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3-12-18 NESA Monitor

Door to Door Sales

  • Use Caution With Door-to-Door Solicitors
    3.6.18 – Gilmer Mirror – Spring officially begins later this month, and as the temperatures get warmer many door-to-door solicitors have begun hitting the pavement. They market everything from alarm systems, magazine subscriptions, cleaning supplies, handyman work and charitable organizations. Better Business Bureau serving Central East … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Contract approved to continue Paradise Valley police alarm service
    3.6.18 – Paradise Valley Independent – Paradise Valley Town Council has unanimously approved a contract that will allow its legacy police alarm program to continue. On Thursday, Feb. 22, the Town of Paradise Valley’s elected leaders voted 7-0 to award a contract to Dynamark Monitoring, Inc. for alarm monitoring services. The vote was anticipated after town … More Info
  • GA: Sandy Springs aims to stop broadband bill to protect right-of-way
    3.8.18 – MDJOnline.com – In other news, Police Chief Ken DeSimone said most alarm companies are complying with the city’s amended false alarm ordinance, which was approved by the council in September and went into effect the following month. However, Capt. Danny Nable said the city has not received all the funds from the bills it has sent out … More Info
  • IN: Fort Wayne Five: Top five outstanding false alarm fines
    3.5.18 – News Sentinel – At No 5, the Red Roof has totalled $1,050 in fines for outstanding false alarm fined between April 2017 to present. Coming in at No. 4 on our list of top outstanding false alarm fines in the area is Robert L. Beecher, totalling $1,125 in fines between Dec. 2012 to … More Info
  • ON: Campaign aims to reduce accidental 911 and false alarm calls in …
    3.6.18 – CTV News – Essex County OPP and the Town of Tecumseh are working together to decrease accidental 911 and false alarm calls for service. A review of accidental and false alarm calls over the 2013-2017 period has indicated that on average, 572 accidental 911 calls and 665 calls for residential and commercial false alarms were … More Info

Industry News

  • ADT Acquires Aronson Security Group (ASG); Grows National Accounts Portfolio
    3.5.18 – SSI – Based in the Pacific Northwest, ASG will provide ADT with expertise and new solutions, services and enhanced experience for commercial and national accounts customers. More Info
  • When Weather Data and Home Automation Collide
    3.9.18 – CEPro = Use Internet weather data or personal weather stations to shunt the sprinklers, shut the windows, retract the screen doors or heat the home just right. More Info
  • MONI CEO on New Brink’s Branding, ‘We will be a Clear No. 2’
    Two years after rebranding to MONI, the former Monitronics will now be known as Brink’s Home Security via a licensing agreement with The Brink’s Co. CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration speaks with CEO Jeff Gardner about the move. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
Gray, Alan (075) | Prohibits third and fourth class cities in St. Louis County from imposing a fee for a false alarm to which the police department responds if it is the alarm user’s first false alarm in a twelve month period
Status: 03/05/2018: Read Second Time (H)

State & National News

  • Harvey victim turns to ABC13 for help with alarm contract
    3.7.18 – ABC13 Houston – Gloria Jackson’s not sure what she’d need to protect in her flooded-out home, but she says when she called her alarm company to cancel her service, they wanted her to pay for another … More Info
  • U.S. added 313,000 jobs in February
    The Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 313,000 jobs in February, smashing expectations, according to Friday’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate held steady for the fifth straight month at 4.1 percent, an 18-year low. More Info

