I think we can all agree that protecting our loved ones and our valuables should is of the utmost importance to us.
Well in this post we are going to help you find which of the home security systems out there is the best fit for your family.
We are going to cover the top 5 home security providers (ADT, Frontpoint, LinkInteractive, Protect America, And Vivint smart home). We will give you the pros and cons of each, as well as different things to consider before you make a buying decision. That being said lets get started.
When it comes to home securty there are a myriad of things to consider before you decide which company you are going to entrust your families safety to. Well every year we do a review of the top home security systems, to try and help guide you throught the process of choosing the company that fits best for you and your families needs. We know that your home and your famlies safety is the most important thing to you. So we take the task of evaluating the best home security systems seriously. So here are is the list of the top alarm systems of 2017.
The Best Home Security Systems
ADT has been in business for over 140 years, and has firmly cemented their position as the #1 Home security company in the US. No one else in the home security business can tought that level of longevity and success in the business. Currently servicing customers in over 35 countries with over 25% share of the home security market in the US. ADT provides a variety of monitoring services ranging from, Burglary monitoring, Home Automation, and medical alert monitoring.
- Most recognizable name in home security
- Been in business for over 140 years
- 30 day money back gaurantee
- Theft Protection Gaurantee
- 3 year contract required to set up service
Frontpoint is ahead of the pack when it comes to home security technology. Touting a completely wireless system, Touch-Screen control panel and Smart phone connectivity, you have everything you need to stay connected to your home security system. That could mean arming and disarming your system from across the world, or getting notifications abou activity inside of your home. Frontline gives you the best of connected home security.
- Completely Wireless System
- No Installation Fee!
- 96% Customer Referral Rate
- Smart Phone Enabled
- Only 8 Years in Business
Linkinteractive has built itself on the DIY model. Whether you are getting a brand new system or you want to take advantage of their "Takeover Program" they give you the ability to customize their system to fit your needs. Want to add Video Monitoring... no problem ... thinking about connecting your thermostat... they can take care of that to. With an A la carte menu to suit any appetite, linkinteractive will let you build as simple or robust a system as you feel is necessary for your home.
- Customizable Configuration
- Free Setup, Shipping and support
- Video monitoring that won't break the bank
- Cellular based connectivity (not HSI dependant)
- A la carte nature can be tedious and get expensive
Protect America has been providing award winning home security for 25 years, and also are the least expensive system when it comes to monthly security monitoring. They provide a simple DIY install kit and claim that you can be up and running inside of an hour of getting your new alarm system. With over 500k homes protected over the years they are a great option for your home security, especially if you can't afford the monthly service fee of some of the other providers.
- In business for over 25 years
- Award winning service
- Lowest Price Gauranteed
- Loced In Rates
- Only 7 day money back gaurantee
Vivint Smart home gives you the truley connected feel that you see in movies. From being able to have complete front door control all from your smart phone to being able to manage your home via the Amazon Echo "Alexa" artificial intelligence. If you can afford the up front fee for equipment and installation this system will leaving nothing to be desired.
- Sexy state of the art equipment
- Over $1,000 in free equipment
- Have truley figured out this Home Automation thing
- Professional Installation
- Upfront costs can be a road block for the conservative shopper
Key Features and Factors :
Before you move forward with any new purchase you want to make sure you identify what features are going to be most important to you and your family. While some of these items may seem obvious we want to make sure that we aren't depending on any faulty assumptions when we get into the review portion of each of the top home security companies. With these definitions we can make sure that we are all on the same page, when referrencing one of the terms below.
- A monitored system is a home alarm system that is connected to a monitoring center. This can be accomplished by a few different methods. The most typical is by connecting a telephone line to your alarm system. When an alarm is triggered, a call is placed to the monitoring center alerting them, at which time they can reach out to you, or dispatch emergency response. Another way this can be accomplished is through a cellular reciever. These can be installed in your home so that you are not dependent on a telephone line for the alert to be transmitted to the monitoring sensor. In cases of burglary this can be an added layer of security as there isn't a way for a burglar to cut the telephone line to prevent the alert from being sent. The final way is via a Data connection like cable, DSL, or Satellite internet. All of these options allow for a 24/7 monitoring center to keep watch over your homes alarm system, and be able to dispatch authorities when needed.
- A motion sensor is a device that you can install in your home that monitors activity throughout your home. This is typically activated when you set your alarm to "away" mode. This tells the alarm that there isn't anyone home so it shouldn't expect any movement in the home. If there is movement and you have a monitored system then the alarm will be tripped and an alert will be sent to the monitoring center for follow up.
