It’s that time of year to think back and project forward. SIAC continued successfully serving the electronic security industry on multiple fronts in 2017, including: 1) Continuing to remove provisions in ordinances that would bill alarm companies for their customers fines. 2) Coordinate legal action to undo harmful and unlawful ordinance provisions as in Sandy Springs, GA; 3) Continue to maintain (13) and add (3 new) alarm management committees in the state chiefs organizations; 4) Review and assist over hundred cities with new or revised alarm ordinances. We’re pleased to hit those numbers and show value to not only those who support us with financial contributions, but to all the companies and associations that don’t.
We believe every industry association and member benefits from what we do, so we don’t always understand why more dealers and state/local industry organizations support us financially? We’d ask you reconsider your position in 2018 and if you are not contributing, please look at providing some level of support. It all helps!
The worst decision any company can make is to believe others will pay up and not let SIAC fall! That fallacy will lead to the extinction of SIAC. With no other income, we are dependent on voluntary contributions and need EVERYONE’S support to continue our (and your) work.
We face an ongoing trend that negatively affects what SIAC is able to do: Donations are going down on an annual basis. Industry consolidation eliminates some sources of money for SIAC and other associations that rely on contributions to do their non-profit work. This trend also continued the past year and has been in place for several years – companies merging or one company buying out another. When those things happen, typically one of the two sources of donations dries up. We lose, other non-profits lose, and the industry loses.
SIAC asks that you share today’s blog. We need to get the word out more thoroughly throughout the security industry about what SIAC accomplishes in terms of maintaining police as first responders to alarms, and by curtailing local programs that seek to fine alarm companies for their customers’ violations. Those two causes are primary ways we benefit the bottom lines of security companies. You save money by investing in SIAC. We help brand the electronic security industry in a positive way. We take on local work on alarm management that most businesses cannot afford to devote the time or resources to.
We are the experts, and we bring that to the game when there is a local ordinance issue. We leverage the high-level experience and talent of our staff to get the results noted above, year after year. By sharing our blog with others, you’ll be helping us continue to help you. If you’d like to contribute right now, click here to the “Donate” page on our web site. It’s simple and easy. Our thanks to all our contributors and we look forward to working with you in 2018.