5-22-17 NESA Monitor

5-22-17

Door to Door Sales

  • Beware of alarm service calling scam
    5.16.17 – KXXV News Channel 25 – A City of Woodway news release is warning you that there is a company doing automated calls to homeowners trying to sell alarm monitoring services for your … More Info
  • KNOCK KNOCK! It’s An Alarm Salesman (Or Is It A Scammer?)
    5.18.17 – WFMY News 2 – You get up and look through the peep hole to see what looks like a salesman who says he saw the alarm sign in your yard and wants to ask you about it. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Calgary police’s new alarm fee irks business owner
    5.19.17 – CBC.ca – A Calgary business owner says he shouldn’t have to pay a fee to have police respond to alarm calls. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, police no longer respond to … More Info
  • NY: Mohawk adopts local law to prevent false fire alarms
    5.16.17 – The Recorder – Fonda – The Mohawk Town Board adopted an updated local law Thursday that is expected to eliminate the number of “false alarms” received by the volunteer … More Info
  • TN: Shelby County Commission takes up Memphis crackdown on false …
    5.17.17 – WMC Action News 5 – Memphis City Council members cracked down on alarm abuse, and now their proposal made its way across the street to Shelby County Commissioners. More Info
  • WI: Village of Pewaukee looks to realign false fire alarm, fire inspection …
    5.18.17 – Lake Country Now – Village Of Pewaukee – False fire alarms in the village will get less expensive after a May 16 decision by the village board. The board will revise its policy on … More Info

Industry News

  • 5 NFPA Codes to Consider When Maintaining Fire Alarm Systems
    5.15.17 – SSI – How you maintain a fire alarm system could be the difference between life and death. Here’s how to address this matter… More Info
  • Do Lawn Security Signs Work To Ward Off Potential Burglars?
    5.18.17 – CBS Detroit – No elaborate alarm system installation knowledge is needed. The signs will deter some burglars. Given a choice between a house with a sign posted in the yard … More Info
  • Alarm.com releases its actions for Google Assistant, including …
    5.20.17 – Android Police – Alarm.com users will be able to add their system under Google Assistant’s Assistant apps section or by saying, “OK Google, talk to Alarm.com. More Info

State & National News

  • Researchers say Fingerprints Not Foolproof
    5.15.17 – SIA – Smartphones can be fooled by fake fingerprints that are made up of several common features found in human fingerprints, claim researchers at New York University and Michigan State University. More Info
  • Why Customer Service Is the Last True Smart-Home Differentiator
    5.17.17 – CEPro – Changes in the smart-home landscape — like IP-control, open-API’s, drag-and-drop programming and pre-configured UI’s — are bringing technological barriers down and making it easier for competitors to enter the market. More Info
  • Crime in US Schools and Campuses Has Declined
    5.17.17 – SIA – Crime in the nation’s schools and college campuses has declined over the past two decades. More Info
  • WannaCry ransomware worm attacks the world
    5.16.17 – SIW – Ransomware infection has locked up more than 200K computers in over 150 countries since last week… More Info
  • Maintaining Security Systems in a Corporate Merger Can Be Tricky
    5.17.17 – CI – Ensure a smooth migration during and post transition through detailed infrastructure documentation, necessary upgrades, and thorough testing and confirmation. More Info
  • AT&T launches nationwide LTE-M network
    5.18.17 – FierceWireless – LTE-M supports large-scale IoT deployments such as smart city services, smart metering, asset tracking, supply chain management, security and alarm … More Info

Business Tips

  • CEDIA Founding Member: Let’s Get Back to Luxury Roots, Stop Messing with DIY
    5.17.17 – CEPro – Richard Stoerger, one of the original CEDIA guys, says home-technology association should promote luxury products and services, stop muddling the core mission with me-too smart-home products, services and messaging. More Info
  • Are Veterans the Missing Piece in the Security Industry Puzzle?
    5.18.17 – SSI  – A panel session at PSA’s 2017 TEC event explored the opportunities for veterans to find careers in the security industry. More Info
  • PSA TEC Panel Takeaways: Streamlining Generational Differences
    5.18.17 – SSI – Motivations, mindsets and communication methods are extremely diverse within generations, not just across generations. More Info

