4-17-17 NESA Monitor

April 17, 2017

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Divided San Diego council revamps burglar alarm fees, fines
    4.14.17 – The San Diego Union-Tribune – A divided San Diego City Council adopted a new burglar alarm policy this week that aims to reduce false alarms to free up police officers for higher priority tasks. More Info
  • FL: Palm Beach could charge contractors for false fire alarms
    4.10.17 – Palm Beach Daily News – The Ordinances, Rules and Standards Committee is considering changing town rules to charge contractors for “false alarms” rather than make property owners … More Info
  • MO: Police work on implementing law alarm ordinance
    4.14.17 – ABC17News.com – “What happened in the city of Columbia is they had the fire alarm and the burglary alarm system in the same ordinance, they never should have been. So we got … More Info

Industry News

  • ADT Security Services van catches fire in NH causing 12-volt …
    4.10.17 – NH1 News – The van had caught on fire, causing 12-volt batteries used for alarm systems to explode within the car, Abbott said. The woman suffered burns to her hands as .. More Info
  • Tech Tips: Electromagnetic Locks, Wiring & Power Supplies
    4.3.17 – Locksmith Ledger – Even though most electromagnetic locking systems will include other components in the system, the power supply is… More Info
  • Priority One Security Grows Southeast Footprint With Blue Ridge Buy
    4.11.17 – SSI – Blue Ridge Security Solutions serves thousands of clients across the residential and commercial/industrial markets. More Info
  • How Mass Notification Can Add RMR to Your Next Alarm Project
    4.12.17 – Security Sales & Integration – How Mass Notification Can Add RMR to Your Next Alarm Project. Mass Notification Systems (MNS) is a growing field with revenue opportunities in the corporate, … More Info
  • Surprising New Trend in Security and Home Automation: Adding Multiroom Audio
    4.12.17 – CEPro – Alarm.com, Honeywell and start-up Huny show whole-house audio integrated with security and home automation – a first for the alarm industry with potential to lure in traditional A/V dealers. More Info
  • ISC West: Top 11 Trends Seen on the Show Floor
    4.13.17 – SSI – This year’s ISC West brought a number of trends spanning from robotics and drones to IoT and access control. More Info
  • ADT Vows Commitment to Dealer Program; P1 Hosts Members of New Owners’ Club
    4.12.17 – SSI – Members of ADT’s authorized dealer program are praising the security giant’s renewed efforts to support them, and P1 shows how some of its executives are thriving since their companies were acquired. More Info
  • Heat and Smoke Detectors: The Latest Trends and Tech
    4.14.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Read ahead for examples, plus a list detailing additions found in the 2016 edition of NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. More Info
  • IHS: Growing Popularity of Self-Installed Intruder Alarm Systems Continues
    4.7.17 – SDM – Although still in its infancy, the global do-it-yourself (DIY) market for devices with added smart connectivity is forecast to experience… More Info
  • PERS & Medical Monitoring: The Coming Convergence
    4.1.17 – SDM – Some experts say the convergence of personal emergency response systems (PERS) is coming — the only question is when. … More Info
  • CEDIA 2017: Early Look at New Security and Home Automation Players
    4.14.17 – CEPro – New home automation controllers, motorized shades, security systems coming to CEDIA 2017, the tradeshow for the smart-home pros. More Info
  • Devices in your home that are becoming obsolete
    4.15.17 – Digital Trends – Do you have an alarm system that doesn’t display video or connect to your smartphone? While a basic keypad may be effective, it’s also becoming obsolete. More Info
  • 10 helpful devices for aging seniors and their worried caretakers
    4.15.17 – USA TODAY – If you’re concerned about your parent climbing the stairs or falling in the living room, the Alarm.com Indoor Camera can help you monitor these dangerous areas … More Info
  • Lessons learned from past Las Vegas fires
    4.15.17 – KLAS-TV – The two incidents forced Strip properties to make major changes which included adding sprinkler systems, audible fire alarm announcements and pressurized … More Info
  • Technology is helping officials catch thieves more quickly
    4.16.17 – KSFY – Tyler Blake who is the chief operating officer at Midwest Alarm agrees that being a good neighbor is important, but he also said he’s seeing more residents buy … More Info

