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A look at the famous national home security companies and what security services they can offer their customers.

A national home security company has the capability to service most of the common security needs that its customers have across the country.

These famous and popular home security businesses usually have local and regional support and installation facilities in many of the major cities and metro areas. Installations are normally quick and professional, and customer service representatives can usually be contacted in the 24x7x365 facilities. All of the major home security companies have their own privately run monitoring centers, and a few of the companies have more than one to help better serve their customers and ensure complete home security monitoring. If you need to locate, chances are good that you can just transfer your services to the new location and the monitoring can resume with the same company.

Some of the home security companies stick with basic home security systems and components, mainly using cheaper ways to catch burglars, while other national companies have the technology and budget to offer virtually every kind of security component available on the market today. Those security systems are generally more expensive but can easily cover all of your security needs and concerns.

The national home security companies are also under more scrutiny by the media and general public. When more and more people are aware of the organization, then it’s just that much faster for bad word to spread should anything negative happen. With goals of keeping stock prices on the rise and competition away, these national security companies must work harder to keep their images as clean, professional and secure as possible.

Do they offer complete 24x7x365 monitoring coverage

When choosing a national company keep the following questions in mind:

  • Do they offer complete 24x7x365 monitoring coverage?
  • How many monitoring centers do they own and will you still be monitored should one of those centers go offline?
  • Do you own the home security system, or are you mainly renting it from them? If you own it, is there a warranty?
  • Do you have to pay for any installation fees?
  • Are you or the company responsible should the security system need any maintenance?

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September 15, 2018

The Slomin’s Shield Reviews

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History – Founded in 1923 as a small general store in New York, Jacob Slomin focused on caring for his customers and the local community. Back then he set the standards of top-level customer service, setting up delivery of the products he was selling to his customers’ homes and businesses. This strategy of respecting and going the extra mile for the customer worked and the company grew in size and offered additional services over the years. Slomin’s began providing home security services and monitoring services back in 1981.

NOTE – The Slomin’s Shield website only lists being able to monitor the mid-Atlantic states, though the company is advertising on a national level and when I enter my zip code (well outside of the advertised area) on its website, it shows that residential and commercial security services are available here. Our local TV stations also air The Slomin’s Shield security commercials, too. Because of that, I’m labeling The Slomin’s Shield as being a national home security company on this website.

Selling Points:

  • Over eighty years of family-owned company experience dedicating itself to customer service.
  • Cheaper monthly monitoring costs than the other national home security companies.
  • TV advertisements for same-day security system installations.
  • Free basic home security system with agreement to five-year monitoring contract.

Cons:

  • Five-year monitoring contract.
  • Hardwired security systems. No mention of being able to support wireless security components.
  • Simple security systems focusing on door contacts and motion detectors, similar to Brinks Home Security. No mention of which additional security components are also available (if any).
  • No mention of a cellular backup transmitter being available for security systems.
  • Only one Central Monitoring Station.

Overall, if you are looking for a simple home security system without spending a lot of money for the monitoring costs and don’t mind the five-year monitoring contract, then see if The Slomin’s Shield is available in your area.

NOTE – This website is not affiliated with or approved by The Slomin’s Shield.

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History – Created in 1988, Protection One is still a relatively new monitored security company on the national scene. The company is almost twenty years old and has already logged more than one million residential customers. In 2001, Protection One partnered with BellSouth Corp. and created BellSouth Security Systems from Protection One. Today, Protection One is an affiliate of Quadrangle Group LLC.

Selling Points:

  • Over one million customers and growing.
  • Flexibility and high-technology. Protection One uses modern day wireless monitoring devices and procedures. Touch screen display panels, wireless systems and large control boxes allow for large and complicated security systems to be able to handle nearly every home safety and security concern.
  • Unrestricted 24x7x365 monitoring. Protection One owns three monitoring centers throughout the country. Should one center become disabled, those customers will still be monitored by the other centers. A cellular backup system in your home allows monitoring to be continued should anything happen to the phone lines.
  • Low costs. A basic security system runs about the same monthly monitoring price as the other major competitors, but the security component add-ons are significantly cheaper.
  • Fast and professional installations. With sixty field offices and over 3,000 professional employees throughout the world, most installations can be scheduled within three days, and installation crews can be there earlier in an emergency. The wireless technology means there won’t be a need to run any significant amount of wires, and the actual installation process is fairly quick.

Cons:

  • Considered to still be a fairly new home security company. When it comes to trusting a company to watch over your home or business, many people want a company that has been around longer.
  • Occasional equipment malfunctions. Some customers have reported the systems giving out false alarms. Other minor technical issues have also been reported.
  • Customer service. Customer service is available 24x7x365 like most major companies, but customers have reported friendliness and quality control problems. This will vary depending on your region and local office.
  • Three-year monitoring contract.

Overall, to go with Protection One you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you want a wireless system that can handle many extra features?
  2. Do you want to trust a young but rising company with monitoring your home security system?
  3. Do you want to send burglars a warning not to mess with your home, and at the same time not spend nearly as much money as you would for an ADT or Brinks home security system?

If you answered “yes” to these questions you may want to speak with a representative from Protection One.

NOTE – This website is not affiliated with or approved by Protection One.

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