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Amherst Alarm takes 'deliberate' path to success

A considered approach to everything from products to services has ensured three decades of steady growth for N.Y. company

AMHERST, N.Y.—Amherst Alarm, one of the nation’s leading alarm companies, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. CEO Tim Creenan credits his company’s long-term success to its "slow and deliberate" approach to business.

B Safe adds density with Pennsylvania buy

The company is acquiring in 2014, and also enhancing its customer service

WILMINGTON, Del.—B Safe, a regional security company based here, has strengthened its position in eastern Pennsylvania with the purchase of Alarm Surveillance Technologies (AST) of Ambler, Pa.

SAFE Security shifts

Franklyn will spearhead partnerships with cablecos, branch

SAN RAMON, Calif.—Establishing branch offices, bundling services with telecoms/cablecos, and expanded DIY offerings are three initiatives SAFE Security has in its playbook, and it has hired Gary Franklyn, formerly with Security Networks, to spearhead these effort.

Matlin back in home security, as a consultant

The fired AlarmForce CEO’s noncompete has expired and he plans to help AlarmForce competitors with marketing

TORONTO—The yearlong noncompete of ousted AlarmForce CEO Joel Matlin is at an end and now he’s back in the home security business—as a marketing consultant.

DEFENDER differentiated by ADT

As ADT’s first ‘Premier Provider’, DEFENDER will work more closely with ADT on testing, other projects

INDIANAPOLIS—DEFENDER Direct has long been ADT’s top dealer. Now DEFENDER and ADT have formed a new partnership in which they’ll be collaborating on new initiatives.

Richard Ginsburg named CEO of Central Security Group

Former Protection 1 CEO will take CSG national

TULSA, Okla.—Super-regional security company Central Security Group today named Richard Ginsburg as CEO. Ginsburg, who as CEO of Protection 1 grew it into one of the top three security companies in the country from 2001 to 2010, said he wants to grow CSG into a “significantly larger company.”

SafeStreets celebrates its 500,000th ADT customer

‘Megadealership’ created when three ADT dealers merged, SafeStreets may expand again

GARNER, N.C.—SafeStreets USA, ADT’s second-largest dealer, recently secured its 500,000th customer and has set its sights on adding more.

'Timing is perfect' for Honeywell upgrade solution release

Dealers can offer the cost-effective VISTA Automation Module (VAM) when they do radio upgrades as the 2G sunset approaches

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Honeywell just introduced a new solution enabling dealers to offer affordable home automation upgrades to more than 10 million customers—and a company executive says the release of Honeywell’s VISTA Automation Module or “VAM” couldn’t have come at a better moment.

Vivint set to close Washington state sales center today


PROVO, Utah—Vivint last summer opened a new 400-employee sales center in Liberty Lake, Wash., suburb of Spokane. Now, barely a year later, the home automation/home security company said it was closing the center as of today.

Keeping the ‘Connected Home’ connected—to professionally monitored security

Jay Kenny, VP of marketing for, talks about how security is the foundation of the connected home

YARMOUTH, Maine—It seems that everyday there is a new connected device, whether it is a smart thermostat or a spoon that counts your bites (yes, this exists), which can connect to the Internet. This is a part of a larger technology trend called the “Internet of Things” which represents the potential for everything to become a sensor or device that collects and shares information through the Internet.



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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