3.13.17 NESA Monitor

March 6, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • AR: Multiple honors doled out at Coffee with Chiefs event
    3.12.17 – Pine Bluff Commercial – Pine Bluff Police officers Nathan Smith, Rick Bunting and Matt Wright were cited for their actions on March 2 when they responded to a burglar alarm at Shell … More Info
  • FL: FL Mayor Asks Why AT&T Didn’t Notify Customers of 911 Outage
    3.10.17 – Firehouse.com – The patient tried calling 911 nine times, but the phone just rang and rang and rang, so the person triggered a burglar alarm in their home, West said. West said … More Info
  • FL: Text to 911, other tech advancements planned for Manatee …
    3.11.17 – Bradenton Herald – One advancement the public won’t immediately notice is a switch in Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) to Public System Answering Point (PSAP) … More Info
  • NL: False Alarm Fee Still on Province’s Radar
    3.11.17 – VOCM – The previous administration announced in 2015 that a fee would be imposed in cases where security alarms are somehow accidently tripped, forcing … More Info
  • OK: Many Tulsans Pay Police Alarm Fee, But Non-Payers Get Same …
    3.8.17 – Oklahoma Watch – That means the 911 system has unnecessarily dispatched officers thousands of times to Tulsa homes and businesses, since only a tiny fraction of intruder-alarm … More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Police called to 68% false alarm calls in 2016; TPD asking ...
    3.9.17 – kjrh.com – In 2016, dispatchers handled more than 35,000 intrusion alarms. Tulsa police responded to almost 30,000 of them only to find 68 percent were false alarms. More Info
  • SK: Police board supports fine increase for false alarms
    3.10.17 – Saskatoon StarPhoenix – The board of police commissioners recommended on Thursday that the fine associated with police responding to false alarms be increased to $100 from $75 as … More Info
  • SK: Saskatoon Police Service proposes fee hike for false alarms
    3.7.17 – Globalnews.ca – Officials believe by increasing the fee, it would serve as a further deterrent for security alarm customers from having false alarms and allow officers to spend … More Info

Industry News

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) Sells Alarm Funding Associates
    3.7.17 – StreetInsider.com – Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keyser Capital LLC (“Keyser”), has sold Alarm Funding … More Info
  • Bosch, Sony Clear Antitrust Hurdles to Finalize Partnership
    3.7.17 – SSI – The partnership entails a sales and marketing cooperation as well as a technical collaboration… More Info
  • Consumer Reports Launches Effort to Create Security Standards for IoT Devices
    3.8.17 – SSI – Consumer Reports will create an open-source standard for manufactures of internet connected devices. More Info
  • Nest Is Designing a Cheaper Thermostat and New Home Security System, Report Says
    3.8.17 – SSI – An anonymous source spilled the beans to Bloomberg about the Nest’s plans for a cheaper learning thermostat and connected residential security gear. More Info
  • Alarm.com settles Honeywell lawsuit, closes Icontrol acquisition
    3.9.17 – SIW – Comcast completes purchase of Icontrol’s Converge platform … More Info
  • Exclusive: How Comcast Will Use Icontrol to Dominate Security, Home Automation Market
    3.9.17 – CEPro – Comcast’s Dan Herscovici on the acquisition of Icontrol: new smart-home roadmap, a wholesale offering to other providers, thoughts on DIY, integration with TV and voice controls, IoT center in Austin, TX … and more. More Info
  • ADT Execs Outline Ambitious Plans for 2017
    3.10.17 – SSI – Top executives reveal what will be unleashed in 2017, and how the 143-year-old firm is pacing the industry’s most advanced new products and services. More Info

