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5-14-18 – Weekly News

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Fines for Unwanted Fire Alarms Explored by City Leaders in LA
    9.18 – MyNewsLA.com – In an effort to reduce the thousands of unwarranted alarm calls that the fire department responds to each year, a Los Angeles City Council committee advanced a proposal to develop a program and fee structure that would charge home and business owners for the cost of responding to a scene when there is no emergency.
  • CT: Police seek ordinance to help reduce false alarms in Plainfield, Conn.
    29.18 – SIW – Proposal would require alarm owners to register their systems, pay fines for repeated false alarms
  • GA: Sandy Springs stiffens false alarm law
    10.18 – Atlanta Journal Constitution – The Sandy Springs City Council has updated its controversial false alarm ordinance by stiffening one of the penalties against alarm companies that do not comply with the law. Effective immediately, if an alarm firm fails to provide written notice to its customers that the city has suspended its permit for noncompliance – and …
  • IL: Police announce plan to get tough on false alarms
    9.18 – Chicago Tribune – The Valparaiso Police Department is getting tough on businesses and homeowners who bring officers to their locations, sometimes repeatedly, with the ring of false alarms. Under a new ordinance passed by the city council earlier this year and being implemented by the police department, alarm owners are required to …
  • IN: New Ordinance In Valpo Requires Alarms to be Registered
    13.18 – WIMS AM 1420 – In 2016 Valparaiso Police Officers responded to over 1400 police false alarms. A new city ordinance requiring alarms within the city limits to be registered has …
  • KS: City considers fining businesses for false fire alarms
    8.18 – KSNT News – TOPEKA, Kan. – Topeka City Council members are considering fining businesses that have too many false fire alarm calls. The Topeka Fire Department asked the city during a council meeting Tuesday night to consider fining businesses that have more than three false fire alarms in a year. Over the last three years, …
  • KS: City Council continues discussions on traffic safety and camping on …
    8.18 – WIBW – “This is more to change the way people think about their commercial alarm systems and make sure they do get them maintained and working properly to stop us from responding to false alarms,” he explained. Fines would be based on tiered system. The council is expected to vote on the false alarm fines at the next meeting.
  • LA: The Iberia Parish council is working to reduce false alarm calls
    9.18 – KLFY – New Iberia, La – The Iberia Parish Council is working to reduce the number of false burglar alarm calls. Councilmen Ricky Gonsoulin says the parish is seeing alarms go off in empty businesses. When those alarms do go off, the sheriff’s office is notified and they respond to those calls which causes spending and …
  • PA: Update to false alarm ordinance clears first step
    10.18 – Standard Speaker – Hazleton residents could face steeper fines if false activating alarm systems draw repeated responses from police and firefighters. City council approved first reading of an ordinance that updates a 1995 law and establishes penalties for residents or businesses that have improperly placed or defective alarms or alarm ..
  • TX: Dallas police sergeant fired for failing to respond to fire alarm at Love …
    9.18 – Dallas News – Internal affairs investigators also concluded that Gonzalez didn’t log into the work computer in his squad car on July 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. On Dec. 19, 2016, Gonzalez didn’t respond to a call for a supervisor to investigate a fire alarm at Love Field, police said. Gonzalez is the first person Hall has disciplined since …

Industry News

  • Nortek Acquires AI Corp IntelliVision; Is Deep Learning Security Tech in Our Future?
    9.18 – CEPro – With the acquisition, Nortek aims to embed some of its key products and systems with IntelliVision’s technologies.
  • Seek Out These Access Control Credentialing and Market Opportunities
    7.18 – SSI – Trusted identity technologies are enabling security integrators to create more intelligent connected experiences for their customers. Get the latest lowdown on access control credentialing and market opportunities.
  • Alula Connect+ Unifies Home Automation and Smart Security
    8.18 – Security Sales & Integration – With leading-edge cellular and IP technologies, our all-encompassing solutions can help make homes and businesses more secure by upgrading the millions of alarm systems currently installed in the US to be smarter and more capable by connecting them to the Internet and integrating the growing range of ‘smart’ and …
  • Alarm Sensor Batteries: A Quick and Easy Guide
    10.18 – Security Sales & Integration – What is one of the main attributes that today’s customer expects of a professional alarm installer? Why should they pay extra money over the typical DIY system? Simply put, the alarm dealer and technician knows and understands every part of an alarm system. This month we are going to explore a valuable, and often …

