Free Home Security System EstimatesThis home security system comparison chart is designed to help you choose the one with the equipment, features and price that is right for you. We’ve done the research to take the hassle out of comparing and selecting your next home security company.

Most home security companies offer a variety of system packaged to meet your budget and needs in good – better – best fashion. We’ve grouped them into:

  • Value systems: $15-$30 per month
  • Mid-level systems: $30-$45 per month
  • Premium systems: $45-60 per month

Value Priced Home Security Systems

The best rates are found in this tier, but the systems are often quite basic. They typically include a control panel, one motion detector to be placed in a high-traffic area and two to four door/window sensors. Some have remote keychains as part of the package or as an add-on at additional one-time cost. A few offer mobile apps for controlling the system remotely with a smart device. Let’s compare home security companies in the value range.

CompanyLiveWatchProtect AmericaSimpliSafeAlarmForceLifeShieldLink Interactive
Phone(855) 587.3814(888) 255.7812(888) 957.4675(800) 267-2001(866) 311.1331(877) 778.8423
Package NameCellularCopperInteractiveAlarmPlusSecurity BasicsBasic
Activation$19.95NoneNoneNoneNoneNone
Monthly Monitoring$19.95$19.99$24.99$25$29.99$29.99
Equipment Cost$99Free Use$259.95Free UseFree Use$99.99
Control PanelYesYesYesYesYesYes
Motion Detector1111None1
Door-Window Sensors224223
Mobile AppNoNoYesNoYesYes
Keychain Remote1$24.95 ea1NoneNoneNone
ConnectionCellularLandlineCellularLandlineBroadband w/ phone backupLandline

Mid-Level Home Security Systems

These moderately priced home alarm systems typically include more equipment than value-priced security systems. Most also have what is known in the industry as “crash & smash” technology. This means that if a door or window is opened, a signal is sent to the monitoring service as usual. If an intruder then tries to disable the alarm in any way, the monitoring service will notify authorities. Systems without crash and smash protection can sometimes be quickly disabled by experienced thieves, and this fools the monitoring service into thinking the system has simply been disarmed by a member of the household using the proper code.

CompanyLiveWatchProtect AmericaAlarmForceLifeShieldLink InteractiveFrontpoint
Phone(855) 587.3814(888) 255-7812(800) 267.2001(866) 311-1331(877) 778.8423(888) 268-6273
Package NameMobile ProBronzeAlarmPlusSecurity EssentialsPremiumProtection
Activation$19.95$35.99None$99.00NoneNone
Monthly Monitoring$29.95Free Use$29.95$39.99$34.99$34.99
Equipment Cost$99Free UseFree Use$399.99$99.00
Control PanelYesYesYesYesYesYes
Motion Detector11 (Extras $125ea)11 (Extras $58ea)21
Door-Window Sensors2624 (Extras $28ea)51 (Extras $32.99ea)
Mobile AppYesYesNoYesYesNo
Extras1 Crash/SmashNoneExtra Cost 2-way voiceNoneCrash/smashCrash/smash $29.99ea
Glass-break SensorNone$99.99eaNone11$74.99ea
Smoke DetectorNone$99.99ea plus $2 per monthExtra Costfire safety sensor $108eaNone$64.99ea
ConnectionCellularLandlineLandlineBroadband w/ phone backupCellularCellular

Premium Home Security Systems

These top of the line home alarm systems use a secure cellular or broadband connection which means even if a burglar cuts the landline phone line, your security system will continue to protect your home. Home automation features are included to take these home security systems to the next level.

CompanyVivintFrontpointProtect AmericaADTLifeShield
Phone(855) 300.1751(888) 268.6273(888) 255.7812(855) 305-9283(866)311.1331
Package NameSmart ProtectUltimateSilverPulseSecurity Advantage
Activation$198.00NoneNoneExtra (Varies)$99.00
Monthly Monitoring$53.99$49.99$49.99$49.99$49.99
Equipment CostFree Use$199.00Free UseOptionsFree Use
Control PanelYesYesYesYesYes
Motion Detector11 (Extras $64.99)1 (Extras $125ea)11 (Extras $57.99ea)
Door-Window Sensors32 (Extras $32.99)666 (Extras $27.99ea)
Mobile AppYesYesYesYesYes
Keychain Remote11 (Extras $29.99)1 $49.50ea11
Light ControlNone2 (Extras $32.99)NoneExtra (Varies)None
ExtrasNoneCrash/SmashNoneSevere weather alertsSecurity Touchpad
ThermostatNo$74.99ea$99.99eaExtra (Varies)None
Glass Break SensorNo$64.99ea$99.99eaExtra (Varies)$105.99ea
Automated Door Lock1NoneNoneExtra (Varies)$107.99ea
Wireless Indoor CameraNo$129.99eaNoneExtra (Varies)None
Wireless Pan-Tilt Indoor CameraNoneNone$179ea plus $10/monthNoNone
Wireless Outdoor CameraNoneNone$400eaNoNone
ConnectionCellularCellularCellularCellularBroadband w/ phone backup

When choosing a home security company, it makes sense to pick out a few you believe have what you want and interview them personally. They’ll come to your home, explain what they offer and provide a written estimate. When you have several in hand, you can compare them head to head with all the information available.