About Phillips

A history of innovation and leadership for Oregon's Security Industry

Phillips has been working to help business and homeowners protect their property for generations.

Phillips Electronics Alarm actually started out as one of the first television repair shops in Oregon, opened in 1952 by Bob and Dorothy Phillips.In the early 1960s, influenced by the demand created by the banking act requiring all banks to have alarm systems, Bob Phillips invented and patented the daytime holdup alarm and the nighttime vault alarm. It was this turn of events that spearheaded the Phillips Electronics Alarm company that we are today.

Phillips Electronics began installing daytime holdup alarms and nighttime vault alarms for banks and Savings and Loans in Oregon, servicing 90% of these institutions.

Bob Phillips invented an alarm control panel with a telephone dialer incorporated into it for reporting to the police. He took it to New York and asked Napco Security to manufacture the unit. The “Phone Guard’’ became one of their biggest selling products.

Phillips Electronics installed over 10,000 units into homes and businesses in the Portland metropolitan area. A creative person, Bob Phillips was a leader and driving force in the security industry. He was a founding member and the third President of the Oregon Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

Bob’s daughter, Roberta Phillips, built and opened a UL approved central station for the monitoring of Phillips Electronics customers.

In the 1990s Roberta computerized the central station operations. Roberta Phillips created and succeeded in getting approved a new low voltage electrical license for technicians dealing only in low voltage and for non-union establishments. The original license program was taken over by union shops.

Roberta Phillips is a past President of the OBFAA.Prior to his retirement, Bob sold his accounts to Protection One. Master Alarm LLC dba Phillips Electronics was created to continue the Phillips Electronics legacy.

At its highest point, Phillips Electronics had around 20,000 customers and 65 employees. Roberta Phillips and Robert Cervenka became managing members of Master Alarm, LLC. Robert retired in 2009 and Jeff Scott became a managing member.

In 2010, Casey Phillips, Bob’s grandson became a managing member. Casey has become a force in modernizing Phillips Electronics Alarm and computerizing the company. Phillips Electronics expanded, moving the office across NW Portland, and has been family owned and operated throughout its history.


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