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Biggest Customer Gripe: Bad Customer Service (read reviews)

Our Score
7.4
User Score
5.4

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Our Score
7.4
User Score
5.4
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Landline monthly payment
$29.95 - $37.95

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

10/10 = BEST
8/10

Contract Length

Total # of months
60

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay balance

Monitoring

Response Time
Standard

Time in Business

Total # of years
91 Years

A+

Customer Support

Good, Bad, Limited
Limited

SDM Rank

Top 100 Company Rank
7

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
169

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
31

This Review is maintained by Isaac Ericksen

Review Last Updated: April 5, 2016

Slomin’s is a family-owned and operated company that has been in the business of taking care of homeowners since 1923.

With more than 90 years’ home security experience, Slomin’s offers families and businesses a wide range of commercial and residential security systems to help you live or work peacefully and comfortably. Slomin’s is not far behind some of its top competitors in terms of equipment and monitoring services it can provide. Its basic security package is similarly on-par with top home security companies. Unfortunately, Slomin’s has a number of limitations in terms of nationwide availability, online transparency, and contract flexibility.

Rank Chart
User Rating
Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
Review

#1

8.7
$19.99
$0

#2

8.3
$34.99
$99.95

#3

4.3
$34.99
$0

#13
slomins

5.4
$29.95 - $37.95
$0

The Good

  • Home Automation Options
  • Business and Residential Service
  • Professional Installation
  • 24/7/365 Monitoring
  • False Alarm Prevention

In addition to its home security features, Slomin’s provides customers with a number of home automation tools that allow them to monitor and control their home’s security while they’re away. Customers can access door locks, thermostats, lighting, and both live and recorded video monitoring all from the conveniences of the Slomin’s smartphone app. Not only does Slomin’s provide an impressive array of residential home security solutions, but it also specifically markets to businesses, providing additional features unique to corporate security. These include standard burglary, fire, and carbon monoxide detection and prevention, as well as video surveillance, security card clearance, and time and attendance tracking.

Slomin’s guarantees professional installation on all projects, and estimates between four and six hours’ installation time for each install (depending on the size of the job and the security features requested). Customers can also rest easy with Slomin’s round-the-clock security monitoring and fast response times. The company even provides a form of false alarm prevention by providing customers with a unique password to be used in the event of a false alarm.

The Bad

  • Limited Availability
  • Lengthy Contract Terms
  • Sparse Pricing Information Online
  • Poor Online Transparency

Unfortunately, Slomin’s lacks a number of qualities that would otherwise help the company compete with industry leaders. While many of the top home security companies in the industry are available nationwide (or at least in a majority of the United States), Slomin’s only has licenses in 10 states. Another barrier customers may encounter with Slomin’s is its lengthy contract terms. From what we could tell, Slomin’s only offers a 60-month contract–two years longer than the standard 36-month contract offered by most home security companies. Slomin’s even addresses this issue in its FAQ section, admonishing customers to “read and understand the agreement into which you are entering when you sign a contract.” And while the company promises approximately $1,300 in free equipment by signing such a long contract, customers will be required to compensate Slomin’s should they decide to terminate the contract before it expires.

Only one price point ($29.95 a month) for Slomin’s services is readily available online. But if customers request additional equipment (possibly including home automation, or heating and cooling features), they could be paying much more. Unfortunately, Slomin’s gives no information on these other prices, and customers will be required to speak personally with a customer service representative in order to procure this information. Leading home security companies provide pricing information on all of their packages.

The lack of pricing information speaks to a greater transparency problem throughout the Slomin’s website. Slomin’s terms and conditions seem primarily to apply to use of its website, and little information regarding use of the actual equipment (false alarm prevention, moving procedures, etc.) is listed. This lack of accessible information makes the decision-making process all the more difficult.

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The Bottom Line

Slomin’s is one of the few home security companies that has successfully marketed to both commercial and residential clients. The company provides excellent monitoring services and the latest security equipment available. It also brings nearly a century’s worth of experience to the industry. However, Slomin’s falls short in its online transparency; consumers will find it difficult to make an informed decision without directly consulting with a Slomin’s representative. The company also appears to be inflexible in its contract terms (which are largely unknown), and customers are strongly encouraged to investigate top security companies before investing in Slomin’s.

