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February 29, 2016

Door to Door Sales

  • Officials warn of alarm scam in Mississippi
    2.26.16 – WAPT Jackson – Mike Chaney, commissioner of insurance and state fire marshal said the Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating after receiving reports of an alarm scam targeting … More Info
  • Orangeburg Deputies Warn of Fraudulent Contractors
    2.26.16 – WLTX.com – Deputies say the two men are pretending to be security alarm salesman and drive a dark blue Lexus. They are in their 30s and stand about 5 feet 7 inches tall. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: FALSE ALARMS: The high cost of response
    2.23.16 – Tucson News Now – The false alarm ordinance is regarding false alarms. If anybody has an actual burglary that occurs clearly at some point the police department is going to show … More Info
  • CA: California City Asks Homeowners to Register Outdoor Surveillance Cameras
    2.24.16 – City of Manhattan Beach wants any homeowner with a residential surveillance camera to register it with the police department so law enforcement can make requests for footage if nearby crimes should occur. More Info
  • FL: Davenport, Fla., to Hand Out Fines for False Alarms
    2.24.16 – Security Sales & Integration – Davenport, Fla., to Hand Out Fines for False Alarms. A $50 fine will be issued after a resident’s third false alarm in a 365-day period, with a maximum fine of $500 … More Info
  • FL: St. Augustine Police Department working toward accreditation
    2.22.16 – St. Augustine Record – There are also a few security concerns around the building that need to be addressed, and, in order to be accredited, alarm systems need to be installed on the … More Info
  • LA: NOPD begins first phase of restructuring effort to boost police …
    2.22.16 – WDSU New Orleans – … for officers in the field, which includes building an online reporting system to report nonviolent property crimes and updating the city’s false alarm ordinance. More Info
  • MA: Stoneham Residents: Help Police Reduce False Alarms
    2.22.16 – Patch.com – One of the frequent calls for service that the Stoneham Police Department responds to involves burglar alarm activations from homes and businesses. In most … More Info
  • MO: City May Change False Alarm Code
    2.28.16 – The Missourian – 22 administration/operations committee meeting about a need to revamp the ordinance. Moffitt proposed increasing the fines and eliminating a “free” false alarm. More Info

Industry News

  • Get McGinty: Solving a ‘beeping’ security problem
    2.23.16 – WCNC – He doesn’t want a three-year contract and monitoring, he just wants his system set his way, which will allow this loud, in-house alarm, to go off when doors and … More Info
  • Syracuse company Rapid Response grows in leaps and bounds
    2.23.16 – WSYR – … whether it’s the bank, the grocery store and if there’s a problem you press a button and our specialists upstairs will get the alarm and they also have a portal. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
KYHB00439Text KRS Chapters 227 AN ACT relating to electrical work. Amend various sections of KRS Chapters 227 and 227A to update terminology used to define the scope of the telecommunications exception and make consistent with other state and federal law and the evolution of low-voltage technology; establish a limited low-voltage exception for wireless home surveillance, security alarm, or energy management systems; clarify the applicability of the National Electrical code to unlicensed electrical work; add two members of the low-voltage profession to the Electrical Advisory Committee; require the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction to establish separate classifications specific to the diverse qualifications and technical needs of the low-voltage industries.
Status: Feb 19, 2016 : introduced in House
History

 

State & National News

  • ​Almanac: The burglar alarm
    2.22.16 – WDEF News 12 – Security alarms have come a very long way since Holmes’ early model. According to one recent report, they are now a $22 billion business here in the U.S., … More Info
  • Apprenticeship Efforts Still Hampered by Stereotypes
    2.9.16- US News and World Report -Can programs aimed at bridging America’s skills gap overcome a shop-class stigma? More Info
  • Do Your Kids Know How To React To A Smoke Alarm?
    2.23.16 – CBS Local – Minneapolis (WCCO) — Families rely on a smoke alarm to wake them up in case of a fire at night, but will everyone hear the beep? That blaring sound of a … More Info
  • California Builder Sees Big Increase In ‘Panic Room’ Requests
    2.24.16 – CBS Local – “If you want to talk to your home automation system, talk to your cameras, talk to your surveillance alarm system, the electronic system talks to all of the locks so … More Info
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Verizon NY and the NY State …
    2.24.16 – Huffington Post – If the State or FCC are ‘deregulating’ a line, it is NOT only for a voice call, but all other services are impacted — fax, competitive DSL, alarm circuits, etc. — as they … More Info
  • As nation moves to a service economy, states look to tax it more
    2.26.16 – Stateline – As sales tax revenue slows, many states are considering expanding the tax to services – from beauty salons to funeral homes… More Info
  • Oklahoma governor removes felony convictions from state job applications
    2.24.16 – Associated Press – Mary Fallin says the order issued Wednesday will give applicants for state jobs who have criminal records at least an initial opportunity to be considered for employment without the stigma of a conviction record. More Info

