University of California, San Diego

May 26, 1995
SUBJECT: Alarm Monitoring System
For the past several months, the campus Police Department has been evaluating security systems in order to update our current alarm monitoring capabilities. We are happy to announce that San Diego Alarm Company has been awarded the bid to upgrade the current campus alarm monitoring equipment.
San Diego Alarm is an established and well-respected company within the community. In fact, many of the existing alarm systems on campus were installed
by San Diego Alarm. The company has an excellent working relationship with the University and is familiar with the needs within our environment.
The new system will offer several advantages by providing the campus with more reliable equipment and increased automation. In addition, the new system will allow departments currently being monitored by private security companies to switch over to the UCSD Police Department monitoring system. This is not possible with our current equipment. All alarms on campus are responded to by UCSD police officers and having your alarm monitored directly by the UCSD Police
Department cuts down on response time considerably. Since the inception of the campus security alarm ordinance in February 1994, the police department has charged $15 a month to monitor an alarm. This is substantially below the standard monitoring fee charged by outside central monitoring stations, and we do not anticipate increasing this monitoring fee in the near future.
Departments considering a switch from current private monitoring services to the
police department's new system will continue to pay monthly charges to Telecommunications, as the new setup will operate through the use of phone lines
as well.
Physical security alarm systems significantly reduce the probability of being robbed or burglarized and increase the probability of apprehension when these crimes are attempted in a protected facility. If you feel your area needs the protection of an intrusion or panic alarm, please contact our Crime Prevention Officer, Alan Jenkins, extension 43644. He can assist by conducting a security survey and assessing your security needs at no cost to you.
If you currently have a system in place and wish to switch monitoring service from an outside company to the police department, please contact our Communications Manager, Mary Cabanding, extension 44361. We expect to have the new system online by August 1, 1995. At that time, we can begin to accept new accounts.
Maudie L. Bobbitt
Chief of Police