9-9-13 NESA Monitor

September 9, 2013

Association Events

  • 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

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • GA: Johns Creek alarm fines begin
    9.2.13 – WXIA-TV Atlanta – If you don’t register your burglary alarm in Johns Creek, you could be risking a $100 fine starting September 1st. More Info
  • MD: Navigating the influx of security data
    8.29.13 – Security Info Watch – Baltimore Police Lt. Samuel Hood III discusses how the city leverages technology for public safety More Info

Industry News

  • A new age in back-to-school safety
    9.2.13 – Security Info Watch – The role home security providers can play keeping parents informed about school security More Info
  • Vivint grows its infrastructure along with its business
    9.4.13 – Security info Watch – Provo, Utah – Vivint this summer just about doubled the size of its headquarters here and also recently added thousands of square feet of new space in Utah and elsewhere. Why is Vivint increasing its physical presence? More Info
  • ABCs of Labeling Cat 5e, Cat 6 Cable
    9.5.13 – CE Pro- Are you still labeling cable with a Sharpie? Industrial labelers futureproof the installation and assist with troubleshooting. More Info

Legislative Report

None this week

State Trends

  • States focus on rainy-day funds, smaller workforces
    9.6.13 – Stateline – The Great Recession taught states that they should set aside plenty of money for a rainy day. It also gave them a crash course in providing services with fewer people—a lesson they are being forced to put into practice even as the crisis slowly recedes. More Info

National News

  • FEMA Touts National Preparedness Month
    9.2.13 – OHS Online – Hurricane Sandy, which inflicted severe damage in several northeastern states after making landfall in October 2012, is an object lesson for National Preparedness Month. This is FEMA’s annual national preparedness outreach initiative, managed and sponsored by its Ready Campaign, each September since 2004. More Info
  • How safe are your schools?
    9.5.13 – NSA Weekly – School superintendents across the nation are working with staff, local police, fire officials and other experts to figure out how to make sure nothing like the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School happens in their districts. Although we are unlikely to be able to achieve that goal — sadly, one or more heavily armed and determined attackers will be nearly impossible to stop — we can get close. More Info
  • U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate at 7.3 percent
    9.6.13 – Washington Post – The U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August, according to a Labor Department report released Friday morning. The nation’s unemployment rate was at 7.3 percent. Analysts expected the report to show that the country had added 180,000 jobs last month, and that the unemployment rate remained at 7.4 percent. More Info

Business Tips

  • If everyone is happy, you’re doing something wrong
    9.5.13 – Multibriefs – In the world of business, change is the only constant. It has a nice Zen quality about it, don’t you think? By now, though, it has become something of a cliché — and an overused one at that. Still, like all good maxims, it contains a profound truth. More Info
  • 5 daily habits of remarkably successful CEOs
    9.4.13 – CEO.com – If you haven’t noticed there has recently been an onslaught of articles from various publications on how to be more productive, and all of them point to the same message: How you choose to spend your time is the difference between being a good leader and a remarkable one. More Info
  • The Ten Commandments of Meetings
    9.4.13 – Baseline – When it comes to attending meetings, there are certain do’s and don’ts, but if you’re clueless about which is which, you’ll probably make an unfortunate–and lasting–impression. More Info
  • 5 Internet Marketing Basics: Give Your Business a Boost
    9.3.13 – Inc.com – – Now’s the time to make a serious investment in online marketing. Here are five places to start. More Info

Fire News

  • CA: Newark: Smoke alarm alerts elderly couple to fire
    9.3.13 – Contra Costa Times – The presence of a working smoke alarm saved an elderly couple from a fire that destroyed their home early Tuesday morning. “The smoke alarm saved their life. I can say that unequivocally,” Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief Terrence Carey said. More Info
  • DC: Union Station evacuated after alarm sounds
    9.2.13 – Washington Post – The station was cleared for half an hour after an alarm went off in a store. More Info
  • NV: Man sets off false fire alarm
    9.4.13 – Elko Daily Free Press – West Wendover – A SLC man was jailed on a $3,000 bail after activating a fire alarm at a local hotel early Sunday morning. Police asked Stephen Tarabetz, … More Info
  • VT: Faulty Smoke Detector To Blame For Alarm At TD Bank
    9.4.13 – The Vermont Standard – Update at 12:53 p.m.: Firefighters found a faulty smoke detector in the building. Emergency crews to clear out soon. Fire and emergency officials from Woodstock … More Info

