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December 21, 2015

Public Safety Updates

  • SC: Columbia City Council OKs stiffer penalties for false fire alarms
    12.16.15 – ColaDaily.com – An ordinance designed to crack down on multiple false security alarms got its first approval from Columbia City Council. Council members unanimously …More Info
  • IN: Gary OKs assorted fee, penalty increases
    12.16.15 – Chicago Tribune – Gary residents will still have to pay $10 if they want a fire alarm permit, and there still will be a $50 fine that can be charged for setting off a false alarm. Assistant … More Info
  • NJ: Peers name MPD Chief and Cedar Grove resident David Sabagh …
    12.17.15 – NorthJersey.com – Chief Sabagh also implemented a False Alarm Reduction program which increased operational efficiencies and significantly reduced false alarms in the … More Info

Industry News

  • How Does Congress’ New Tax Bill Affect Security, Alarm Companies?
    12.17.15 – SSI – Certain provisions of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 can benefit those in the security industry. More Info
  • Fire & Life Safety: Low Frequency Sounders
    12.14.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Fire alarm notification devices have come full circle with the re-introduction of low-frequency sounders into residential installs. More Info
  • Security Gives Back in 2015
    12.14.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Alarm Detection Services volunteers pack healthy meals for Feed My Starving … Tim Creenan of Amherst Alarm (left), joins Sister Johnice, the Director of … More Info
  • Guardian Alarm doubles Florida footprint with buy
    12.15.15 – Security Systems News – Southfield, Mich. – Guardian Alarm, a super-regional company based here, has acquired SVI Systems, based in Stuart, Fla., nearly doubling its size in that … More Info
  • New 959 Area Code Introduced as 860 is Phased Out for New …
    12.15.15 – NBC Connecticut – … 959 as a valid area code, such as automatic dialing equipment, life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, … More Info
  • Exclusive: Dallas safety company scoops up Houston company …
    12.15.15 – Houston Business Journal – The two companies develop safety and communications systems in the health care and education industries, including nurse call, alarm management and … More Info
  • The ‘AV Geek’ Is Cool Now, Someone Just Has To Tell the Kids
    12.16.15 – CI – Integrators and manufacturers are having trouble recruiting young talent and piquing interest among the Millennial workforce. The solution to this challenge is surprisingly simple. More Info
  • Dillard Alarm Company links growth to acquisition
    12.16.15 -Security Systems News – Fredericksburg, Va.—Dillard Alarm Company grew 33 percent in 2015, according to president and CEO Troy Dillard, who linked the growth to service and … More Info
  • Top 2015 monitoring trends: ASAP, DIY, PERS and cloud
    12.16.15 -Security Systems News – ASAP is a program that improves the speed and accuracy of central station dispatches by sending alarm information electronically to responders. ADT joined the … More Info
  • BluePoint introduces rapid emergency response system for …
    12.16.15 – SecurityInfoWatch – Similar to a standard “fire alarm,” occupants and patrons can activate a BluePoint pull station and instantly notify police and on-site security of an emergency … More Info
  • Guardian doubles Florida footprint
    12.17.15 – Southfield, Mich. – Super-regional Guardian Alarm beefed up its presence in the Sunshine State with a commercial purchase. More Info
  • How the Vivint Sky security system performed under pressure
    12.18.15 – Computerworld – The Vivint Sky system also uses smoke alarms that are connected to the control panel. In a few cases, I had a false alarm (burnt bacon) and someone called me … More Info
  • Looking to 2016: Security Pros Predict Growth in Video Surveillance, Internet of Things
    12.16.15 – SSI – Industry members expect higher revenues, steady growth and more in… More Info

