The incidents began in December with armed robberies occurring at businesses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. The robberies usually took place at convenience stores with Laird matching witness descriptions of … More Info
  • NY: Burglar tried hiding on Binghamton middle school roof, police say
    12.9.17 – Press & Sun-Bulletin – Binghamton police arrested an accused burglar at East Middle School, who tried hiding on the roof of the building after officers arrived. Marcus D. Hamlett, 27, of Binghamton, was taken into custody Thursday morning after police responded to a burglar alarm at 12:39 a.m. in the middle school. The first … More Info
  • NY: Men Take TVs, Clothes, Security System From East New York Home
    12.9.17 – Patch.com – 16., just after midnight at a home, police said. Security camera footage shows the men walking through a front gate. They got into the home by forcing open the front door, police said. From there, they took three TVs, 12 bags of clothes and the alarm system, … More Info
  • OH: Lakewood police release surveillance video of attempted smash …
    12.9.17 – cleveland.com – Tim Lucas, owner of Lucas Auto Wash, said his alarm system went off when the crash happened and police were immediately notified. The robbers tired to steal an ATM inside the gas station, but they were unsuccessful. The attempted robbery resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to the building, according to its owner … More Info
  • OH: Police Blotter: Flowers stolen from sorority house; balloons set off …
    12.7.17 – The Post – Deputies responded to an activated commercial alarm in Trimble Township on Nov. 29. Deputies patrolled the area. They found no forced entry or broken glass. They determined that it was most likely loose helium balloons floating around the store that triggered the alarm. No further action was taken, and deputies returned … More Info
  • OR: 16 Medford Businesses Burglarized In One Month
    12-4-17 – KDRV – Sixteen businesses in Medford have been broken into in the last month. This is probably the work of one person as we have not seen a spree like this in quite a while. The suspect is targeting businesses that are not alarmed nor have video surveillance. If you own a business, please consider an alarm or video surveillance … More Info
  • OR: Deputies: Aloha man arrested after taking bait package from porch
    12.8.17 – KPTV.com – According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an alarm activation from the package just before 2:45 a.m. Thursday. The deputies followed the GPS signal from the bait package to a residence less than two blocks from where the bait … More Info
  • TX: After a dozen break-ins, Fort Worth church boards up windows …
    12.5.17 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – Bishop Keith Ackerman couldn’t believe it when the security alarm at his church went off early Monday morning. It was the second time in three days. By the time he and police reached St. Timothy Church, the thief was already gone. … More Info
  • TX: Wood County Sheriff’s Report November 22-28, 2017
    12.5.17 – KSST – Deputies were dispatched, at approximately 9:14 p.m., in reference to an assault that occurred. This case has been forwarded to investigators. Deputies were dispatched, at approximately 10:10 p.m., in reference to an alarm. Deputies checked the building and it was secure. More Info
  • VA: Bank robbery etiquette: Using a starter check for your demand note …
    12-4-17 – Washington Post – At 10:40 a.m., he went into a BB&T Bank branch in Chesapeake, Va., and passed a note on a blank check which read, “Stay calm do not hit any alarms gimme all the $$ no one gets hurt and everyone goes home and no dye packs.” But before Harris could get the money, he spotted a police car outside so he scooped up his … More Info
  • VA: Cumberland Police on lookout for bank robbery suspect
    12.9.17 – Progress Index – Cumberland – Cumberland City Police are looking for a suspect in the Friday morning robbery of First United Bank & Trust in Cumberland. According to the Cumberland PD, at 9:27 a.m. Friday, officers responded to First United Bank, after a hold-up alarm was received from that location. More Info
  • WA: Federal Way police arrest suspect for vehicular assault after crash
    12.5.17 – Federal Way Mirror – … officers responded to a report of a residential alarm. When they arrived on scene, they noticed the front door’s small glass window had fallen out into the house. It is unknown if it was forcibly broken or if it happened accidentally. The door was opened from the inside, and officers … More Info
  • WA: Police Blotter: Dec. 7 issue
    12.9.17 – Capitol Hill Times – The store’s burglary alarm had been tripped at 4:41 a.m., and officers had responded to the store at that time but saw no signs of forced entry. The store manager led the returning officers around back and showed them that the burglar had pried open a fire exit door. Once inside, the suspect broke the lock off a cage and … More Info
  • WA: Sheriff’s Report, December 7, 2017
    12.7.17 – The Wahkiakum County Eagle – 3:00 a.m. An alarm was activated at a Cathlamet business. A deputy responded and found an open door. 10:15 a.m. A caller reported that a herd of goats were loose in the Skamokawa area. 10:46 a.m. The Cathlamet ambulance transported a clinic patient, who was feeling weak and confused, to the hospital. 12:05 p.m. A … More Info
  • WI: Smash and grab burglary attempted at North Side credit union …
    12.8.17 – Madison.com – A burglar used a rock to shatter a glass door at a North Side credit union early Thursday morning, but it wasn’t known if the burglar stole anything. The attempted burglary happened at about 3 a.m. at the UW Credit Union Madison police said. Officers went to the facility after getting an alarm, … More Info

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