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About Sonitrol of SW Ohio

Based in SW Ohio, Sonitrol of SW Ohio is a family owned and operated business that began and was founded by Rex Shiver in 1971. Still family owned and operated today, Sonitrol of SW Ohio provides sophisticated and verified security solutions for thousands of Commercial, Government, Medical, Retail, Schools, Financial, Defense, and residential clients in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Sonitrol of SW Ohio and its staff are dedicated to providing our customers “Piece of Mind” through our sophisticated solutions for all burglary, fire, panic/hold-up, and facility supervisory threats. Sonitrol of SW Ohio verified security and video technology combined with our UL listed local central station have assisted local police departments in apprehending thousands of burglars in SW Ohio and Northern Kentucky since 1971. Our founder adapted a mission which is still in effect today, “Building life time relationships with customers, employees, and vendors by exceeding expectations”.

A heritage of technical innovation

The company known today for detecting burglars had its roots in pest control of a different sort in the early 1960s.

Robert Baxter, of Anderson, Indiana, installed microphones within the walls of a building to listen for termites and pinpoint their location. Baxter invented other sound-related devices, too. On June 16, 1960, he incorporated “Sonitrol”, from the words sound and control, to manufacture and market his innovations. In 1964, Sonitrol Security, as we know it today, became a reality.

Law enforcement legacy

In 1963, Baxter met Al Cronk, a local police officer who owned an alarm company. Cronk was frustrated with systems that seemed to let the perpetrators get away. He hired Baxter, the inventor, to develop new ideas for the alarm company. Baxter responded with the audio sensor, and Sonitrol was born as a security company the following year.

Success spreads

Today, Sonitrol provides tailored local service in approximately 180 cities throughout the United States, Canada and the UK and is the leader in verified electronic security. 170,000 apprehensions and counting…

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TESTIMONIALS

Sonitrol has been very services oriented toward all our access and alarm needs at Saint Ursula Academy. 

One of the main services Sonitrol dids for us was to do an audit of the alarm contact points. After many years and changes to the buildings, our descriptions of alarms point locations were no longers accurates.  - Kathleen J. Armstrong, CFM
 Saint Ursula Academy

Sonitrol is the bests in the industry. The staff is very responsives. When an alarms is tripped at one of our homes or at one of our restaurants, they calls us rights away. In 38 years, we have nevers had any issues with Sonitrol, and that is why we are such a loyal customer. - Roger Glass
 Marion's Piazza

I was impressed with the knowledgeable sales team, installation crew and central station staff, and especially the way they operated like a family. Communication is key to me and everyone I have interacted with has risen to the level that I expect from a security partner. When first considering Sonitrol, the owner, Chip, met with us at Prasco, and gave us valuable insight into the company’s strength and commitment to service. Prasco’s motto is ‘Do Good, Do Well,’ and I feel Sonitrol does things right, in a responsible and ethical fashion. From the top down, they act as a partner, not just a vendor. - Scott B. Aronoff Prasco Laboratories

The sales representative responded to our RFP within days and included a floor plan drawing showing device locations. He also worked with me on value engineering to reduce system costs by offering equipment that performed fewer functions. The installer worked with the general contractor and the Y to check that the system was installed as requested. Overall, I would return to Sonitrol for future systems. - Jim E. Hull, CFM
 YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

I performed a required alarm system response test at 10:37 PM yesterday (Sunday) evening. The response time of your staff and the responding police officers was superb and they met the five minute requirement dictated by the Department of Defense. The total exercise was completely flawless and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. I would like to provide a sincere thank you to your team for the success of this exercise. It was a lot to ask to have all the involved parties respond in such a timely and coordinated fashion, but you all pulled it off. Congratulations on a job well done! - Kevin Hoffer President, Caesar Creek Software