6-9-14 NESA Monitor

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June 9, 2014

Association Events

  • 6.12.14 – HGCAA Meeting –  Dave and Busters 7620 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024 Get more information

Door to Door Sales

  • Utah Security Company Accused of Lying to Make Sales
    6.3.14 – KUTV Salt Lake City – (KUTV) – Home security giant ADT has accused Orem, Utah based Vision Security of training its salespeople to lie in order to make sales. ADT sent KUTV a two minute video that they claim was shot in Arizona back in march of 2013 using a cell phone. … More Info
  • Scam Alert: Ask For Home Alarm Sales Agent ID
    6.3.14 – SpaceCoastDaily.com – Brevard County • Palm Bay, Florida — Recent complaints regarding high-pressure sales agents going door-to-door selling security alarms have … More Info
  • Knock, knock: BBB warns about sales schemes in summer
    6.3.14 – fox6now.com – The BBB sees complaints every year, on everything from tree trimming and stump removal, to alarm sales and monitoring services. The BBB also receives … More Info
  • FL: Door-to-door security alarm scam hits Palm Bay residents
    6.4.14 – Local 6 Orlando – Police in Palm Bay are warning residents of a scam going around using fake security alarms as a front. People are posing as salesman, but they could be actually casing homes to come back later and rip homeowners off, according to authorities. GiGi Ramirez just moved into a Palm Bay neighborhood earlier this month and never expected that a scammer would knock on her door. “I knew it was a scam … More Info
  • Beware of Deceptive, Door to Door Security Contractors
    6.5.14 – Wgnsradio – …your alarm should go off. There has been an uptick in the number of complaints to the Better Business Bureau about security contractors going door to door, … More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Proposed annual alarm fees would help close budget deficit
    6.4.14 – Glendale Star -While looking for ways to raise funds to close a projected $17.5 million budget shortfall this past December, the city’s budget team found a revenue source for citizen’s to pay for past council mistakes. More Info
  • CA: Chico police to stop responding to automated alarms
    6.7.14 – Enterprise-Record – CHICO >> The Chico Police Department will stop responding to automated burglary alarms starting Sunday in order to eliminate “bad calls for service” that are …More Info
  • IN: Alarm policy hinders counciL
    6.3.14 – Journal Review – Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton will form a work group to construct a burglary and robbery alarm system policy before next month’s city council meeting. More Info
  • KS: Two new programs alarm Lenexa businesses and individuals
    6.6.14 – KMBZ – Two new programs alarm Lenexa businesses and individuals. LENEXA, Kan. – A local city has announced two new programs which may cause concern for …More Info
  • ON: Home News Changes to police alarm response policy criticized…
    6.5.14 – Mississauga – If police have already been called to investigate a false security alarm at your home, the second one will cost you $160. And if there have …More Info
  • ON: New Peel Police Policy Targets False Alarms
    6.5.14 – Newstalk 1010 – Due to an overwhelming amount of false alarm calls from security alarm systems on homes and businesses in the region, Peel Regional Police will begin … More Info
  • TX: Flower Mound makes alarm ordinance more friendly
    6.3.14 – Star Local Media – The town council on Monday approved changes to its residential and business alarm ordinance with the hope of rewarding people who don’t have an excessive … More Info

Industry News

  • Power over Ethernet Technology Fuels Access Control
    6.2.14 – Locksmith Ledger – Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology describes a system to pass electrical power and network data…More Info
  • Comcast Collects Alarm System Payments For 7 Years, Doesn’t …
    6.2.14 – The Consumerist – A Houston family started alarm service in 2007, and then learned from experience that their alarm system wasn’t working. And hadn’t in the entire seven years … More Info

Legislative News

None This week

State & National News

  • OSHA’s 2014 Heat Safety Campaign Under Way
    5.28.14 – OHS – OSHA has launched its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers (“Water. Rest. Shade.”). Held for the fourth consecutive year, the campaign raises awareness and educates workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather. The campaign also provides resources and guidance so that employers and workers can properly address dangers caused by heat-related illness. More Info

