7-31-17 NESA Monitor

Public Safety Update

  • GA: New False Alarm Ordinance to Target Alarm Companies
    7.24.17 – Security Sales & Integration- Much to the displeasure of local alarm companies, the new ordinance will go into effect in September. More Info
  • MA: Mass. Police Dump ShotSpotter in Favor of Video Surveillance
    7.28.17 – SSI  – The Fall River Police Department has decided to shift its focus to video surveillance due to its high false alarm rate with ShotSpotter. More Info

Industry News

  • Apollo to Reportedly Take ADT Public for $15B in 2018
    7.24.17 – SSI – The WSJ is reporting that ADT could register for the IPO in the fall and go public at the end of 2018. More Info
  • Potential Dangers When Transitioning From POTS to IP
    7.25.17 – SSI – Alarm professionals provide practices for sidestepping the potential POTS hazards. More Info
  • My Alarm Center announces sale to Oaktree
    7.21.17 – SIW – National home security and automation firm sold to investors. More Info
  • Man killed in North Austin shooting identified
    7.27.17 – KVUE – Austin – A man died and a woman is in the hospital after a shooting in North Austin Wednesday evening, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.  Police identified the deceased as Majid Hemmasi, 59, in a release Thursday. Austin police said that callers reported two people injured in the parking lot of AAA Fire and Safety… More Info
  • Why implantable RFID chips are not the next frontier in access control
    7.28.17 – SIW – Industry experts discuss the technology’s feasibility and potential drawbacks. More Info
  • ADT Agrees to Settle Deceptive Sales Lawsuits for $5.5M
    7.28.17 – SSI – ADT reached agreements with three security companies after alleging its customers were being duped by misleading statements and sham sales practices. More Info

State & National News

  • AT&T, Comcast and others sketch their support for lenient – or voluntary – net neutrality rules
    7.17.17 – Recode – Tech and telecom go to war as the FCC closes its comment window on a proposed net neutrality repeal. More Info
  • Company to install microchips in employees
    7.24.17 – USA Today – A Wisconsin technology company is offering its employees microchip implants that can be used to scan into the building and purchase food at work. Whether or not to get a chip is up to the employee to decide. More Info
  • To reduce recidivism, states scrap barriers for ex-offenders
    7.27.17 – Stateline – To ease prison crowding and rein in corrections spending, state legislatures are trying to help ex-offenders return to society with the goal of ensuring they don’t return to prison. More Info
  • 18 Sci-Fi Movies That Basically Invented Biometrics
    7.27.17 – SSI – Biometric technology that once seemed purely fictional is now being used by the masses. Check out the movies that helped inspire it. More Info
  • Spotting skimmers: Sanford security company develops alarm system
    7.27.17 – WFTV Orlando – The alarm alerts gas station owners when someone opens the door on a gas pump to install a skimmer device.  The system also sends out an alert through an app to let the gas station owner know that a particular pump has been compromised. More Info

Business Tips

  • 5 Steps to Successful Smart Building Automation
    7.28.17 – SSI – More efficient lighting and climate control is one of several cost-saving benefits a smart building can offer your customers. More Info
  • 11 Steps to Develop Dazzling Sales Skills
    7.26.17 – SSI – Policies, products and selling techniques often change, but the basic fundamentals of sales really do not. More Info

