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12-25-17 NESA Monitor

Public Safety Updates

  • IL: City of Elgin City Council met December 20.
    12.20.17 – North Cook News – Resolution Terminating Agreements Between the City of Elgin and the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. 12. Ordinance Amending Chapter 6.47 of the Elgin Municipal Code, 1976, as Amended, Entitled “Police Alarm Systems” to Include Additional Regulations for Fire Alarm Systems. 13. Ordinance Establishing a … More Info
  • IN: Valparaiso council addressing false alarms
    12.24.17 – nwitimes.com – Alarm users would receive a written warning from the city after each of the first two violations. Following any additional violations in the same calendar year, alarm users would be subject to penalties. Fines include $75 on the third false alarm, $100 on the fourth false alarm, $125 on the fifth such incident and $250 for sixth … More Info
  • MA: Updated Fire Department fees approved in Seabrook
    12.19.17 – The Daily News of Newburyport – Several new permit and inspection fees are being applied to fire alarm and sprinkler systems, alternative fire suppression systems, fire alarm system maintenance, life safety, day care inspections, fire investigation reports, false alarms and parking citations. False alarm fees will be charged in a series of four strikes, according … More Info
  • NJ: New Princeton Alarm Ordinance Kicks In Jan. 31: Police
    12.19.17 – Patch.com – Princeton, NJ – The new municipal alarm ordinance takes effect on Jan. … All burglar and fire alarms must be registered with the police department. Residential and business alarm users can register their alarm systems in person at the Princeton Police Department’s Records Department … More Info
  • PA: Monroeville’s new alarm protocol changes how emergency calls for …
    12.19.17 – WTAE Pittsburgh – It’s called Automated Secure Alarm Protocol — or ASAP — and it basically cuts out unnecessary phone calls between alarm companies and dispatch centers. Advertisement. Public safety officials say the system will allow for improved accuracy while also reducing response times by up to two minutes. Monroeville is the 32nd …More Info

Industry News

  • PPVAR looks to update standards, implement new training in 2018
    12.19.17 – Security Systems News – Fresno, Calif. – The Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response is working to release updated best practices on video and audio verified alarms and put out new verification training modules for operators in the coming year. PPVAR recently opened the standards for feedback and is looking to publish the new versions … More Info
  • Nortek Security, Core Brands Strike Merger Agreement to Form NSC
    12.20.17 -SSI –  The merger will help the new company serve its customers in the residential and commercial control, security, entertainment and access markets. More Info
  • Potter Electric Signal Co. Acquired by Private Equity Firm Gryphon …
    12.21.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Potter has many opportunities to serve our existing customers even better and to expand our share in markets such as the fire alarm systems segment,” Lears states. “We look forward to working with Gryphon to grow our business, and most importantly to deliver even more outstanding products and service to our customers … More Info
  • Security Experts Predict Industry Challenges for 2018
    12.21.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Industry leaders and analysts from The Monitoring Association, PSA Security Network and more predict challenges the security industry may face in 2018. More Info
  • ADT Pulse Now With Video Verification Services for SMB Users
    12.22.17 – Security Sales & Integration – A multistep alarm verification process, which includes video verification, has the potential to vastly cut down on false alarms and increase police response, according to a press release. Video-enhanced alarm systems can provide police with valuable information during the dispatch process. Visually confirming a human … More Info

State & National News

  • Security Industry Gears Up to Fend Off Net Neutrality Repeal Threats
    12.20.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Washington, D.C. – The alarm industry’s hard-won lobbying efforts to include anti-competitive protection from former Bell companies in the Telecommunication Act of 1996 is now considered central to fending off potential threats by internet service providers (ISPs) following the repeal of net neutrality regulations. More Info
  • Security Industry Worries about Net Neutrality Repeal
    12.22.17 – CEPro – AT&T, Comcast and other ISPs own security and surveillance businesses. Will they favor their own businesses when it comes to bandwidth allocation? More Info
  • Syracuse City Schools planning new Security Command Center
    12.20.17 – WSYR – Ristoff says, “We can have select members of that cohort from the criminal justice class, give them the experience, supervised, to operate this operation center, look at cameras, answer phones, look at alarms.” He says with several local alarm response monitoring companies constantly recruiting for qualified candidates, this .. More Info
  • Amazon Key can be hacked, opening your home to theft
    12.20.17 – Poc Network – Mr. Caudill continues to push for a better solution that doesn’t leave homes vulnerable to break-in, since you are expected to disable any alarm system during the delivery window else the Amazon Key system won’t work (at least it won’t without setting off an alarm). So for now, it seems you really are putting a lot of risk in … More Info
  • How Will Trump Tax Reform Affect Integrators?
