COPS Monitoring buys AlarmWATCH

Company increases its footprint with acquisition of Maryland-based central station


COPS Monitoring, a New Jersey-based wholesale alarm monitoring services provider, recently announced that it has increased its footprint with the acquisition of Hunt Valley, Md.-based central station AlarmWATCH.

With the acquisition, COPS now provides monitoring services to more than 3,500 independent alarm dealers, who represent nearly 800,000 subscribers across the country.

In a statement, Jim McMullen, president and COO of COPS Monitoring, said that the company plans to monitor the central station’s accounts from the Maryland facility with its existing employees. AlarmWATCH Vice President of Operations Gail Schreiner will also stay on to manage the Hunt Valley team.

"We believe that our companies are much stronger together than they were apart," said Bob Lepczyk, president of AlarmWATCH.  "Over the past 22 years, AlarmWATCH has been dedicated to providing alarm monitoring that exceeds our alarm dealers’ expectations.  With 34 years of experience, leading edge technology, and professional staff, I am certain that COPS Monitoring can bring even more resources and solutions to the table and help our dealers reach the next level."

"We’re excited about welcoming the AlarmWATCH dealers and employees to the COPS Monitoring family," said McMullen. "AlarmWATCH has built a solid reputation for exceptional service.  We’re looking forward to expanding on this by offering AlarmWATCH dealers the added reliability of multi-site monitoring and by introducing them to MPower, our advanced dealer access and alarm database management software as well as other services to help grow their business."