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Should dealer be the contact person for the central station / cs webinars 
August 18, 2020
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Should dealer be the contact person for the central station?
            Particularly with commercial accounts it’s not uncommon for the dealer to be the contact person for the central station.  The central station’s records are set up so that if a call needs to be made in response to a signal it’s the dealer, not the subscriber, who gets the call.  This arrangement is made when the dealer doesn’t want the subscriber in communication with the central station directly, or when the subscriber doesn’t want to get any calls and just wants the dealer to handle everything.
            Can you do this?  Yes.
            Is it a good idea?  No
            Sure there may be a few pros to support this arrangement:  
  *  maybe the subscriber has no one at the premises during certain hours, or ever
  *  maybe the dealer doesn’t want the subscriber to realize there is a third party monitoring center involved
  *  maybe the subscriber just doesn’t want to be bothered to is accepting the dealer’s recommendation
  *  maybe the dealer is “hand on obsessive” with providing personal service
            The cons would be:
  *  the dealer adds its risk of exposure by placing itself in the middle of the central station and subscriber
  *  taking the subscriber out of the contact loop reduces the subscriber’s involvement with the alarm system and services, and any specific event that occurs
  *  dealer is assuming responsibilities that should be the subscriber’s responsibility
            The Call List is typically filled out or at least approved by the subscriber, who, in the first instance, has to provide names and phone numbers for the contacts.  If a subscriber wants the dealer to be the primary or sole contact, and the dealer agrees, that instruction must be very carefully and thoroughly documented, and be sure that the subscriber signs the document.  In fact, I would document that direction on the Call List, the Schedule of Equipment and Services and the Disclaimer Notice.  Something as simple as “subscriber wants dealer as sole or primary contact with central station” is sufficient.  
            The Monitoring Center needs to be careful to ascertain that the call to the dealer has been properly directed by the subscriber.  Some may argue that since the dealer is the Monitoring Center’s customer, the Monitoring Center can accept whatever direction the dealer provides.  While that may be so, the Monitoring Center should follow industry custom, practice and accepted guidelines and procedures, some of which call for the subscriber to be called.
            All in all, unless there are unusual circumstances the dealer should be the last to be called, if at all, in response to a signal.  Better to wait for the daily Activity Report.

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            And, speaking of dealers, selecting the right central station is important; there’s lots to consider.  K&K is saving you the trip to Vegas and bouncing from one booth to another, stuffing your pockets with candy and pens [not that there is anything wrong with that].  You have and you will be hearing from the best of the best in this webinar series.  
            Keep in mind that any legitimate central station is going to require you to sign a Dealer Agreement.  This isn’t a car rental contract at the airport.  It can be modified and you need to ask for those modifications.  I’ve designed a Rider that applies to every central station Dealer Agreement because it includes all the provisions a dealer should be asking for and is entitled to.  If you are negotiating with a new central station or re-negotiating with your current central station, be sure to get the Rider.  It’s $500 and well worth it.  Order it at in the Monitoring Centers Contracts category.
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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
Attorneys at Law
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