9-23-13 NESA Monitor

NationalMonitor

September 23, 2013

Association Events

  • 10.22.13 to 10.25.13 -TBFAA Convention
    Build On Success at the TBFAA 2013 Convention at the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center Galveston, TX – Join us for all 3 days or Just come on Thursday for Classes, Updates and the Trade Show.  More Info
  • 10.23.13 – NESA Board Meeting
    10-noon at the TBFAA 2013 Convention at the San Luis Resort Spa & Conference Center Galveston, TX

Door to Door Sales

  • ID: Better Business Bureau: Watch out for door-to-door sales scams
    9.19.13 – The Idaho Statesman – Fall’s harvests are coming in — venders are out hawking their fresh produce on street sides… More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • AZ: Surprise residents sound off on alarm program
    YourWestValley.com – Surprise Police Department legal adviser Lt. Harold Brady explains proposed changes to the false alarm ordinance during a public meeting at the department’s …More Info
  • AZ: Surprise slates 2 more meetings for false alarm feedback
    9.16.13 – YourWestValley.com – Surprise is considering amendments to its false alarm ordinance, and the police department is conducting three public meetings about possible alternatives. More Info
  • GA: City of Atlanta False Alarm Ordinance Goes into Effect
    9.17.13 – Patch.com – According to the City, in 2012, the Atlanta Police Department responded to 65,000 alarm system activations, 95 percent of which were false alarms or alarms that … More Info
  • GA: CryWolf to Help Atlanta Cut Down on False Alarms
    9.18.13 – Security Sales & Integration – The Atlanta Police Department has contracted with a third-party vendor to administer a new alarm management program that is being implemented after the city enacted a series of amendments to its existing false alarm ordinance. More Info
  • NC: City to consider false alarm fees
    9.18.13 – The Wilson Times – Setting off fire and security alarms repeatedly in the city could come with a price if the Wilson City Council adopts an ordinance that establishes new fees. More Info
  • NC: Town could charge for false alarms
    9.22.13 – Durham Herald Sun – False burglar and fire alarms cost the town nearly $200,000 last year. … “Our intent is to encourage alarm users to properly maintain and service their systems to … More Info
  • NY: Proposed Ulster County false alarm law would fine repeat offenders
    9.18.13 – Kingston Daily Freeman – Kingston, NY – Ulster County lawmakers are once again considering a local law that would fine business and home owners for repeated false alarms at their … More Info
  • TN: New Ordinance to Cut Down “False Alarm” Calls
    9.19.13 – WBBJ TV – Jackson, Tenn. – Those in Jackson with fire or burglary alarms should take notice of a new city ordinance. Starting on October 1, if a single alarm system sounds three false alarms, owners can now be fined $25 under a city ordinance. More Info

Industry News

  • Professional home security offers residents peace of mind
    9.17.13 – The Cypress Creek Mirror – Mitch Bowling, senior vice president and general manager of New Business for Comcast Cable Corporation, shows how a complete home security system can be controlled on a tablet, laptop and phone. More Info
  • CE Pro Report: Does Brand Matter?
    9.17.13 – CEPro – Exclusive CE Pro research shows 98% of integrators acknowledge that product brand names have value to their clients … a complete sea change from past attitudes. More Info
  • The Washington Navy Yard shootings—and mass notification?
    9.18.13 – Security Systems News – After a gunman killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, news reports say Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will be reviewing physical security and access at all Defense Department installations around the world…More Info
  • Integrators eye iris recognition once more
    9.17.13 – Security Systems News – Yarmouth, Maine—Iris recognition technology is highly reliable and it’s been available for years. But until recently, it’s also been high priced and a technology that some people are uncomfortable interacting with. What has changed to make integrators start to embrace the technology? More Info
  • Get ready to dial 10
    9.19.13 – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader – A: You will need to reprogram your stored numbers on land lines, fax machines, computer modems, alarm and security systems and cellphones to add the area … More Info

Legislative Report

None this week

State Trends

None this week

National News

  • FBI releases crime statistics for 2012
    9.19.13 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation – The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. More Info

