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Do I really NEED a Security System? The Facts.
A break in occurs every 14.6 seconds..
More than 200,000 homes are burglarized each year in the US..
The average loss per burglary is $2,185.
Homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be burglarized.
Sources: 2012 FBI Report, National Burglary and Fire Alarm Association
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Awarded Best Security System for Customer Service!
Frontpoint offers an exceptional all around value in out Top Alarm Companies. The Frontpoint Security systems utilize affordable, state of the art cellular communication technology monitored though a reliable 24-hour nationwide monitoring program. Installation is straight forward and their customer support staff is excellent. If you’re looking for a self installed alarm system to protect your home and family, Frontpoint is an outstanding option. Frontpoint offers uncompromised security with No Contract Required! It is our #1 pick in the HSA 2020 Top 5 Alarm Companies!
Winner of Top Alarm Companies for Home Automation!
Vivint Security offers state of the art security and home automation equipment and the most advanced home management app in the market. They have recently restructured their entire marketing strategy to eliminate lengthy monitoring contracts and create a program which is more transparent by separating equipment and monitoring fee structures. Customers now have the option of financing the equipment or purchasing it outright without being tied down to long term monitoring contracts. This should eliminate the vast majority of customer complaints which have plagued them over the years.
To make sure that you get the best deal and have a clear understanding of their program, we recommend that you call in at 855-695-1727 and speak directly to an in-house Vivint representative at the number listed above rather than relying on verbal assurances of a highly commissioned door to door representative.
They offer an extensive equipment selection and competitive monitoring packages which feature the top rated Alarm.com interactive services with Crash and Smash protection and 2 way voice authentication. Check out our in depth review of Vivint Home Security.
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Facts and Features
- HSA Rating - 9.2
- Awarded Best Home Automation
- Years in Business - 20+
- SDM Ranking - #2
- Equip Man. - 2Gig
- Upfront Costs - $0 - $549+
- Min. Monitoring Rate - $29.99
- Contract Length - 0-42+
- Installation - Pro Only
- Relocation - Available
- Equipment Warranty - Lifetime
- Return Policy - 3 Day
ADT Authorized Provider – Safe Streets
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Safe Streets, ADT’s Authorized Provider, partners with the most well known provider of home security systems. With monitoring from the largest security company in the world, they are highly regarded and recognized for quality professional installation services.
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- HSA Rating - 8.6
- BBB Rating - A+
- Years in Business - 18
- SDM Ranking - #1
- Equip. Man - Varies
- Upfront Costs - $99.00+
- Min. Monitoring Rate - $36.99
- Contract Length - 36 mo.
- Installation- Pro Only
- Relocation - Available
- Equip. Warranty - Lifetime
- Return Policy - 3 Day
Link Interactive Security
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Link Interactive earns a spot on our top alarm companies list by offering exceptional customer service and one of the most complete security and home automation programs in the industry. They offer an extensive equipment selection and extremely competitive monitoring packages which feature the top rated Alarm.com interactive services with Crash and Smash protection and 2 way voice authentication. Check out our in depts review of Link Security.
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Facts and Features
- HSA Rating - 9.4
- BBB Rating - A+
- Years in Business - 60+
- SDM Ranking - 28 Mountain Alarm
- Equip. Man - 2Gig/Qolsys
- Upfront Costs - $99.00
- Min. Monitoring Rate - $30.99
- Contract Length - 12,24, 36 mo.
- Installation- DIY
- Relocation - Easy
- Equip. Warranty - 36 Months
- Return Policy - 30 Days
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- A BBB Rating
- $18.99 Basic Monitoring
- #20 SDM Ranking
Ackerman Security is a traditional, local home security company that offers service in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic. They are an authorized Honeywell dealer that provides customized, professionally installed home security…at a somewhat premium price. For details, check out the full Ackerman Security Review and our 2017 comparison of the Best Home Security Companies.
- Rated A+ by the BBB
- Professional Install only
- 60 Month Contract Required
ADS Security offers professionally installed systems throughout the southeastern US. While they are a reputable company, they have a limited service area and charge a premium price for their services. You may want to take a look at our Top Home Alarm Systems of 2017 after perusing our ADS Security Review.
Alarm Grid Security
- No Monitoring Contracts
- Limited Track Record
- Honeywell Dealer
Alarm Grid offers month to month monitoring and a premium security solution… at a premium price. Equipment is DIY only and must be purchased separately from the monitoring..so upfront costs are significantly higher than most. For more information, look over our Alarm Grid Review and see how the some of the best alarm companies size up in the Best Rated Home Security Systems chart.
- A+ BBB Rated Company
- Professionally Installed
- Leased Equipment
Alarmforce Security provides professionally installed security systems to a limited US service area. They are able to keep up front costs and monthly monitoring costs competitive by manufacturing, installing and monitoring their products….and LEASING them to their customers.For details, read our Alarmforce Security Review and see how other top rated alarm companies match up in our Top Alarm Companies Comparison Chart.
- NR BBB Rating
- Professionally Installed
- FTC Injunction
Alliance Security professionally installs security systems as a Monitronics dealer. Their primary marketing vehicle is telemarketing, which has landed them in hot water with the FTC and resulted in an NR BBB rating. They install 2 Gig home security systems. For more information, check out our our Alliance Security Reviews and see how other top rated alarm companies match up in our Top Rated Home Security Systems Comparison Chart.
