Best Home Security Companies 2020

93 Companies

#18

Vivint

9.4

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9.5

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Vivint provides month-to-month contracts to customers who purchase their equipment upfront. They also provide reasonable prices and no upfront fees for those who choose it.

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#3

Guardian Protection

9.3

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8.8

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Guardian Protection offers professionally installed home security packages. They are available in 20 states: AZ, DE, DC, FL, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.

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#36

Google Nest

7.9

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7.9

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Customers use the Google Nest hub to set up security and smart home equipment around their home. Alarms can be professionally monitored by Brink.

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#42

Abode

7.9

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6.5

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Offers professional- or self-monitored systems. Abode builds a home security package for individuals based on their home or apartment specs.

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#67

Deep Sentinel

7.8

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7.4

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Deep Sentinel promises a call to police in 30 seconds if the home alarm goes off. They specialize in home security cameras.

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#57

Cove

7.8

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7.5

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Cove has no contracts for home security. The company sends home security and home automation text notifications within 30 seconds. This is a DIY system that can be installed in 30 minutes.

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#5

Frontpoint

7.8

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8.5

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Frontpoint is a DIY alarm and home automation system. Customers can select from equipment packages, purchase equipment individually, or mix-and-match. Monthly costs depend on how much is spent upfront.

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#78

Minut

7.6

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7.0

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Minut is an all-in-one self-monitored alarm system. One hub provides: motion, noise, environment, and alarm detection. Integrates with Amazon and Google

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#31

Swann Home Security

7.6

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7.0

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Swann is a well-known security camera manufacturer. The company also offers professional video monitoring on a month-to-month basis for $23-$45/month.

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#37

Protect America

7.4

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7.7

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Pay $0 upfront for equipment with Protect America. Their DIY equipment takes less than 30 minutes to set up and many customers report that installation is simple. Read our expert review for a pricing breakdown.

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#16

LiveWatch Security

7.4

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6.3

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LiveWatch Security equipment can be purchased upfront or rolled into the customer's monthly monitoring costs. The company only sells home security products - no home automation products are available.

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#45

Fort Knox Security

7.4

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5.0

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Fort Knox uses a multi-cellular connection monitoring. They offer home security, safety (fire, smoke, CO2), and automation (lights, locks, etc) equipment. Monthly monitoring starts at $15.95/month.

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#1

Link Interactive

6.9

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8.0

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Link Interactive is a DIY home security system. All equipment is purchased upfront, so monthly monitoring costs can stay low ($30.99-$44.99/month). Customers can cancel within 30 days.

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#48

Scout Alarm

6.8

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6.0

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Scout Alarm charges $9.99 - $19.99/month for monitoring and does not require a contract. Upfront costs may be higher than competitors.

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#47

Ring Home Security

6.7

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7.2

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Ring is a DIY home security system with no contract. Available nationwide with professional monitoring for just $10/month.

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#13

ADT

6.6

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6.6

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Basic home security is $27.99/month. Video monitoring is $58.99/month. Upfront costs are unknown. ADT offers a 6-month money-back guarantee for new customers.

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#6

SimpliSafe

6.5

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6.5

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Simplisafe sells home security equipment that customers can purchase upfront without being locked into contracts. Equipment comes with a 3-year warranty. Monthly monitoring ranges from $15-25/month.

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#64

MONI Smart Security

6.3

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6.5

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MONI offers 36- to 60-month contracts for professional home security monitoring. Monthly prices range from $34.95 to $54.95.

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#49

Brinks Home Security

6.3

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6.5

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Brinks Home Security offers wireless monitoring only. Packages range from $299-$499 upfront, with monthly monitoring rangine from $29-$39. Customers can choose professional or DIY installation.

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#25

SafeStreets USA

6.1

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6.0

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SafeStreets USA is an authorized dealer of ADT. Monthly monitoring starts at $36.99 and reaches up to $62.99. Not available in AK, HI, KS, KY, MA, ME, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, OH, RI, SD, VT, WI, WY.

