5-4-15 NESA Monitor

NationalMonitorMay 4, 2015

Association Events

  • 2015 Golf Tournament North Texas Alarm Association
    Thursday, May 7th- Indian Creek Golf Course – Carrollton, TX  More Info
  • MDBFAA Member Meeting
    Wednesday, May 13 –  Today’s trends in the electronic security industry- what are they and what can you do about them anyway? – Steve Rubin More Info
  • 2015 Bowling Tournament – Central Texas Chapter – TBFAA
    May 19th 2015 from 1:30 to 4:00pm at Highland Lanes (http://highlandlanes.com/)

Door to Door Sales

  • Vivint alerts homeowners about scam artists
    4.29.15 – SSN – Vivint has a way of letting its customers know to be on the lookout for such scams. It encourages aware customers to contact the company about suspected scams or deceptive sales practices in their neighborhoods. Upon that notification, Vivint will send out an alert to alarm panels owned by customers in the impacted area. More Info
  • BBB Tips: Legitimate salesperson or scammer?
    5..15 – Jefferson City News Tribune – As soon as the weather warms up, door-to-door salespeople start knocking on doors to sell home improvements, yard work, magazines or alarm upgrades. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • IN: New police video surveillance program launches in South Bend
    4.29.15 – ABC 57 News – For those who monitor privacy issues, surveillance cameras can raise a major alarm. Jay Stanley serves as the senior policy analyst for the American Civil … More Info
  • NL: False alarm security fees could add up fast, deter homeowners
    51.15 – CBC.ca – A new fee will be charged to homeowners and businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador next year for false alarms triggered by their security system … More Info
  • NM: Lincoln County cracks down on alarm violators
    4.29.15 – Ruidoso News – County Planning Director Curt Temple told county commissioners at their meeting, Tuesday, the homeowners all were sent multiple letters and their alarm … More Info
  • OH: City police cracking down on false alarms
    4.27.15 – Cincinnati.com – Cincinnati businesses owe the city of Cincinnati $1.5 million in outstanding false alarm fees, and city officials say police will stop responding to the worst … More Info
  • WV: W. Va. county sheriff’s office changing alarm response due to false calls
    4.29.15 – Raleigh County will no longer respond to alarm calls with lights and sirens… More Info

Industry News

  • Alarm company employee accused of selling firm’s goods
    4.29.15 – Waterbury Republican American – Torrington … North Haven police said in a news release that he sold $30,000 in alarm equipment. More Info
  • Honeywell updates Fire-Lite Alarms ECC application
    4.29.15 – SourceSecurity.com – Honeywell announced that it will release a major update to the Fire-Lite Alarms® Emergency Command Center (ECC) application. The app is expected to be … More Info
  • How to fool thermal imaging thieves
    4.30.15 – 13WMAZ – But it also works on home entry systems, alarm systems, ATM keypads, and gas station pay pads. “For most of these key pads, it collects some of the heat from … More Info
  • Alarm Company Responds to New Fine
    5.2.15 – VOCM – The owner of a home monitoring company admits the majority of alarms he receives are false. Lester Parsons owns NLHomecheck. He says the vast majority of … More Info

Legislative News

·        Bill Text ·        Brief Description and Current Status
ARHB01693Text TO AMEND LAWS CONCERNING PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS AND PRIVATE SECURITY AGENCIES; AND TO CLARIFY INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS AND THE AUTHORITY TO OPERATE AS A GUARD COMPANY IN AN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY
Status: 4/22/2015 : Died in House Committee at Sine Die adjournment.
History ARHB01693Text

State & National News

  • National Safety Council Urges Employers to Address Workplace Illnesses
    4.23.15 – OHS – The National Safety Council called on employers this Workers’ Memorial Day, observed April 28, to better understand and identify the risks associated with occupational illnesses. More Info
  • 5 Tips for Managing the Messy Transition to GHS
    4.23.15 – OHS – OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard last year and by Dec. 1, 2013, employers must train workers exposed to hazardous chemicals on big changes the update brings to labels and safety data sheets. OSHA’s goal in revising the HazCom Standard was to align it with GHS, the model hazard communication system developed by the United Nations. More Info

