9-25-17 NESA Monitor

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Public Safety Updates

  • GA: Atlanta City Council approves transferring Atlanta Streetcar to MARTA
    9.20.17 – MDJOnline.com – As part of the agreement, CryWolf and the city recommend amending the false alarm ordinance to reduce the failure-to-register penalty by 50 percent, resulting … More Info
  • GA: Georgia city to shift false alarm fines to security dealers
    9.20.17 – SecurityInfoWatch – The new alarm ordinance law requires the company that installs and services an alarm to register it, and makes the company responsible for false alarm fines. More Info
  • OK: Owasso now requiring registration of security alarms
    9.21.17 – KTUL – According to Owasso police, 99 percent of all alarms are false. Owasso officers have responded to more than 3,700 false alarms in the last two years — more … More Info
  • TX: Poteet council approves department head contracts
    9.20.17 – Pleasanton Express – Hickman asked the council to consider some sort of ordinance establishing regulations governing alarms. Several local alarms go off randomly at night, … More Info

Industry News

  • Honeywell names new presidents of security, fire businesses
    9.13.17 – SIW – Richard (Rich) Lattanzi takes over security business; Dino Koutrouki to lead fire business… More Info
  • AI: Separating Fact from (Science) Fiction
    9.13.17 – SIW – Surprise – true Artificial Intelligence technology is very difficult to find in the security industry… More Info

State & National News

  • US Smart Home Consumers Want Fire Alerts and Emergency Notifications
    9.20.17 – SIA – US consumers are more 12 times more likely to choose Fire Alerts and Emergency Notifications than programming their irrigation systems for their smart homes. More Info
  • How Police View Private Security
    9.20.17 – SIA – A report from the Security Research Initiative discusses findings from responses provided by 1,361 serving police officers on attitudes towards the private security sector (private security suppliers and corporate security departments). More Info
  • Judge Says Customers Can Sue Over Face Scans
    9.21.17 – SIA – A federal judge delivered a key victory for customers who claim the digital scrapbook company Shutterfly violated their privacy by collecting scans of their faces without permission. More Info
  • New requirements for making local calls begin Saturday
    9.22.17 – KENS 5 TV – If you’re calling from a landline, you may be required to dial 1 before the area code. Alarm systems and office equipment, like a fax machine, may also need to be … More Info
  • Warning: Posting Surveillance Signage Does Not Constitute Consent
    9.22.17 – SSI – Legal expert Ken Kirschenbaum explains why you should do yourself a favor and stay away from deploying surveillance signage. More Info

Business Tips

  • 5 Crucial Steps to Securing an Access Control Sale
    9.18.17 – SIW – Most end-user decisions are budget-driven, so its critical integrators can demonstrate a reliable return on investment to secure an access control sale. More Info
  • Security – Access Control Data 
    9.22-17- CI – Access control spurs valuable data that integrator can leverage for their customers for decision making. More Info
  • Technology – Business Data: 
    9.22-17- CI – It’s not a pipe dream or a pie-in-the-sky industry discussion. Integrators providing customers with business data derived from AV system usage is a real revenue opportunity. Customers want it. And increasingly the products available to integrators make it easier to provide. More Info

