Year in Review: Top 10 Security News Items of 2014

Here is a look at the most clicked news items on in 2014.

As we bid farewell to 2014, Security Sales & Integration encourages readers to reflect on the many developments that have transpired in the electronic security industry during the past 12 months.

To that end, the SSI staff has compiled a ‘Top 10’ list based on reader popularity.

Hot topics that drew in readers included items on industry lawsuits, deceptive sales practices, acquisitions and recalls.

Following are the 10 news iems that received the most clicks on in 2014:

1. Suit Alleges ADT’s Wireless Systems Are ‘Easily Hacked’

The complaint by an Illinois resident claims the residential and small-business customers of ADT Security Services “are far less safe than ADT leads them to believe.”

2. How Intruders Can Disable Home Security Systems

Two researchers conducted independent studies and discovered how thieves can hack and disable home alarm systems made by top security companies.

3. ADT Faces Lawsuit for Early Termination Fees, Unfair Rate Increases

ADT customers have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the firm that targets the penalties ADT imposes for early termination. The lawsuit also states the company unilaterally increases monitoring rates while consumers are under contract for lesser fees.

4. Anixter Vies to Be Top Distributor With $420M Tri-Ed Buy

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings in the first full year of operation, exclusive of transaction and one-time integration expenses.

5. 20 Key Trends Emerge from ASIS 2014

This report examines some of the most important industry developments that could be discerned while walking the show floor this year.

6. NFL Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter: Tyco Failed to Pay Up

The former Minnesota Viking has filed a lawsuit against Tyco Int’l, claiming that the firm still owes $3 million for acquiring the security division of Carter Brothers LLC in 2012.

7. UTC to Recall ESL, Interlogix Hardwired Smoke Alarms

Radio frequency interference can cause the smoke detectors to fail to alert consumers of a fire.

8. Report: Video Surveillance Market to Reach $42B by 2019

A new report by Transparency Market Research names increased security and safety concerns as reasons that the video surveillance market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 19.1% from 2013 to 2019.

9. Vivint Reps Accused of Misleading Military Families

Military families claim Vivint refused to let them out of their contracts when they were transferred to a new base or retired due to service-related injuries.

10. Duo Posing as ADT Reps Arrested for Deceptive Sales Practices

Grandview Police arrested two Security Networks salespeople for impersonating ADT representatives and misleading an elderly woman into updating her security system.

What was your favorite news story affecting the electronic security industry in 2014? Leave your comments below!

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