12-19-16 NESA Monitor

December 19, 2016

Door to Door Sales

  • Door-to-door smoke alarm sales raise suspicions for some
    12.14.16 – Hawaii News Now – That’s why a number of Oahu residents got suspicious after getting knocks on their doors from people offering to check their smoke alarms as part of a “fire … More Info
  • Ark. AG files suit against NorthStar Alarm Services
    12.16.16 – THV11.com – Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit on Thursday against NorthStar Alarm … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • OK: Fire and burglar alarm permits open for renewal
    12.14.16 – Stillwater News Press – Per the release, Moore said “permit holders should be aware of possible alarm malfunctions that could send false alarms to police or fire officials. Three or more … More Info
  • PE: Charlottetown alarm bylaw beefed up
    12.14.16 – CBC.ca – Even the fines remain the same for false alarm calls. You’ll still be facing between $100 and $500. “When you’re looking at maximum ranges that would depend … More Info
  • TX: Frisco police to crack down on security systems after 2000-plus false …
    12.13.16 – Dallas News – Beginning Jan. 1, Frisco police will start enforcing a new ordinance meant to curb false security alarms at homes and businesses. Between Aug. 1 and Nov. …. More Info
  • WV: False alarm ordinance introduced in Putnam County
    12.13.16 – WSAZ-TV – Putnam County, WV – Accidentally setting off your home security alarm can happen to anyone as they leave their home, but in Putnam County, if it … More Info

Industry News

  •  Inspector Who Fell From Ladder Supplied by Property Owner …
    12.14.16 – The National Law Review – A 54-year-old fire alarm technician was working as a part of a two-man crew to inspect the fire alarms at the Bella Vista Transitional Care Center. While he was … More Info
  • First Alert and Google Form Partnership to Advance Connected Home Platform
    12.15.16- SSI – A smart wifi thermostat will be the first compatible product to launch. More Info
  • Decoding HDMI Bandwidth: What’s the Deal? Is It 10Gbps, 18Gbps or 30Gbps?
    12.15.16 – CEPro – What happens when an HDMI cable boasts 18Gbps but can’t fight its way out of 10.2Gbps? Let’s sort through the question of HDMI speed once and for all. More Info
  • I’ve Seen the Future of Home Automation and it Starts with Google Now
    12.15.16 – CEPro –  AI is here: Google Assistant voice-control, coupled with Google Now, mixed with oodles of analytics, is a revelation for this smart-home reporter. More Info

State & National News

  • FBI Releases 2015 Crime Statistics
    12.14.16 – SIA – The FBI released details on more than 5.6 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System in 2015. More Info
  • What Consumers Want in Smart Homes
    12.13.16 – SIA – Research from the National Association of Realtors indicates that although most consumers don’t ask their real estate agents about smart home devices, they’re still interested in those devices. More Info
  • Study Finds Clear Patterns in Bad Passwords
    12.12.16 – SIA – A recent study of 50,000 leaked emails and passwords showed too many still take the easy route when choosing passwords. More Info
  • Survey says millennial renters want a smart home too
    12.14.16 – SSN – Carmel, IN – Some millennials would prefer smart home features over parking spaces – Door hardware company Schlage conducted a study with Wakefield Research showing that millennials in multi-family housing would pay more, or give up other amenities, for smart home features. More Info

