9-8-14 NESA Monitor

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September 8, 2014

Association Events

  • HGCAA Bowling Tournament
    Wednesday September 10, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM CDT- Dave & Busters @ The Marq-e Center- 7620 Katy Freeway – Houston, TX 77024 – Get more information
  • MDBFAA 2014 Golf Tournament
    September 23, 2014- Turf Valley – Ellicott City MD – For More Info

Door to Door Sales

  • Get Gephardt: One home with two alarms
    2.14 – KUTV 2News- Doris’ is not the first call Get Gephardt has received from home alarm customers complaining about being misled by Silverline Security salespeople. In 2012 …More Info
  • Better Business Bureau: Beware of scammers wanting payment with …
    2.14 – Victoria Advocate- In a matter as crucial as the security of your family and your home, consumers need to be especially careful in deciding on the type of alarm system to use and … More Info
  • How to Safely Shop for Home Security
    3.14 – NBC4 Washington- Home security is a competitive business, but as News4’s Erika Gonzalez warns, it’s easier than you think to fall for high pressure sales….More Info
  • Door-knocking company gets $3m in financing
    3.14 – Security Systems News – Peoria, Ariz. – A new $3 million private equity loan will allow a door-knocking company to keep many of its accounts in house, build RMR and grow. How did this company swing the loan with no in-house accounts and RMR? More Info

Public Safety Updates

  • NFPA Announces Launch of Online Smoke Alarm Pledge
    3.14 – FireEngineering.com- “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Teaming up with our … More Info
  • FL: 500 false alarms
    6.14 – WJXT Jacksonville- VIDEO: The Clay County Sheriff”s Office is starting to crack down on false alarm calls do to overwhelming responses to low batteries and operator errors by the … More Info
  • MI: Detroit fire alert method: Pop can falling off fax machine
    6.14 – The Detroit News- The city, in its plan, says it must shed about $7 billion in debt and generate revenue by securing grants, charging residents for false alarms, fires and vehicle … More Info
  • MT: Whitefish City Council considers false alarm ordinance
    3.14 – NBC Montana- Dial also says that there were 124 false fire alarms in 2013. He says that false alarms not only tie up police and fire resources, but they also cost the city taxpayer … More Info
  • PA: Philadelphia police commissioner urges businesses to register security cameras with police
    29.14 – Security Info Watch – City Commerce Department initiative reimburses business owners 50 percent of installation costs up to $3K for installing cameras… More Info

Industry News

  • Biometric authentication moves beyond science fiction
    27.14 – Security Info Watch – Examining the strengths and weaknesses of current methods, technologies… More Info
  • Baltimore County schools begin new identification card program
    2.14 – Security Info Watch – Students to wear ID badges with their photo and a barcode throughout the school day … More Info
  • 10 Most Important Features of a Home Automation System
    27.14 – Electronic House – There are smart home systems, and then there’s home automation. What should a true custom home automation system do? More Info
  • Understanding Head Protection
    1.14 – OHS -Worker safety is always the highest priority on the job site, and head protection is an essential element in providing workers with protection from falling debris, low-hanging objects, and electrical hazards. A hard hat should be worn in all situations where there are head protection hazards. More Info
  • Fairfax begins school year with added security measures
    3.14 – Washington Post – The county has 1,300 video cameras monitoring school buildings. More Info
  • Home automation tech has forever changed the face of residential security
    26.14 – Security Info Watch – Revenue for smart home solutions expected to top $2.4B by 2018 … More Info
  • ASAP extended to non-charter members
    3.14 – Security Systems News – More companies will soon be able to reap the benefits of the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol, as the CSAA moves into its next stage of deployment by extending the program to non-charter members… More Info
  • Nest Protect smoke detector gets an upgrade, still no gesture control
    4.14 – CNET- Now you won’t trigger the smoke alarm just by opening the bathroom door after a hot shower. Nest says Smoke Check will eliminate approximately half of the … More Info
  • McDonald’s lawsuit shines spotlight on liabilities of lax security
    3.14 – Security Info Watch – A $27 million verdict recently handed down by a Texas jury in a civil lawsuit brought against McDonald’s over the deaths of two Blinn College students in 2012 serves as a reminder of the penalties an organization can face if they fail to take appropriate actions to address security shortfalls. More Info

