7-28-14 NESA Monitor

NationalMonitorJuly 28, 2014

Association Events

None this week

Door to Door Sales

  • Watch out for these ‘salespeople’
    7.21.14 – SooToday.com – The owner then contacted ATS and learned that ATS did not have anyone named Jake employed; nor were they going door to door to sell alarm parts. More Info
  • Springfield woman warns of bogus burglar alarm upgrade
    7.23.14 – Springfield News-Leader – That’s the advice one Springfield woman has after a recent run-in with an alarm company — Vivint — that she says misrepresented the product being peddled. More Info
  • Security systems making people targets
    7.22.14 – wtvr.com – … want to know more about a man seen going door to door asking to help homeowners with ADT security systems change the batteries on their alarm systems. More Info
  • Possible Scam Artist Targeting ADT Customers in Virginia
    7.24.14 – Security Sales & Integration – A man has approached several homeowners in Petersburg, claiming that he needs to change the batteries on their ADT security systems. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AR: Little Rock PD: Security Cameras Not Working to Best Ability
    7.23.14 – Little Rock, Ark. – The police department is blaming low bandwidth for low quality video that the citywide surveillance system records. More Info
  • FL: Melbourne suspends contentious burglar-alarm plan, $25 fee
    7.24.14 – Florida Today – About 7,000 residents have home alarms and are affected by the program … Instead of police administering the alarm registry program, the city contracted with … More Info
  • GA: Another DeKalb Co. resident complains about 911 service
    7.25.14 – WXIA-TV – Shelley Shaw said her smoke alarm went off Sunday night. She said her security company called 911, but was left on hold for several minutes before reaching …More Info
  • KS: New rules coming for alarm owners
    7.22.14 – KSN-TV – Under the new rules, a person will have to register their alarm system, they could be fined for false alarms, and law enforcement will stop responding if there are … More Info
  • MO: Mo. City Sees 14% Drop in False Alarms
    7.24.14 – Security Sales & Integration – Springfield police suspect fines have played a role in the reduction in false alarms.. More Info
  • TX: False alarm can be costly to the community
    7.24.14 – TXK Today – False alarm, whether it be for a police or fire emergency, is always better than the real thing. But when false alarms are recurrent, they can become a strain on … More Info
  • TX: Flower Mound amends alarm ordinance; council updated on …
    7.22.14 – Star Local Media – The Flower Mound Town Council on Monday approved an amendment to its alarm ordinance that aims to provide relief for residents and businesses that have a … More Info

Industry News

  • Security screens provide additional layer of protection for K-12 entries
    Expert says screens offer some advantages over traditional window film … More Info
  • How Thieves Can Hack and Disable Your Home Alarm System
    7.23.14 – Wired – But a more insidious security threat lies with devices that aren’t even on the internet: wireless home alarms. Two researchers say that top-selling home alarm … More Info
  • Homeowners sue security alarm companies over burglary
    7.25.14 – The Louisiana Record – Danna G. and Dennis Necaise filed suit against XCEL Security Systems LLC and Alarm Monitoring Services Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on June 24. More Info
  • How Your Security System Could Be Hacked To Spy On You
    7.23.14 – Forbes – The alarm did not get triggered as it should when the system’s armed and a door opens, and the Vivint central control station that would call the police when … More Info

Legislative News

None this week

State & National News

  • Should guards be paid for on-call ‘sleep time?’
    7.25.14 – Security Info Watch – A class action lawsuit set to be heard before the California Supreme Court could have wide reaching implications for the guard industry in the state. More Info