Fire News

  • AZ: Lightning strike causes small fire at Phoenix plant
    9.20.17 – BassFan.com – He said Teresa Johnson, the company’s chief operating officer, was the last employee in the building Tuesday and was alerted by a fire alarm. When she went … More Info
  • AZ: Sprinklers help stop hotel fire
    9.20.17 – KYMA – YFD said Monday shortly after 9:30 pm, an alarm was reported indicating a fire sprinkler activation at the Candlewood Suites Hotel. More Info
  • HI: Fire damages popular Hilo restaurant
    9.18.17 – Hawaii Tribune Herald – According to a written statement, eight units responded to a 3:28 a.m. alarm at Blane’s Drive Inn with the first unit arriving six minutes later. More Info
  • IL: Fire department investigates Tuesday morning house fire
    9.20.17 – Daily Northwestern – At 12:27 a.m., Engine 23 was on its way back to headquarters after responding to an automatic fire alarm, according to a news release from EFD division chief … More Info
  • IN: Putnam Scanner for Sept. 18, 2017
    9.19.17 – The Banner-Graphic – At 7:29 p.m. on Saturday, GFD responded to a fire alarm. However, the first-floor alarm was determined to have been activated unnecessarily … More Info
  • MA: Plaistow police searching for two suspects in armed robbery
    9.18.17 – Eagle-Tribune – The clerk called for police and pulled the fire alarm, according to the report. “She suffered non-life threatening injuries and refused medical treatment at the … More Info
  • OH: Security Report
    9.23.17 – The Oberlin Review – 7:18 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm on the first floor of South Hall. A student cleaning a lamp accidentally … More Info
  • TN: Station Camp Elementary students evacuated due to fire alarm
    9.20.17 – WZTV – Station Camp Elementary students evacuated due to fire alarm … Camp Elementary School has been temporarily evacuated as a precaution due to a fire alarm. More Info

