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Habitec Security named 2016 top workplace

March 21, 2016SSN Staff

HOLLAND, Ohio—Habitec Security has been selected as one of The Toledo Blade Top Workplaces for the second year in a row. The Top Workplaces, selected solely on employee feedback, was based on an employee survey that was conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a research firm. “We are proud to be one of the 30 companies to be selected for the Top Workplaces award in Toledo,” John Smythe, president, Habitec Security, said in a statement.“We are honored to have a great team that works...

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Habitec reaches milestone with acquisition

September 9, 2015Martha Entwistle

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.The tuck-in acquisition brought in 500 accounts, 90 percent of which are residential, Smythe said. Bigelow Security was based in nearby Sylvania, Ohio, and has been a friendly competitor of Habitec for more than 20 years. Company founder Jim Bigelow will join Habitec as an independent...

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20 Under 40

'20 under 40' 2014—John Smythe

October 21, 2014Leif Kothe

John Smythe, 32President, Habitec Security, Holland, OhioWhat inspired you to get into the security industry?My introduction to the industry was really baptism by fire. My dad founded the company in 1972, and he gave me a call in 2005 and told me he had been diagnosed with leukemia. I was 23 at the time, and he called me home to get acclimated to the business. He passed away six months later. I took a look at the business, and my family did, and we decided it was a great business to be in, so we...

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How Habitec reduces false alarms

September 24, 2014Leif Kothe

TOLEDO, Ohio—Habitec Security, a monitoring company headquartered here, continues to upgrade its robust false dispatch reduction strategy, and internal company metrics show those efforts are working.“We're now closing in on a 57-percent reduction in false dispatches,” John Smythe, president of Habitec Security, told Security Systems News.In 2012, when Habitec first put enhanced call verification in place, it realized a 20-percent reduction in false alarm dispatches. As part of its...

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How I Use My System

January 22, 2014Leif Kothe

Kelly McFarland, branch manager at Habitec Security, became acquainted with the security industry while in high school, working for his father who owned a security company in Columbus, Ohio. During his college years, McFarland continued to run parts and do small installation work for his father's business, eventually becoming a full-time employee after graduation. His father ended up selling the company to Habitec in 2001, and since then he's worked out of the company's Delaware, Ohio-based branch,...

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Habitec cuts police dispatches 20 percent with ECV

May 4, 2012Rich Miller

TOLEDO, Ohio—One month after implementing two-call verification for incoming alarms, Habitec Security reported a 20 percent decrease in false police dispatches and is on track to cut the rate even further, according to company President John Smythe.Habitec, based here, made the move to two-call verification in March to handle its 16,000 accounts, split roughly 60/40 between residential and commercial. Smythe said the initiative made an immediate impact and that the company is improving its...

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