9-4-17 NESA Monitor

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Public Safety Updates

  • AB: Calgarians sound alarm over new alarm services bylaw fee
    8.30.17 – MetroNews Canada – Janet Smith and her family have had an alarm system in their home for nearly a decade and have never been charged anything by the City of Calgary—so when …More Info

Industry News

  • Anixter Execs Detail How Integrators Can Realize Rewards of IoT
    8.29.17 – Security Sales & Integration – While the global distributor, with more than 300 locations worldwide, still offers a broad range of traditional security products, such as alarm systems, sensors, … More Info
  • Best Buy to Hire Hundreds of Traveling Salespeople to Visit Customer Homes
    Best Buy’s service sends in-home experts out to residences so they can help customers select the right product for their environment. More Info
  • Central Monitoring Operators: training, empathy and thinking really fast
    8.30.17 – Security Systems News – “The most difficult aspect of the job is the stress of handling multiple high-priority alarms. At any time there could be a multitude of priority alarms, from a burglary … More Info
  • Smoke Detection in Commercial Buildings
    8.31.17 – Commercial Property Executive – Ideally the system would also provide advanced smoke detection and be addressable so that the exact location of the alarm could be identified for a quick … More Info
  • CEO Rick Britton Describes How Customers Drive DMP
    8.31.17 – Security Sales & Integration – DMP CEO Rick Britton was born into the security industry as son of Atlas Security Service and Alarm Control Center founder Marvin Britton. Rick began working … More Info
  • OneEvent Enhances Water Solutions Package With New Multi-Sensor
    9.1.17 – Security Sales & Integration – OneEvent’s humidity and temperature sensor is available now along with the multi-sensor smoke/temperature alarm, door/window sensor, multi-sensor … More Info
  • Monitronics To Pay $28M To End TCPA Robocall MDL
    9.2.17 – Law360 – Monitronics, a security alarm monitoring company, and several alarm manufacturers were accused of violating the TCPA by using automated telephone dialing …More Info

State & National News

  • Want To Give To Harvey Victims? 5 Things To Consider First
    9.1.17 – Fast Company – A scholar of philanthropy offers best practices to keep in mind when you contribute. More Info
  • Report: U.S. surveillance camera sales to grow 7.2 percent annually through 2021
    8.23.17 – SIW – Demand to be driven by ongoing technology advancements, continued shift to IP among other factors… More Info
  • Occupational-Licensing Reform Can Improve Upward Mobility for …
    8.31.17 – National Review – Other low-income occupations licensed by Arizona include alarm installers, funeral attendants, makeup artists, door repairers, and floor sanders. Arizonans … More Info
  • Hello from Texas: A Resident’s Account of Hurricane Harvey
    9.1.17 – SIA – For those of you whom I haven’t had the opportunity to meet at ASIS or ISC West or some of the other security industry events, I’m Diane Ritchey, Editor of Security magazine. I live with my husband and two girls in Friendswood, Texas, a city that’s located 25 miles southeast of Houston and 30 miles north of Galveston, Texas. More Info
  • Job growth slumps in August
    9.1.17 – The Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in August as unemployment ticked up slightly to 4.4 percent, federal economists reported Friday. More Info
  • Cell Networks Fair Much Better During Hurricane Harvey Compared to Katrina
    8.31.17 – SSI – The FCC says only 4% of the more than 7,800 cell sites in Harvey’s path were wiped out, compared to over 1,000 cell sites that were knocked out during Katrina. More Info

Business Tips

  • The Best Way To Introduce Yourself In Five Potentially Awkward Situations
    9.1.17 – Fast Company – This is exactly how to make a good first impression in email, at networking event, in a job interview, and more. More Info
  • This Is The Process I Follow To Stop Negative Thoughts From Occupying My Mind
    8.29.17 – Fast Company – There’s no reason to let pessimistic self-chatter dictate how you view the rest of your day. More Info
  • Is Your Business Prepared For A Natural Disaster?
