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SAFE Security acquires 11,000 Pinnacle accounts

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03/11/2013

SAN RAMON, Calif.—SAFE Security, a security alarm company based here, has acquired approximately 11,000 security alarm monitoring accounts from Utah-based Pinnacle Security, according to a company statement. The subscriber accounts represent $500,000 of RMR.

Checkpoint plans to sell CheckView, monitoring center

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03/06/2013

THOROFARE, N.J.—Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of loss-prevention products and solutions for the retail industry, announced this week that it is planning to sell its CheckView business, including CheckView’s monitoring center in Minnesota.

Dynamark offers dealers more RMR through video verification

Partnership with CheckVideo allows CCTV to be upgraded without replacing cameras
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02/27/2013

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—Dynamark Security Centers has announced a partnership with CheckVideo, giving dealers the opportunity for more RMR by upgrading customers’ analog surveillance cameras with cloud-based video verification technology.

SW24 adds DIY to tap apartment market

Security provider will sell the systems at new Manhattan store and online
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02/20/2013

NEW YORK—Targeting what it sees as an underserved market—apartments, with more than 2 million in metropolitan New York alone—SecureWatch 24 is getting into do-it-yourself security and is opening a store near Rockefeller Center to sell the systems.

Is your social media strategy up to par?

If it’s not, your bottom line and reputation could be suffering, experts tell a CSAA audience
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02/13/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Yelp.

If your alarm company isn’t familiar with these big hitters in social media, eventually it will be—whether you like it or not. The key is to embrace the tools that otherwise could be used against you, or at the very least used by your competition to profit at your expense.

U.S. Alarms acquires Four Seasons accounts

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02/06/2013

FRACKVILLE, Pa.—U.S. Alarms, a Dynamark Security franchise based here, has purchased the alarm division assets of Bethlehem, Pa.-based Deiter Bros./Four Seasons Security.

Should you dread a UL audit?

Not if you’ve done your homework and you know what to expect, two specialists tell the CSAA
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02/05/2013

VIENNA, Va.—For central stations pursuing UL certification or expecting their first audit, there can be uncertainty and maybe even a touch of anxiety. It’s an important benchmark—will your facility be able to stand up to the scrutiny?

ASAP getting closer to reaching ‘critical mass’

Central stations stepping up to speed alarm notifications to PSAPs
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02/01/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—After big strides in 2012 that put an array of technical and logistical challenges behind it, the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol is getting closer to reaching “critical mass” nationwide, according to ASAP proponent Ed Bonifas.

Mace CS posts growth in 'transitional' year

Central station boosts revenues, accounts amid management changes
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01/30/2013

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Mace Central Station was a bright spot for its parent company in 2012, posting an 11.8 percent increase in revenues through the first nine months of a “transitional” year for the wholesale monitoring operation, Mace Security International CEO and Presiden

CSG closes year with three fold-in acquisitions

Company adds mostly residential accounts in three states
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01/30/2013

TULSA, Okla.—Central Security Group closed 2012 with three fold-in acquisitions that have expanded the company’s presence in Oklahoma, Arkansas and California.

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SSN News Poll June 2014

ADT is going after the small business market, launching targeted offerings for specific verticals: retail, food and beverage, clinical, professional offices and mechanical. The company says there's lot of untapped opportunity because only 50 percent of small businesses have monitored security. What are your thoughts on that market?

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