State & National News

  • Some Security Systems Fooled by Aging Faces
    3.7.17 – SIA – Due to the natural aging process, automatic facial recognition systems are less likely to recognize your face after a period of six years. More Info
  • Smart Home Technology Still in Early Adopter Phase, Gartner Reports
    3.7.17 – SSI – One in 10 households in the U.S., U.K. and Australia have purchased smart home products and systems, according to an online survey by 10,000 households. More Info
  • Safe, secure and smartphone: Home security with all the bells …
    3.12.17 – Chattanooga Times Free Press – Ever had those false alarms that go out to emergency personnel when an old-school landline-based alarm is tripped accidentally? Current security systems cut … More Info
  • New 838 area code phase-in to start March 18
    3.10.17 – The Adirondack Daily Enterprise – It also advised customers to ensure that any automatic dialing equipment, applications or software like life safety systems, fax machines, alarm systems and call …More Info
  • U.S. added 235,000 jobs in February, unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent
    3.10.17 – The Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, according to government data released Friday, strong growth that likely cleared the way for the Federal Reserve to raise rates this month. More Info
  • BART Sued for Poor Security
    3.4.17 – SFGate – BART in San Francisco is being sued for poor video surveillance and lack of staffing after a young boy was robbed. More Info
  • Convicted burglar reveals 9 secrets to keep your home safe
    3.8.17 – Palm Beach Post – Criminals work so quickly that your alarm system may not deter all burglars. 5. Burglars who wear masks may not be scared away by home security cameras, … More Info
  • With daylight saving time near, fire officials urge smoke alarm safety
    3.9.17 – The Daily Progress – Most smoke alarms are battery-operated and many use 9-volt batteries. Even if a battery is hardwired into a home’s electrical system, firefighters want people to … More Info
  • Smoke alarm systems send texts from abandon homes
    3.11.17 – WAVE 3 – A system, called CASPER, detects the sound of a smoke alarm inside an abandoned home. It then sends a text message to alert neighbors, first responders and … More Info
  • ATF: Licensed gun store burglaries/robberies up 52 percent …
    3.11.17 – WJLA – Nevertheless, the ATF does recommend that all commercial dealers install a robust alarm system, high-definition security cameras with audio, place bars on all … More Info
  • FCC to investigate nationwide 911 outage
    3.9.17 – Washington Post – “So when I first learned of yesterday’s outage, I immediately directed FCC staff to contact AT&T about it and the company’s efforts to restore … More Info