    8.16.16 – Open Forum – Floods, storms, earthquakes—no one wants disaster to strike, but a little thought now may keep your business running if the worst happens. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Elderly man rescued from house fire Tuesday
    9.1.17 – Desert Dispatch – BFPD Fire Chief Jamie Williams said personnel initially responded to a report of a fire alarm at the home. “The first unit arrived on scene and found fire and … More Info
  • CT: Fire log
    8.28.17 – Shelton Herald – #5 responded to a residential fire alarm sounding. … A water leak in the fire sprinkler system caused the alarm Two engines and a ladder truck … More Info
  • IL: Police 8-27-17
    8.28.17 – MyWebTimes.com – Streator firefighters responded at 8:38 a.m. Saturday to an alarm. Burnt food set off the alarm. Streator firefighters responded at 2:29 p.m. … More Info
  • KY: Smoke detectors get family out of burning home
    8.28.17 – WTVQ – Lexington, Ky. – A smoke alarm helps a Lexington family get out of their burning home overnight. It was just before 1 a.m. Monday when that alarm … More Info
  • MA: Holliston fire log, Aug. 18-24, 2017
    9.1.17 – Wicked Local Holliston – 6 a.m.: Investigation – Chief Michael Cassidy investigated an alarm activation … 7:07 p.m.: Investigation – The fire department responded to an alarm activation … More Info
  • MA: Marion Police Log, Aug. 20-26
    9.3.17 – Wicked Local Rochester – 6:19 p.m.: A fire alarm was reported. 8:47 p.m.: Suspicious activity was reported. A police search of the area was negative. More Info
  • MN: Police seek suspect in streak of vandalism
    9.2.17 – St. Cloud Times – 31, the St. Cloud Fire Department was dispatched to a fire alarm at the same location. According to the police department, it is believed that the suspect in the … More Info
  • NS: False fire alarms plague Fortress of Louisbourg
    8.31.17 – CBC.ca – A modern-day problem is plaguing Cape Breton’s best-known historic site. Nuisance fire alarms are going off at least once a week at Fortress Louisbourg. More Info
  • NY: Police Blotter: August 14-20, 2017
    8.28.17 – Cornwall and Cornwall on Hudson – 08/15/17 Police and Fire Dept respond for a fire alarm. A resident burned their dinner which set off an alarm. … More Info
  • OH: Security Notebook
    9.2.17 – The Oberlin Review – 3:43 p.m. Safety and Security officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm on the third floor of South Hall. A malfunctioning … More Info
  • PA: Children, staff evacuated following fire alarm
    8.30.17 – Sunbury Daily Item – Danville – Twenty-five kids plus staff members were evacuated for about 25 minutes Wednesday morning after the fire alarm sounded at the Danville Child … More Info
  • SC: Burton firefighters credit monitored fire alarm for saving Beaufort home
    9.3.17 – WJCL News – Burton firefighters credit a monitored fire alarm system for saving a Battery Point home Saturday afternoon. A monitored fire alarm system immediately alerts …More Info
  • TN: Independence High School Evacuated After Fire Call
    8.28.17 – Williamson Source – “A HVAC capacitor blew causing smoke and the fire alarm activation,” Jay Vonson, county fire coordinator, said. “We appreciate the Spring Hill Fire and Rescue … More Info
  • TX: ‘It’s getting worse instead of getting better’: Harvey turns Galveston …
    8.30.17 – Dallas News – Beaumont firefighter Joe Vosters responds to a fire alarm at the Texas Building Condominiums with resident Denise Alexander in the flooded historic Strand .. More Info
  • UT: Early Morning Fire Alarm at a LaVerkin Business
