5-29-17 NESA Monitor

5-29-17

Door to Door Sales

  • Connecticut BBB warns of door-to-door scams
    5.22.17 – CT Post – Deceptive sales tactics — The most common scams that fall into this category include trying to sign up consumers with electricity wholesalers or alarm …More Info
  • Door-to-door salesman found guilty of murder in shooting death of …
    5.22.17 – FOX 29 – He was selling alarm systems in a Stone Oak neighborhood in November of 2015 when Kerry O’Toole, 53, was shot and killed. Amezquita claimed he shot … More Info
  • Home security door-to-door scams on the rise in Utah
    5.27.17 – fox13now.com – A sales man from Blayden Capital, who was a contractor for ADT, convinced her to switch alarm companies and promised to buy out her current contract. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • FL: Miami Beach Offering Incentives to Homeowners to Share Security …
    5.24.17 – NBC 6 South Florida – … permit fees and expedited permit approvals for homeowners who install a new or upgraded alarm system that includes security or surveillance cameras. More Info
  • NY: Doyle Security Systems and Monroe County 911 Center adopt …
    5.22.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – The technology allows the Doyle Security monitoring center to transmit alarm signals directly to the 911 center and to first responders electronically instead of … More Info
  • WA: Kent police change false alarm policy
    5.27.17 – KING5.com – Assistant Chief Eric Hemmen says the new policy does not impact residential alarms, bank alarms, hold up alarms, panic alarms, or other high-risk alarms. More Info
  • WA: Police in Kent., Wash., Will No Longer Respond to Nonverified Business Alarms
    4.22.17 – Kent, WA – The new verified alarm-response policy will become effective June 1. More Info

Industry News

  • Why the Alarm Industry and Central Stations Need to Embrace Togetherness
    5.22.17 – SSI – Internet and voice networks experience issues all the time, creating potential system liabilities that affect alarm providers and central stations. More Info
  • Comcast to Compete Head-On with Alarm.com, Offering Dealers ‘Aggressive’ Pricing
    5.23.17 – CEPro – Comcast/Xfinity will be “quite aggressive” in pricing its wholesale security and home automation service for independent dealers, competing with Alarm.com. Xfinity Home leader Dan Herscovici reveals plans at ISC West 2017. More Info
  • Inside Vivint’s partnership with Best Buy
    5.18.17 – SIW – A Q&A with Vivint VP Colby Winegar More Info
  • Alarm.com Announces Google Home Integration
    5.22.17 – Security Sales & Integration – TYSONS, Va. (AP) — Alarm.com-powered homes now have the ability to use voice commands with their Google Home to control their smart security systems. More Info
  • Comcast vs. Alarm.com: Telecommunications Giant to Offer Dealers …
    5.25.17 – Security Sales & Integration – Dan Herscovici, GM of Xfinity Home security and home-automation service, says Comcast will wholesale the service to independent alarm and … More Info
  • Verizon’s LTE SmartHub Goes All-Cellular for Internet and Home Automation, Unike FiOS Quantum
    5.25.17 – CEPro – It’s complicated: New SmartHub from Verizon Wireless is an LTE cellular router with Z-Wave home automation capabilities – completely different from the FiOS Quantum gateway powered by Greenwave. More Info
  • Will Security Dealers, Home Automation Pros or Comcast Own the Smart Home Cybersecurity Market?
    5.23.17 – SSI – If traditional security integrators don’t get into the network security business, it will be grabbed by companies like ADT, Comcast/Xfinity, Best Buy/Magnolia and a host of other competitors eager to own the smart home. More Info