State & National News

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Fire & EMS News

  • CO: Students evacuated at Palmer High School for smoke in the hall
    9.18 – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News – Students at Palmer High School were evacuated after reports of smoke in the school. Numerous fire crews went through the school to check for smoke and any signs of fire. After thoroughly checking the HVAC system for any malfunctions, they reset the alarms in the school and determined there was no danger. No injuries ..
  • CT: Fire log
    7.18 – Shelton Herald – #5 responded to a fire alarm sounding at the Shelton Senior Center. There was … #4 responded to an activated fire alarm sounding at the Helen DeVaux Housing Comple … #5 responded to a fire alarm activation at the Birmingham Health Care Complex.
  • FL: Fire alarm at Cinemark Palace 20 movie theater in Boca Raton …
    12.18 – WPTV.com – Boca Raton, Fla. – Boca Raton police say a popcorn machine triggered a fire alarmat the Cinemark theaters in Boca Raton on Saturday, prompting an …
  • FL: Jackson County police logs for May 7
    8.18 – Dothan Eagle – … one residential fire, one gas leak, 20 medical calls, one traffic crash, four medical transports, one burglar alarm, four fire alarms, one medical lift assist, 22 traffic stops, five larceny complaints, two civil disputes, one found/abandoned property report, two follow-up investigations, one juvenile complaint, one fight in progress, …
  • IL: Police 5.6.18
    7.18 – MyWebTimes.com – Streator firefighters responded at 4:25 p.m. Saturday to Burnt food activated the alarm.
  • MA: Boxborough police reports: April 30 to May 6
    8.18 – Wicked Local – 9:38 a.m.: A fire alarm was reported on Adam’s Place. 3:32 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported. …
  • MA: Marion Police Log, April 29-May 5
    11.18 – Wicked Local – 3:40 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported on Cove Circle. 8:02 p.m.: An explosion was reported on Point Road. Monday, April 30. 8:27 a.m.: A motor vehicle accident …
  • NY: Public Safety Briefs 5/8
    8.18 – The Hofstra Chronicle – PS responded and the alarm indicated that it had been activated by a specific room in the building. PS keyed in and found a heavy … Both the resident and the guest were issued a referral to OCS for failing to comply by vaping in the room and failing to evacuate when a fire alarm was activated. There was no damage to …
  • TX: Overheated elevator motor sets off fire alarm at CHRISTUS Good …
    7.18 – KTRE – Longview, TX (KLTV) -. An overheated elevator motor caused the fire alarms to go off at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. … Longview Fire Department responded to the alarm and are currently working to reset the elevators, which were shut down during the alarm. No injuries were reported.
  • VT: Fire at Shelburne Museum
    8.18 – WCAX – Winooski, Vt. Fire crews are investigating a flare up at the Shelburne museum Tuesday night. A fire alarm tripped a little after 7 p.m. When crews responded, they found a fire inside the carpentry shop; luckily it was mostly contained to a trash can with paper in it. No one was hurt.