Business Tips

  • 4 Ways to Increase Income & Cut Expenses While Investing in Your Business
    2.25.16 – CEPro – Creative tips to help you manage your cash flow as you make the shift to a managed services business model. More Info
  • When Upselling Security, Offer the Customer More Protection When the Case Calls for It
    2.24.16 – CEPro- Rather than settle for the quick sale, salespeople should use these… More Info
  • It’s Time to File Your 2015 Taxes: 8 Tips for Business Owners
    2.24.16 –Open Forum – From filing deadlines to tax deductions and credits, here are 8 key updates that could affect your small business’s 2015 taxes. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Automatic Sprinklers Put Out Fire, Flood Building
    2.22.16 – Patch.com – Firefighters were alerted about 8:35 p.m. to an alarm at the building, according to Verdugo Dispatch. More Info
  • CA: Gun-shop rooftop burglary suspects nabbed
    2.26.16 – KTVU San Francisco – … when he heard a ringing alarm coming from Target Masters, a shooting range and gun shop located directly behind police headquarters. More Info
  • CT: Children’s room at Wallingford library reopens, water damage cost …
    2.25.16 -Meriden Record-Journal – Wallingford firefighters responded to an alarm in the building Feb. 14 and discovered water flowing from a sprinkler and several inches of water on the floor. More Info
  • CT: Frozen sprinkler breaks, damages new section of Maloney
    2.24.16 – Meriden Record-Journal – Firefighters responded immediately because the incident tripped the alarm system. School wasn’t in session because it was February break. Grove said he and … More Info
  • CT: Washington Street storage bin fire probed
    2.23.16 – Newbritainherald – A resident heard a fire alarm and looked outside around 5:35 a.m. to see a storage bin ablaze on the first floor porch, Deputy Chief Scott Morgan said. Residents … More Info
  • IN: Newark fire blamed on space heater
    2.22.16 – Finger Lakes Times – VanDewalle and Peake credited the operation of the working smoke alarm, noting that a new smoke alarm law in the state will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. More Info
  • ME: Fire forces evacuation of Rockland boarding house
    2.27.16 – Bangor Daily News – The fire alarm in the boarding house alerted the Rockland Fire Department shortly after 8 p.m. When the first crew arrived, the firefighters detected a strong … More Info
  • MI: How officers caught Kalamazoo suspect
    2.26.16 – KTVZ – At first, he thought it might be another false alarm. “That wasn’t the first dark-colored HHR that had been stopped that night,” he said. He let the vehicle pull out in … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies respond to 68 calls for …
    2.26.16 – MLive.com – 12:44 p.m., Deputy Mills responded to a residential alarm. The residence checked secure. 2:08 p.m., Deputy Jacobson responded to … More Info
  • MN: St. Anthony Ink Company Cleaning Up After Overnight Fire
    2.22.16 – CBS Local – Early Monday morning, an alarm company alerted firefighters about a fire at Mallard Ink Company,… More Info
  • NC: Smoke Alarm Alerts Occupants To Fire At Mountain View Home
    2.25.16 – WHKY – The Mountain View Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire this morning (Thursday, February 25) in the Bakers Mountain Estates subdivision. More Info
  • NH: E-Cigarette explosion causes fire in NH apartment
    2.27.16 – WHDH-TV – The fire began when the owner plugged in the e-cigarette overnight. He woke to his alarm and found a small fire next to his bed. It’s not the first time it’s … More Info
  • NH: Looters target burned home
    2.26.16 – Eagle-Tribune – The alarm Kelley heard was located in the stairwell between the Kelley’s first-floor apartment and Donovan’s. But a fire investigator said Thursday the smoke … More Info
  • NY: Mansion grateful for quick response
    2.28.16 – Albany Times Union – Early on the morning of Jan. 26, the Albany Fire Department responded to an alarm at the Ten Broeck Mansion. They came with several trucks and many … More Info
  • OR: Sprinkler keeps fire small at Bend Research in Tumalo
    2.27.16 – KTVZ – Bend firefighters responded around 3:30 a.m. to the monitored fire alarm system at the Bend Research facility, said Deputy Fire … More Info
  • OR: Tree falls on power lines, knocking out power – and setting off fire …
