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2020 Brinks Home Security Reviews – Costs, Prices and Ratings for Brinks Security Systems




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In our 2020 Brinks Home Security reviews, we explore the resurgence of one of the most storied home security brands and take a close look at how Brinks Security systems stack up to the competition.



Brief History of Brinks Security


Founded over 100 years ago as a bank courier service, Brinks launched a home security division in 1983 and evolved into one of the nation’s most recognized home alarm companies until they were bought out by ADT in 2010.  However, they retained the branding rights and recently entered into a long-term licensing agreement with Moni Security.


Moni Security – LiveWatch Security – now Brinks Home Security?


Recently renamed Moni,  Monitronics is a national security company that provides top-rated monitoring services and installations primarily through a network of authorized dealers. In 2018, they rebranded as Moni and began the process of expanding their business model to include the integration of corporate-owned sales and installation efforts to supplement the dealer program.

Moni is hoping the acquisition of the rights to market their Moni and Livewatch product lines under one of the oldest, most trusted, and highly recognized Brinks Security brands will accelerate their growth.


Brinks Home Security-On the Move


In addition to providing direct to consumer DIY security solutions, Brinks Home Security sells security systems through a large network of independent authorized dealers and agents.

To further drive their aggressive growth, they purchase large groups of contracted accounts from other companies. In June 2020, Brinks announced that it was acquiring 114,000 residential alarm contracts from Protect America. The structure of the acquisition included a $15 million upfront payment as well as substantial monthly earnout payments to Protect America over the course of the next 50 months. (as reported by Globe News Wire)

Those previously under contract with Protect America will now be monitored by Brinks Home Security. 


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One of the reasons that Monitronics elected to revamp their program and rebrand was not only to capitalize on the name recognition of a powerhouse security brand but also to counter negative perceptions from existing customer Monitronics reviews. 

While overall our LiveWatch reviews were positive, Monitronics reviews were not always as kind.

We hope that folks will weigh in below in our section for Brinks Alarm reviews.

Our Brinks Security summary and detailed editor’s reviews are followed by an area for Brinks Customer Reviews.



Future Brinks Home Security customer or existing Monitronics patron?

Brinks Home Security Systems

Are you researching Brinks alarm systems to protect your home and family?

The Home Security Advisor is a comprehensive home security resource to assist you in finding the best home security solutions for your family.

In addition to in-depth reviews and analysis, we provide company comparisons, answers to FAQs and a section for Customer Brinks Home Security Reviews.

To help you to learn more about Brinks – along with several of the other top-selling security alarm companies, we provide a table of contents, with “quick jump” links so you can easily find the most relevant information.

Brinks Home Security Reviews – 2020 Summary

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8.5 / 10 HSA Review
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A+ BBB Rating, DIY or Pro Install, 90 Day Returns
Questionable Customer Service, Confusing Options
Shows promise, but, many questions yet to be answered with integrations.
Customer Service8
Price and Value8


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Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 8.5
  • BBB Rating - A+
  • Years in Business - 20+
  • SDM Ranking - 2
  • Equip. Man - Varies
  • Upfront Costs - $19+
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $19.99
  • Contract Length - 0-36 mo.
  • Installation- DIY/Pro
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - 2 Year
  • Return Policy - 90 Days

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 Reputation and Credibility


The Brinks Home Security brand was recently licensed to Moni, (previously Monitronics).  Although the Brinks name has been around for over 100 years, the reputation and credibility of the brand now rest in the hands of the company once known as  Moni.

In just a little over 20 years, Moni (now Brinks Security) has grown into the 2nd largest residential security provider in the US.  Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, they have over 700 employees with a network of over 400 dealers to service over a million homes and businesses.

They operate their own 5 Diamond Certified Alarm Response Center, have been the recipients of numerous awards and industry accolades and have previously enjoyed an A+ BBB Rating.



Brinks Alarm Monitoring Services


Brinks operates its own  UL Listed, Five Diamond Certified monitoring station. .They offer  24/7 protection against intrusion, medical and personal safety, fire and environmental hazards and are a leading provider of 2-way voice monitoring.  Monthly fees for monitoring are as low as $19.99.


Brinks Security Monitoring


A full range of monitoring services is offered – from basic self-monitored security (through their partnership with NEST) to professionally monitored home security and fully integrated energy management, home automation, and video packages.

Basic Professional Monitoring is available for NEST which includes 24/7 monitoring over cellular or broadband connection, starting at $29.99/mo. The Brinks Home Security App is included with all the Brinks offers


Brinks Home Complete Monitoring

Included with Smart Security Essential package


Starting at $29.00/mo., this level of monitoring service includes:
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring– Intrusion, Fire, Smoke, Medical, Low Temp, Flood and Home Automation
  • Smartphone Control – Provided by which enables you to access and control your system from any computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • Crash and Smash Protection – An service that alerts the Brinks monitoring center if your system is destroyed.
  • LiveVoice® Assist – This feature enables 2-way voice communication through the panel.
  • Location-Based Control – A feature of, and more commonly known as Geo-fencing.  It enables you to automate a number of your Brinks home security system’s functions based on your phone’s location.
  • Google Assistant – The Brinks smart security complete package can be controlled with the Google Assistant. Once can just say “Hey Google” and manage the system with voice commands.
  • ASAP’er – ASAP’er is an emergency contact communications App that alerts all of the emergency contacts of system activity simultaneously. It enables all respondents to communicate with each other in a group forum.



