5-15-17 NESA Monitor

5-15-17

Association Events

Door to Door Sales

  • Call Kurtis: Sounding the Alarm on Security System Scam Artists
    5.10.17 – CBS Sacramento – CBS13 – Every year about this time, alarm companies fan out and start knocking on doors. Most of the companies are legit, but some tactics … More Info
  • BBB Teams with ADT and Trade Associations to Help Consumers …
    5.10.17 – Better Business Bureau – … consumers victimized by fraudulent door-to-door home security sales every summer, the Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm about deceptive tactics … More Info
  • Peak Alarm warns of fake security companies out to swindle …
    5.11.17 – IT Business Net – “Peak Alarm cares about providing quality services for our client base, to ensure that their security is secured. This is why we would like to inform you about the … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AR: PFD to crack down on false alarms
    5.9.17 – KAIT – “There’s a lot of times that we run on false alarms whether it’s being in an industrial or commercial setting; and sometimes even residential,” he said. “The alarm… More Info
  • CO: Boulder’s repeat false alarm violators exposed
    5.9.17 – FOX31 Denver – Boulder, Colo. — Fining City of Boulder businesses for repeatedly setting off false security alarms already seems to be working to reduce unnecessary police … More Info
  • FL: Palm Beach board: Fine contractors for false alarms
    5.9.17 -Palm Beach Daily News – Palm Beach Fire Rescue spent 25 percent of its time last year responding to false alarms, the fire marshal said. More Info
  • OK: Amended alarm ordinance proposed for Owasso residents …
    5.11.17 – Tulsa World – An alarm panel at an Owasso business. The revised alarm ordinance would impose a $100 alarm fee for local companies that register an alarm system. More Info
  • TX: Highland Park (Texas) Adopts Automated Secure Alarm Protocol for …
    5.9.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Highland Park (Texas) Adopts Automated Secure Alarm Protocol for Faster Emergency Response. The town, located near Dallas, is the first to implement the … More Info

Industry News

  • Lowe’s now offers inexpensive professional monitoring with its Iris …
    5.8.17 – TechHive – Here’s a smart-home spin on a familiar philosophical question: If an alarm goes off in an empty house where there’s no one to hear it, does it make a sound? More Info
  • UCC to Provide Monitoring Services for Lowe’s DIY Iris Smart Home …
    5.9.17 -Security Sales & Integration – A new Alarm Tracker feature within the Iris user experience allows users to track security, smoke, CO and panic alarm activity in their home, and to see when … More Info
  • Best Buy partners with Vivint to launch smart home service
    5.4.17 – SIW – New service to be rolled out in retailer’s stores this summer… More Info
  • Affiliated Monitoring Partners With Essence USA to Launch PERS Dealer Program
    5.9.17 – SSI – The fully customizable program gives dealers a range of options about how to best run their PERS offerings, including order fulfillment. More Info
  • Honeywell recalls fire alarm gateway that can’t detect fires
    5.14.17 – Engadget – Tech-savvy fire alarm systems aren’t without their share of problems, it seems. Honeywell is recalling its SWIFT wireless gateway after learning that the smoke …More Info

State & National News

  • How do you prevent a burglary? Convicted thieves tell all
    5.9.17 – KSL.com – “If a home alarm system went off, what would you do?” Forty-five percent of the burglars we talked to said they would leave immediately. But the other 55 percent, … More Info
  • House Passes Comp-time Bill
    5.9.17 – NSBA – Last week, the House passed a bill that would give employees the choice between taking time off or being paid time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours in a week. More Info
  • How the Internet of Things will enhance residential security …
    5.12.17 – Telecoms Tech – Security system monitoring via the Internet is still a growth business. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, the number of monitored security alarm .. More Info
  • Houzz: First-Time Buyers Want More Smart Home Tech
    5.11.17 – It’s official. A recent Houzz survey finds that first-time home buyers and millennials are more likely than any other group to prioritize smart home technology in new houses and… More Info

