9-16-13 NESA Monitor

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September 16, 2013

 

Association Events

  • 9.18.13 – MDBFAA Happy Hour 
  • 5-8 pm – Free Drinks & Light Fare- DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore North/Pikesville In the Bar-Lounge. 1726 Reisterstown Rd,   Pikesville, MD, 21208 Directions
  • 9.19.13- OKBFAA Business Seminar and Golf Scramble
    September 19, 2013 – Edmond, OK – 8:30 – 11:00 Seminar followed by Golf Scramble. More Info
  • 9.19.13 – NTAA Meeting
    September 19th at 11:30am. Appreciation Awards & Elections. The Victoria Restaurant – 13435 Bee Street Farmers Branch, TX 75234 More Info

Door to Door Sales

  • SK: Company urges province to crack down on door-to-door scammers
    9.13.13 – Global Saskatoon – AlarmTek pushes the provincial government to impose stricter laws after hundreds in Saskatchewan duped by an alarm company scam. More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • NFFF Promotes Alarm Pledge for Residential Fire Safety
    9.11.13 – FireEngineering.com – One click can make a difference in the lives of your loved ones and the firefighters who protect your community. The national campaign, “Be a Hero, Save a Hero …More Info
  • VA: Officials Say False-Alarm Efforts Are Paying Dividends
    9.13.13 – Sun Gazette – The Fairfax County government’s False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) is working to reduce incidents of false alarms by registering alarm users, imposing … More Info
  • MD: Non-emergency calls plague Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company
    9.13.13 – Baltimore Sun – … do not want to sleep over at the company given the number of “false” calls. … One is the design of the “alarm” button, located in a unit’s bathroom next to the … More Info

Industry News

  • Heartbeats may be the keys of the future
    9.5.13 – SecurityInfoWatch – Biometric identifiers, in one form or another, have been a part of the security industry for some time….. Unlike other biometric devices that make the user submit to a physical read of their finger or eye, the Nymi is a wearable authentication device that uses a person’s heartbeat to verify their identity. More Info
  • 3 Associations File Lawsuit to Prevent Free Standards
    9.6.13 – CEPro – The NFPA, ASHRAE and ASTM file lawsuit against activist website that posts electrical and building standards for free, opening up the debate again if integrators should have to pay for standards. More Info
  • Survey: U.S. workers feel secure despite lack of access control
    9.5.13 – Security Info Watch – Over 42 percent of workers say anyone can walk into their building unchallenged… More Info
  • Today’s technology makes burglar alarms ‘smart’
    9.9.13 – Security Info Watch – Selling residential alarms are a huge scam that many people fall for… More Info
  • Canary device still hot sales item
    9.11.13 – Security Systems News – New York – Canary, a New York City startup that recently raised nearly $2 million through crowd-funding for what it calls “the first smart home security device for everyone,” says so many additional customers still want the device that it launched a more traditional sales campaign on its website yesterday. More Info
  • Fallen And Can’t Get Up? These New Sensors Have Already Sounded The Alarm
    9.1.13 – Fast Company Magazine – In the early 1990s, the medical alarm company LifeCall ran commercials that immortalized the phrase: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” (with a little help from Steve Urkel ). But the fact is that these alarm pendants and other devices that the elderly wear to alert the outside world when they’ve taken a spill aren’t always effective. One in three elderly people over the age of 65 falls each year … More Info
  • Automated homes go beyond burglar alarms
    9.15.13 – San Antonio Express-News – The San Antonian grabbed his laptop and with a few keystrokes he was able to turn on the lights, shut off the alarm and monitor the security cameras at his far North Side home. A typical entry-level system starts at about $5,000, which might cover automating the lights, alarm and heating and cooling systems. More extravagant homes have their pools, spas, sprinkler systems, door locks, window … More Info

Legislative Report

None this week

State Trends

None this week

National News

  • Bipartisan bills would limit local taxing authority
    9.9.13 – NACO – Sens. Ron Wyden and John Thune have proposed two bills that aim to limit the ability of local governments to collect taxes on Internet access and the sale of digital goods and services. More Info
  • Americans Feel Overwhelmed by Technology
    9.10.13 – Baseline – While a sizable majority of Americans surveyed feel that technology has improved their lives, many of them admitted to feeling some tech burnout. More Info