    12.20.17 – CEPro – Tax reform will change deductions for S-Corp pass-through income, equipment and property taxes. Larger integrators can adopt cash accrual accounting procedures. More Info
  • New Tax Code Headed to President’s Desk; Here’s What You Need to Know
    12.20.17 – SSI – Congress is expected to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill not long after landing on his desk. More Info
  • Net neutrality revoked: What does it mean for security?
    12.20.17 – SIW – Forget streaming video, the biggest effect for this industry concerns direct competition with ISPs… More Info
  • New TN laws going into effect Jan. 1, 2018
    12.21.17 – WRCB-TV – Alarm systems: Allows a homeowner to cancel an alarm services contract for a period longer than 2 years by giving 30 days written notice. … More Info
  • KCSO retail theft unit nabs 290
    12.20.17 – WBIR-TV – In July, a new state law updated the legal definition of theft to address evading or disabling alarm systems or store surveillance cameras. More Info
  • Do Security Systems Make Your Home Safer?
    12.22.17 – New York Times – After my sister’s house was broken into and burglarized last summer, I decided to get a home alarm. You would think that I would have had one already — buy a house and one of the first things your broker (or your mother) tells you to do is to secure the place. Yet, only 17 percent of houses in this country have a security … More Info
  • Reforming occupational licensing laws will expand opportunities
    12.23.17 – The Hill – Thankfully, people of good faith across the political spectrum are sounding the alarm. In May, acting Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen, an Obama appointee, said, “Unnecessary and excessive occupational licensing destroys jobs, increases costs for consumers, and threatens economic liberty … More Info

Business Tips

  • How to Utilize Security Apps to Optimize RMR
    12.18.17 – SSI – Discover the latest security app offerings and how to optimize them for end customers and recurring revenue, as well as enhancing operations. More Info
  • 13 Enlightening Considerations for Tackling Low-Light Video
    12.18.17 – CEPro – From processing power to lens selection to proper positioning, integrators have multiple factors to analyze when deploying surveillance cameras in less than ideal lighting conditions. More Info
  • Prepare to Be Ashamed: The Worst Passwords of 2017
    12.20.17 – SSI – SplashData has released its annual list of worst passwords, and it should be no surprise why so many people continue to get hacked. More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • AZ: Smoke alarm alerts two residents to a fire in their Yarnell home
    12.23.17 – KVOA Tucson News – A smoke alarm alerted two residents to a fire in their Yarnell home, enabling them to get out safely. On December 21, just before 8 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residential structure fire. When deputies arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. More Info
  • CA: Local family escapes fire with only the clothes on their backs
    12.19.17 – KESQ – Just before 7 a.m., a smoke alarm went off. “I remember hearing this popping and cracking and thinking, God, what is that?” he said. Minutes later, their 13-year-old son dashed into the room and the house began filling with black smoke. The family had only moments to round up their three dogs and guinea pig, and leave. More Info
  • DC: Adams Morgan Restaurant Damaged by Fire
    12.23.17 – NBC4 Washington – A seafood restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., was severely damaged by a stubborn fire early Saturday morning. Fire crews responded to an alarm at 12:17 a.m. and found the #1 Juicy Cajun Seafood restaurant had a fire in the attic of the building. More Info
  • MA: Belmont Fire Log, Dec. 8-15
    12.24.17 – Wicked Local West Roxbury – Building services notified the fire alarm company and sprinkler company, as the system could not be reset; it was unknown whether the inability to reset was an issue with the sprinkler system or the fire alarm system. No reason for the activation was determined. More Info
  • MA: Cohasset police log, Dec. 11-17
    12.23.17 – Wicked Local Cohasset – 5:52 a.m.: A passerby reported hearing alarms sounding and seeing a light flash at St. Stephen’s Church. The caller reported no smoke or fire. Fire personnel reported alarm trouble and advised the keyholder of the alarm. 7:16 a.m.: A caller reported the ex-wife of a former worker was harassing a … More Info
