12-8-14 NESA Monitor

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December 8, 2014

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Kaimuki man questions alarm company’s door-to-door sales tactics
    12.5.14 – KITV – Honolulu – Kaimuki resident with security alarm service through APN Alarm System Hawaii says a representative from another company showed up at his …More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Letter: Chico wise to hold alarm companies responsible
    12.7.14 – Chico Enterprise-Record – For years alarm companies have been utilizing public funds to have police respond to their alarm system. The less than ethical alarm companies dwelt solely on …More Info
  • CO: False alarm code drafted, fines steep
    12.6.14 – Valley Courier- Alamosa County – If false alarms don’t stop, the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) will continue to waste resources to find out if the distress is real or … More Info
  • NY: Lake George passes false fire alarm law
    12.2.14 – Glens Falls Post-Star- Lake George – A law that will give property owners an extra incentive to keep their alarm systems from malfunctioning gained unanimous approval from the …More Info
  • PA: WB council approves first reading of new fee schedule for false alarms
    12.5.14 – Citizens Voice – Wilkes-Barre – A false alarm call to your home in the city could become more costly. Council approved the first reading of a new fee schedule for false … More Info
  • TN: City hits back at false alarms
    12.4.14 – Shelbyville Times-Gazette – City manager Jay Johnson said he utilized an ordinance from the Alarm Association, incorporating it into a local measure adopted in 1993 but never placed in …More Info

Industry News

  • Is one kind of security system better than another? Experts say yes
    12.1.14 – Q13 FOX- “I certainly learned about an alarm system,” she said. “We had one in the past, but we didn`t use it that day. Use your alarm system for sure.” But Jerold … More Info
  • Muskogee community rallies to help crime victim
    12.3.14 – KOKI FOX 23 – FOX23 reported last month a Muskogee-based alarm company gave the victim a free alarm system and Muskogee’s Fraternal Order of Police replaced her door … More Info
  • Confidence in Security Industry Continues End-of-Year Climb
    12.5.14 – SIA – The SIA Security Market Index rose to 74.6 in November 2014, up from 72.3 in September. That continues a climb that began with an index that weighed in at only 62 in July 2014. More Info
  • ADI Global names new president
    21.3.14- SSN – Melville, NY – The new president of ADI Global is charged with maximizing its global network. What steps will the new executive take to achieve this goal? More Info

State & National News

  • Police List Crime-Fighting Software as a Priority
    12.2.14 – Crime-fighting software is already being used to fight drug-related and other types of crimes, and this technology could soon become a standard for police departments. More Info
  • Rechristened ‘County Explorer’ maps even more county data
    12.1.14 – NACO- NACo recently unveiled its latest interactive map tool, the County Explorer, a one-stop-shop for county data and profiles for each of the nation’s 3,069 counties. More Info
  • Bringing the 911 emergency call service into the digital age
    12.2.14 – Washington Post – ….an effort is now well underway to update this essential system by creating a faster, more flexible and durable network that will enable 911 to keep up with the wide-range of communication technologies used by the American public. More Info
  • Maine Legislature to Consider Mandating Hard-Wired CO Detectors
    12.4.14- SSI- The effort to improve life safety in commercial and residential dwellings follows an incident in which carbon monoxide sickened 21 guests at a Maine resort in February. More Info