Alert 360 Security
- 3 Year Contracts w/ Auto-Renewal
- Professionally Installed
- Agressive Sales practices
Alert 360 professionally installs security systems, in a somewhat limited service area. Previosly named Central Security Group, they received a 1.5 star rating (out of 5 stars) on Consumer Affasirs. For more information, check out our our Alert 360 Security Reviews and see how other top rated alarm companies match up in our Top Rated Home Security Systems Comparison Chart.
- C+ BBB Rated Company
- Professionally Installed
- Honeywell Equipment
AMP Security is a Utah based authorized Guardian dealer that sells and professionally installs Honeywell and Qolsys home security systems. Their primary means of sales distribution is through an extensive seasonal commissioned door to door sales force. This marketing approach, combined with a 60 month contract and an automatic auto renewal clause…has led to a rather dubious C+ BBB rating. For details, you can consult our AMP Security Review. We would highly recommend that you consider other top rated alarm companies listed in our 2017 Top Alarm Companies.
Armorax DIY Alarms
- A BBB Rated Company
- Flexible Billing
- State of the Art 2Gig Technologies 3GC Equipment
Armorax Security is top notch new DIY alarm company that markets their Armorax Blackbox security system with non-monitored, self-monitored or professionally monitored options. They’ve earned an A BBB rating by offering flexible billing options and offering the latest top of the line 2 Gig Technologies 3GC systems. For details, you can consult our Armorax Security Review. You can compare them with other top rated alarm companies listed in our 2017 Best Home Alarm Companies.
AT&T Digital Life Home Security
- 24 Month Monitoring Contract
- B+ BBB Rating
- Bundled or Stand Alone Service
The AT&T Digital Life Home Security programs offer a competitive security and home automation package on the higher end of the spectrum. Fully loaded, the program gets pretty pricey compared to some of other top alarm companies. Get additional information in our 2017 AT&T Digital Home Security Review and weigh the pros and cons against our Top Rated Home Security Companies Chart.
Bay Alarm Security
- California Service Only
- A+ BBB Rating
- SDM #13
Bay Alarm is a traditional, local home security company that offers a wide array of products and services, and premium quality Honeywell home security systems. Their services are not available outside California, and will likely be substantially higher than our Top Home Alarm Systems of 2017. Get a thorough analysis in our Bay Alarm Home Security Review.
Brinks Home Security
- A+ BBB Rating
- DIY and Professional Install
- Comprehensive Product Selection
Moni Security has rebranded as Brinks Home Security and completely revamped its home security program. Brinks Home Security Systems are available as DIY or can be professionally installed through an extensive dealer network. Because of all the changes prospective Brinks alarm customers should check out all their options in our guide to the Top 5 Best Home Security Systems or can find out additional information in our Brinks Home Security Review.
Cox Homelife Security
- 3rd Largest Cable Provider
- Questionable Customer Service
- Leased Control Panel
Cox Homelife Security Systems bundle home security and automation services with Cox Internet Service. Basic equipment packages are reasonably priced, but the SMC control panel is leased and requires an additional $3.00/mo. rental fee along with the 24 month monitoring contract. To get a full rundown of the Cox Homelife program, head on over to our Cox Home Security Review …or get a side by side feature comparison of our best home security company selections in our Top Rated Home Security Systems Comparison Chart.
- Low Up Front Equipment Costs
- Limited Service Area
- 60 Month Contracts
CPI Security is a regional home security company that provides professional installation of home security and automation systems in the southeast. Their services are not available outside of a 4 state region. They require a 60 month contract for their wireless systems, and their monitoring rates will likely be substantially are significantly higher than our Top Home Alarm Systems of 2017. Before committing to a long term contract, find out why some customers are upset in our CPI Security Review.
- Low Monitoring Rates
- Limited Service Area
- No Contracts
- High Up Front Costs
EMC Security is a regional home security company servicing the Greater Atlanta Georgia Metropolitan area. Their services are not available outside of this very limited service area. While they offer low basic monitoring rates with no contracts, they do not subsidize equipment costs and do not provide national service like our Top 5 Best Rated Home Security Systems of 2017. If you live in the Atlanta area, you may still want to consider them, so check out details in our EMC Security Review.
Guardian Protection Services
- Limited Regional Service Area
- A+ BBB Rating
- Top 10 SDM Rating
Guardian Protection Services offers a nationally recognized brand installed and serviced through both corporate owned and an authorized dealer network. A Top 10 security system provider, they certify the individual dealers to help assure a quality customer experience, but one should evaluate the local dealers carefully. Get details in our Guardian Security Review or see how out best home security companies stack up in our Top Alarm Companies Comparison Chart.
- B+ BBB Rating
- Recently Acquired by AT&T
- 1 Year Equipment Warranty
LifeShield produces a proprietary home security system with nationwide 24/7 monitoring provided by Protection One. Owned by Direct TV (Now AT&T) their pricing is competitive, and they offer both do-it-yourself and professional installations with very competitive pricing and options. Find out more in the HSA Lifeshield Security Review and see how the compare to Best Alarm Companies in the Best Home Security Systems Comparison Chart.
- A+ BBB Rating
- Qolsys Equipment
- DIY Division of My Alarm Center
LivSecure is the Direct To Consumer nationwide DIY Alarm division of My Alarm Center. They provide professionally monitored Qolsys equipment and require a 3 year monitoring agreement.
- Rated A+ by the BBB
- 2nd Largest Home Security Company
- Professionally Installed through Dealer network
Monitronics offers a nationally recognized brand installed and serviced through their dealer network. Monitronics, the 2nd largest alarm company in the country, certifies the individual dealers to help assure a quality customer experience. In our Monitronics Review you can get a more thorough analysis and then see how they stand up to other home security companies our a comparison chart of the Best Home Home Alarm Systems of 2017 .
