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Good news for dealers: Consumers still disappointed with DIY cameras

Satisfaction with other smart home devices slowly rising, Argus Insights says

LOS GATOS, Calif.—Consumers’ disappointment with DIY home security cameras could become a “renaissance” for traditional dealers, according to John Feland, CEO of Argus Insights. Customers need some help, he said, and dealers are positioned to do just that.

Habitec reaches milestone with acquisition

Acquires Bigelow Security, launches door-to-door initiative

TOLEDO, Ohio—With the Sept. 3 acquisition of Bigelow Security, full service security company Habitec Security reached an important milestone, $500,000 in RMR, John Smythe, Habitec president told Security Systems News.

GHS gets $50m credit facility

Expansion into Texas, Arizona planned

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—GHS Interactive Security, a provider of integrated security services for the residential and light commercial end markets, has secured a $50 million credit facility.

Acquisition nets ADS 2,000 accounts, $50,000 more in RMR

Southeast company now has three offices in Georgia

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security now has three offices in Georgia and 2,000 more accounts thanks to the acquisition Vidalia, Ga.-based Bridgecom.

Alarm Detection Systems expands outside of Midwest

Safe Systems purchase brings second monitoring center and 10,000 accounts

AURORA, Ill.—In its biggest acquisition in 47 years, Alarm Detection Systems has acquired Safe Systems, a residential and commercial security business in Louisville, Colo.

Alliance’s new VP targets increasing growth

Miller’s goal is 100,000 installs in 2016

CRANSTON, R.I.—In his new role as VP at booming security and home automation provider Alliance Security, Travis Miller, a former Monitronics director, will focus on the company’s increasing expansion.

Crime Prevention Security Systems widens Florida territory

Purchase of Scott Alarm brings in 1,100 accounts

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Crime Prevention Security Systems has acquired Scott Alarm, expanding its territory into Northeast Florida.

Growing strong in the Southeast to the tune of $25m in sales

Power Home Technologies takes proactive approach

RICHMOND, Va.—Power Home Technologies CEO Ben Brookhart started his career selling alarm systems right out of college. He knew it was the right fit for him, and eventually he decided to start his own company.

Study: Cablecos, telecoms stake claim in resi market

Traditional players need to get with the program, expert says

DALLAS—Forty percent of new security monitoring subscribers are signing with nontraditional providers, according to Tom Kerber, Parks Associates director of research, home controls and energy.

Industry veteran, author offers advice on selling

Connect with customers before they buy, he says

ARLINGTON, Texas—Mark Tosoni, industry veteran and author, has some sales advice that he’s offering with a complementary download of his new book, “Alarm Sales Mastery.”



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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