Business Tips

  • Debilitating office politics and what to do about them
    5.26.14 – The Demand Perspective – We all recognize and live with office politics of one kind or another. We mostly shrug and resign ourselves. “Oh it’s the usual politics.” “I hate politics. I don’t get involved.” But what’s behind such politics and what is their effect on an organization? Charles Spinosa, Christopher Davis and Billy Glennon, authors of an intriguing article, “Transforming crippling company politics,” point to the crippling effect of negative politics: More Info
  • Executive Leadership Gets Failing Grade
    6.2.14 – CIO Insight – Consumers worldwide are losing faith in the ability of CEOs, CIOs and other corporate officers to demonstrate leadership. Find out what qualities they value from the C-suite. More Info

Fire News

  • AR: Smoke detector alerts firefighters
    6.3.14 – Baxter Bulletin – Mountain Home firefighters discuss a smoke alarm call Tuesday. Firefighters put out a small garbage fire inside the home after an … More Info
  • CT: Police Suspect Arson In Fire At Meriden Restaurant
    6.3.14 – FOX CT Hartford – MERIDEN — A fire at Violi’s Italian Restaurant at the Hunter Golf Club early Monday morning may have been caused by an electrical problem in a golf … More Info
  • ID: Sleeping woman in burning home woken by fire alarm
    6.3.14 – KTVB – A woman was sleeping inside the house when the fire started, but was woken up by the fire alarm and escaped without injury. Another person lives in the house, …More Info
  • IL: Fire damages Burger King in Algonquin
    6.8.14 – Northwest Herald – The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Department responded to a commercial fire alarm and calls from Burger King employees about fire and smoke in bathroom …More Info
  • NY: Cops: Man was cooking crystal meth in Greenport hotel bathroom
    6.3.14 – Suffolk Times – A Pennsylvania man was caught cooking crystal methamphetamine in a Greenport hotel bathroom after setting off a fire alarm late Monday night, Southold Town … More Info
  • ON: Where’s the fire? Ottawa’s top spots for false alarms
    6.2.14 – Ottawa Citizen – The weekends at Cheryl Manuel’s Cedarwood Drive apartment block always seemed to be the worst for the fire alarms. Sometimes it was twice a day. Once it …More Info
  • SD: Burned popcorn prompts state office evacuation
    6.5.14 – Yankton Press & Dakotan – PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Burned popcorn was to blame for the brief evacuation of a state government office building in Pierre. More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Home Security Camera Tapes Fremont Burglary Suspect
    6.8.14 – CBS Local – He opened an unlocked door leading to the residence then backed away from the home once the alarm went off and fled to Paseo Padre Parkway, police said. More Info
  • CA: Suspects enter Indio credit union through roof
    6.4.14 – KPSP Local 2 – Burglars entered an Indio credit union through the roof Wednesday morning, but nothing appeared to be stolen, police spokesman Ben Guitron said. More Info
  • FL: POLICE BRIEFS: Memphis man holds up Neptune Beach bank
    6.2.14 – Florida Times-Union – A robbery alarm was triggered at Sun Trust Bank on May 23 at 2:46 p.m. A bank employee on the phone with police dispatch… More Info
  • FL: Robbery suspect shot by Orange Park officer
    6.2.14 – WJXT Jacksonville – Police say Lee covered his face and pulled a handgun inside at Checks Cashed just after 10 a.m. The clerk triggered a silent alarm, and police … More Info
  • FL: Teens charged in burglary of elementary school
    6.3.14 – Gainesville Times – Patrol deputies responded when an alarm was triggered at the school, and they found one boy inside the school and a second running, according to the release. More Info
  • GA: West Broad businesses busted into by burglars
    6.6.14 -WFXL FOX 31 – The owner of Satex Transmission says his alarm went off but nothing was stolen. He says their alarm always goes off but they have enough security to scare …More Info
  • KY: E-cig store owner cleaning up after overnight break-in
    6.3.14 – WHAS TV11 Louisville – Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) — A Louisville business owner is cleaning up Tuesday morning after someone broke into his store overnight. “It’s so depressing. We opened last August, and have worked hard, and it’s just hard,” Felicia Hankins, the co-owner, said. Felicia Hankins and her husband, Andrew, received an alarming wake-up call Tuesday morning, June 3. Their security company alerted them to a … More Info