Business Tips

  • Can a co-CEO structure work?
    9.9.13 – Associations Now – History and corporate lore has made the singular CEO into America’s unofficial folk hero: Behold, one magnificent polymath who sets the vision, knows the business inside and out, rallies the troops, and, if things go sour, nobly accepts the blame. More Info
  • What’s the status of your relationship with innovation?
    9.11.13 – Harvard Business Review Blog Network – How important is innovation these days? Increasingly important, if one goes by the frequency of the word appearing during earnings calls that publicly traded companies have with investment analysts. In 2008, the word appeared 1,733 times in earnings calls for 435 large publicly traded companies. More Info
  • Leadership Qualities of Nine Football Greats
    9.16.13 – CIO Insight – Successful CIOs and NFL legends have more in common than you’d think. Find out which leadership qualities drive both. More Info
  • The Hardest-Working Generation
    9.13.13 – Baseline – In a recent survey of professionals, 73 percent agree that Boomers are hardworking, compared with 69 percent for Gen Xers and 39 percent for Millennials. More Info
  • Annoying Co-Workers Disrupt the Office
    7.18.313 – Baseline – These annoying co-workers act in ways that cause other employees to avoid them. They lower morale and productivity, and generally make the office a less-than-pleasant place to work. More Info
  • Managing Your Time
    9.3.13 – Five tips to improve your time management… Time management 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
  • Ten Excuses for Taking an Extra Day Off
    9.19.13 – Baseline – One in 10 Americans surveyed admits that they’d come up with an excuse to get some extra time off from work. Hopefully, they would come up with better excuses than these workers… More Info