    9.1.17 – Hurricane Valley Times – Dispatch reported that the fire alarm and one pull station had been activated, but that there was no contact inside the building when they tried to call. On arrival it … More Info
  • VA: Fire alarm saves Danville family
    8.29.17 – GoDanRiver.com – A fire alarm is being credited for saving a family in a blaze early … “Their alarm system woke them up,” Fire Marshal Shelby Irving said. More Info
  • WA: Sprinkler halts fire at Woodland apartment
    8.29.17 -The Columbian – Firefighters were called to the La Casa De San Juan Diego Apartments at about 9:20 a.m. on Sunday for a fire alarm, Clark … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: 28-year-old man arrested following domestic violence complaint …
    8.29.17 – FOX10 News – … August 28, 2017 at approximately 1:00 a.m., officers responded to the Rouses in reference to a commercial burglary alarm… More Info
  • AL: Elkwood Grocery store owners out thousands of dollars after …
    8.31.17 – whnt.com – Mitchell believes the crooks really knew what they were doing because they cut the phone line to make sure the alarm system wouldn’t go off before entering the … More Info
  • AR: “Bustin’ Burglars”: How you can help Benton Police
    9.2.17 – KATV – The pair from Texas were caught pretty quickly after the officer approached the store and heard the alarm sound off. Jordan O’Neal and Kendrick Lewis were … More Info
  • AR: Two Texas men arrested for Benton burglary
    8.31.17 – THV 11 – The officer then noticed the two men enter the store and while on the way to the scene, the officer heard an audible alarm from the business. Upon arrival to the … More Info
  • AZ: Camera captures men burglarizing Tucson hair salon two straight …
    8.30.17 – AZCentral.com – Deputies responding to an alarm arrived at Circa 79 Salon in Tucson about 11 p.m. and found someone had forced their way through a back door of the salon, … More Info
  • AZ: Tucson Man Gets Prison Sentence for Attempted Bank Robbery
    8.30.17 – U.S. News & World Report – The teller pressed an alarm button and announced she was being robbed. Elenes then walked out of the bank and got into a waiting taxi. Authorities say Elenes … More Info
  • CA: $2500 worth of equipment stolen from Northeast Fresno church
    9.2.17 – KFSN-TV – Police say there was no visible sign of a forced entry and the alarm was off at the time. The pastors say several other churches and businesses in the area have … More Info
  • CA: Alleged Fairfield Burglar Arrested Within Hours: Police
    8.29.17 – Patch.com – The alleged burglary was reported at 10:30 a.m. Monday when a homeowner called police to report an issue with her alarm … More Info
  • CA: Burglar smashes windows at four salons on Foothill Boulevard
    8.28.17 – Claremont Courier – Police arrived to Audacious Salon around 1:37 a.m. after a burglary alarm went off at the location, according to a release … More Info
  • CA: Burglary suspect arrested in Fairfield
    8.30.17 – TheReporter.Com – Police say the issue came to light around 10:30 a.m. when the owner of a residence in the 2400 block of Cabrillo Drive noticed an issue with her alarm system … More Info
  • CA: Business burglar escapes in early-morning pursuit
    Thousand Oaks Acorn – 28, a deputy responding to an alarm at Thousand Oaks Powersports saw a vehicle driving away from the business and decided to follow it, … More Info
  • CA: Police nab Fairfield burglary suspect after break-in caught on film
    8.29.17 – Fairfield Daily Republic – The burglary was reported at 10:30 a.m. when the homeowner realized an issue with the home’s alarm system and called … More Info
  • CA: Surveillance cameras caught men trying to break into gun shops ...