  • KY: Lexington police work early morning break-in at downtown deli
    6.5.15 – WKYT Lexington – Lexington police are investigating after they say someone smashed their way into the a downtown deli early Thursday morning. More Info
  • LA: Burglars drop in through ceiling in jewelry store heist
    6.5.14 – The Advocate – … Jewelry on Feu Follet Road that occurred last weekend when one or more burglars disarmed the alarm system and dropped into the store through the ceiling, …More Info
  • LA: Police Investigate Jewelry Store Burglary
    6.5.14 – KLFY – The suspect(s) disarmed the alarm system and compromised the safe and jewelry cases with unknown tools. The suspect(s) then removed a large amount of …More Info
  • MA: Springfield police look to ID convenience store break-in suspect …
    6.6.14 -MassLive.com – Police were dispatched there for a report of an alarm sounding. The first officer on scene found a front window smashed and items scattered on the ground. More Info
  • MB: Armed would-be robber thwarted by clerk
    6.5.14 – Brandon Sun – A would-be robber with a fake gun and a utility knife tried to hold up a Brandon business early yesterday morning, but ended up fleeing empty-handed. Police were summoned by a hold-up alarm to the business on Wednesday around 1 a.m. The culprit had fled by… More Info
  • MB: Police seek suspects in George Fitton break-in
    6.2.14 – Brandon Sun – Police have no suspects after a break-in at George Fitton School early Sunday morning. Cops say the alarm went off at 12:20 a.m. Police tracked down where someone got into the school with help from the canine unit, but it’s not known if anything has been stolen. The investigation continues. More Info
  • MB: Robber with fake gun fails to get cash
    6.4.14 – Brandon Sun – A would-be robber with a fake gun and a utility knife tried to hold up a Brandon business early this morning, but ended up fleeing empty-handed. Police were summoned by a hold-up alarm to the business, in the 3500-block of Victoria Avenue, at around 1 a.m. The culprit had fled by the time.. More Info
  • MT: Burglars breach brick wall in bow theft
    6.4.14 – Montana Kaimin  – BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Some burglars breached a brick wall to steal compound bows from a Butte archery store. More Info
  • NC: Burglars steal golf clubs, equipment at Pee Dee course, deputies say
    6.2.14 – WNCT Greenville – The Florence County Sheriff’s Office asks for the public’s help in identifying the suspects at the center of a golf course pro shop burglary. According to Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone, the burglary happened May 28 around 1:50 a.m. at the Traces Golf Club on Southborough Road. Upon arrival to investigate an active alarm, deputies discovered the pro shop’s main door was damaged. Further … More Info
  • NC: Suspect sought for attempted bank robbery in Kernersville
    6.4.14 – FOX 8 WGHP -KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Police are searching for a woman who attempted to rob a Kernersville bank Wednesday morning. Officers responded to High Point Bank, located at 515 Pineview Drive, shortly before 10 a.m. in reference to a hold-up alarm. Investigation revealed that a black female entered the bank and presented the teller a note demanding […]More Info
  • NJ: 7-Eleven bandits strike again in Evesham
    6.3.14 – Burlington County Times – EVESHAM — A group of armed bandits that has targeted convenience stores across Burlington County and the region struck again Tuesday, this time at the 7-Eleven. More Info
  • NJ: POLICE BLOTTER: May 22
    6.4.14 – The Lawrence Ledger – An attempted burglary of a Stratford Drive residence was reported at 11:11 a.m. May 13. Police were notified that the burglar alarm was triggered and upon investigation, it was discovered that the would-be burglar cut the screen and opened a window, but no entry was made. Nothing was reported missing. More Info
  • NY: Three Arrested In Connection With Series Of Burglaries In Parsippany
    6.3.14 – CBS New York – Police in Parsippany have made arrests in connection with a series of burglaries that took place there. More Info
  • OH: Cleveland Heights police use alarm system to deter copper thefts from vacant homes
    6.3.14 – The Cleveland Plain Dealer – Cleveland Heights police are using motion-detector alarms to clamp down on thefts of copper form vacant homes in the city… More Info
  • OH: Tyler police investigate early morning pharmacy burglary
    6.3.14 – KLTV – Just after 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Good’s Medicine Chest Pharmacy. Officers … More Info