Business Tips

  • How to Cash in on the Financial Institutions Vertical
    3.7.17 – Security Sales & Integration – … under-counter steel enclosures; night-drop and drive-up equipment; bullet-resistant windows; plus traditional alarm, intrusion, access control and surveillance. More Info
  • 4 Quick Tips for Employee Retention
    3.6.17 – CI – Creating a positive company culture is paramount for companies that want to keep their best employees. Panelists at NSCA’s Business & Leadership Conference provide some steps in the right direction. More Info
  • Business Lessons from Al Capone, Steve Wozniak, Meat Raffles and the Rolling Stones
    3.8.17- CI – There are many ways to make connections with people and the inspiration comes from surprising places. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: San Rafael man rescues neighbor from burning apartment
    3.11.17 – KGO-TV – Police are calling a man a hero after he rushed to save a woman from her burning home in San Rafael on Friday morning. … More Info
  • LA: Fire damages kitchen at Geaux Fish restaurant
    3.9.17 – Houma Courier – A monitored alarm system had activated, which Mire said saved the structure. Mire said the business did not have a Knox Box key lock box, which would have … More Info
  • MA: Car erupts in flames outside 99 Restaurant in Worcester (video)
    3.9.17 – MassLive.com – A Worcester man who works as an electrician selling fire alarm systems had to pull over on Interstate 290 Wednesday when he saw black smoke billowing from … More Info
  • MI: Man goes for groceries and returns to house on fire; teen rescues …
    3.11.17 – WWMT-TV – McKinnon said, “He just smelt smoke, the smoke alarm was not going off. He went into my other son’s room and said, ‘Let’s go. We have get out of here.’”. More Info
  • OH: Fire alarm brings evacuation at Niles assisted living facility – WFMJ …
    3.6.17 – WFMJ – Residents of an assisted living facility were forced to flee into the morning chill on Monday after a fire alarm went off. Firefighters were called to the Grace Woods … More Info
  • OR: Downtown Portland apartment fire forces neighbors to evacuate
    3.11.17 – KATU – Neighbors say they heard a fire alarm going off and got the person out of his apartment by kicking down the door. “I could see the reflection of the fire on the … More Info
  • PA: Burst water pipe at Dallas High School causes ceiling, water damage
    3.12.17 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – The furnace water was hot enough to set off the fire alarm, the post states. A 12-foot-by-12-foot square section of ceiling tiles fell down, dropping water several … More Info
  • SC: 3 homeless after blaze destroys Chester County home, but smoke …
    3.12.17 – The Herald – 3 homeless after blaze destroys Chester County home, but smoke alarm … “The residents told us they were asleep and the alarms going off woke them up,” Culp … More Info
  • SC: This is why you shouldn’t try to fry a frozen pizza
    3.7.17 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – North Myrtle Beach firefighters responded to fire alarm Monday night and found a condo at Catalina Manor filled with smoke, and a burned pizza in a frying pan. More Info
  • VA: Yorktown Branch library closed temporarily following bathroom fire
    3.9.17 – Virginia Gazette – Just before 4 p.m., personnel from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety responded to an automatic fire alarm at the Yorktown Branch of the library … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Early morning break-in, burglary at The Bagel Factory
    3.7.17 – KTUU.com – Chong Sun, sister of the owner, said the man entered and stayed for a long time, owing to the fact that the store was not equipped with a functioning alarm … More Info
  • AL: Tuscaloosa suspect charged in connection with multiple burglaries
    3.6.17 -Alabama’s News Leader – Tuscaloosa deputies responded to a Citgo on an alarm call. Further investigation showed the store had been burglarized. While deputies were on the … More Info
  • CA: Berkeley man arrested in Fremont bank robbery
    3.6.17 – KRON4.com – Officers responded to the U.S. Bank to investigate a robbery alarm. Employees told police a suspect fled the area after robbing … More Info
  • CA: Crime Report: Vandalism at La Cañada High captured by video …
    3.8.17 – Los Angeles Times – Feb. 28. Burglary: A deputy responding to an audible burglary alarm found glass on the home’s driveway and a shattered rear … More Info
  • CA: Eyeglasses worth $5000 stolen from Costa Mesa optometrist’s office
    3.9.17 – Los Angeles Times – Officers responded to Custom Eyes Optometry at about 2:45 a.m. after a silent alarm at the business was activated, said Costa Mesa … More Info
  • CA: Three arrested in connection to Redding burglary
    3.6.17 – Redding Record Searchlight – Redding police said they were sent to Liddell Construction Supply at about 3 a.m. after a burglary alarm went off at the … More Info
  • CA: Would-be thief threatened 7-Eleven clerk with a hammer, police say
    3.6.17 -Los Angeles Times – The clerk activated the store’s alarm system, which notified police. When officers responded, they found the man outside the store. Selinske said the man, who … More Info
  • FL: 4 men accused of trying to steal liquor from Daytona Joe’s Crab Shack
    3.6.17 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – Daytona Beach police responded to a burglary alarm just before 2:20 a.m. and found Zachary Coblentz, 20, trying to pass a gray trash can over … More Info
  • FL: Wellborn man threatens 6 victims at gunpoint
    3.12.17 – Suwannee Democrat – According to a SCSO report, a realtor accidentally set off an alarm in a house they were showing to prospective buyers. The realtor was unable to to find the … More Info
  • FL: Wilton Manors police search for ‘suspicious person’ at Pride Center
    3.8.17 – Local 10 – At 11:30 p.m., the man exited the building and triggered an alarm in the process, police said. Police are now searching for the man, who is believed to be in his … More Info
  • GA: Kroger armed robbery suspect leads police on chase down I-85
    3.6.17 – WSB Atlanta – … 51, of Riverdale, held up Kroger employees at the store. One employee managed to trip the alarm, and police responded. More Info
  • GA: Police: Same men targeted 2 bottle shops
    3.9.17 – MDJOnline.com – At about 5:40 a.m., officers were dispatched on an alarm call to Bev Maxx, but found no sign of … More Info
  • GA: Two Tried To Break Into Marietta Liquor Stores: Police
    3.11.17 – Patch.com – Twenty minutes later, at 5:58 a.m., the alarm at Eastside Bottle Shop went off, police said. There, police discovered signs of force entry, the AJC … More Info
