12-2-13 NESA Monitor

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December 2, 2013

Association Events

  • 12.6.13 – NTAA Christmas Party – December 6th, 6-10pm REGISTER
  • 12.10.13 – ASSIST & HGCAA Combined Christmas Party- Tuesday December 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST- Salt Grass Steakhouse- 1803 Shephard Dr – Houston, TX 77007 Get more information

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • AL: Fines proposed for false fire alarms
    11.29.13 – Andalusia Star-News – A fourth visit from the Florala Fire Department because of false fire alarms could cost Florala businesses up to $250. City council members tabled the proposed … More Info
  • CA: City hires firm to collect fees for false alarms
    11.29.13 – Yorba Linda Star – Placentia – In an effort to keep better track of alarm permits and false alarms at homes and businesses in Placentia, the city has hired a private company to track incidents and purse payments for violations. PMAM Corp. will take over tracking alarm… More Info
  • GA: DeKalb to bill for false alarms
    11.29.13 – Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Starting Monday, DeKalb County will begin registering alarms at homes and businesses – and levying fines after one false alarm – in a bid to curb false alerts. More Info
  • IA: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City fire departments grapple with evolution of services
    11.29.13 – The Gazette – When the alarm sounds at the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City fire departments, firefighters might be called out to a motor vehicle crash, a hazardous materials spill, a medical emergency, or – on rare occasions – an actual fire, though a false alarm is more likely. More Info
  • MB: Fines for fire-code violations to skyrocket under changes
    11.26.13 – Brandon Sun – … and Emergency Response Act covers fire-safety inspections, regulations on the proper care of fire hoses, centrally monitored fire-alarm systems and fire-alarm … More Info
  • NY: Syracuse council reconsiders burglar alarm fee, this time $30 a year
    11.27.13 – The Post-Standard – Elderly and disabled residents would be exempt. More Info
  • ON: Ontario passes bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all homes
    11.28.13 – The Globe and Mail – Progressive Conservative MPP Ernie Hardeman, who sponsored the legislation, said 250 Ontarians have been killed by the odourless, colourless gas in the last decade. More Info
  • WA: False alarms keep Kentville firefighters hopping
    11.29.13 – Kings County Register/Advertiser – One fire alarm was cancelled before trucks rolled out of the Main Street station, but a call about a chimney fire in North Alton had crews busy. Two trucks and … More Info

Industry News

  • WSAZ Investigates: Putting A Family to the Smoke Alarm Test
    11.26.13 – WSAZ NewsChannel 3 West Virginia – Even with a perfect plan in place to help children escape during a fire, there is one part that must be left to chance. More Info
  • Staples Connect Home Automation Hits Stores Today
    11.28.13- CEPro – Staples rolls out Connect home automation and security system today in 32 small-market stores; Doorbot and Ivee not yet available, but inexpensive Lutron ClearConnect dimmers and shades available now. More Info
  • ADT culls ‘weaker players’ from dealer program
    11.26.13 – Security Systems News – New York – ADT is turning its dealer program around, culling more than 100 lower-performing dealers, according to an industry analyst. Learn the details. More Info
  • Video verification standards by 2014
    11.26.13 – Security Systems News – Henderson, Nev. – A group of law enforcement and alarm industry representatives want to get video verification standards ready by 2014. After their first gathering, members tell Security Systems News how they plan to meet this goal. More Info
  • Traditional phone lines may go away
    11.30.13 – The Detroit News – Seifert added Lifeline systems, burglar alarms and medical devices such as heart pacemakers operate on traditional land lines and may not be compatible with …More Info
  • Consumer Tech Talk: Security systems protect, provide peace of mind
    12.1.13 – Appeal-Democrat – It says that there are about 5,000 security companies in the United States and 18 million home alarm systems. Other industries such as telecommunications … More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State Trends

None this week

National News

  • Obamacare’s small-business exchange delayed again
    11.27.13 – Washington Post – The new Web site was slated for October. Then Nov. 1. Then the end of November. Now? November 2014. More Info
  • OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries
    11.13.13 – Claims Journal – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. More Info

