My husband was the warden at several prisons in our state, and so we lived in housing on the prison grounds. Surprisingly, it was a safe, secure, relaxing environment. When he got promoted and we moved back into the house we owned “in town,” we left the “gated community.” It was much different, and we felt a security system would lend to much needed peace of mind. The system we got was easy to use, install, and works very effectively for a reasonable price!
Kyle is all about first-hand experience and hands-on testing. He has BA in Creative Writing from Weber State University and comes to ASecureLife.com with extensive experience testing and installing security cameras, security system equipment, and personal safety devices. With two kids at home, Kyle’s also a huge advocate for safety in the home and is passionate about sharing his findings with as many people as possible.
Honeywell was first formed in 1906 and is the oldest company on this list. Their camera on display is Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera. The video resolution and frame goes for 1080p. Field of views goes up to 145 degrees. Night vision is included and has cloud and local.  The pros are sharp daytime image quality, pre-buffer recording, local and cloud storage, supports IFTTT integrations and geofencing, and works with Alexa voice commands. The cons are does not integrate directly with other Honeywell devices and night vision image quality is soft.
Your review helped a lot for deciding in favor of ADT as my home security system choice. I was unable to decide which one to go with as I was contacted by many companies after I gave into an ad online. Then my friend suggested me to check out your site. Here, I saw the reviews of all those companies which approached me and after measuring the pros and cons of each one, I decided on ADT. Thanks for your very well researched data.
Installation: Some companies offer professional installation while others send you equipment to install yourself. Both options are fine—it really comes down to personal preference. Most companies that offer professional installation don’t charge huge installation fees, and some companies that have you install equipment yourself still charge activation fees.
Your review helped a lot for deciding in favor of ADT as my home security system choice. I was unable to decide which one to go with as I was contacted by many companies after I gave into an ad online. Then my friend suggested me to check out your site. Here, I saw the reviews of all those companies which approached me and after measuring the pros and cons of each one, I decided on ADT. Thanks for your very well researched data.
Some of the more expensive cameras are equipped with humidity and temperature sensors and will interact with other connected home devices such as thermostats and smart lighting systems. If you want to save some money, look for a camera with an SD card slot that allows you to record video when motion or sound is detected, but remember to save your recordings every so often before they are overwritten. Alternately, look for a camera that offers a cloud storage plan.

We have had our ADT system for a month now. I researched two companies prior to choosing ADT: Vector and ADT.  Vector pushed the leased systems and didn’t want to do window contacts (just glass break and motion sensors).  ADT would sell me the system (I would own it) and would do door contacts, window contacts, glass break and a motion sensor.  Since I knew the ADT name and liked the fact that they would do the window contacts, I chose to go with ADT.  (Same prices from both companies.)
I have only good things to report about ADT: the installation was smooth and the engineer who installed it was very knowledgeable and gave me good tips about overall security. I love the features on the wireless system and thankfully nothing has happened, but I am definitely feeling safer after the system was installed. I just feel better knowing that the company that is monitoring our security is a market leader.

We had ADT come to give us a quote on their equipment for home security. We already have a different system installed in our home. The salesman told us he had to connect ADT's keypad to see if we had enough juice to operate their system. He proceeded to take our existing keypad off the way and put his on. When all was done we decided not to go with the ADT system because it was too expensive for us.
The ADT outdoor IP video camera over the garage works well, supports night vision, and is activated automatically via a motion sensor, though you can also log into your Pulse web portal or mobile app and get a live view at any time. However, I experienced several instances where the Pulse software refused to connect to the camera. A technician's visit didn't cure the problem, though he did install a weatherproof sleeve that was overlooked during the initial installation and seemed to reduce the problem somewhat. The ADT Pulse mobile software was updated during my first three months with the system, and since that's happened I've only experienced one outage that was cured by my logging out and back in again.

GetSafe is another home security system that allows for DIY installation. Setup is easy since sensors are peel and stick, meaning no special tools are needed. One of GetSafe’s biggest perks is the contract flexibility. The company offers 24/7 professional monitoring on a month-to-month basis, 12-month contract and 36-month contract. So, if you’re a renter who wants a security system, but can’t commit to a lengthy term agreement, GetSafe is a great option. The downside to choosing a month-to-month plan is that you do have to pay for your equipment upfront, which can be expensive. If you can afford to do so, though, GetSafe is worth considering.

