Wayne Alarm: The new smart chip?



EMV Cards, Smart Chips, Chip Cards, no one really knows what to call them right now, but we know they are the future of deferring fraudulent credit card charges. EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, which are the companies that have developed and implemented the new card technology. Instead of swiping your card through the side of the machine like we’re used to, you now insert it into the bottom of the machine. Which will greatly reduce the risk of credit/debt card theft.

When you swipe your ordinary card with a magnetic stripe, it contains the same information stored on the card as before and will never change, making it rather susceptible to fraud. One breach and the thief can have continued access to your card. However with the new EMV Chips, a unique transaction code is created every time you use it, making it nearly impossible to continue the use of the card for thieves. In the event of a system breach, they would see the information of the card from that one purchase, which would no longer work because of the change in code. If you have not received an EMV Card, contact your bank and ask. Make the switch to EMV Cards to ensure your protection and prevent fraud.

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A Memorial Day low point for veteran

This 2016 Suzuki DRZ-400SM was stolen.


LYNN — A U.S. Navy veteran’s motorcycle was stolen right out of his driveway on Memorial Day, the holiday that honors fallen armed service members.

Jeff Dahlberg, 36, lives in Lynn with his wife, Lindsay. The pair spent much of Memorial Day weekend away from home, but returned Monday evening and Jeff’s motorcycle, a 2016 Suzuki DRZ-400SM, was still in their driveway. He said in a phone interview that the bike was stolen sometime between 6-7 p.m. on Monday and 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, when he went to take it to work.

“I would just like to find the person who took the bike and have it returned, no questions asked,” 35-year-old Lindsay Dahlberg wrote in a Facebook post. “We can’t afford to buy him another one, but we can ask for it to be brought back. Please help. I think since he has done so much for the country already, this is just a horrible, nasty thing to do on Memorial Day, of all days — a day when he should have been resting and remembering those he lost.”

Lindsay said there are multiple ways people would know their house belongs to a veteran, including a family car that touts the ship he served on, the USS Denver, along with his machinist mate status on the windows.

Jeff said he thought someone was playing on a joke on him when he noticed his bike was missing, but then he realized that it was really gone. He said there hadn’t ever been any issues in their neighborhood. They live around the Diamond District, right off of Eastern Avenue.

The pair said packages often get delivered to their home and have never been taken. Neighbors help dig each other out during snowstorms, Jeff added.

“It’s just a really strange situation for us,” Lindsay said. “We were really surprised.”

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Jeff served for eight years in the U.S. Navy. His oldest of three daughters was born the day before 9/11, and he didn’t come back until she was walking. He has PTSD, arthritis, back problems, leg problems, hearing issues, and even fought paralysis to get to walking again, Lindsay said. Jeff said he has been deployed three times, including time spent in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“However, this past Monday, someone decided to steal his motorcycle he had been working on for months to get into condition to enjoy this summer,” Lindsay wrote on Facebook. “This is his only real joy in life besides his children. He was supposed to travel with my brother for a weeklong trip on Friday, which he has now canceled. We would love help in figuring out who would do this.”

She said her husband and brother were preparing to leave for Tennessee, on a motorcycle trip her brother goes on every year, to the Tail of the Dragon.

Jeff said there was a time period when he didn’t own anything besides a bike, adding that motorcycles seem like an odd hobby for New England. He lived in San Diego for 10 years, where he was based.

The couple, who have been together for a decade and married for five years, met in San Diego, when Lindsay was in law and graduate school. She later returned home to Massachusetts after finishing school, and the pair eventually settled in Lynn.

They are hopeful the bike will be returned. They’ve shared their story on social media and there is a Craigslist posting for the stolen bike. Anyone who has seen or found the motorcycle is urged to respond to the ad or contact the Lynn Police Department.

Jeff said he’s hoping for the bike to show up and not be in horrible shape. He filed a police report and has contacted his insurance company. He said a friend of his recommended sending an email to local motorcycle shops to give them a heads-up about a stolen bike, and one of the New England motorcycle dealers responded that they had shared the information with all of their chains.

“Hopefully, it turns up,” Jeff said.

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Wayne Alarm: Small business security tips



In 2010 there were roughly 28 million small businesses in the entire United States of America. While this number has fluctuated within the past 6 years, the fact is that we have a ton of small businesses out there. As a small business owner, so much of your time, money and energy has been developed to simply make your business run every day.

Whether you are providing a service or product, staying on top of your business security is extremely important. Below are some tips that you should make sure are implemented into your business plans.

