Old fashioned and good history make for a good security system?
Slomins prides itself as the largest privately owned home security system provider in the United States. With a business history dating back to 1923, Slomin’s residential and commercial services are not limited to home security systems and monitoring. They also include residential heating oil delivery and service, gas equipment service, water tanks, and air conditioning. Actually the home security system wing kicked off in the 1980s.
Would you rather have the Red–orange Slomin’s shield protecting your home or the Blue of ADT’s? Let’s find out.
- Good 24/7 monitoring station
- Fully compatible with home automation system
- 24/7 monitoring with central monitoring
- Background checked professional technicians
- Free installation
- $1300 worth of home security gadgets free
- Android and iOS app compatibility
- Free system upgrade when you renew your plan
- Advanced features like security camera available on extra cost
- 5 years contract plan (extrmely long!)
- Not idea for renters
- Service not available nationwide (cancellation fee if you move where they can’t service)
Slomins Security quick facts
|Headquarters||Hicksville, New York, United States|
|Sales Line||(800) 252-7663|
|Standard sensors included free|
|Key Remote (On/Off) Fob||added purchase|
|C02, Fire and Flood Sensors||Added purchase|
|Mobile & Tablet Control||added purchase|
|Cameras||Indoor, Pan ,Tilt and zoom|
|Z Wave Technology|
|Advanced Features||Slomin’s Shield home automation,
password protection to prevent false alarm, camera, keychain remote, remote monitoring
|Equipment||$1300 worth of free equipment|
|Smoke, C02 & Flood||Not Included|
|Customer Reviews||4 of 5|
|Support||4 of 5|
|Equipment||4 of 5|
Startup cost is free with slomin’s should you agree to their 60 months contract.
Installation cost: $99+. Some customers are offered free installation but then pay a separate activation fee. Installers are seasoned whose background are properly checked.
Activation: Slomin’s does not charge for activation of their service, unlike some other home security system providers.
Monitoring fee: The basic plan of Slomin’s security system comes in at $29.69. Free upgrade like one indoor security camera and mobile app control hikes up the monitoring fee to $37.95.
- This bundle contains the all-new Blink Outdoor – 3 camera kit and Blink Mini.
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Slomin’s offers a set of advanced home security system equipment. For the basic plan, you get 1 2gig touch screen Control Panel with Keypad + Battery backup, 1 Motion Detector, 3 Door/Window sensors, 1 Indoor Siren and Multiple Window Decals + 1 Yard Sign. Here is a look of the equipment you get with Slomin’s free when you accept the 5 years monitoring contract. Additional upgrades are paid for.
HOME AUTOMATION: Slomin’s security system is fully compatible with hundreds of Home automation gadgets. You can control your Z-wave devices via the control panel or through the mobile app which works flawlessly on both android and iPhone devices, or online via your Pc or Mac. They use a white labeled security app to control the security system.
Slomin’s shield system are installed by their own professionally trained technicians free of charge. Each technician is licensed, background checked, drug tested and thoroughly trained.
The installation process is achieved in three easy steps:
Decide: call their customer service on to set up an installation time.
D – Day! : The installer arrives and set up the unit at no extra cost. Shouldn’t take more than 3 hours.
Done deal: Voila. You are secured. The installer would explain how the system works and how to make use of the mobile app.
What makes Slomin’s Stand out?
PRICE: with over $1300 worth of free security equipment, they still offer free installation and no activation fee. Their basic monitoring plan is cheaper than some other home security provider.
Home automation: The Slomin’s shield system is fully primed to control all Z wave gadgets available in your home.
Cellular and landline service: Slomin’s offers both landline and cellular service. Whichever your preference.
The customer support of slomin’s is rated above average. They offer a 24/7 customer support.
Chat support: None
Email support: They do reply mails on time. You can reach them via mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical support: they offer technical support via their phone line. Got a complaint, reach them on 800-252-7663
FAQ: They have a great online FAQ area that is easy to navigate through and find your topic of interest.