Business Tips

  • Tablets Take Their Place as Essential Work Tools
    12.2.14 – Baseline – Most IT decision-makers surveyed reported that tablets are meeting–if not exceeding–their expectations, and many said these devices are increasing employee productivity. More Info
  • Why open leadership has become essential
    11.25.14 – Forbes – You wouldn’t be reading this if open source software did not exist. Without open source standards, the Internet would not exist. This article would not exist. Now, as the world has changed, open source software’s principles of openness, transparency and meritocracy have become essential standards for leadership in general. More Info
  • What Will Make Your Employees Happy?
    11.26.14 – A survey of American employees focuses on workplace design preferences (office versus cube), as well as general opinions about commuting times and other key work-life issues. More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Local business robbed
    12.7.14 – WAAY – late Saturday night Huntsville Police responded to an alarm. Once arriving to the scene, officers found the glass front door … More Info
  • CT: Don’t ignore the CO alarm: close call at Fairfield condo
    12.1.14 – Fairfield Sun- The Fairfield Fire Department warned residents that they ignore carbon monoxide detectors at their peril today, reporting a carbon monoxide leak at Balmaha … More Info
  • IA: UPDATE with video: Waterloo crews battle clothing store blaze …
    12.1.14 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier- They called at 9 and said the burglar alarm had went off … They called back and said nobody broke in, it’s a fire,” said owner Harry Carson said as he watched … More Info
  • MA: Two Wareham men and a Plymouth man arrested in connection with …
    12.7.14 – Wicked Local Plymouth – Owner Cheri Lindsey said one of the suspects, Reed of Plymouth, worked for an alarm company that installed a $22,000 surveillance system in the restaurant … More Info
  • MD: Over-heated laminator causes school evacuation
    12.2.14 – My Eastern Shore – Ridgely – Smoke from an over-heated laminator set off the fire alarm and caused North Caroline High School to be evacuated Tuesday afternoon, Dec. More Info
  • NC: 5-year-old hailed as a hero for alerting family to house fire
    12.5.14 – WSOC Charlotte – Flames broke out in a home at about 6:40 a.m. Thursday and 5-year-old Matthew Smith woke up to a smoke alarm. He saw fire erupting in the bedroom he … More Info
  • NC: 5-Year-Old NC Boy A Hero After Saving His Family From A Fire
    12.7.14 – WFMY News 2 – On Thursday, a smoke alarm woke up Matthew in his bedroom he shares with his 7-year-old brother. Matthew said that’s when he went into the hallway and … More Info
  • NC: HPFD: Smoke detector saved family in house fire
    12.3.14 – High Point Enterprise – The High Point Fire Department respond to a house fire Wednesday. The smoke alarm alerted a caregiver at the home who was …More Info
  • NY: False fire alarm clears out Wegmans on Transit Road
    12.1.14 – Buffalo News- The Wegmans Supermarket was briefly evacuated about 4 p.m. for what Cheektowaga Police said was a false fire alarm that went off. More Info
  • OK: Man found dead in Oklahoma City house fire identified
    12.1.14 – NewsOK.com- Firefighters were alerted to an automatic alarm about 7:15 a.m Sunday, said fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland. After arriving on the … More Info
  • PA: Owner of Olive Garden in Hempfield can’t say when fire-damaged …
    12.4.14 -Tribune-Review – Smoke was coming from the building when firefighters arrived after receiving the alarm at 11:36 p.m., Bovard fire Chief Greg Saunders said. The fire spread into … More Info
  • TX: Longview couple’s death by carbon monoxide poisoning has their …
    12.7.14 – Longview Daily News – Longview Fire Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said carbon monoxide detectors — and just as important, smoke alarms — need to be well-placed and tested to be … More Info
  • TX: Texas Man Turns Off Smoke Alarm, Goes Back To Sleep As Home …
    12.3.14 – KWTX – San Antonio – A San Antonio man who turned off his beeping smoke alarm and went back to sleep escaped with minor burns as his home … More Info
  • TX: Woman saved from overnight hotel fire in The Woodlands
    12.1.14 – KTRK-TV- They were called out there after an automatic alarm was triggered. When they pulled up, they found a small fire in a third floor room with a woman sleeping … More Info
  • WI: False carbon monoxide alarm serves as reminder to area residents
    12.1.14 – WEAU- Fall Creek, WI – A false carbon monoxide alarm at a home in Fall Creek is serving as a reminder for area residents. Township Fire and Rescue went to … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Police: Man arrested for stealing ring for his anniversary
    12.4.14 – whnt.com – Arab Police say officers responded to an alarm call at South Trust Pawn early Thursday morning. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says when … More Info
  • CA: ATM heist suspect arrested with cash
    12.2.14 – U-T San Diego – An alarm went off at the Bank of America teller machine kiosk behind a restaurant on Plaza Drive in Oceanside just before 4 a.m., police Lt. Leonard Cosby said. More Info
  • FL: Deputies have set up a perimeter as they search for burglary …
    12.4.14 -Sun Sentinel – Deputies said an alarm went off when a store window was smashed, causing the burglars to leave the area in a four-door Chevrolet. More Info
  • FL: Theft reported at elementary school
