If you are in the security business, you need a passion for protecting people. It’s that simple. You can’t just join the industry and expect to make a buck.
Jay Hauhn, President of the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA, http://csaaintl.org/) , spoke about why a passion for protecting people, their homes, businesses, families and communities is so important in an interview with SDM Magazine: http://www.sdmmag.com/articles/90734-as-hauhn-retires-from-tycois-sdm-captures-his-reflections-on-the-industry.
Jay’s thoughts dovetail with ours when it comes to improving management of alarm systems. For SIAC, that includes everything from educating companies and associations in the industry, to consumers who ultimately must be schooled on how to operate the system properly. It means sharing information across state borders (and provinces in Canada) through multiple venues so that the companies in the electronic security industry do the right thing when it comes to installing and servicing alarms, using the right equipment and educating customers. And it means operating closely and cooperatively with law enforcement to come up with smart and workable solutions to local problems with nuisance alarm activations.
We’re passionate about these issues because it means a lot to us, and we believe fundamentally it means a lot to the long-term success of the electronic security industry. As we close in on Christmas and the start of a new year, we want to wish all our readers the best, and thank our contributors. Our staff works hard every day, and Ron Walters, Glen Mowrey, Steve Keefer, Tom Sweeney, Jon Sargent and Ron Haner are the people in the field, tirelessly getting things done, giving of themselves to help build and improve relationships. My special thanks to all of you for what you do.
See you next year.
Stan Martin — December 18, 2014