Slomin's Security is part of a family-owned and operated business founded more than 90 years ago. Since 1923, Slomin's has provided services like home heating oil delivery, heating equipment service and installation, air conditioning, and more. In 1981, the company began offering home security services and now serves 14 states in the eastern part of the U.S. Slomin's professionally-installed security options are available from $29.95 to $42.95 per month.
- Home Automation Options
- Professional Installation
- Free Equipment and Installation
- 24/7/365 Monitoring
Home Automation Options
Slomin's offers basic home automation features including the ability to remotely lock/unlock doors and adjust temperature, lighting and appliances. Customers can also use Slomin's MyShield mobile app to view live video clips of their home. Slomin's is not a DIY-solution, but rather provides professional installation services with certified technicians.
Another perk of a professionally installed security provider is little-to-no upfront costs. Slomin's customers receive free installation and equipment upon signing up for a security system.
Free Equipment and Installation 24/7/365 Monitoring
The company also owns and operates its own local monitoring center, which is available 24 hours a day.
- Services Limited by Region
- Lengthy Five-Year Contract
- Lengthy 4 to 6 Hour Installation
- Moving Fees and Penalties
Services Limited by Region
Slomin's security services are limited to just 14 states in the eastern United States: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and D.C.
Lengthy Five-Year Contract
Slomin's requires a 60-month customer agreement for its security services-far surpassing the industry standard of 36 months. And while you might think a longer contract equates to lower monthly fees, Slomin's $29.95-$42.95/month cost is about as average as it gets.
Lengthy 4- to 6-Hour Installation
Slomin's website estimates its professional installation takes 4-6 hours. Even though you're not paying for it, that is a long time.
Moving Fees and Penalties
The company's moving policy offers a few options, but all of them come with a fee or monetary consequence. Option 1: If you happen to move to another home in Slomin's service area, you can try to re-install the equipment yourself (we're guessing this isn't easy, being as it takes a professional 4-6 hours), or Slomin's will install it for an undefined "minimal fee." Option 2: Leave the system in your home for the new homeowner (assuming the new residents want to take over your contract), and Slomin's will install a brand new system in your new home for $395. Option 3: Basically the same as Option 2, but waive the $395 fee by signing up for a new 60-month agreement.
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The Bottom Line
When it comes to the pros associated with Slomin's security services, you're not getting any added benefit above what most professionally installed security providers offer. The cons, however, are worth noting: a 60-month contract, moving penalties if you happen to move before those 60 months, and limited regional services. If you're in the market for a new security provider, you'll likely find the same pros with fewer cons (and a shorter contract) from another security company.
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