Crime News

  • AL: Accidentially triggered alarm nets big police response
    8.18 – Gadsden Times – An accidentally activated alarm sent Gadsden police and Etowah County Sheriff’s Office personnel racing to a church on Tuesday afternoon and briefly sent social media into panic mode. Responders quickly learned there was no problem at the church, according to Gadsden Police Sgt. John Hallman.
  • AL: Police Report for May 10
    9.18 – Gadsden Times – Police responded to an alarm call at a convenience store at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday and found the keys in the front door. No one was inside, so police contacted the keyholder on record. When the security camera footage was reviewed, it showed the keys had been left in the …
  • CA: Arrests made in Dollar General burglaries in Tulare County
    13.18 – KMPH Fox 26 – An alarm went off at the store Saturday. Deputies spotted a Toyota truck speeding away as they were pulling up. Once the truck stopped, deputies say they found …
  • CA: California police chief calls store video of Mentos incident ‘disturbing’
    8.18 – The Mercury News – A store security video of the encounter between Jose Arreola and an off-duty Buena Park police officer generated nationwide alarm after it was first published Friday by the Southern California News Group. (Courtesy photo from video). A video of the encounter generated nationwide alarm after it was first published Friday on …
  • CA: Caught on Camera: Burglary in Pico-Robertson Area
    9.18 – NBC Southern California – The two burglars used padding to shield themselves from flying glass and used garments to cover their faces from the security camera. Immediately, they seemed to focus on trying to find the cash box, which they eventually located. Though Shalom Grill has security cameras, no working alarm alerted authorities to the crime …
  • CA: Funeral Burglary Suspect Identified
    7.18 – LA Canyon News – He walked to the north side garage door and kicked it open, where he entered the attached garage, activating the alarm. Rogers left the location without any property and drove away in his car. The victims were at a funeral at the time of the burglary. Rogers’ car is described as a white Mercedes 4 door with tinted windows,
  • CA: Jewelry store owner beaten, tied up and robbed at gunpoint, police say
    7.18 – yourcentralvalley.com – He said once inside the suspects told him to turn the alarm off. Attique said that’s when they starting hitting him in the ribs, one forcing him into the back office. “He says where’s your safe at? Where’s your safe at? Open it or else I’m going to shoot you in the head,” he said. Attique said one of them started cussing at him, …
  • CA: Logan County Sheriff’s deputies investigate burglary alarm, suspicious …
    8.18 – South Platte Sentinel – At 9:05 p.m. deputies were dispatched regarding a report of a residential burglary alarm.
  • FL: Camera captures moment thieves kick door down, rob homeowners
    13.18 – FirstCoastNews.com WTLV-WJXX – Frascacavazarez says the door was bolt locked and the alarm was on, but that didn’t make them skip a beat. “It was just insane,”
  • FL: Woman gets supervision, probation for trying to steal person’s home
    9.18 – NBC2 News – Harris claimed that she did not remember the alarm code. Soon after, the real owner of the home showed up and turned off the alarm, telling police that she had owned the home since 1999 and had never sold it to Harris. Harris will be under community control supervision for two years followed by five years of probation for …
  • IL: A famous diamond, a Gold Coast store and a heist so close to being …
    13.18 – Chicago Sun-Times – Before lowering themselves out of the freezing air, they attached alligator clips — metal clamps with serrated jaws — to an electrical box to bypass an alarm.
  • IL: Burglar takes prescription drugs from Alpha, Ill., pharmacy
    13.18 – Quad City Times – Deputies responded to an alarm at the pharmacy at 2:10 a.m. Deputies found that the pharmacy had been …
  • IN: Linton Police Department Activity Log
    12.18 – Greene County Daily World – The Linton Police Department responded to 37 incidents and calls for service May 10, including one bank/residential alarm, five assists to other departments, …
  • MA: Acton police reports: April 30 to May 3
    8.18 – Wicked Local – Following are excerpts from the Acton public safety log for the period of April 30 to May 3. The log is public record and available for review. All persons are assumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law. Friday, April 27. 12:03 p.m.: Suspicious activity was reported on Grist Mill Road. 2:13 p.m.: A burglar alarm was …
  • MA: Swampscott police log, May 1-8