- Carbon monoxide detectors, and other dangerous gas detectors use a variety of different methods to test the air quality aronud the area which they are installed. If the detector senses that a threshold of safety has been breached by an increase of CO or other dangerous gas in the air then the alarm will be tripped, alerting you to the gases presence and that you should evacuate as soon as possible. If you have a monitored system then a message will be sent to the monitoring center in which case they can dispatch the appropriate help.
- Home security cameras allow for a greater level of monitoring as not only will the different detectors in your home be monitored, but the monitoring center can also monitor the video feeds of the cameras in your home. This area of home security has become more technologically advanced as well as more accessible to the average consumer. Now not only are home security cameras more affordable, but you can also install an app on your smart phone that will allow you to monitor your own video feed whenever you have an internet connection.
- Glass break detectors are an additional device that can be placed on or around windows and sliding glass doors to help identify further detect burglaries. Typical door sensors use magnets to detect when a connection is severed which triggers an alarm. Well in the case of a window or sliding glass door, the burglar may not even open the door but instead break the glass in order to try and enter your home. The glass break detector senses the change in pressure, and triggers an alarm if it senses an exterior window or door has been shattered.
- Security signs are often provided by the alarm monitoring company to try and put burglars on notice that if they try and breach your home they will have to deal with a monitored security system. Surveys performed on burglars have shown that greater than 50% of burlgars actively avoid homes they know have an alarm system. Because of this statistic there are actually companies that just product security signs (aka Fake or Dummy signs) that try and falsley lead burglars to believe that you have a home security system.
Key Factors : Things to Consider
What type of connectivity does the sysem offer ?
There are three different types of connectivity monitored systems use.
- High Speed Internet
This has been the standard connectivity type for years because telephone line connectivity has been the most prevelant in our homes the longest. The problem these days is two fold. The first is that this requires you to have a seperate dedicated line so that an alarm signal won't be blocked by someone using the phone line. The second is that in todays technologically advanced homes often times there aren't POTS lines any longer (Plain Old Telephone Service). With todays cable providers you are more likely to have a VOIP line which is dependent on your internet connectivity, and connectivity is often tied to a local neigborhood router which can get overwhelmed by usage at peak hours.
High Speed Internet Connectivity
Having your alarm system connected through high speed internet allows you to save the money you would normally have to spend on a phone line which is great. The drawback to this is like the example above where your VOIP line is dependant on high speed internet this introduces the potential for connectivity loss based on the up time of your high speed internet as well as the data usage and capacity of your local cable company.
Cellular connectivity will come with a small monthly cost but will typically be less than having to have a landline in your home. This also gives you the added security of not being dependant on wired connections (burglars can cut wires). This also keeps you from being reliant upon your cable providers capacity, and any potential issues with down time because of capacity issues during peak internet usage times.
What type of Installation is required
There are two types of installation when it comes to your home security system
- DIY (Do It Yourselft)
Over the last decade more and more home security companies have adopted a DIY installation model. This may or may nont be for you. There are a few questions you can ask yourselft to see which is right for you.
- Are you comfotable drilling holes in your walls to install sensors
- Are you going to want to use home automation
- Are you comfortable with the connectivity portion of installation (landline, internet, cellular)
If any of these questions made you uncomfortable, then you may want to choose a system that provides professional installation. This way you know that at the end of the day everything will be installed and functioning correctly. Along with professional installation though comes increased upfront costs, so if you are on a tight budget and just looking for a simple system, with a few door sensors and control pad then picking a DIY installation will save you money and time.
Alternative's to Home Security Systems
Its a widely accepted fact that adding a home security system to your home will increase your homes safety and decrease the likelihood of a burglary. If home security systems were free then there would be no reason for anyone not to have one. Unfortunately that is not the case. If you aren't in a position to afford either the upfront costs associated with the systems or you can't afford the monthly fee, then there are still some options for you. There are three things you can add to your home that are relatively inexpensive, and will help increase your home security by giving the appearance of a monitored home.
- Fake Security Monitoring Signs
- Dummy Security Cameras
Burglars try and identify homes that would be easy to gain entry, and pose the fewest potential ways to get caught. While adding these items to your home doesn't actually provide any additional funcation benefit they do signal to burglars that if they try and break in that an alarm may be tripped or they may be caught on tape by a security camera. If you had a choice between two similar homes and one had alarm signs, and security cameras which would you choose.