Business Tips

  • Having a business continuity plan a matter of survival
    12.13.16 – SIW – A behind-the-scenes look at one of Agility Recovery’s testing and logistics centers… More Info
  • AV Tips for 2017: How to Speak to Customers’ IT Departments
    12.15.16 – CI – Experts from Axis Communications, Kramer, QSC, and Media Vision share advice on how to form trusting relationships with customers’ IT departments. More Info
  • The Network Requirements Every Integrator Should Be Providing Clients
    12.14.16 – CI – AV integrators need to communicate Wi-Fi requirements, security methods, database service requirements and more to ensure their clients’ IT departments are prepared for new technology. More Info
  • Signing Contracts: 3 Best Practices You Ought to Know
    12.15.16 – CEPro –  Embracing digital signatures, making sure proposals are authorized by the integration company owner, and only allowing senior managers to sign contracts will avoid headaches. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Fire at Concord elementary school being investigated as possible …
    12.12.16 – KRON4.com – Officers received a call about a suspicious person yelling in the parking lot of Highlands Elementary School around 5 a.m. just as the fire alarm was going off. More Info
  • CO: Breaking: Condo fire in Keystone extinguished
    12.17.16 – Summit Daily News – Some 15 firefighters from Lake Dillon Fire responded to an alarm triggered by the sprinkler system about 7:15 p.m., and they were assisted by a crew from Red, … More Info
  • CT: Shelton Fire Department Calls For Service
    12.13.16 – Valley Independent Sentinel – #5 and the Huntington Co. #3 responded to a residential fire alarm sounding. There was no fire. Smoke from cooking caused the alarm. More Info
  • FL: Little Havana home catches fire
    12.16.16 – 7News – WSVN-TV – According to one of the residents, it was just after 5 a.m., when he woke up to the smell of gas before hearing the fire alarm. That’s when he sprung into action, … More Info
  • IL: NFD: Smoke alarm alerts tenants to apartment fire
    12.16.16 – Bloomington Pantagraph – Normal – A smoke alarm is being credited for alerting residents to a fire Wednesday night that started on the outside of an apartment and spread into the … More Info
  • KS: Overland Park apartment didn’t have working fire alarm during …
    12.13.16 – The Dispatch – The unit’s smoke alarms were not working, due to missing batteries, leaving residents unaware of the fire. In all, three apartments are damaged and six residents … More Info
  • NV: Discarded cigarette blamed for $60K fire at Henderson golf club
    12.17.16 – News3LV – One engine company responded to a reported water flow alarm at a commercial structure at about … More Info
  • OH: Police chief: There will be more arrests after firefighter death
    12.12.16 – Cincinnati.com – Authorities were called the house for a report of burglar alarm and found the house was on fire. At 1:20 a.m., Wolternan’s colleagues called a … More Info
  • OK: 2 small fires get big response at Cox Convention Center
    12.13.16 – KOKH FOX25 – Fire crews in Oklahoma City put out a commercial fire alarm Monday night after reports of smoke at the Cox Convention Center. Crews responded to downtown … More Info
  • VA: Fire Destroys Home in Annandale, Five Residents Displaced
    12.17.16 – Patch.com – There was one smoke alarm in the home but it did not activate due to dead batteries. All occupants had safely evacuated the home prior to fire department arrival … More Info
  • WA: Blotter: Children, paint and batteries signal false alarms in Snoqualmie
    12.14.16 – Snoqualmie Valley Record – False alarm: At 11:55 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to the Church on the Ridge for an automatic fire alarm. The alarm company had also contacted … More Info
  • WA: Sheriff’s Report, December 15, 2016
    12.14.16 – The Wahkiakum County Eagle – 6:48 a.m. The District 4 Fire Department responded to a fire alarm that was activated in the Rosedale area. The response was called off when it turned out to be … More Info
  • WA: Updated 12 hrs ago
    12.13.16 – Walla Walla Union-Bulletin – 6:32 a.m. — WWFD to residential fire alarm in the 1800 block of Plaza Way. 8:12 a.m. — WWFD to fire alarm at the YWCA. 6:20 p.m. — WWFD to … More Info
  • WI: Fire damages home in town of Plover
    12.12.16 – Stevens Point Journal – One person was inside the home when the fire started, but was able to escape unharmed with a few of the family’s pets after hearing a smoke alarm, Voss said. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar alarm leads to Valdosta arrests
    12.12.16 – WALB-TV – The E-911 burglar alarm for Imperial Auto Sales went off about 2:00 Monday morning, and responding officers quickly had suspects in .. More Info