State & National News

  • Lack of workers, not work, weighs on the nation’s economy
    5.21.17 – The New York Times – After eight years of steady growth, the main economic concern in Utah and a growing number of other states is no longer a lack of jobs, but a lack of workers. The unemployment rate here fell to 3.1 percent in March, among the lowest figures in the nation. More Info
  • NIST Changes Password Guidelines
    5.24.17 – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is no longer recommending people periodically change their passwords as part of the organization’s new draft of its Digital Identity Guidelines. More Info
  • Using AI to Stop Store Robberies in Real Time
    5.24.17 – SIA – One firm is using deep learning to identify what might be retail crimes in progress or on the cusp thereof, scanning and finding and pinpointing those who may be doing anything from concealing their faces to bringing out weapons to even menacing individuals at ATMs. More Info
  • Smart Thermostats: 50% of Consumers Who Think They Can Install DIY … End Up Calling a Pro
    5.24.17 – CEPro – Honeywell uses HomeAdvisor API to give users on-demand access to professional installers via Total Connect Comfort app because DIY installation for smart thermostats is “scary.” More Info
  • Want to keep burglars out of your home? We asked 53 convicted …
    5.25.17 – WNCN – But inmates said they typically knocked on the door before breaking in. Most said they wouldn’t be dissuaded by a security sign, but would leave if an alarm went … More Info
  • Consumers Want Smart Home Apps to Integrate With Home Entertainment Devices
    5.25.17 – SSI – Parks Associates announced the smart home findings at its 21st Annual CONNECTIONS conference this week in San Francisco… More Info
  • Convicted Burglars Spill On What Makes A Home An Easy Target
    5.26.17 – CBS Miami – One inmate said dogs made him think twice, because a barking dog attracts unwanted attention. However, one inmate wrote, “If I really wanted in…alarm or dog,… More Info
  • Every home should have one … a smoke alarm for tornadoes!
    5.27.17 – KHOU – This simple device sniffs out bad weather and alerts you with an audible 90 dB alarm — loud enough to wake you up. When a tornado moves into your county, … More Info

Business Tips

  • 8 Security Vehicles Doing Advertising Right
    5.23.17 – SSI – These integrator vehicles spotted at the recent Northeast Security Expo demonstrate the importance of art in security. Here’s how it can be used as an effective advertising tool. More Info
  • The Trick to Earning Smart-Home RMR: Get Out of Your Own Way
    5.22.17 – CEPro – A true lack of commitment is the primary reason most integrators struggle to earn recurring monthly revenue (RMR) for smart home projects. More Info
  • How to Sell More Custom Electronics to Single Woman Homeowners
    5.24.17 – CEPro – All the single ladies – are buying homes. Here’s how to attract female clients by bringing more women onto your staff and adjusting your marketing plan every so slightly. More Info

Fire News

  • AB: Grilling safety tips by local fire department
    5.27.17 – Drayton Valley Western Review – An alarm call was received by Fire Services on Thursday, May 18 at 11 a.m. It was reported to be a false alarm due to a technician accidentally triggering the … More Info
  • BC: Smoke alarm alerts two to fire
    5.25.17 – Prince George Citizen – A smoke detector proved its worth for the occupants of a home. The device awoke them in time to escape from a blaze that broke … More Info
  • DE: Toaster oven fire triggers school evacuation
    5.22.17 – Delaware State News – “Although the fire was extinguished by the reporting teacher, the smoke alarms went off and the Dover Fire Department was called,” Mr. Giddens said. More Info
  • KS: Owner of Bradley’s Corner Cafe devastated after fire above …
    5.22.17 – Topeka Capital Journal – Although a smoke alarm was going off upstairs, where an office and small apartment were located, she said they couldn’t hear it because of the normal … More Info
  • MA: Belmont fire log: May 12-18
    5.24.17 – Wicked Local Belmont – 7:22 a.m.: A fire alarm activation was reported at a restaurant or cafeteria. Units C3, E2 and L1 responded. The system is interconnected with … More Info
  • MO: Smoke Alarm Saved Local Woman From House Fire, Chief Says
    5.24.17 – Lake Expo – Miller County, Mo. – A local woman managed to escape her house as it burned, after her smoke alarm awoke her. The Rocky Mount Fire Protection District … More Info
  • PA: Smoke detector saves Middletown home from heavy damage
    5.27.17 – Bucks County Courier Times – The four people home at the time heard the smoke alarm, and emptied two fire extinguishers, putting out the flames. McGuire said the family received the smoke … More Info