    12.1.14 – Ocala – Officers initially responded to an alarm at the school on Friday night. A door to one of the building was found open, but nothing … More Info
  • GA: Burglars use false alarm to steal jewels
    12.7.14 – Online Athens – Someone apparently used a fire alarm to set the stage for a burglary at an apartment in downtown Athens, according to Athens-Clarke police reports. The two … More Info
  • GA: Crime Stoppers: Ringgold gas station burglarized; $6500 in tools …
    12.1.14 – Northwest Georgia News – Deputies arrived at the scene in reference to the store’s alarm going off and discovered the south door of the store forced open with the lock removed. More Info
  • GA: Criminals may put storekeeper out of business
    12.1.14 – WALB-TV – He said the first time, because 20 minutes after Gray and the police left the store the crooks came back in through the same hole, setting off the alarm again. More Info
  • IL: City Police Investigating Burglaries
    12.1.14 – Effingham’s News Leader – Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building just after 1:30am Thursday. When officers reached the … More Info
  • IN: Valparaiso man accused of robbing Munster store at gunpoint
    12.2.14 – nwitimes.com- The worker activated the store’s silent alarm and threw money from the register. Pawelko picked up the cash and left the store … More Info
  • IN: Yorktown Police Log
    12.4.14 -Muncie Star Press – 7:30 p.m: Panic alarm. Everything … 2:20 a.m.: Alarm call at the Elks Lodge everything checked, building secure. Tuesday.. More Info
  • KS: Suspect shot during attempted robbery appears in court
    12.2.14 – KWCH – The homeowner says he heard his security alarm go off and then saw a burglar entering his home. That’s when he shot the intruder. The intruder ran away, and … More Info
  • KS: This Dad Woke Up To The Sound Of Breaking Glass. What Came …
    12.5.14 -Western Journalism- He recalled hearing a burglar alarm followed by the sound of breaking glass. “I went to investigate the noise and found an intruder breaking and entering my … More Info
  • KY: Robbery suspect found hiding behind Christmas tree in bank
    12.1.14 – WLKY Louisville – We get a lot of alarm calls and you think ‘oh it’s just another alarm’ not only for our officers but officers throughout the state you have to stay constant and vigilant,” … More Info
  • KY: Thieves take merchandise from Wal-Mart
    12.1.14 – Bowling Green Daily News – Pharmacy burglary – After being alerted by a burglary alarm Thursday to a break in at Hines Pharmacy Bowling Green police responded and … More Info
  • LA: Bossier City police arrest man inside school
    12.1.14 – Shreveport Times – … carrying of weapons after they arrived at Meadowview Elementary School at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday following an alarm. More Info
  • LA: OPSO: Burglars Rob ATM at Convenience Store in Monroe
    12.5.14 – MyArkLaMiss – Investigators say the suspects were able to force their way in through a door and disabled the alarm. The suspects robbed an ATM machine and the store safe of … More Info
  • MI: ATM stolen from Flint business, police say
    12.4.14 -MLive.com – Flint, MI — A thief apparently made off with an ATM machine from a Flint business, police say. Flint police got an alarm-related call around 4 a.m. Monday, Dec. More Info
  • MI: Man arrested after break-in at Ypsilanti apartment complex
    12.3.14 – MLive.com – After an alarm sounded, the suspect fled on foot. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating a reported break-in… More Info
  • MI: Suspects arraigned on felony charges in break-in at D&R Sports …
    12.1.14 – MLive.com- Kalamazoo, MI – Two teenagers who prosecutors allege cut the power to disable an alarm system and then used a sledgehammer to bust through a wall … More Info
  • MO: Busted: Copper thieves caught in act
    12.1.14 – Standard-Democrat – According to Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs, the suspects were apprehended thanks in part to a new alarm system that alerts property owners and the sheriff’s … More Info
  • MS: One arrested, one at large after D’Iberville Dollar General robbed at ...
    12.6.14 – SunHerald.com- 25, police officers responded to a silent alarm sent from the Dollar General store. As they arrived at the front of the store, officials said, … More Info
  • MT: Hamilton woman allegedly breaks into home with hatchet
    12.3.14 – Billings Gazette- An affidavit filed in the case said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched following a report of an alarm at the property. While en route, the … More Info
  • NC: Police investigating rooftop break-in at AC Moore
    12.1.14 – Hickory Daily Record – He noted police have no idea how the suspect maneuvered without setting off the alarm system, nor how the suspect managed to get on the roof. Hickory police … More Info
  • NE: Two men rob Cash Advance America Tuesday morning
    12.2.14 – KETV Omaha – Omaha police officers responded to a radio call to investigate a hold-up alarm at Cash Advance America at 10:41 a.m. … More Info
  • NJ: Trenton man charged with theft, burglary from war veterans building
    12.1.14 – NJ.com – … burglary and theft after officers Louis Vega and Anthony Cerrone responded to an alarm activation call, Lt. Mark Kieffer said. More Info
  • NY: Daily Blotter
    12.7.14 – New York Post – The duo disabled a security-alarm system and forced open a register, from which they took about $740, cops said. They were both wearing gloves and left no … More Info
  • NY: Deputies: Man tries to escape deputies by jumping in river
    12.2.14 – News 10NBC – Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm at Metalico on November 28. While checking on the call, deputies saw a … More Info