Fire News

  • CT: Automatic fire alarm leads to shocking discovery
    7.27.17 – The Fairfield Citizen – An automatic fire alarm, triggered by a burning saucepan on the stove of a house Sunday morning, alerted local officials to a home filled with cats and a malnourished … More Info
  • HI: APNewsBreak: Honolulu high-rise had outdated fire alarms
    7.28.17 – KAAL Austin – Honolulu only requires older buildings to bring their alarm systems up to code during a major renovation, said Curtis Lum, spokesman for the planning department. Building managers commissioned … More Info
  • MI: Jackson Sheriff: deputies called to assist fire crews with a combative patient
    7.26.17 – MLive.com – Sergeant Watson and Deputy Jenski responded to Avondale Avenue for a Residential Alarm. Deputy Jenski responded for a personal injury crash. More Info
  • OH: This smoke alarm picks up smoldering fires more quickly, could save your life
    7.25.17 – WCPO Cincinnati – “They had the ionization-type smoke alarms in that building,” Springdale Chief Fire Inspector Tom Lindsey said. In this case, ionization alarms worked. Ionization alarms are better for fast-moving … More Info
  • OH: Youths set off fire alarm with marijuana smoke: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter
    7.27.17 – The Cleveland Plain Dealer – Officers responded to the Drake apartments July 18 after some youths were suspected of setting off a fire alarm while smoking marijuana in a stairwell. A Nick Mayer Ford employee reported … More Info
  • OR: Family safely evacuated from home fire
    7.28.17 – The Bulletin – Officials said the family awoke to the smell of smoke, but the one smoke alarm in the home did not activate. The Red Cross is proving help to the family, including a place to stay and … More Info
  • VA: Hampton University building evacuated after air conditioner malfunction causes smoke scare
    7.26.17 – Daily Press – They followed the odor to a room, which was filled with smoke, and then pulled the alarm, he said. Crews with Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue responded and searched the building. A … More Info
  • VA: Smoke alarm saves Virginia family from fire
    7.27.17 – WTTG – FOX 5 DC – A family is safe after a smoke alarm alerted them to an electrical fire that caused $320000 in damages on Monday. More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Lake Elsinore city yard burglary suspect caught with truck load of property
    7.27.17 – The Press-Enterprise – Langstaff Street just before 9 p.m. after activation of an alarm at the property. Edvan Aroldo Alvarado, 36, of Los Angeles was arrested on suspicion of burglary and taken to the Cois … More Info
  • CA: Man reportedly caught on surveillance breaking into Redlands yard and defecating
    7.25.17 – The Press-Enterprise – Friday when the homeowner received an alert from his video alarm system, Baker said. “He saw a subject walking in his backyard, and he knew his wife … More Info
  • CA: Police investigating after attempted break-in in White Lake Township
    7.27.17 – The Oakland Press – Officers responded to Mulligan’s Landscape and Garden Center to investigate a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, officers discovered that weather stripping had been … More Info
  • CA: Suspect shot to death after slashing 2 NorCal officers
    7.24.17 – KCRA 3 Sacramento – The alarm sounded, and an armed security guard went to the business, KCRA’s NBC affiliate KNVN reported. The suspect stabbed the security guard in the arm, and the guard fired his handgun … More Info
  • FL: Burglary case against former Bulls QB Steven Bench dismissed
    7.25.17 – Tampa Bay Times – Bench, who played for USF from 2013-15, was arrested May 29 on charges that he used force to enter a car wash business on Kennedy Boulevard, activating an alarm. He then used an object … More Info
  • HI: Deputies: Two arrested for breaking into Reynolds HS in Troutdale
    7.25.17 – KITV Honolulu – Deputies said a private security company called police after responding to an alarm on the property. Deputies were able to hear the suspects in an area of the school currently under construction … More Info
  • LA: 10- and 12-year-old arrested for business burglaries
    7.27.17 – The Shreveport Times – Monday, Shreveport Police patrol officers were called to the Boost Mobile business relative to an alarm that had been activated there. As officers … More Info
  • LA: 2 juveniles accused of burglarizing wireless store
    7.27.17 – KSLA-TV Shreveport – On Monday, July 24, police responded just after 10 p.m. to the LA Wireless Depot for a burglary alarm. More Info
  • ME: Shoplifting suspect’s husband pulls Walmart fire alarm, police say
    7.25.17 – WMTW Portland – The Scarborough Walmart was evacuated Monday afternoon when the husband of a shoplifting suspect pulled the fire alarm, police said. Police said store employees told them the woman’s … More Info
  • NM: VIDEO: Break-in suspect seems to be familiar with business
    7.30.17 – KOB 4 Albuquerque – He managed to get in without triggering the alarm system, and actually walked around the store into the break room, ripping out the phone and internet lines before walking back to the … More Info
  • OH: Thieves Take Neil Armstrong’s Solid Gold Lunar Module Replica
    7.30.17 – 89.7 WKSU – Police in Wapakoneta, Ohio, say they found the model of the 1969 Lunar Excursion Module missing from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum after they responded to an alarm that went off at … More Info
  • VA: Police: Suspect(s) broke into pawn store, didn’t steal anything
    7.28.17 – ABC 13 Lynchburg – Investigators said they were called to the Bedford Pawn & Guns store around 5:15 a.m. after the alarm went off. Anyone with information on this crime … More Info

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