Firm offers a hand

Thursday, September 22, 2005

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J.--Hoping to assist businesses gain traction after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, COPS Monitoring will not charge for monitoring for at least three months for any accounts located in federally declared disaster areas.
The offer is available to any dealer that already works with COPS, regardless if they are located in Louisiana or Missouri, according to Mike Maloney, vice president of finance and administrative at the third party central station.
This is "for accounts in the FEMA declared disaster areas," said Maloney. "We'll credit off the accounts that suffered the wrath of Katrina." The company will decide after the 90-day period if to extend the offer.
The offer does not apply to services that COPS does not provide, such as radio back-up, but passes through its central station. Maloney said the company is in talks with its partners to see if its deal can be extended for these applications.
The company works with approximately 1,500 dealers throughout the United States and monitors more than 250,000 accounts. With its headquarters here, where its central station is also located, the company operates a redundant central in Scottsdale, Ariz., and a satellite office in Grapevine, Texas.