3-5-18 NESA Monitor

Door to Door Sales

  • Tips on handling door-to-door solicitors
    3.1.18 – KSLA-TV – Complaints on social media are growing over a group going door-to-door claiming to sell alarm systems. Allegedly, the salesperson says they’re with Vivint, a smart home security system provider, and will ask about your current security provider. According to a spokesperson from Vivint, …More Info
  • Home alarm companies sending sales teams to Bay Area
    3.1.18 – ABC7 News – Home alarm companies are sending squads of sales people into Bay Area neighborhoods – trying to get you to switch from your company to theirs. North Bay resident Yolanda Jackson says … More Info
  • Here are some tips to help you deal with door-to-door solicitors
    3.4.18 – Tyler Morning Telegraph –  In East Texas, door-to-door salespeople typically work March to September. One Tyler resident contacted The Better Business Bureau regarding an alarm system company’s salesperson going door to door in her neighborhood. The resident told the BBB the salesperson was requesting her account information to see if she … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • PA: False alarms may cost more
    3.2.18 – Standard Speaker – Hazleton – City property owners could face steeper penalties for false activating security and fire alarm systems that draw repeated responses from police and firefighters. Mayor Jeff Cusat and representatives from the fire department asked city council to consider updating the city’s 23-year-old alarm devices ordinance … More Info
  • TX: Sheriff seeks more participation in community crime meetings
    3.3.18 – Chron.com – One safety deterrent is home alarms and when homeowners install them, they need to obtain a permit from the sheriff’s office, which costs $35, said deputy Stacey Tilley. “If you don’t have a permit for your alarm system and you have a false alarm go off, the county’s going to send you a $75 bill,” she said. While only four … More Info
  • WA: Sheriff’s Log 2/28/2018
    2.28.18 – Port Townsend Leader – Under a new Jefferson County Alarm Ordinance, a false alarm subjects the property owner to a fine and possible suspension of a response by the sheriff’s office to future alarms, according … “If you have an alarm, please make sure you have a permit and you maintain your alarm system to prevent false alarms,” Frank wrote. More Info

Industry News

  • MONI Smart Security and LiveWatch to rebrand as ‘BRINKS Home Security’
    2.26.18 – SIW – Company’s CEO discusses why they decided to bring the household name back to residential security … More Info
  • HAWK Security opens new office
    3.1.18 – SSN – Fort Worth, TX – Hawk Security Services, a member of the My Alarm Center family of brands based here, recently announced the opening of its newest office in Plano, Texas, joining the company’s existing Texas branches in Fort Worth, Tyler, Houston and San Antonio. More Info
  • ADT gets an alarming ring from Amazon
    3.1.18 – Reuters TV – So, even if Amazon buys Ring, primarily to allow a secure way for delivery personnel to drop packages on the inside of your home. It’s only logical that, in trying to provide customer benefits through it’s Prime program, will not only allow in home delivery, but it will add an alarm system, and Alexa will be will be able to tell you … More Info
  • CES Launches to Provide Security Integration Services to Mid-Atlantic Region
    3.2.18 – SSI – Newly created Communications Electronics Systems will provide full-service security integration services to commercial and government end customers. More Info

Legislative News

Bill Text Description History
CAAB02603
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Cunningham (A) | Proprietary security services. An act to amend Section 7574.10 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to professions and vocations.
Status: 02/16/18: May be heard in committee March 18. | Current
History
GAHB00826
Text
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 1 of Title 35 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. Relating to general provisions regarding law enforcement officers and agencies, so as to provide that an alarm monitoring company may contract out the requirement of attempting to verify an alarm prior to requesting law enforcement to be dispatched to the location of the alarm; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Status: Feb/23/2018: Senate Read and Referred.
History

State & National News

  • 20 Secrets a Home Security Installer Won’t Tell You
    2.27.18 – Readers Digest – Home security system installers share tips that will keep you and your home safe and secure. More Info