Business Tips

  • Do You Have a Policy for Lunch Breaks?
    9.12.13 – CEPro – It might seem overly cautious, but industry legal experts believe you need should require technicians, sales and other staff to formally ‘clock in/clock out’ for lunch breaks, even if they are on salary. More Info
  • How to find your leadership voice
    9.4.13- Inc. – As the leader of your business, you establish the voice of the company. You are often the face of the business, and you drive the energy that will represent the gestalt of the business. So it’s no surprise that you will be up days and nights and days planning the important strategic issues about the company — the business model, the launch strategy, the funding, the board, the people, the culture. More Info
  • What stops leaders from showing compassion
    8.29.13 – Harvard Business Review Blog Network – Most good people want to act compassionately at work. And recent research suggests that compassion also creates positive outcomes in organizations: … More Info
  • Three Time-Management Tips
    9.3.13 – CICO Insight – Managing your time comes down to knowing what matters most to you and having the discipline to invest your limited time in the things that are priorities. More Info
  • To Improve Productivity, Make a “To-Don’t” List
    9.6.13 – Baseline – To manage your work more effectively, make a “To-Don’t” list that includes useless tasks, unnecessary meetings, and unproductive conversations and email exchanges. More Info
  • Reaction Blog: Could Your Employees Be Inappropriately Using Company-Issued Credit Cards?
    9.11.13 – Security Today – Just think. You issue credit cards to your employees strictly for business use-client dinners, gasoline for travel, flights, etc. Let’s say an employee decides to-without permission-spend his or her card on a nice day at the spa. Even if you ask them to pay for it, legally, you will have to pay. More Info
  • Americans Resent Technology’s Dominance
    9.10.13 – Baseline – In a recent survey, there’s a subtle–and sometimes not so subtle–sense of pushback due to the sheer dominance of technology in virtually every facet of our existence. More Info

Fire News

  • Occupant gets out of house fire uninjured after hearing smoke alarm
    9.13.13 – 13 News, WVEC Hampton Roads – Newport News – Crews responded to a house fire in Newport News Friday afternoon. Heavy smoke was showing when firefighters responded around 2:45 p.m. Officials said a smoke detector alerted an occupant, who got out before the arrival of the fire department. Officials said the fire started in the kitchen and appears to be accidental. There were no reported … More Info