 Business Tips

  • Leading millennials: Are you up to the task at hand?
    11.18.13 – Multibriefs – No matter how you look at the business world, things are evolving — from the way businesses are run to the types of employees that are hired. As baby boomers leave the workforce, the millennials are infiltrating your offices. These millennials are becoming successful in their multitasking, challenge-thriving ways, but with that comes challenges. Ask yourself, can you lead a millennial effectively? More Info
  • No Sense of Security
    11.25.13 – CIO Insight – Security is near the top of every CIO’s list of priorities. However, security ranks significantly lower when it comes to IT funding. Why the disconnect? More Info
  • Replace Your Mobile Paper With a Tablet
    11.21.13 – CIO Insight – When you see employees using paper forms, such as invoices, work orders and customer surveys, examine how the data process can be digitized via a tablet or other computing device. More Info
  • Tips On Providing Employee Feedback
    11.27.13 – Desert Graphics – Talk to most managers about giving employees feedback and they’ll almost certainly start shaking and run away … . More Info
  • The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 … 
    11.18.13 – www.forbes.com – Content-Shapes-How-You-Lead People are consuming massive amounts of content each day via their smartphones, laptops, tablets and the … More Info
  • Five Reasons Why Employees Are Thankful
    11.28.13 – With the Thanksgiving holiday week upon us, find out what makes modern workers appreciative about their jobs. (Hint: It’s not always about you.) More Info
  • Employers Ease Up on Mobile Device Policies
    11.26.13 – Baseline – Many employers are easing up on their policies restricting mobile device usage. Some no longer restrict content, blacklist certain apps or enforce encryption rules. More Info
  • Find the right fit up front: Set employee expectations at the job interview
    11.25.13 – BizTimes Milwaukee – I see the tides turning. Leaders in organizations are having conversations about Gen Y. Not just complaining about them; rather trying to get a handle on the issues that have become a new reality in organizations. They’re grappling. I recently spoke at a conference in Madison. As we were talking about the evolution of the work environments and the overall quality of life that Gen Ys are seeking, More Info

Fire News

  • IN: Smoke alarm alerts sleeping man to fire
    12.1.13 – WRTV Indianapolis – Indianapolis firefighters said a smoke detector saved a man’s life Saturday after it woke him up during a fire. More Info
  • KS: Smoke alarm saves Olathe family from fire
    11.27.13 – KCTV 5 Kansas City – A smoke detector alerted a sleeping family to a fire in their home and saved their lives, firefighters say. More Info
  • LA: Smoke alarm alerts family to safely escape house fire
    11.29.13 – WAFB Baton Rouge – Fire officials said a working smoke alarm helped a family safely escape a house fire early Friday morning. Seven people were inside the home at the time of the fire. More Info
  • MO: Smoke alarm saves family from overnight fire
    11.27.13 – fox2now.com – St. Louis, MO (KTVI) – Nine family members were saved from a house fire overnight by their smoke detectors. This fire started around 11:30pm Tuesday on the … More Info