    2.24.16 – KVAL- Tree falls on power lines, knocking out power – and setting off fire alarm at credit union. More Info
  • PA: Silent killer: Family cheats death with help of CO detector
    2.22.16 – Main Line – She could hear alarms ringing; he was frantically trying to wake her. The threat, silent but deadly, was in the form of noxious carbon monoxide that had begun to … More Info
  • TX: Nine people saved by smoke alarms in less than three hours in Austin
    2.26.16 – FOX 7 Austin – The Austin Fire Department tells us in less than three hours, smoke alarms … than three hours, Thursday morning, smoke alarms saved the lives of nine people. More Info
  • TX: Smoke detector helps Big Country family narrowly escape fire
    2.22.16 – KTXS – “We were lucky the smoke alarm woke us up,” Lashley said. “There was enough smoke in the house that if we hadn’t got up when we did we probably would … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Man flees police, unsuccessfully hides under mattress at church
    2.23.16 – Gadsden Times – Two officers discovered the alarm was coming from a church. They found an unsecured, open door in a building directly behind … More Info
  • AL: Thousands of dollars stolen in north Alabama store break-ins …
    2.26.16 – AL.com – They were only in the business a short time because the alarm sounded when they entered. Still, Singleton said, they got away with an unknown amount of … More Info
  • AR: Burglary Reported At Fort Smith Elementary School
    2.24.16 – Times Record – Edwards told police the security alarm at the school was deactivated because staff at the school were at work Sunday. She said she thinks whoever broke into … More Info
  • CA: 447 pot plants lead to March court date
    2.24.16 – Fairfield Daily Republic – Police at the probable cause hearing for Timothy P. Pontarelli described going to the home in response to a blaring burglar alarm. Officers looking in the … More Info
  • CA: Bay Point man nabbed in bank robbery
    2.28.16 – Contra Costa Times – Police said the 34-year-old suspect gave a teller a note demanding a large sum of money, and employees activated a silent alarm while the bank’s corporate … More Info
  • CA: Thieves Hit Fulton Cycle Works Twice in 10 Days
    2.24.16 – yourcentralvalley.com – “The usual phone call from the alarm company telling me there’s a glass break and a motion, which means there’s somebody in the building,” Johnson said. More Info
  • CT: Burglary alarm catches accidental break in
    2.23.16 – Darien Times – A Darien resident received an alert from his alarm company on Feb. 15, reporting that his home had been broken into. Logging into his security … More Info
  • DE: Man Arrested for Harrington Bank Robbery
    2.22.16 – Delaware 105.9 – A hold-up alarm from the bank came in to police Saturday, and police say officers were on the scene within seconds. After getting a description of the suspect … More Info
  • FL: Burglar steals safe from Orange Park pizza restaurant
    2.24.16 – WJXT Jacksonville – “Now, this business, they may have known they may not have had a burglar alarm or any type of motion sensors inside, so they’ll come inside and just sit around … More Info
  • FL: Call for robbery in progress ends with false alarm in Bradenton
    2.23.16 – WWSB ABC 7 – Bradenton, Fla. – What seemed like a robbery in progress turned into a false alarm in Bradenton Tuesday morning. Deputies with the Manatee County … More Info
  • FL: Thieves steal electronics from community center
    2.23.16 – WPEC – “We heard the alarm of the center go off,” Ward said, and after his instructor reset the alarm, “We heard the alarm again, so I came in this time, because I’m the … More Info
  • FL: VIDEO: Scooter thief caught on camera in West Boynton Beach
    2.25.16 – WPTV.com – Also, they should chain the front tire to a light pole or buy an alarm…. More Info
  • GA: Final two of four burglary suspects caught
    2.24.16 – Rockdale Citizen – … by the home’s alarm going off. Deputies were responding to the burglary call when one of them spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ car. More Info
  • GA: Lee Co. Sheriff’s Deputies talk down alleged robber
    2.26.16 – WTVM – The clerk had time to trigger a silent alarm before complying with the robbery. Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies were in the area when they were notified and … More Info