  • MA: Man charged with setting fire to men’s room during holiday party
    12.23.17 – The Salem News – Shortly after he came out, the fire alarm sounded in the restaurant. And then the sprinklers went off. Sverker and his co-workers stayed briefly, then left in another employee’s vehicle. Surveillance images from the restaurant show a tall, thin man entering, then leaving, the men’s room at the time the fire is believed to have … More Info
  • NJ: RPD investigating three burglaries at businesses
    12.19.17 – Elizabethtown News Enterprise – Responding to an alarm call Monday morning led to the discovery of three burglaries of businesses. Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross said officers responded to an alarm at Booz Allen Hamilton and then discovered that nearby Allegro Dance Theatre also was … More Info
  • TX: Fire alarm disrupts holiday travel at Dallas airport
    12.22.17 – Fox Business – Dallas – A fire alarm at a Dallas airport forced thousands of holiday travelers to leave their gates and gather at security checkpoints, but most flights were not delayed by the disruption. Continue … Officials at Dallas Love Field say an air-conditioning unit overheated early Friday, generating smoke that triggered the alarm… More Info
  • VA: Ocean View Elementary School floods after sprinkler goes off
    12.24.17 – 13newsnow.com – Norfolk, Va. (WVEC) — Fire officials responded to a fire alarm at Ocean View Elementary School around 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 23. Battalion Chief Milligan told 13News Now when crews got to the school, they found a sprinkler head in the main foyer activated. Milligan said there was flooding on the first floor of the school, … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglary suspect arrested after running from deputies in Madison …
    12.20.17 – WAAY – “We have an alarm system. We have security cameras. We have shotguns in my house, and we have my big daddy, so all I have to say to them is if they’re going to come, they have to be scared,” 14-year-old neighbor Harper Henderson said. Officials tell WAAY 31 they’re hoping community members will have less to worry … More Info
  • AR: Coats, jewelry worth $400 stolen during antique store break-in, Little …
    12.21.17 – Arkansas Online – Hundreds of dollars of merchandise was stolen from a Little Rock antique store early Tuesday, according to a police report. Officers responded to a burglary alarm at Inretrospec around 2:30 a.m. to find the front door broken. The owner told police about $400 worth of items were missing. In an interview with … More Info
  • AR: Donation box damaged during break-in at Little Rock museum …
    12.19.17 – Arkansas Online – Police are investigating a Monday night break-in at a Little Rock museum in which a window was shattered and about $2 was taken, according to a report. Officers were told about 9:15 p.m. by an employee that the burglary alarm had gone off at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The 59-year-old … More Info
  • CA: Burglary alarm draws Auburn police, suspects arrested
    12.22.17 – Crime Voice – Auburn // On December 13th just before 7 AM, police officers arrived at a business on the 100 block of Sacramento Street for a burglary alarm. The first arriving officer discovered the back door of the business forced open and two suspects – later identified as 32-year-old Ray Janis and 36-year-old Jose Gomez – were … More Info
  • CA: New Details Surface About Brazen Palo Alto Courthouse Escape
    12.20.17 – CBS San Francisco Bay Area – Bivins and McClough ran out of a side emergency door, setting off an alarm. But by then, it was too late for deputies to catch them. The escapees had a Toyota Camry waiting for them across the street from the courthouse. They drove it a couple blocks, where a witness said it came to an abrupt stop. More Info
  • CA: Peninsula Burglars Scared Off By Home Alarm: Police
    12.19.17 – Patch.com – The men, who were spotted fleeing the scene, were apparently scared off by a security alarm, police said. It happened on Friday around 10:40 a.m., according to police. “The residential security alarm system was then activated and scared … More Info
  • CA: Police thwart burglary at elementary school, 3 juveniles arrested