  • AR: Thief takes $7000 worth of liquor from North Little Rock store’s …
    12.16.16 – Arkansas Online- The storage room doesn’t have an alarm, and the outside-facing door was locked when police arrived. The responding officer found a pair of small liquor bottles … More Info
  • AZ: Marshals Service: Holiday-season roundup nets 157 fugitives
    12.17.16 – 12news.com – … to the Marshals Service, the annual operation was created in response to a 2012 shooting of a Tucson police sergeant while responding to a burglary alarm. More Info
  • AZ: Phoenix PD: Suspect arrested in 12 Valley cell phone store robberies
    12.14.16 – ABC15 Arizona – Police say that when the employee hit the silent alarm, Martinez became nervous and fled, only taking the hand sanitizer he was holding while in the store. More Info
  • CA: More burglaries reported in Napa County
    12.17.16 – Napa Valley Register – When the attempt failed, the individual left the building, setting off the alarm. A newer model 4-door sedan was also picked up by the camera footage, Swift said. More Info
  • CA: Police killing of unarmed, 73-year-old grandfather sparks anger …
    12.15.16 – Los Angeles Times – Bakersfield police had visited Serna’s home eight times before Monday’s shooting, and half of the visits were false burglary alarms, a police spokesman said. More Info
  • CA: Suspects sought in connection to Atascadero burglary
    12.15.16 – KEYT – At around 8:00 a.m., officers responded to an alarm at Central Coast Trains. Officers determined that … More Info
  • CA: Two accused of attacking police following burglary
    12.17.16 – The Bakersfield Californian – Police were dispatched to a burglary alarm at the Goodwill Store and saw three men flee the building. An officer caught up with … More Info
  • CA: Woman wanted for attempted bank heist
    12.14.16 – Thousand Oaks Acorn – The teller promptly alerted bank staff who triggered the alarm system. The woman escaped without any cash. Courtesy of VCSO Police this week released … More Info
  • CT: Police: Suspect cuts power to home prior to burglary
    12.15.16 – Darien Times – Police were notified of an active burglar alarm at the home, and the alarm company reported that they had already spoken with the resident, a 79-year-old … More Info
  • CT: Smash-and-grab burglaries continue in Stamford
    12.12.16 – The Advocate – A rock thrown through a side plate-glass window triggered the alarm at Gofer Ice Cream about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Security footage … More Info
  • CT: Two home break-ins in New Canaan
    12.12.16 – Newcanaannewsonline – New Canaan — Police are warning residents to activate alarm systems and secure their valuables after residential burglaries were reported over the weekend. More Info
  • CT: Woodbridge police: Blood smears linked East Haven man to smash …
    12.14.16 – New Haven Register – Officers first responded to the deli at about 4 a.m. the day of the alleged break-in on a report of an activated burglar alarm. Advertisement. An area … More Info
  • FL: Police: Miami homeowner shoots intruder in attempted burglary
    12.13.16 – 7News – WSVN-TV – The family knew the situation was serious after the second alarm. “That’s when they got up and went to investigate to see what was going on in the home,” said … More Info
  • FL: Thieves Break Through Wall For High-Priced Hair
    12.13.16 – CBS Local – “When they get inside the backroom, the alarm go off and they don’t have much time so they take whatever they can and just left,” said store owner Rabee … More Info
  • GA: 3 more people arrested in entering auto crime spree
    12.17.16 – LaGrange Daily News – A silent alarm helped LaGrange Police catch a man attempting to break into an ATM in front of the Charterbank about 1:15 a.m. on … More Info
  • GA: 6 sought in smash-and-grab at Gwinnett pawn shop
    12.13.16 – FOX 5 Atlanta – The company’s alarm system reported the activity to police around 7 a.m. Monday. … More Info
  • GA: ICYMI: Burglars Smash Into Pawn Shop With Pickup Truck — Video
    12.17.16 – Patch.com – Police received a call from an alarm company at about 7 a.m. Monday, saying motion was detected inside the Lucky Pawn store … More Info
  • GA: Madison County blotter
    12.16.16 – Online Athens – 6, Deputy Brian Cowart was dispatched at 1:40 a.m. to a burglar alarm at Colbert Pharmacy. As he was en route, he encountered a … More Info
  • IL: Burglar Broke Into Pearle Vision But Not To Steal Anything, Owner …
    12.13.16 – DNAinfo – He said his alarm also didn’t go off, but was unsure why. Officers responded to the break-ins by 12:55 a.m., according to police. No one is currently in custody for … More Info
