Millions of people use ADT alarm systems to protect their homes every day. It’s by far the most popular provider in the nation. But what makes it so popular? ADT has been around longer than any other security company, with 140 years of experience. It uses locally authorized resellers to sell and install its products, which allows ADT to cover more areas of the country. It’s also got multiple monitoring centers running 24/7 to help prevent any kind of service outage. That’s not to say other companies don’t do the same thing; ADT just does it on a larger scale. Because of the local vendors, your experience with ADT will vary greatly based on your location.
Because ADT uses individual retailers to sell its equipment and services, you never know exactly what your control panel (and other equipment) is going to look like until the installer knocks on your door. That means that if you like the ADT system at your brother’s house, there’s no guarantee that yours will look the same. This doesn’t impact how well an ADT security system protects your home, but it can be a bummer if you were expecting a particular panel and got something different.
Many of ADT’s higher-end home automation offerings are customizable (although this will affect your final price). There’s a vacation mode that arms the system, keeps a steady temperature, and turns lights on and off to suggest that someone’s home. You can also set up situational operations. For example, if the sensor detects a fire, you can automate doors to unlock and the air conditioner to shut off, slowing the circulation of smoke.
A big reason LiveWatch doesn’t rank higher on our list is its warranty policy. Although LiveWatch technically offers a free lifetime equipment warranty on its Plug & Protect hardware, it advertises only a two-year equipment warranty. A representative from LiveWatch explained to us that you have to ask for the free lifetime warranty, or else it will default to two years. Be sure to claim your free lifetime warranty if you decide to go with LiveWatch.
Don’t expect to get a firm cost for service and equipment from a web chat. Without seeing your property, a sales agent can only estimate. Your home will specifically need to be evaluated by an ADT installer—which is free. Some may view it as an upselling scheme to get you to buy more stuff you don’t need, but we’re actually grateful that they provide someone who can point out weak spots in our home we might not have thought of. Plus, you can always say no to additional sensors you don’t want then.
Most SimpliSafe customers report high levels of satisfaction, though SimpliSafe’s customer service is pretty unremarkable. There’s not a lot that stands out, but there’s nothing really wrong with it either. It’s just kind of there. SimpliSafe does do a great job, however, in presenting customers with a product that is so easy to use that there’s rarely a need to contact customer service in the first place. This creates a positive experience by itself, especially for a DIY system.
I have been with ADT since 2004. I work out of town and really like the peace of mind I get with ADT protecting my home. The only call I have had since 2004 was during a storm. It appeared that the storm set off the alarm. My only complaint is the monthly fees. There have been small increases in fees over the years, never more than one dollar. I received a letter that they are increasing the monthly fee by $3.00 next month. Are they upgrading my system? No. Has there been an increase in alarm activity on my system? No. I guess they need the increase to give an executive a pay raise. Well, they have raised their fees out of my house. I am now going to find another security firm that appreciates long term customers. Good bye ADT.
I have been using ADT for 8 years and there is no doubt in their service. Originally I wanted to go with another company just for the namesake of not being with ADT but after talking with neighbors and family I heard enough bad stories about random companies I went ahead with this one. And of course is established in 1874 so it the best service in this field.
Additionally, devices that connect via Wi-Fi, such as security cameras and smart door locks, can be hacked to gain access to your home network. A skilled hacker can then use your Wi-Fi devices and other network resources to carry out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against larger networks. Perhaps even more disturbing is the idea of some stranger monitoring video from your indoor and outdoor security cameras.
I had ADT for a couple of years. I did not have any issues but then again I did not have any break-ins. I wish that I would have gotten a security system in my apartment as it has been broken into twice now. ADT was easy to use, easy to pay for, which for me is a HUGE bonus. I like being in full control of where my money goes and when and this was the case with ADT. Being able to go online and change things as I see fit. The customer service reps are always efficient and polite although the hold times can get ridiculous.
False alarms are more than a nuisance to you and your neighbors, they’re a major resources drain on local protection agencies. Estimates for home security false alarm rates range from 98 percent to 99.8 percent. The most effective way to prevent false alarms is something DIY home security in its purest sense performs by definition — personally verify all home security alerts by video footage before dispatching help. This has two positive effects: You help reduce the false alarm rate and you are more likely to receive prompt help from first responders with evidence.
ADT was Past security brand that we had! We loved it! They provides great service! The sign in the yard let thieves know not to bother us! They were fast and aware of what was happening around our house! We no longer have this because we moved to a little town that does not have a high crime rate! We hardly lock our doors now! ADT was great to have and always made us feel very safe if an emergency happened! I would recommend them to everyone! Thank you!
