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Alarm Capital Alliance expands into New Mexico

ACA buys the Santa Fe branch of an Arizona super-regional; will look for other acquisitions in that state

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Alarm Capital Alliance has expanded into a new state with the acquisition of the New Mexico branch of Safeguard Security and Communications.

ADT sues Vision—again—over alleged deceptive sales practices

Vision says it 'vigorously denies the allegations' and plans to fight them

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Just months after settling one lawsuit with Utah-based Vision Security over what The ADT Corp. characterized as Vision's deceptive sales pitches, ADT announced today that it has filed a second lawsuit accusing Vision of similar practices.

Viper launches first smartphone app to monitor both car and home

The DIY monitoring system lets you ‘remove the keys from your life’

VISTA, Calif.—Viper, a longtime leader in car security, is now helping customers secure their homes as well, launching an affordable, DIY home security monitoring system controlled from a smartphone.

Comtronics goes retail with alarm sales

Security company will sell alarm systems to prequalified customers at its Verizon cellphone store

JACKSON, Mich.—Comtronics is the latest security company to take alarm sales retail.

Per Mar buys a pair of Indiana security companies


DAVENPORT, Iowa—Super-regional Per Mar Security has acquired the assets of two family-owned security companies in Indiana: Centech Security Systems of Valparaiso, and Walkerton-based S&L Services.

Vivint’s RMR now at $42.6m

Q3 and nine-month report for 2013 shows 18 percent increase in subscribers; inside sales playing a larger role at door-knocking company; attrition is 13 percent

PROVO, Utah—Vivint posted $42.6 million in RMR at the end of its third quarter, a 23 percent increase over one year ago.

Getting 'fence sitters' to commit to security

A new study from Parks Associates says a new value equation with smart home features draws customers

DALLAS—Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s homeowners with broadband at home—about 5 million households—considered purchasing a home security system over the past year but didn’t acquire one, according to a new report from Parks Associates, a market research firm based here.

Vision wages legal battle over negative posting on Ripoff Report

The Utah summer-sales company files lawsuit saying it has been defamed, but the site says it’s not responsible for what users post on it

OREM, Utah—Vision Security, a summer-sales home security/home automation company here, is suing Ripoff Report, charging that the website is refusing to remove false and defamatory statements about Vision even after the author of the posting has since stated they aren’t true.

AT&T’s Digital Life in 52 markets this week

The company exceeds its goal of expanding to 50 markets in 2013; ARPU higher than expected

DALLAS—When AT&T this spring launched Digital Life, its home security/home automation product, the company set a goal of being in 50 markets by the end of this year. But by the end of this week, AT&T will have surpassed that goal and says it plans to continue expanding to even more markets this year and next.

‘It’s all about the confidence to believe that you can’

For the fifth consecutive year, SSN is profiling women who are making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of security. Betsy Francis, area VP of sales and marketing for AT&T’s Digital Life, is one of seven women featured.

ATLANTA—Betsy Francis, area VP of sales and marketing for AT&T’s security/home automation solution, Digital Life, believes that being a woman aids her in promoting the product.



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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