Home Security Brands

Gina Pogol | Improvement Center Columnist | December 13, 2011

Studies show that the majority of criminals choose to rob homes without security systems when they can. Security system companies vary widely in the protection they offer and what they charge. Some systems include free equipment in their monthly monitoring contracts; others may charge hundreds of dollars for equipment and installation. Here's how some top firms stack up.


Most are familiar with this large company because it advertises a lot. ADT offers a basic home security that includes the following:

  • A wireless touchpad
  • 3 entry point sensors
  • Motion Detector
  • Wireless keychain remote

Equipment is usually free with a 36-month monitoring contract and a monthly monitoring fee applies. If you want more than three entry points secured, the price increases.

Other service plans are available beyond the basic package. And rates vary by provider, region and the number of services you choose. ADT offers a conditional guarantee in which the company will pay your deductible in the event of theft.

Guardian protection

Guardian Protection Services has been in the home security industry for 50 years and currently protects about 120,000 customers. Its basic package includes the following:

  • Control panel keypad with 16-zone receiver
  • 3 emergency call signals
  • 2 door or window contacts
  • Motion detector
  • Yard sign and window decals
  • Complete installation

LifeShield security

LifeShield offers wireless technology that uses either high-speed Internet or cellular technology. You can arm, disarm and monitor your home from anywhere. Its basic system comes with the following:

  • 3 entry-point sensors
  • Console
  • Keychain remote
  • Motion detector
  • Siren detector
  • Lifeview access

Equipment is free and there is no installation charge with a 36-month agreement. Your first month's monitoring is also free, and the monthly fee of $29.99 includes carbon monoxide and fire protection. However, a credit score of 750 and a shipping charge do apply for this particular offer.

Other notable security brands

The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is a trade group that rates home security companies. Over sixty have earned a 5-diamond rating. Here are some of the companies that can boast this achievement:

  • RFI
  • United Monitoring Services
  • Vector Security
  • Pacific Alarm Systems
  • Matson Alarm

These and other home security services provide a variety of equipment and monitoring plans. Not all services operate in all locations. To find and compare reputable services in your area, complete the form on this page.