Business Tips

  • How to Sell Technology in the Age of the Customer
    3.6.18 – CI – Small business advocate Jim Blasingame points to a paradigm shift in how purchasing decisions get made (enter the age of the customer) – and ponders how to sell technology to today’s customers. More Info
  • The Smart Home: What NOT to Automate
    3.9.18 – CEPro – The first rule of smart home? Do no harm. Think hard before using home automation as a security system or for automating things like fireplaces and windows. More Info
  • Kastle Systems Reveals How It Achieved $100M in Revenue, Tips for Success
    3.9.18 – SSI – Execs share how Kastle Systems is leveraging its armory of managed security services to push its riches beyond $100 million. More Info
  • The Importance of Sticking With the Right Vendor
    3.6.18 – SSI – An SSI Hall of Fame member explains why you want to support vendors that are supporting you and your model. More Info
  • Why AV Integrators Need to Be Better Storytellers
    3.7.18 – CI – AV integrators need to understand connecting with clients is about more than hawking gear and touting expertise; it’s also about relating to other people. More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • CA: Apparent false alarm forces evacuation of Ace of Spades mid-concert
    3.10.18 – Sacramento Bee – What appears to have been a false alarm at Ace of Spades prompted the Sacramento Fire Department to evacuate the venue in the middle of a Friday night rock concert, posts and videos shared to Twitter show. The evacuation took place shortly before 10 p.m. while Danish rock band New Politics was performing its set. More Info
  • CT: Fire Creates Heavy Damage To Great Quarter Road Home
    3.11.18 – The Newtown Bee – At the same time as the structure fire call, Southbury and Sandy Hook volunteers responded to a commercial fire alarm at Curtis Packaging, but there was no fire. Great Quarter Road structure fire. Approximately 45 firefighters responded to the home on Friday, March 9, when a … More Info
  • KY: Police and fire reports for March 6, 2018
    3.6.18 – Winchester Sun – At 9:28 p.m. Friday, firefighters responded to an alarm sounding. It was a false alarm. More Info
  • LA: Fire damages Shreveport home
    3.9.18 – KSLA-TV – It happened around 4:15 a.m. Firefighters reported seeing smoke and flames when they arrived. The woman who lived there was at work at the time of the fire but her alarm company was alerted to the smoke in the home, according to firefighters. Crews had the flames under control in about … More Info
  • MA: Marion Police Log: Feb. 25-March 3
    3.8.18 – Wicked Local – 11:31 a.m.: A fire alarm was reported at Cumberland Farms. 1:03 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported. More Info
  • MD: Elderly woman in critical condition following Cumberland Arms Fire
    3.10.18 – WCBC Radio – A sprinkler system is credited with saving an elderly Cumberland woman Thursday evening after the chair and electric blanket she was sitting on ignited. On March 8, 2018 at 9:16 p.m. Cumberland Fire Department was alerted for an automatic alarm at Cumberland Arms Apartments. More Info
  • MD: Fire Officials Say Sprinklers Made A Life Or Death Difference In A …
    3.10.18 – WFMD – The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says Thursday night in Cumberland, fire fighters were dispatched to the Cumberland Arms Apartments for an automatic alarm and a water flow alarm on the 5th floor of the 6-story building. When they arrived, they went to the 5th floor and found an elderly man … More Info
  • MD: Smoke alarm credited with saving Westminster family
    3.9.18 – ABC2 News – Westminster, Md. – A smoke alarm saved a family after a fire started in the garage of their home. The fire broke out around 12:30 Friday morning. The smoke alarm woke up the family of five, all of whom escaped the burning building. It took firefighters from six departments about 20 … More Info
  • OH: Updated: Crews extinguish Hillsboro apartment fire
    3.10.18 – Wilmington News Journal, OH – One man was in the residence at the time of the fire, Manning said, and woke up to the sound of a smoke alarm going off. “He was very lucky the smoke alarm actually woke him up and he was able to get out of the apartment,” Manning said. The man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. The three permanent … More Info
  • OK: Smoke Alarm Saves Woman, Pets From Del City House Fire
    3.5.18 – news9.com KWTV – Del City, Oklahoma -. A woman and her two dogs were able to get out of their Del City home after a smoke alarm went off early Monday, firefighters said. The fire happened about 3:30 a.m. The resident said she was awakened by a smoke alarm and … More Info
  • VT: Morristown Police Department statistics Feb. 23-March 1
    3.8.18 – Stowe Today – 25 at 4:36 p.m., police assisted the Morristown Fire Department in responding to a carbon monoxide alarm at a Brooklyn Heights residence; no one was injured. Feb. … March 1 at 7:33 a.m., police walked through a Morrisville Plaza business to make sure the building was secure after the alarm system malfunctioned. More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Santa Rosa police ID suspects in failed armored car facility heist
    3.6.18 – Napa Valley Register – An officer arrived minutes after the alarm was triggered and, after seeing Gamez-Fierro point a handgun at him, fired multiple rounds, Cregan said. Detectives found one of the bullets had entered a residence and struck a television, Cregan said. No one was injured. More Info