State & National News

  • 55% of U.S. Broadband Homes Want to Control Smart Home Devices Through Voice
    4.10.17 -– SIA – More than half (55%) of U.S. broadband households want to use voice to control their entertainment and smart home devices. More Info
  • Tired of daylight saving time, lawmakers look to lock the clock
    4.11.17 – Stateline – As more research shows the harmful effects of shifting to daylight saving time, more states are considering whether it’s time to stop changing the clocks. NCSL Blog post on daylight saving time. More Info
  • Ark. Governor Vetoes Funding for Panic Buttons
    4.12.17 – SIA – Ark. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed a bill that appropriated $850,000 for school districts to pay for panic button alert systems. More Info
  • For monitoring preemies’ vitals, cameras may beat skin sensors
    4.12.17 – New Atlas – Not only can this be uncomfortable for the infants, but it also results in a lot of false alarms as they move around. Scientists at Switzerland’s EPFL and CSEM … More Info
  • Smart Homes Are Cool, But Too Expensive
    4.13.17 – SIA – Americans like the idea of smart homes, but when it comes to actually paying the bill for stuffing their houses and apartments with futuristic Internet of Things (IoT) tech and devices, they balk. More Info
  • Why a Wage Gap in Technology Persists
    4.5.17 – Geek Wire – A study by job search platform Hired found that the wage gap between male and female tech workers is still significant, though by some measures it has shrunk since Hired released its inaugural wage gap study one year ago. More Info
  • Fighting Fires in Early-1900s L.A.
    4.13.17 – KCET- The 1901 Los Angeles City Directory records a fire alarm telegraph system of 150 miles of wire with 210 automatic fire alarm boxes and 660 fire hydrants in use. More Info

Business Tips

  • When an Employee Says No
    4.1.17 – OHS – Proper documentation is needed to protect your organization from liability when an employee refuses emergency medical care during work related and non-work related illness and injury. More Info
  • Are You Achieving True Customer Loyalty? Spoiler Alert: Probably Not
    4.10.17 – CI – What most think of as customer loyalty is likely just a predisposition toward a particular company. Here’s how true customer loyalty is achieved. More Info
  • How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Excel in Customer Service
    4.13.17 – CEPro – Emotional intelligence, or EQ, has been called ‘the other kind of smart.’ Here’s how to use it to your advantage to beat your competitors in customer service. More Info
  • The Magnetism of Leadership
    4.1.17 – SDM – I’d like to briefly talk to you about electromagnets.  Let me preface by stating that I am in no way a scientist, but I did spend a few hours watching … More Info
  • Real words or buzzwords?: Network-friendly
    4.11.17 – SIW – Lacking a clear definition in many cases, specifiers and end-users have often regarded the term as marketing hype. More Info