THE STORY: A long time ago, literally close to a century ago, a man founded a general store for apples, yarn goods, and kerosene. His name was Jacob Slomin. As time progressed, he later started a home delivery service of kerosene so customers didn’t have to carry their orders home from the shop after purchase. The company later expanded to include home heating oil and services. In the 1980, Slomin’s started delivering home security system and has grown over the years to become the largest privately owned home security provider in America.
Headquarters: Hicksville, New York, United States
From selling Kerosene to being the largest privately owned home security system provider in the United States, Slomin’s shield offers has quite a successful business story. If a 60 months contract plan is an easy choice to make, Slomin’s security is worth giving a try.
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My fiancé (now husband) and I rented an apt together years ago. While I wanted ADT, he wanted to use Slomins so I agreed. We were only in the apt for a year before we decided to relocate? I called Slomins to let them know that we would be moving in 30 days and they told me too bad, I’m bound to a contract and have to pay them to get out of it. They wanted $1500 to exit the contract which we didn’t have. I paid up through the entire lease and called again to tell them that I could not honor that exuberant amount for an alarm system. They told me that I should have read the contract thoroughly. Not only were they incredibly rude, but my co-worker had been in a similar situation and was able to negotiate an exit without penalties so they had options. Let’s just say that years later, they actually put a lien on my husband in the amount of $1800 as a penalty for breaking the contract.
So on top of paying the monthly service bill on time, this works out to be an additional $150 a month on top of the base price. Who pays $350-400 a month for a few monitors in an apartment?? Pure rip-off and compared to what I pay now, $90 every 3 months for an entire 4 bedroom house. There are too many cost effective options on the market to be tied in contract with this old school company. Nobody does that anymore. It’s a sign of pure desperation so my advice, steer clear. I wish I had followed my instincts and known that an ALARM company, not a bank, creditor or government agency, but an ALARM company would use mob tactics to strong-arm us into paying $400 a month AND put a lien on us for additional fees due to the loss of business, I would have run. Consider this a favor of what could happen with these thieves.
Keith Russell says
The Slomins Shield System allows “Z-Wave Devices” to be added by the consumer but the devices then cannot be updated, modified or removed by the consumer unless Slomins sends out an technician for more than $80.00 an hour. That is completely wrong by allowing a person to install equipment when following the manufactures instructions for the device that was purchased, incurring no charge or fee and then charging to update, modify or remove the device. Slomins has set a proprietary password locking the consumer out of accessing the Z-Wave Hub for the keypad. all that is needed to update modify or delete the Z-Wave Device is the touch of one button. The Z-Wave Device Manufactures believe the consumer should have access to in order to modify the devices as it is stated in their installation instructions.
Just putting this out there but if anybody is looking for an alarm company do not under any circumstances go throw Sloman’s. THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST! I’ve had to have service people come out and readjust alarms that go off for no reason every 3 months at least. They make appointments to come out and then don’t show up and then tell you there’s nothing they can do about it about to get anybody else out to your house. No Consideration that you’ve taken time off from work To sit home for no reason, because they don’t come out over the weekend. Avoid the headache go with another alarm company sloeman’s is not worth the money you will spend and the aggravation you will have until your contract is up, Unless you get yourself an attorney to break the contract for you.
I ordered Slomims. Service . The field tech consultant took my payment. Then to come to find out she said I didn’t qualify me and submitted the payment to the office. But when I called their mysterious office that has no address on their business cards. They said my payment was never in there computer. Which means the payment was never submitted by the field tech.
Then says I have to wait 5 to 7 days till they find out what’s going on when I have copy of receipts and everything.
Call to speak with customer service. I believe they are a paid answering company. Still waiting on Daniel the supervisor to call back they will not let you speak to anyone over a supervisor.
I just want to return if my money I feel like I’ve been robbed by a security company good job Slomin’s
Alarm Reviews says
Hey Cheryl, sorry to hear about the confusion you are having with them. I would make sure you spoke with a certified Solimins sales rep if they came and knocked on your door. And yes for monitoring it is very common for smaller companies to outsource their monitoring to big monitoring firms. This is the only way they stay profitable as the overhead for 24/7 employees in USA is very high and you need hundreds of accounts to justify the cost of only a few.