NorthStar Alarm Service
- Rated C+ by the BBB
- Honeywell Security Equipment
- 60 Month Contracts, Auto-Renewal
NorthStar Alarrn Services provides professional installation of Honeywell Security systems. Although they rank in the SDM Top 20, a C+ BBB rating, 60 month contracts and auto-renewal clauses prevent them from climbing into the ranks of our Top Rated home security systems.
In our NorthStar Alarm Reviews, you can get a more thorough analysis and then see how they stand up to other home security companies our a side by side comparison chart of the Best Alarm Companies of 2017 .
Protection One Security
- A+ BBB rating
- #6 on the SDM list
- Professional or DIY Installation
Protection One features a wide array of products and services-including both DIY and Professionally installed home and small business security systems. The 6th largest security company in the US, Protection One is a reasonably good choice, especially for those who require top notch customer service. However, if one requires more than just a basic system, up front costs can be significantly higher than some of our top rated alarm companies. To see if Protection One is right for you, consult our Protection One Review…and don’t forget to see if they made the grade in our Comparison Chart of the Top Rated Home Security Systems.
- B BBB rating
- #39 on the SDM list
- Professional Installation
SafeTouch Security is a local/regional home security provider in the southeast that services Florida and Georgia. They provide professional installation of Interlogix and DSC systems and operate their own UL Listed monitoring center. They maintain a B BBB rating and rank 39th on the SDM Top 100. Find out why some customers get miffed with the contrat terms in our SafeTouch Security Review..and see if they made the grade in our Best Home Security Systems Comparison Chart.
- NR BBB rating
- Free Equipment
- Questionable Reputation
Security One is a California based local/regional home security provider.They provide professional installation of Interlogix and Honeywell alarm systems. They currently have a NR BBB rating. Find out more about what customers feel about Security One in our Security One Alarms Systems Reviews, and and see if the made the grade in our Top Rated Alarm Systems.
- No Contract Required
- Low Monitoring Rates
- Proprietary Equipment
Simplisafe offers a simple security solution at reasonably affordable price points. Equipment is DIY only and must be purchased separate from the monitoring..so upfront costs are higher. Their product offerings are a bit limited,but if you are looking for basic security and cost effective monitoring, SimpliSafe is a solid choice. To learn more about SimpliSafe, check out our 2016 SimpliSafe Security Review and see if they made our top tier of best alarm companies in our Best Home Security Systems Comparison Chart .
- Professionally Installed
- 5 Year Contracts
- Competitive Monitoring Rates
Slomin’s Security operates along the eastern seaboard. Despite the fact that they require a 5 year monitoring contract, Slomin’s Security enjoys an A+ BBB rating. offers a simple security solution at reasonably affordable price points. The website lacks transparency, so one must call for pricing. Make sure to examine the contract carefully, as online reviews indicate that reps do not always disclose the length of the contract.
Additionally, be prepared for potentially expensive ongoing maintenance as there is only a one year warranty- unless you pony up an additional $115 annuully for the extended service program. To learn more about Slomin’s Alarms , check out our 2017 Slomin’s Alarm Reviews and see how they might fare against our top tier of best alarm companies in our Home Security Company Comparison Chart .
SkyCover Home Security
- Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau
- No Contract Options
- Top of the Line GE Simon XT Panel is Standard
With an A+ BBB rating, a no questions asked 30 Day Risk Free Guarantee and the availability of No Contract Monitoring, SkyCover has a very customer friendly approach to home security. They offer reliable, top of the line, GE equipment and competitive monitoring pricing that includes select equipment upgrades at NO Cost. SkyCover may be the “new kid on the block”, but they deliver one of the best values in DIY wireless home security. SkyCover is an outstanding option for anyone looking to protect their home and family with a quality security and home automation system.To find out if Skycover is right for you, take a look at our 2016 Skycover Security Review and see if they made the grade in our Top Home Alarm Systems Comparison Chart.
Smith Thompson Security
- Low Monitoring Rate
- No Contract Options
- Limited Availability
If you live in Texas and are only interested in no frill, bare bones security, Smith Thompson Alarms are worth considering. Alathough the start up costs may be higher than many of the alternatives, Smith Thompson security systems are available without having to sign a long term contract. They keep the monitoring rates low because they don’t offer any home automation or advanced features that come with most of the competition. To find out if Smith Thompson Security is right for you, take a look at our 2017 Smith Thompson Security Reviews and see how they compare to some of the top selling home security systems on por Top Rated Security Systems Comparison Chart.
Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome Security
- A BBB Rating
- TWC Bundle Discounts
- Leased Equipment (control panel)
Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome Security offers a bundled home security and automation solution for TWC cable customers. Basic equipment packages are reasonably priced, but are leased and require an 18 month contract. To see how we rate Time Warner Security, check out our Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome Review …or see how the top alarm companies are ranked in our Best Rated Home Security Systems Comparison Chart.
- Better Business Bureau Rating – B-
- Comprehensive Home Automation
- Standard Touchscreen Panel – 2Gig
Vivint emphasizes the benefits of home automation and incorporates the latest 2 Gig brand of technology. Monthly monitoring and smart home solutions are more expensive than most other home security companies. Vivint offers quality customer service and installation, although their sales approach might be a bit aggressive for some customers. If you are looking for high end home automation Vivint is definitely worth your consideration. To investigate the Vivint security and home automation systems, see our Vivint Review …and check out our Best Rated Home Security Systems Chart to see how the best home security systems stack up against each other.