Fire News

  • AK: Police and fire for Monday, April 10, 2017
    4.11.17 – Juneau Empire – At 3:14 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fire alarm; it had been a malicious activation. • On April 3, CCFR responded to 10 EMS calls and … More Info
  • AL: Fire alarm at Kmart leads to evacuation
    4.13.17 – Dothan Eagle – Dothan firefighters responded to a fire alarm at Dothan Kmart Wednesday evening. prev. next. Dothan firefighters responded to a fire alarm at … More Info
  • IA: Fire damages Long John Silver’s/A&W restaurant in Davenport
    4.10.17 – KWQC-TV6 – Davenport Fire was notified by a Permar fire alarm at approximately 3:58 am. Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from the … More Info
  • KY: Golden Corral evacuated Sunday night
    4.10.17 – Lexington Dispatch – The Lexington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 8:04 p.m. Worley said a pull station alarm was alerted, which he said … More Info
  • MA: FIRE BLOTTER
    4.14.17 – Millbury-Sutton Chronicle – The dispatcher received a call very quickly, reporting the state elevator inspector was testing the smoke detectors for the elevator recall function, and the alarm … More Info
  • MI: CMU police search for false fire alarm suspects
    4.12.17 – ABC 12 News – They want to identify these four people involved in an early-morning fire alarm prank. It happened on April 1 at the North Campus Success Center on the Mt. More Info
  • NY: City workers deserve thanks for their efforts
    4.14.17 – WatertownDailyTimes.com – I want to thank the Fire Department for coming to our home recently at 1:30 a.m. because our carbon monoxide alarm was ringing. Capt. Chisamore and his crew … More Info
  • PA: Emergency services — April 15
    4.15.17 – Lock Haven Express – At 10:19 p.m., Castanea firefighters responded to a fire alarm. The call was cleared at 10:39 p.m. … More Info
  • PA: Two people black out in Upper Nazareth house during gas alarm
    4.14.17 – Allentown Morning Call – Two people lost consciousness and a third became dizzy Thursday night at an Upper Nazareth Township home just as a gas alarm went off, according to … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: 1 suspect jailed, 2 others sought following La Habra cell phone store …
    4.16.17 – The Whittier Daily News – The incident began about 3:20 a.m. when a security alarm company notified police of a break-in at a Sprint store … More Info
  • CA: Detectives Offer Tips For Businesses After Burglary Robbery Task …
    4.15.17 – KHTS Radio – In the first of two burglaries detectives followed the thieves to, a loud alarm scared off the thieves. At the second location, a smashed cash register was found … More Info
  • CA: Fullerton police interrupt residential burglary
    4.10.17 – OCRegister – The police dispatch received a report that a burglar alarm had gone off shortly after 9 p.m. and officers arriving near the home … More Info
  • CA: Man Cuffed For Allegedly Swiping Tri-City’s School’s Snack Bar …
    4.16.17 – Patch.com – Officers who were dispatched to James Logan High School at 12:30 a.m. on April 5 to respond to a silent burglary alarm located a … More Info
  • CA: Methadone clinic’s first week is quiet, neighbors say
    4.13.17 – Redding Record Searchlight – The most recent call came from a burglary alarm in December — about three months before Aegis moved in. Kelly Manas hasn’t seen any problems with crime, … More Info
  • CA: Oakland man linked to cigarette thefts from South Bay stores
    4.15.17 – The Mercury News – Wednesday about 5:24 a.m.. officers responded to an alarm at the Walgreens and spotted Chardel Malone walking away with bags of … More Info
  • CA: Ontario police shoot, kill suspect armed with shotgun at Stater Bros …
    4.10.17 – KABC-TV – Authorities said store employees sent out a silent panic alarm after spotting the man, who police said was holding a shotgun. After officers arrived to the scene, … More Info
  • CA: Ontario police shoot, kill suspect armed with shotgun at Stater Bros …
    4.11.17 – KABC-TV – Authorities said store employees sent out a silent panic alarm after spotting the suspect, who was later identified by authorities as 36-year-old William Baker. More Info
  • CA: Police release video of attempted ‘knock-knock’ burglars breaking …
    4.13.17 – The Pasadena Star-News – At 9:48 p.m. on April 1, police responded to a burglary alarm at a residence, where they found the front door had been forced … More Info
  • CA: Sheriff’s office investigating burglary
    4.13.17 – Fremont News Messenger – Gibsonburg Police Chief Paul Whitaker said the department also responded to an active alarm at Gibsonburg Pharmacy less than 10 miles … More Info
  • CA: Truck backs into, shatters El Segundo bank’s glass entrance
    4.16.17 – The Daily Breeze – Officers were dispatched at 1:17 a.m. to Chase Bank regarding a “burglary in progress alarm” call, the El Segundo Police Department … More Info
  • CA; Two thieves who steal from dental office in Northeast Fresno
    4.14.17 – KFSN-TV – After peering in from the darkness a couple of guys broke through the glass, tripping an alarm system and motion sensors– all too only take two monitors; it was … More Info