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  1. User Score
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    July 27th, 2016 Baltimore, MD
    3 people found this review helpful!
    First of all, this company does not disclose verbally that you are signing a 5 year contract when you inquire and enter into a service agreement with them. You need to be aware that if you sign a contract with them, you will most likely be locking yourself into 5 years of service, and will have to pay exorbitantly high fees to be released from the contract. This to me is absolutely absurd, as so much can change in a 5 year period. I have no doubt that Slomin’s is taking advantage of its customers in this manner, and making large sums of money on fees to break contracts. Not to mention, Slomin’s has service that is limited and lacking when compared to its competitors, like ADT. I will be working to get out of my contract with Slomin’s and at this point, I certainly do not see myself continuing to use their service or recommending their services to anyone else. I will continue to leave these types or reviews on other review boards, as Slomin’s customer service department has been less than helpful.
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  2. User Score
    0
    July 4th, 2016 Doylestown, PA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    We made appointment for 8-10. We waited around for the guy to show up. They said we were the first appointment. At 10:00 their was still no one or no phone call to even say he was gonna be late. Around 10:05 we called and he said he’ll be their in 25 minutes. That’s a half an hour late, I thought that’s why they give a Time frame so their not late. Then we told him we are just going to the different company Comcast probably and all he did was bash Comcast. That’s not true customer service.
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  3. User Score
    10
    July 1st, 2016 Toms River, NJ
    0 people found this review helpful!
    We had used Slomin’s for eight years in our previous home and did not get any other estimates when we were ready to install a security system in our new home. The Slomin’s sales rep was punctual, informative and concise. There were no attempts to sell us unnecessary add-ons or upgrade to services we chose not to include. The customer service reps are always knowledgeable and helpful. Our installation was scheduled at our convenience and on the day we requested. The installation tech was kind, patient and experienced. He took the time to answer all of our questions, helped us choose the best locations for the required technology and provided a thorough tutorial. We are genuinely happy with all of our interactions and the services provided by Slomin’s. Highly recommended!
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  4. User Score
    0
    June 13th, 2016
    0 people found this review helpful!
    My system was installed on June 6th, I didn’t work 5 mins after the person who installed left. I can’t get a person to talk to, and the email appointment they set is June 15, I work a real full time job and do not have time for things that don;t work. Additionally. the wireless is not really wireless, you will have power cords. and it will slow your intern speed to a crawl.
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  5. User Score
    9
    June 4th, 2016
    1 people found this review helpful!
    The tech was great. Professional and quick. The sales people were also quite helpful too. The only thing is that I still cannot get the app to work and someone was supposed to call me but they didn’t 😟
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  6. User Score
    10
    June 3rd, 2016 Delray Beach, FL
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I utilize Slomin’s security service and have found them to be reliable, dependable and responsive in keeping my home safe and secure in my neighborhood. Their courteous monitors have always responded in a most professional manner and I would highly recommend this company without any reservations.
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  7. User Score
    10
    May 28th, 2016 Columbus, NJ
    2 people found this review helpful!
    Next door neighbor was robbed (his service weapon was taken as well) and that’s when we decided to get a system. Its been 15 years now and though I can’t remember why we chose Slomin’s to come out for an estimate (although my sixth sense was most likely the reason), we chose well, and have never questioned them. We had one issue with a bad sensor which triggered the fire company, but the tech came out within a day or so to repair and offered to reimburse us if we received a bill for the false alarm call. It was our very first alarm call so we were good. This system, (using the bypass) allows us to walk freely around the house when alarm is on, which came in so useful when my elderly mother lived with us and got up frequently all hours of the night. Great for pets too. I have friends who said their parents were ‘locked’ in their rooms at night when they set the alarm because it would go off if it detected movement. HOW SCARY IS THAT! Thank you Slomin’s, for providing this homeowner with the comfort of being able to walk around my home, leave my home, knowing someone is going to have to spend far too much valuable time trying to rip off my space, or a fire that would have more destruction time before anyone might notice.
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  8. User Score
    10
    May 19th, 2016 Passaic, NJ
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Had a wonderful experience! They were professional, friendly and quick. There are no hidden fees or cost and the sales and installer was on time and very professional!
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  9. User Score
    10
    May 19th, 2016 East Meadow, NY
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I had a problem with my system and spoke to Gary. He was patient and help me troubleshoot the problem over the phone. Not only did I not jave any downtime but I did not have to wait for serviceman to come to my home.
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  10. User Score
    9
    May 18th, 2016 Jersey City, NJ
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I’ve had Slomin’s protection since 2010. The equipment has always worked well. The customer service by phone has always been cordial and helpful. The in-home sales and installation personnel have always been professional. Slomin’s has worked very well for me.