  • NY: Police Chief to Retire: Break-in at Fox Meadow School
    12.1.14 – Scarsdale10583.com – 15 Year-Old Arrested for School Break-in: At 12:58 am on November 26th the Scarsdale Police Department received a burglar alarm from Scarsdale Security … More Info
  • OH: Miami County Sheriff’s Reports
    12.2.14 – Troy Daily News – Business Vandalized: A deputy had heard an audible alarm sounding at the Four Star Tool Rental in Tipp City. When the deputy pulled into the parking area … More Info
  • OH: Police searching for suspect in Lake County store break-in
    12.4.14 -fox8.com – Leroy Township, Ohio – A man activated the alarm when he smashed in the front door of the Five Points Country Store on Painesville-Warren Road, … More Info
  • OK: Suspected Armed Robber Out Of Hospital, In Jail Following Police …
    12.7.14 – News On 6 – Court records show a clerk activated an alarm while waiting for the time lock safe to open. Records say that Muehlberg did not comply with a police when they … More Info
  • ON: Hamilton woman allegedly breaks into home with hatchet
    12.2.14 – Ravalli Republic- An affidavit filed in the case said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched following a report of an alarm at the property. While en route, the … More Info
  • ON: Man arrested for Bi-Mart burglary
    12.4.14 -Ontario Argus Observer – … burglary took place at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Police Chief Mark Alexander said. Officers arrested Eric Dowling, 28, after responding to an alarm at Bi-Mart. More Info
  • PA: Police catch suspect in two bank robberies
    12.3.14 – New Castle News – A third bank employee who had been watching from a desk to the right of the main door told police she hit her alarm button. New Castle Police Chief Bobby … More Info
  • TN: Christian school offers $2000 reward for burglar
    12.4.14 -wreg.com – Memphis, TN – Christ Trinity Christian Academy has 4 campuses an since August they’ve had three break-ins and the alarm at the Southwind location has … More Info
  • TN: Pharmacy robber gets 10 years
    12.3.14 – The Standard Banner – Cameron reported that upon responding to the alarm call at 12:26 a.m., he found the store’s drive-thru window broken out, with blood stains around the frame. More Info
  • TN: Two men charged with burglary in Speedwell Dollar General break-in
    12.3.14 – Knoxville News Sentinel – Deputy J.B. Coleman was dispatched to an alarm at the store at 2:03 a.m., Nov. 26, Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Detective Gary Ruszkowski said. More Info
  • TX: Monday crime log
    12.1.14 – Midland Daily News – 3:45 a.m. – Deputies responded to an alarm at a Village of Sanford business and found glass entry doors were damaged. It does not appear the business was … More Info
  • TX: Thieves Steal Thousands of Dollars in Prescriptions Pills in Beeville
    12.4.14 -KRIS Corpus Christi News – “When the alarm went off…we just came flying over here and they were gone,” said Cline. The suspects got away with more than 9 thousand dollars worth of … More Info
  • TX: Three men arrested for burglary of multiple buildings
    12.2.14 – Midland Reporter-Telegram – The men were arrested after Midland Police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Villa Villa drive-thru liquor store according to … More Info
  • VA: Farmville man arrested for stealing 2 cases of beer
    12.1.14 – WITN – Just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at the Hustle Mart in Farmville. When deputies arrived, they found the glass … More Info
  • VT: Burglary suspect pleads not guilty
    12.4.14 -WPTZ The Champlain Valley – They then left but came back, staying only nine minutes, after the tech, who’d forgotten to reset the house alarm, took off. “There is no blame to go around here. More Info
  • WA: Police Blotter | $20000 of property stolen from home
    12.3.14 – Mercer Island Reporter – Someone shattered their rear glass door, causing the alarm to go off. … from a table by the door, but police thought the alarm may have scared off the intruders. More Info
  • WA: Police catch 9 teens breaking into car dealership
    12.5.14 – KING5.com – Officers responded to the car lot around 1:10 am, three minutes after the alarm. Officers quietly surrounded the perimeter without lights or sirens, according to a … More Info
  • WA: Police News – Dec. 1, 2014
    12.1.14 – Voice of the Valley – On October 28 at 10:39 a.m. officers were dispatched in reference to a panic alarm. Upon arrival, it was found that Comcast was … More Info
  • WA: Police: Van crash suspect climbed into ceiling
    12.3.14 – UPI.com – The man collected 14 rifles from the case and climbed into the store’s ceiling before police arrived in response to the store’s alarm system and 911 calls from … More Info
  • WA: Prosecutors charge violent felon with break-in and gun thefts from …
    12.6.14 – The Seattle Times – The crash set of a security alarm, which summoned King County deputies to the business, they say. When the deputies arrived, they found rifles and shotguns on … More Info
  • WA: Spokane Police catch 2 burglary suspects in 5 hours
    12.5.14 -KREM.com – Police were checking out an alarm at a business just before 11 p.m. Thursday. When officers showed up a witness … More Info
  • WI: Man gets two years in burglary he says ‘just happened’
    12.1.14 – Wisconsin Rapids Tribune – According to the criminal complaint, at 10:31 p.m. July 2, Wisconsin Rapids officers responded to a motion alarm going off at Rapids Rental and Supply … More Info

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