    12.19.17 – The San Diego Union-Tribune – Police were called to the campus shortly after 11 p.m. after school police reported an alarm had been triggered at the school, which is on winter break. When officers arrived, they saw three people carrying flashlights coming out of open classroom doors, said police Lt. Dan Grubbs. More Info
  • CA: Suspect arrested in Los Banos Drug Co. burglary, high-speed police …
    12.21.17 – Los Banos Enterprise – Palafox was in custody Wednesday at the Los Banos Police Department jail on $70,000 bail, according to Merced County jail records. Los Banos officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Los Banos Drug Co. at 3:09 a.m. Oct. 30. When they arrived a minute later, they saw three suspects flee in a light-colored sedan. More Info
  • CA: Suspect sought in connection with Vandenberg Village home burglary
    12.24.17 – Lompoc Record – Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a residential burglary Thursday in the Vandenberg Village area. At about 3 p.m., Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at a home. While walking up the driveway, a deputy reportedly heard glass breaking. More Info
  • CA: Teenage burglars caught on Christmas Eve
    12.24.17 – Action News Now – According to Redding police, it happened just after midnight Sunday, when officers were dispatched to an audible burglary alarm at “R and R Meats”. When officers arrived they found a smashed window, but a passing motorist said he saw three men leaving northbound on Garden Avenue … More Info
  • CA: Teens Accused Of Destroying Preschool Kids’ Toys, Electronics At …
    12.20.17 – CBS Sacramento – According to Sacramento Police Department, an officer initially responded to an alarm going off on campus around 5 p.m. Sunday. The teens had broken into Bell Avenue Elementary School through a window. They rummaged through the electronics, damaging the sound and the WiFi systems, police said. Then, they hit the … More Info
  • CA: Two hooded burglars hit two businesses two feet apart Tuesday
    12.23.17 – 10News – “There was no alarm that was that was going off,” said Brew Coffee Spot co-owner Ralf Wilkowski. Wilkowski said the thieves hammered at a safe inside the pizzeria for about five minutes but got nothing. “Didn’t really get anything, so they took a glance at our shop,” said Joe Paraiso, the other Brew Coffee Spot owner. More Info
  • CT: Conneaut police
    12.23.17 – The Star Beacon – A burglary was reported at 9:11 a.m. Tuesday. Police investigated a burglar alarm that sounded that … More Info
  • FL: Burglars grab $700000 worth of ‘pricey’ clothing after smashing into …
    12.20.17 – Sun Sentinel – During the crime, the crooks disabled the alarm and stole a video recording system. The surveillance video released by investigators shows the movements of the large white truck outside the retailer. Along with the expensive clothing from the Holt Miami store, the burglars also grabbed pressure cleaning equipment and … More Info
  • FL: Central blotter: Man with offensive smell, appearance upsets …
    12.20.17 – Palm Beach Post – An officer responded to an alarm at a business. He found a window smashed and a chunk of concrete near the cash register. The brother of the owner arrived at the scene and was able to pull up surveillance video on his cellphone. It showed a man looking through the windows, then … More Info
  • FL: Cops looking to ID two men caught on video stealing e-cigarette …
    12.23.17 – Bradenton Herald – Sarasota. Investigators are hoping someone will recognize two men caught on video stealing e-cigarette products from a Sarasota business. A report of an alarmactivation sent Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies to Roll Your Own Tobacco around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the … More Info
  • FL: Fashion-wise burglars make off with $1 million in dresses
    12.22.17 – Sun Sentinel – They broke into the Holt Miami store in Dania Beach by smashing through the wall of an adjoining business, shutting down the alarm and disabling the security camera recording. Then they headed straight for the expensive dresses — not the lower-priced ones and not the unfinished dresses sitting in boxes. They loaded … More Info
  • FL: PPD: Man found dead in Pensacola Bay may have jumped in water …
    12.22.17 – WEAR – On December 13, a Pensacola Police Department officer responded to a burglary alarm at Shux Oyster Bar. When the officer arrived, police said he found a black man wearing dark clothing. Police said he was stealing multiple bottles of liquor from the business and ran away from the officer. After an … More Info