  • IL: Burglars break into U.S. Cellular store, caught on tape
    12.15.16 – Brookfield-Elm Grove Now – In the early morning hours Wednesday, city of Brookfield police responded to an alarm at a U.S. Cellular store. Upon arrival, officers … More Info
  • IN: 7:49 pm – Report of a hit and run
    12.15.16 – thepaper24-7.com – 3:08 p.m. – Report of a residential alarm … 5:43 p.m. – Report of a business alarm …. More Info
  • KY: Crime Stoppers: Pharmacy Burglaries
    12.14.16 – WBKO – Bowling Green Police say on August 25, officers responded to an alarm at CDS Pharmacy. When officers arrived, they discovered … More Info
  • LA: Deputy responds to home alarm, finds cow culprit
    12.15.16 – WWLTV.com – St. Tammany Parish, La. – A deputy responding to a call on a rural property found an interesting culprit when he got to the scene Sunday. According to the St…. More Info
  • MA: Man robs Commerce bank teller
    12.15.16 – Worcester Telegram – Police went to the reported panic alarm at the bank around noon Thursday. A bank teller told police a white man in his mid-30s and wearing sunglasses, a hat, … More Info
  • MA: Police investigating T-Mobile break-in
    12.12.16 – The Boston Globe – The store’s alarm was activated when the door was opened, but “there was a delay in reporting to the Brookline police of over 11 minutes,” police said. More Info
  • MD; 20 laptops stolen from eastern Baltimore County elementary school
    12.16.16 – Baltimore Sun – Officers were dispatched to Deep Creek Elementary for a burglar alarm at 2:42 a.m. Tuesday, police said. They found that a window on one of the trailers was … More Info
  • MI: $1K reward for info on video game store smash and grab in Dearborn
    12.12.16 – Fox 2 Detroit – Awada’s alarm company alerted him that there was trouble at his store located … “I got a phone call from the alarm company – it was 11:49 they told me they told … More Info
  • MI: Bruce Township Clerk Brockmann expresses regret about arrest
    12.15.16 – The Macomb Daily – Michigan State Police responded to an alarm at the Bruce Township Hall at 3 a.m. Sept. 11 for a possible breaking and entering incident. An MSP crash report … More Info
  • MI: Cops follow footprints for three miles, arrest pair for attempted …
    12.15.16 – The Macomb Daily – Responding to a burglary alarm, Officers Michael Saier and Lauren Brockmann started following the suspects’ shoe prints for approximately two hours. More Info
  • MI: Jackson Sheriff: deputy arrests man with felony warrant for violating …
    12.13.16 – MLive.com – Deputies Sullivan and Lewis responded to Whitetail Court for an alarm. … More Info Deputies Meyers and Jenski responded for a residential alarm. More Info
  • MN: Bank robber nabbed in Blaine
    12.13.16 – KARE – Blaine Police Lieutenant Dan Pelky says squads were dispatched to the TCF Bank just before 9:45 a.m. after a holdup alarm … More Info
  • MN: Two charged in Cornerstone Church burglary
    12.13.16 – Republican Eagle – 10 for a burglary alarm at Cornerstone Church. After entering the building, officers discovered the second-floor motion and second-floor elevator … More Info
  • MO: Sheriff’s report: Dec. 5-11, 2016
    12.15.16 – Ozark County Times – 10:18 a.m. – Burglary alarm triggered at business on square. Checked OK. 10:22 a.m. – Well-being check at a residence. More Info
  • MO: Texas County Sheriff’s Report December 15, 2016
    12.15.16 – The Licking News – An alarm call was checked out. There was no sign of a break-in. A woman on Highway 32 reported hearing shots fired and a dog … More Info
  • NC: Crime Stoppers: Jewelry thieves target new townhomes
    12.14.16 – WBTV – One homeowner had an alarm and surveillance video installed, but it didn’t stop crooks from stealing expensive jewelry. Surveillance video from inside the … More Info
  • NE: Homeowner alerts police after watching intruder break-in on security …
    12.14.16 – 1011now – “He did ring the doorbell about ten times, and then proceeded to shake the door which set the alarm off on the door and then he proceeded to knock the door … More Info
  • NH: Pelham man charged in botched Manchester store robbery
    12.13.16 – The Union Leader – The clerk refused, pushed the store panic alarm, and hit Parolisi several times with a broom while Parolisi allegedly tried to grab cash from the register, police … More Info
  • NJ: Saturday morning roundup: Snow? Snow!
    12.17.16 – Asbury Park Press – The burglar alarm activated at the Blue Swan Diner around 1:55 a.m. Thursday. Police watched surveillance video, which led … More Info
  • NJ: Virginia man charged in Atlantic City bank robbery, wanted for …
    12.16.16 – Press of Atlantic City – Once law enforcement knew who the suspect was, they alerted local TD Bank branches and instructed them to hit their emergency alarm if Higgins entered a … More Info