    8.31.17 – The Desert Sun – They fled after the store alarm was activated. On that same day, someone pulled up to Second Amendment Sports in a Sport Trac. Surveillance footage showed … More Info
  • CA: Three arrested for alleged burglary of Palm Desert gun store
    8.30.17 – KESQ – On July 31, Deputies responded to a ringing alarm at Second Amendment Sports at little past 12:00 am. More Info
  • CA: Woman arrested on suspicion of robbery in Simi Valley
    8.29.17 – Ventura County Star – Kimberly Villasenor, a 20-year-old Simi Valley resident, was arrested sometime after 1:20 a.m. when Simi Valley police responded to a panic alarm at a gas … More Info
  • CO: Aspen man with arrest history goes to DA’s office threatening attitude …
    9.2.17 – Aspen Times – A prosecutor in the office called police and triggered a panic alarm after Jeremiah Casper, 40, entered and told the office manager he “needed to see what the … More Info
  • CO: Logan County Sheriff’s deputies respond to neighbor dispute …
    8.30.17 – Journal Advocate – … County Sheriff’s deputies respond to neighbor dispute, residential burglary alarm … Road 38 near Sterling regarding a report of a residential burglary alarm. More Info
  • DE: State Police seeking Smyrna break-in suspects
    9.3.17 – The News Journal – It was almost 12:30 a.m. on Friday when troopers responded to the burglar alarm at Harris Manufacturing. The investigation … More Info
  • FL: Crime Watch
    8.31.17 – Observer Newspaper Online – 15: Police responded to an alarm at two different residences but both it seems were false alarms canceled by the residents … More Info
  • FL: Deerfield Beach burglary victim arrested after deputies find marijuana
    9.2.17 – 7News – WSVN-TV – Anthony Black went before a judge, Friday, just one day after his home alarm alerted the Broward Sheriff’s Office to check out a disturbance. “Road patrol … More Info
  • FL: Suspects smash through store to steal ATM
    8.31.17 – FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay – She got an alert from her home that a store alarm was going off. Before Singletary or deputies could arrive, the frustrated thieves tried to figure out how to get the … More Info
  • FL: Trio of thieves raids electronic store in Weston, deputies say
    9.2.17 – Local 10 – “I got an alarm call from ADT and I answered the phone and, meanwhile, I’m going into my phone into the video surveillance app, and so I see the actual action … More Info
  • GA: Investigating Xytex: The Evidence
    8.29.17 – WRDW-TV – 1:43 p.m. The fog activates the motion detector for the burglar alarm. Dispatch call: “Hi this is Linda with Tyco integrated security notifying you of a commercial. More Info
  • GA: Savannah-Chatham police need help identifying East 58th Street …
    8.31.17 – Savannah Morning News – Metro officers responded to a residence in reference to a burglary alarm around 10:30 a.m. on August 23. Detectives … More Info
  • GA: Tobacco Outlet suffers break in
    9.2.17 – LaGrange Daily News – According to the store owner, around 5 a.m. he was called from the business’s alarm company, when he checked security footage he saw that the footage … More Info
  • IA: Police ask for the public’s help in identifying burglary suspect
    9.1.17 -Iowa State Daily – Ames Police responded to an intrusion alarm at NurCara Pharmacy around 4 a.m. Monday, and found that the suspect had gained entry and taken an unknown … More Info
  • IA: Waterloo store hit by burglars a second time
    8.29.17 – Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier – Another person waited outside, and both left before police, who responded to the alarm, arrived. The window had been broken out during an Aug. 15 burglary … More Info
  • IL: He couldn’t find a teaching job, so his backup plan was dealing drugs
    9.1.17 – Chicago Sun-Times – When a burglar alarm alerted police to a burglary in progress at a Riverside … he should have learned a lesson from the incident: Don’t put a burglar alarm in … More Info
  • IL: Police 8-31-17
    9.1.17 -MyWebTimes.com – Police responding to a burglar alarm at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday found it was a false alert. A bicycle was reported Wednesday stolen from a … More Info
  • IN: Surveillance cameras capture images of burglary attempt