Crime News

  • AK: Police arrest man who fell from grocer’s ceiling
    9.9.13 – KCAW – As police were responding to Lakeside, a second call came in, about an alarm at the CarQuest store, near the roundabout. Police responded there and found … More Info
  • CA: Bank robbery suspect claims bomb, drinks coffee
    9.10.13 – San Mateo Daily Journal – A would-be bank robbery who allegedly told a teller he had a bomb before helping himself to a cup of coffee and walking out of the building pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary… More Info
  • CA: Police arrest Upper Lake man for breaking out store window
    9.10.13 – Lake County News – Lakeport, CA – An Upper Lake man suspected of breaking out a large window at a local business was arrested early Saturday. Lance Edward McCloud, 22, was arrested shortly after the incident, according to Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen. More Info
  • DE: Barefoot burglars sought in Coach break-in
    9.11.13 – Cape Gazette – Delaware State Police are searching for two men who they say might not be wearing shoes in connection with a break-in at the Coach outlet and later a car accident near Milford. Police responded to an alarm activated at the Coach outlet in Rehoboth Beach at 4 a.m., said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier. A black Mercedes Benz SUV sped out of the shopping area as police arrived; a high speed chase … More Info
  • DE: Police: 1 Hurt as Fleeing Burglary Suspects Crash
    9.11.13 – WBOC Salisbury – Delaware State Police say one person was hurt and two burglary suspects escaped after their SUV hit a car as they fled pursuing troopers early Wednesday. More Info
  • FL: Thief sets Orlando dollar store on fire
    9.10.13 – Local 6 Orlando – Orange County deputies are searching for the person who broke into a dollar store late Monday and set it on fire. Deputies received a burglar alarm call around 11:30 p.m. to the Dollar Star store. After deputies arrived on scene, it was soon discovered that a small fire was burning inside the store. Orange County Fire Rescue responded to put … More Info
  • FL: Thieves steal $100,000 in electronics from Best Buy in Central Florida
    9.10.13 – Local 6 Orlando – A group of thieves stole more than $100,000 in electronics from a Best Buy in Marion County. Ocala police on Monday released video showing the group of four masked assailants breaking into the store on Southwest College Road over the weekend. The thieves smashed an alarm system and took off but returned several hours later and burglarized the store, taking smartphones and other items, police … More Info
  • FL: Video shows Best Buy Mobile burglary
    9.9.13 – Ocala – The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows the burglars entering the store to disable the alarm system and then re-entering several hours later to steal the … More Info
  • IL: Indiana men in custody for Urbana bank robbery
    9.11.13 – The Champaign News-Gazette – Urbana – Two Indiana men are in custody at the Champaign County jail for allegedly robbing a bank on Urbana’s north side. Urbana police were called to the Central Illinois Bank at 2:45 p.m. where a holdup alarm had been sounded. More Info
  • IN: Man arrested for two Bloomington bank robberies
    9.10.13 – WTHR Indianapolis – Police in Bloomington arrested a suspect in two separate robberies at the same bank. More Info
  • IN: North Vernon man slain outside home in dispute
    9.10.13 – The Indianapolis Star – Police say a man was fatally shot in the front yard of his home in a small southern Indiana city during an argument with another man. More Info
  • LA: Crowley police arrest 4 burglary suspects
    9.13.13 – KLFY – Crowley police arrested four suspects after they responded to a burglary alarm. “We have experienced a rash of criminal activity during the last 4 -6 weeks. More Info
  • MA: Braintree man arrested after housebreaks
    9.12.13 – Braintree Forum – James J. Robertson, 37, of Braintree was arrested the afternoon of Sept. 4 after allegedly breaking into two Braintree homes and a third home in Weymouth. More Info
  • MA: Westwood Police processing evidence in Willet Pond Drive break-in
    9.10.13 – Westwood Press – Westwood Police are investigating a breaking and entering at a home. More Info
  • MB: 2 arrested in Dawson Road auto parts store robbery
    9.13.13 – CTV Winnipeg – Winnipeg police have arrested a suspect in connection with an early morning break-in at an auto parts store on Friday. More Info
  • ME: Brothers indicted for alleged break-in at Fun-O-Rama
    9.12.13 – Portsmouth Herald – York, Maine – The York County grand jury in September handed up indictments against two York brothers charged with burglary of the Fun-O-Rama arcade, according to the indictments released Sept. 5… More Info
  • MI: Cops: Two Thieves Shot In Warren After String Of Burglaries
    9.13.13 – CBS Detroit – Police Commissioner Jere Green added the suspects were involved in a string of robberies that started at Ten Mile and Ryan before moving to Centerline. More Info
  • MI: Dearborn: Windows busted with concrete in Schaefer business break-ins