Business Tips

  • Building tomorrow’s leaders needs a fresh approach to leadership
    4.14.15 – Forbes – Today’s leaders face challenges their forebears never had. Not only ongoing economic uncertainty, but an increasingly complex global marketplace with a growing millennial workforce that demands a new style of leadership. It’s a brave new world for today’s leaders, which is why there’s no time to waste developing tomorrow’s. More Info
  • Employees Want to Choose Their Own Work Apps
    5.2.15 – Baseline – Professionals who use a large number of work apps are happier with their job, especially when they can choose their own apps and rely on the same tech tools they use at home. More Info
  • Friendly Competition: Collaborating With Your Competitor
    4.26.15 – AMEX – The word “competition” doesn’t give many people a warm and fuzzy feeling. Usually, you’re referring to someone you want to be more successful than in business. More Info
  • How You Interact With the Customer Will Make You or Break You
    5.2.15 – Entrepreneur – This restaurant franchisee learned his customer skills from working weekends at flea markets. More Info
  • Tips to Help You Identify and Nurture Customers
    5.1.15 – Entrepreneur – Businesses can often become so focused on profit and loss, they lose sight of the fact that the best measure of their success is their customers. More Info

Fire News

  • MA: Massachusetts State House evacuated after fire alarm
    4.29.15 – MassLive.com – Sarah Peake, State Rep 4th Barnstable District, posted on Twitter at about 11:30 a.m. that the building was being emptied as a result of the alarm sounding. More Info
  • MI: Extension cord blamed for fire at Wild Coney restaurant in Riverview
    5.1.15 – Southgate News Herald – Public safety officials were alerted to the blaze at about 12:30 a.m. April 22 through an activated fire alarm. Two police officers, first to arrive at the scene, said … More Info
  • NY: Monument Square evacuated after reports of odor
    4.27.15 – Glens Falls Post-Star – … the tower, which houses Travelers Insurance and several other businesses, at 1:47 p.m. after someone smelled smoke and pulled an alarm on the eighth floor. More Info
  • NY: Philipstown Woman Accused Of Falsely Activating Fire Alarm In Home
    4.27.15 – The Daily Voice – Philipstown, NY – A Philipstown woman was arrested April 15 and accused of falsely activating a fire alarm, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s … More Info
  • NY: Shelter Island Police Blotter: 1 arrest, 2 tickets, 2 accidents
    4.30.15 – Shelter Island Reporter – An automatic fire alarm was set off at a residence in the Heights on April 21. The Shelter Island Fire Department responded. The alarm was activated when its… More Info
  • NY: Smoke causes evacuation of Ontario County 911 Center
    4.29.15 – Greece Post – Canandaigua firefighters responded Tuesday evening to an automatic alarm activated at the Ontario County Sheriff’s 911 Center… More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: Police search for 5 suspects in Tucson mall burglary
    5.3.15 – ABC15 Arizona – The footage shows the suspects running away after an alarm in a cabinet went off. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them…. More Info
  • CA: Police Blotter: Man arrested after officer sees him steal from vendor …
    4.30.15 – San Jose Mercury News – 1:04 a.m. Monday Responding to an activated alarm at Tierra Linda Middle School, officers spotted and chased after a 28-year-old Oakland … More Info
  • CA: San Mateo deputies stop school burglary, recover stolen laptops
    4.27.15 – KRON4.com – The San Mateo County Office of Public Safety Communications received a 911 call at 2:04 a.m. from an alarm monitoring company indicating there was a … More Info
  • CA: Suspect in Watsonville car dealership burglary arrested
    4.27.15 – Santa Cruz Sentinel – Watsonville police were alerted to the alleged burglary in progress around 2:15 a.m. when an alarm sounded at a business … More Info