Adequate Lighting: Having enough lighting is very important for not only inside your building but it’s also important for the outside of your building. During the night and especially when you leave, be sure that you have enough lighting both inside and outside of your business. Lighting which covers your doorways and parking lots will help keep away any potential threats.

Emergency Plans: Whether you are at home or in the office, you should always have emergency plans for different situations. Know what to do in the case of fire, robberies, theft, or major storms.

You should also keep your team in the loop so they understand and know what to do in each situation.

Strong Passwords: People often use passwords that are easy to remember but stay away from obvious ones that others can guess. Also, try to change them up. 47 percent of people actually use the same password for 5 straight years, so other people most likely know what you are using.

Public Wifi: You may not know it, but public Wifi is extremely unsafe for mobile devices. Hackers can actually go through it to attack person accounts. Never do any of your banking and online transactions on a public network.

Video Surveillance: Video cameras placed in and outside of your business are extremely helpful in order to give you proper security, limited shrinkage, improved customer service as well as other operational efficiencies.

Burglar & Theft Protection: When your business is closed and everyone is home for the night, it’s important that someone is looking out for you. With a Wayne Alarm security systems, your business can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on keeping your business secure, please feel free to reach out to Wayne Alarm at (781)595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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Nahant police officer assaulted by teen

NAHANT — A Nahant police officer was assaulted by a teenager driving a stolen car on Saturday night.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the officer was investigating a suspicious car in the Bass Point area of Nahant. Two male teenagers were in the car, which was reported stolen out of Brockton, said police who recovered the car.

The driver physically assaulted the officer before running away. The officer is recovering from minor injuries. The passenger was taken into custody at the scene, police said.

The suspect was apprehended four hours later, with assistance from Lynn and Swampscott police, along with K9 units from State and Manchester by the Sea police.

A 15-year-old juvenile was held at a Youth Detention Services unit. An 18-year-old male was held without bail at the Middleton House of Correction, police said.

Do you recognize this ID theft suspect?

The Swampscott Police Department wants help identifying this man.

SWAMPSCOTT Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a male suspect allegedly involved in an ID theft.

Police said three iPhones were purchased in a female victim’s name, and mailed to her address. The suspect knocked on her door and said he was from UPS picking up the phones.

When the woman said she didn’t have the phones and took his photo, the man left the area without the phones. He was driving a silver minivan, police said.

Anyone who recognizes the man in the photo is urged to call Swampscott Police Criminal Investigation Division at (781) 595-1111.

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Wayne Alarm: Increasing Your Safety with Video Security



There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillances. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as Skybell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you High Definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or by visiting us online at

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Wayne Alarm: Change the Locks



When moving to a new home, hire a reliable locksmith to re-key all exterior doors. If possible, have the locksmith make the key to fit all of your new locks. Also, make sure to call Wayne Alarm Systems to transfer your home security system.

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000 or visit us online at:


Wayne Alarm: Mobile Security Apps



With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with both Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted online threats, download the NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if you don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is a great tool that allows your friends and family, (even your local police) see where you are when you are heading to a destination, with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     Skycure:  As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information, one that experts say can easily be enacted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might encounter. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can prevent them from hurting apps on your mobile device or the devices of other people using the app.
  4.     Lookout:  This is an all-around security app, which allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.

5.   Webroot SecureWeb:  Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.


Lowell man accused of swindling homeowners


BOSTON — A real estate broker who authorities say swindled Lynn homeowners has been indicted on additional charges, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.

Kevin Taing, 49, of Lowell, faces jail time in connection with stealing more than $464,000 through a larceny scheme targeting families facing foreclosure.

This is the second time Taing has been charged. Last fall, he was indicted on larceny charges and obtaining a signature by false pretenses that resulted in the theft of more than $165,000 from homeowners in Lynn and Lowell.

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Healey’s office began an investigation into the licensed real estate broker and principal of EFI, in 2014. Authorities allege Taing, who is of Cambodian descent and speaks Khmer, persuaded 11 Cambodian homeowners facing foreclosure to make payments to EFI rather than their mortgage lender.

Law enforcement officials further allege that Taing led these families to believe that by paying EFI they would reduce their monthly payments and keep their homes.

Instead, Taing allegedly used the cash to pay his personal expenses, credit card bills, restaurant and retail expenses.

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A $500 million museum heist, 27 years later

Pictured is Anthony Amore of Swampscott.


LYNN — Twenty-seven years ago, on March 18, the world’s largest art heist occurred at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Two thieves made off with 13 masterpieces valued at $500 million, including Vermeer’s “The Concert” and three Rembrandts, including his only seascape, “Storm on the Sea of Galilee.”