I just feel they are all around outdated with so many new security devices and companies coming out. Lots of crowdfunding security cameras and with newer doorbell smart cams Slomins is just struggling to stay alive.
I think you are going to need more then average customer support and product to survive the next 10 years in this industry. Now we have Ring, Vivint, Protection 1 and ADT that are all worth more than $1 BILLION competing against one another… I don’t see how these guys can survive!
The security camera is quite the extra fee but well worth it. I love being able to know I am being looked after. Having the camera just makes me feel safer and more secure. I live in an area that has been seeing a lot of daytime theft and robbery which is what made me hunt down a security option best for me. Over all, Slomins has been a home run hitter!
Rebecca Jones says
My husband and I went with Slomins because all of our other options that were good either wanted to charge us for the equipment, the installation, or both. I know not many people are familiar with this company in my area so when I did mention it no one knew who I was talking about. I guess so many people think there are only a few options out there and never bother doing research,
Frank Moore says
I would advice anyone to do more research on lesser known companies like Slomins. I have some good things to say about them just as the review mentions. You get a good deal on equipment not having to pay and all that BUT the long contract and hoops you have to jump through to get out of it is ridiculous!
Jasmine D. says
Been with this company for 6 years now. Renewed my contract last year. I think they are fantastic. Yes, they are not a good option if you plan on moving but if you know you will be in one place long term like me, it is a no brainer. They have been very kind to me and my family, always helpful too.
I am a renter and I was not aware of how the system was installed or worked. Needless to say my landlord was not a happy camper with me. I had to reverse the system and remove it. I also had to repair the altered places in the house. Fun times. Thankfully Slomins was understanding of my situation and did not charge me to cancel my contract. I will be coming back to them when I buy a home.
Max Vester says
My family has been using Slomins for 3 years now and we trust in their service. I have ran into some issues recently with pricing and changes but that was do to some mandatory upgrades in their equipment. I have no regrets with going with this company. The service is good and the price is reasonable.
Hey Max. I feel like it is worth saying that newer members seem to be getting all the issues with Slomins. When I first signed a contract with them I was under the understanding that it was 3 years and no hidden fees or mandatory ones. Had I know this was the case and I was locked in for 5 years I would have went with someone else. The person lied to me or at the very least mislead me. That isn’t cool.
I went with them because they sold me on what they offer. The price was fair and the equipment is amazing but the contract is what makes this company a hard one to sign with. Since I just moved and purchased my first home it wasn’t too bad to be locked in for 5 year but they should really break that up more. Maybe 3 years max. Slomins Security is the best company I have been with and I have been with 5 other companies over the last 14 years.
Tom A. says
I want to sign but that 5 year contract is a but much for me. I guess for someone like you who has just moved it isn’t a big deal. I don’t know what my plans are over the next 5 years. My job may require me to move again so it is something I have to really consider before I get locked down with a security company.
I was doing a bit of research on some security companies who have been around the longest and this one was one of the oldest. I loved how everything sounded until I got to the 5 year contract. I am looking to move in a few years so being tied down wouldn’t be ideal. I am not looking for anything longer than a 2 year contract. Such a shame too!
My wife and I had to pass on them for the same reason. Where we will be moving to as well is not on their coverage zone which sucks. I hate that they have to have such a long contract. What even is the point of that!? To scare people away!? LOL
I actually didn’t know about Slomins. I clicked on this expecting it to be a bad review, but now they seem to be my top runner. I guess you can’t judge a company based on name alone.
Nice review! Looks like Slomins actually packs enough punch to outdo ADT in areas where they service. What’s their plan for renters or when you plan to move away from an area they service ? It’s definitely worth a shot.
The system is actually free for new residential customers. It includes the panel, keyboard, motion detector, communication device and battery backup, among other things. You pay additional cost if you want more items and features. And yes, they do have a renters program available. It’s worth checking out, but it’s not a short-term contract.
Thank you for the heads up JJ! I was debating on a few options here but both my husband and I were leaning with getting Slomins Security. They just feel like they care about you and your security. I also read the reps are very nice and friendly.