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Security Central to open second central station

The new facility offers redundancy, disaster recovery capabilities and more space in anticipation of growth

STATESVILLE, N.C.—Security Central, a third party central station based here, is preparing to open a second central station in North Carolina in October.

IP forwarding services seeing greater demand

As IP panels proliferate, central stations are finding more reasons to have their own IP addresses—and to resell individual IP addresses to their dealer base

YARMOUTH, Maine—As the IP revolution continues to reshape the alarm industry, those in the monitoring space are finding some non-traditional ways to boost RMR and improve operations in an increasingly IP-centric world.

Security Partners acquires Response Center USA

The deal provides redundancy, and is expected to increase number of dealers taking advantage of managed services offerings

LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners, a wholesale monitoring company based here, has acquired San Antonio, Texas-based Response Center USA, a move that adds “better than 100 dealers” to its network, Mike Bodnar, president of Security Partners, told Security Systems News.

Moon Security to enhance PERS division

The unit, dubbed Moon Medical Alert, will be launched within 'next month and a half'

PASCO, Wash.—Moon Security Services, a full-service security company with accounts in several states in the Northwest, plans to ramp up its PERS division in the coming months, Mike Miller, vice president of the company, told Security Systems News.

Fired AlarmForce CEO fighting his ouster

Joel Matlin, who founded the company, says he has a legal strategy to remove board members who forced him out

TORONTO—The recently ousted CEO of AlarmForce Industries, one of Canada’s largest security companies, said he’s planning a legal strategy designed to replace the board members who fired him.

UCC appoints former CVS security czar to lead business development

Hired to help grow the company’s dealer base, James Beaty will also lead the company’s PERS and telehealth projects

SAN ANTONIO—United Central Control, a wholesale monitoring company based here, has hired James Beaty, formerly the general manager of central station operations at pharmacy giant CVS, to lead its business development initiatives.

Multimillion-dollar verdict against Monitronics upheld

The company was found negligent in a lawsuit filed by a customer assaulted in her home; the case potentially carries implications for the industry as a whole

ATLANTA, Ga.—An appeals court in Georgia upheld a trial court’s $8.6 million verdict against Monitronics, affirming the lower court’s decision that a customer raped in a home invasion suffered harm as a result of the company’s negligence.

Missouri city part of new trend of outsourcing false alarm services

Police department believes shifting false alarm tracking and billing to a private company will save resources

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—With false alarms becoming a growing administrative nuisance, the police department in this city decided to do something that is now a burgeoning trend: Outsource its false alarm billing and tracking services to an IT company.

Valenteen returns to The Protection Bureau

Despite a serious ailment and medical procedure, Wanda Valenteen’s comeback to The Protection Bureau is complete

EXTON, Pa.—She’s back. A few things might have changed during Wanda Valenteen’s two-year hiatus from the monitoring world, but the evolution of the industry, no matter how difficult to stay abreast of, is nothing compared to her experiences away from the professional sphere.

Monitronics to acquire Security Networks

After $487m cash deal, Monitronics will have 600 dealers, 1 million customers

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Monitronics will have more than 600 dealers and 1 million accounts when it completes the $487 million acquisition, announced today, of super-regional security company Security Networks, the 14th largest residential alarm monitoring company in the United States.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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