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Bay Alarm makes 'strategic move' with SDA buy

Super-regional adds commercial strength, density
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05/28/2014

SAN DIEGO—Super-regional Bay Alarm’s May 21 acquisition of SDA Security, based here, adds commercial strength and density in southern California, David Carter, CEO of NetOne, told Security Systems News.

Bay Alarm exec on state board overseeing alarm companies

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Monday, January 9, 2012

I’ve written about Pacheco, Calif.-based Bay Alarm before. The company, which is more than 65 years old, says it’s the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the nation. It’s certainly a competitive player in California, and now the company’s co-president has been appointed by that state’s governor to an important committee that oversees alarm companies in the state.

Here’s more from the news release Bay Alarm sent out early this month:

In one of his final appointments of 2011, California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. named Matthew Westphal to the Alarm Company Operator Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC), part of the Department of Consumer Affairs, on Friday, December 30.

Westphal, co-president of Bay Alarm Company, the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the United States, has been a board member of the Security Network of America since 2001 and the California Alarm Association since 2000, where he served as president from 2009 to 2010.

"Because of my in-depth knowledge of the industry, and the California Code of Regulations, I feel well equipped to help steward this important Consumer Affairs Committee through the years ahead," Westphal said. "I am honored to serve on the DRC, and look forward to sharing my ideas and expertise."

The five members of the Alarm Company Operator DRC are appointed by the Governor of California and include three alarm company operators and two members of the public. The committee reviews appeals of fines against alarm company operators or their employees, and denial, revocation, or suspension of licenses, certificates, registrations or permits issued by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Bay Alarm branching out

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Bay Alarm bills itself as “the largest independently-owned and operated alarm company in the United States.” I don’t have independent verification of that, but I do know the Pacheco, Calif.-based company is a major player in that state, so whatever it does is of interest. That's why the following recent announcement about the company expanding in the San Diego area and creating new jobs caught my eye. Here’s more from the press release announcing that Bay Alarm opened its 14th service center in California in San Diego on Oct. 15:

 

The company, which has offered full-service commercial and residential security in the San Diego region for decades, plans to hire thirty employees at their new office over the next three years to support the growth in the San Diego marketplace.

 

Founded over 65 years ago, this family-owned and operated business has a long tradition of championing law enforcement in the communities it serves throughout California. "Bay Alarm is proud to support those who protect our communities. Since 2004 our company has donated nearly $100,000 per year to the Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) located in Pittsburg, CA. The donated funds offer scholarships to worthy cadets to enable them to begin a career in law enforcement. We are proud to have put hundreds of peace officers on the street through this partnership," says Matthew Westphal, co-president of Bay Alarm Company. "Our company has also purchased bullet proof vests, team specific tactical training, and SWAT helmets for peace officers to help keep them safe while protecting our streets. We care about our communities and look forward to bringing the same level of support to San Diego.

 

I’ve got a call in to Bay Alarm to try to learn more about the expansion and what it means for the company.