Comcast Xfinity Security
- A- BBB Rating
- Bundled Service
- Entered Industry in 2009
Xfinity has recently entered the home security and automation industry with their line of Xfinity Home – Secure 300 and 350 lineup. Their proprietary equipment is competitively priced, although it may not be compatible with many other systems. The system is professionally installed by their own installers. For details on the Xfinity Home Security System, by Comcast, look over our Comcast Xfinity Home Security Review …and then head on over to our Top Rated Home Security Systems Comparison Chart and see how the best home security companies compare against one another.
What’s the BEST Home Security System for me?
That depends on your needs, priorities and budget. While each of our Top Alarm Companies is certainly a worthy candidate, we selected Frontpoint as our #1 choice based on overall performance in 5 categories:
- Reputation and Credibility
- Customer Service
- Equipment and Technology
- Price and Value
Each of these categories incorporates a number of criteria….many of which are subject to individual preferences and may be weighted differently depending on your preferences and priorities. In order to select the system that is right for you…there are a number of questions that should be addressed. Some of them include:
Home Security Systems Reviews – Professional or DIY Installation
Not too long ago, installation of home security systems required drilling, fishing wires and complicated programming- clearly a task for experienced professionals.
Installation of modern systems require no drilling, cutting holes or fishing wires- as they are 100% wireless. The best DIY security companies pre-program the entire system before shipping it out so that basically, all that is left to do is mount the sensors and call in to have the system activated. Online videos and tutorials walk you through every step…and our top alarm companies all have outstanding customer service and tech support if you have any questions along the way.
No longer is it necessary to wait days or even weeks to schedule a professional installation, risk being pressured for up-sales or allow a stranger into your home.
Advantages of Home Security Companies that offer DIY Alarms
Potential benefits of Alarm Companies with DIY Install
- More Cost-Effective– Setting up a DIY alarm from one of the best home security companies can mean big savings. Alarm companies that offer self-installed DIY systems don’t have to factor in expensive professional installation. These savings are passed along to the consumer.
- No Contracts – Most of the best home security companies that offer professional installation still require contracts. But, some of the best home alarm systems that offer DIY install, such as Frontpoint, are now month to month.
- No Waiting– One of the big advantages of buying a DIY alarm listed in our top home security systems is that there is no need to take time off from work or schedule an installation time. The DIY installation option available on the best home alarm systems means you can install the system when it is convenient for you.
- Enhances Familiarity– Home security systems reviews indicate that homeowners and renters who set up DIY alarms among the top security systems become more familiar with all the features and operation of their systems.
- Portability– With DIY alarm companies, when you move, your system moves with you. Many home security system reviews from some of the top home security systems that need to be professionally installed complain that service is not available in their area when they relocate.
- No strangers in your home – While the best home security companies take great care in hiring technicians…they sometimes have to use 3rd party sub-contractors. With DIY alarm companies, this is never a problem.
Benefits of DIY Install Alarm Companies
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For Best Home Alarm Systems with Pro Install
When it comes to the advantages for selecting top security Systems trhat are professionally installed, it boils down to:
• Less Hassle
• Additional Experience
While an expertly installed system from one of the home alarm companies that offer professional installation may require less effort, it is not unusual to find complaints of poor installation in online home security system reviews.
For those who choose a professionally installed security system from among the best home security systems, make sure that you determine how experienced the installation technician is. The best alarm companies will require that all technicians are background checked and have undergone drug screening.
Be sure to ask whether or not the company is using their own employees or uses 3rd party subcontractors. Alarm companies that are working with subcontractors often have less control over the vetting process.
Home Security Systems Reviews found online will often caution customers to ensure that installers have proper ID and have gone through extensive vetting before allowing them into your house.
It might be helpful to compare home security systems side by side.
What is your budget for a home security system?
At one time, security and home-automation systems were considered a luxury and only affordable for the well to do, but advances in technology have lowered prices dramatically .
In recent years, home security and smart home systems have been made affordable for almost anyone. Now you can protect your home from break ins, home invasions, medical emergencies fires and floods….as well as monitor nearly every system in your home from the office…or the palm of your hand!
And it doesn’t need to set your back thousands of dollars- these capabilities can now be purchased for little or nothing up front…or a few hundred dollars.
Need to keep up front costs down?
Some companies, like Protect America, now include most equipment costs in the monthly monitoring…increasing the monthly costs a bit, but making the initial investment affordable for almost anyone!
What about Installation and Tech Support?
A quality company will ensure a simple, streamlined installation experience by providing top notch installation instructions, video tutorials, and e-mail, chat and phone support with experienced installation personnel. But, no matter how good the instructions and videos are, sometimes, they don’t cover your specific scenario…or you just want a human being to reassure you that you’ve got it right.
Companies like Frontpoint were built from the ground up to provide world class customer service, installation and tech support. Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful…it is in their DNA to ensure that your install is simple and painless…and that they always exceed your expectations.
Is name recognition important to you?
A company’s length of time in business, reputation and name recognition are important considerations.
ADT has dominated the home security industry for over 100 years…as a matter of fact, ADT is almost synonymous with home security. While bigger isn’t always better….ADT has protected more homes, families and businesses than any other companies for a very long time.
Is the system available for renters?
Some companies require that you own the home, or secure permission from the homeowner before installing a system. Because they are 100% wireless and don’t require drilling holes in the wall…most of the DIY systems are available for renters. They are also very easy to relocate when you move.
Are you looking for the latest, cutting edge technology or more reliable equipment with a proven track record?
As with any industry, there are always new players introducing new technology.
While some people are comfortable with a company with little or no track record, many people prefer equipment that is proven and has stood the test of time Like GE/Interlogix and Honeywell.