Crime News

  • AZ: Burglar alarm goes off at Fees Middle School, no signs of entry
    9.2.13 – KTAR 92.3 Phoenix – Early Monday morning, the Tempe Police Department responded to a call of a fire alarm going off at Fees Middle School. More Info
  • FL: Florida man apprehended during burglary in process
    9.3.13 – Thomasville Times-Enterprise – Thomasville – A Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy interrupted a burglary in progress Monday night at an East Lane business. The deputy responded to an alarm that sounded a little before 11:30 p.m. and saw a truck with the interior light on in a fenced-in area. More Info
  • FL: Quick King burglarized – again
    9.5.13 – The Ocala Star-Banner – A day after sheriff’s detectives charged a man in the burglaries of three Quick King stores in three days, one of the stores was burglarized again early Thursday. More Info
  • IL: 11th person charged in Drake Elementary iPad burglary
    9.5.13 – Chicago Tribune – Authorities charged an 11th person in connection with the burglary of a South Side elementary school and theft of more than $100,000 worth of iPads and other computer equipment. More Info
  • KY: Lexington Police responded to a burglary alarm at a home business early Tuesday morning.
    9.3.13 – ABC 36 Lexington – Lexington Police say a group of people stopped a purse-snatching Monday night at the Tates Creek Centre. Police set up a perimeter Tuesday night after a shooting in a Lexington neighborhood. It happened around 9:00pm on …. More Info
  • MA: Commercial break investigated in Braintree
    9.5.13 – Braintree Forum – Police officers responding to a burglar alarm at Pure Hockey the evening of Sept. 1 discovered an open door and damage to several windows. More Info
  • MI: Dearborn Heights: Sledgehammer used to open safe in Burger King robbery
    9.3.13 – Dearborn Press & Guide – Dearborn Heights – Two men wielding a sledge hammer stole $15,000 from a safe at about 4 a.m., Aug. 27 at Burger King. More Info
  • MI: Ypsilanti Crime Briefs
    9.2.13 – Ypsilanti Courier – Police respond to break in at Ypsilanti Senior Center… More Info
  • MO: Surveillance video shows daytime burglars in action
    9.4.13 – KY3 Springfield – Do you know this man? He and a woman and man took advantage of an empty home, unlocked door. Greene County, Mo. — Dan Booher was going to be away for just a few minutes, so he did not lock the back door of the family home in southern Greene County, nor did he activate the alarm system. That was his mistake… More Info
  • NV: Crime on camera prompts surge in home security inquiries
    9.3.13 – KTNV Las Vegas – Police said home surveillance video that went viral on the Internet shows a 23-year-old man stealing from a stranger’s home. More Info
  • NY: Cops: Store worker from Goshen stole 850 watches
    9.3.13 – Middletown Times Herald-Record – Central Valley – An employee at a watch outlet store in Woodbury Common stands accused of stealing $245,000 worth of watches, Town of Woodbury Police said Monday. More Info
  • NY: Tupper Lake police arrest burglary suspect
    9.3.13 – Adirondack Daily Enterprise – Tupper Lake -Village police arrested a Tupper Lake man in connection to a burglary and vehicle theft. At 3:42 p.m. Friday, Joshua A. More Info
  • TX: Corpus Christi police catch couple during home invasion, officials say
    9.5.13 – Corpus Christi Caller-Times – Police caught two people suspected of breaking into a home about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. More Info
  • TX: Intruder barges into Heights home with mother, toddler inside
    9.4.13 – KHOU 11 Houston – Heights, Texas — A Heights neighborhood is on alert after an intruder made a daring move with a mother and toddler inside a home. It happened Tuesday afternoon. The mother said she was upstairs with her child when she heard the alarm sounding. She reportedly ran downstairs and came face to face with the criminal inside her home. She apparently yelled at him … More Info
  • TX: Man accused of pulling gun on jewelry store employees
    9.3.13 – ABC 13 Houston – A 58-year-old man has been arrested and charged for a string of robberies including the hold-up of a northwest Harris County jewelry store… More Info
  • TX: Police say Houston man brought gun in return visit to Zales
    9.4.13 – Houston Chronicle – The sales clerk showed the man several rings, but the encounter was interrupted when a fire alarm sounded, prompting the employee to ask him to leave the store, investigators said. Porter has a criminal background dating to 1977 that includes convictions for possession of a prohibited firearm, theft, attempted burglary of a vehicle, presentation of a credit card with intent to defraud … More Info
  • WV: Two Men Wanted in Convenience Store Break-in; Caught on Surveillance
    9.4.13 – WSAZ NewsChannel 3 West Virginia – The incident happened about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Smoketime Sams in Cabell County, W.Va. More Info

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