Fire News

  • DE: Fire Marshal’s Update On This Morning’s Bellefonte House Fire
    5.15.17 – First State Update – Heavy fire damage was estimated at $20,000. Smoke alarms inside the home activated and sounded the alarm throughout the home. No injuries were reported. More Info
  • OK: OKCFD: Smoke alarm saves woman during apartment fire
    5.17.17 – KOKH FOX25 – Officials say the resident of the apartment was asleep in her bedroom and was awakened by two working smoke alarms. Fire investigators say it’s likely the … More Info
  • RI: Middletown High Student Charged For Sounding Fire Alarm
    5.17.17 – Patch.com – Middletown, RI – A 16-year-old girl at Middletown High faces a misdemeanor charge for tampering with a school alarm. Authorities said the teen, whose … More Info

Crime News

  • ​AR: Police: Officers respond to burglary alarm at Little Rock Mexican …
    5.19.17 – Arkansas Online – Officers were dispatched after an alarm at the restaurant around 12:30 a.m. Police found the drive-thru window shattered with a small flat-screen television … More Info
  • AZ: Alarm scares thieves breaking into church’s donation box
    5.17.17 – The Daily Courier – Thieves who, on May 4, were attempting to break into the donation box for the Shrine of the Mountain Church in Yarnell were scared off by an alarm, the Sheriff’s… More Info
  • AZ; Wounded TPD sergeant returns to duty with bullet lodged in brain
    5.17.17 – Tucson News Now – In November 2012, Carpenter was responding to a burglary alarm when he was shot in the head by a suspect. “I had that feeling…that someone was inside.”… More Info
  • CA: 2 teens arrested after break-in at Estancia High School
    5.16.17 – Los Angeles Times – Police officers responded to the campus at about 8:20 p.m. after an alarm was activated, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. More Info
  • CA: Man arrested for multiple thefts from cars
    5.21.17 – Palo Alto Online – A resident in her 50s was awakened by her home’s burglar alarm on Tuesday. She noticed the interior lights in one … More Info
  • CA: Police log: Two arrested after Schiets Motors break-in
    5.16.17 – Fremont News Messenger – 2:55 a.m., an alarm was activated at Schiets Motors Inc. Two males were seen running from the scene. Two men were arrested and charged with breaking and… More Info
  • CO: Deputies respond to motion alarm, neighbor issues
    5.17.17 – South Platte Sentinel – Deputies respond to motion alarm, neighbor issues … deputies were dispatched regarding a residential motion alarm. More Info
  • CO: Two arrested at gunpoint in separate incidents
    5.17.17 – Aspen Daily News – In the other incident, a local homeless man was arrested in a home around 9:30 p.m. Sunday after deputies responded to a burglary alarm. More Info
  • CT: Police: Meriden man broke into shop in attempt to retrieve towed car
    5.17.17 – Meriden Record-Journal – On Monday, police responded to an alarm at an auto body business and found signs of forced entry, according to a police report. Officers spoke with the owner, … More Info
  • FL: Burglarized home belongs to daughter of Orange County property…
    5.20.17 – WKMG Orlando – “They went through the back door and essentially broke into the home and then she sounded the alarm remotely and they left,” Singh said. “It’s ultimately scary. More Info
  • FL: Nearly $30K in Apple products stolen from Town Center’s Apple store
    5.17.17 – First Coast News – An off-duty officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office discovered the store was burglarized after its alarm was going off and its front glass door was shattered. More Info
  • FL: Polk man tries choking out sheriff’s K-9 after breaking into pizza shop
    5.16.17 – ABC Action News – “They say he’s one of the meanest K-9’s they have,” said Robin Angle, Manager of Hungry Howies who rushed to the store when she was notified of the alarm. More Info
  • FL: Thieves hit Provident Jewelry in Jupiter
    5.17.17 – WPEC – They did the very same thing to the second door, all while the alarm went off. They spent just two and half minutes inside stealing the first things they could get … More Info
  • ID: Man arrested in connection with Glenns Ferry burglary
    5.19.17 – Mountain Home News – Authorities responded to the convenience store following a call from an alarm company regarding the break in with the first deputy arriving on scene within five … More Info
  • KY: Lexington police investigating gas station burglaries
    5.18.17 – WKYT – Another burglary happened less than 10 minutes earlier at the Sunoco station. A suspect shattered the front door causing the alarm to sound. More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log: May 7-13
    5.17.17 – Wicked Local Mattapoisett – 8:03 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. … More Info
  • MA: Wareham police reports: April 22-28
    5.21.17 – Wicked Local Wareham – 1:31 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported…. More Info
  • MI: Battle Creek: Man arrested after attempting to steal party store ATM