Is it important to you that external video cameras are incorporated into the system?
While Frontpoint offers a full complement of video cameras…not all companies have external or “pan and tilt” cameras. If you require more advanced video capabilities, you might also want to look into 3rd party video solutions, like Canari, Nest, Piper or a top new choice, Zmodo Pivot, to complement your security system. The only drawback might be the fat that they require a separate user interface, and aren’t supported by the same app that controls the security system.
What monitoring services are available? Do you live in an area where cellular service is a challenge?
Cellular communication provides security against having the phone lines compromised, but, if you live in an area where cellular service is questionable at times, a landline connection may be preferable.
What monitoring features are included?
While all of the Top Alarm Companies offer top of the line UL Listed, 5 Diamond certified monitoring services, not all of them include some of the advanced monitoring and home automation capabilities, such as:
- Alarm.com’s Crash and Smash Protection
- Geo Location Services
- Voice Assist
- Vehicle GPS Tracking
Do you want to incorporate home automation features and energy management into the system?
Some of the most popular “smart home” capabilities include the ability to control:
- Small Appliances
- Video Cameras
- Energy Management Systems
Most of these systems are available with a la carte programs using Z-Wave or Zigbee communication technologies, most people prefer the convenience of an integrated, all in one, solution.
Does the company guarantee your monthly rate won’t increase in the future?
While some companies may offer low initial rates, in the fine print, they reserve the rights to increase those rates…even during the term of the initial contract.
These “escalation clauses” can result in unexpected and substantially higher rates as your contract matures.
Most of the Telecom companies, such as Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome, AT&T Digital Life and Comcast Xfinity will offer a lower initial rate to get you hooked, with a substantial increase in the monthly monitoring rate after the first 6 months.
How important is customer service and length of the warranty?
Most of the time, you will be committing to at least a 3 year agreement. Shouldn’t your equipment be warrantied as long as you are a customer? And when it comes to something as important as protecting your home and family, customer service is of paramount importance.
Once you have spent some time considering these factors, see how our Top Alarm Companies fare in our side by side comparison chart, narrow it down to your top 3 or 4 choices and call in to get details, a free quote and ask about current special promotions.
And afterwards, let our readers know who YOU selected and share your experiences in our customer reviews!
Equipment Used in the Best Home Alarm Systems
Alarm Companies’ Top Home Security Systems Commonly Used Sensors
Best Home Alarm Systems Door Sensors
The best wireless security systems have sensors that will notify you when a door or window is opened.
Best Home Alarm Companies Smoke Sensor
Good Home Security monitoring should include fire protection.
Best Alarm Companies Smart Thermostat
When you compare home security systems, make sure they accommodate smart thermostats.
Top Alarm Companies Motion Sensor
Home alarm companies have pet-friendly sensors that detect movement of objects that exceed 40 lbs.
Indoor Video Camera
Best Home Alarm Systems Security Camera
The best wireless home security system must have security cameras.
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What's New For 2017 Top Alarm Companies
What’s new with The Best Home Alarm Companies in 2017?
SimpliSafe introduces their new SimpiSafe Camera – the Simplicam.
ADT merges with Protection One
In a blockbuster move, Apollo Global Management, LLC has acquired ADT and will be merging the two home security giants. Over time, the companies will be consolidating operations and operating under the ADT brand. For details, check out our Protection One review, or learn more ADT in our ADT Reviews
Charter Communications acquires Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Security is now Spectrum Home Security
TWC Intelligent Home owners are questioning the future of Time Warner Security as Charter Communications transitions over to Spectrum Home Security. Will the Intelligent Home continue to even exist? Find out in our update on TWC Intelligent Home.
System Design Tips from Top Home Alarm Companies
Tips from Home Security Systems Reviews and Top Home Alarm Companies
Of course, the best home security system is the one that meets your individual needs at a price point which you find acceptable. However, the best home alarm companies will often have similar recommendations.
Top Security System Companies Provide Multiple Layers of Protection
When you compare top home security systems and research security system reviews, you will find that most of the best alarm companies will recommend multiple layers of protection when it comes down to designing your system. Budget will likely dictate how much can be invested in each area. Most of the best home alarm companies will provide a wide range of products, services and expertise to help you determine the best configurations for your situation.
Home Alarm Companies Design– Layers of Protection
- Perimeter Protection – If you are in the process of putting together a security plan, your first priority is protecting the perimeter of your property. Top security system companies will almost always recommend that you do everything possible to discourage potential intruders with yard signs, window stickers, and security cameras. Top home security systems will include door sensors at all entrances and sensors on at least the most vulnerable windows. Many of the best home alarm companies also offer door locks which can be controlled through the smartphone app.
- Interior Protection – Any good security system will also include a second line of defense designed to detect an intruder if they get past the perimeter protection. Even the basic packages from the best home alarm systems will include motion sensors to be strategically positioned. This is a great way to protect high-value items and/or larger areas with lots of windows. For additional protection you can also install keypads or panic buttons in an office or bedroom. Many of the best security systems even have voice control or work with Google or Alexa so that you can control the system with voice commands. Additionally, security cameras can be positioned anywhere where one might want to record or view activity.
- Asset Protection- Sensors can also be installed to protect other areas of interest such as gun cabinets or an office that contains sensitive information. Top home security systems let you configure individual sensors as “non-reporting. That way, if they are triggered, the system will send a notification through the smartphone app, without setting off the alarm. Many security system reviews have found this feature useful to monitoring teenagers raiding liquor cabinets…
- Environmental Protection – The best home alarm companies can also help you protect your home and family from environmental dangers such as fire, carbon monoxide, flooding or freezing. Top alarm companies have different sensors for each of these applications.