Fire News

  • FL: Vero Beach 911 call center evacuated for false fire alarm; service uninterrupted
    9.18.13 – Indian River Press Journal – The city’s 911 call center was evacuated about 6:50 a.m. Wednesday because of a fire alarm that turned out to be false. More Info
  • IA: Southern Cal building sees increase in false fire alarms
    9.18.13 – 1380 KCIM – Lake City, Iowa — After several false alarms a possible overhaul of the fire alarm system at Southern Cal’s high school building was discussed by members of the … More Info
  • MD: 95-year-old grateful for fire company’s quick action in saving her life
    9.19.13 – Montgomery County Sentinel – Summers, who has lived in her home for 54 years and in Montgomery County for 55 years, said the basement alarm started going off in the … More Info
  • SC: Police: Suspect Wanted in Springdale Arson
    9.20.13 – WLTX-TV Columbia – Springdale, SC (WLTX) – Springdale police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted in connection to an apartment fire. More Info
  • TX: Nobody hurt in Nassau Bay high-rise hotel fire
    9.17.13 – KHOU 11 Houston – Nassau Bay, Texas — Nobody has been hurt in a Houston-area hotel fire that forced the evacuation of about 300 guests and staff from the 14-story building. Nassau Bay fire Chief Tom George says the fire was reported before dawn Tuesday at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake. The hotel is near Johnson Space Center. George says an automatic alarm from a smoke detector summoned emergency personnel … More Info
  • VT: Vermont couple meets lifesaving Knoxville dispatcher
    9.19.13 – WATE-TV-“About five o’clock, I went in to turn on a pot of water, and the ADT alarm … “When I saw that it was a carbon monoxide alarm, my first instinct was just to get them … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar breaks into Dollar General
    9.21.13 – WAFF 48 News Huntsville – Huntsville police reported a burglary at the Dollar General early Saturday morning. More Info
  • AL: North Huntsville gas station burglarized overnight
    9.17.13 – The Huntsville Times – Police say a alarm call came in at 3:30 a.m. Officers found the front door glass had been broken out and an undetermined amount of property was missing. No one was injured. More Info
  • AL: Smash & Grab thieves hit Dougherty store
    9.18.13 – WALB Albany – Police are looking for suspects in an overnight smash and grab burglary at a Dougherty County convenience store. More Info
  • CA: Bank Burglary Suspect Falls Through Roof, Is Arrested
    9.21.13 – Newser – He apparently got in through a ventilation shaft, but tripped a silent alarm in the process. He was on his way out when police arrived, and the chase was on. More Info
  • CA: BHS students booked for burglary
    9.21.13 – Desert Dispatch – Barstow • Two Barstow High School students were arrested Friday on suspicion of burglarizing a house. Barstow police responded at approximately 10:49 a.m. to a home after the burglary alarm went off. Officers… More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspect falls through ceiling in Calif.
    9.20.13 – Associated Press via Yahoo! News – San Francisco (AP) – A burglar who tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested Friday after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell into an apartment, police said. More Info
  • CA: Police warn of burglar hitting occupied homes in Modesto
    9.18.13 – Modesto Bee – Modesto Police Department detectives are warning residents of a serial cat burglar committing burglaries while victims are home. More Info
  • CA: San Mateo Burglar Caught on Surveillance
    9.19.13 – NBC Bay Area – “That’s the first thing I put in is the alarm system and then once a couple issues happened close to my business, I installed more equipment just to be safe,” … More Info
  • CA: Sheriff’s office seeking suspect in McKinleyville armed robbery
    9.19.13 – Times-Standard – At about 4:30 a.m., sheriff’s deputies met with the clerk after receiving a silent panic alarm notification. According to the release, the clerk told deputies he was in … More Info
  • CA: Updated: $750K burglary at Willow Creek museum
    9.21.13 – Times-Standard – The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 5 a.m. after receiving a call about an audible alarm at the museum and … More Info
  • CO: BCSO: Man busts into store overnight with ax
    9.21.13 – WTOC 11 Savannah – A man is accused of burglarizing the On the Go Food Mart early Friday morning and stealing cigarettes and alcohol. More Info
  • CT: Break-in at Verizon nets thieves more than 100 phones, tablets
    9.19.13 – Fairfield Citizen – Police responding to an alarm triggered at the store around 6 a.m. found the glass front door smashed and an interior storage door damaged by the intruders. More Info
  • FL: Winter Haven Bank Burglary May Be False Alarm
    9.16.13 – The Lakeland Ledger – An apparent attempted burglary at Wells Fargo in downtown Winter Haven appears to be a false alarm. More Info
  • GA: Alarm system fails store in Moultrie
    9.18.13 – WALB Albany – A family-owned store in Moultrie is trying to recover from a costly burglary after their alarm system didn’t go off. Surveillance video at the Celdis Western Wear Store in Moultrie shows two men with… More Info
  • GA: Suspects try to rob Midway ATM
    9.17.13 – WTOC 11 Savannah – Deputies at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office say two men used a vehicle to ram an ATM at The Heritage Bank. More Info
  • GA: Thieves ram ATM with car; alarm scares them off
    9.20.13 – Coastal Courier – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who tried to break into an ATM in Midway early Sunday morning. More Info
  • IL: Burglar steals smokes in smash-and-grab
    9.19.13 – Alton Telegraph – The report said APD’s canine unit was nearby when the officer heard a burglar alarm sounding. The officer then … More Info
  • IL: Dunkin’ Donuts Burglar Makes Off with Cash
    9.19.13 – Patch.com – Burglars sometimes do that to determine if it will trigger an alarm system, he said. … Opening that door caused an alarm to go off, and brought police to the scene … More Info
  • LA: Alarm leads to burglary arrest
    9.21.13 – L’Observateur – Laplace – St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm activation at a residence on Sunday, only to find the door ajar and no… More Info
  • MA: Break-In Reported on Benjamin Drive
    9.16.13 – Patch.com – At 1:24 a.m., police received a report of a burglar alarm. At 5 a.m., police received a report of a burglar alarm, which proved … More Info