  • GA: Thieves bust wall of Athens convenience store and steal tens of …
    2.25.16 – Online Athens – The police report noted the store had a security system, but there were no alarm activations during the burglary. A dolly and wheelbarrow belonging the store … More Info
  • ID: UPDATE: Police SUV rolls in front of Rexburg McDonalds
    2.27.16 – East Idaho News – The officer was responding to an alarm. The officer went through a red light and was T-boned by the silver vehicle. The officer, who has not been identified, … More Info
  • IL: BMO Harris Bank branch robbed in Waukegan
    2.25.16 – WLS-TV – Officers responded to a bank alarm at 1:15 p.m., according to Waukegan police. The suspect was described as a 6-foot tall black male, … More Info
  • IL: Man charged with attempted bank robbery in Rogers Park
    2.27.16 – Chicago Sun-Times – The teller went into the vault room and activated the alarm, according to the complaint. Another employee near the vault room called 911 on his cellphone while … More Info
  • IL: Residential burglar alarm triggers response by Rockford police and …
    2.25.16 – Rockford Register Star – Rockford – Police responded to a residential burglar alarm shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday. The officers did not find … More Info
  • KS: Shawnee business target of second break-in attempt in two months
    2.23.16 – fox4kc.com – Because the second layer of glass didn’t break, the business’s alarm did not go off. The attempted break-in happened just after midnight on Sunday but it mirrors … More Info
  • MA: Lincoln Police Log, Feb. 14 to Feb. 22
    2.28.16 – Wicked Local Lincoln- 10:43 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 1:54 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 1:57 p.m.: A water problem was … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire Rockport man charged with OUI
    2.23.16 – Gloucester Daily Times – 9:14 a.m.: A burglar alarm sounding at Cruiseport Gloucester drew police to that business, but officers found no signs of entry … More Info
  • MD: Several Smash-and-Grab Robberies Reported at Montgomery …
    2.23.16 – NBC4 Washington – Shortly after 3 a.m., police got a call about an alarm at a dollar store. More Info
  • MD: Two men charged in robbery, attempted burglary incidents in Glen …
    2.23.16 – CapitalGazette.com – Officers responded to the restaurant at 7:40 p.m. for a holdup alarm. An employee told police that a man entered the restaurant … More Info
  • MI: Tanglewood sub alarm activates, nothing appears missing
    2.24.16 – Hometownlife.com – It’s unclear whether the high winds blew the door open or if there had been an attempted breaking and entering that was deterred by the alarm, stated Sgt. Les … More Info
  • MN: K-9 nabs would-be burglar at Duluth Goodwill
    2.24.16 – Duluth News Tribune – Police responded to a security alarm at the store just after 2 a.m. After setting up a perimeter, officer Kevin Tomlin and K-9 Kobra were called … More Info
  • MN: Police respond to Wells Fargo false alarm
    2.26.16 – Southernminn.com – Eric Rethemeier confirmed that officers, with guns drawn, investigated the scene after an alarm sounded at the Wells Fargo bank, but … More Info
  • MO: Burglars take up residence in house
    2.28.16 – Neosho Daily News – She hit a panic button that sounded an audio alarm as the men ran off. She noted that she did not see or hear a vehicle and surmised they fled on foot. More Info
  • ND: Fargo police arrest naked man, found in church with burnt Bible pages
    2.28.16 – WDAY – Fargo Police Sgt. Mike Bernier says authorities were called out to Don’s Car Wash around 4:20 a.m. to an alarm that went off. Upon arrival … More Info
  • NH: Man accused of assaulting store clerk with baseball bat during robbery
    2.22.16 – WMUR Manchester – The victim was able to activate the panic alarm, which alerted police. Officer Ryan Brandreth arrived on the scene as the suspect vacated the store. A brief foot … More Info
  • NH: Suspected robber hospitalized after bite from NH police dog
    2.22.16 – The Boston Globe – The clerk activated an alarm that summoned police, and officers arrived as Karasi was leaving, authorities said. Colt, a police dog with the K-9 unit, helped track … More Info
  • NJ: Paramus T-Mobile store on Route 4 target of another break-in