  • FL: St. Augustine men accused of stealing money from wishing well
    12.19.17 – ActionNewsJax.com – When police arrived an employee said the alarm went off and there was activity in the courtyard. Police found the two men, Nicholas Helsel and Joseph McDade inside of the locked fence area taking money from the well. As officers approached, the pair attempted to hide at the bottom of the well under the water. Both men … More Info
  • FL: Thieves smash through drywall to get into Dania Beach clothing store
    12.21.17 – WPLG Local 10 – The burglars also disabled the store’s alarm and stole its DVR, authorities said. The stolen merchandise, valued at about $700,000, were placed in a white box truck that was waiting outside the showroom that faces Interstate 95. Authorities said the thieves also burglarized U.S. Brick & Block Systems, stealing two pressure … More Info
  • FL: Vogue-wise burglars make off with $1 million in attire
    12.23.17 – Kaplan Herald – They broke into the Holt Miami store in by smashing through the wall of an adjoining business, shutting down the alarm and disabling the security camera recording. Then they headed straight for the expensive dresses – not the lower-priced ones and not the unfinished dresses sitting in boxes. They loaded 4,000 to 5,000 … More Info
  • GA: Athens teen nabbed in burglary
    12.22.17 – Online Athens – A few moments later the witness reported an alarm was sounding and the suspects ran away, according to police. During a search of the area, police said they found the 15-year-old hiding under the porch of a residence. He was charged with burglary, loitering or prowling and violating the nighttime curfew, … More Info
  • GA: Auburn police arrest Montgomery men for thefts
    12.20.17 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – In the second incident, officers responded to an alarm at the business and an employee reported that two men entered jumped over the counter and forced the employee to open the cash register. An undetermined amount of cash and merchandise was taken. The two suspects and a vehicle were seen on surveillance … More Info
  • GA: K-9 officer helps nab Sandy Springs robbery suspects
    12.22.17 – MDJOnline.com – In that case, the residents reported their alarm company notified them the alarm activated at the home at about 5 p.m. A door was forced open and several items were taken, including Apple phones. The officer took prints and photos from footprints in the snow. A neighbor told the officer someone knocked on his door, and … More Info
  • GA: Masked Armed Robber Targets Convenience Store: Blotter
    12.19.17 – Patch.com – 12/10: The residents reported their alarm company notified them the alarm activated at the home around 5 p.m. Force and several items taken including Apple phones, unused and wiped clean entered the home. The officer took prints and photos from footprints in the snow. A neighbor … More Info
  • GA: Three burglars stole from students’ lockers at Hardaway High, police …
    12.21.17 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Columbus police were called to Hardaway High School after its security alarm sounded around 3:17 a.m. Tuesday. Cpl. Emily Tomberlin said she was on the scene with officer Drew Obson when dispatch informed them that a security officer spotted three people outside of the building. They were later … More Info
  • IL: Bank Robber Crashes, Tries To Swim Cross Chicago River: Cops
    12.18.17 – Patch.com – Don’t press alarm.” The complaint states that then teller pressed the silent alarm. Torres allegedly said, “Give me the money. Come on; I have a weapon.” After the teller gave cash to Torres and told him it was all they had. He allegedly responded, “You have the key.” They told Torres they did not have a key. They then … More Info
  • IN: Police Blotter 12-21-17
    12.20.17 – thepaper24-7.com – 6:09 p.m. – Report of a residential alarm. 6:24 p.m. – Report of a business alarm. 6:25 p.m. – Report of a business alarm in the … More Info
  • IN: Police Blotter 12-23-17
    12.23.17 – thepaper24-7.com – 12:01 a.m. – Report of a business alarm. More Info
  • IN: POLICE NEWS; Suspects carve a hole to break into a business
