4-10-17 NESA Monitor

April 10, 2017

Door to Door Sales

  • Beware: Spring brings scammers to your door
    4.4.17 – WTOP – Only allow someone into your home after contacting your alarm company to confirm their identity. Ask questions and beware if they hesitate to provide specific … More Info
  • Fraud at Your Front Door
    4.4.17 – AARP News – Posing as technicians for security companies, some scammers claim they need to repair your alarm system. Then they deactivate it for a later burglary. Others … More Info
  • N4T Investigators: False alarm?
    4.6.17 – KVOA Tucson News – Loyce McCormick says a door-to-door salesman recently came to her midtown home to pitch a home security alarm system. McCormick told the News 4 Tucson …More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: False alarms may soon cost Red Deer residents, business owners
    4.4.17 – Red Deer Advocate – Anyone who wastes police time by reporting false alarms could be charged more under a proposed Red Deer bylaw. Councillors heard that RCMP officers dealt … More Info
  • LA: NOPD Chief Michael Harrison on the false alarm ordinance
    4.7.17 – WWL First News – Joining us now live in studio is the police chief of the New Orleans Police Department Michael Harrison to market more. Glad you could join us this morning and …More Info
  • LA: NOPD leans on technology to help solve, prevent crimes
    4.6.17 – WDSU New Orleans – The city’s False Alarm Ordinance takes effect May 1, instituting a fee for repeated false alarms. Harrison said the first time police are sent to a person’s home or … More Info
  • NJ: Police: Glen Ridge home alarms must be registered
    4.3.17 – NorthJersey.com – All Glen Ridge residents with home alarm systems must register them with local police by Saturday, April 15, the township has announced. The registration is … More Info
  • ON: Police look to charge fees for funeral escorts to recoup costs
    4.8.17 – Cambridge Times- False-alarm fees could also see an increase to $100 from $75 for those who have alarms registered with police, and $200 from $150 for those whose alarm … More Info
  • RI: Warwick parents outraged over school fire alarm debacle
    4.5.17 – The Providence Journal – Steven Gothberg, left, director of school buildings and grounds; Peter Marietti, center, city fire marshal; and Warwick Fire Chief James McLaughlin answer … More Info
  • WV: City enforcing false alarm fees
    4.5.17 – Bluefield Daily Telegraph – Bluefield — Firefighters are always standing by for alarms, but too often a fire alarm turns out to be a false alarm that could take precious time away from … More Info
  • WV: Police See Drop in Number of Burglar Alarm Calls
    4.8.17 – Wheeling Intelligencer – Photo Provided Wheeling Police Sgt. Josh Sanders heads out to a call this week. If it were a burglar alarm, two officers would be taken off the street to respond … More Info

Industry News

  • IHS weighs in on smart home deals
    4.3.17 – Security Systems News – Kozak doesn’t expect Alarm.com’s acquisition to be “world-ending for everybody, … IHS predicts a changing focus in the industry; whereas intruder alarm dealers … More Info
  • Security System ‘Sees’ Radio Waves
    4.4.17 – The Aura home security system takes advantage of the pervasive wireless radio waves surrounding us. The system, which consists of a hub and a device that plugs into the wall, uses radio waves to detect movement. More Info
  • Alarm.com expands open hardware ecosystem with new smart …
    4.7.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – Alarm.com has announced the integration of a broad array of new connected devices to further expand the breadth of solutions and hardware options available … More info
  • Telular Expands the Telguard TG-SCI Series of Dual-Path …
    4.5.17 – GlobeNewswire – “As a leader in alarm transmission solutions, we are always looking for ways to make that service as economical as possible for security dealers,” said Shawn … More Info
  • DMP Releases Gunshot Detection Technology, Doorbell Camera at …
    4.6.17 – Security Sales & Integration – The technology discriminates gunshots from other loud sounds and then communicates its detection as an alarm to the central station, local management … More Info
  • Z-Wave Certified IoT Devices Just Got a Lot More Secure
    4.5.17 – SSI – Z-Wave Alliance will now require mandatory implementation of the new Security 2 (S2) framework. More Info
  • The Most Popular Outdoor Technology Isn’t What You’d Expect
    4.6.17 – CEPro – The first-ever CE Pro Outdoor Technology Study reports 23% yearly growth in exterior installations. See the most popular technology, frequently used brands and end-user…More Info