Business Tips

  • How to Prepare Your Clients’ Infrastructure for 4K, Ultra HD and HDR
    5.9.17 – CI – Since the introduction of 4K, Ultra HD, HDR and wide color gamuts, infrastructure bandwidth has become an issue for integrators. Can fiber cure high bandwidth woes? More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Smoke Alarm Alerted Pleasanton Resident To Fire
    5.9.17 -Patch.com – Breaking: The resident heard the smoke alarm and tried to put out the fire by herself before evacuating, according to fire officials. More Info
  • FL: Crime NewsFalse fire alarm leads to evacuation at Disney World resort
    5.13.17 – Fox Business – Authorities say a Disney World resort was evacuated when a fire alarm was … but a quick review of the systems at the hotel revealed that it was a false alarm. More Info
  • FL: FAU police: student arrested, accused of battery on an FAU police …
    5.9.17 -University Press – FAU police officer Gael Gassant responded to the second floor of IVA at 1:10 a.m. to a fire alarm. When the officer arrived at the evacuated building, there was a … More Info
  • IL: Police Briefs, May 11, 2017
    5.12.17 – Newton Press Mentor – On May 1 at 3:18 p.m. OPS and the Macomb Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in Western Hall. The alarm was caused by a steam leak and no injuries … More Info
  • MN: International Falls Fire Department
    5.11.17 – International Falls Journal – CO alarm: Fire Chief Adam Mannausau checked at 11:30 p.m. Sunday the report of a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence. The alarm … More Info
  • MN: Police Report – 5/11/17
    5.12.17 – International Falls Journal – CO alarm: Fire Chief Adam Mannausau checked at 11:30 p.m. Sunday the report of a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence. The alarm … More Info
  • ND: Jamestown Fire Department Calls
    5.13.17 – Jamestown Sun – April 28: 6:31 p.m., ready squad responded to Edgewood Senior Living. Cause: accidental alarm activation. Fire alarm was reset. Time out: 30 … More Info
  • ON: Smudging ceremony sends firefighters to courthouse (2 photos)
    5.8.17 – SooToday – Marie Fire Services responded to an alarm call at the courthouse on Monday … Smoke from ‘smudging’ set off fire a alarm in the basement of the Sault Ste. More Info
  • OR: Snoop Dogg’s Uncle Blames Racism for Fire That Closed His ...
    5.9.17 -Willamette Week – “The alarm company called at 3:30,” Girod says, before adding that it had been “a very long day, I don’t really know what I’m doing. I don’t really know anything, … More Info
  • PA: GANT Police Blotter
    5.10.17 – Gant Daily – Police responded to an automatic fire alarm in the area. However, police were cancelled while en route. Police received a noise complaint that … More Info
  • VA: Waterside District closed for three days ahead of grand opening …
    5.8.17 – 13newsnow.com – The newly re-opened entertainment hub had to be evacuated Friday night, after a fire alarm went off. Norfolk Dispatch tells us it happened around 11:30. More Info