  • NY: Police Report: Burglars Strike Homes on Lincoln and Fox Meadow …
    12.14.16 – Scarsdale10583.com – An alarm for the basement window was received at approximately 9:38 p.m. that same evening. The family member, who has power of attorney for the house, … More Info
  • OH: Ex-employee suspected of break in: Brunswick Hills Police Blotter
    12.12.16 – cleveland.com – Brunswick Hills — Breaking and entering, Pearl Road: Police responded to an alarm call at a business at 9:17 p.m. Nov. 25. A company representative was … More Info
  • OH: Lisbon Village Police
    12.17.16 – The Review – Lisbon Police Reports. The security alarm was going off at VRS Cash Loan at 4:28 a.m. Tuesday, but the building was … More Info
  • OH: Man robbed two Cleveland restaurants in one hour, police say
    12.13.16 – cleveland.com – The woman told the group that she pushed the silent alarm and that police were on the way, according to court records. The robber punched the woman in the … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    12.14.16 – Circleville Herald – ADT advised of a general motion burglary alarm. Checked OK. … Caller advised of the ATM duress alarm drop … More Info
  • OK: Former OU player arrested on possession of meth, obstructing an …
    12.13.16 – KOKH FOX25 – “When I got the phone call and it was the alarm company I knew pretty much that I had gotten robbed,” Hobbytown Edmond Owner Chip Stockel said. More Info
  • PA: GANT Police Blotter
    12.15.16 – Gant Daily – Police reported a false alarm at Tan Zone on Monday. On Monday a 40-year-old Treasure Lake woman reported while driving, a rock from a … More Info
  • SD: Affidavit Reveals Gruesome Details In Double Homicide
    12.14.16 – KDLT News – 20 when the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says an officer responded to an alarm activation at Carol Simon’s home. A search … More Info
  • TN: Man bound over on attempted bank robbery charge
    12.13.16 – Johnson City Press – Elizabethton Police Department officers responded to a panic alarm shortly before noon. Bank employees told the officers a man came into the bank and … More Info
  • TN: Police search for 2 in unrelated robbery, attempted robbery
    12.12.16 – WKRN.com – Instead, the employee hit the panic alarm and walked into a back room. The suspect then left. Investigators said the suspect is a thin, Hispanic man in his 20s or … More Info
  • TX: Accused jewelry thief caught trying to escape custody at…
    12.13.16 – KPRC Houston – … in jail, is facing another charge of attempted escape while arrested. Police said an alarm was activated at Fullen Jewelry…. More Info
  • TX: APD searching for suspects accused of stealing 86k of jewelry
    12.17.16 – FOX 7 Austin – According to APD, officers of the Austin Police Department responded to Spence Diamonds for a robbery alarm on Friday … More Info
  • VA: Knife-wielding suspect robs Hanover 7-11
    12.12.16 – wtvr.com – On Monday, Dec. 12, at approximately 7:25 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to 7-11 l for an alarm. Once on … More Info
  • VT: Police, alarm deter burglars
    12.13.16 – The Barrie Examiner – An alarm and the arrival of police officers at a Shanty Bay residence scared … at 2:20 a.m., responding to an alarm after the garage area was forcible entered. More Info
  • WA: ATM stolen from Madison Park convenience store
    12.13.16 – Capitol Hill Times – Officers responded to an alarm at the convenience store around 5:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, where they found the front doors forced open — one completely … More Info
  • WI: Liquor Store Burglary Actually False Alarm; ​Snow Blower Incident …
    12.12.16 – Patch.com – A resident called police after she was confronted by an angry neighbor after the neighbor was held accountable for blowing … More Info
  • WI: Man who robbed Baraboo payday loan store could be responsible …
    12.16.16 – Madison.com – The Sauk County 911 Center received a holdup alarm from the store, so officers were sent, only to arrive after the suspect had left. The suspect entered the store, … More Info
  • WI: Near West Side smoke shop’s stock of Newport cigarettes depleted …
    12.15.16 – Madison.com – Police responded to a triggered burglary alarm at Tobacco Plus around 9 a.m. Thursday to find the front door shattered, Madison Police … More Info
  • WI: Oconomowoc police reports: Woman smashes protest sign
    12.13.16 – Lake Country Now – Police issued a false alarm citation to Park Lawn Elementary School on Dec. 2. Police responded to an alarm at the school at about 3:20 a.m. … More Info

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