State & National News

  • Iowa lawmakers consider making most 911 calls confidential
    4.3.17 – Associated Press – A bill moving swiftly through the Iowa Legislature would eliminate the public’s right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing off key information about authorities’ first response to shootings and other incidents. More Info
  • How Do Americans Manage Their Passwords?
    4.3.17 – SIA – According to a Pew Research study, for average users, the vast majority of Americans keep track of their passwords using much more traditional methods – specifically, by memorizing them or by writing them down on a piece of paper. More Info
  • Smart smoke detector buying guide
    4.5.17 – CNET – Yes, between false alarms and low-battery chirping, they can be annoying, but for a service so essential, some annoyance is an easy trade-off. So tinkering with .. More Info
  • Company Tags Employees with Microchips
    4.6.17 – SIA – A company in Sweden is offering its workers microchip implants that function as swipe cards. More Info
  • States want more career and technical training but struggle to find teachers
    4.6.17 – Stateline – States are trying to address a shortage of career and technical education teachers by changing licensing laws. More Info

Business Tips

  • The Benefits of 3rd-Party Monitoring
    4.3.17 –SSI:  How third-party monitoring helps security pros focus on what they do best. More Info
  • Why You Shouldn’t Approach Service with a Project Mentality
    The skills required for a good project team don’t necessarily overlap with the skills required for a good service. More Info
  • News Poll: Finding the right employees is a challenge
    4.3.17 – SSI – Yarmouth, ME—A large majority of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest news poll say that hiring is a challenge, and 82 percent are looking to fill at least a couple of positions. More Info
  • The Problem Isn’t with Millennials, It’s with Old People in the Workplace
    4.7.17 – CI – A lot of energy is spent complaining about challenges related to managing Millennial employees, but let’s talk about how some old people in the workplace need to adapt and make room for the rookies on the team. More Info
  • 20 Leadership Books AV Leaders Read When They’re Not Reading CI
    4.6.17 – CI – Most of these literary favorites from some of our favorite people in the industry focus on innovative ways to lead their organizations. More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Police: No evidence for report of armed man near North Pole school
    4.8.17 – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner – “The fire alarm activation during the lockdown was confirmed to be an actual smoke alarm and was not set off by a student or the faculty,” the statement said. More Info
  • BC: Working smoke alarm helps Chilliwack family escape house fire
    4.4.17 – Chilliwack Progress – Working smoke alarms helped save a family from a house fire Friday night. At approximately 8 p.m. on March 31, the … More Info
  • IL: No injuries in Naperville apartment fire
    4.7.17 – Chicago Sun-Times – Firefighters responded about 12:20 p.m. to a fire alarm, according to a statement from the Naperville Fire Department. Naperville … More Info
  • MA: Beverly Police logs, March 31-April 2
    4.5.17 – Wicked Local Beverly – 9:46 p.m. A fire alarm was reported with smoke showing in a … More Info
  • MD: Fire In Forest Hill Started By 8-Year-Old: Officials
    4.4.17 – Patch.com – Forest Hill, MD – A smoke alarm helped save 13 people from a house fire in Forest Hill, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Officials said that … More Info
  • PA: Police Logs 4-5
    4.5.17 – Clearfield Progress – An automatic fire alarm was reported at the Hampton Inn. Police responded to an alarm at a business along SR-879. The building was found to be … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg Police Blotter April 2
    4.4.17 – North Country Now – Ogdensburg police responded to a fire alarm at the St. Lawrence County Psychiatric Center Respite Home at 6:24 p.m. Monday for a fire alarm activation. More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Police search for double armed robbery suspect
    4.4.17 – News Courier – … gas station before receiving a call at 3:32 p.m. that a panic alarm had gone off at the Chevron in Ardmore on the Tennessee side. More Info
  • AZ: Police: “It’s on” Mesa church worker assaulted by man with a metal bat
    4.5.17 – ABC15 Arizona- 1 Mesa police report that around 11 p.m. on March 28 an alarm company alerted the facilities manager at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church … More Info
  • CA: Masked burglar steals cash, medication from Hendrick’s Pharmacy
    4.8.17 – Claremont Courier – Officers received a call of an alarm activation at the business just before 6 a.m., according to a police statement. When they arrived a … More Info