The Internet of Things has made it easier than ever to set up a smart home in which you can remotely control your door locks, lights, thermostats, vacuums, lawn mowers, and even pet feeders, using your smartphone and an app. It's also made it simple (and relatively affordable) to monitor your home from pretty much anywhere. Smart security systems are highly customizable and available as do-it-yourself kits or as full-blown setups that include professional installation and monitoring.
I bought a house back in 2015 and decided to have a security system installed since I wasn’t going to be home much and would like some peace of mind. ADT was a pretty well known security company in my area and a few families in my neighborhood have ADT so I gave them a call. I ended up selling the house after a year and a half since I travel too much for work. I called to cancel my service to be told that I signed a three year contract and that I’d have to pay the remainder of the contract or I wouldn’t be able to cancel. I told them that I did not sign a contract and I was not made aware of there being a contract. The contract that I supposedly signed was emailed to me and the “signature” on the contract was nowhere close to mine. I was told to fill out a fraud package, to which I did. I filled out and sent in a fraud package only for the fraud department to say that my signature was “confirmed” and that it was me who sign it. How could I have sign a contract I was never informed about or seen? The only form I signed was the installment agreement and nowhere did it say I have to have the service for three years.
Like many other entry sensors in the kits on this list, these little devices are made up of two pieces connected by a magnet. Attach the alarm to your window or door (one piece on the door, one on the frame) and when an intruder opens it, the magnetic connection separates and triggers a 100dB alarm. Reviewers love this product for its easy installation and budget-friendly price tag.
Since announcing their relationship in August 2014, IFTTT and ADT have been working on creating a channel that connects an ADT Pulse-enabled home with more than 100 existing IFTTT channels that can adjust thermostats during a snowstorm or disarm the system when GPS data indicates you’re getting close to home. Additionally ADT has announced partnerships with Samsung on SmartThings/ Smart Watch integration and LG on a standalone security device. Soon with ADT Canopy, a monitoring service focused on these partnerships will allow users to add monitoring services to their smart devices.
Although we always recommend choosing a professionally monitored home security system, we understand that isn’t the right choice for everyone. If you’d rather handle the installation and monitoring on your own, consider one of these DIY alarm systems. And for more ideas about how you can protect your home yourself, check out our article with DIY home security tips.
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The systems monitored by ADT use hardwired and wireless equipment to detect home invasions and guard against environmental damage. The system can also be installed to communicate wirelessly or by landline with the monitoring centers. Plans offered by ADT range from $37 to $53 per month. ADT requires customers to sign a 36-month contract (24 months in California). However, if the customer is not satisfied and meets the requirements, they can get a refund of all installation costs and monitoring fees up to 6 months after signing the agreement.
While we took note of the general costs of each system provider, prices will vary greatly based on the equipment package that’s best for your home and security needs, and your preferred level of monitoring. For most DIY systems, the plans will include more than just a monitoring service. As you upgrade tiers, you gain access to facial detection, custom modes, remote control, and mobile alerts. We’ve broken down a comparison of the monthly fees you’ll have to pay for each system.
Hey Jen, the thing I have liked most about ADT is you get the most respect out of the yard sign for it. Sounds like you are in the ghetto (or bad part of town) like me and just having the sign alone gives my home the respect it needs on the block. I like the service too but the sign is the best part, also nice if you work graveyards or weird shifts like lots of us in the hood do.
There is a reason why ADT ranks low in our review: It doesn't disclose information about its equipment pricing and security packages other than the equipment it offers. Other home security companies gave us this information in phone calls, live chats and emails. In contrast, ADT requires in-home assessments and credit checks in order to provide this type of information. We gave ADT partial credit in this area because we were unable to confirm our research directly with the company.
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ADT is an excellent company with state of the art equipment, solid company financials, and courteous professional employees. As a retired law enforcement professional, former head of security for a major company, and now security consultant I have used ADT for over many years. Have there been some problems? Of course – complicated security systems always have some glitches. But the problems have been quickly and professionally resolved. ADT is a good company with a solid track record.
Average contracts: Customers sometimes complain that the 36-month contracts for ADT monitoring are too long. We should point out that a 36-month contract is fairly standard in the home security industry. However, customers who care about shorter contracts with more flexibility could look into other companies. For example, Vivint customers who pay for all their security equipment up front don’t need monthly contracts, and Link Interactive offers shorter contract options (starting at 12 months).
Alarms, camera, motion sensors and more – the options are endless when it comes to keeping tabs on what’s happening in your home. You can now have peace of mind all at the touch of a button. Best part is, you can install most of this automated home security technology yourself, so you don’t need to shell out thousands to a security installation company or contractor.
There were some break-ins in my area so I got the alarm system from ADT. The rep (who installed the system) disucced my concerns with me and (in addition to their system), he suggested I get a dog.I got a very large and vicious looking german sheppard (who is actually a sweetheart…) and the combination of both the alarm and wolf have given me a sense of safety. It works!