 Crime News

  • AL: Huntsville Police respond to burglaries at 2 businesses overnight
    11.30.13 – al.com – Police responded to an alarm at 2:51 a.m. at Jet-Pep. When they arrived, they found the glass door to the business was forced open. More Info
  • AL: Police respond to Jet-Pep burglary
    11.30.13 – WAFF 48 News Huntsville – Huntsville police responded to a burglary early Saturday morning. More Info
  • AR: Gravette Man Pleads Guilty To Burglary, False Alarm
    Northwest Arkansas News – A Gravette man pleaded guilty this week to burglary and other charges related to an incident in which he claimed he’d been shot by an intruder at his home. More Info
  • CA: Thieves strike 5 San Jose schools, steal computers
    11.29.13 – San Jose Mercury News – At the fifth school, Los Alamitos in the Almaden Valley, district security officers alerted by an alarm interrupted the thieves, who dropped a sack of laptops and … More Info
  • CA: Woman arrested for robbery at Fallbrook 7-Eleven
    11.27.13 – The Fallbrook Village News – Fallbrook – At 12:50 a.m. today, deputies from the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation were enjoying mid-shift beverages in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store when a customer exited the store and advised them the female preparing to drive away had just robbed the store. The customer directed the deputies to a white female adult, later identified as Julia Martell, 32, who was preparing to drive away in a Volvo station wagon. More Info
  • CO: Police Officer, Canine Sustain Minor Injuries In Scuffle With Suspect
    11.30.13 – KKTV 11 Colorado Springs – A police officer and a police canine are both OK after getting involved in a scuffle with a burglary suspect. More Info
  • FL: Bears In Central Florida
    11.25.13 – Orlando Sentinel – Swerdlow has tried spraying the slats with ammonia and installing a motion-sensing alarm to scare off the bear. It kept coming. He said he rejected a suggestion … More Info
  • FL: Clumsy Armed Robber Nabbed While Repeatedly Dropping Items At The Scene (Video)
    12.1.13 – Opposing Views – Clumsy Armed Robber Nabbed While Repeatedly Dropping Items At The Scene (Video) Legal A clumsy armed robber was foiled on Thanksgiving Day after a gas station clerk in Florida cleverly stalled the gunman and loaded him up with an unwieldy haul of items he couldn’t seem to carry. Johnny Antron Love, 22, was arrested Thursday morning when police found him fumbling to pick up stolen bottles of beer … More Info
  • FL: Man Arrested For January Madison Truck Stop Burglary
    11.26.13 – WCTV Tallahassee – a warrant for the arrest of Michael Deangelo Fiffa was executed while he was incarcerated at the Madison County Jail on other unrelated charges. More Info
  • FL: Miami Gardens police nab gas station thief caught in the act
    11.27.13 – MiamiHerald.com – Here’s what happened, according to Miami Gardens Police: Around 5:40 a.m., police responded to an alarm at the Shell Gas Station. More Info
  • FL: Smash-and-grab burglars hit pawn shop in Miramar
    Sun-Sentinel – Miramar Police are searching for at least five smash and grab burglars that targeted a pawn shop early Monday. More Info     
  • FL: Subject arrested after armed robbery at gas station
    11.27.13 – 7Online WSVN-TV – The crook then walked through the store and filled bags with beer, while the clerk pushed the alarm button to alert police. Police arrived on scene minutes later … More Info
  • GA: 2 charged in store burglaries
    11.25.13 – Statesboro Herald – It started at 2:44 a.m. Thursday, when deputies responded to Zip in Foods #11 in Leefield in response to an alarm. The store’s video footage showed that two … More Info
  • GA: Arrest made in overnight burglary
    11.25.13 – WALB Albany – Willie Hayes, age 47, is in the Lowndes County jail, after he was arrested this morning on burglary charges, for stealing beer and cigarettes. More Info
  • GA: Arrest made in Valdosta Enmark burglary
    11.25.13 – WFXL FOX 31 – Police say that around 3:05 a.m., Valdosta police officers responded to an alarm at the store. Upon arrival, officers found a … More Info
  • GA: Burglars hit another downtown bank
    11.26.13 – Statesboro Herald – At approximately 2:40 a.m., officers with the Statesboro Police Department responded to an alarm at the Sea Island Bank’s main branch, at the intersection of … More Info
  • IL: Chicago police car stolen during burglary investigation
    11.30.13 – UPI.com – The CPD said officers were dispatched to investigate a burglar alarm on the Southwest Side and found their car had been stolen when they returned. The car … More Info
  • IN: Police nab 2 following grocery robbery
    11.27.13 – WISH-TV Indianapolis – Noblesville Police officers responded to a hold-up alarm Tuesday evening at the Rancho Alegre Mexican Grocery. More Info
  • KS: Saline: Police take custody of man wanted on nine arrest warrants
    Heritage Newspapers – Police responded to an alarm for a break in at about noon that day to find two people doing construction work to the front … More Info
  • KY: KSP investigating burglary, arson in Lebanon, Ky.
    11.25.13 – WHAS TV11 Louisville – Lebanon, Ky. – Post 15 Arson Investigator Alex Wesley is investigating a burglary/arson that occurred on the morning of Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at the Limestone Distillery in Lebanon.  Marion County 911 was notified just before 6 a.m. by the distillery alarm company about a possible break in.  Lebanon Police responded and found an active fire in the … More Info