Crime News

  • CA: 11-year-old arrested in Mooney Grove Park museum vandalism
    9.22.17 – Visalia Times-Delta – The burglar alarm that sounded just after 8:30 p.m. sent Visalia officers from across the city to the park in southern Visalia. Officers arrived and found smashed … More Info
  • CA: False alarm draws police to South Lake Tahoe Wells Fargo at the Y
    9.21.17 – Tahoe Daily Tribune – The police presence spotted outside the Wells Fargo Bank at the Y was for what turned out to be a false alarm. South Lake Tahoe police received a report of a … More Info
  • CA: Man Breaks Into Funeral Home, Hangs Out for Hours, Steals Dead …
    9.20.17 – CBS 8 San Diego – The business has no burglar alarm. “We’ve never needed one,” he said. “We’re a small town. Things like this typically don’t happen here.” Watch: 17-Year-Old … More Info
  • CA: Suspects Back Stolen Pickup Into Waterford Store To Try And Steal …
    9.22.17 -CBS Sacramento – As soon as the alarm went off, however, the suspects took off – leaving completely emptyhanded. The store was left with about $30-40,000 worth of damage. More Info
  • CA: Two shot in pawnshop robbery
    9.22.17 – Highland Community News – According to County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Jodi Miller, deputies from the Highland Police station responded to a silent alarm activated at the … More Info
  • FL: Jury selection underway for one defendant in Bradenton double …
    9.21.17 – Bradenton Herald – Just before 4 a.m., Bradenton police officers were called after a security alarm was triggered by the break-in at the home … More Info
  • FL: Third robbery for Game Masters Guild in Crestview
    9.21.17 – Crestview News Bulletin – The Crestview Police Department responded to a 1:41 a.m. alarm Sept. 17 at the Game Masters Guild. Due to the alarm they had … More Info
  • GA: Alleged burglar caught eating ice cream
    9.19.17 – Online Athens – When responding to a 6:04 a.m. burglar alarm activation at the residence, police said they found Young standing in the living room while eating ice cream. More Info
  • IL: Mundelein police: Marijuana, cocaine found during search
    9.18.17 – Chicago Tribune – According to police reports, officers at 3:58 p.m. responded to a security alarm triggered at MetroPCS and found Galvan inside the business and … More Info
  • IL: Police: Man arrested after lawn equipment theft
    9.20.17 – Herald & Review – A burglar alarm in the garage was activated, the affidavit said, and an officer spotted the man walking with the lawn equipment in the driveway of the residence. More Info
  • IL: Suspects Flee Police After Multiple Smash & Grab Burglaries …
    9.20.17 – Patch.com – Police responded to a report of an activated burglar alarm in at a store shortly before 3 a.m. on Sept. 14. Police said the owner … More Info
  • IL: Two men caught breaking into pharmacy in Naperville
    9.21.17 – Chicago Sun-Times – Officers responding to a burglar alarm about 3 a.m. found the front glass door smashed out of a pharmacy. They then saw two … More Info
  • IN: EPD Searching for Suspect in Attempted Murder Following Car Crash
    9.18.17 – Tristatehomepage.com – The homeowner was alerted briefly after the incident by a security alarm. The homeowner’s next door neighbor told Eyewitness News she heard a gunshot and… More Info
  • IN: Man charged in barbecue chicken burglary at Lake Station store
    9.19.17 – nwitimes.com – Several officers were dispatched the morning of Sept. 9 to Woody’s Resale Shop after receiving reports the store’s alarm had activated. More Info
  • KY: Taylor County Bank Robbed On Saturday
    9.24.17 – LEX18 Lexington KY News – Police say they responded Saturday to a robbery alarm at Taylor County Bank in Green River Plaza. Reportedly a white male driving a black Lexus ES model … More Info
  • MA: Beverly Police logs, Sept. 11-15
    9.18.17 – Wicked Local Beverly – 4:59 p.m. An alarm was reported to be sounding… More Info
  • MA: Lawrence men plead guilty to running multi-state ATM robbery …
    9.22.17 – The Boston Globe – Dressed in dark clothing and masks, the men used power tools to disarm alarm systems and “gain access to the ATMs and businesses,” the release stated. More Info
  • MA: Littleton police reports: Sept. 7-13
    9.20.17 – Wicked Local Littleton – 12:17 p.m.: A burglar alarm was reported… More Info
  • MA: Methuen police search for two suspects in Methuen High break-in
    9.18.17 – Eagle-Tribune – Police said they first responded at 4:25 p.m. for an alarm that was set off, with no evidence of any damage to the building. The second time, at 6:43 p.m., police… More Info
  • MA: North Attleboro police investigating break-in at bank
    9.21.17 – The Sun Chronicle – Joseph DiRenzo said police responded to an alarm at the bank and found the glass door smashed and bent. There were signs that someone had entered inside … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire: Jose wreaks some havoc in Manchester
    9.22.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – 11:56 p.m.: A burglar alarm sounded at City Hall. The building and grounds were found to be secure. 9:51 p.m.: Police are investigating … More Info
  • MA: Rochester Police Log, Sept. 10-16
    9.19.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 2:38 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported … More Info
  • ME: Harpswell man pleads guilty to stealing guns from dealer
    9.20.17 – Press Herald – Police, responding to a burglar alarm, found a broken window near the building’s entrance and used a tracking dog to find guns, a sledgehammer and drops of … More Info