The works have never been recovered, despite the offer of a $5 million reward for information leading to their safe return and promises of immunity. No one has ever been charged with the crime. But the investigation remains active.

Anthony Amore’s job is to retrieve the paintings. The Swampscott resident, who has written two books about art theft, is the museum’s director of security and its chief investigator. He will discuss “The Story of Stolen Art” Saturday at a fundraiser for the Lynn Cultural District at the Pick Up Modern store on Exchange Street.

“Some people think a rich billionaire in some far-away land arranged to have the paintings stolen and has them in his house. That’s Hollywood, not reality,” said Amore, chatting over a venti iced coffee at Starbucks in Vinnin Square. “On Saturday, I will talk about the myth of Hollywood and what art theft really is and how it happens.”

“Forgeries and art crime is a multi-billion-dollar industry, behind only drug and gun trafficking,” said Amore, a former assistant director with Homeland Security/TSA, where he helped to rebuild security at Logan Airport after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

So, what does he think happened at the Gardner that night in 1990 when the thieves, dressed as police officers, tied up the guards, cut the paintings from their frames and escaped with their bounty?

“It’s an ongoing investigation, so I’ll speak in general terms,” said Amore. “Most likely, local criminals did it; it was like just another heist crime for them. And most likely the paintings are somewhere in the local area. I believe there are people out there who know where they are.

“For more than a decade I’ve been thinking night and day about how to get the art back,” added Amore. “My No. 1 duty is securing the museum as it is today. No. 2 is looking for the stolen paintings. I work closely with the FBI on a daily basis. Geoff Kelly is my partner in the FBI. It’s beyond a job for us … it’s an obsession. We’re not sitting back waiting for calls to come in. This is a very active investigation. I just want to see  those picture frames filled. We’re very earnest in our offer of $5 million and immunity under the right conditions.

“And when we get them back, I’ll put every bit of effort into making sure they are secure at the Gardner forever.”

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In 2011, Amore co-authored with former Boston Herald reporter Tom Mashberg the true-crime bestseller Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists.  His second book,The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries in the Art World, was published in 2015 and was a New York Times bestseller.   

What about the rumors that a man from Swampscott was involved in the Gardner heist?

“At one time a man from Swampscott, Brian McDevitt, was considered a suspect. He had already served time for an attempt to rob the Hyde museum in Glens Falls, New York, in 1980. The Hyde and Gardner heists involved similar M.O.s,” said Amore. McDevitt denied any involvement in the Gardner robbery. He died in 2004 at age 43.

And wasn’t a Lynn man considered a suspect?

“A published report said that Robert Guarente played a role. He was a Revere, Lynn guy who was rumored to be involved,” said Amore, declining to elaborate. The Boston Globe reported that the widow of Guarente, a friend of crime boss Carmello Merlino, told authorities that she saw her husband give Robert Gentile a painting in 2003. The FBI believed Gentile had ties to the Boston faction of Philadelphia’s Mafia. Gentile’s Connecticut home was searched. Nothing was found.

Laurence Howard, owner of Pick Up Modern & More, said Amore and his family dropped into her funky, unique home goods store in Central Square one day and was impressed with both her boutique and the downtown’s active arts community. He offered to talk about his books at the store, and Howard will use the opportunity as a fundraiser.

“The arts community has been a welcome and supportive spirit to all of us business owners,” said Howard. “Their success is better for all of us. This is another way I can pay it back. I’m encouraged by what is happening downtown.”

Amore will discuss “The Story of Stolen Art” at Pick Up Modern & More, 68 Exchange St., Lynn, Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 seniors) and all proceeds will benefit the Lynn Cultural District. An RSVP is required at

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Man says he was threatened at grocery store


LYNN A 20-year-old Lynn man said he went to Compare Supermarket intending to buy some soap, and was instead robbed at gunpoint Wednesday around noon.

The victim went to the supermarket with $3 in his pocket and was approached by a suspect who told him to walk with him in the store, while showing him a gun in his waistband. The suspect then told the victim to give him everything he had, said Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly.

After he handed over the $3, the suspect searched the victim for more, took his car keys and drove off in his car, Donnelly said.

Police found the car, a red Dodge Neon on Meadow Court shortly after 3:30 p.m., with the keys in the ignition, but not the suspect, described as  a dark-skinned man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, wearing a dark-colored jacket, Donnelly said.

Officers were approached by the girlfriend of the victim, who said she owned the car and had found the car earlier on Collins Street. Donnelly said she showed the paperwork for the car and had the keys so they let her take it.

Police are still searching for the suspect and the robbery is under investigation. Donnelly said the department is trying to get surveillance tapes from the store.

Police log: 2-1-2017

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