Crime News

  • AR: Arkansas robbery, burglary net 40-year sentence
    5.14.17 – Arkansas Online – He said he discarded the laptops in a dumpster and fled after the alarms went off, it said. He had also stolen a chain saw and weed trimmer from a porch, he told … More Info
  • AR: Man arrested on multiple charges after burglary of rental business
    5.12.17 – Hot Springs Sentinel – According to the affidavit, shortly before 1 p.m., Hot Springs police Officer Joey Vanderburg and Officer 1st Class Mike Jones were dispatched to an alarm at … More Info
  • AR: Police: Burglars steal cash from registers at North Little Rock Taco Bell
    5.11.17 – Arkansas Online – An officer noted that the fast-food restaurant’s alarm system had not been armed by the closing shift the night before. No arrests had been made at the time of the … More Info
  • FL: St. Petersburg police find bank robber on bus, money in underwear
    5.12.17 – Tampabay.com – A silent holdup alarm notified police, who arrived on scene at 3:02 p.m.. One officer went to a nearby bus stop and began checking for the bank robber, police … More Info
  • GA: Athens church intruder arrested
    5.13.17 -Online Athens – … early Monday morning after he and two friends entered Athens Church shortly after 1 a.m., setting off a burglar alarm, Athens-Clarke County police said. More Info
  • IL: Police blotter: Willowbrook burglary reported while residents home
    5.13.17 – Chicago Tribune – A police officer responded to St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church when the alarm went off at 10:06 a.m. May 10. Incense used in the church … More Info
  • IL: UPDATE: Car Chase on I-74 Ends Near Morton
    5.13.17 -CIproud.com – Peoria, Ill. – UPDATE: Peoria police say the car chase started when they responded to a panic alarm and a call that US Cellular, in Peoria, had been robbed. More Info
  • IN: Cloverdale Police and Fire Logs
    5.12.17 – Sonoma West – 9:58 a.m. Responded to an alarm sounding, unable to locate. 11:02 a.m. Responded to same alarm sounding … More Info
  • LA: Police ID man who fell through ceiling in Claiborne Avenue store …
    5.12.17 – NOLA.com – Officers responded to the store’s burglary alarm shortly before 1 a.m., and saw the back door open, a green hose dangling from the ceiling and clothes and … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log: April 30-May 6
    5.10.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 9:51 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported … More Info
  • MI: Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart in Flowood
    5.13.17 -WJTV – … threat at the Walmart in Flowood. Officals say the call came in at 1:23 P.M. The building was evacuated for 40 minutes. We’re told the threat was a false alarm. More Info
  • MI: Two dogs missing after break-in on Detroit’s west side
    5.12.17 – WDIV Detroit – She was alerted by her alarm company that something was not right at her home. When she arrived, she found her door had been completely kicked in. More Info
  • NC: Business burglaries in Raleigh could be linked, police say
    5.11.17 – WTVD-TV – Damien Horne, who owns “Hoppy Endings”, says when the alarm went off in the middle of the night on April 30 he left his … More Info
  • NC: Monroe Police arrest armed robber as he exits bank
    5.11.17 – The Enquirer-Journal – Officers from the Monroe Police Department responded to an alarm at PNC Bank on Tuesday morning and could see a man inside with … More Info
  • OH: 2 charged with breaking into Millbury bank
    5.12.17 – Toledo Blade – Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies responded at 2:39 a.m. Tuesday to an alarm at Genoa Bank. Clay Township police also responded. More Info
  • OH: Circleville Police Reports
    5.10.17 – Pickaway News Journal – Officers responded to an activated alarm. The call was canceled per the alarm company. – … More Info
  • OH: Hitchhiker found with crack cocaine: Mayfield Village Police Blotter
    5.11.17 – cleveland.com – A True North Shell employee reported an alarm going off at a gas pump around 12:30 a.m. May 8. Officers found one gas pump that appeared to be partially … More Info
  • OH: Police looking for at least 2 suspects in
    5.12.17 – WHIO – The robbery was reported about 4:15 p.m. as an office panic alarm. It was reported as a robbery about five minutes later. The suspects, both males wearing … More Info
  • OH: W.Va. man allegedly attempts to rob Newell Bridge toll booth
    5.11.17 – SalemNews.net – According to East Liverpool police Chief John Lane, officers responded to a panic alarm around 2:56 a.m. Wednesday on the Ohio side of the toll bridge, where … More Info
  • ON: Two 13-year-olds charged in Mac’s robbery
    5.9.17 – BarrieToday – Barrie Police responded to a panic alarm at Mac’s Convenience after two males entered the store in disguise, each armed with a knife, demanding money. More Info
  • PA: Homeless man charged after cigarette-theft try, fight with clerk
    5.12.17 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – The clerk told police he was in the back room of the store when he heard the door alarm going off. The clerk walked out to find Jopling taking cigarettes from the … More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion police reports: thefts from cars, burglaries
    5.11.17 – Main Line – Officers responding to the home on the report of a security alarm. Upon arrival, they reported finding a broken first-floor window. Entry was not gained. More Info
  • PA: Philadelphia Man Burgles Same N.J. Business In 24-Hour Span
    5.11.17 – Patch.com – According to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, an activated burglar alarm sounded at a business in the Princeton section of Franklin … More Info
  • TN: Thieves target two Walgreen stores with a blow torch
    5.12.17 – wreg.com – Memphis, Tenn. – Bandits leave yet another hole in the drive-thru of a Memphis Walgreen’s pharmacy window. Glass melted away and a gaping hole was left … More Info
  • TX: APD investigates gun shop burglary, theft of multiple guns
    5.11.17 – Alvin Sun Advertiser – During the early morning hours of May 10, 2017, the Alvin Police Department, received an alarm at a gun shop. Officers arrived to … More Info
  • TX: HPD: Alarm spooks burglars during Walgreens break-in
    5.10.17 – KHOU – Houston – A pair of suspects got spooked after they set off an alarm while breaking into a Walgreens in northwest Houston Wednesday morning. According to … More Info
  • TX: New surveillance pictures show similarities in 2 Southtown …
    5.10.17 – KSAT San Antonio – Pichardo believes the alarm system spooked the intruder, who didn’t steal anything. The man ran over to a side window, picked up a chair and tried to break .. More Info
  • TX: Officer dragged in chase, 2 arrested
    5.14.17 – KSAT San Antonio – San Antonio – Two people were arrested Saturday after allegedly triggering a silent alarm and leading police on a chase. According to San Antonio police, … More Info
  • TX: Rise in burglaries has gun stores increasing security
    5.12.17 – Houston Chronicle – He’s got a security system that cost a couple hundred thousand dollars including cameras and an alarm, and he designed the building with high windows and a … More Info
  • VA: Official: Burglar shatters ABC store door, steals numerous bottles of …
    5.10.17 – Daily Press – Deputies responded to a burglar alarm about midnight Monday, at the store in Yorktown, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shelley … More Info
  • WA: Contractors claim bizarre events at home where killer Ted Bundy …
    5.9.17 – KOMO News – But, Clopton says nothing was taken, and the exterior doors were still locked with the alarm activated. Then one day a dresser that was wedged into the wall … More Info
  • WA: Renton police seeks public assistance to find “rooftop burglar”
    5.10.17 – Renton Reporter – According to a Facebook post, police was dispatched on May 7 to the Corner Store after the alarm at the … More Info

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