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Sentry Security Review
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  • Wired Monitoring Systems
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  • Door and Window Sensors
  • Fire Alarms
  • Environment Detection System
  • 24-hour Monitoring
  • Video Surveillance Systems
  • Interactive User Monitoring
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Residents of Illinois should consider Sentry Security, a company that offers reliable, affordable security and monitoring services in the Greater Chicago Area. It is a small, local company that promises top-notch customer service and products, but without charging more than is reasonable. At just $35/month, its services are very well-priced and the company has an excellent reputation for giving customers exactly what they want. For a customizable, comprehensive security system, Sentry Security is the Chicago company to consider.

Equipment

Sentry Security doesn't just offer products from a single brand, but provides security systems manufactured by Honeywell, DMP, and GE. Customers have the option of selecting the brands and features that they prefer, and the systems are flexible according to the needs of the homeowner. They only offer residential services, but its reputation with the BBB backs up its claims of excellence. The systems can be either hardline or wireless, according to homeowner preferences. The systems come with a control panel, a key fob, three door and window sensors, and a motion sensor. Sentry Security offers a 1-year warranty on all products and security systems.

Monitoring and response

With Sentry Security, you receive all the protection you need for your home. Not only are motion sensors and window/door sensors installed, but you also receive additional monitoring for your safety. A fire alarm is added to the monitoring package free of charge, along with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, water sensors, and panic alarms.

Sentry Security is one of Chicago's largest independent security companies, meaning it isn't connected with any of the huge national companies. This means that you get better customer service, more personalized attention from your monitoring company and quality products. With Sentry Security, you get exactly what you want.

The systems installed are designed to be wireless for your convenience, though you can opt to connect them to your hardline. Any messages and alarms are sent directly to the monitoring station via the cellular network to which the system is connected, including a "Crash and Smash" alert if the system is disabled even during the entry delay period.

The motion sensors installed inside the house are set to detect the movements of pets, so there is less risk that your dog or cat moving around will set off the alarm. Sentry Interactive allows you instant access to your security system via your smart phone or mobile device, as you can connect via cellular network. You can arm or disarm the system, monitor your children at home, look into any non-emergency alerts and control your home's thermostat.

Pricing

The cost of installation varies depending on the system you choose, but expect the price to be in the vicinity of $600. However, once the system is installed, you are only charged $35/month for the monitoring services. The contract lasts for 36 months and at the end of your term you can opt for a monthly payment system.

The Good…

Is known for excellent customer service and is well-regarded by Chicago residents.

The Bad…

1-year warranty on labor and parts means your system is left without coverage unless you pay extra

And The Ugly

Not only do you purchase the equipment, but there is no flexibility on the length of the contract