Brinks Home Complete with Video


Included with Brinks Smart Security Complete Package and Smart Security Ultimate packages


Starting at $39.00/mo.-  includes all the features of Brinks Home Complete, plus :

  • Live Video Streaming
  • Cloud Video Storage





Brinks Security – Pricing and Equipment



Nest Secure



Nest Secure


Brinks has elected to also offer a self-monitored security system through its partnership with Nest Secure.  The basic Nest Secure package is available for $299 and includes:

  • 1 Nest Guard (Control Panel / Hub)
  • 2 Nest Detects (Door/Window Sensors w/ motion detection)
  • 2 Nest Tags – (Key FOBS)

The monthly monitoring of the Nest Secure System is either $29/mo. on a month to month basis, or $19/mo. with a 3 year contract.



Brinks Offers



Brinks Smart Security Essential Brinks Home Security Systems -Smart Security Ultimate

Basic Brinks Home Security Systems Package Price – $199

  • Brinks Home Touch  – Control Panel
  • Wireless Door Sensors (2)
  • Wireless Motion Sensors (1)
  • Yard Sign and Window Stickers




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Brinks Security System with Video Package Price – $499

  • Brinks Home Touch  – Control Panel
  • Wireless Door Sensors (3)
  • Wireless Motion Sensors (2)
  • Yard Sign and Window Stickers
  • Indoor Camera with Night Vision (1)




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Deluxe  Brinks Alarm System Package Price – $1099

  • Brinks Home Touch  – Control Panel
  • Wireless Door Sensors (3)
  • Wireless Motion Sensors (2)
  • Yard Sign and Window Stickers
  • Slimline Video Doorbell Camera (1)
  • Outdoor Camera (1)
  • Professional Installation






Brinks Security packages  come pre-configured as DIY systems or are available with Brinks Professional Installation for an additional $199.  

The Professional Installation includes a system demonstration and extends the 2-year warranty to a Lifetime Warranty.

The approved security components are primarily manufactured by Qolsys and branded for Brinks. Brinks security system pricing and packages may be different when using an authorized Brinks home Security dealer/

The basic package prices are fairly competitive with other national companies as are add-on components.  Doors sensors are just $29, motion detectors are $78 and smoke detectors are $79.




Customer Service


Brinks maintains an outstanding A+ BBB rating.  However, like all large home security companies, it is not difficult to find negative online customer reviews. Most complaints revolve around the difficulty of canceling the 3-year contract and service call billing issues.

Brinks support is available through chat, e-mail, and phone.




Brinks Security Summary


Brinks offers a quality home security alarm system alternative to one seeking a nationally recognized brand. They offer either DIY or a professionally installed system, installed by a local authorized dealer.  While they certify the individual dealers to help assure quality and customer satisfaction,  the service experience may vary significantly depending on the caliber of the independent dealer in your area.

Having been involved in a couple of major acquisitions in the last couple of years, it appears that the customer experience may have been suffering. In light of the fact that there has been so much change in the past few years, one might be better served by companies that have a more stable track record and business model.

If you are getting your system professionally installed, we recommend that you research the local dealer, and explore our top alarm companies before making any long-term commitment.



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Brinks Alarm Equipment


Brinks offers a wide variety of equipment, but the primary line-up is the Brinks Home Touch system which is anchored by the revolutionary Qolsys IQ Gen2 Panel.

Brinks authorized dealers can choose their own from the approved providers list.

  • Honeywell
  • DSC
  • GE/Interlogix
  • 2Gig Technologies


The Brinks Home Touch

Qosys IQ Gen 2


Qolsys IQ2


They provide a broad range of home automation features which can all be managed through the Brinks Home Security App. Through the app you  can lock and unlock doors, open a garage door, control lights and small appliances and control thermostats.

They offer both indoor and outdoor security cameras including a Brinks video doorbell camera. Although once a novelty item, a video doorbell is becoming an almost standard add-on on any home security alarm system.

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Door/Window Sensor

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Wireless sensors that will notify you when a door or window is opened.


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Brinks Alarm Smoke Sensor

Detects extreme temperature change and smoke for maximum fire protection.


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Z-Wave thermostat. Can be managed on Brinks Security App.


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 Brinks Alarm System Motion Sensor

Pet-friendly sensor that detects movement of objects that exceed 40 lbs.


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Indoor Video Camera

Brinks Security Camera

Indoor wireless video camera with motion detection and “night vision”.


Common Brinks Home Security FAQs

How much does Brinks Home Security cost, monthly?

Brinks Security systems are typically professionally installed by their authorized dealers and agents.  Upfront installation costs will vary depending on the equipment required. Base prices start at $199 and can easily exceed $1000. Monitoring starts at $29.95 per month and goes up from there depending on the services provided. 

How long are Brinks alarm contracts?

Brinks Security Systems require a 3-year monitoring contract – with the exception of California which limits contracts to 2 years. 

