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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