I give them 3.5 stars out of 5. Their equipment is the only thing lacking to me compared to what I have seen with some of my friends but I also haven't upgraded to the new Pulse system yet so I can't really judge apples to apples. I do feel safer with ADT and had them 2 years now. Does anyone know if they offer infrared motion detectors with camera in them? I have seen these advertised but don't really know where to get them. Also, what are the add on costs for more equipment?
Digital Security: Even though your primary concern is protecting your property, it’s also crucial you’re protecting your personal data, too. In an increasingly connected world, you need to make sure all of the images and videos created by your security system are protected from hackers. Look out for systems that boast password and encryption capabilities.
They sit at the top of the table for a reason. Besides the legacy, their quality is unmatched by any competitor by far. I have tried numerous security systems in the past from rival companies but kept coming back to ADT and now have finally settled with them. The main pro of them is the nationwide reach and exceptional service at any point of time in the day or night. Big kudos!
When we moved to this non-urban area eleven years ago, we felt we needed a security system which we hadn’t felt we needed before as our previous city home was a large, fortress-like house with iron gates. We didn’t even shop for a security provider as ADT has such a wonderful reputation. We have always felt secure with our alarm system and appreciate the ease of being a customer of ADT. Great service with no hassles.
We had ADT service for about 3 years in Columbus, OH. We “tested” the system several times, when our cat would accidentally set it off, or when we would by forgetting to turn it off and then opening the door. And every time the company quickly contacted us, always very professional and calmly asked for our security code. I felt very confident that in a true emergency they’d be just as responsive!
Do-it-yourself security setups are ideal for homeowners on a budget because they can save you a bundle on installation charges and subscription fees. Most DIY systems are easy to install and are sold as kits that you can configure to suit your specific needs. As your needs grow you can order additional sensors and other components at your convenience and pair them to the system in a matter of minutes. Your basic entry-level DIY system may only support one or two wireless protocols and usually offers a limited selection of add-on components, while more expensive DIY systems will support multiple wireless protocols and are compatible with dozens of add-on components.
ADT Pulse Home Control with Video – Installation starts at $499. Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert monitoring requires purchase and/or activation of an ADT security system with monitored Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert devices. Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert services are an additional charge. Quality Service Plan (QSP) is ADT’s Extended Limited Warranty. 36-month monitoring contract required from $59.99 per month, ($2,159.64), including Quality Service Plan (QSP).   Additional charges may apply in areas that require guard response service for municipal alarm verification. Prices subject to change. Prices may vary by market. Some insurance companies offer discounts on Homeowner’s Insurance. Please consult your insurance company. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Additional monitoring fees required for some services. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect the exact product/service actually provided.
SimpliSafe does take a much more basic approach to security than the rest of our top five. You aren’t going to get as many bells and whistles with a SimpliSafe system. In fact, it doesn’t even use a control panel like other alarm systems. Instead, you get a central hub and tactile keypad. It’s a little old-school, but SimpliSafe is more of a function-over-fashion kind of system anyway, and it helps keep prices low.

ADT made some changes to the Pulse app in early 2018. While the UI seems to have gotten a little friendlier, which is always welcome, it temporarily removed one important feature that I missed: cloud storage for my camera view. The camera doesn't have a great track record of performance (see below), but when it worked, I liked having the 30-second clips of whatever video it took available for viewing through the Pulse app. That's been moved to an easily-missed "Clips" button, so be careful to examine the UI closely as new features come out or get deprecated. What you miss might not actually be gone.


Though GetSafe security systems integrate with home automation products like smart light bulbs, thermostats, and garage door openers, some customer reviews indicate that it can be difficult pairing GetSafe with these products. Syncing tech is always a challenge. Fortunately, GetSafe includes a library of video tutorials to walk you through pairing your products.

For residential three-year term of agreement, $36.99/month monitoring rate with maintenance: $99.00 Customer Installation Charge. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 per month ($ 1,331.64). Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Dealer customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer.