Does Brinks offer home automation?

Yes. They offer a full range of home automation products. The Brinks Home Security systems can include video doorbell cameras, smart door locks, lighting, and thermostats.  

How do I cancel a Brinks Home Security contract?

After the three-year contract term, terminating a Brinks alarm contract requires written notification. You can get details about canceling by contacting Brinks customer care. 

Frequently Asked Questions


How do Brinks Home Security Systems compare with the top competition?


Brinks Home Security is the 2nd largest home security company in the US and has a  network of authorized dealers that cover the majority of states. If you want a nationally recognized company with professional installation and are looking for an alternative to ADT, Protection One and Vivint -Brinks is a reasonably good choice…IF you are willing to sign a 3-year contract.

Because installations are handled by local dealers, there is some inconsistency in the customer experience…and, as a result- negative online reviews and feedback regarding their sales and contract renewal practices. We feel that there are a number of better security options offered by our top-rated security companies and those listed in side by side comparisons, below.

Brinks vs ADT vs  Vivint vs Frontpoint vs Protect America vs Link Interactive


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Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 8.5
  • BBB Rating - A+
  • Years in Business - 20+
  • SDM Ranking - 2
  • Equip. Man - Varies
  • Upfront Costs - $19+
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $19.99
  • Contract Length - 0-36 mo.
  • Installation- DIY/Pro
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - 2 Year
  • Return Policy - 90 Days

ADT Monitoring
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Facts and Features

  • 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

Protect America
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Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 8.8
  • BBB Rating - A
  • Years in Business - 20+
  • SDM Ranking - 15
  • Equip. Man - GE
  • Upfront Costs - $0
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $19.99
  • Contract Length - 36 mo.
  • Installation- DIY or Pro
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - Lifetime
  • Return Policy - 14 Days

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Facts and Features

  • HSA Rating - 9.5
  • BBB Rating - A+
  • Years in Business - 8
  • SDM Ranking - N/A
  • Equip. Man - Frontpoint
  • Upfront Costs - $99.00+
  • Min. Monitoring Rate - $44.99
  • NO Long Term Contract!
  • Installation- DIY
  • Relocation - Easy
  • Equip. Warranty - 3 Year
  • Return Policy - 30 Day

Brinks vs Vivint

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Brinks Security vs Vivint


You can get professional installation from either of the companies, although Brinks also offers a DIY option.

However, Vivint uses primarily their own employees, whereas Brinks installations are either DIY or primarily done through their network of 3rd party authorized dealers.

As a result, the experience can vary significantly from one Brinks dealer to the next. As a result, you may come across a number of negative Brinks Security reviews that complain about the installation performance of a local dealer.

You may find that there are discrepancies in Brinks home security systems pricing and equipment selection which is often determined by the local dealer.

Vivint introduced a new Flexpay option in 2017 which enables prospective customers to finance the equipment over 42-60 months with 0% interest. Equipment is purchased separately from the monitoring.

If a customer elects to purchase the equipment outright…there is no monitoring contract required!


Some Vivint Advantages over Brinks Home Alarm Systems


• Vivint Sky Touchscreen Display Control Panel comes standard Vivint -Best Home Automation Trophy
• Professional Set Up and Installation at no additional cost
• Full Range of Monitoring Options
• Nationwide Service Network
• Voice Control as well as 2 Way Voice Communication Available
• Industry Leading Home Automation Capabilities
• Nationwide Relocation Program
•  Award Winning Vivint Home App- 4.5 Star Rating!
• 0% Interest Flexpay Equipment Financing
• Lifetime Equipment Warranty


Before committing to a long-term contract, check out our Brinks Home Security Reviews.

You should seriously consider comparing them with Vivint.


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Brinks Security vs ADT


Brinks Home Security Systems vs ADT Monitored Security


While Brinks has a lot to offer, the following are a number of reasons customers elect to purchase an ADT alarm system.

Why Choose ADT Monitoring?


While Brinks Security now has almost a million customers, there are over 6 million homes and businesses in the US  equipped with ADT monitored security systems. They have been in business for over 140 years and have 6 UL Listed, 5 Diamond Certified monitoring stations staffed with the most highly trained professionals in the business. Moni has 1 monitoring center. An ADT monitored system is professionally installed, using the most reliable, state of the art equipment. Their highly trained, experienced and background-checked technicians will ensure that everything works properly and that you are completely comfortable with the operation of the system -which is monitored by ADT – the most trusted name in the industry. Benefits include:

  • FREE Security System -$850 Value*Cox Homelife Review -ADT Security Systems
  • Professional Installation
  • Superior Monitoring Redundancy- 6 Monitoring Centers
  • Local Nationwide Service Network
  • Superior Technology – Voice Control Available
  • Broad Home Automation Compatibility
  • Nationwide Relocation Program (certain restrictions apply)
  • $500 Theft Protection Guarantee (certain restrictions apply)
  • 6 Month Service Guarantee (certain restrictions apply)

*$99 charge for parts & installation with monthly monitoring services. Termination Fee Applies. For New Customers Only. (See T&Cs Below) So if you are looking at professionally installed home security systems, you should definitely investigate what has made ADT the #1 name in the home security!