    12.23.17 – Goshen News – “It’s obvious they were familiar with the turf because they knew they had limited time once in and the motion sensors triggered the alarm,” the Facebook post reads. “They made off with almost every machine from the display, about 15 total, and quite a bit of ink, all brand new.” The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department shared … More Info
  • IN: Thieves steal items from Indy church meant to be donated on …
    12.23.17 – Fox 59 – In that case, the suspects got inside but were apparently scared off by the alarm and left without stealing anything. Pastor Brown now has a message for the mystery thieves. “It’s really selfish and inconsiderate. I would say to them, ‘I know jobs can be hard, but there’s people hiring every day. Get a job,’” said Brown. More Info
  • IN: Two arrested following Tuesday burglary
    12.22.17 – The Rushville Republican – Shortly before 2 a.m., a 911 caller reported what they believed to be a burglary in progress at the Cellular Connection Store (Verizon). An alert employee from a nearby store in the shopping plaza called 911 after they heard a security alarm and looked in the direction of the alarm sound … More Info
  • LA: WATCH: Person hides inside home seconds after burglars kick in door
    12.19.17 – WBRZ – In a matter of 30 seconds, the men grab the TV and rush back out the front door as an alarm sounds in the background. Police say a person heard the break-in and was hiding inside the home at the time. Video obtained by WBRZ shows a person walking by the front door just moments before the thieves forced their way . More Info
  • MA: Chicopee man sought following suspicious device call
    12.19.17 – westernmassnews.com – Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk said that around 2:30 a.m. Monday, police were called to a home for an alarm. Officers arrived and learned that the homeowner had activated the alarm after hearing noises and someone reportedly trying to get into the home. Wilk added that as officers investigated, the … More Info
  • MA: Concord police log, Nov. 23-Dec. 16
    12.23.17 – Wicked Local Concord – 11:40 a.m.: An alarm was reported at Concord-Carlisle High School on Walden Street. Police secured the property. 1 p.m.: A caller from Emerson Hospital on Old Road to Nine Acre Corner reported a male who had been stabbed was dropped off at the entrance and left the area. 3:11 p.m.: A caller from Haute Coffee on … More Info
  • MA: KPD: Man caught on camera inside the Bank of America this morning
    12.22.17 – KEPR 19 – Kennewick Police are now looking for a man, who was caught on camera inside the Kennewick Bank of America early this morning. Right before 2:30 AM, officers responded to an alarm at the Bank of America. Bank security reported the alarm and advised that … More Info
  • MA: Littleton police reports: Dec. 14-21
    12.22.17 – Wicked Local Littleton – 8:28 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported at IBM…. More Info
  • MN: Lonsdale police report Dec. 3-7
    12.18.17 – Southernminn.com – Responded to an alarm. Officer cancelled prior to arrival. … More Info
  • MN: Osseo Jewelry Repair Store Cleaned Out in Burglary
    12.20.17 – KSTP.com – “They must have ripped the alarm off the wall and the motion detector,” Radiske said. His small space has been mostly cleaned up since then. But the burglary had another negative effect: Radiske was planning to retire early next year. The 75-year-old Radiske said his wife has been asking him about retirement for awhile, … More Info
  • MO: Restaurant Break-Ins in the Grove, Shaw Have Similar Suspects
    12.19.17 – Riverfront Times – However, co-owner Mark Hinson says the alarm seemed to scare them from the building – they left without taking anything. (It’s not clear if the suspects … By all accounts, the Purple Martin was lucky – Marsden says Vincent Van Doughnut also has a burglar alarm, but for some reason it failed to go off. He says he’s already … More Info
  • MO: Window shattered at Creve Coeur Camera store
    12.20.17 – KMOV.com – Louis – A burglary investigation is underway after a window was found shattered at Creve Coeur Camera Wednesday morning. A burglar alarm was sounded at the business around 6:10 a.m. When St. Louis County Police officers arrived, they found a window shattered. More Info
  • MS: Pharmacy Thefts Increasing During Opioid Abuse Crisis in Mississippi