Then there’s the monitoring service – they offer $27.99/mo but that’s only if you have a land phone line in your home. Including the warranty on the equipment that is supposed to be $36.99, but again they claim it’s only if you have a land line. I know others who have the service without a land line paying $36.99 no problem, yet ADT claims they don’t do that. Total garbage and lies. So now the monthly monitoring fee is up to $48.99 for wireless. However if you speak with their customer service, they will bring that down to $44.99/month and offer $300 in gift cards to make up the difference between the $48.99 and the $36.99 as promised. It’s all such a set up.
When I moved to Fuquay Varina, they kept calling and knocking on the door until I finally gave in and signed up. Since then - NOTHING - no contact or follow-up whatsoever - even when I've twice requested a new book to replace the one I was given. When I agreed to sign up, they were offering service for about $27.00 per month. When the installer visited, I was sick with a lupus flare that also affected my cognition. Turned out, they took advantage of an elderly, ill woman, charging me not 27 but 47 dollars per month. In addition, when I could think clearly again, I discovered I had signed for THREE years and not the one year the salesman had told me.
I agree with most of the people here. ADT is the undisputed king when the talk is about home security. I have myself experienced their wonderful service on many occasions and still doing after 5 years of subscribing to an ADT plan. I'm a firm believer in a no-nonsense approach and so I prefer those companies too which follow the same policy. Without being too flashy and all, their security system gets the job done of protecting my house pretty well and that too without making much damage to my pocket. What more do I want...
I contacted ADT twice. The first time simply as a customer, since I'd just moved into a new house and wanted a full home security system. ADT sales recommended its Remote tier, and I agreed, though there are other tiers to be had (see below). I also investigated SimpliSafe, but had a not-great experience with its customer service, and was heading back to ADT when the opportunity arose to review the Pulse system for PCMag.
I have been with ADT for 4 years now. In the beginning I had some minor issues but things got better fast. I love being able to see what is going on from my phone, we have Z Wave setup so as I drive into the zone area with my phone it triggers the alarm to turn off. I setup my light automation and everything with them all for the same cost of Vivint's base package. Even though it was a slower start, I am one satisfied customer.
We have had our current security system for about a year now. We have been extremely happy with it, our favorite feature being that we can access our system from ours phones. Our installation was quick and professional. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is lately the system has been failing to arm. When we called to ask the company, they said the chip needed to be replaced for $80. Overall we are happy though!

At the end of the day, I believe that ADT wants to provide a good product and customer service, however, communication system is disjointed, broken and ineffective. The most disappointing thing is the fact that three different parties in different parts of their organization have gone completely cold in response to my attempts to determine how to fix my problem. I can only assume that they are completely incapable of addressing situations that are outside of the norm, especially when the issue is something that they should have informed me about before the equipment was installed. This is not only a disgrace from a customer service perspective, but completely insulting to a consumer who has a choice when selecting a home security service.

Hello Amy. We apologize for this experience. We were able to locate your account and see that you did speak with our account management team and they have lowered your bill for the next 6 months. In regards to your existing contract was initially contracted through an authorized dealer, we apologize for that concern as well. A copy of the contract should've been provided to you to review once it was signed, allowing you ample time to review the terms and conditions and cancel within your 3 day right if you did not agree to them. Thank you. -Andrew

*** ADT Pulse Remote installation starts at $199. ADT Pulse Video installation starts at $399. Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert monitoring requires purchase and/or activation of an ADT security system with monitored Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert devices. Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert services are an additional charge. Quality Service Plan (QSP) is ADT's Extended Limited Warranty. 36-month monitoring contract required fromo ADT Pulse Remote: $52.99 per month, ($1,871.64), ADT Pulse Video: $58.99 per month, ($2,123.64), ADT Pulse Home Control with Video: $59.99 per month, ($2,159.64), including Quality Service Plan (QSP). Additional charges may apply in areas that require guard response service for municipal alarm verification. Prices subject to change. Prices may vary by market. Some insurance companies offer discounts on Homeowner's Insurance. Please consult your insurance company. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Additional monitoring fees required for some services. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect the exact product/service actually provided.


There are two types of glass break sensors: shock sensors and acoustic sensors. Shock sensors detect vibrations when glass breaks or shatters, while acoustic sensors are designed to detect the exact sound waves of breaking glass. Both are efficient, but the acoustic sensors can monitor a wider area, such as large bay windows or sliding glass doors.
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