ADT Offers

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Brinks Security Systems vs Frontpoint Security


Brinks Security Systems vs.  Frontpoint Security


So….why would someone choose Frontpoint over Brinks?

Although they both do a good job resolving customer issues, Frontpoint has a higher BBB Rating and a much lower number of complaints filed annually than Brinks. Navigate to the Frontpoint site, and you will find pricing, equipment, monitoring rates, ownership, and warranty policies all clearly spelled out. 

Equipment and Monitoring

Frontpoint systems come standard with Cellular monitoring and start at just $99.00.…with extremely competitive pricing on their add on sensors. Monitoring costs run from $34.95-$49.95…and all included features are clearly defined.


Frontpoint vs Brinks

Frontpoint no longer requires a contract or credit check!

And, at the time of this update, Frontpoint even includes a FREE Doorbell Cam with their base package!  See their current packages and promos.


Interactive Features

Fontpoint’s uses the Award Winning interactive service platform- with state of the art features that include:

  • Smash and Crash Protection- notifies the central station of an intrusion- even if the system is destroyed or compromised.
  • Geo-Fencing- allows the system to automatically manage security and home automation features base on your GPS proximity.
  • Power Outage Notification – in the event that there is a loss of power, the system alerts you via SMS or E-mail.

While a Brinks dealer will typically send a salesman to your home to provide pricing and system details…Frontpoint believes in providing total transparency on their website, and giving you all the tools you need to make an informed decision…and place your order right over the phone.

Then they give you 30 days to try the system to make sure it is right for you….No pressure…no gimmicks…no restocking fees. Most Frontpoint customers will save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over a professionally installed competitor- Monitronics Security Reviews- vs Frontpoint - Frontpoint Securitywithout the prospect of having to deal with a “high pressure” salesman in the home – or the hassles of scheduling and allowing strangers in the home to install the system.

  • NO High-Pressure Salesman
  • NO Hassles of Scheduling Install
  • NO Strangers in YOUR Home
  • Save Hundreds!

Frontpoint Security delivers state of the art, DIY security and home automation products

with the very best customer service in the industry.

Get More Info on Frontpoint Home Security Systems

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Brinks Security vs Protect America


Brinks Security System vs. Protect America

So…why would someone choose protect America? 


Get the  $0 Up Front Costs– with  Protect America !Protect America  has over 20 years experience and pioneered the DIY alarm industry. As the #1 DIY Alarm System provider,  they deliver  most of the same advantages over Monitronics…without any upfront costs.

Protect America makes protecting your home and family with a security and home automation system by  eliminating upfront Moni Security Systems vs Protect Americaequipment AND  installation costs!

Their Qolsys IQ control panel  is very easy to use, reliable and comes backed with  by a Lifetime Warranty.

The Protect America Platinum Packages includes up to $1400 in FREE Equipment! A Moni Security System will easily cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars up front.


With their $0 up front pricing policy, Protect America makes it easy and affordable to own a comprehensive home security system.


And  their Rate Lock program keeps it affordable, by guaranteeing your monitoring rate for life.

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Brinks Security Systems vs Link Interactive

Brinks Home Security vs. Link Interactive Security


While Brinks Security is a more highly recognized brand, Link Interactive offers outstanding value.  For those considering a DIY alternative to a Brinks alarms systems, Link is well worth considering.

Link Interactive offers the very latest state of the art wireless systems from 2GIG Technologies. 

Owned by Mountain Alarm, out of Ogden, Utah, they have over 60 years’ experience providing  quality home security solutions and a track record of exceeding customer expectations…with a 98% approval rating. While negative Brinks Home Security reviews from the unhappy owners Brinks security systems are not uncommon, Link Interactive home security system owners rave about their security systems!


Link Interactive Monitoring-All the bells and Whistles..Great Low Price

But the Link Interactive story doesn’t stop there.

They offer comprehensive monitoring including Crash and Smash, Geo Location, 2-Way Voice, Interactive Services, AND full home automation functionality for just $30.99 a month!

Want video? No problem…just $5.00 more.

Looking for great service,equipment and the lowest monitoring rates?  Find out more about Link Interactive!



DIY or Pro Install of Brinks Security Systems?

Factors to consider choosing a Brinks Alarm system


There are a number of things to consider prior to buying a Brinks Security System.


Do it yourself as opposed to Professional Install?

One of the initial things to consider is whether you want to put in the unit personally or perhaps pay for a professional installation. Traditionally, home security systems would have to be hardwired into the home. This would call for drilling and even cutting openings into the walls, fishing electrical wires and complicated mounting and extensive programming.

But…times have actually changed. Even providers that professionally install the systems are now working with mainly wireless equipment. Nevertheless, online Brinks Alarm Reviews sometimes cite frustrations with installations and customer home security systems service.

The wireless technology continues to improve. Security products are exceptionally easy to use… and install. It is no longer necessary for professionals to install to ensure customer’s security.

The more capable Do-it-yourself alarm companies have vastly streamlined the installation program in order to make it simple for even the most technically challenged property owners.

The better companies, such as Frontpoint Home Security and Protect America Security  pre-program the whole system prior to mailing it out, guaranteeing that all the end user has to do is attach the devices and simply contact them to get the system initialized.