  • LA: Covington man arrested after breaking into a veterinary clinic, cops …
    11.25.13 – NOLA.com – Covington Police responded to a burglary alarm at the clinic and found that a window at the back of the building had been busted. The first officer to arrive also … More Info
  • MA: Thieves enter Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport but leave empty-handed
    11.27.13 – Boston.com  – Two people allegedly tripped the alarm of a Newburyport restaurant this morning after looking around inside for a while, officials said.  More Info
  • MA: Thieves steal $500,000 of items from Lee store
    11.27.13 – Boston.com – LEE, Mass. (AP) – Police are investigating the theft of an estimated half a million dollars’ worth of high-end leather goods from a Berkshire County store. More Info      
  • MD: Columbia 7-Eleven robbed at knifepoint [Crime Log]
    11.26.13 – Baltimore Sun – The following is compiled from police reports. The Columbia Flier includes descriptions of perpetrators only when the description makes identification possible. More Info
  • MD: Police: Glen Burnie man chased, helped apprehend burglary suspect
    11.26.13 – Baltimore Sun – A Glen Burnie man has been charged in connection with five burglary and theft incidents after a homeowner saw him and chased him down early Sunday morning, Anne Arundel County police said. More Info 
  • MI: Allen Park: Police respond to false alarm at bank
    11.30.13 – The News-Herald – Allen Park – Police responded to what ended up as a false alarm at TCF bank on Tuesday. More Info
  • MI: NB man faces armed robbery charges
    11.25.13 – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers – According to police, sheriff’s deputies responded shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday to a holdup alarm at a Citgo service station. The station … More Info
  • MI: Pain drugs missing after pharmacy break-in
    11.26.13 – Huron Daily Tribune – Tribune Staff Reports – Deckerville – The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a breaking and entering complaint that occurred at the Harbor Drug II Pharmacy in the Village of Deckerville. More Info
  • MI: Taylor: Cellphones stolen at Verizon store break-in
    11.30.13 – Southgate News Herald – Taylor – Police responded to an interior motion alarm at Verizon Wireless at 4:45 a.m. Nov. 22, finding the store broken into. Two iPhones … More Info
  • MN: 8 burglaries worry Maple Grove residents in 5-mile impact area
    11.25.13 – FOX 9 News Twin Cities – Police in Maple Grove are increasing patrols and searching for answers after a string of burglaries in the metro suburb left neighbors feeling nervous and wondering how the crooks are getting around house alarms. More Info
  • MT: 2nd arrest made in attempted robbery at Copper Club casino
    11.26.13 – Helena Independent Record – A second man has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s attempted robbery at the Copper Club casino. More Info
  • MT: Attempted casino robbery ends with one suspect in hospital, another at large
    11.25.13 – Helena Independent Record – An attempted robbery gone awry ended with one suspect in the hospital early Sunday and has police looking for another. More Info
  • MT: Spate of armed robberies near Magazine has area on alarm
    11.26.13 – WWL-TV, Channel 4 New Orleans – William Kufta is taking steps to make his neighborhood safer after his neighbor was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, carrying groceries to her home. “Where it did take place, it was the darkest part of the street,” said Kufta. Kufta said the robber hid behind a pod in front of a vacant home … More Info
  • NC: Police: Couple used “sick baby in stroller” ploy to steal from CVS
    11.26.13 – WBTV Charlotte – Police say two people stole several thousand dollars from eight CVS stores in the metro area. Now investigators believe the two may be in on an even bigger crime ring. More Info
  • NC: Police: Man steals $75 in donations from church
    11.27.13 – WSOC-TV Charlotte –  man is accused of breaking into a church in Gastonia on Tuesday night to steal donations. A janitor struggled to pick up the cinder block used to shatter a glass door at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. “It’s sad to see someone break into a church,” said the Rev. Jim Dumond. Police said Perry Glenn of Gastonia broke into the church on South New Hope Road. “We think he ran into the fellowship … More Info
  • NE: Jewelry store burglary investigated
    11.26.13 – Grand Island Independent – Grand Island police are investigating a burglary at Myers Jewelers over the weekend. More Info
  • NM: Burglary suspect arrested after SWAT situation
    12.1.13 – KOB 4 Albuquerque – A SWAT team surrounded a burglary suspect in northeast Albuquerque on Saturday afternoon. More Info
  • NV: CC man jailed after robbery of Nev. bank
    11.26.13 – The Daily Triplicate – A Crescent City man was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with a bank robbery in Carson City, Nev., that had occurred just minutes earlier. Terry Fowler, 51, of Crescent City, allegedly walked into a Carson City Wells Fargo branch just before 2 p.m. and demanded cash while holding a folding knife, according to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. Fowler was arrested within 300 feet of the … More Info
