Serving Northern Illinois Since 1984

Security basics

Essentials

The core component of any security solution is the control panel. Similar to your brain, it processes input from the body and acts on it appropriately.

Another key component is the keypad. It's how you give your brain commands on what to do with input from the various senses. Think of the sensors in your security solution as being the senses of your body.

  • Door and window contacts feel for an open door or window.
  • Infrared motion detectors look for movement of an object in the area that is covered.
  • Glass break detectors listen for the specific sound of breaking glass.
  • Smoke detectors smell the air in your home or office for signs of a fire.

Selecting your alarm company

With public interest in security at an all-time high, it's no surprise that the alarm field is one of the country's fastest growing industries. And while there are many experienced, reputable and reliable companies, you must be sure that what appears to be a bargain, doesn't turn out to be a costly mistake in the long run. Select an established company with a record of successful operation. Don't wait until a salesman is in your home before you start thinking about the standing of the company. Check beforehand. Your local police and fire departments and Chamber of Commerce are excellent places to be sure the company is reputable. A reputable company will not hesitate to provide you with the names of satisfied customers. You shouldn't hesitate to contact such clients. In Illinois, a security company must be licensed with the State. Check for that license. Also, membership in the Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA), National Burglary and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA), the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are signs of a committed alarm company. Illini Security has been complaint free with the Better Business Bureau for the past 15 years.

Pricing

Because an adequate alarm system should be designed specifically for the individual, taking into account lifestyle, your own feelings about security, and personal budget, it is not possible to provide any hard and fast guidelines on the subject of price. You can always find someone who is willing to sacrifice quality in order to bring in a price that might seem like a bargain, but with life safety at stake, assurance of performance should be your most important yardstick. The National Crime Prevention Institute warns to be careful of any company that is willing to quote a price on the telephone without making a careful and detailed survey of your home. And be sure to get a detailed description of what you are buying in writing. We also understand your security needs can't be cut from a one-size-fits-all mold. We tailor all of our security solutions to your needs, ensuring your satisfaction long after the sale. There is no such thing as a free system or free installation. Beware of such claims. Remember the old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is."

Off-premises monitoring

Illini security does not require a monitoring contract to install a system. However, a non-monitored system will only sound a local alarm. It will not notify the monitoring center in an emergency. With monitoring, if an intruder activates your system, there is a fire in your home, or there is high water in your sump pit, a signal will immediately be sent to a monitoring center via the telephone line. The trained professionals at the monitoring center contact the appropriate party for the given alarm signal and then call your personal emergency list.

Phone line interruption/cut

Illini Security can provide alternate paths of communication in the event of phone line failure or interruption, so you remain on line in an emergency.

Power outage

All security and fire solutions installed by Illini Security include a backup battery system. This backup system automatically kicks in when the power goes out. Our systems can even let someone know when the power is interrupted so the appropriate action can be taken.

Insurance discount

A monitored security system from Illini Security Systems can reduce your homeowner's insurance premium. The amount of the discount varies from company to company, so ask your insurance agent for details.

Installation

Illini Security has a staff of licensed and bonded professionals to install your security solution. The installation time is dependent on the size and complexity of your system, and the layout of your site.

Service

Our highly qualified technicians maintain and service our systems, and service and/or retro-fit existing systems to bring them to the Illini Security standards.