More than 90% of house owners determined our best DIY alarms systems were quite straightforward to install!


Brinks Home Security Reviews- DIY Install Advantages

Benefits associated with Do it yourself

• No Installation Expense – Save you 100s
• Cheaper Add-on Components Costs – Frequently nearly half
• Little or No Waiting or Appointment setting – No reason to set time aside from your job
• Will increase System Familiarity
• Hassle-free to transfer

Primary advantages of Professional Install

• Reduced Time and effort
• Somewhat more Know-how

Even though a professionally installed system from Brinks Security  may well demand less energy, a large proportion found that the equipment made available through the top Do it yourself home security system service providers were simple  to install, user friendly and consequently ended up saving individuals a considerable sum of money compared to a installed by a professional system.

If you should decide on professional installation, and get a Brinks Home Security System, make sure that the technician has previously been background checked as well as undergone drug screening.

Using Brinks Alarm sub-contractors isn’t necessarily a bad thing (they might even have more past experiences compared to company employees). Nevertheless,  ensure that they have actually completed comprehensive screening prior to allowing them into your your home.


Local vs. Nationwide Brinks Security Service


When it comes to  acquiring the right security company for safeguarding your home and loved ones, we suggest getting a nationwide home security company which has had a reliable background and is focused solely on home security systems.  Brinks Security reviews indicate the ability to provide relocation services anywhere in the country is an important  consideration.

We live in a mobile culture, and no one knows when you may be required to transfer or relocate and …and have to move your Brinks alarm to another city.

Brinks has a dealer network that covers pretty much the entire U.S.

Tips to Keep any Home Safer

Beyond Brinks Home Security


  In addition to a Brinks alarm -below are a handful of easy steps to safeguard your property from burglars.  

1. Keep the home properly illuminated. Outside motion lights are an excellent deterrent against nighttime home invasions.

2. Create the illusion that you are home simply by employing timers on lighting, radios and also Televisions. Making your house seem to be occupied, even when no one is home, will certainly dissuade criminals.

3. If you’re going away, have a next-door neighbor collect the newspaper. Suspend mail delivery and schedule to have the lawn cut or driveway shoveled.

4. Have shades drawn in spots with particularly expensive equipment.

5. Give a spare set of keys to a dependable friend. Never leave them underneath a door mat, over the front door or under a plant pot.

6. Don’t broadcast that you are going away on social media, e-mail auto responders or answering machine messages. This informs criminals your home is unoccupied.

Consider a professionally monitored alarm system from one of our top-rated security companies. It will help reduce the chances of an attempted burglary, and provide you with a great many other life safety benefits that will increase one’s sense of security and provide you with 24/7 peace of mind!


Brinks Alarm Install Considerations


Things to Consider when choosing a Brinks Home Security system.


Do it yourself Brinks Alarm System as opposed to Brinks Security Professional Install?


One of the initial things to consider is whether you want to put in the unit personally or perhaps pay for a professional installation. Traditionally, home security systems would have to be hardwired into the home. This would call for drilling and even cutting openings into the walls, fishing electrical wires, and complicated mounting and extensive programming.

But…times have changed. because the equipment is wireless, Brinks Security even offers both DIY and Professionally installed options. Online  Brinks Home Security Reviews indicate that most customers find the DIY option quite simple to install.


Brinks Security Options


Home security technology continues to be improved through the years to really make the customer’s home system security products exceptionally easy to use… and install. It is no longer necessary for professionals to install to ensure the customer’s security.

The more capable Do-it-yourself alarm companies have actually vastly streamlined the installation program in order to make it simple for even the most technically challenged property owners.

The better companies, such as Brinks, Frontpoint Home Security and Protect America Security  pre-program the whole system prior to mailing it out, guaranteeing that all the end user has to do is attach the devices and simply contact them to get the system initialized. More than 90% of house owners determined our best DIY alarms systems were quite straightforward to install!

Benefits of DIY Brinks Security Set Up


Potential benefits to Brinks Home Security DIY Install 

  • Less Up Front Money– Simple DIY alarm set up can save you hundreds over a professionally installed system. Brinks Home Security Reviews often complain of professional installation issues. Moreover, many have found that that equipment costs on larger systems were too high.
  • Month to Month Contracts –  The Brinks Alarm contracts are less than some of the competition, but many DIY alarm companies such as Frontpoint are now month to month.
  • No Waiting– With a professionally installed Alarm System,  you will need to schedule an appointment with a technician -during normal business hours. With a DIY alarm system, you can install it yourself at a time that is convenient for you.
  • Increases System Knowledge– Home security owners who install their own alarm systems are able to get more familiar with all the features and operation of their systems.
  • Portability– With a wireless DIY security system, you can just set it up again at your new home. Many competitors’ reviews complain that service is not always available when they move to a new area.
  • No strangers – While Brinks Home Security takes great care in hiring technicians…they sometimes have to use 3rd party sub-contractors.  They may not be as well vetted as their own employees.  Why take a chance when a wireless home security system is so easy to install?