Crime News

  • ​AK: Juneau jewel thief escapes with a haul estimated to be over $100000
    5.22.17 – KTUU.com – The business, which has not yet been identified had its alarm triggered just before 5 a.m.. More Info
  • CA: Menifee Man Arrested for Temecula Commercial Burglaries
    5.27.17 – 24/7 Headline News – The following day, again in Temecula an alarm was activated, this time… When officers arrived they found that the front … More Info
  • CA: Person Of Interest Sought In San Francisco Uber Driver’s …
    5.25.17 – CBS San Francisco Bay Area – Tang left his San Francisco home on the night of May 22 after he was contacted by an alarm company with regard to an alarm going off at a residence in Antioch … More Info
  • CA: Robber at large after Beaumont bank held up
    5.22.17 – Press-Enterprise – A bank robber got away with cash in Beaumont around midday Monday, May 22, the Beaumont Police Department said. An alarm went off at the Citibank branch … More Info
  • CA: Vape Hut alarm scares off possible burglars
    5.27.17 – Paradise Post – Paradise – Two suspects who were attempting to break into the Vape Hut early on Thursday morning fled after triggering an alarm and left the store empty … More Info
  • CA: Vape shop owner sleeps in shop after robbery
    5.24.17 – KRCRTV.COM – Two men had broken into his shop and triggered the alarm. … explained that once the door was smashed in, there were 30 seconds before the alarm sounded. More Info
  • CO: Gun store burglarized Wednesday has been targeted before
    5.25.17 – 9NEWS.com – Littleton Police Cmr. Trent Cooper says officers first responded to the latest burglary alarm at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. A black Jeep investigators later learned … More Info
  • CT: Alarm thwarts attempted theft of ATM machine from Newington deli
    5.26.17 – WTNH Connecticut News – However, the alarm was triggered, and the suspects took off from the store and were spotted on a security camera leaving a in a light colored Ford Expedition. More Info
  • CT: Photogenic bear visits New Milford back yard
    5.22.17 – Danbury News Times – He turned on the house’s alarm system, but the bear ignored the racket and hung around long enough for Kratky to take some photos. Bear sightings aren’t all … More Info
  • FL: Again? Woman gets locked in Titusville CVS
    5.22.17 – WKMG Orlando – But as she walked toward the front of the store to check out, just minutes after the 10 p.m. closing, she triggered a motion sensor alarm and found herself … More Info
  • GA: Woman fights back against thieves
    5.25.17 – FOX 5 Atlanta – Ironically, while FOX 5 News was at Mangrhram’s home, a DeKalb County officer responded to an active burglar alarm, but found nothing. She said police have … More Info
  • IA: Police investigate burglaries at three businesses, church
    5.22.17 – Keokuk Gate City Daily – The Keokuk Police Department is investigating several recent reports of burglaries to businesses and a church. Officers responded April 8 to a burglar alarm at … More Info
  • IA: Store crashing burglaries continue, van found torched
    5.22.17 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – Then on Sunday morning, police were called to B&B East for an alarm around 5:13 a.m. They found the convenience store’s east door had … More Info
  • MA: Acton police reports: May 12-19
    5.24.17 – Wicked Local Acton – 5:01 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a residential burglar alarm. 5:25 p.m.: Police responded for a report of a … More Info
  • MA: Reward doubles to $10 million in Boston art theft mystery
    5.25.17 – CNN – After luring them away from the only alarm button in the museum, “the thieves then handcuffed both guards and took them into the basement where they were … More Info
  • MA: Rochester Police Log: May 14-20
    5.23.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 10:02 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 4:23 p.m.: A burglar alarm was … More Info
  • MI: Holland Police Log, May 24-25
