American Alarm Gains 1,800 New Customers With Security Design Consultants Acquisition

American Alarm generates over $18.3 million per year in RMR with its comprehensive security systems and monitoring.

American Alarm & Communications announces it has acquired Security Design Consultants (SDC) of Westwood, Mass. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is the latest acquisition for American Alarm after acquiring Atlas Alarm Corp., a major regional provider of commercial fire systems and services for more than 3,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts, this past January.

A family-owned, security systems company for more than 40 years, SDC served 1,800 customers primarily in Boston and the metro-west suburbs, along with a concentration on Cape Cod and the islands.  SDC also served several municipal clients including security for the Weston Public Schools. All former SDC employees have transitioned to American Alarm.

“This is a great fit for our company, because the culture at SDC and the quality of their work is aligned with our approach to customer service,” says Louis Sampson, chief operating officer and co-owner of American Alarm. “We look forward to serving SDC customers for many years to come.”

SDC’s affiliated company, Audio Video Design, a member of the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) buying group, is not part of the acquisition and will operate independently from Westwood and Osterville, Mass. The company will continue providing advanced integrated home entertainment and automation systems under the direction of its owner and president Brad Smith.

“Looking to the future, I decided that my security customers needed the services of a company with more resources, one that can provide the very best service at a competitive price,” said Smith, former president of SDC.  “American Alarm is the hands-down leading regional security company in New England. It is the model of the phrase ‘Big enough to serve you, but small enough to know you'”

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American Alarm Generates $1.5M/Month in RMR

Founded in 1971 by three engineers who met at MIT, American Alarm is a family-owned business now led by the second generation of the Sampson family. The company monitors more than 25,000 subscribers from its UL-listed, Five-Diamond Certified central station and earns more than $18.3 million per year in recurring monthly revenue (RMR). It is a comprehensive security systems integration and monitoring firm providing intrusion, fire, access control, video surveillance, environmental hazard and other related systems and services.

American Alarm operates from six locations: Arlington, Auburn, Randolph and Weymouth, Mass., Warwick, R.I., and Manchester, N.H. American Alarm protects all classes of property, from single-family homes to businesses large and small, to major public and historic venues.

“With technology advancing so rapidly across consumer and enterprise electronics, we believe it’s important to specialize in security to offer customers the highest possible levels of protection and advanced security services,” says Wells Sampson, president and co-owner of American Alarm. “We also invest in people, over-staffing by industry standards, because we want the talent on board in our monitoring center, engineering group, and in the field to respond quickly to customer needs.”

The SDC deal is the third acquisition in Massachusetts for American Alarm in the past year. In September 2016, the company acquired Electralarm Security Systems which served 500 residential and commercial customers in the greater Abington area.

Barry Epstein, president of Vertex Capital, advised SDC on the transaction.

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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