- Home Security is a glutted market with dozens of companies claiming to offer “the best” systems.
- With so many options to choose from research can be daunting and frustrating.
- This site is a resource for those looking to make an informed decision on which company to choose.
- Here you’ll find information about many home security companies as well as articles pertaining to home security systems and related topics.
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Year Founded: 1992 2004 2005 1874 1997
Free Quote: Equipment Cost: FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
# of Door/Window Sensors:
3, 7, 10, 12, or 15 3 2 3 3
# of Motion Sensors: 1 1 1 1 1
Smoke/Heat Detector: Key Fob: Carbon Monoxide Sensor: w/Ultimate Package Security Cameras: w/ Platinum Package w/ Ultimate Package Flood Sensor: Freeze Sensor: Garage Door Sensor: Wired/Wireless: Wireless Wireless Wireless Wireless Wireless
Installation Options: Do It Yourself Professional or Do It Yourself
Do It Yourself Professional Professional or Do It Yourself
$ Back Guarantee: 7 Days From Delivery Date 30 Days 30 Days 6 Months None
Monthly Monitoring $: $19.99 to $42.99 $29.99 to $44.98 $34.99 to $49.99 $35.99 to $42.99 $49.99 to $68.99
Contract Duration: 36 Months 39 or 63 months 36 months+ 36 Months 42 months
Installation Fee: $0 $0 to $99 $0 $99 to $199 $0 - $199
= Available at an extra cost = Included
Things To Consider When Choosing a Home Security Company
Equipment costs vary depending on the size of your home and the level of security you wish to implement in your home. Some companies require you to pay upfront for the equipment you order while others offer free basic equipment packages. These free packages are nice but know that any additional equipment you wish to install will cost you extra.
Monthly Monitoring Cost
Home security systems are much more effective if accompanied by a monitoring service. The reason being that a system without monitoring just makes a lot of noise. However, when a sensor is triggered, and the system has monitoring, the control panel will alert the monitoring center and the appropriate emergency services will be alerted for you.
Monitoring can literally be a lifesaver. However, this service comes at some cost to you. Be sure to observe the monthly monitoring service cost and choose a plan that works with your budget.
Monitoring Contract Length
When you sign up for a monitoring service you are required to sign a contract stating that you will pay the monthly fee for a set period of time. The length of this contract varies depending on the company you choose. They can be as short as a year and be as long as five years or more.
It is important to note that companies that offer free equipment packages tend to require longer contract lengths. This is not always the case but be sure to check the length of the contract BEFORE you sign anything.
When installing a home security system you have two options: Do it yourself or have professional installation technicians handle the installation. The choice is up to you but be aware that not all companies allow you to install the system yourself.
For a more thorough explanation of your installation options please refer to our Installation section.
Homeowners Insurance Discount
By installing a home security system in your home you are almost always entitled to a discount on your homeowners insurance. The discount can be as much as 20%. This discount can save you a lot of money and should not be passed up.
For more information on this topic please refer to our article entitled, Homeowners Insurance Discount Information