    12.20.17 – Mississippi Public Broadcasting – “The perpetrators came in and were in and out of the store in two minutes. The alarm went off. Our cameras caught pictures of them. They were in hoodies. Unidentifiable. It’s almost like they had a checklist. They were in and out with a lot of opiates.” “When you were looking at the security video tape, what was going through … More Info
  • MT: Police Reports for Dec. 22, 2017
    12.24.17 – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle – Advertisement. • Dispatch received a report of a driver going eastbound on the westbound side of Interstate 90 at 1:56 a.m.. • A deputy made contact with a homeowner whose security alarm was going off at 8:43 a.m. The homeowner said he had opened the door to let the dog out and didn’t realize the alarm was still active. More Info
  • MT: Valley man sentenced for Somers burglaries
    12.20.17 – Daily Inter Lake – The main garage door had been unlocked at that residence, and the alarm control panel was tampered with, reports stated. Elliot apologized to the victims of his crimes in court in front of Flathead District Court Judge Amy Eddy on Dec. 14. He was sentenced to a net term of 10 years with five years suspended in Montana … More Info
  • NC: Sprinklers dampen fire at plastic plant
    12.22.17 – Richmond County Daily Journal – Rockingham – Firefighters didn’t have much fighting to do when they responded to an alarm at Direct Pack East late Wednesday night. Several bags of ground-up plastic caught fire at the manufacturing plant in the former Trane building, according to Bill Bayless, deputy chief of the East Rockingham Fire … More Info
  • NC: Why 3 Masked Men Picked the Wrong House When They Chose …
    12.22.17 – WFMY News 2 – Three masked men attempted to break into the home of NASCAR Legend Richard Childress. The men tried to enter Childress’ home Sunday night just before 10:30 p.m. A window was broken beside a door knob on the lower level of the home which activated an alarm, according to the police report. WFMY News 2 Digital … More Info
  • NH: Pelham police seek suspects in attempted burglary; ask for help ID …
    12.21.17 – The Union Leader – They were unable to enter the building because it was equipped with an alarm; they damaged the front window of the store trying to get in, police said. The seven were dressed in dark clothing and used hoods and bandanas to cover their faces. Three of them were captured unmasked on store surveillance cameras. More Info
  • NJ: Atlantic City man found with stolen items after running from police
    12.19.17 – Press of Atlantic City – Atlantic City – A city man, who ran from police, was arrested and charged for allegedly burglarizing a store early Monday morning. When patrol officers responded about 2:15 a.m. to a burglar alarm at a store, Officer Tyler Daily found the front window smashed open and items stolen … More Info
  • NV: Sparks Police: Burglar trying to steal from pickup scared off by alarm
    12.22.17 – FoxReno.com – Sparks Police say a would-be burglar was going through the things inside a pickup truck on Tuesday when she was scared off by an alarm. According to police, a woman went into a pickup parked on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at about 9:45 a.m.. She began taking items, but when an alarm went off she dropped … More Info
  • OH: Hart Pharmacy robbers don’t get away this time, police say
    12.23.17 – WCPO – While two men herded two other employees into a bathroom, another employee at the front counter pushed the alarm button and ran outside to flag down police. Then neighbors sprang into action. “The CVS across the street called [and asked] ‘Are you OK? Do you need any or of our video?’” Hart said. “We said, ‘Yes, they … More Info
  • OH: Loudonville Police Calls
    12.18.17 – The Columbus Dispatch – Nov. 13 – 3:48 a.m. Police responded to an alarm drop at Mohican Country Market. The alarm was determined to be an accidental set off by an employee. … More Info
  • OH: Officers find graffiti at multiple locations: Fairview Park Police Blotter
    12.23.17 – cleveland.com – Criminal mischief, Lorain Road: On Dec. 13 an officer checking on a business alarm at Leo’s Laundromat found some graffiti near the rear of the building. The graffiti was not the same “tag” as previous instances. The fresh “tag” was dry, but was not found two days earlier when officers were conducting a check of the area. More Info
  • OH: Thieves target VFW Post in Lorain County twice