  • NY: Armed man steals cash from adult novelty store
    11.28.13 – Middletown Times Herald-Record – New Windsor — Town police are looking for the man who robbed an adult novelty and clothing store Wednesday night. More Info
  • NY: Police warn of rash of burglaries
    11.27.13 – Garden City News – In some of these incidents, entry in to the residences was prevented by the activation of a burglar alarm. The increase in burglaries follows a trend throughout … More Info
  • OH: Break-in attempt turns up stolen items
    11.25.13 – News Channel 5 Cleveland – Two adults and two juveniles face criminal charges after Lake County Sheriff’s deputies discovered stolen property in their vehicle Sunday. More Info
  • OH: Police investigate B&E at Cricket store
    12.1.13 – WDTN-TV 2 Dayton – Police were dispatched to the Cricket store around 7 a.m. on an alarm. More Info
  • OH: Responding to a burglar alarm police nab a man wanted in North Olmsted: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter
    11.26.13 – The Sun Press -Chagrin Falls, Ohio – Alarm – An officer was called to a possible burglary attempt at the Verizon store 9:45 a.m. Nov. 23. There the officer found an employee, a Cleveland man, who accidentally tripped the alarm…. More Info
  • OH: Responding to a burglar alarm police nab a man wanted in North ...
    11.26.13 – Plain Dealer – Alarm, Main Street – An officer was called to a possible burglary attempt at the Verizon store 9:45 a.m. Nov. 23. There the officer found an employee, a Cleveland … More Info
  • ON: Alarm Alerts Police To Break-in In Sandwich
    11.29.13 – windsoriteDOTca -A commercial alarm that notified police resulted in the arrest of a suspect who allegedly broke into a west end business. Police were called to an auto business … More Info
  • ON: Police seek Ancaster break-in suspects
    11.30.13 – Ancaster News – Hamilton police are seeking unknown suspects after an Ancaster home was ransacked on Thursday afternoon. More Info
  • PA: Burglary reported at Game Stop in Lower Paxton Township
    11.28.13 – WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg – Lower Paxton Township Police are investigating an overnight burglary at Game Stop. The store, located in the Paxton Towne Center Shopping Center, was burglarized sometime overnight Wednesday. Police responded to a burglar alarm at 4:31 a.m. and discovered that someone had pried open a rear door of the business. … More Info
  • PA: Dial “B” for burglary
    11.28.13 – South Philly Review – A Passyunk Square proprietor lost items to a burglar Saturday evening. Having received a message from an alarm company at 10:54 p.m., the owner of JCT Electronics arrived at his establishment at 11:30 p.m., finding its rear window air conditioner kicked in, Detective Danielle… More Info
  • TX: Burglars broke into Target through the roof, alarms did not detect …
    11.26.13 – Examiner.com – When a business purchases an alarm system, it should detect unauthorized entry for not just doors and windows, but the roof as well. It turns out that Target may … More Info
  • TX: HPD: Burglars hit O’Reilly Auto Parts, cut power to cell phone tower
    12.1.13 – KHOU 11 Houston – Houston – Some burglars ended up leaving empty handed after breaking into an O’Reilly Auto Parts early Saturday in northwest Houston, police said. According to the Houston Police Department, someone busted in the front door of the business around 2 a.m. and got into the office. The suspects left after apparently realizing there was no cash and no way … More Info
  • TX: Man suspected in Irvine bank robbery arrested minutes after incident
    12.1.13 – Irvine World News – Irvine – A man was taken into custody by Irvine police Saturday afternoon on suspicion of robbing a Wells Fargo bank branch minutes before his arrest. Irvine police responded at 3:50 p.m. to a silent robbery alarm to a bank branch… More Info
  • TX: Thieves break into southwest Houston gun store
    11.30.13 – KHOU – The alarm was going off, but an officer didn’t show up for more than an hour because the SOG Armory’s city alarm permit had recently expired. The renewal fee … More Info
  • VT: Homeowners catch burglar in the act in South Burlington
    12.1.13 – WCAX-TV Vermont – It’s new meaning to the term “burglar alarm.”  Linda Zeno awoke in the middle of the night – to find an intruder in her South Burlington home. More Info
  • WA: Bold booze burglars busted after break-in
    11.26.13 – KIRO 7 Seattle – Tacoma – When burglars smashed a glass door of Eduardo Alverado’s popular family-owned Eastlake restaurant and stole thousands of dollars in liquor last week, he felt angry, invaded and unsafe. When the same burglars crashed into Eduardo’s the same way Sunday night, Alvarado got even. “This time the police got them. They found where they were hiding,” he said.  Alvarado, who owns Eduardo’s (formerly … More Info
  • WA: Police: Port Orchard squatters target ‘staged’ furnishings
    11.30.13 – KOMO News – Blakslee says they’re going to continue to stage their homes, but the staging will have to include alarm systems. More Info
  • WI: Rhinelander Burglary Suspect’s Tracks in Snow Lead to Arrest
    11.27.13 – WSAW Wausau – A police officer in the right place and the freshly fallen snow are what investigators say lead to the arrest of a burglary suspect. More Info

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