  • CO: Another Gun Store Burglarized After Car Smashes Into Building
    4.10.17 – CBS Local – The alarm sounded on impact at the store just after 2 a.m. and police arrived within minutes, but the suspect was gone. 1 gun store break in. Another Gun … More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to suspicious vehicle
    4.15.17 – Journal Advocate – At 6:34 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a burglary alarm. At 10:45 a.m. deputies made a return … More Info
  • CO: Suspects burglarize Solitaire restaurant in West Highland …
    4.15.17 – 9NEWS.com – She said the men had a hard time breaking in because of the restaurant’s secure locks, but they still managed to steal several items after the alarm went off. More Info
  • FL: Arson suspected in Palmetto car dealership fire
    4.15.17 – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay – “Once the alarm went off it looks like they ransacked a couple of things real quick tried to look for something and then ran,” said Shives. Firefighters with the … More Info
  • FL: Authorities issue lookout for Clermont bank robbery suspect
    4.13.17 – Gainesville Times – Deputies responded to the silent panic alarm at the bank at 10:22 a.m. April 5. He is believed to be traveling in a white 1994 Mazda B3000 … More Info
  • FL: Police: Thieves used truck to crash into Zephyrhills gun store
    4.13.17 – WFXL FOX 31 – Officers responded to an alarm call at the Sunshine State Armory around 2:15 a.m. Sunday. The department released security video showing … More Info
  • GA: Oconee County blotter
    4.15.17 – Online Athens – BURGLARY: On April 9, Deputy Wesley Odum was dispatched to a burglar alarm that was activated at Verizon. The deputy arrived at .. More Info
  • GA: Teen burglary suspect tracked down behind store
    4.15.17 – Cherokee Tribune Ledger News – Police were dispatched to Gabby’s Wireless just before 1 a.m. after something triggered the business’ alarm, agency spokesman Pacer … More Info
  • IL: $8000 in merchandise stolen from Dick’s Sporting Goods in …
    4.14.17 – Chicago Tribune – Police were alerted to the crime after the store’s alarm system was activated, he said. Images of the crime, which was captured on the store’s surveillance video, … More Info
  • IL: Man in custody after robbing 9th TCF Bank branch in south, west …
    4.13.17 – WLS-TV – Police had been notified by a bank alarm. The suspect was nabbed in his car some seven minutes later. Jacobson comes from a family of law enforcement .. More Info
  • IL: Peoria Family Dollar robbed by man who implied he had a gun
    4.13.17 – Peoria Journal Star – The robbery occurred about 2:15 p.m., and police responded to the activation of a panic alarm at the Family Dollar, according to a … More Info
  • IL: Police probe burglary of Glen Ellyn liquor store, Dairy Queen
    4.13.17 – Chicago Daily Herald – Police on Wednesday asked for help identifying a man they think stole cash from a Glen Ellyn liquor store and broke into a neighboring Dairy Queen. An alarm . More Info
  • IL: Smash-and-grab burglar hits NW Side fast food joint
    4.14.17 – Chicago Sun-Times – Officers responded to a burglar alarm at 4:35 a.m., according to Chicago Police. The front door of the restaurant had been … More Info
  • IN: Alert device helps deputies make water rescue
    4.15.17 – Greensburg Daily News – With the device, “the victim was able to communicate to the alarm company that he was trapped in a pond,” Mellinger said. Sheriff’s deputy Andy Williams and … More Info
  • IN: Montgomery County Sheriff
    4.15.17 – thepaper24-7.com – 8:34 a.m. – Report of a residential alarm … 12:47 p.m. – Report of business alarm … More Info
  • KS: Police, ATF investigate after guns stolen from Merriam store
    4.14.17 – KSHB – Around 2 a.m. Thursday, police received word that there was a loud alarm at the business. When police arrived, weapons were missing. The guns are usually … More Info
  • MA: Burglar alarm leads to arrest of man breaking into Yarmouth homes
    4.11.17 – Cape Cod Today – Arrested: Everett Gouveia, 43, of South Yarmouth arrested on multiple felony and non-felony charges. … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log, April 2-8
    4.13.17 – Wicked Local Marion – 8 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported… More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log, March 26-April 1
    4.11.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 1:40 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported  … More Info
  • ME: Gun-theft case has no smoking gun
    4.16.17 – Seacoastonline.com – Police records note the Portsmouth department was so committed to the gun call that Rye police were asked to respond to an alarm in Portsmouth. Roth’s report … More Info
  • MI: Detroit Police Are Investigating Several Restaurant Break-ins
    4.12.17 – Eater Detroit – Investigators say the intruder(s) may have gained access to the building through a crawl space and but got spooked when the alarm went off. The cash register … More Info
  • MI: Larceny charge against homeless man locked in CVS by employees …