    12.21.17 – fox8.com – “In August, they went through the front doors, which tripped the alarm and I was able to respond within 7 minutes,” said Madey. The thieves took a much more aggressive approach early Monday morning, cutting the electrical wiring, and disabling the security system to gain entry. Several other nearby businesses have also … More Info
  • OK: Police: Dog shot inside northwest Oklahoma City home
    12.23.17 – kfor.com – Oklahoma City – Authorities say a dog was seriously injured following an overnight shooting in northwest Oklahoma City. Around 2 a.m. on Friday, officers were called to a shooting. Police say a woman called dispatchers after her alarm went off inside her home. While she was looking … More Info
  • PA: Police Logs 12-21
    12.21.17 – Clearfield Progress – There was a false alarm at Joann Fabrics. More Info
  • PA: Six charged with breaking into Beth-Center Middle School
    12.21.17 – Observer-Reporter – A Beth-Center school police officer told state police he received an alarm coming from the school at 1:52 a.m. When he checked, he found the six in the gymnasium. There was no indication in court documents how they got into the school or if there was any sign of forced entry. They told … More Info
  • TX: 4 arrested in burglary of Cash America Pawn in Longview
    12.19.17 – Longview News-Journal – Bazaree Quintes Brown Jr., 17, and Cleivlend Zeunta Williams, 19, both of Jefferson, and Corterian Jamarion Garrett, 18, and Courtney Glenn Bradley, 19, both of Longview, were charged with burglary of a building after police responded to an alarm at the pawn shop… More Info
  • TX: Grandma shoves armed robber out of Houston Jewelry store
    12.24.17 – Houston Chronicle – Memmel said she, colleague Kathye Parker and a male coworker were going through their typical morning opening routine before they saw the men. One person turned off the silent alarm, another slipped inside and the third locked the door behind them all. On Tuesday at about 8:45 a.m., it was Memmel’s turn to be last. More Info
  • TX: HPD releases photo of suspect in heist at Highland Village Jewelry …
    12.22.17 – KHOU – According to the Houston Police Department, they got that call to a burglary in progress at a Highland Village Jewelry store. Police said they are searching for burglars who hit a jewelry store called Deutsch and Deutsch. This is near the intersection of Westheimer and Weslayan. Police said the suspects broke in through the … More Info
  • TX: Jack County Emergency Dispatch Call Log
    12.23.17 – Jack County Herald – 9:44 a.m. – An alarm was activated at Fort Richardson. Everything was alright…. More Info
  • TX: La Porte PD: Man accused of robbing bank, fleeing in stolen …
    12.22.17 – KHOU – Police say the awaiting getaway vehicle was a stolen ambulance from a ‘neighboring community’. He was spotted by officers who were responding to the bank’s alarm. Police say Montalvo attempted to flee but officers were able to detain him after a chase that ended in Pasadena. Montalvo has been charged with robbery. More Info
  • TX: Mother scares off intruder at gunpoint from Oak Forest home
    12.23.17 – KPRC Click2Houston – About an hour later, she heard the home alarm beep and her back door open. Her instinct kicked in. “I froze for a second and then I realized I needed to spring into action, I mean, I had my baby in the house. I was alone. My husband was away on business, so I had to take care of things,” she said. She grabbed a gun and … More Info
  • VA: Video shows porch pirate stealing package from Fan home
    12.18.17 – wtvr.com – Richmond, Va. – A Fan homeowner is sounding the alarm after she said surveillance video captured a person stealing a package from her porch Friday afternoon. The homeowner said the theft happened at 3 p.m. at the her home just after 3:05 p.m.. “It is that time of year to be aware … More Info
  • WI: Marshfield Public Safety: $1000 in tools stolen from home
    12.23.17 – Marshfield News-Herald – At 9:59 p.m. Thursday, a caller reported a car dealership’s alarm had been going off for 10 minutes. … More Info
  • WI: Police roundup
    12.20.17 – Hudson Star Observer – The manager was called to let him out and reset the alarm. High speed chase. A robbery from a B. Dalton Liquor store in New Richmond led to a high-speed chase by a Hudson officer at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. St. Croix County informed the Hudson Police Department to be on the lookout for a red 2004 Chevrolet Impala … More Info

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