DIY Security System Set-Up Benefits of  Brinks Home Security

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Advantages of a Brinks Security System Professional Install

• Reduced Time and effort
• Somewhat more Know-how

Even though a professionally installed system from Brinks Home Security may well demand less energy, a large proportion found that the equipment made available through the top Do it yourself home security system service providers were simple to install, user-friendly and less expensive. 

If you should decide on professional installation by Brinks Security, remember to determine how experienced the installation specialist is.  See if they have previously been background checked as well as undergone drug screening. Inquire whether or not the supplier has their own employees or possibly uses 3rd party subcontractors.

Using Brinks Alarm sub-contractors isn’t necessarily a bad thing (they might even have more past experiences compared to company employees).  Nevertheless, it is best to make sure that they have undergone comprehensive screening prior to allowing them into your home.


Local vs. Nationwide Brinks Security Service


When it comes to safeguarding your home and loved ones, we suggest getting a nationwide home security company that has had a reliable background and is focused solely on home security systems.  Brinks Home Security reviews indicate the ability to provide relocation services anywhere in the country is an important consideration.

We live in a mobile culture, and no one knows when you may be required to transfer or relocate and …and have to move your Brinks alarm to another city.

Brinks has a dealer network that covers pretty much the entire U.S.

In addition, the DIY option for a Brinks Home Security System means it can go wherever you do…


Uses for Brinks Alarm System Sensors

Brinks Home Security Reviews Unique Sensor Uses


Brinks Home Security sensors can be used for many other things besides just contacting doors and windows. 

Many top-rated home alarm systems can be set up so that specific door or window sensors function as non-reporting devices.  With this configuration the  magnetic sensors will only  activate the chime and send an alert signal through your Brinks Security Systems App -without activating any alarm.  The mobile app will let you check out your Brinks Security Cameras right on your smart phone. 


Brinks Security Systems -Optional Sensor Applications


Some less traditional sensor uses might be:

  • Gun Safe – Mounting a Brinks Home Security sensor on your gun cabinet will provide a second layer of protection.  That way, if someone gets into your gun cabinet, you will be notified.
  • Liquor and Medicine Cabinets- Your Brinks Home Alarm system can also help with monitoring the contents of your liquor and medicine cabinets.  
  • Hazardous Materials- Prevent an accidental poisoning.  Mount Brinks alarm system contacts on any cabinet that a youngster might be able to reach that might contain harmful or toxic materials.
  • Tool Shed- If the tool shed is close enough to the control panel of your Brinks Home Security system, a sensor can be mounted in the tool shed door. You should inquire about special outdoor sensors to deal with extreme temperatures and the elements
  • Mailbox- No need to wonder if mail has been delivered.  Brinks alarm system door/window sensors can be placed on the mailbox to let you know.
  • Pool Gate – Families with young children should be extra careful if they have a swimming pool. An outdoor sensor on the gate can let you know when someone accesses the pool area.

Keep in mind, outdoor applications may require more robust sensors. In addition, mounting on some surfaces can be difficult and you need to be sure the sensor is within range of the Brinks alarm system.

Consult Brinks Home Security tech support to see which products will work best for you.


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Brinks Home Security Systems – Sensor Uses Infographic


6 Special Uses for Brinks Home Security Sensors - Infographic

Brinks Security Response Time

How Much Time Will It Require Brinks Home Security to Respond to an emergency?


While pretty much provider claims to provide the fastest response, it is important to understand the variables that are involved.

Your  Brinks Alarm system will typically have a 30-60 second entry delay that will allow you enough time to disarm the alarm system. (The system can also be placed on “Instant” setting whenever everyone is home)The siren goes off after the delay if your system is not disarmed.

The Brinks monitoring center response times tend to be estimated from the time a signal is received to the time the dispatcher contacts the house to verify the signal. These times will usually be less than sixty seconds.

If no one picks up from the household, the monitoring personnel will try to get hold of everyone listed on the emergency call list …and they will then dispatch the authorities. Each step is time-stamped and recorded at the monitoring center.

Although you might find Brinks security reviews with claims of higher than average reaction times, most of the leading security alarm providers do a first-rate job – provided the Brinks home security systems are functioning properly.

Brinks recommends that the system is tested on a weekly, or at least monthly, schedule to make certain the system along with communications are actually operating correctly. 

Nationally, the average response time frame by the police is approximately 7 minutes, though, this can vary considerably based on the location of your property, the type of the circumstance, whether there is audio or possibly on-line video validation and the existing demand and also availability of nearby emergency assistance during the time of the call.

In the event you currently have Brinks alarm service and can offer information on their real-world response times, please be sure o mention your experience in our customer  Brinks Home Security reviews.

Preventing Brinks Home Security False Alarms


Ways to help you steer clear of Brinks Security false alarms


As stated earlier, false alarms arising from the use of your Brinks Alarm system could end up creating a substantial overload on your neighborhood authorities as well as critical services resources.

This could quite possibly result in pricey penalties or fees.  Although most Brinks Home Security Reviews don’t get into it, the vast majority of dispatches spring from false alarms.  Because of this, a large percentage of towns enforce penalties and fees when homeowners go beyond a certain quantity of false alarms.