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#20

Ackerman Security

5.5

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5.7

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Ackerman Security is only available in Georgia. Monitoring starts at $19.95/month and is one of the few home security companies that offers a money-back guarantee. 

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#59

Alder

5.5

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5.6

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Alder is a DIY home security system for houses or apartments that customers can install in 10 minutes. The company responds to alarms in under 4 seconds. Purchase requires a 5-year contract.

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#11

Xfinity Home Security (Comcast)

5.2

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5.0

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Existing Xfinity customers can pay an additional $29.99-$39.99/month for professional home security monitoring. This service is only available in NV, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, OK, IA, HI, AK, RI.

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#2

Alarm Grid

5.1

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6.0

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Alarm Grid does not require a contract for customers. Their equipment comes with a 30-day return policy. Their home security equipment can be purchased upfront or financed. 

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#68

Bay Alarm

5.0

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5.2

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Bay Alarm is available in Arizona, Washington, and California. The company offers a 90-day cancellation period and a 1-year equipment warranty.

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#38

Northstar Alarm

4.9

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5.2

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Northstar Alarm offers 24/7 professional monitoring with 5-year contracts. Not available in these 20 states: AK, CT, HI, IL, IA, KY, ME, MA, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, ND, RI, SD, WV, WY.

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#9

LifeShield Security

4.3

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3.5

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LifeShield Security offers month-to-month monitoring services. Equipment is purchased individually or by packages, ranging from $200-$350. Available in all 50 states.

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#41

AT&T Digital Life

4.1

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1.2

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AT&T offers professionally-monitored home security with only a 2-year contract. This system is professionally installed for free. Upfront and monthly costs may be higher than competitors. 

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#43

Cox Homelife

3.9

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4.0

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Cox Homelife is available as an upgrade for those already using Cox. Alarm monitoring starts at $29.99/month for a minimum of 24 months.

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#17

Central Security Group

3.7

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2.8

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Central Security Groups monitors DSC, Honeywell, and GE Equipment. Only available in 17 U.S. states.

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#30

Protection 1

3.7

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2.7

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Protection 1 has nearly 2 million customers in the United States. Professional monitoring is available for $34.99 to $54.99/month.

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#24

Slomin's

3.2

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5.0

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Slomin's offers home security and home automation systems for both home and business. Monthly monitoring fees may be high. Service is only available in CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, MD, NJ, NY, PA and VA.

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#58

Alarm.com

3.2

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3.6

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Alarm.com sells equipment only, so customers must choose a secondary company for professional monitoring. DIY installation recommended for tech-savvy individuals.

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#10

Vector Security

3.1

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4.8

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Vector Security is available to individuals and businesses for $0 upfront. Available in 22 states: AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MS, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.

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#12

CPI Security

2.9

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6.6

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Monthly monitoring ranges from $39.99-$54.99/month. Professionally installed for $99-$299. CPI Security is available in the following states: NC, SC, GA, TN, AL, FL, VA, KY, MD, DE, MS, AR.

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#54

Fleenor Security Systems

0.0

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0.0

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Fleenor uses wireless monitoring for their alarm systems. Monitoring contracts are available at 36 months.

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#8

FE Moran Security Solutions

0.0

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0.0

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FE Moran services people in KS, IL, IN, and MI. Monitoring starts at $24.99/month for 36 months.

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#72

ASG Security

0.0

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0.0

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ASG Security is a 2GIG hardwired home security system that is connected to a landline. Alarms and appliances can be controlled from the panel.

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#69

AFA Protective Systems Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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AFA Protection Systems Inc. uses Honeywell and DMP home security equipment. Systems are professionally installed and come with a 12-month contract.

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#73

Stanley Security Solutions

0.0

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0.0

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Stanely Security Solutions is a national security company for small businesses and commercial real estate.

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#55

Per Mar Security

0.0

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0.0

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Per Mar Security uses Honeywell equipment and services IO, IL, MN, WI, NE, and IN. The company also provides background and criminal checks for customers.

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#74

American Security Systems

0.0

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0.0

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American Security Systems is available for homes, businesses, and facilities in NYC. Interested parties must call for pricing.