- Home Automation- Top home security systems can also serve as the primary hub for home automation. Security system companies can help you manage lighting, cameras with night vision, heat and air conditioning, doors and garage door openers- all in one place. Top home alarm companies provide systems that control essentially any home automation function at the touch of a button.
So, what is the best alarm company for you? That depends on your priorities and budget. But follow these tips and best home security practices… and regardless of which company you might select from our list of security system companies, you will own one of the top home security systems and will be making great strides towards providing your family with the best home security available!
Best Home Security Sensor Uses
Home Alarm Systems Reviews Uncover 6 Unique Sensor Uses Available in the Best Rated Home Security Sytems
Most home security systems reviews don’t mention it, but, door and window sensors from the best home security companies can have a myriad of uses.
Many top security companies enable you to use basic magnetic contacts and set them up so that they don’t actually activate the siren. Many alarm companies allow their top rated security systems to support non-reporting devices. This means that the sensor can be set up so it will chime and send a notification alert through your mobile app. Once you recieve a signal, you can observe your home security cameras right on your smart phone.
Door or window contacts from these security system companies have a number of alternative uses:
Gun Safe – To better safeguard your firearms, place a sensor on your gun cabinet. While most people know enough to lock their gun safes, the best home security companies can provide a second layer of protection with the addition of a magnetic contact- set in “report-only” mode. That way, if someone finds the code or key, the alarm companies will send an e-mail notification via SMS or e-mail to alert you when your cabinet is accessed.
Liquor and Medicine Cabinets- Top home security systems can also help you keep an eye on the contents of your liquor and medicine cabinets. The best home security systems will allow you to set schedules in your app and notify you when the cabinet has not been opened by the pre-selected time. This can help you make sure that important medications are being taken as prescribed.
Hazardous Materials- The best home alarm companies can even help you protect your family from an accidental poisoning. Install contacts on any cabinet within a child’s reach that might contain harmful or toxic materials. Top security systems let you program the sensor in “report-only” mode.
Tool Shed- If the tool shed is located within the range of the hub of your system, a sensor can be placed on the door of your tool shed as well. In some situations it may require special outdoor sensors to deal with extreme temperatures and the elements. Not all alarm companies offer heavy-duty outdoor sensors…but, many of the best home security systems will integrate with 3rd party sensors if they don’t. When evaluating home security companies, this flexibility is important.
Mailbox- Wondering if the mail has been delivered? Door/window sensors can be placed on the mailbox to let you know. Again, when you compare home security systems, make sure you take this into consideration if you are looking for some of these bells and whistles.
Pool Gate – Outdoor pools can be very relaxing…but, can also be a potential source of danger. It is especially important for families with young children to be aware of the status of a pool gate. The best alarm companies have outdoor sensors that can be placed on the pool gate. Check with customer service to find out what sensors are best suited for your situation.
Keep in mind that outdoor applications may require more robust sensors. Mounting on some surfaces can be difficult and the distance to the sensor from the main hub of the wireless security system can be a limiting factor. When you compare security system companies, make sure that you take the time to read the home security systems reviews, to see how flexible they are when it comes to meeting their customers needs.
The best home security system for some people is the company which can provide the most variety of equipment sensors to accomplish specific tasks.
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Do I need a permit to install a Security System?
Do I need to get a permit to install a system from one of the Top Alarm Companies?
Strictly speaking,you only need a permit with a professionally monitored.
However, if the system is to be professionally monitored, that is a different story. In that case,many local towns would require a permit. In most cases, this means nothing more than filling out a simple registration form with a local law enforcement department and sometimes a modest registration fee.
You will more than likely be asked to supply the company name, address and phone number of your service provider, as well as the monitoring station, if the two organizations are different.
Wherever permits are required, most municipalities will look for a one-time payment to register an individual’s home security system. Some areas require an yearly renewal fee.
Additionally. In some cities with higher crime rates and/or false alarm rates, failing to register might result in a refusal to respond to residences that don’t have an alarm permit…although this is relatively unusual. However, you might be subject to additional fees when police, fire or emergency medical support end up being dispatched to an establishment without a permit.
In addition, many municipalities assess penalties and fees to property owners that experience multiple false alarms over the course of a year. Typically, the first 1-2 dispatches will not result in penalties. After the first couple, however, most cities and towns will assess penalties and fees that range from $25-50 for the 1st enforceable offense…to $100-200 for subsequent repeat infractions.
That’s why it is so important for anyone who purchases a system from one of our top alarm companies to call his / her local police department to learn what permits will be required. Make sure to get familiar with the local regulations and take our recommended basic steps to avoid false alarms.
Preventing Hackers from Violating Your Privacy
Home Alarm Companies Hints for Protecting Your Network
Today’s IoT (Internet of Things) helps you control almost any aspect of your home right from your smartphone or office computer. However, these perks can also produce new loopholes that can be exploited by potential internet invaders.
If you are thinking about purchasing smart home devices, you want to be sure that you are taking sufficient measures to secure your home network properly.
Tips from Home Security Systems Reviews to Protect Alarm Systems from Hackers
Research the Device
If you are adding smart home equipment to your Home Security System, make sure to investigate your options and purchase the equipment from a well-known company that follows standard security protocols and best practices. Reputable home alarm companies will have password protection, one or two-step authentication and will frequently update firmware.
Register the Device
Be sure to register your equipment, not only for warranty purposes – but to ensure that you are receiving any firmware updates. It is important to stay current with the latest versions of the software. Often they address any known vulnerabilities. Most home alarm companies have equipment that is capable of over the air updates.