    5.20.17 – WZZM – Officers checked the store when an alarm was received at 5:22 a.m. Thursday and located him a short distance from the store. Police found pry marks on a back … More Info
  • MI: Gathering to remember Genesee County’s fallen law enforcement
    5.16.17 – MLive.com – Herrick, a Burton police officer, was killed May 8, 1980, as he responded to a burglar alarm at the Super City department store. Genesee District Judge Mark … More Info
  • MI: Police investigating suspicious death in Lansing
    5.21.17 – Lansing State Journal – Police were called shortly before 7 a.m. for a residential alarm, Lansing Police Capt. Darin Southworth said. Responding … More Info
  • MO: ATM Burglary in Raytown
    5.20.17 – KMBZ – Raytown, Mo. – On May 18th at about 11:30 PM Raytown Police were sent to a burglar alarm. When officers arrived they … More Info
  • MO: Hibbett Sports Burglarized Nike Items Stolen
    5.18.17 – The Missourian – On March 24, officers responded to an alarm at Hibbett just before 1:30 a.m. Police said it appeared the attempted burglar was cutting a hole in the glass in an … More Info
  • MO: POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT – May 18th 2017
    5.18.17 – The Licking News – APRIL 19: Checked on an alarm at a business. Checked on … More Info
  • NC: Crime: Man, woman charged with having guns, drugs during …
    5.20.17 – Greenville Daily Reflector – Sheriff’s deputies responded at 1:14 p.m. on Thursday to a residential alarm at a home. Upon arrival, deputies were met … More Info
  • NE: Valley Pharmacy burglarized again; drugs similar to previous theft
    5.17.17 – Kearney Hub – On May 2, a security alarm at the pharmacy activated. When police arrived, they found the east door to the pharmacy had been damaged and several bottles of … More Info
  • NJ: $50K in earrings stolen from Journal Square jewelry store
    5.20.17 – NJ.com – The alarm was sounding when officers arrived at the business at 2:58 a.m. and they found store’s glass door shattered and the roll-down … More Info
  • NJ: Ridgefield, Leonia Police Team Up To Collar Suspect Moments After …
    5.20.17 – Cliffside Park-Edgewater Daily Voice – The resident “has motion-activated cameras that sent an alarm to her phone that someone was in the house” around noon Thursday, Ridgefield … More Info
  • NO: Suspect sought after breaking into South Claiborne business …
    5.17.17 – UptownMessenger.com – Police responding to a burglary alarm shortly before 1 a.m. found the ceiling damaged with a green water hose dangling from it, clothing and shoes strewn about … More Info
  • NY: True Bethel break in photos released
    5.20.17 – WKBW-TV – Security cameras caught both suspects as they triggered a silent alarm. They were able to escape before police arrived. Pridgen describes both suspects as … More Info
  • OH: Deer crashes through dental office window
    5.16.17 – WDTN – Chrissy Gray of the Smile Innovations Dentist Office told 2 NEWS, “Another employee called me and said our alarm is going off. Do not go in the office. A deer … More Info
  • OH: Opened door at business oversight by employees: Avon Police blotter
    5.16.17 – cleveland.com – Alarm, Detroit Road: Police responded to an alarm call at a business at 7:02 a.m. April 9. The business was not open for the … More Info
  • OK: Local residents share storm stories
    5.20.17 – Muskogee Daily Phoenix – Brook said she was notified of a security alarm going off at her business around 11 p.m. She recalled seeing her destroyed shop on TV about 45 minutes later. More Info
  • OK: Thieves Get Stuck In Mud After Tulsa Burglary
    5.15.17 – News On 6 – On top of the theft, Sean says the crooks cut his phone lines in an attempt to disarm his home alarm. But something spooked them and they left. He said this was … More Info
  • TN: Burglar takes cash from furniture store
    5.21.17 – Shelbyville Times-Gazette – Employees arrived at Caldwell Furniture on Thursday morning to find a burglary alarm sounding and a damaged door with facing smashed and … More Info
  • TN: Springfield Police: Gas station burglars cut open safe and ATM, stole …
    5.18.17 – WZTV- Springfield Police said burglars were able to break into the Sudden Service gas station, disable the alarm, cut a safe and ATM open and steal the … More Info
  • TX: Bank robber caught on scene
    5.17.17 – Orange Leader – Orange Police responded to a motion alarm inside the building that had been set off shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Chase Bank… More Info
  • TX: Conroe gun store uses fog machine to deter burglars
    5.20.17 – KHOU – When a break-in happens, it fills the store with dense fog, blinding strobe lights, and a piercing alarm. All of this is designed to make it harder for the criminal to … More Info
  • WI: Alarm Trips In Sunset Family Restaurant, Two Arrested; Egging …
    5.16.17 – Patch.com – Two women were arrested after they were caught in Sunset Family Restaurant after hours; An egging dispute turns weird and police respond. More Info

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