State & National News

  • Report: State spending to increase for sixth straight year
    12.5.15 – Governing – In 2016, states are expected to continue the growth they’ve experienced since the Great Recession. But the new era of growth is a modest one… More Info
  • FBI Releases U.S. Crime Statistics
    12.16.15 – SIA – The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported by law enforcement through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) during 2014. Read more
  • Oklahoma budget hole eyed at $900 million
    12.15.15 – Associated Press – The hole in next year’s Oklahoma budget is expected be about $900 million, and dwindling revenue collections this year will force mid-year cuts to current agency appropriations, state officials said Tuesday. More Info
  • Fireman’s Association Calls On Cuomo To Sign Smoke Alarm Bill
    12.18.15 – WIBX AM 950 – The bill, which requires all smoke alarms sold in New York State to have … of a fire where the occupancy was devoid of a working smoke alarm, and as a result, … More Info
  • Security industry to see sustained growth over the next five years
    12.16.15 – SIW – New Memoori report forecasts total security equipment sales to reach $42B in 2020… More Info

Business Tips

  • 2016 Might Be Best Year to Sell Your Business
    12.14.15 – CEPro – Historically low interest rates that feed private equity investment and serious amounts of money sitting on the sidelines make 2016 a potentially good year for integrators and manufacturers to sell. What 3 steps should you be taking now? More Info
  • The Scientific Reasons Why Your To-Do List Is Bad For You
    12.14.15 – Fast Company – To-do lists incentivize all the wrong things when it comes to setting goals that matter. More Info
  • High-Performance in Any Profession Is Rooted in Physiology
    12.18.15 – Entrepreneur – Whether you’re a CEO or a quarterback, your thoughts, feelings and physical health determine your success or failure. More Info
  • The Entrepreneurial Genius of ‘Star Wars’
    12.18.15 – Entrepreneur -Three lessons and warnings from the career of George Lucas.. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Fire Alarm Pulled at Movie Theater at The Grove, Prompting …
    12.18.15 – KTLA – The evacuation occurred after a fire alarm was triggered inside the building, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media … More Info
  • PA: Brief Evacuation At ‘Grove High For Alarm
    12.15.15 – The Sanatoga Post – …at about noon because of a fire alarm, Pottsgrove School District officials reported at the time to parents and the public on its Facebook page. More Info
  • TN: Kingsport man charged with false reporting
    12.14.15 – abc19 – … to an investigation which determined that the defendant activated a false Fire Alarm on December 11 at 2:08 am. More Info
  • TN: Smoke alarm installed Friday saves Chattanooga man, dogs Saturday
    12.20.15 – Chattanooga Times Free Press – The Chattanooga fire department personnel who installed smoke alarms and handed out fire safety information to residents along 7th Avenue and nearby …More Info
  • VT: No cause found for fire that gutted home
    12.16.15 – Commons – West Dover firefighters were first to respond to the fire, after the department received an automatic alarm activation at 4:05 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found heavy … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: POLICE: Man burglarizes Anchorage home in less than 60 seconds
    12.15.15 – WDRB – That’s because despite the obvious security measures and alarm systems, one of the homes in her neighborhood still became a target. “Our street seems to be … More Info
  • AL: Nude woman discovered inside Gadsden City High locker room
    12.14.15 -AL.com – Officers responding to an alarm at the school found an outside door unlocked in the technical education department. While investigating inside, police heard a … More Info
  • AR: Police: Suspect Steals Cigarettes, Loses Gun
    12.14.15 –KARK – At 5:07 a.m. Sunday Officer Josh Landreth responded to a burglary alarm at Citgo Shop & Go. Landreth said when he arrived at the store he … More Info
  • CA: BPD: Resident shoots home invader
    12.15.15 – Kern Golden Empire – An alarm company notified emergency dispatchers that something was amiss inside the home. As officers arrived, representatives with the alarm company said … More Info