  • IL: Liquor store robber makes off with bag of cash
    3.11.17 – Galesburg Register-Mail – At that point, the employee hit the panic alarm and called his boss. Video surveillance of the event corroborated the employee’s story. Authorities had not made … More Info
  • IN: Bank robbery suspect arrested 13 minutes after hold-up
    3.8.17 – WANE – Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies were called just after 11 a.m. Wednesday to the Lake City Bank on a “hold-up” alarm. As police … More Info
  • MA: Break-in reported at Village General Store
    3.7.17 – The Manomet Current – According to Lieutenant Dana Flynn, police were alerted by an alarm at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. The suspects got in by prying open the front door, … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log, Feb. 26-March 4
    3.6.17 -Wicked Local Mattapoisett – 4:47 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported… More Info
  • MA: New Bedford man cuts wires to alarm system in attempted break
    3.7.17 – SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford – A city man cut the wires to the alarm system at Walgreens in an attempted break Monday night at the pharmacy… More Info
  • MD: LaVale Area Business Burglarized
    3.6.17 – WCBC Radio – On March 5, 2017 at approximately 1:15 P.M. the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office responded to a business in reference to an alarm. More Info
  • MD: Police: Multiple guns stolen from Rockville gun shop
    3.9.17 – WUSA – Rockville, MD – Police are investigating a burglary that happened at a gun shop in Rockville early Thursday morning. More Info
  • MD: WATCH: Masked suspects enter Md. gun shop, smash cases, steal …
    3.9.17 – WJLA – From the moment the shop’s front door snapped open, an audible security alarm sounded. The two thieves, seemingly unfazed, shattered multiple glass display … More Info
  • ME: Damariscotta Police Report
    3.6.17 -The Lincoln County News – Officer Jim Dotson investigated an alarm, investigated an alarm … More Info
  • MI: Jackson Police: officers respond to courthouse for trouble with subjects
    3.7.17 – MLive.com – … in at headquarters for an outstanding fugitive warrant. Officer Grant responded for an alarm; the building was secured. More Info
  • MO: Suspect detained in pharmacy break-in placed on mental-health hold
    3.11.17 – Joplin Globe – Police said officers responded at 3:40 a.m. Thursday to an alarm triggered at the Quick Meds pharmacy. Glass in the front door of the … More Info
  • NE: Benson burglary caught on camera
    3.9.17 – KETV Omaha – Investigators said the alarm didn’t go off that night. Freeman’s not sure if it malfunctioned or was disabled. It’s been fixed, as well as the damaged door. More Info
  • NH: Drugs stolen during break-in at Brattleboro pharmacy
    3.6.17 – The Keene Sentinel – The burglars tripped the pharmacy’s alarm system, were only inside the pharmacy “for about 45 seconds,” and did not take any C-2 narcotics, which are in a safe … More Info
  • OH: For the Record: Meigs County Sheriff’s Office
    3.9.17 – Daily Sentinel – Alarm Drop — Sgt. Griffin responded to an active alarm. A family member was on scene and stated that it was a false alarm and the … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    3.7.17 – Circleville Herald – Caller advised of a commercial alarm drop at Wesbanco coming from the front lobby motion and teller motion. Alarm company spoke with a male that identified … More Info
  • OR: $7000 worth of supplies stolen from local groomers
    3.11.17 – KTVL – Since the burglary, Keeber installed an alarm system to prevent future break-ins. She jokes the fingerprints remind her to set the alarm each night before she … More Info
  • PA: Radnor police reports: 3 burglaries in Villanova, car stolen during …
    3.7.17 – Main Line – Police reported that officers were called to the home on the report of a burglar alarm at 4:02 a.m. While on route, the homeowner contacted police and reported a … More Info
  • PA: Washington Co. & Mon Valley Police Beat : Police Beat March 11
    3.11.17 – Observer-Reporter – False alarm charge: Bertram Mitchell, 60, was charged by Washington police with making a false alarm after he allegedly set off an alarm .. More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg City Police Blotter, March 9
    3.10.17 – North Country Now – 08:57 Caller reported an alarm activation at Rent-A-Center. Patrol reported employee on site; false alarm. 08:57 Subject reported … More Info
  • SD: Two men charged with taking medicine from Wagner Shopko
    3.7.17 – Daily Republic – 23, Wagner police responded to a burglary alarm at Shopko in Wagner, where surveillance footage showed three male suspects throwing rocks through the front … More Info
  • TX: 1 arrested, 2 on the run in attempted game room burglary in east …
    3.6.17 – KTRK-TV – The alarm had already been tripped, and police were on their way. The two men were inside for approximately 20 minutes. The suspects are seen on video … More Info
  • TX: Fort Worth officer Tases intruder who set off alarm at Chevrolet …
    3.9.17 – Dallas News – The department was notified after a burglar alarm went off about midnight Wednesday at Moritz Chevrolet of Fort Worth… More Info
  • TX: Officers track down men who stole from pawn shop, officials say
    3.12.17 – KPRC Houston – … piece of equipment, officials said. Authorities said police received an alarm had been triggered about 4 a.m. at a Cash America pawn shop … More Info
  • TX: Thief only steals purses after ransacking East Dallas home
    3.9.17 – FOX 4 News – At Kelly Dlabaj’s house in East Dallas, unwanted visitors are warned there’s an alarm system and surveillance cameras. “I’ve done everything right from having … More Info
  • VA: Laundromat Attacked With Hammer in Manassas: Police
    3.9.17 – Patch.com – An alarm was activated shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, according to Prince William County Police. A man shattered the glass front door. More Info
  • WA: Arlington police arrest two in overnight burglary
    3.7.17 – Arlington Times – Arlington – At about 2:20 a.m. March 5, Arlington police responded to an alarm at the country club restaurant at Gleneagle Golf Course. When they arrived … More Info
  • WA: Wenatchee Police Credit Home Alarm System For Foiling Burglary
    3.11.17 – NCWLIFE Channel – Wenatchee Police say a homeowners residential burglary alarm helped them arrest a suspect in the act of breaking into his home. Police say in a news release … More Info

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