    9.12.13 – Dearborn Press & Guide – Dearborn – When police officers responded to a break-in alarm at Family Dollar at about 4:10 a.m. Friday, it was a case of déjà vu. More Info
  • MI: Suspects shot by police at Warren tobacco store ‘smash and grab’
    9.13.13 – Detroit News – Two suspects were wounded by police gunfire early Friday morning after they attempted to break into a tobacco store to swipe thousands of dollars of cigarettes in what authorities believe to be part of an overnight crime spree. More Info
  • MS: Man arrested for attempted burglary
    9.10.13 – The Biloxi Sun Herald – Waveland – Police have arrested Warner Jamal Henderson, 24, on a charge of attempted burglary of a commercial building. More Info
  • NC: Police looking for man who stole cash register from coffee shop
    9.13.13 – WWAY 3 Wilmington – Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police need help identifying a suspect who broke into a restaurant a few weeks ago and stole the cash register. Surveillance video shows a male suspect trying to break-in to the cash register at the Grinders Coffee Café. The crime happened around 10:38 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. An alarm on the business alerted police to the break-in … More Info
  • NC: Police: Suspects Stole 44 iPods From Best Buy
    9.13.13 – WFMY News 2 Greensboro – Police are looking for two suspects who got away with dozens of iPods after breaking into a Burlington Best Buy. More Info
  • NE: Burglar Chased By Alarm
    9.9.13 – WOWT Omaha – The signs outside of Larry Hunt’s Omaha home were no decoys. He really does have a home alarm system and it takes pictures. A suspect who broke into his home was captured after his brief run through Hunt’s kitchen and living room with the alarm blaring. More Info
  • NV: Officer recovering after being shot during scuffle with burglary suspect
    9.15.13 – Las Vegas Sun – The unidentified officer was shot while responding to a burglary at a plumbing business about 11 p.m., Lt. Ken Romane said. More Info
  • NY: Cops: Great Neck man nabbed in burglary spree
    9.9.13 – Newsday – Police said Mintz was arrested at 4:45 a.m. Sunday after a Seventh Precinct officer, responding to the alarm at Sushi Ko restaurant, saw him … More Info
  • OK Police arrest men in attempted ATM theft
    9.11.13 – Tulsa World – About 2 a.m., police responded to an alarm at the Bank of America. More Info
  • OK: Police catch attempted ATM thieves
    9.11.13 – KJRH-TV Tulsa – Two suspects led Tulsa police on an overnight car chase across north Tulsa around 2 a.m. and officers say the men were trying to pull an ATM with their vehicle. More Info
  • PA: City man arrested in Fourth Street law firm break-in
    9.12.13 – Reading Eagle – A Reading man was jailed on burglary charges Wednesday after city police arrested him for breaking into a law firm Tuesday night. More Info
  • PA: Delaware County: Burglars smash glass, steal restaurant’s cash register
    9.11.13 – This Week Olentangy – The cash register was stolen at a local restaurant last week after burglars smashed the front door to gain access during early morning hours, Powell police reported. More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion cops probe burglary
    9.10.13 – Delaware County Daily Times – Lower Merion police are investigating the report of a burglary at a residence on in Penn Valley that took place sometime between 9 a.m. Aug. 23 and 4 p.m. Aug. 26. More Info
  • PA: Lower Merion Police: St. Joe’s freshman cited for public intoxication; thefts, burglaries reported
    9.11.13 – Main Line Times – Lower Merion police cited an 18-year-old man from Bayonne, N.J. with public intoxication following a pedestrian stop on Aug. 30 at 2:40 a.m. More Info
  • TN: Burglars take narcotics from Water Valley pharmacy
    9.14.13 – FOX 13 Memphis – Authorities in Water Valley say the burglary of a drug store there may be connected to a string of pharmacy break-ins around Mississippi. More Info
  • TN: Murfreesboro music shop hit by thief during busy lunchtime hour
    9.11.13 – WSMV Nashville – A small music store in Murfreesboro has suffered a big blow as a thief made off with more than $50,000 in cash and checks. More Info
  • TN: Same Burglars Probably Struck Local, Morristown Pharmacies
    9.11.13 – Greeneville Sun – Greeneville police responded at 6:32 a.m. Sunday after an alarm was activated inside the pharmacy. More Info
  • VA: Sheriffs arrest man in 1 of 3 Hanover break-ins
    9.9.13 – NBC 12 Richmond – Hanover sheriffs arrested a man in connection to a Hanover home break-in, but are still working to solve two others. More Info
  • VA: Waynesboro Police Investigate Convenience Store Burglary
    9.11.13 – WHSV Harrisonburg – Police are trying to track down the man behind a burglary at a convenience store. More Info
  • VA; No charges in death of Sterling teen who entered wrong house
    9.11.13 – Washington Post – Boy, 16, mistakenly climbed through the back window of a house two doors from his, and was shot. More Info

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