But, even the best alarm company can’t keep your network secure. That is up to you.
Pay Attention to Passwords
It is critical to promptly modify default passwords. Passwords should be composed of a mixture of letters, cases, numbers, and symbols that would be challenging to guess.
Use different passwords for each smart deviceon your Home Alarm System. This way, if your password for one is compromised, you are not permitting access to all your sensitive accounts.
A default passord can easily be found online with just a few clicks. This makes even the best-rated security systems from the best alarm company vulnerable.
If keeping track of a growing number of secure and unique passwords is becoming cumbersome, you may want to check out LastPass.
More Tips from Security Systems Reviews on How to Make the Best Rated Security Systems More Secure
Design a Secure Wi-Fi Network
To ensure that hackers can’t easily just disarm your security system, it is important to protect your entire home network. The best home alarm companies recommend that you immediately change the name of the network and default password. Select a network name that doesn’t give away your location or private details.
The majority of routers that the best alarm companies recommend allow you to set up a Wi-Fi network specifically for your smart home appliances. This will allow you to isolate your “smart home” network and add roadblocks to thwart hackers from entering the network from where you do your banking and store your sensitive information.
You might also want to consider setting up a Guest network for visitors’ smartphones and computers, where they can’t see or access your IoT devices.
Consider Professional Installation
If this sounds like more than you want to deal with, you are not alone.
Keep in mind that some of the best rated home security systems provide professional installation with built-in smart home integration. Top Alarm companies have techchnicians who should be well versed in optimizing the security of your network be able to help you incorporate some more advanced security measures.
It may make more sense to purchase your smart home equipment through alarm companies that have professional installationm services.
Reset to Factory Default Settings
Before you dispose of, sell or give away any smart devices, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to remove all of your data. Top alarm companies will have clear instructions on how to do a factory reset.
How are Top Home Security Companies Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic?
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How Top Alarm Companies Combat The Covid-19 Pandemic
As the Pandemic rages on, When you compare home security systems, it is important to consider how the top home security companies are protecting employees and customers against the prospect of Covid-19 infection.
While contact face to face contact is not a concern with DIY alarms, companies that install top-rated home security systems must have a comprehensive plan in place to deal with in-home sales, service, and installation concerns.
The best home alarm companies with professional installation need strong programs to reassure some of the potential customers who are considering the Best DIY home security systems because they are concerned about face to face sales, service, or installation interactions.
The best home alarm companies, publish their policies for maintaining their sales, service, and monitoring standards and outline what steps they are taking to ensure the safety of both their employees and customers. This is important to reassure customers that they have a solid plan to be able to continue to operate in the midst of the ongoing health crisis.
- To limit exposure to Covid-19, top alarm companies now encourage as many employees as possible to work remotely. Some companies are supplying secure laptops to remote workers to assure privacy while providing tech support for their top rated home security systems.
- The best home alarm companies have redundant monitoring centers. During a local health emergency, calls could then be re-routed to a different facility.
- Workers that deal with customers face to face are typically given additional cleaning supplies, protective masks, and protective tools. A lot of security companies are contacting their customers before every appointment to ensure that no one is sick and that they can provide a safe work environment.
- If one is uncomfortable receiving sales, service, or installation staff in their homes, the best security companies will provide a number of ways (Chat, Phone, Online, etc.) to reschedule.
During the Covid 19 health emergency, it is extremely important for the best home alarm companies to closely follow CDC Guidelines to ensure the safety of both security company employees and customers.
If you have recently installed any of our top-rated home security systems, make sure that help our readers looking to compare home security systems and share your experiences in the sections for home security systems reviews.
Arming Options of the Best Alarm Companies
Arming Modes of the Best Home Security Systems
OFF – Even when the system is turned off, with most of the top alarm companies, many of the alerts are still active. Top home security systems will still alert you if a door or window is opened. In addition, life and environmental safety systems (i.e. water or low temperature) are still active. Consequently, with the best Diy Alarm companies, as well as the top professionally installed alarm systems, if a fire breaks out or there are excessive carbon monoxide emissions present, the system will still alert the central monitoring station.
Stay– With the best alarm companies, you can arm just the perimeter protection at the doors and windows by arming any of the best home alarm systems in the “stay” mode. This lets you move about the house freely and still have a certain level of protection.
Away– The away mode will activate interior motion detectors as well as the doors and windows…on any of the wireless best home alarm systems .
Instant – You can eliminate the entry delay on virtually all of the best home alarm systems by arming it in instant mode.
Duress – You can set up a special duress code that will notify the alarm companies’ monitoring center that there is a potential hostage situation. If someone were to physically force you to disarm the system, this special code will trigger immediate emergency response.
Panic– Top home security systems also feature panc buttons on their keypads or control panels. This sens a signal that there is an occupied panic situation. The best alarm companies with monitoring will have special protocols in place in which police, fire or medical authorities are immediately notified. This will ensure the fastest reponse time in an emergency.
Best Home Security System -Arming Modes
Best Home Alarm System Features
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How to avoid False Alarms...
Strategies to Prevent False Alarms with even the Best Home Security Systems.
To be clear, none of our top alarm companies is going to charge you for a false alarm.
As stated earlier, false alarms caused by the best home security systems are not merely an inconvenience, but can ultimately become a strain on your community law enforcement resources. Consequently, they may administer fees and penalties for false alarms.
The majority of police and fire calls to residences with security systems are a result of false alarms.
As a result, most cities require charges to alarm system owners once they exceed a certain amount of false alarms. To prevent this from impacting your wallet, here are some ideas to protect yourself from a false alarm by any of our top alarm companies.