  • CA: Peninsula Burglar Caught After Month-Long Investigation, Police Say
    4.4.17 – Patch.com – Patrick Halleran. Police were alerted to the alleged crime by a home’s alarm system. “The suspect had apparently fled when the alarm was activated and was not … More Info
  • CA: Police Investigating String of Robberies Targeting Local Businesses
    4.9.17 – VVNG.com – At 3:34 a.m. deputies responded to a commercial burglary reported by an alarm company at the Down Home Grill. Deputies … More Info
  • CT: ATM too heavy, so thieves take cash drawer in Fairfield
    4.4.17 – Fairfield Citizen – An alarm came in just after midnight, alerting police to a glass break at the Wheels Store, at the Citgo station. Officers arrived at the … More Info
  • FL: “I was afraid for my life” says police officer attacked by burglary suspect
    4.6.17 – WTSP 10 News – Bradenton, Fla. — A Bradenton police officer is violently attacked by a burglary suspect. The alarm company alerted police to a false alarm at a residence but . More Info
  • FL: Baker County searches for smash-and-grab burglars
    4.8.17 – WJXT Jacksonville – Macclenny, Fla. – Baker County deputies are hoping surveillance video will help them find thieves who have smashed their way into four convenience stores … More Info
  • FL: Hammer-wielding crook steals van, cash from Lauderhill auto shop
    4.9.17 – 7News – WSVN-TV – But at around 3 a.m., owner Nour Albandakji got a call from his alarm company alerting him about the break-in. Albandakji then called the police and drove to his… More Info
  • GA: Burglars make off with safe from Albany business
    4.7.17 – The Albany Herald – “Officers and the key holder responded to the location after the business alarm went off. Once on the scene, they discovered that some unknown person gained … More Info
  • GA: Police investigate Saturday morning Hudson Bridge Road burglaries
    4.6.17 – Henry Herald – Henry County police received the first call that a silent alarm was tripped at Little Caesar’s at 4 a.m. When a responding officer arrived, he discovered the glass … More Info
  • IN: Homeowner rethinks security after attempted burglary
    4.6.17 – WTHR – Indianapolis – An Indianapolis family is arming their home with a full alarm system after a knock on the door lead to a frightening ordeal Tuesday … More Info
  • IN: Montgomery County Sheriff
    4.7.17 – thepaper24-7.com – Montgomery County Sheriff – 7:47 a.m. – Report of a residential alarm … More Info
  • LA: Fundraising account: BRPD officer seriously injured in crash …
    4.8.17 – WAFB.com – On Tuesday, March 21, Officer Rickey Faust was responding to an activated alarm call. He was driving his police unit … More Info
  • MA: Armed robber hits North Salem store
    4.4.17 – The Salem News – Police responded to a panic alarm set off at Quick Pick at 9:35 a.m. Monday. The clerk at the store told police that a white man walked into the … More Info
  • MA: Middleton Police Log: March 27-April 2
    4.5.17 – Wicked Local Middleton – 2:28 p.m.: An alarm activated on North Main Street. Police checked. All secure. 3;21 p.m.: Alarm on North Main Street activated again. All secure. 4:30 p.m.: … More Info
  • MA: News and events in Southborough, MA
    4.4.17 – mysouthborough – 0719 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a business. 1539 hrs – Officers investigated a burglar alarm at a Thayer Lane residence. More Info
  • MA: POLICE LOG
    4.8.17 – Wicked Local Marblehead – 6:57 p.m. An alarm sounded. Police found a broken window and fresh footprints. Police checked Lead Mills, Tower School area and took a … More Info
  • MD: Police Believe Same People Tried to Burgle Two Businesses
    4.5.17 – Montgomery Community Media – About 2:50 a.m. Saturday, March 4, the alarm sounded at the Flower Hill Beer store, according to a police statement. More Info
  • MI: Man gets jail for break-ins at businesses
    4.7.17 – Livingston Daily – About 30 minutes later, sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at the Target store in Hartland Township where they found a large rock had been thrown … More Info
  • MI: Man Locked Overnight In CVS Won’t Be Charged For Helping …
    4.7.17 – Consumerist – The man was discovered locked in the store around 1 a.m. when he set off an alarm. The store’s alarm company noticed the man walking around the aisles and … More Info
  • MI: Oak Park Man Charged In Local Store Break-Ins Receives Jail
    4.8.17 – WHMI – Brighton Police responded to an alarm at the Sprint store around 3:30am and found a large rock had been thrown through the window. More Info
  • MI: Pharmacy on Detroit’s west side burglarized for third time
    4.8.17 – WDIV Detroit – Head pharmacist Sam Chammout was awakened around 4:20 a.m. by an alarm that alerted him that a motion detector was set off at the building … More Info
