Since 1969, Sonitrol of Evansville has been family-owned and operated out of our downtown location in Evansville. Our U.L. Certified Central Station is open twenty-four seven, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, and operated by a team of professional, local men and women you can depend on. When you choose Sonitrol to handle your commercial or residential security needs, we consider it an honor to provide you with outstanding service. Call us today at 1 (800) 444-1191 to learn about our current specials and see how we can protect your home or business.
Tired of false alarms? We hear you! So was the retired police officer who founded Sonitrol…That’s what prompted the officer, Al Cronk, to team up with an inventor over fifty-five years ago to develop an alarm system that would accurately determine if a break-in was in progress. Traditional systems depend on motion detector equipment, which unfortunately, can easily be triggered by something as tiny as a warehouse mouse. In his career as a police officer, Cronk had responded to way too many false alarms. His inventor friend, Robert Baxter, came up with the perfect solution, the audio sensor. This innovative sound device launched the Sonitrol alarm, the most dependable and verified alarm system in the industry. Using this audio technology, Sonitrol detects sounds at the first sign of a break-in attempt. Before the would-be perpetrators have even gained access to a facility, our Central Station operators can listen in and hear them trying to gain entry. Our team immediately dispatches law enforcement, who can arrive on scene before anything has been stolen and usually before anyone has broken into the facility.
Because of Sonitrol’s capability to verify true break-ins, we have the fastest police response times and the lowest false alarm rates in the industry. If you want to ensure your business, school, or facility is protected around the clock and that false alarms are a thing of the past, contact us today for a free assessment from one of our security design consultants at (800) 444-1191. We look forward to providing you with security peace of mind.
Have you considered cameras, video, or a new alarm to protect what you value most? Sonitrol’s video and audio verification technology sets us apart from your typical alarm company, making us a leader in the security industry. Using verified intrusion methods, with live audio and video, our 24/7 monitoring team can determine if someone is attempting to break-in to your property. This innovative process ensures fewer false alarm dispatches, faster police response times, and allows our operators to provide critical details to responding law enforcement in real time, helping them catch more would-be intruders. Currently, Sonitrol’s documented apprehension record is 181,000 and counting. To learn more about our state-of-the art video and audio alarm offerings, contact us for a free security assessment of your facility at (800) 444-1191.
We would like to thank our Evansville Police Department for their excellent response time resulting in another apprehension for a Sonitrol customer! Only Sonitrol can provide this kind of coverage. See the EPD update below:
Sent out by EPD –
Community: Police respond to burglary alarm, catch suspect in the act
Evansville Police responded to an alarm at the Nation’s Pharmacy at 3408 N 1st Ave around 3:30 Monday morning.
When the first officer arrived, he began checking the business. While he was doing the check, he saw a man drop down from the ceiling into the business. Other officers arrived and set up a perimeter around the building. Officers saw the man looking through medications and loading items into a bag.
The suspect, JUSTIN BURTON, exited the building and was confronted by police. Burton ran towards the northwest as officers chased him. Burton was captured after a brief chase. Burton dropped the bag of stolen items, but officers recovered it after the chase. The bag contained several thousand pills.
During the burglary and theft, Burton caused an estimated $3,000 in damage to the store’s medication dispensing machine.
Burton was arrested for:
Burglary L5 Felony
Theft Level 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement Class A Misdemeanor
Criminal Mischief Class A Misdemeanor
Listen back – the place where you can come to find your security solutions!
This question comes from Launi in Evansville, IN:
First decide who really needs a code. If an employee come into work, after you open and leaves before everyone else, they probably don’t need a code. The less people that have a code, the easier it will be to manage your system. The easier it is to manage your system, the more secure your system will be.
Once you have decided who needs a code, give everyone their own. By issuing a different user code for everyone, you give everyone their own security identity. When they arm or disarm the system, the system will record who armed it and time stamp it. The system then keeps a record of all activity. If you have chosen Sonitrol of Evansville as your service provider, we will email you free activity reports at your request. On certain systems you can view these reports online. Some of these systems even allow you to add and delete users on your smart phone or smart device.
Last piece of advice – for the most secure system possible, make sure that you keep your information updated. If an employee retires or leaves, delete them. Do not reissue their number to a new employee. Ask you security provider to send you a user report from time to time. Once again, if you have Sonitrol of Evansville, you can have these automatically emailed to you weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, even annually. Even if you have excellent employee retention, you still want to review your user report and call list (updated call list; VERY very important) to make sure this information is current.
Launi, I hope we have answered your question.
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In an effort to help you make informed decisions when looking into a security system, we have started the following series:
Listen Back – You ask, we answer:
Our first question comes from Josh B in Evansville, IN.
Josh asks a two-part question:
Thanks for the question Josh.
We can’t speak for everyone, but at Sonitrol of Evansville, we put back up batteries in all of our alarm panels. When the power goes out, the equipment we use automatically provides power with in 10 seconds. Typically the power transfer occurs without notice and it happens very quickly.
How long the battery will last is based upon several different factors.
- Age of the battery – Rechargeable batteries are used in all the security systems we install. Battery capacity does diminish over time. As it is used and recharged, the capacity can be reduced. Best practice is that these batteries should be replaced every 5 years for maximum protection.
- Also a factor is how much your system is being used. If you arm or disarm the system, this will require power from the battery. If you have push notifications to see when a door opens, this requires battery. If your system is set to test during the time the power is out, this will require battery.
Basically you should have approximately 4-6 hours of battery power before the battery will need to be replaced.
While our operators may suspect the power to be out in your area, we will never assume that you know the power is out. It is our standard operating procedure to contact you on a power outage. That way you can take the steps necessary to get power restored as quickly as possible without any loss of coverage. If we are your security service provider, we will also let you know if your system communicates that the battery is low.
Josh, I hope this answers your questions.
Are you defeating your own security service?!
As a business owner, you took a great deal of time in this investment. You had a choose a security company that would work for you. You probably negotiated some pricing. You paid for equipment and now a monthly fee to have the system monitored. The last thing you want to do is make your system worthless!
Where are your codes?
If you have something similar to the picture below, you might need to make some changes:
With this little post-it, every one that passes will know how to disarm your system without causing an alarm. Just because the keypad may not be visible to the public, doesn’t mean this is a good idea. By posting these instructions, you give disarming rights to every vendor, contractor, delivery person and visitor that passes this area. Best practice:
- Do not write the code on the wall, keypad or any where around the keypad
- Choose a code that you do not have to write.
- If you have to write it down, make sure it is kept on your person in a secure location. When you disarm the system, have it out and ready to use . This will prevent you from causing an alarm and having the police dispatched unnecessarily.
- TRAIN YOUR PEOPLE to properly use the system.
If you feel uneasy about disarming the system using a code, talk to your security service provider about other items that can be added to your integrated security system. Some systems can be disarmed with the simple swipe of a card or fob.
Not arming your security system
You paid for it, please use it. The only thing worse than a burglary would be a burglary where someone didn’t arm the system and the police weren’t dispatched. Sometimes it’s just plain forgetfulness after a long day at work. If you have an older system, see if your provider can give you a call at a certain time if the system isn’t armed. OR, see about getting an app for your phone so if someone does accidentally leave the system disarmed, you can arm the system from your smart phone.
Let users be their own person
Is everyone using the same code to arm and disarm the system? By issuing everyone their own code, your provider will be able to tell you who disarmed the system and when. Here at Sonitrol of Evansville, we send free reports to you via email when requested if you need to review activity. Of course, if you have the app, not only can you see who arms and disarms, but some systems will instantly notify you on your phone.
For more tips on how to maximize the use of your security service, contact us.