State & National News

  • US economy added 142,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate at 6.1 percent
    9.5.14 – Washington Post – Hiring slowed in August as the U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs, according to a Labor Department report released Friday morning. The unemployment rate ticked down to 6.1 percent. More Info

Business Tips

  • What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years – Forbes
    25.14 – Forbes – Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace … More Info
  • Employers Disagree About Disclosing Staff Salaries
    28.14 – Baseline – Three in 10 employers surveyed openly disclose employees’ salaries, but 53 percent of employers view pay disclosures negatively, saying it violates worker privacy… More Info
  • How Do Employees Measure Success?
    28.14 – Baseline – A growing number of employees consider alternatives to compensation–such as compelling job assignments, flexible schedules and telecommuting options–as measures of success. More Info
  • 5 Leadership Weaknesses and How to Fix Them
    2.14 – Fox Business ‎- But leaders are far from perfect, and like anyone else, many of them need to work on certain things. Here are five common leadership … More Info
  • 7 Best Practices For Global Business Communications …
    26.14 – Forbes – Think about the potential advantages for your firm as you read about the following best practices. … More Info
  • Gen Z Employees: The 5 Attributes You Need to Know
    2.14 – Entrepreneur – By understanding Gen Z’s needs, attributes and work style, you can better recruit, retain and groom them to become future leaders of your … More Info
  • How to Talk to Employees About the Elections
    20.14 – NSBA – NSBA’s new get-out-the-vote initiative includes various resources including a voting poster for employers to place in the workplace, a how-to guide on talking to employees about voting, various employee resources, and where to find out more about your local candidates. More Info
  • Why You Need to Be an Emotionally Aware Leader
    2.14 – CIO Insight – As we enter a new era for IT organizations, our next generation of leaders will have to embrace the idea of emotionally aware leadership. More Info
  • Unlocking Your Employees’ Creativity
    27.14 – CIO Insight -Employee creativity produces many of the innovations that result in a competitive advantage. Creative talent, therefore, is a corporate asset, and one that must be nurtured and developed. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Paradise woman escapes fire thanks to smoke alarm
    3.14 – Oroville Mercury Register- But then I heard that fire alarm thing — and the next thing I know … ” Schulte said that once she heard the smoke alarm she made her way to her front door. More Info
  • CA: Smoke alarm saves man’s life on Henshaw Avenue
    7.14 – Chico Enterprise-Record- Chico – A smoke alarm and a fire alarm alert system saved a Chico man who was pulled from his mobile home. He suffered from smoke … More Info
  • FL: Florida teen sets home on fire with family inside
    4.14 – First Coast News- The two people inside, a woman and her 9-year-old son, heard the smoke alarm and got out in time. However, the other resident of the home, a 14-year-old girl, … More Info
  • NY: Teen obsessed with Slender Man set fire to house while family slept …
    5.14 – New York Post- The girl’s mother and her 9-year-old brother were able to escape the fire after being awakened by a smoke alarm. Hartwell’s mother, realizing her daughter was … More Info