  • MI: Sheriff seeks two women who stole from CVS in Macomb Township
    4.4.17 – The Daily Tribune – They attempted to leave, triggering the alarm. A CVS employee managed to grab the bag before they got away. The pair got into a silver Oldsmobile Alero that … More Info
  • MO: Cedar County Sheriff’s Report
    4.6.17 – Cedar County Republican – A deputy handled an alarm at El Dorado Springs Cycle. … A deputy handled a report of a showroom glass break alarm at local business in the El Dorado … More Info
  • MO: Homeowner says burglar broke into residence twice in two days
    4.6.17 – fox2now.com – St. Louis (KTVI) – A south city homeowner was targeted by a burglar two days in a row. But the second time, the resident got a call from his alarm company, … More Info
  • MO: Suspect arrested in connection to Columbia bank robbery
    4.4.17 – ABC17News.com – Police responded to a panic button alarm at Landmark Bank, where allegedly Marshall walked in wearing a hat, sunglasses and a long coat, demanded money, … More Info
  • MO: Texas County Sheriff’s Report April 6, 2017
    4.8.17 – The Licking News – A residential alarm was checked out. The residence was secure. The cause of the alarm is believed to be weather related as a large … More Info
  • NY: Balloon sets off alarm at closed bank
    4.5.17 – Clarencebee – A resident reported a lot of shooting in the area. A man was legally target shooting on his property. A burglar alarm was reported at the Evans … More Info
  • NY: Bronx jewelry store owner shot during afternoon attempted robbery
    4.9.17 – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV – One of them pulled out a gun before he triggered a silent alarm. They shot him once and fled from the scene. It is not clear if any items were stolen. No arrests … More Info
  • NY: Serial burglar in Ridgewood & Sunnyside busted after trying to pawn …
    4.8.17 – QNS.com – March 16: Rodriguez allegedly made three different burglary attempts, setting off an alarm at a location and … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.8.17 – Circleville Herald – Alarm drop. Caller advised the carbon monoxide alarm was going off and after changing the battery it was still going off. Checked okay. More Info
  • OH: VIDEO: Vietnam veteran fires shot at thieves breaking into American …
    4.7.17 – fox8.com – A Wayne County sheriff’s deputy, responding to an alarm early Wednesday morning at The American Legion Post outside Wooster, meets 76-year-old Don … More Info
  • OK: Village police searching for convenience store armed robber
    4.4.17 – KOKH FOX25 – Police tell FOX 25 an alarm call came in just after 7 a.m. at the Quality Foods near … Officials with the Village police say a clerk pressed the alarm button during … More Info
  • OR: Police respond to burglary alarm to find homeowner with loaded gun …
    4.3.17 – KATU – Police respond to burglary alarm to find homeowner with loaded gun, drugs … Officers were called out about 1:30 a.m. on reports of a burglary alarm going off at… More Info
  • SC: At least 10 medical offices targeted in smash-and-grab spree, police …
    4.5.17 – WYFF Greenville – Bailes got a call around 1 a.m. Tuesday that the alarm was going off at his office. Someone smashed glass in the door, went inside and … More Info
  • SC: Burglar fails to open safe
    4.8.17 – The Times and Democrat – A dispatcher told the responding deputy that the alarm sounded at the restaurant at 1:40 a.m. However, when a deputy checked it, the outside of the business … More Info
  • TN: Police: Woman stayed in store after closing, tried to steal $2.7K …
    4.5.17 – WZTV – Police were called to the business at about 11:10 p.m. after the alarm went off. A manager and police opened the business to find Jessica C. Brown inside. More Info
  • TX: Caught on camera: Men storm into Pearland home with guns drawn
    4.3.17 – KHOU – The burglars are seen kicking in a back door and storming into the house with guns around 6:40 p.m. But the second they busted through the door, the alarm … More Info
  • TX: CVS employees duck for cover as thieves ram truck into store
    4.3.17 – KTRK-TV – An alarm likely scared off some would-be thieves during an attempted smash and grab in northeast Harris County, but not before they caused some serious … More Info
  • TX: Pct. 4: Burglary suspect arrested after attempting to run over deputy
    4.5.17 – KHOU – According to Harris County Pct. 4, deputies were dispatched to an alarm going off at a Sunbelt Rentals. When they … More Info
  • WI: FBI offers $10000 reward for fugitive gun thief who may be targeting …
    4.9.17 – RT – “Deputies responded to an audible alarm at Armageddon Gun Shop and found evidence of a break in and burglary. Video surveillance showed a white male … More Info

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