  • CA: Delano police ask public for help in identifying violent burglary …
    12.20.15 – ABC30.com – As the pair stormed inside, an alarm system in the home activated and the suspects ran off. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Delano Police … More Info
  • CA: Escondido taco shop destroyed by ATM thieves
    12.17.15 – 10News – At around 2:45 a.m., Escondido police responded to a burglary alarm at Chito’s Taco Shop to find the front door had been ripped from the … More Info
  • CA: Man in hospital after suspected burglary attempt
    12.15.15 – The Bakersfield Californian – At approximately 1:20 a.m., Bakersfield Police Department officers received reports of a burglary alarm at a home, according to … More Info
  • CA: Police Blotter: Thrown rock hits police van, injuring officer; three …
    12.16.15 -San Jose Mercury News – 10:52 a.m. Sunday Officers were dispatched to a home that had its security alarm activated. Upon arriving, they found the sliding … More Info
  • CA: ‘Sophisticated’ burglars devastate longtime Whittier Boulevard …
    12.16.15 -The Whittier Daily News – Police received no alarm activation from the business, he said. “They came in through the roof,” Montes De Oca said, adding that he suspected the burglary took … More Info
  • CO: Jewelry burglar trips alarm
    12.16.15 – Pueblo Chieftain – Claude Book, the homeowner, told police he received a call from his alarm company around 12:55 p.m. informing him that his front door alarm was going off, … More Info
  • FL: Deputies searching for two suspects involved in bank burglary
    12.19.15 – WCJB – Deputies say at 2:45 a-m they received a call from an alarm company saying a vault at the harbor community bank located on US 441 had been breached. More Info
  • FL: Deputies: Bank robbery suspect crashes vehicle during pursuit
    12.16.15 -Central Florida News 13 – Investigators say that about 8:37 a.m., deputies were called for an alarm at the Chase Bank. A man entered … More Info
  • FL: Homeowner: 4 burglars stole family’s Christmas presents
    12.19.15 – 7Online WSVN-TV – The home alarm system alerted police, who arrived led by a K-9 , guns drawn. The law enforcers came ready to confront the burglars, but arrived to an already … More Info
  • FL: Lightning-fast burglars targeting cellphone stores, police say
    12.16.15 -WFTV Orlando – The burglars can be heard yelling to each other over the store’s alarm as they gathered armloads of electronics. And in the very short amount of time, they were … More Info
  • GA: Blood found at scene of Dollar General burglary in Jackson County
    12.18.15 – Online Athens – 7 in response to a burglar alarm that sounded. Two deputies arrived and after finding a door open, they went inside but the burglar was gone, according to the … More Info
  • GA: Gwinnett … Do You Know This Bad Bank Robber?
    12.14.15 -Patch.com – Police are looking for help identifying a man who walked into a Wells Fargo bank and tried to rob it, only to run away when the clerk sounded an alarm. More Info
  • GA: Pair accused of stealing more than $1000 worth of clothes
    12.19.15 – Rockdale Citizen – The incident report filed by the Conyers Police Department states that sometime around 9:30 p.m., one of the employees heard the alarm going off and saw two … More Info
  • IL: 2 arrested after forced entry at Iroquois Market
    12.14.15 – Newsbug.info – Two Iroquois residents were arrested after an investigation into an activated burglar alarm at the Iroquois Market Dec. 11. According to Iroquois County Sheriff’s … More Info
  • KY: Deputies investigate truck theft in Madison Co.
    12.14.15 –WTVQ – According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an alarm at Central Kentucky Truck and Trailer. The Sheriff says video surveillance … More Info
  • LA: Two Bossier businesses, ATM burglarizedTuesday morning
    12.15.15 – Shreveport Times – Officers first responded to an alarm call at the Food Town supermarket. Upon arrival, officers discovered the building had been … More Info
  • MD: 16 guns reportedly stolen during burglary at Stevensville gun shop
    12.18.15 – WMDT – The Office of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff says around 5:50 AM, the alarm at Chesapeake Guns on Island Plaza Court was activated, and a Deputy … More Info