Business Tips

  • Leaders Bring Out the Best in Their Team
    7.16.14 – Baseline – Effective team leaders know how to bring out the best in everyone on their team, so the resulting “whole” brings greater value than its individual parts. More Info
  • Legal: How to Avoid Getting Burned by Contracts
    7.25.14 – Commercial Integrator – An attorney offers integrators advice on how to make American Institute of Architects contracts work to their advantage. More Info
  • Using Social Media to Screen Job Recruits
    7.22.14 – CIO Insight – CIOs and other managers are increasingly turning to social media to screen job candidates, with 43 percent of employers saying that they use social networking sites to research potential hires. More Info
  • 5 Reasons Not to Hate Your Competitors
    7.21.14 – Inc – Stop viewing your competition as the enemy and instead use it as the catalyst to brilliance. Instead of investing your precious energy into hating or envying your competitors, use it to become the very best entrepreneur you can possibly be. Here’s how. More Info
  • Managing Cash Flow: 4 Tips for Small Businesses …
    7. 21.14 – foxbusiness.com – Managing cash flow is a challenge that many small business owners don’t realize can make or break a business, but streamlining the process is easier …More Info
  • The Hidden Qualities And Tiny Tricks That Make Someone …
    7.14.14 – Fast Company – Hit The Ground Running. The Hidden Qualities And Tiny Tricks That Make Someone An Influential Leader. Some leaders seem only interested … More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Smoke Alarms Allow Sylmar Families to Escape Inferno
    7.21.14 – LAFD News & Information (blog) – Neighbors, who were awakened by properly functioning smoke alarms, had already escaped their homes unscathed prior the Fire Department’s arrival. More Info
  • MI: Smoke detected at Bay Harbor Equestrian Center
    7.24.14 – Petoskey News-Review – Resort Bear Creek Fire Department arrived on scene after receiving notice that a smoke alarm was going off at Bay Harbor … More Info
  • OK: Smoke fills building during equipment fire
    7.23.14 – KRMG – Firemen responded to an alarm at ENI Sales about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. We’re told a piece of equipment had ignited, causing smoke to set off the fire alarm. More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Samy’s Thieves Caught on a Camera, but Escape Arrest
    7.22.14 – KEYT – One suspect cut a small wire and that actually set off an alarm, but the plug was still in the I-pad and it it looked like a false alarm. While the employees were … More Info
  • CA: Sheriffs search for clues in Porterville burglary
    7.21.14 – Visalia Times-Delta – Deputies are searching for clues after the homeowner was notified by their residential burglar alarm that a forced … More Info
  • FL: More than $30000 in electronics stolen from Miami Gardens business
    7.25.14 – Local 10 – We have locks and bars and alarm system and we are prepared for any burglary situation. Crooks still came smashing in … More Info
  • GA: Albany police investigating Philema Road break-in
    7.22.14 – The Albany Herald – Officers responded to an active alarm at the address. The key holder, Ronak Patel, and the officer observed rear air conditioning duct damage where entry was … More Info
  • MI: Burglars lock up after stealing cigarettes
    7.24.14 – WZZM – In entering the business, they activated the back door alarm, according to the alarm company. By the time the business owner arrived, the suspects — and the … More Info
  • MN: Burglars strike auto parts store in Coon Rapids
    7.24.14 – Coon Rapids Herald – An activated burglar alarm shortly after 11 p.m. July 15 sent Coon Rapids Police to a business. On arrival at O’Reilly Auto Parts police … More Info
  • NC: Police warn homeowners of break-ins
    7.25.14 – High Point Enterprise – As he woke he heard the burglary alarm blaring through the house. … Police said the alarm at the Stewarts must have scared away the intruder or intruders. More Info
  • OK: Tulsa Business Damaged By Fire
    7.23.14 – News On 6 – The owners of a business are surveying the damage after a fire in their building early Wednesday. A burglary alarm sent Tulsa Police to E & I Sales Company in … More Info
  • TX: Burglar arrested after falling through ceiling of Houston liquor store
    7.23.14 – WHAS 11.com – … of Houston liquor store. Credit: KHOU. Officers responded to an alarm call at Ralston Discount Liquors on Antoine near Tidwell around 1 a.m. Wednesday. More Info
  • TX: Sex offender, accomplices arrested after burglary alarm tripped
    7.25.14 – KETK – Mt. Pleasant, Texas (KETK) — A tripped burglary alarm at a Mt. Pleasant home led police to the arrests of a wanted sex offender and another man. On Friday at … More Info
  • WV: Break-in suspects nabbed clad only in underpants
    7.24.14 – Charleston Daily Mail – Fayette sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to investigate after a break-in alarm was sounded at Dollar General on the Mount Hope … More Info
  • WV: Teens taken into custody in connection with break ins near Mount …
    7.24.14 – WOWK – Deputies, assisted by officers from Mount Hope and Oak Hill Police Departments, found a broken window on the store which apparently set off the alarm. More Info

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