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  11. User Score
    9
    May 13th, 2016 Brooklyn, NY
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I love the new system. My system isn’t just a security system. It gives me and my husband the ability to see what is happening at my home why I am not there and tells me when something is happening. I have been a Slomin’s customer for 14 years and there service just keeps getting better.
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  12. User Score
    9
    May 12th, 2016 Glen Cove, NY
    1 people found this review helpful!
    had the system installed last week. It’s very nice, and seems to work well. i called the ofifce and the customer service department was able to help me use my phone to control the alarm. so far, i am very pleased.
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  13. User Score
    1
    May 10th, 2016 Rehoboth Beach, DE
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Very unhappy with their customer service – very rude on the phone. They want an outrageous amount of money to get out of the contract. The equipment was installed in the home we purchased. Also, they have no one in the area – their service people have to come from New Jersey. Wish I hadn’t signed up with them.
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  14. User Score
    0
    February 11th, 2016 Massapequa Park, NY
    3 people found this review helpful!
    Stupidity is a compliment to this group of jerks. I do not have an account with Slomin’s. Slomin’s calls me constantly asking for my alarm password. When I called customer service, Sean, who seems to be head schmuck, told me he can’t take my telephone number off another customer’s account unless I give him their password. Yes, you read that right. I need to give him the other account’s password in order to remove the wrong phone number off their account. So, Mr and Mrs Heller, whomever you are, your house alarm went off yesterday. If you give me your phone number, I’ll call you whenever Slomin’s calls me! I’m still laughing!
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  15. User Score
    0
    February 3rd, 2016 Huntington, NY
    2 people found this review helpful!
    worst customer service ever, don’t show up when they are supposed to, can’t get a supervisor on the phone, I completely disagree with the reviews above, they are terrible, if you need actual service go elsewhere
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  16. User Score
    10
    January 23rd, 2016 Philadelphia, PA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I have been a customer for 19 years. Loyalty is a two way street. Slomin’s has been there for my family with quick phone response, competetent customer service and professional resolve. No company is perfect, however the true example of a great company is not just a great product and sales.team but more importantly when you have an issue or problem it is resolved to your satisfaction. That’s what it’s all about. I also have had my system updated twice with newer technology, cameras, automation etc. Works perfect. Do yourself justice by going with the pros the first time.It will save you in every way!
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  17. User Score
    1
    October 6th, 2015 Philadelphia, PA
    2 people found this review helpful!
    After being with Slomins Security System for 10+ years we recently had a very very bad experience dealing with getting an issue resolved. Our service was termed due to the wrong date being entered and we have been trying to resolve this mistake with Slomins for several days. No one returns our calls after we have been told someone will “call back”.by person answering the main number. This is so frustrating since they boast customer service. Do not consider this company since there is no “customer service” after you sign a contract.
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  18. User Score
    1
    September 3rd, 2015 New York, NY
    2 people found this review helpful!
    The whole process as an existing customer to get a few minor items fixed after some home construction has been nothing short of a nightmare. Made us wait multiple weeks for an appointment, and then sent a sales person who couldn’t do anything. Then wait several more weeks for a service evaluation. Now it’s even two more weeks and today we’ve been 7+ hours for the final service person to come over, when we were told to be the first appointment of the day. We’re still waiting…
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  19. User Score
    0
    June 29th, 2015 Old Westbury, NY
    4 people found this review helpful!
    Home alarm system failed while we were away.
    Slomin’s control system had not detected it. House was not alarmed for 2 weeks. When I called, the appointment day (not hour window) was given for next week. They do not think that their system is that important. They are pretty good in collecting your monthly fee….
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  20. User Score
    9
    June 26th, 2015 Bellmawr, NJ
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I like the panel and the service ! This young lady came in my house and was professional 5/2015
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Our Score
7.4
User Score
5.4
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Landline monthly payment
$29.95 - $37.95

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

10/10 = BEST
8/10

Contract Length

Total # of months
60

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay balance

Monitoring

Response Time
Standard

Time in Business

Total # of years
91 Years

A+

Customer Support

Good, Bad, Limited
Limited

SDM Rank

Top 100 Company Rank
7

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
169

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
31
Our Score
9.4
User Score
8.7
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Price (Copper package)
$19.99

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

10/10 = BEST
10/10

Contract Length

Total # of months
36

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay balance

Monitoring

Response Time
Fast

Time in Business

Total # of years
22 Years

A

Customer Support

Good, Bad, Limited
Good

SDM Rank

Top 100 Company Rank
15

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
1,215