  • MA: Tyngsboro police probe attempted house break-in
    9.17.13 – Lowell Sun – Tyngsboro – Police responded Monday afternoon after an alarm was received for an attempted house break-in. More Info
  • MB: Attempted break-in at business
    9.18.13 – Brandon Sun – A downtown business had its glass door smashed overnight Monday, but no one managed to get inside, after an early-morning break-in attempt. Brandon police say they responded to an alarm at about 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday at a downtown business. A rock was used to smash the glass door, but it appears More Info
  • MI: Police: $50K Worth Of Drugs Stolen From Oakland County Pharmacy
    9.20.13 – CBS Detroit – Some of the stolen narcotics include Dilaudid, methadone, morphine, Oxycontin, Focalin, Norco and Vicodin. More Info
  • NC: Another hole-in-the-wall robbery in Pitt County
    9.21.13 – WNCT – “They go straight up in the ceiling, disable the alarm, come out of the bathroom and go straight to the money,” said Yelverton. The robbers were smart. More Info
  • NC: Officers respond to several breaking, entering calls
    9.20.13 – WECT 6 Wilmington – Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to several breaking and entering calls Thursday. More Info
  • NC: Police: Identity thief tried to break into Durham Social Security office
    9.19.13 – WRAL.com Raleigh – Police arrested a Chapel Hill man early Thursday after he allegedly tried to break into a Social Security Administration office in Durham through the building’s roof. More Info
  • NC: Police: Missing Maryland cousins arrested in Statesville Ducati theft
    9.16.13 – WBTV – On Sunday September 15, shortly after midnight, officers responded to a business alarm at Southern Truck & Equipment. Once on scene, the … More Info
  • NH: Bank robber’s getaway vehicle was a bicycle
    9.21.13 – Beckley Register-Herald – The employees triggered the bank’s alarm system. Streeter, riding in his cruiser about 2 miles away, then received a call from his wife of 34 years. “Larry, we’ve … More Info
  • NJ: Bayonne man and Jersey City man charged in burglary of home on …
    9.16.13 – The Jersey Journal – NJ.com – Around 9:21 a.m. Friday, police were dispatched to a burglar alarm at a home and found a basement window dislodged … More Info
  • NJ: Cat burglar on the prowl in Saddle River
    9.20.13 – The Record – Police scoured two neighborhoods this week in search of suspects in a daylight burglary and attempted break-in, but were not able to find the thieves. Meanwhile, a cat burglar is still prowling the community. More Info
  • NJ: Linden Man Charged With Breaking Into Home
    9.16.13 – NJ TODAY – Officers responded to a burglar alarm activation at 10:49 a.m. on Sept. 12. An eyewitness told them she saw a man breaking into a house and running off into a … More Info
  • NV: Burglary suspect accused of wounding officer in scuffle
    9.17.13 – FOX 5 Las Vegas – A burglary suspect accused of wounding an officer when the policeman’s gun discharged during a scuffle said he hoped the officer dies from his injury, an arrest report stated. More Info
  • OH: Break-in suspects bash heads on steel beam, get caught
    9.18.13 – Mansfield News Journal – Mansfield police responded to an alarm at E&T Trucking at 11:24 … The alarm company reported to police they could see two men on … More Info
  • OH: Rooster’s broken into in Miamisburg; investigation ongoing
    9.20.13 – WHIO-TV 7 Dayton – Someone used a tool to pry open the back door of the Rooster’s restaurant on Springboro Pike this morning. Officers were called to the business around 3:30 a.m. after receiving an alarm. Investigators determined whoever broke into Rooster’s also destroyed the motion detectors inside the restaurant. Police said they are still performing an inventory of the business to determine if anything was … More Info
  • OK: Homeowner finds alleged burglars left-overs
    9.19.13 – Sapulpa Daily Herald – Last Wednesday Creek County deputies arrested a Tulsa couple after they found stolen property in their vehicle and a homeowner detained them in the Round Mountain Area. More Info
  • OR: Armed robber steals cash register drawer from Canby market
    9.17.13 – FOX 12 Oregon – Canby police are looking for a gunman who was caught on camera robbing a market. More Info
  • OR: Police dog sends suspected burglar running
    9.20.13 – FOX 12 Oregon – A suspected burglar was taken to jail after an early morning break-in at a Portland restaurant. More Info
  • PA: Cops: Beer store burglars left trail of cans
    9.17.13 – The Citizens’ Voice – Three area men are charged with breaking into a Pittston beer store early Tuesday morning and leaving behind a trail of beer cans, according to police. According to Pittston police, officers were dispatched to B & G Beverage about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday for an activated burglar alarm. More Info
  • PA: Police: Man breaks into Clover pharmacy, steals 7 bottles of pills, drops 5 of them
    9.17.13 – The Rock Hill Herald – A masked man police say broke into a Clover pharmacy and stole seven bottles of pills dropped five of them as he ran from the store and into the woods on Saturday. More Info
  • PA: Regent Square pet store Animal Nature burglarized a third time
    9.19.13 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – All of the animals have been accounted for, Nina Wolf, one of the store’s owners, said. More Info
  • PA: Suspect arrested in Clover pharmacy break-in
    9.19.13 – The Rock Hill Herald – The man accused of breaking into a Clover pharmacy this weekend turned himself into authorities on Wednesday. More Info
  • SC: Burglars stopped by steel bars at business
    9.22.13 – Spartanburg Herald-Journal – The burglary of a Spartanburg County business was thwarted early Friday when the would-be invaders… More Info
  • VA: Va. Beach man charged in Sept. 3 attempted robbery
    9.17.13 – The Virginian-Pilot – Virginia Beach Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the Sept. 3 attempted robbery of Ace Cash Express, according to a news release Monday… More Info
  • WA: Burglar ransacks animal hospital
    9.21.13 – Sandusky Register – Bellevue police received notification of an alarm at Bellevue Animal Hospital just after midnight Wednesday, then asked Sandusky County deputies to provide … More Info
  • WI: Couple catches strangers in future home
    9.20.13 – FOX 11 Green Bay – An Oshkosh couple has quite the story to tell after catching two strangers in the New London building they own. More Info

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