    9.1.17 – WTHR – The sound not only set off an audible alarm, it also sent an alert to Shareka’s cell phone. “There is so much going on in this world today,” Harlin said. “He didn’t … More Info
  • LA: ‘Gulf Coast Robber’ arrested in Baton Rouge Friday, sheriff’s …
    9.2.17 – The Advocate – “While a quick-thinking East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office dispatcher kept a Check Into Cash employee on the phone, deputies responded to an alarm and … More Info
  • MA: ATM, safe stolen from Massachusetts American Legion
    9.1.17 – New Haven Register – Read says someone cut the alarm and telephone wires at the back of the building at about 5 a.m. Aug. 20, then pried open the exterior door. Video surveillance … More Info
  • MA: Mattapoisett Police Log, Aug. 21-27
    9.3.17 – Wicked Local Marion – 5:50 a.m.: A burglar alarm was reported. 8:56 a.m.: A suspicious person was reported on Abby Lane. 3:23 p.m.: A suspicious person was … More Info
  • MA: Police/Fire
    8.29.17 – Gloucester Daily Times – 12:31 a.m.: A burglar alarm sounds from Temple Ahavat Achim. The building … 9:48 p.m.: LifeLine alarm is activated by resident. More Info
  • MA: Robber steals ATM, 400-pound safe from Pittsfield’s American Legion
    8.31.17 – Berkshire Eagle – When the suspect managed to breach the door, the club’s alarm went off, … 20, someone cut the wires at the back of the building, disabling the alarm and phone … More Info
  • MD: Suspect in ATM Theft Apprehended / Cash Reward Offered for …
    9.2.17 – Southern Maryland News Net – On August 8, 2017, at approximately 11:25 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an intrusion alarm at the CVS … More Info
  • MD: Two Waldorf Men Arrested for Burglary After Smart Power Meter …
    9.2.17 – Southern Maryland News Net – The employee stated that on August 30, 2017, an alarm went off from a smart meter, the alarm warns SMECO if someone has tampered with one of their meters … More Info
  • MN: Crookston businesses closed for the day following a series of break …
    8.31.17 – WDAZ – The glass side door to the Agassiz Federal Credit building was smashed and that set off the building’s alarm, which notified Crookston police. When officers … More Info
  • MN: Jackson Sheriff: police called to check alarm at Springport High School
    8.28.17 – MLive.com – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports the following log of activities for Sunday, Aug. 27, with deputies responding to Deputies responded to 46 calls for … More Info
  • MN: Litchfield Police Report 8/24/17-8/27/17
    8.28.17 – Crow River Media – 5:57 A.M. Litchfield Police responded to an alarm … 8:10 P.M. Litchfield Police and Litchfield Fire responded to a fire alarm at an East … More Info
  • MN: Police calls for Monday, August 28: Multiple drunk driving charges …
    8.29.17 – Winona Daily News – 12:25 a.m. – Police responded to a burglar alarm at Freedom gas station down town, where the front door had been shattered, apparently by a propane tank. More Info
  • MO: Burglar in serious condition, shot by homeowner: “(Police) put me in …
    9.1.17 – fox6now.com – “The alarm company called me about 10:20 p.m. saying my alarm was going off,” said Willie Thornton. Thornton said he was out when he received word … More Info
  • MO: Cedar County Sheriffs Report
    8.31.17 – Cedar County Republican – Deputies handled two incidents of a home alarm in the Stockton area. … Deputies handled reports of a home alarm going off in the Jerico Springs and El Dorado … More Info
  • MO: Randolph County Sheriff releases latest incident, arrest report
    8.28.17 – Moberly Monitor Index – A deputy was dispatched to a Huntsville business in reference to an alarm sounding. Upon arrival, the deputy met with two employees who advised that the … More Info
  • MO: Sheriff’s Office investigates theft of rifle from Imperial pawn shop
    9.3.17 – Leader Publications – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a recent theft of a rifle during a break-in at an Imperial pawn shop. The incident occurred Aug. 18 at Mike’s … More Info
  • MO: St. Louis man shoots armed burglar caught in the act
    8.31.17 – KMOV.com – An armed burglar is in serious, but stable, condition after being shot by the man he was stealing from. “The alarm company called me about 10:20 pm saying my … More Info