Crime News

  • CA: Attempted ATM break-in at a Solana Beach bank
    3.14 – KUSI- The suspects set off the ATM’s alarm during the failed heist shortly after 2:30 a.m., according to … More Info
  • CA: Man Arrested After Breaking Window, Trespassing At Indonesian ...
    3.14 – CBS Local- The consulate’s private security guards and San Francisco police officers responded to the scene shortly after the alarm sounded. Officers located a suspect, … More Info
  • CA: Two women caught on camera robbing gas station
    2.14 – fox5sandiego.com- Is there a silent alarm? Does my friend actually have any way of calling police?” No getaway vehicle was seen and no injuries were reported, according to the … More Info
  • CO: Longmont police arrest two in series of ‘smash-and-grab’ burglaries
    6.14 – Boulder Daily Camera- He said the suspect “spends only a few minutes inside the business, sometimes less than one minute,” leaving before alarm companies notify police. More Info
  • CO: Suspect accused of attacking women in 3 home invasions arrested
    3.14 – kdvr.com- “Our suspect then ripped the burglar alarm off the wall, confronted our victim in her bedroom, held her at knife point,” says Aurora police spokesman Sgt. Chris … More Info
  • CT: Ansonia Police Investigate Rash Of Burglaries
    5.14 – FOX CT- The crooks forced their way in, damaged several machines and the alarm system, costing about $5,000 worth of damage. On Sept. 3, CT Consignments on … More Info
  • CT: Plainfield Police searching for burglary suspect
    7.14- WFSB- According to police, officers were called to the BP gas station after an alarm alerted police to an open door at the business. Officers were able to obtain video … More Info
  • FL: 15 Year Old Arrested for Breaking Into an Occupied Home
    5.14 – The Daily Ridge- The victim heard her front door alarm notification and knew the subject had made entry into the home. She heard someone ransacking through the front part of … More Info
  • FL: Home-burglary spree near Lake Worth results in two teens’ arrests
    4.14 – Sun Sentinel- The first known burglary happened Sept. 25, 2013, when an alarm went off and deputies were dispatched… More Info
  • FL: Man Arrested after Stealing Nearly $1000 Worth of Cigarettes from …
    1.14 – WCTV- Valdosta police responded to the JK Foodmart in reference to a motion alarm activation early Sunday morning. Police say that Maxie … More Info
  • FL: Newly released video shows Daytona Beach rape suspect shot …
    4.14 – WFTV Orlando-Police said the woman was able to set off the alarm that brought officers to the business. When authorities got to the scene, they said Pinkney had locked the … More Info
  • FL: Valdosta man arrested for burglary
    2.14 – WFXL FOX 31- Valdosta police responded to an alarm activation at JG Foodmart Saturday just after midnight. / … More Info
  • IA: Police: Burglar enters Casey’s using hole torn in roof
    5.14 – KCCI Des Moines- Des Moines, Iowa -Police and deputies checking a Casey’s store with the alarm going off early Thursday found a hole torn through the roof. Other Stories. More Info
  • IL: Boys Charged With Burglary After School Break-Ins
    3.14 – WIFR- Police say just after 7 p.m. on August 31, they responded to an intrusion alarm at McIntosh, When they arrived they found that the glass window on one of the … More Info
  • IL: Cops: Man picks wrong computer to steal
    6.14 – SouthtownStar- A pre-packaged alarm told police that the computer was on the move but had gone only a short distance from its location in the car… More Info
  • KS: Lessons learned from false alarm at Johnson County college
    6.14 – KCTV Kansas City- One of the lessons learned from Thursday’s false alarm was to better familiarize surrounding police agencies with the campus and have keys available for … More Info
  • MA: Sturbridge bank robbery suspect apprehended; police suspect link …
    6.14 – The Republican – masslive.com- According to Sturbridge Police Lt. Earl Dessert, police were called to the bank just before 1 p.m. by an alarm triggered from within the bank. At the same time, … More Info
  • MI: 2 men arrested in Farmington Hills break-in
    5.14 – Hometownlife.com- Meanwhile, Farmington Hills police headquarters had received an alarm of a break-in at Uncle Ed’s Oil Change not far from where the two men … More Info
  • MI: Suspects Caught Robbing from Firearms Business
    7.14- WWMT-TV- Officers were dispatched there late Saturday night because an alarm went off. When police arrived, they could two men who had broken in. They tried to run … More Info
  • MO: Waldo couple helps catch suspected crook
    6.14 – fox4kc.com- Connelly quickly hit their security system’s alarm – a sound that sent the burglar running down the street. “It was just really terrifying,” she said. “Being a woman … More Info
  • NE: Bank robbery suspect could be ‘AK-47 Bandit’
    1.14 – Nebraska City News Press- Police were alerted by a silent alarm, which was triggered by an employee just before being ordered into the vault. The robbery in Chino occurred on Feb. More Info
  • NE: Police Investigate Friday Night Robbery
    6.14 – WOWT- A panic alarm leads officers to investigate a Friday evening robbery at an Omaha gas station. Omaha Police Officers were dispatched to the Kum & Go … More Info
  • NM: Las Cruces police arrest Albuquerque trio in cigarette burglary
