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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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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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Habitec revamps central, moves HQ, implements mobile initiatives

October 30, 2013Leif Kothe

HOLLAND, Ohio—Additional space is only one of the benefits of Habitec Security's move, last week, into its new headquarters here. The new facility's upgraded infrastructure will also enable the full-service security company to roll out more new mobile initiatives, according to Pat Ehrsam, director of operations. “[Habitec President John Smythe] has pushed us to be much more technological than we actually were before,” Ehrsam said.“We set up a support group here to work with...

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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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