  • ME: Kennebec Journal Sept. 18 police log
    9.18.17 – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel – 1:57 p.m., Alexander Arthur Meserve, 24, of Augusta was arrested on charges of burglary and criminal mischief, after a burglar alarm went off. More Info
  • ME: Wiscasset Police Report
    9.18.17 – The Lincoln County News – 15: Officers responded to a burglar alarm (false alarm), responded to a report of loose cows (they came home eventually), investigated a report of harassment, … More Info
  • MI: Vehicle break-ins, vandalism, fraud and other Riverview police reports
    9.20.17 – Southgate News Herald – … breaking-and-entering situation and it was unknown if someone was still inside. The backdoor window had been broken and the audible alarm was activated. More Info
  • MO: Police: Kansas City man admits to burglarizing homes over money …
    9.22.17 –KSHB – The victim told police she was alerted by her alarm company that a door in her home had been forced open. Two flat-screened TVs valued at over $600 had … More Info
  • NC: Morning robbery attempt foiled at Gastonia bank
    9.18.17 – Gaston Gazette – An unarmed man without a getaway vehicle failed in his efforts Monday to rob a Gastonia bank. Alarms sounded around 10:10 a.m. at the BB&T branch on 265 … More Info
  • NV: Nye County sergeant who investigated dog shooting now faces …
    9.23.17 – KTNV Las Vegas – On April 10, Nye County Deputy John Tolle shot and killed a pit bull named Blu while responding to a residential panic alarm that turned out to be false. More Info
  • OH: Caller found two bicycles in the rear of his N. Court St. residence …
    9.23.17 – Circleville Herald – Simply Safe calling in a residential burglary alarm. Call cancelled per alarm company. … Security Excellence advising of a rear entry alarm activation. Checked … More Info
  • OH: Lights & Sirens | Tools stolen from shed
    9.21.17 – Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – A report of an audible alarm… More Info
  • OR: Police: Robbery suspect stole pack of cigarettes, left 2 bottles of beer …
    9.19.17 – KATU – The first alarm came from Paul’s Cigars and the second alarm came from Smoke Shack Smoke Shop. When officers arrived on scene, they found a glass window … More Info
  • PA: Couple accused of Hazle Twp. Burglary
    9.19.17 – Standard Speaker – Troopers responded to a commercial burglar alarm at Northeast Gold and Silver Exchange at 4:33 a.m. and upon arrival … More Info
  • PA: Philadelphia jewelry store burglarized
    9.23.17 – WTOK – Police responded to City Jewelry around 4 a.m. after the owner’s alarm system activated. The burglar shattered the front door to enter the building. The owner … More Info
  • PA: Two arrested after burglary at mall
    9.18.17 – Standard Speaker – Troopers responded to a commercial burglar alarm at Northeast Gold and Silver Exchange at 4:33 a.m. and upon arrival … More Info
  • SC: Lexington Police seek person on interest in Wellesley burglary
    9.21.17 – WACH.com – It was at that moment that the alarm was sounded. The owner also states that this is the second time such an incident has happened at the residence. More Info
  • TN: Ridgewood BBQ burglarized; search for suspects continues
    9.18.17 – Bristol Herald Courier – 10, officers responded to a burglary alarm at Ridgewood BBQ. Officers noticed the side doors of the restaurant … More Info
  • TX: HPD: Burglars break into T-Mobile store through roof in northwest …
    9.22.17 – CW39 – Investigators said the owner was inside the store when he heard the alarm go off and then several foot steps running along the roof of the shopping center. More Info
  • TX: Maybe he was after the roasted strawberries? Naw. Ice cream …
    9.19.17 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – “We were hoping when the alarm company called us at 3:30 a.m. he might have some late night cravings for our Whiskey Breakfast knowing it is in limited supply … More Info
  • TX: Wood County Sheriff’s Report September 13-19, 2017
    9.22.17 – KSST – Deputies were dispatched to CR 2430 near Mineola, at approximately 2:25 p.m., in reference to an alarm. Deputies checked the building and it was secure. More Info
  • VA: 2 arrested in connection to Hopewell pharmacy burglary
    9.19.17 – wtvr.com – Officers responded to the pharmacy for an alarm activation at the business. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the … More Info
  • VA: Man arrested after Pulaski pawn shop gun robbery
    9.19.17 – WSLS – At approximately 6:32 a.m., the Pulaski Police Department responded to Pulaski Pawn and Coin, in reference to an alarm. When they … More Info
  • WA: Cowlitz deputies seek costumed trespasser
    9.22.17 -Longview Daily News – … off the house alarm shortly before 4 p.m. The driver got out, hid behind the truck, removed some kind of costume, re-entered the vehicle and then drove away. More Info
  • WI: Complaint: Darien woman found by Janesville police dog connected …
    9.20.17 – Janesville Gazette – Walworth County sheriff’s deputies on June 18 responded to a security alarm at the Boar’s Nest in the town of Sharon, according to the criminal complaint. More Info
  • WI: Oconomowoc police reports: Man cited for driving up ski hill
    9.20.17 – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – 2. Officers were called to Oconomowoc High School at 12:18 a.m. Sept. 16 for a false burglary alarm. Officers checked the building and did not … More Info

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