Communities in McHenry County Engaged in Municipal Monitoring

The city of McHenry, Woodstock, Crystal Lake and Algonquin are now engaged in municipal monitoring within McHenry County, Ill. The recent development means business taken away from the private alarm monitoring companies—EMERgency24, Stand Guard and Alarm Detection Systems, to name a few—and increased monitoring costs for business owners within those areas. And many of those business owners are “quite irate” according to Kevin Lehan, executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA), Arlington Heights, Ill.

A majority of real estate owners understand the impact this has on their multi-tenant locations and “are pretty upset about this,” Lehan referenced. Real estate owners with multi-tenant facilities are potentially faced with an annual increased amount of an estimated “$10,000 additional cost that they would be responsible for to cover the alarm monitoring mandated by the ordinance,” Lehan explained.

(Note: For the additional example referenced prior, costs were calculated for a 12-store strip mall that can be monitored for about $110 per month, equaling $1,320. If a strip mall owner were required to put in a system in each of the 12 storefronts at $90 per month for each, the yearly cost would total $12,960).


IESA’s call to action

As a result, IESA wrote and sent letters to Mayor Low of McHenry, city councils and fire district protection boards in those areas, explaining the impact of their decisions, requesting their response to further discuss their actions. In another letter sent to 300 precinct committeemen in the county of McHenry, the IESA questioned where and when the decision to enable municipal monitoring took place and the methods taken to allow this to occur. To read the full story, visit