Business Tips

  • 6 Tips to Properly Plan Your Security Company’s Next Steps
    2.27.18 – SSI – An SSI Hall of Fame member explains why planning makes perfect, and shares six steps to properly plan for offering a new service. More Info
  • How Doing Extensive Industry Research Can Benefit Your Company
    3.1.18 – Security Sales & Integration – Coury has been in the security industry for more than 30 years, as an alarm dealer and integrator doing access control, CCTV, etc., that so many of the approximately 12,000 independent alarm dealers do for a living. I suspect Coury is a bit more successful, financially, then most, however. We must have talked about a … More Info
  • If You’re Preparing to Sell Your Business …
    3.1.18 – In case you hadn’t noticed, there has been a lot of consolidation in the AV integration industry lately. That means many integration company owners are open to selling. Before any owner considers suitors, there are important steps they need to take internally… More Info
  • Consumer Audio Needs a ‘Shot of Youth’: Lessons from Millennial Marketers
    3.1.18 – CEPro – With Baby Boomers re-prioritizing their spending, the high-performance audio industry needs to appeal to younger audiences. Millennials (and the young-at-heart) who market… More Info

Fire & EMS News

  • CT: Small kitchen fire at NHS quickly doused
    2.27.18 – My Citizens News – Naugatuck – Naugatuck High School was evacuated this morning due to a small fire in the cafeteria’s kitchen. Naugatuck Fire Marshal Robert Weaver said the fire department responded to an alarm at the high school at about 9:30 a.m. after food caught fire in an oven in the school’s cafeteria. The small fire was … More Info
  • KY: Police and fire reports for March 1, 2018
    3.1.18 – Winchester Sun – At 7:44 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to an alarm sounding. It was a false alarm. … More Info
  • MA: Cohasset police log, Feb. 19-25
    3.3.18 – Wicked Local – 9:13 a.m.: Fire alarms were reported going off on Heritage Lane. The caller stated they didn’t see smoke or fire. Fire personnel reported nothing showing upon arrival. More Info
  • OK: Man sleeps at Target after closing time, sets off fire alarm
    2.27.18 – KRMG – Tulsa, Okla. – A homeless man goes free after falling asleep inside a Target store before closing time. Tulsa police say the man was asleep inside the store’s lounge, but set off the fire alarm when he left around 2 a.m Tuesday. The man pickup up some items before leaving, but left ten dollars on a cash register as payment. More Info
  • ON: Firefighters credit smoke alarm for saving youth in Millbrook house fire
    2.26.18 – Globalnews.ca – Fire officials are crediting working smoke alarms for saving a child in a house fire in Millbrook, Ont., on Friday night. … More Info
  • ON: Twelve left homeless after Sandy Hill student residence fire
    3.3.18 – Ottawa Citizen – They responded at just after 10 p.m. Friday to a fire alarm at the highrise, with smoke visible on the eighth floor. The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm blaze about 20 minutes later, but firefighters were quickly able to get it under control. No injuries were reported, and damages have not been estimated, according to a news … More Info
  • PA: Kutztown Fire responds to Carbon Monoxide Alarm at Golden Bear …
    2.26.18 – The Keystone Newspaper – Kutztown Fire crews were dispatched to Golden Bear Village South on Thursday, Feb. 22 for a carbon monoxide alarm activation. The call went out around 4:15 p.m., bringing the borough’s rescue and ladder truck to building 30 in the apartment complex at the south end of campus. An ambulance from … More Info
  • SC: No injuries after dryer vent fire damages mobile home in Dalzell
    3.1.18 – Sumter Item – A dryer vent fire damaged a mobile home in Dalzell on Monday, resulting in the American Red Cross, Sumter Fire Department and Shaw Air Force Base Fire Department responding to the scene. An alarm was received at 8:20 a.m. for the 1,500-square-foot residence, according to an … More Info
  • SD: BFD responds to double crash, two false alarms
    2.28.18 – Brookings Register – The Fire Department was called to the original accident at 1:01 p.m., Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann said. “We had two SUVs that had struck passenger side to passenger side, which is odd,” he said. The initial sight of the vehicles had them fearing the worst. “When we arrived on scene, the whole front … More Info
  • TX: Girl woken by flames helps family escape burning apartment
    2.26.18 – KTRK-TV – ABC13’s Jeff Ehling provides insights from the scene of a 3-alarm apartment fire in northwest Harris County. Video of the family’s rescue shows three … “There was a beeping sound and I can hear it better because I’m on top of my bed right beside the smoke alarm,” Gabby recalled. “And then I heard it, and in my head, I was … More Info
  • WI: Structure fire in Janesville
    3.1.18 – WMTV – Madison, Wis.- The Janesville Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment complex around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Afternoon. Reports said fire crews showed up to the 7-story apartment complex and found the atrium filled with smoke from the 2nd to the 7th floors. The fire alarm was going off … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: K-9, human officers sniff out burglary suspect in dumpster