To protect against the possibility of this happening to you, listed here are some recommendations for preventing a false alarm with your Brinks Home Security system.

• Be sure that everyone knows the way to disarm the burglar alarm. Your alarm has a master passcode, along with a number of supplemental individual codes that can be programmed into the system. Try to be sure everybody knows his or her code and is able to disarm the burglar alarm.

• It is important to ensure that everybody is also aware of the password. In the event that there is an alarm, the central monitoring station will typically contact your property to start with and ask for the security password. This is to make sure that that the man or woman picking up is undoubtedly an authorized party. In the event of an alarm, should he or she be unable to supply the correct password, the authorities will likely be dispatched.

• Check to see that all windows and doors are properly secured before setting the system. Any doors that have been left slightly ajar could be blown open while you are away at the office and set off the alarm.

• Make certain that all sensors are placed solidly and in the best places. Motion sensors should really be positioned at a height of 6’ as well as being removed from areas that have fans, heating units, fireplace, and ac units.

• Take note of things that could potentially trigger a motion sensor. It’s not only pets. Air conditioning units could potentially cause fluttering drapes or plants…even helium balloons which could be moved around the house due to air currents. Ensure that they have been strapped down away from the motions.

• In a perfect world, your pets really should be limited to areas removed from motion sensors. Should that not be viable, you’ll find “pet friendly” or “pet immune” sensors that are able to screen out smaller pets under 40, 50 even 80 lbs.  Motion sensors could also be set up to generate pet alleys whereby pets could move freely about. Glass break detectors could also be used in lieu of motions.

• It is extremely important that batteries be changed when low. Brinks Home Alarm systems use Li-Ion batteries that have, at a minimum, a two year estimated life expectancy. Your Brinks Security system will generally notify you if the batteries have become low and even continue to alert you when there is about 1 month of functional life.

It advisable to acquire additional batteries and have them readily available so you can switch out low batteries easily. Your system can even inform you should there be any problems with sensors. In cases where you get a system error notification, do a status check and check out the sensor.

Speak to Brinks Home Security Customer Service if you continue to receive fault signals. Keep your user Brinks Alarm manuals/codes/passwords in a secure chosen location where they might be checked if necessary.

Although, the easiest way to avert false alarms is to utilize your Brinks system regularly and ensure that everyone is familiar with how to operate the system.


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Brinks Alarm APP




Brinks Home Security Review Uncovers 7 Benefits of the

Brinks Home Security App


Brinks Security offers an easy to use mobile app. The Brinks Alarm control panel provides a central hub that manages virtually any compatible home automation equipment, while still managing to keep the home security alarm prices competitive.


Brinks Security APP


Brinks Home Security Systems Mobile App – Features and Benefits


  • Arm/Disarm System – Brinks Security Systems offer basic features such as allowing you to turn your alarm on or off from any mobile device.
  • Lock/Unlock Doors –  The Brinks Security App also enables you to control compatible door locks. Rules can be set up to automate most features.
  • Brinks Security Cameras – allow you to record video or watch in real-time… right through the app. A Brinks Home Security Camera lets you monitor your pets and check in on the children as they arrive home from school. The Brinks Alarm system can be set up with both indoor and outdoor surveillance systems.
  • Real-Time Alerts –  Most Brinks Security packages let you set real-time alerts that will notify you via text or e-mail.
  • Thermostat Control – The Brinks Alarm App can even serve as a home energy management hub.  It allows you to control the thermostat and…
  • Turn Lights On/OFF –This will ensure that you will always be able to walk into a well lit home…
  • Control Appliances – With Brinks Home Security systems, you can even start a pot of coffee from the office.  You can return home to the smell of freshly brewed coffee.


And with monitoring plans starting at $39 per month, you can control your Brinks equipment with your voice assistant through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant 2.

If you’ve had the opportunity to check out the Brinks Security App, make sure to share your Brinks Reviews with our readers in our section for Brinks Home Security Reviews!

Brinks Security Arming Modes

Brinks Home Security Systems Arming Modes


OFF — When your Brinks Security system is turned off, many sensors and features are still active.   Your Brinks alarm system will still alert you if contacted windows or doors are open by sounding a local chime.  In addition, environmental and life security systems are still active. If a smoke detector is triggered,  the alarm will sound and your system will still alert the central monitoring station.

Stay– The stay mode will arm just the doors and windows of the Brinks security system.

Away–  On brinks home security systems, the away setting will trigger any interior motion sensors as well as the windows and doors.

Instant — You are able to eliminate the entry delay in your Brinks  alarm system by arming it in instant manner.

Duress –  If someone were to force you to disarm the system, a special duress code will trigger immediate emergency response.

 Panic –  The Brinks Home Security system is equipped with emergency panic button on the main panel.  This alerts the monitoring station of an occupied panic signal. 


Brinks Home Security Systems Arming Options


Brinks Home Security Systems Arming Modes - Infographic


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Brinks Alarm System Design

Tips for Designing Brinks Security Systems


Brinks Home Security Review- Designing Your Brinks Home Security System


Perimeter Protection – The top priority when setting up a Brinks Alarm system is protecting the perimeter of your property. On top of installing contacts on the doors and mounting sensors on vulnerable windows, it is a good idea to try to discourage any local thieves from targeting your home.  By placing yard signs, window stickers and outdoor Brinks Security cameras where they are readily visible, you will let everyone know that your home is well fortified. 