  • CO: Colorado Springs Cops’ Low-Key 4/20 Enforcement: Three Busts …
    4.27.15 – Westword – … April 21, CSPD officers were dispatched to a cannabis club called the Lazy Lion after a burglar alarm sounded. More Info
  • CT: Torrington man charged with stealing alarm equipment from North …
    4.28.15 – New Haven Register – North Haven – Police arrested a man they say stole over $30,000 worth of commercial-grade alarm equipment from a local business where he worked, … More Info
  • FL: 2 caught on camera burglarizing Deerfield Beach home
    4.30.15 – 7Online WSVN-TV – According to police, two males broke into the home, triggering the home’s alarm and surveillance system. As the alarm rang, leaving the men short on time, they … More Info
  • FL: Burglars trigger alarm, get away with flat-screen TV
    4.29.15 -Local 10 – Deputies were called to the home after the burglars triggered the alarm system. The home was also equipped with a surveillance system that captured the … More Info
  • FL: Home Security System Helps Capture a Burglar
    5.1.15 – My Panhandle – At 1:45 pm Lynn Haven Communications Center received notification of a residential alarm in the Woodrun subdivision. Responding … More Info
  • FL: Local business robbed 3 times in 15 months
    4.30.15 – WJXT Jacksonville – The store has an alarm system, but for some reason the alarm didn’t go of. However surveillance video captured the crooks in the act. At about 4:45 am, video … More Info
  • FL: Lynn Haven Teen is Behind Bars Facing Burglary Charges
    5.2.15 -WJHG-TV – Lynn Haven Police arrested 18-year-old Ethan Oltman after they responded to a residential alarm. Police say they saw Oltman coming out … More Info
  • FL: Missing elderly Fla. woman found safe in Ga.
    4.30.15 – WXIA-TV – Investigators were dispatched to Boxx’s house at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after her alarm company contacted her adult son when they could not get in … More Info
  • FL: Pair Charged With Stealing Broward Fire Equipment
    4.28.15 – NBC 6 South Florida – A pair of thieves are facing more than 100 charges combined in relation to a scheme to steal fire alarm control panels and wire copper from residences, police … More Info
  • FL: Police: Missing Florida woman found safe in Georgia
    5.1.15 – Online Athens – The Florida Times-Union reports that Susan Lockwood Boxx’s son reported her missing Wednesday night after responding to a burglar alarm at her home. More Info
  • FL: Port St. Lucie man arrested after 3 thefts
    4.27.15 – TCPalm – Jones, 18, later said he had climbed through a kitchen window at the home and fled when the woman screamed and her alarm system went off. More Info
  • GA: Cigarettes, clothes stolen in Dollar General burglary
    4.29.15 -WFXL FOX 31 – Albany police officers responded to an active alarm at Dollar General around 1:40 Wednesday morning. … More Info
  • GA: Deputies: Teen starts fire in school after failing to change grades
    4.30.15 – WSB Atlanta – The school’s alarm went off and when officers arrived, they found the teen running from the school. When they caught up to him, they say he confessed to the … More Info
  • GA: Sheriff’s Calls: Cow Vs. Car, Jug of Coins Stolen (So Was Automatic …
    4.29.15 -Patch.com – Alarm – Walton County deputies responded to an alarm at a business on Hwy 138. Business checked. Everything okay. Zone 2. Suspicious Person – Male … More Info
  • IL: Police save unconscious man from Waukegan house fire
    4.27.15 – Chicago Tribune – Dispatchers received a call of a fire alarm going off shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Edward Fitzgerald of the Waukegan … More Info
  • LA: On Dollar General shooting, Landrieu praises NOPD, laments loss …
    4.30.15 – NOLA.com – The store’s alarm triggered, Harrison said, and an outside security company notified NOPD. First responding officers arrived roughly two minutes later, Harrison … More Info
  • MA: New Bedford man receives 7-to-9 prison sentence
