California Dealer: Alarm Business Is Secure as Safety Concerns Rise

People are becoming increasingly concerned about security in their homes and businesses. This trend continues to boost the business volume of such firms as Vital Services based in Moorpark.

Since 1988, Vital Services has been designing, installing and maintaining security (alarm) systems in residences and commercial buildings in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.It has developed a wide variety of systems and programs to enhance the security of buildings.

"Our business is continuing to grow primarily due to the type of service we provide," said Vince Nigro, founder, president and CEO of the firm. "We take the time to find out about our clients' needs, explain their options, then design a system that's right for them."

Nigro has been in the security business since 1972 when he graduated from college. He worked for two noted security companies -- Rollins Protective Services and American Home Security -- before launching his own firm 17 years ago.He is a former president of the Southern California Security Association.

In addition to operating his security firm, Nigro is a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching the subject of alarm systems to industry employees at the West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills. He also serves as an expert witness in security for insurance companies.

Services his company provides include burglar and fire alarm installation and monitoring, closed-circuit television surveillance and card- access control. Most of the firm's clients want security systems for commercial structures, but systems are also designed and installed in homes. Typical home systems range from $800 to $2,000, Nigro said.

Recent clients have included major shopping malls, warehouses, schools and churches.Projects involving multiple locations have been completed for YMCAs, Ventura County Fire District fire stations, Oxnard Police Department, Kmart and Wal-Mart stores, and others.

A particularly interesting program has been structured for the Oxnard Police Department.When a citizen's security system activates a false alert resulting in a police response, the owner can avoid a false alarm fine of $205 by taking a special security-focused educational class provided by Vital Services.

"False alarms have been a huge problem for the Oxnard Police Department," said Cmdr. Tom Chronister. "We had 3,683 false alarms last year.

The classes instituted by Vince Nigro and Vital Services have lowered the number of false alarms substantially."

The firm, with 15 employees, works from its office at 6457 E. Westwood St., Moorpark.For more information about Vital Services, visit its Web site at or call 523-0232.