    5.27.17 – HollandSentinel.com – 8:05 p.m. burglary alarm. 8:17 p.m. breaking and entering. … More Info
  • MI: Police arrest a suspect in the murder of Kevin Wirth
    5.23.17 – WSYM-TV – Officers found his body after responding to a burglary alarm just before 7AM Sunday. Wirth had been beaten and stabbed. Police have said this is not a random … More Info
  • MS: Gulfport police responding to alarm find man inside church
    5.26.17 – WLOX – A Gulfport man is under arrest, charged with breaking into a church early Thursday morning. Melvin Grayer, 60, was arrested after police responded to an alarm … More Info
  • MS: May 22, 2017 City of Meridian Arrest Report
    5.22.17 – WTOK – After an alarm call a bullet hole was discovered. There were no injuries reported and the case is under investigation. Meridian Police responded to 09 shots fired … More Info
  • MS: Video: Tupelo Police and Crime Stoppers of NE MS Looking for …
    5.22.17 – WCBI – Tupelo, Miss. -Tupelo Police are asking for the public’s help to find a pair of creative pawn shop burglars. On Friday, May 19th officers answered a … More Info
  • NJ: $50K burglary in smash-and-grab at Journal Square jewelers
    5.22.17 – 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. The roll-down gate …More Info
  • NM: Tattoo shop owner catches burglar in the act
    5.25.17 – KOB 4 – Albuquerque, NM – A repeat robber narrowly escaped with his life Wednesday morning after an Albuquerque tattoo shop owner caught him in the act and … More Info
  • NV: Arrest made in Carson City Cal-Ranch Store burglary
    5.24.17 – Nevada Appeal – While responding to an unrelated call in the area around midnight, Tuesday morning, Carson City Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to an alarm going off at the … More Info
  • OH: 2 Northwood men indicted in break-in
    5.27.17 – Toledo Blade – Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies and Clay Township police responding to an alarm at Genoa Bank saw at least one person inside and summoned a K-9 unit and … More Info
  • OH: Bucyrus Police help remove bat from residence
    5.22.17 – Richland Source – 9:30 p.m. A false alarm at Cellular Central was investigated. 9:32 p.m. Officers assisted a resident remove a bat from the … More Info
  • OH: Canton police officers rarely fire, recent records show
    5.26.17 – Canton Repository – 9, 2016: Shooting with injury — Officers respond to an alarm at Fisher Foods and searched the building, during which the intruder killed … More Info
  • OH: Four businesses robbed at gunpoint in seven hours on same …
    5.25.17 – cleveland.com – He held them in a corner and told them not to push the business’ alarm, according to police reports. A 48-year-old employee tried to break free from the robber, … More Info
  • OH: Thief steals more than $100000 in rings from Harrison K-Mart
    5.22.17 – WLWT Cincinnati – They said some of the rings were worth $6,000. The suspect ran off after stuffing the rings into a bag and triggered an alarm. Police said he was gone by the time … More Info
  • OR: Man pleads not guilty to tying up owner and robbing North Portland …
    5.25.17 – OregonLive.com – The owner tried to put in an incorrect code hoping to set off a silent alarm to alert the alarm company. Instead, the alarm company called the owner’s home, not …More Info
  • VT: Suspect arrested in Vermont Country Deli burglary
    5.27.17 – Brattleboro Reformer – Early Monday morning, the Brattleboro Police Department responded to the Vermont Country Deli for a reported burglary alarm being … More Info
  • WA: Burglars ram car into Lacey area gun shop to steal firearms
    5.27.17 – The Olympian – Thieves rammed a stolen Honda sedan into the side of Martin Way gun shop early Friday morning and made off with merchandise, the Thurston County Sheriff’s … More Info
  • WI: Several vehicles damaged in Monona
    5.27.17 – WMTV – Police said officers were called to a burglar alarm at Rutabaga Paddlesport on West Broadway around 3:15 a.m. Officers found several windows damaged, but … More Info

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