    2.25.16 -NorthJersey.com – Police responded to an alarm at the T-Mobile store and found a rear window smashed and footprints leading to and from the building, Ehrenberg … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Man breaks in, can’t break out
    2.24.16 – Cherry Hill Courier Post – Officers responding to an alarm Monday found Martin A. Thomas, 39, “actively trying to force his way out” of the Quick Food Store … More Info
  • NY: Authorities Investigate Alarm, Broken Window at Route 58 Toys R …
    2.22.16 – Patch.com – Riverhead, NY: Police responded to Toys R Us early Sunday morning after an audible alarm was detected by an officer on routine … More Info
  • OH: Burglars steal guns, ammunition in home break-in
    2.27.16 – yourcentralvalley.com – The victims of the burglary rushed home just before nine Friday morning when their alarm system notified them of a break in. “I was shocked, the worst case … More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    2.23.16 – Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to an activated alarm. The call was canceled by the alarm company. – An employee at Berger Hospital … More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    2.26.16 – Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to an activated alarm. … More Info
  • OH: Home alarm sounds, suspect caught in act of breaking in: Shaker …
    2.26.16 – cleveland.com – 24, police were alerted by a residential alarm from a home. Officers responded and arrested a Cleveland boy, 17, … More Info
  • OH: Man arrested inside house on former Traficant farm
    2.25.16 – WYTV – The Morning Journal says Michael Metaxas, 59, was arrested early Wednesday morning after an alarm was activated at the property. More Info
  • OR: Portland police: Man damages pawn shop hours after his release …
    2.23.16 – OregonLive.com – 18, officers had responded to the Money Market Pawn Shop. after an alarm company reported someone had broken into the business. More Info
  • PA: Accused burglar descends from roof of Lindenwold convenience store
    2.25.16 – FOX 29 News Philadelphia – Another camera shows the suspect raid the register for cash while the security alarm is blaring. Then it all goes wrong. “The first time he came here the back door … More Info
  • RI: Phones stolen from Providence wireless store
    2.23.16 – The Providence Journal – Police were sent at about 4 a.m. Monday for reports of an alarm sounding. When they arrived, they saw the side door was open, according to … More Info
  • SC: Thieves cut same Anderson phone lines 5 times in a month
    2.24.16 – Anderson Independent Mail – “We’ve come out a few times with our guns,” he said. “They run into the bushes and go away. We’ve just had our alarm hooked up.” The alarm will use a landline … More Info
  • TN: Caught on Camera: police on the hunt for bandits who stole $900 …
    2.23.16 – wreg.com – Police said the window-smashing didn’t trigger the alarm, and the thieves didn’t leave any fingerprints. “It’s scary. It’s scary to be out here shopping,” said … More Info
  • TX: Man arrested with stolen truck, goods at Odessa pawn shop
    2.28.16 – NewsWest9.com – The store activated their panic alarm and when Odessa Police arrived, 25 year old Fabian Joel Luna jumped out of a truck and ran into a nearby ally. Luna ran in … More Info
  • TX: Sneaky burglars find new way to break into homes undetected
    2.27.16 – KTRK-TV – The resident was not comfortable talking on camera. But, they told abc13 that their alarm system, including this glass break sensor, did not detect the intruder. More Info
  • UT: Police dog catches burglar relaxing in backyard hot tub
    2.25.16 – KUTV 2News – Two witnesses called 911 at around 3 p.m. after hearing a home security alarm, according to police. The witnesses saw … More Info
  • VA: Burglar bolts as store manager approaches
    2.26.16 – Newport News Times – “I ran all the way to the store after the alarm company called,” recounted Amrit Singh, manager of Center Market in Depoe Bay. “I live right … More Info
  • WA: West Seattle Crime Watch: Attempted luring near school; 3 other …
    2.28.16 – West Seattle Blog – The relative says an alarm was set off and police got there fast, but the burglar made off with a laptop. More Info

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