    3.14 – Las Cruces Sun-News- Around 4:30 a.m. Friday police responded to a burglar alarm at the Pic Quik store. The first-arriving officer spotted a black, unoccupied … More Info
  • NY: Man arrested for several Smithtown area burglaries
    1.14 – NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com- According to the Suffolk County Police Department, Officer John Hernandez, of the 4th Precinct, was on patrol at about 5 am when he heard an alarm at a … More Info
  • NY: Man charged with climbing fence at Kennedy Airport
    4.14 – WABC-TV- Officials say he also set off a perimeter alarm in the fenced area separating the public from airport property. The two fences are about 1 feet apart on the airport’s … More Info
  • NY: Scarsdale Police Investigate Latest Village Burglary
    3.14 – The Daily Voice- 28, a rear glass door was shattered to gain entry into the home setting off an alarm that alerted police to the burglary. When they arrived at … More Info
  • NY: Sheriff’s office investigating Lockport gas station robbery
    1.14 – Niagara Gazette- Immediately after the initial report, the sheriff’s office was alerted to a hold-up alarm from the gas station. The store clerk told arriving deputies that a black man … More Info
  • OK: Alarm Scares Off Attempted Robbers at Arby’s
    1.14 – KTUL-The employees in the restaurant saw that the men had guns, so they hit the panic button as they fled to the back of the store. Police say the alarm scared off the … More Info
  • OK: Armed robbery at restaurant fails to produce cash for suspects
    2.14 – KRMG- One of the employees set off the alarm.” We’re told the suspects took off from the scene without getting any money. Solomon says that “it was lucky that no one … More Info
  • ON: Man busted after Terrace Hill Street break-in
    3.14 – Brantford Expositor- A 30-year-old Brantford man faces numerous charges following a break-in at a business early Tuesday. An alarm company reported the …More Info
  • PA: Burglars hit two Scranton businesses overnight
    5.14 – Scranton Times-Tribune- Police responded to Libassi’s Restaurant for a burglar alarm around 1:30 a.m., acting Capt. Glen Thomas said. They found the rear door … More Info
  • PA: Police catch man burglarizing Royersford Laundromat
    5.14 – The Mercury- A security company had reported a burglar alarm going off at the business to Montgomery County Emergency Dispatch, according to an affidavit of probable … More Info
  • PA: State police at Philipsburg
    2.14 – Gant Daily- Police received a report about an alarm at a local business. Upon arrival police found that someone accidentally activated the alarm. Police received a report … More Info
  • SC: Authorities searching for break-in suspect
    1.14 – Manning Live- Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Kipp Coker said deputies responded to an alarm about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Suri Industries and a … More Info
  • SD: ATM Theft At Get N’ Go Store
    6.14 – KDLT News- “Shortly before 4 a.m. we received a call from our alarm company that the motion sensor had gone off,” said Sisson. The Get N’ Go was closed during the time of … More Info
  • TN: Thief causes upwards of $60K in damages in tech store robbery
    5.14 – WKRN- Authorities responded after the security alarm sounded when the glass door was broken in by an unidentified suspect with a hammer. Izadeen Naji, the store’s … More Info
  • TX: Burglar knocks hole in roof of Heights pharmacy
    4.14 – KHOU- Around 1:30 a.m. officers received an alarm call and arrive d to find a hole in the roof of the business, but the burglar was already gone. It wasn’t clear what the … More Info
  • TX: Burglars Target Homes Near School & By-Pass Security Systems
    5.14 – News 92 FM- That allows burglars to be in the house and never set off the alarm while they steal jewelry, money and electronics. The homes are both near Exley Elementary. More Info
  • TX: Thieves use vehicle to smash into Popeye’s restaurant
    1.14 – KTRK-TV- “It appears someone had taken a vehicle and run into Popeye’s breaking the wall, breaking the sprinkler system which set off the automatic alarm,” Lt. Larry … More Info
  • UT: Unified Police looking for suspect in elementary school burglary
    1.14 – fox13now.com- Police said an alarm went off around 6:00 at Vista Elementary School. School District officials notified police, who responded to the … More Info
  • WA: $26k of designer sunglasses stolen from Redmond store
    4.14 – KOMO News- Meanwhile, Healey is still trying to replace some of the stolen inventory and has now installed an alarm system. “We really never believed that we’d ever have a … More Info
  • WI: Burglar hits Kroll’s East
    1.14 – Green Bay Press Gazette- Police are investigating a burglary at Kroll’s East in which the perpetrator tried to break into the historic restaurant’s ATM. A burglary alarm alerted police to the … More Info
  • WI: Green Bay restaurant burglarized during power outage
    1.14 – WBAY- Police say they responded to a burglary alarm shortly after 2 a.m. They found a back door damaged and open, and a ATM in the restaurant was … More Info
  • WI: Police say he’s a “career burglar” — Is he responsible for home …
    4.14 – fox6now.com- He was parked there for more than 30 minutes. Down the street, a homeowner’s security alarm went off — scaring a burglar away after he pried the door open. More Info

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