  • GA: 2 juveniles charged in break-ins
    3.6.18 – Statesboro Herald – 25, Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm and found that someone had forced their way into the building, destroying security cameras, he said in a statement released Tuesday. Further investigation revealed someone had also entered Sally Mae’s Kitchen, a restaurant … More Info
  • GA: Police searching for suspect in gun store burglary
    3.6.18 – FOX 5 Atlanta – Loganville, Ga. – Loganville police are searching for a suspect who they say attempted to rob a gun store over the weekend, and they need your help to identify him. Police said that they responded to an alarm call at Deaton’s Gun Store at 3:46 a.m. on Saturday, March 3. When they checked the surveillance footage, … More Info
  • IL: Police: Decatur man stages burglary after tripping security alarm
    3.10.18 – Herald & Review – Decatur – A 24-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police said he tried to open a relative’s safe, triggered a security alarm and then ransacked her home to make it seem like someone had broken in. He faces a … The affidavit said officers were sent to a home in response to a burglary alarm. More Info
  • IN: Starbucks’ windows broken, rocks found inside
    3.6.18 – Indiana Daily Student – The front windows of the Starbucks were boarded up after being broken out early Sunday morning. The Bloomington Police Department responded to a security alarm around 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the Starbucks. The alarm was activated when someone threw rocks through the store’s front windows. More Info
  • MA: Bridgewater police log, Feb. 17-25
    3.10.18 – Wicked Local – 9:11 a.m.: A vehicle reportedly slid off the roadway. The owner of the vehicle did not wish to go through insurance. 10:44 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported at Grants Rental. Police reported the building appeared secure. More Info
  • MA: Cohasset police log, Feb. 26-March 4
    3.10.18 – Wicked Local – 10:20 a.m.: An alarm was reported at a residence. Police reported a young squirrel in the home and made contact with the homeowner…. More Info
  • MA: Concord police log, Feb. 18-24
    3.10.18 – Wicked Local – 7:55 p.m.: An alarm was reported at Citizens Bank. 11:03 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. More Info
  • MA: Georgetown police reports: Feb. 23 to March 1
    3.6.18 – Wicked Local – 23. 11:36 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported. Saturday, Feb. 24. 3:58 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. More Info
  • MA: Masked robber fled Market Basket store with cash
    3.10.18 – WCVB Boston – A robbery alarm summoned police officers and a detective to a Market Basket store Friday night. The robber entered the grocery store, made threats and said that he had a gun, police said. Witnesses did not see a weapon but they told officers about seeing something sticking out of the … More Info
  • MA: Rochester police log, Feb. 25-March 3
    3.10.18 – Wicked Local – 2:38 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 5:07 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported … More Info
  • MA: Swampscott police log, Feb. 27-March 2
    3.10.18 – Wicked Local – 1:23 a.m.: An alarm was reported…. More Info
  • MN: Litchfield Police Report 3/7/18
    3.8.18 – Crow River Media – 9:24 A.M. Litchfield Police responded to an alarm. Upon officer’s arrival, everything was found to be okay. 1:57 P.M. Litchfield Police responded to an alarm. Upon officer’s arrival, everything was found to be okay. 2:58 P.M. The theft of tools was reported taken … More Info
  • MN: Meeker County Sheriff Report 3/2/18-3/4/18
    3.5.18 – Crow River Media – On the 3rd at 4:53 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an alarm. The deputy checked and the business was all secure. … More Info
  • ON: Vehicle parts swiped in Belleville
    3.7.18 – Quinte News – On 7 March, 2018 at 1:27 a.m., police attended at a business in the east end of Belleville in response to a complaint of an alarm. Investigation revealed that a break and enter had occurred. The culprits stole approximately 900.00 dollar’s worth of automotive parts. If anyone has any information in relation to this theft they are .. More Info
  • PA: Police nab man suspected of multiple city burglaries
    3.10.18 – Standard Speaker – McNab was seen on video surveillance around 2 a.m. March 1 using a key to open the front door at Groceries Plus, disarming the alarm system with a pass code and then toying with the electrical service panel, which effectively disabled the alarm and camera systems, arrest papers state. Police said about $3,000 is missing … More Info
  • RI: Providence police: Break-in apparently prevented by alarm, resident’s screams
    3.9.18 – The Providence Journal – A resident heard an intruder attempting to break in to her home Thursday night, but the subject or subjects apparently fled after the alarm went off and she screamed and … More Info
  • TX: Six local businesses including dentist’s office burglarized
    3.6.18 – KWTX – Temple, TX – Police were investigating Tuesday after someone broke into six Temple businesses including a dental practice in an office complex. Officers responded Monday to a report of a burglary alarm at the dental office of Dr. Kiley A. Smith and discovered that someone had broken … More Info

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