UCC acquired by COPS’ owner Lydia Security Company

UCC will continue to operate separately, under its current brand


Spencer Ives

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J.—Lydia Security Monitoring, the parent company of COPS Monitoring, both based here, announced today it has acquired wholesale central station United Central Control.

“COPS and UCC are CSAA member companies, and both are well-run and respected monitoring companies.  Lydia’s acquisition of UCC adds an impressive business to their existing third party monitoring portfolio,” CSAA executive director Jay Hauhn told Security Systems News.

Security Systems News is awaiting comments from COPS. In a prepared statement, Jim McMullen, COPS’ president and COO said that Lydia’s previous acquisitions were rebranded as COPS and moved onto COPS Monitoring proprietary platform.

In this case, Lydia plans to operate UCC as a separate company, under its current name and branding.

“UCC is a stable and growing company with a reputation for offering quality services, which is why Lydia plans to continue providing unique benefits to the UCC dealer base under its own brand,” McMullen said in the statement.

Lydia will also continue to operate UCC’s Stages automation platform at its UL-listed, CSAA Five Diamond facility in San Antonio. 

The deal, finalized Jan. 19, brings the total number of monitored accounts under Lydia to almost 2 million and the number of dealers to 4,200.

COPS operates six facilities in the United States and monitors 1.7 million accounts. It has monitoring centers in New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas and Maryland. UCC services 750 dealers and 230,000 accounts.

Lydia used a portion of a recent $75 million credit facility led by Citizens Bank to finance this acquisition.

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