  • MO: Police: Man charged with breaking into Kirkwood business
    12.14.15 -KMOV.com – 10, where an alarm was sounding. Police said that they found the front window had been shattered with a cinder block and numerous electronic devices had … More Info
  • MS: Police seek links in Lauderdale County pharmacy break-ins
    12.19.15 – Albany Times Union – … that officers responded to an emergency call reporting gunshots, arriving at the pharmacy to find an alarm sounding and a window broken. The owner reported … More Info
  • NC: Two charged in Speedway break in
    12.19.15 – The Stokes News – 18 after being contacted by the store’s alarm company. He said when deputies arrived on the scene they discovered pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters laying … More Info
  • NC: Video shows thieves stealing gifts out of packages
    12.18.15 – WCNC – “By installing cameras, by installing notices, by having those ‘your house is being protected by’ a security alarm [signs],” Kopp said. One day later, a post-it note … More Info
  • NH: Robbery, robbery attempt under investigation in Manchester
    12.15.15 – The Union Leader – Police were alerted to the robbery at Shawn’s Corner Market at 8:40 p.m. Monday when a panic alarm sounded. Officer Derek Cataldo spoke … More Info
  • NJ: Survelliance footage leads to arrest of burglary suspect in Elmwood …
    12.16.15 -NorthJersey.com – 10 at approximately 9:47 p.m., the Elmwood Park Police Department received a burglar alarm call from the alarm company for activation of the rear door and … More Info
  • NY: Syracuse man arrested after stealing merchandise from Eastview Mall
    12.20.15 – CNYcentral.com – Police say 35-year-old Jonathan Perez brought an old shopping bag into the mall to help him conceal store merchandise. They say Perez set off a security alarm … More Info
  • OK: Police looking for alleged serial burglar whose face was caught up …
    12.15.15 – kfor.com – The suspect tripped the alarm and was confronted by the owner with a gun. He said the suspect was trying to drive off in a white company truck. He ended up … More Info
  • SC: Two Arrests Made In Dollar General Burglary In Aiken
    12.15.15 – WJBF-TV – The officers met with a store employee who said she came to the store after the alarm was activated. The employee said that the front door of the store was … More Info
  • TN: Blount County Sheriff’s Office offers tips to avoid being a target of …
    12.15.15 – WVLT – Berrong says that alarm systems can deter burglars because they increase the burglar’s fear of being caught. Place the alarm company sign outside and the … More Info
  • TN: HPD: Man stole liquor from local restaurant
    12.14.15 -The Tennessean – Police say they responded to a burglar alarm at Ricardo’s on Dec. 10. They found that someone had thrown a rock through a back … More Info
  • TX: Clarksville PD investigating pharmacy burglary
    12.19.15 – KXII-TV – Police say they got in by breaking a bar loose from a side window. They disabled the alarm system using a remote left on the alarm panel near the window. More Info
  • TX: Dallas woman scares off brazen burglar with gunshot
    12.19.15 – WFAA – “I heard the alarm go off, and I thought, ‘Someone is breaking in,'” Pamela Miller said. Miller knew something was wrong. First, she called her husband on his … More Info
  • TX: Family startled to find AT&T employee inside their living room …
    12.16.15 -KENS 5 TV – San Antonio — A North side family is installing security cameras and an alarm system on Wednesday after finding an AT&T worker inside their home when he … More Info
  • TX: Three Houston natives arrested in Alexandria for burglary
    12.14.15 -KALB News – On December 13, 2015, Alexandria Police officers were dispatched to a local business at 10:13 p.m. in reference to alarm … More Info
  • VA: ‘Grinch’ steals inspection stickers, cash, candy canes from four …
    12.14.15 -wtvr.com – Crowder’s Auto Center on Laburnum Avenue was hit last Thursday and Lloyd’s Tire Service in Sandston had a break-in, but the alarm scared away the thieves. More Info
  • VA: McLean Crime Reports
    12.16.15 -Virginia Connection Newspapers – 11, around 12:35 a.m. The owner was monitoring the alarm system and responded to the location when it activated. The rear door was found damaged and two … More Info

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