Interior Protection – A good Brinks home alarm system will also provide a second line of defense. This is so you can to detect an intruder if they are able to bypass the perimeter protection.  Motions should be mounted to maximize coverage. It is ideal if you can set up an extra keypad in the master bedroom, as well.  Indoor Brinks Home Security cameras can be monitored on some keypads and it will also let you activate panic alerts more easily.

Asset Protection- Your Brinks home alarm system also lets you set up “non-reporting” sensors. If you configure them this way, they will not set off the siren or send a signal to the monitoring center. Instead, they will only notify you discreetly through your Brinks Security App. Many Brinks customers use sensors on gun cabinets, medicine or liquor cabinets or office doors.

Environmental Protection – Your Brinks Alarm System can also be set up to monitor environmental hazards such as fire, carbon monoxide, flooding or freezing.  There are specific Brinks Security sensors for each of these applications.

Home Automation- Brinks Security systems can provide you with a central hub which enables you to control lighting, cameras, heat and air conditioning, doors and garage door openers. Your Brinks home alarm system can control virtually any home automation function right from your smartphone on the Brinks Security App.


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Avoiding Brinks Security False Alarms


How to Avoid False Alarms with Brinks Home Security Systems


Brinks Security false alarms arising from home security systems  could quite possibly lead to expensive fees and penalties

Though rarely mentioned in Brinks Home Security Reviews, the vast majority of dispatches are due to false alarms.  

To prevent this from happening to you, following are some ideas to limit the chances of getting a false alarm with your Brinks Alarm system.

• Make sure everyone is familiar with how to disarm the system. Your alarm has a master passcode, as well as a number of supplemental individual codes which may be programmed into the system. Be that everyone knows their code and is able to disarm the system.

• Ensure that everyone also knows about the security password. If there is an alarm, the central monitoring station is generally going to call the home to verify the signal. They will request the security password to confirm that the person picking up is an authorized party. Fail to provide the correct password, and the monitoring center will dispatch the police.

• Be certain that every window and door is securely shut before arming the system. Any entrance that is left somewhat ajar might be blown open while you are away and set off the alarm.

• Make sure that all sensors are positioned properly. Motion sensors must be attached at a height of 6’.  They should be located away from the fans, heating units, fireplace, and air conditioning.

• If possible, pets should be confined away from motion detectors. If that is not possible, you should request that Brinks Security install “pet-friendly” or “pet immune” detectors that could screen out smaller pets below 40, 50 even 80 lbs. They could also set up the motion sensors to create pet alleys or install glass break detectors instead of motions.

• Make sure you switch out batteries when they get low.  Your system or the Brinks App will notify you when they are getting low. In the event that you have a system error alert, perform a status check to determine the problem.  Reach out to  Brinks Home Security Customer Service if you get an error signal.

You should also keep user manuals/codes/passwords secured and handy…so that they can be checked if necessary.

But, the easiest way to avoid false alarms is by using your system on a consistent basis and ensure that everyone understands the right way to operate the system.


Protecting Brinks Alarm Systems from Hackers

Brinks Home Security Review- Keeping your Brinks Security System Network Safe from Hackers


The IoT (Internet of Things) can help you manage multiple smart devices through the App However, these added conveniences can come at a price. Smart devices can create weak links that can be exploited by hackers.

As a result, you want to be sure to follow the best practices below to ensure that your home network is properly secured.


6 Ways to Protect Brinks Security Systems from Hackers


Tips for a Secure Smart Home from Brinks Reviews


Research the Device

If you are adding 3rd party smart home devices to your Brinks Security System, be sure to follow standard security protocols and best practices.  Invest in quality smart devices that will require password protection, one or two-step authentication, and offer frequent over the air firmware and security updates.


Register the Equipment

Be sure to register each device, not only for warranty purposes – but to ensure that you are receiving any firmware updates.  Updates will typically include additional features and will also address any known security issues.   Brinks Home Security systems have over the air update capabilities.

Pay Attention to Passwords

It is important to change the default passwords. Use a mixture of letters, cases, numbers, and symbols that would be difficult to guess.

Also, unique passwords should be used for each smart device.  This prevents a hacker from getting access to all your sensitive accounts if your password for one is compromised.

Create a Secure Wi-Fi Network

To prevent digital intruders from disarming yourBrinks Alarm system, it is very important that you protect your entire home network. Start by changing the name of the network and default password. Select a network name that doesn’t include your address or any personal details.

You can set up a Wi-Fi network specifically for your smart home appliances. This will make it more difficult for hackers to access the network where you do your banking and store your sensitive information.


Consider Professional Installation

If this sounds like more than you wish to tackle, you may want to invest in the professional installation. The Brinks Home Security technicians should be able to help you incorporate some more advanced security measures.


Reset to Factory Default Settings

Before you dispose of, sell or give away any of your Brinks Alarm System smart devices, make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions to remove all of your data.


Video Summary of Tips to Safeguard Brinks Home Security Systems



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