  • NJ: Puzo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante Burglary Suspects Arrested
    9.1.17 – TAPinto.net – 25, police said the owner’s alarm company notified him of an alarm activation at the restaurant was notified of an alarm activation by his alarm company. More Info
  • NV: Guess what, your head won’t fit through there
    9.2.17 – Nevada Herald – I once worked a burglary case where someone had attempted to break into a liquor store, but an alarm went off and they were forced to run away. The window … More Info
  • OH: Conneaut police reports
    8.29.17 – The Star Beacon – Burglar alarms were investigated by police Saturday … A burglar alarm was investigated at 6:53 a.m. Friday. More Info
  • OH: Juvenile faces weapons charge after traffic stop: Avon Lake police
    8.28.17 – cleveland.com – Suspicious activity, Carriage Lane: On August 20, officers received a call for a house alarm. The homeowner checked and found a rear sliding … More Info
  • OK: Suspected thieves appear to crash truck into Tulsa Dollar General to …
    8.31.17 – KOKI FOX 23 – Then, alleged thieves appear to run into the store. Video shows them inside for a few seconds before police say they were scared away by an alarm. Officials say … More Info
  • ON: Alarm alerts Windsor business owner to break-in
    8.29.17 – CTV News – The man told police he received a phone call from his alarm company, and drove to his business to witness a suspect inside the store gathering different items. More Info
  • ON: Thieves target backup batteries in cell towers in southern Ontario …
    8.30.17 – CBC.ca – On the same day at 3 p.m., an alarm went off at a Rogers tower. No one went to check … More Info
  • PA: Man sought in alleged pistol-whipping
    8.31.17 – New Castle News – The police were summoned to the store by a silent panic alarm, and they arrived to find the injured male standing in the store parking lot with bloodied face, body … More Info
  • PA: Police search for robbery suspects
    8.29.17 – Pocono Record – Two females dressed as nuns entered the bank and displayed a handgun, but left without taking anything when an automatic holdup alarm was triggered, police … More Info
  • PA: Two Women Dressed as Nuns Tried Robbing a Bank and Failed …
    8.31.17 – Complex – According to WNEP, the less-than-dynamic duo fled the scene after a teller activated the automatic alarm. The nuns ran like holy hell out of the bank with … More Info
  • PA: Women dress as nuns in bank robbery attempt
    8.29.17 – KFDA – Police believed a teller pulled an alarm that spooked these sinning sisters, who most likely aren’t nuns. The robbers were described as two Hispanic women, … More Info
  • SC: Crime Blotter
    8.30.17 – Berkeley Independent – Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a business in Huger where the window was broken out and an alarm activated, according to a report. More Info
  • SC: Police detail minute-by-minute response to fatal CresCom bank …
    9.1.17 – Myrtle Beach Sun News – … robbery and murder, once the panic alarm was pushed at 1:16 p.m. that day. Police were first alerted when a representative from the bank’s security company, … More Info
  • SC: Someone took a photo of this guy after he allegedly left a Bluffton …
    8.29.17 – Island Packet – As the man left the store, the alarm went off and a witness followed him to an Infinity Q56 SUV where he placed the items and then drove away. He is described … More Info
  • VA: Hampton Police seeking convenience store robbery suspect
    9.1.17 – wtkr.com – At 1:47 p.m., officers responded to the Tinee Giant convenience store for a holdup alarm. The investigation revealed … More Info
  • WA: Apparent burglary foiled in Coulee Dam
    8.30.17 – The Star of Grand Coulee – Grand Coulee officer Matthew Ponusky heard that a residential alarm had been sounded and went to assist Coulee Dam officer Jordan Ulrich in pursuing the … More Info
  • WI: Today’s News Briefs: Woman charged in 2016 crash
    9.2.17 – Kenosha News – The homeowner said a security alarm went off in the house shortly before the girl reported seeing the man. The homeowner did not report the incident for about … More Info

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