    3.4.18 – Infosurhoy – The case began when a business owner got an alarm notification, checked out his surveillance camera and spotted the burglars at work inside his business around 8:30 p.m., according to police. Officers responded to the burglary in progress at the business complex police said. They approached a … More Info
  • CO: Man uses pole to ram way into car dealership
    2.26.18 – KKTV 11 News – “The alarm went off audible when he entered into the business and he probably was deterred by that loud sound and then left soon after.” The suspect left before officers arrived on scene. But he was on the premises long enough for the owner — watching the prowler’s movements on surveillance video from home — to get a … More Info
  • FL: Suspects sought in Cocoa liquor store burglary
    3.1.18 – Florida Today – 5 to an alarm at American Liquor. Officers found the front door shattered and the cash register drawer overturned with loose change scattered on the ground, according to reports. Surveillance video from the business shows what appears to be two black males wearing hoodies, police said. One of the males … More Info
  • GA: Burke County resident holds burglars at gun point before cops arrive
    2.26.18 – WJBF-TV – Deputies were called to a home late Sunday night in reference to an attempted burglary. Upon arrival, deputies found the homeowner holding the two suspects at gunpoint. The man told investigators that he was awoken by the home’s alarm that night. That’s when he looked outside to see a … More Info
  • GA: Police investigating report of armed robbery at Manchester …
    3.4.18 – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Columbus police are investigating the report of an armed robbery at store. According to a police report, officers responded to the Circle K at 1:28 a.m. Saturday, in response to an alarm. The report did not say what was taken. The report did not give a description of … More Info
  • IL: Lincolnwood police: Woman arrested for retail theft also had small …
    2.26.18 – Chicago Tribune – Police said a security alarm did not go off when merchandise was taken. Anthony V. Campisano, 38, was charged with retail theft stemming from an incident Feb. 16. Police said Campisano took a bottle of alcohol and left a store without paying. More Info
  • MA: Carver Police Log: Feb. 15-26
    3.1.18 – Wicked Local – 11:09 a.m. A burglar alarm was reported. 1:15 p.m. A fire was reported. More Info
  • MA: Rochester Police Log, Feb. 19-24
    2.27.18 – Wicked Local – 7:19 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 9:39 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. … More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Monday, Feb. 26
    2.27.18 – Port Huron Times Herald – 11:04 a.m., Panic Alarm. 11:06 a.m., Panic Alarm… More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Saturday, Feb. 24
    2.26.18 – Port Huron Times Herald – 3:21 p.m., Alarm Intrusion,… 5:51 p.m., Panic Alarm, … More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Tuesday, Feb. 27
    2.28.18 – Port Huron Times Herald – 9:15 p.m., Alarm Intrusion. 9:44 p.m., Fire Alarm. More Info
  • MN: Man charged for burglary
    3.2.18 – Austin Herald – The burglar had also damaged control boxes and cut wires for the store’s alarm system. Approximately $1,000 was missing from one safe, while $2,660 had been stolen from the ATM. Several packs of cigarettes were also stolen. Damage to the safes and the ATM appeared consistent with a rotary grinder, according to the … More Info
  • NJ: Clifton residents surprised by prowler trying to break in through …
    3.2.18 – NorthJersey.com – The end result was that after the burglar triggered the alarm at the home, he was run to the ground by the furry Passaic County sheriff’s officer. The chase began around 9:13 p.m. when the home’s occupants were watching a movie and heard the alarm go off. One of the residents went to the window and … More Info
  • NY: Burglar alarm leads to heavy police response in Rochester
    2.28.18 – 13WHAM – Rochester, NY – A heavy Rochester police response followed a report of a burglar alarm. An officer arrived on the scene and found a door that had been forced open. More Info
  • OH: North Kingsville police
    2.26.18 – The Star Beacon – Police investigated a burglar alarm heard at 9:28 a.m. Saturday… More Info
  • OH: Police blotter
    2.28.18 – Dayton Daily News – Bellbrook (Jan. 22) – A burglary alarm was received. A construction worker accidently set off the alarm. … More Info
  • OH: Sheriff’s office: Woman robs Huntington Bank on Ashland Road
    3.1.18 – Mansfield News Journal – An employee with the Huntington Bank Alarm Systems Company, who contacted the Richland County dispatch center to report the robbery, reported in the 911 call the license plate on the vehicle was GSK3141. Masi said there may have been a second occupant in the vehicle. Masi said the woman did not make any threats. More Info

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