    4.12.17 – Southgate News Herald – It was just before 1 a.m. when he began wandering the aisles, which actually set off the alarm system. While inside, Brettschneider put on a watch that monitors a … More Info
  • MI: Police investigate break-in at Johnny Noodle King
    4.11.17 – The Detroit News – At about the same time, 4 a.m., Slows Bar BQ had an alarm go off because someone pulled on a … More Info
  • MI: Saugatuck police searching for suspect after party store robbed
    4.15.17 – WZZM – … Department responded to the Lakeshore Convenience Store y regarding an activated panic alarm and reported Robbery Armed. More Info
  • MI: St. Clair County Dispatch log for Tuesday, April 11
    4.13.17 – Port Huron Times Herald – 4:16 p.m., Alarm Intrusion. 12:31 p.m., Alarm Intrusion, … More Info
  • MO: Police: Guns stolen from Hazelwood Cabela’s
    4.15.17 – KSDK – Major Ken Jewson said the Cabela’s security alarm sounded just after 3 Friday morning. The suspects broke the front door glass, lifted the metal security gate, . More Info
  • MO: Sheriff’s Report for April 13
    4.14.17 – The Licking News – Nothing was missing from the residence. An alarm call was received at a residence on Shady Grove Road, Cabool, but was cancelled before the deputy arrived. More Info
  • NH: Bedford bank burglarized overnight
    4.11.17 – WMUR Manchester – The bank’s alarm never went off. Phone and other utility crews were on scene much of the day making repairs. The bank closed at 9:30 Sunday night. More Info
  • NH: Police make arrest after Monday burglary
    4.14.17 – The Keene Sentinel – Brattleboro officers responded to a burglary alarm Monday at 2:40 a.m. They found a smashed door and learned that property had been stolen, according to a … More Info
  • NJ: Mercer County police blotter April 2 – 14
    4.15.17 – NJ.com – Burglary – Officers responded to an alarm at the Convenience and Pharmacy Store and found someone had smashed a … More Info
  • NY: Burglar says he broke into churches to ‘get back at God’: DA
    4.13.17 – New York Post – The priest at one of his targets — St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Elmhurst, where a burglar alarm went off early on Palm Sunday — was stunned to … More Info
  • NY: Police: Serial knifepoint robber strikes again at Subway, TCBY
    4.16.17 – News 12 Long Island – News 12 is told when the worker pressed the panic alarm, the thief took off empty handed. VideoWatch News 12 Long Island LiveTrendingMost-Viewed Long … More Info
  • OH: Man breaks into Springfield bar by roof, steals 2 Crown Royal bottles
    4.13.17 – Springfield News Sun – Authorities responded to the Wagon Wheel on Tuesday morning due to an alarm going off at the business. A police report says officers … More Info
  • OH: Three Valley men guilty of seeking safe-cracking explosives
    4.14.17 – WFMJ – Susany was accused of using a device to jam cellular telephone communications and disable a coin store’s alarm system. As part of the plea agreement, the … More Info
  • PA: Hatboro bank robber shot by borough councilman headed to prison
    4.14.17 – Montgomery Newspapers – Police received a call at 10:18 a.m. July 8, 2015 of a holdup alarm activation at the bank, Hatboro police Chief Jim Gardner said previously. More Info
  • PA: Police logs 4-13
    4.13.17 – Clearfield Progress – Police were dispatched to Kohlepp’s Tru-Value for an activated interior motion alarm. The building was found to be secure and the alarm reset. There was no … More Info
  • SC: Ogdensburg City Police Blotter, April 15
    4.16.17 – North Country Now – 8:31 – Commercial alarm activation at NYS Armory set off by … 8:27 – Commercial burglar alarm activation at Social Security Office … More Info
  • SC: Two Rock Hill businesses broken into; thieves net $23 in change …
    4.13.17 – The Herald – Police responded to a burglary alarm from the nail bar incident at about 2:08 a.m. Tuesday and reviewed surveillance video to determine what happened, the … More Info
  • TN: Galesburg police investigate business break-in
    4.11.17 – Galesburg Register-Mail – Authorities were called at about 2:23 a.m. Saturday for a burglary alarm at Tom’s Gun Shoppe, a Galesburg police report said. More Info
  • VA: Dog Opens Doors And Escapes Animal Hospital Like Nobody’s …
    4.12.17 – Huffington Post – … the door isn’t locked from the inside, but instead requires a keypad to open from the outside. When General opened it from the inside, he triggered an alarm, … More Info
  • VT: Police Log
    4.13.17 – Brattleboro Reformer – April 10 – At 2:40 a.m.: the Brattleboro Police Department responded to a burglary alarm at a business. Officers discovered a smashed door and … More Info
  • WA: Caught on camera: glass shop smash and grab
    4.16.17 – KHQ Right Now – “Our alarm is so defining that it scared them and they took off running,” said Garton. It took police only minutes to respond with a K-9 in tow to sniff out these glass … More Info
  • WI: Franklin man charged with smashing wine bottles at store
    4.12.17 – Journal Times – Police report the store employee hit the silent panic alarm after Buchanan allegedly was pacing and asked for a pistol before grabbing a bottle of wine and … More Info

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