There are three major home security companies, offering a range of packages. All meet UL and National Fire Protection Association standards.
ADT Home Security
ADT has been around for over 100 years and has multiple central monitoring stations, so if one center is interrupted, another station takes over. All of its stations have multiple back-up systems.
ADT offers a Web special that includes a quick-connect control panel, two door or window contacts, a motion detector, a wireless key chain remote, one power supply and 24-hour battery, plus signs and decals. This offer lists for $299 (with a $200 rebate). The monthly monitoring fee is $42.99.
The Essentials Plus package comes with a Pro 3000 hardwired control panel, a Pro 3000 standard touchpad, two door or window contacts, a motion detector, an indoor sounder, one power supply and 24-hour battery, plus signs and decals. The cost is $315 (no rebate). The monitoring fee is $33.99 per month.
Both packages offer the company’s Quality Service Plan with a three-year commitment.
Brinks Home Security
Brinks has been in business since 1983. It is a full-service provider with emergency back-up facilities and does not contract out its monitoring services.
The basic package starts at $49 and includes a standard keypad, two door or window sensors, a motion detector, an interior siren, a master control panel, plus signs and decals. The standard keypad allows you to enter simple numeric numbers to arm or disarm the system and has three emergency buttons.
The premium packages start at $155 and include a premium keypad, three door or window sensors, a motion detector, an interior siren, a master control panel, plus signs and decals. The premium keypad has a backlit, user-friendly digital keypad that uses a large display to walk you through the system’s functions. The master control panel includes an enclosed back-up battery in the event of a power outage.
Monitoring services run $29.99 a month if you sign up for a three-year contract.
Alarm One has been in existence since 1996 and is a full-service provider as well.
Its Secure Family Package is completely wireless and ideal for small or medium-sized homes. System equipment and installation are free, for the activation fee of $99. It comes with a master control panel (with two-way intercom), two door or window sensors, a motion detector with pet immunity, a back-up power supply, plus signs and decals.
The A One Premium Package offers the same activation fee with the option of an upgrade to three door or window sensors, wireless remote controls, and an extended repair service.
Both systems require a three-year monitoring contract.