    5.2.15 -SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford police were dispatched to Club Sport Madeira about 2:30 a.m. in response to an alarm, the district attorney’s office said. Parson tripped… More Info
  • MA: Pittsfield Police log for Thursday, April 30
    5.1.15 – Berkshire Eagle – 6:05 a.m.: A report of a burglar alarm at Friendly’s Ice Cream on Dalton Avenue. The alarm is false. 7:17 a.m.: A report of vandalism is … More Info
  • MA: Updated: Worcester police cruiser involved in Chandler Street crash
    4.27.15 – MassLive.com – The officer had his emergency lights and siren on as he was heading a robbery alarm at the Bank of America. As he went into the … More Info
  • ME: Police make arrest in connection with suspected burglary ring
    4.30.15 – WMTW Portland – “He just jimmied it with a crowbar,” she said. “And the alarm did go off, but he was so fast, he was in and out in a couple of minutes.” The Red Barn restaurant … More Info
  • MI: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: Deputies locates stolen handguns …
    4.30.15 – MLive.com – At 11:59 a.m. Deputy Johnson responded for a residential alarm. At 1:07 p.m. Deputy Collins responded to McCuen Drive for an animal … More Info
  • MT: Early-morning break-in at Big Sky Pharmacy sets off alarm
    4.30.15 – KBZK Bozeman News – The Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Pharmacy was broken into around 3 a.m. An alarm went off when there was a forced entry. Deputies won’t say if anything ...More Info
  • NE: Man Accused of Burglarizing NP Business
    4.27.15 – knopnews2 – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and the North Platte Police Department responded to an alarm at the Haz-Mat Response Building … More Info
  • NE: Skate shop burglarized
    5.1.15 – North Platte Bulletin – The store’s security alarm sounded and the burglar was photographed by the shop’s surveillance cameras. He was wearing white shoes, blue jeans, a navy … More Info
  • NJ: Attempted burglary reported at Bound Brook business, police say
    5.3.15 – NJ.com – Officers were dispatched shortly before 10:30 p.m. to the Plaza Dry Cleaners after an individual tripped the shop’s burglar alarm, Lt…. More Info
  • NM: Police: Intruder climbs into bed with woman, her daughter
    4.28.15 – KOAT Albuquerque – When her alarm went off at 5 a.m. Sunday, Sena said there was an unexpected guest in her bed. “I sat myself up to get a better look at this person to see if I … More Info
  • NY: Deputies seek woman in Town of Chenango bank robbery
    5.1.15 – Press & Sun-Bulletin – The sheriff’s office received a report of a holdup alarm at the bank at 4:37 p.m. While en route, deputies received confirmation that a robbery had occurred and … More Info
  • OH: Perkins man arrested for aggravated robbery
    4.29.15 -Sandusky Register – Brown then asked him if he hit the alarm, to which the man replied he had, prompting Brown to turn around and walk off empty-handed, Wichman said. More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.27.15 – Circleville Herald – Alarm activated at Duke and Duchess. More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    4.30.15 – Circleville Herald – Burglary alarm activated at Ohio Market. Officer advised the key holder was on scene and it was accidental. Checked okay. 911 caller reported a female driving … More Info
  • OH: Police Report
    5.1.15 – Circleville Herald – PNC Security command requested an officer be dispatched to PNC Bank for an alarm drop. Officers advised everything checked okay. Complainant on station … More Info
  • PA: Kidnapping, robbery suspects waive preliminary hearing
    5.2.15 – Standard Speaker – She entered a duress code into the restaurant’s alarm system, summoning police, who noticed two cars in the parking lot. One vehicle fled after police began … More Info
  • PA: Lebanon man charged after reported break-in
    4.29.15 -Lebanon Daily News – Automatic Alarm – Ebenezer and Speedwell fire companies, and First Aid and Safety Patrol were dispatched at 3:16 a.m. Tuesday. More Info
  • PA: SARP investigating two armed robberies early Saturday