• Make sure that everybody knows how to disarm your system. You will have a master passcode, along with a number of additional individual codes that can be programmed into the system. Try to ensure that everybody knows their code and learns how to disarm the security system.
• Be certain that everyone knows the security password. If there is an alarm, the central monitoring station will almost always contact your house first and ask for the security password to make sure that that the person responding is really an authorized party. In cases where the individual answering the call doesn’t provide the correct security password, the police will likely be sent.
• Ensure that every window and door is properly secured before setting the system. The alarm can easily be set off if a gust of wind blows open a door or window when you are away from the home.
• Determine that all devices are placed safely and securely and in the most suitable places. Motion sensors should be set up at a height of 6’ and in an area that is devoid of fans, heating units, fireplace and air conditioning systems.
• Be conscious of items which could set off a motion sensor. This includes pets, fireplaces, heaters and air-conditioning units that might blow draperies around.
• Ideally, pets should be confined away from area with motion detectors. If that isn’t possible, all of our best home security companies offer “pet friendly” or “pet immune” sensors which are able to screen out smaller sized pets below 40, 50 even 80 lbs. Top alarm companies can also provide glass break sensors or explain how to set up “pet alleys” so that pets can move about freely .
• You’ll want to replace batteries when needed. All top alarm systems utilize Li -Ion batteries which usually have at the very least a 2 year likely lifespan. The best home security system will have apps that usually alert you as soon as the batteries are becoming low. The control panel will also continue to warn you if there’s less than about thirty days of effective life. It’s a good idea to keep surplus batteries on hand and switch them out right away.
Your system will also alert you should there be any other troubles with sensors. In the event you receive a system error notification, conduct a status check and check out the sensor. Get hold of your service provider if it looks like anything is not working properly. Store user manuals/codes/passwords in a secure location where they can be checked if needed.
Even the best security systems from top alarm companies can have issues, but the vast majority of false alarms are the result of operator errors. Ultimately, the best way to avoid false alarms is to utilize your system on a consistent basis and make certain everyone understands how to operate the system.
Benefits of the Best Mobile Apps
7 Mobile App Benefits of the Best Home Security Systems
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Can yours do all this? The Best Home Security Systems have begun to incorporate many new capabilities in recent years. Top home alarm companies typically provide a central hub that gives you the ability to control virtually any connected device that is compatible with the system.
Mobile Apps – Benefits of the Best Security Systems
- Arm/Disarm System – All home security apps let you arm and disarm your alarm from any mobile device.
- Lock/Unlock Doors – With the best security systems, you don’t have to worry if you forgot your keys. Mobile Apps featured by the top alarm companies enable you to unlock compatible door locks.
- Best Security Company Cameras – Best Home Security Compatible Cameras allow you to record video or watch in real time- right through the app. A security camera from one of our best alarm companies lets you oversee your pets and observe the children as they arrive home from school.
- Real-Time Alerts – Mobile apps from the best alarm companies allow you to set real-time alerts that will notify you via text or e-mail when the kids get home, there is an intrusion, fire or any event you wish to program into the system.
- Thermostat Control – Top Home Security systems mobile apps can even serve as a home energy management hub. They allow the user to control the thermostat and…
- Turn Lights On/OFF – ensure that you never have to walk into an unlit home. The best home alarm systems can be equipped with smart lighting which is controlled through the mobile app.
- Control Appliances – With most of our top home security systems, you can even start the coffee maker or an air conditioner from the office. wouldn’t it be great to come home to a warm cup of coffee and/or a cool house?
Mobile Apps Included in the Cost of Home Security System?
The majority of the best rated home security systems will include the mobile app without incrteasing the cost of the home security system!
The Home Security Advisor's Top 10 Home Security Tips
Top 10 Home Security Tips from the Best Home Security Companies
Common Sense Tips to Complement the Best Home Security Systems
As they say. am ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, these common sense security recommendations can help prevent being targeted by burglars and thieves while you are away from home.
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After Installing The Best Home Security System
The following several simple measures to safeguard your home from thieves.
1. If you are going to sleep in the evening, or just going to be out of the house, shut and secure all doors and windows.
2. Strengthen entry doors by using deadbolt locks with heavy duty strike plates which have a minimum one inch throw.
3. Secure sliding glass doorways. Place a steel rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help you to protect against potential thieves from forcing the entrance open or raising it away from the track.
4. Keep shrubs as well as bushes around windows and doors trimmed,. This will make it difficult for a thief to stay concealed..
5. Keep the your house properly illuminated. Outside motion lighting is a terrific deterrant against night time property invasions.
6. Try to make the your house appear occupied. Set lighting as well as electronics on arbitrary electronic timers to give the perception someone might be home. Have a next door neighbor park his or her vehicle in your driveway.
7. If you are going away, have a friend collect the newspapers. Suspend mail delivery and arrange to have the lawn cut or driveway shoveled.
8. Be sure extravagant items are not visible from the exterior by drawing the shades.
9. Give a spare set of keys to a trusted next door neighbor. You should not leave them beneath a door mat, over the door or under a plant pot.
10. Don’t leave a message indicating vacation plans on the answering machine, e-mail auto-responder, or on social media sites. Do let the police and a trusted next door neighbor know.. and then have them keep an eye on your home when you are away.
Consider a professionally monitored home security system from one of the leading alarm companies above. It is going to greatly reduce the odds of an attempted burglary, and give you a number of other life safety benefits that will enhance your sense of security and provide you with 24/7 peace of mind!
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Last Updated on April 29, 2021 by The Home Security Advisor