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Home Security Systems

Security System Basic
Monthly Fee
Up-Front
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Professional
Installation
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Contract Duration
Equipment
Manufacturer
Monitoring
Response Time
Time in
Business
Devices
Warranty
Cancellation
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Ratings BBB
ratings
Frontpoint $34.99 $99.95 DIY 36 months GE Security 30 seconds 8 Years 2 years 80% of balance 4.5/5 A+
Guardian Protection $29.95 $99 Required 36 months GE Security 60 seconds 64 Years Lifetime Pay Balance 3.8/5 A+
LiveWatch Security $19.95 $99 DIY 12 months Various 18 seconds 12 Years Lifetime No fee 4.2/5 A+
Protect America $19.99 $0 Optional 36 months GE Security 20 seconds 22 Years Lifetime Pay balance 4.7/5 A
Protection 1 $24.99 $0 Required 36 months Honeywell 45 seconds 26 Years 3 years Pay balance 4.4/5 A+
SimpliSafe $14.99 $229 DIY None SimpliSafe 9 seconds 8 Years 3 years No fees 4.2/5 A+
Vivint $53.99 $99 Required 42 months Various 9 seconds 15 Years Lifetime Pay Full 3.2/5 C+
Security System Pros Cons
Frontpoint Portable wifi equipments and easy to install
Interactive remote control
Cellular monitoring
Does not provide two-way intercom
Guardian Protection Good technology and equipment
Home automation options
No alert for flood, natural gas leak, power failure
Poor online transparency
LiveWatch Security Customizable packages
No long term contracts
Two security panels
No professional installation for complex systems
Protect America No fee for activation, installation & equipment
Live and recorded video monitoring
Easy DIY installation with help of videos on their website
Tech support not very good
No natural gas leak alert
Protection 1 Basic plan also gives great selection of sensors, mobile app
Both options to self install or by professional
System activation from anywhere
Information about terms of service is little harder to find
SimpliSafe Does not require monitoring contract
60 day money back guarantee
Lower monthly monitoring price
No personal safety alerts
Limited home automation
No video surviellance
Higher up-front cost
Vivint Service availability to 50 states
Video surveillance available
App available on multiple platforms iOs, Android, Windows
Higher monthly monitoring price
Longer contract period
No cancellation during contract period