    4.27.15 – Pocono Record – The employee activated the store’s alarm system and the suspects fled the area via the north side parking lot. The first suspect is described as a black male, … More Info
  • SC: Warrants sought against suspect in 2 armed robberies
    4.30.15 – The Times and Democrat – Police responded to an alarm at NAPA Auto Parts at 8:20 p.m. April 20. When they arrived, they found the glass in the door and the window of … More Info
  • SD: Student inadvertently presses alarm, summons police, during school …
    4.29.15 -Fox News – Student inadvertently presses alarm, summons police, during school tour of South … when one of them apparently inadvertently pushed the bank’s panic alarm. More Info
  • TX: A man robbed an in-n-out convenience store at gunpoint
    4.27.15 – NewsWest9.com – At approximately 9:00 PM, Odessa Police responded in reference to a panic alarm. Upon arrival, the complainant advised they had … More Info
  • TX: Beaumont police seek 2 men in killing of store clerk
    4.29.15 -Fort Worth Star Telegram – Police early Wednesday responded to a store alarm and found the body of the 52-year-old clerk. Police say store surveillance video shows two armed men … More Info
  • TX: Crime Stoppers: Marco’s Pizza Burglary
    4.28.15 – KFDX – Officers say a white male, who’s about 5’5″ and thin build, entered the building and tried to disengage the alarm system. They say when that failed, he left the … More Info
  • TX: Fort Worth police hunting bank robber
    4.27.15 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – The alarm was received by police at 4:14 p.m.. The robber is white, 6 feet 1 to 6 feet 3, and between 180-190 pounds. He wore a Boston Red Sox baseball hat, … More Info
  • TX: Killeen man driving pickup hits, injures pedestrian, police say
    4.28.15 – The Killeen Daily Herald – Jalcoby Javon Jimerson, 18, was charged with felony burglary of a building after police responded to a burglary alarm at a business. Officers … More Info
  • TX: Teen Arrested Following NN-Out Robbery, History of Crime at Store
    4.29.15 – NewsWest9.com – Police went to N-N-Out around 8 p.m. Monday night after an employee pressed a panic alarm. We’re told the store was robbed at gunpoint. “OPD chased the … More Info
  • TX: Teen faces armed robbery charge
    4.27.15 – San Angelo Standard Times – Officer Emory McAndrews testified about responding to a burglary alarm call about 1:47 a.m. July 28. When he arrived he saw a woman, later identified as … More Info
  • TX: Waxahachie cleaning up after damaging floods Monday
    4.28.15 – KHOU – Waxahachie, Texas — In the early morning hours Monday, Nici Strickland awoke to an alert from her family business burglar alarm, only to find the intruder … More Info
  • VA: Search underway for burglary suspect after owner gets security alert …
    4.29.15 –WJHL – The sheriff’s office says the owner of the pharmacy has an alarm system that notifies him via his smart phone whenever security has been breached. More Info
  • WA: Burglar Caught in Act Arrested After a Police Chase
    5.3.15 – 750 KXL – A silent alarm went off at the Glenwood Grocery. Deputy Joe McLoughlin says he showed up and interrupted a white male attempting … More Info
  • WA: Burglar takes tools from shop
    5.2.15 – Dailysunnews – … handled three reports of suspicious activity, investigated a traffic accident, conducted a welfare check, responded to an automatic alarm and took a call about a … More Info
  • WI: Bank robber nabbed
    5.3.15 – Kenosha News – However, police, alerted by a silent alarm triggered from inside the bank, quickly arrived on scene. The ensuing car chase involved multiple police vehicles as it … More Info
  • WV: Meth lab report leads to drug arrest by Berkeley County deputies
    4.27.15 – Charleston Post Courier – The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office arrested one person Monday after responding to a call about a possible meth lab that turned out to be a false alarm. More Info

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