Monthly Archives: March 2010

City in Arizona wants to force Security on Convenience Stores

In Arizona, Mesa Police are proposing a new law that would require some convenience stores to install security measures such as CCTV and alarm systems.  The new law is expected to help reduce crime in the area, but as the local FOX-TV affiliate reports, some business owners aren’t pleased saying now is not the time to ask anyone to spend more money on security.

Police are proposing to require about a hundred convenience stores to have certain security measures in place – like cameras, alarm systems, better lighting and visibility, and even height charts to help provide physical descriptions of suspects.  But some store owners are upset because they say it would be too expensive.

“With the cameras it’s a good idea – almost ever body has cameras any way, but the other stuff… I don’t think it’s a good idea.  Who’s got the money to do it?” says Shamoon Yousif.

A similar law is being proposed for hotels in Mesa.  If passed, these two laws could go into effect within a few months.

Warmer Weather Sparks New Safety Concerns in Waldo

Springtime often comes with a more relaxed atmosphere where residents open up windows and let the breeze flow in.  However, this is not the case in Kansas City, Missouri where the search continues for the Waldo serial rapist.

With more than 800 tips and a beefed up reward, the search continues for the rapist.  Until he’s behind bars local women won’t be able to enjoy the warmer weather, FOX 4 News reports.

Sunshine and a cool breeze usually means play time for Sara Petrus and her children, but today Petrus has new worries. 

“It makes me mad, just because I’ve lived here for 22 years and never felt like I had to be cautious.  But now I’m definitely more aware,” Petrus said.

While FOX 4 found some open doors and windows, most residents say that won’t happen at night.

“I definitely won’t be able to have that open this summer,” Megan Mulvihill said.

The serial rapist that has duped the police struck all five times while it was dark, at homes in and near Waldo.  That’s why Captain Rich Lockhart says safety should a priority.

“Be aware of the vulnerabilities, and be sure you do something to address those,” Lockhart said.

Lockhart says you should start with a free home security survey to let you know how to best secure your home then take action.  He also says that awareness leads to safety, no matter where you live.

Woman Falsely Reports Her Baby’s Ashes Stolen

A Western Pennsylvania woman is being charged for falsely reporting that her dead baby’s cremated remains had been stolen.

According to the District Attorney, the ashes actually belonged to a cat.

Carey Toth, 34 from Johnstown, faces a preliminary hearing April 22 on charges of making false reports to law enforcement and unsworn falsification for statements she made to police.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reported last week that the Cambria County coroner had no death records for Toth’s son.


8 Privacy Don’ts

If you are looking for privacy or for personal protection then there are certain things that you should NOT do.  If you follow this list of “8 don’ts” then your chance of keeping your personal information personal just got better.  Here are some tips from security expert Robert Siciliano –

 * Don’t throw away anything that can be used against you.

* Don’t publish your phone number.

* Don’t allow your name to be searchable on Facebook or be on Facebook at all.

* Don’t broadcast your location.

* Don’t post videos on Youtube that reveal your personal life.

* Don’t forget to read privacy policies.

* Don’t use your real name as a username.

* Don’t put your name on your mailbox or on a plaque on your home.

Security Industry Gathers for the Opening of ISC West

On Day 1 of ISC West, security professionals from around the world discovered the latest products, technologies and solutions from industry-leading exhibitors, experienced world-class networking opportunities and found cutting-edge education.

Meanwhile, ISC West says congratulations to Iris on the Move from Sarnoff, announced Wednesday as the winner of the 2010 “Best in Show” in the SIA New Product Showcase Awards.

ADT sues Alarm Sales Reps and 2 Companies for Unfair and Unlawful Business Practices

As part of its continuing quest to prevent deceptive behavior from door-to-door home security salespeople, ADT Security Services has filed a lawsuit against Tom Brady, Susan Brady and Lance Woods of Memphis-based The Alarm Company.  In addition to The Alarm Company, the suit was filed against Security Networks, LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla. which appears to be providing security services for systems installed by The Alarm Company.

According to a press release, the suit alleges that during a sales call last December, Woods coerced 95-year-old Alice Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn. into switching out her ADT system and signing a contract with Security Networks.

According to the lawsuit, Woods told Ms. Johnson that he was an ADT employee and that the upgrade was necessary because there had been recent violent crime in her neighborhood.  “I think it was the lowest thing that could have been done, to come in here and lie to get some work,” Johnson said.

Last summer, ADT announced it was initiating legal action against individual salespeople who commit deceptive sales practices.  ADT has received complaints from consumers in at least 22 states.

“We believe it is our responsibility as the nation’s leading home security provider to aggressively pursue cases against people who lie, mislead and harass unsuspecting victims,” said David Bleisch, ADT chief legal officer.

Hungry Burglar Cooks Meal, Leaves Cash

New Jersey police are reporting that a burglar broke into a restaurant Saturday morning, but didn’t take any money.

What he did do, however, was cook a meal!

Police say he broke into the Matsu Sushi Grill by breaking an exhaust fan in the back of the building and fried some chicken and rice in the frying pan. “After he ate,”  Detective Robert Francaviglia said, “he left.”

There was a total of $200 left in the cash register overnight which remained untouched.

Police say a similar incident happened last year at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and are looking for a possible connection.


Tips – Hotel Fire Safety

Vacations and business travel make hotels and motels our home away from home. It is just as important to be prepared and know what you would do in a hotel/motel emergency as it is in your own home. The NFPA offers fire safety tips.

Be Safe When Traveling

•Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.

•When you check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.

•When you enter your room, review the escape plan posted in your room.

•Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit.

•Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.

•Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.

•If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.

•If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.

If You Can’t Escape

•Shut off fans and air conditioners.

•Stuff wet towels in the crack around the doors.

•Call the fire department and let them know your location.

•Wait at the window and signal with a flashlight or light colored cloth.

Brink’s Sets Date for Vote on Sale to Tyco

Brink’s Home Security Holdings Inc. (currently operating under the Broadview Security name) has said that its shareholders will vote May 12 on the company’s plan to sell itself to Tyco International Ltd (which also owns and operates ADT). first reported the deal in January in which Tyco would purchase the home monitoring company for $42.50 per share, or $2 billion in cash and stock.

Brinks said shareholders of record as of March 31 may vote at the special meeting.

Tyco, headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, plans to combine Brink’s, which now operates as Broadview Security, with its ADT security business. According to the Associated Press, the companies expect the deal to close before May29th.