Excerpt from Bob Keefe, All American Monitoring, Newsletter comment 8.27.16.
“….Part of my understanding of the logic of licensing laws and requirements was the burden of false alarms called into the police agencies everywhere so they and the municipalities wanted licensed professionals instead of systems just installed by whomever….” 
I think he is referring to the implied mandate from the mid 70,s that created the remote monitoring industry that we know today.  I am one of the ole’ timers that was there at the time.  If my notes are correct it was a short life cycle for automatic “tape dialers” that created about 99% false alarms, which eliminated emergency police response to those private systems.  However it was also the beginning of the “digital dialer” that opened up a new world, today’s world, by removing the limitations of “McCullough Loop”.  Now that we are getting about the same results from current remote monitoring technologies (95-99% error/false), we see history repeat by losing emergency police response for millions of alarm customers.  All of which suggests we will see another technology evolution, if we want to retain the partnership with law enforcement, and retain RMR market values.
Lee Jones
Support Services Group
    I must admit that I too am of the same train of thought as “Gene with Reliable Alarm” and “Still Anonymous” concerning ESA.
    After 40 years in the business I have seen the industry change for the good and bad, seen alarm companies come and go and have seen government regulations get more demanding. I was a member of NBFAA for over 10 years and have had (at my expense) employees take courses. I came to the conclusion that NBFAA had very little, if any, over all (enforceable) standards. As long as I paid my dues I could be a member of their club. This held true for everyone else, regardless of poor ethical and installation standards. I came to realize that NBFAA was selling to me ….I was their customer and they did nothing for my customers. In fact we got very little other than getting our name on a roster.
    If a nation organization promoted themselves that makes my potential customers ask if I was a member, I promise you I would beat down their door in order to join their “club”. Until this happens I will continue to plug away on setting my own standards and enforcing those standards for my customer base.
    I am sorry to hear things have not really changed for national associations.   
Ron Irish
S.T.O.P. Alarm Inc
    To:  Dear Anonymous,
    There is one organization in Florida that is deeply concerned with fraudulent activity when it comes to Licensed Contractors and FASA/BASA compliance.  I have personally met with investigators from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as part of Tampa and Orlando regional meeting with the Alarm Association of Florida and was told to submit any information with respect to unlicensed activity or FASA/BASA compliance issues to them.  This information can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-866-532-1440, going to their website , sending an email to , or downloading their DBPR mobile app.  Just be aware that if you do it anonymously you will not get a response on the outcome of your complaint.  If you would like to talk to an investigator directly you can email Robert Shindo at .  Robert is an investigator in the Central Florida area but he can refer you to someone in your area if interested.
    Good luck,
Jason Rountree