    12.18 – Wicked Local – 6:41 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported at Eastern Bank …
  • MD: Calvert police briefs
    7.18 – SoMdNews.com – Tfc. Casarella responded to the Vape Shop in Prince Frederick at 3:52 a.m. April 28 for the report of a possible burglary due to the alarm going off. The rear door was partially open and unable to be re-secured. The owner responded to handle the damages. Latent fingerprints were taken and the owner said arrangements …
  • MN: Two Harbors Police Report: May 11
    11.18 – Lake County News Chronicle – 11:35 p.m. Officer responded to alarm at local business. …
  • MO: Monett man arrested for pharmacy burglary
    9.18 – Monett Times – According to a probable cause statement filed by Jeremy Thomas, officer with the Cassville Police Department, authorities responded to an alarm call at the business, finding the front secure but hearing the alarm and movement inside the building. Thomas announced himself, and Dunbar allegedly exited the business and …
  • MO: School still in session despite attempted burglary overnight at Blue …
    8.18 – fox4kc.com – Blue Springs, Mo. — Police in Blue Springs are investigating an overnight burglary at an elementary school Tuesday. It happened around 1:15 a.m. at Franklin Smith Elementary. The school’s alarm system sounded, and police quickly responded to the school. Police say …
  • NC: Man shoots his way into KFC restaurant
    13.18 – Greenville Daily Reflector – 7:37 a.m. — unintentional alarm system activation …
  • NY: Century 21 security guard charged with assault of alleged shoplifter …
    13.18 – amNY -… that Roberson had stashed merchandise, at a total value of $800, in his backpack before exiting the store and setting off the retail security alarm at the door.
  • OH: Lights and Sirens: Gas stolen from tractor-trailer
    7.18 – Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – A false alarm was received.
  • OH: Lights and Sirens: Several minor crashes reported
    9.18 – Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – INCIDENTS. A false alarm was received….
  • OH: Police investigate break-in at Miami Township Sprint Store
    9.18 – WDTN.com – Miami Township, Ohio – Police are investigating a break-in at a Miami Township business. Authorities say an alarm company called to report a glass break alarm at the Sprint Store just after 4 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they found the glass in the front door …
  • OH: Police Report
    8.18 – Circleville Herald – Alarm company reporting hold up alarm register 1 at Duke and Duchess Shop. Checks OK. Employee Accidental.
  • OH: Toledo Police Blotter
    12.18 – Tama News-Herald – Toledo Chronicle – Dollar General alarm, all doors were secure and no movement inside….
  • OH: Woman with warrant cited for suspended license: Strongsville Police …
    10.18 – cleveland.com – Alarm, Pearl Road: On May 1, police were dispatched to a business after the building alarm was triggered. An arriving officer discovered the cleaning crew hit the wrong button.
  • OK: Police searching for thieves who targeted 2 businesses the same night
    8.18 – kfor.com – Once inside, authorities learned that thieves had ripped the alarm panel from the wall and cut the cross-bar mechanism that secures the back door. According to the police report, the thieves also took the time to cut several wires from the telephone utility box. The report states that a manager got a call from the alarm …
  • OK: Police: Man Uses Brick To Break Into Two Tulsa Businesses
    7.18 – News On 6 – Police believe two early Monday morning burglaries are related. Officers say they were called to an attempted burglary at a Subway at about 12:26 a.m. They say a man threw a brick through the front door of the business. A store employee told News On 6, he believes an alarm …
  • PA: Police Logs 5-9
    8.18 – Clearfield Progress – Police located an alarm going off. Police checked the building and found it to be secure. … At approximately 7:53 a.m. police were dispatched to a business on Parkway Drive for a motion alarm going off inside the business. Upon the arrival of police, they found the business to be secure and no …
  • TX: Early Police Reports: May 8, 2018
    8.18 – Brownwood News – Business secure; Alarm – Building Secure poss weather related; Alarm – Building secure poss …
  • TX: Today’s log
    7.18 – The Bryan Times – At 12:57 p.m. Friday, officers responded after a burglar alarm was tripped.
  • VA: Sheriff’s office hopes video will lead to suspect in break-in
    11.18 – The Daily Progress – A deputy was dispatched on Saturday to the Hornet Car Wash after the business’s alarm was tripped, the sheriff’s office said in …