  • PA: Thieves thwart alarm to rob Ardmore hoagie shop
    6.5.14 – Main Line Times – Lower Merion police report that a burglary occurred at Primo Hoagies, 57 West Lancaster Ave, Ardmore sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening June 3 and 8:00 a.m. on June 4. There were no signs of forced entry and the alarm had been disabled.. Cash was taken. More Info
  • PA: Thieves use homeowners’ ladder to rob Radnor home
    6.3.14 – Main Line Suburban Life – Radnor police responded to a home on Monday, May 26 for the report of a burglary discovered. More Info
  • TX: Bungling Kingwood Burglar Busted
    6.8.14 – The Tribune – Sometime early Saturday, May 31, Rodriguez and another man kicked in the backdoor and entered the business, the alarm activated and they immediately fled. More Info
  • TX: Burglars bust hole in wall of N. Harris County store while trying to …
    6.2.14 – KHOU – Deputies were called before sunrise after an alarm went off. They said three men were caught stealing from the registers … More Info
  • TX: College Station police investigating break-ins at Scott & White Pharmacy
    6.3.14 – The Bryan-College Station Eagle – College Station police are investigating a pair of break-ins that occurred in the past two days at the Scott & White Pharmacy. More Info
  • TX: Home surveillance video captures Round Rock officers before dog shooting
    6.2.14 – FOX 7 Austin – Since Friday morning, Russell Lane and his wife Hope have been trying to make sense of the loss of their dog “Bullett” after Round Rock Police shot him responding to a burglar alarm. More Info
  • TX: Man arrested for breaking into daycare, stealing from donation box
    6.5.14 – ABC 13 Houston – The Houston man is accused of stealing from a daycare and from a donations box meant for children’s cancer research. Deputies suspect the man may be behind other burglaries in Kingwood… More Info
  • TX: Police asking help in identifying 2 suspects who evaded arrest after breaking into Marshall Mall
    6.4.14 – The Longview News-Journal  – Marshall police responded to a report of an alarm going off at the Marshall Mall around 2:47 a.m. this morning. More Info
  • TX: Man charged with burglary of daycare
    6.5.14 – Your Houston News – Law enforcement responded to the location after the alarm sounded, along with the business owner, who secured the building. Rodriguez allegedly returned to …More Info
  • VA: Danville Police Seek Family Dollar Burglary Suspect
    6.3.14 – ABC 13 Lynchburg – Danville, VA – The Danville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect. More Info
  • VA: Three teenagers face charges in James City home break-in
    6.3.14 – The Virginia Gazette – Homeowner caught suspects inside garage JAMES CITY – A trio of teenagers whom police say broke into a Governer’s Land home early Sunday morning are each facing three felonies. More Info
  • VA: Two arrested in Hampton restaurant robbery
    6.7.14 – Daily Press – Just after 10:15 p.m. on May 5, Hampton dispatchers received an alarm from Lone Star Steakhouse at 1940 Power Plant Parkway, where police learned that … More Info
  • WA: “Professionals” steal $1 million in jewelry from Puyallup store
    6.4.14 – KING5 Seattle  – PUYALLUP — No alarm went off.  No motion sensor was tripped.  But Sunday night, robbers still managed to snatch nearly $1 million in jewelry from Gold Dimensions in Puyallup. More Info
  • WA: Avoid Burglars Getting In Through Window Mounted Air Conditioning Unit
    6.3.14 – KNDO – KNDU Tri-Cities – A Kennewick man woke up this weekend to find his window-mounted air conditioning unit on his living room floor and soon realized his laptop and phone were gone too. More Info
  • WV: Home break-in caught on video
    6.4.14 – The Charleston Gazette – A Florida man was charged with attempted burglary this week after video surveillance cameras allegedly caught him trying to break into a South Hills home. According to Detective Duane Fields, of the Charleston Police Department, police went to a home on Wild Acres Drive at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday because a burglar alarm had been tripped. Fields said officers found no signs of forced entry or … More Info
  • WV: Police searching for suspects in Scioto County, OH bank robbery
    6.3.14 – WOWK – The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) got involved when the bank’s alarm company called to tell them there had been a robbery. The investigation revealed … More Info

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