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#4

GEOARM

0.0

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0.0

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GEOARM is a third-party seller of home security and smart home equipment. Customer purchase all their equipment upfront and can sign up for month-to-month monitoring for $10-15.

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#50

General Security

0.0

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0.0

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General Security charges between $41.95-$69.95/month for monitoring services. Available in NY (Rochester, Buffalo, Long Island, Utica, Albany), Richmond, VA, and Winston-Salem, NC.

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#83

World Wide Security & GC Alarm Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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World Wide Security offers professional monitoring in Nassau and Suffolk counties (New York). The company requires a 5-year contract.

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#87

Sentry Security

0.0

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0.0

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Sentry Security is available in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. They offer home and fire monitoring.

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#60

First Alarm

0.0

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0.0

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First Alarm services residents in northern California. They offer alarm, fire, video, and medical alert services.

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#26

Habitec Security

0.0

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0.0

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Habitec Security provides home security for customers in Ohio. They offer a 1-year warranty on their equipment. 

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#80

Sonitrol

0.0

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0.0

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Sonitrol has been in business for over 50 years and offers a $10,000 warranty on their system. Specific equipment details are not found on their website.

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#81

Safeguard Security & Communications Inc

0.0

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0.0

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Safeguard Security & Communications is available in New Mexico and Arizona. The company uses cellular data for professional monitoring.

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#77

Mountain Alarm

0.0

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0.0

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Mountain Alarm is available in ID, UT, and CO. The company offers home security and automation equipment.

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#82

EPS Security

0.0

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0.0

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EPS Security does not disclose installation, upfront, or monthly monitoring fees. They service Michigan and surrounding areas.

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#90

Platinum Protection

0.0

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0.0

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Platinum Protection services residence in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Professional alarm monitoring from $29.99 to $44.99/month

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#85

Amherst Alarm

0.0

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0.0

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Amherst Alarm is available to residence of Western New York. Systems are professionally installed and monitored.

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#7

Smith Monitoring

0.0

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0.0

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Basic monitoring with Smith's starts at $17/month, but needed add-ons will most likely this monthly cost. Smith's does not offer any home automation products.

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#19

1st Security

0.0

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0.0

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1st Security offers professionally monitoring systems for $29.99 - $49.99/month. Packages include home security, home automation, and video streaming options.

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#91

AlarmForce

0.0

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0.0

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AlarmForce has been acquired by BCE for Canadian customers and Select Security for US customers.

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#34

Time Warner Cable Intelligent Home

0.0

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0.0

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Time Warner's home security package is only offered to their existing internet customers. They require an 18-month contract for $39.99/month.

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#32

SafeTouch Security

0.0

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0.0

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Safe Touch services Georgia and Floria. Monitoring starts at $30/month, with a $99 installation fee.

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#61

Blue Light Security

0.0

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0.0

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Blue Light Security is an authorized ADT dealer available in AZ, CA, TX, and GA. Upfront costs are $99.

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#21

AMP Smart

0.0

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0.0

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Average systems from AMP Security cost $60.99/month, which upfront fees for equipment reaching $1500. Offers geofencing (a digital perimeter) for homes.

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#62

Cannon Security Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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Cannon Security pricing varies based on a customer's home size. Available in Canada (Saint John and New Brunswick).

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#27

EMC Security

0.0

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0.0

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EMC Security services residents in Georgia starting at $16.99/month. There is no contract and no cancellation fee.

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#66

Alliance Home Security

0.0

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0.0

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Alliance Security sells home security and home automation equipment. The system integrates with popular smarthome brands such as Amazon Echo and Nest.

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#44

Home8

0.0

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0.0

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Home8 is a DIY security company for homes and businesses. There are no contracts and their equipment is cheaper to similar DIY companies.

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#35

Titan Alarm

0.0

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0.0

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Titan Alarm offers 24/7 home security and environmental monitoring in Phoenix, Arizona. Available for $44.99+/month.

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#51

Acadiana Security Plus

0.0

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0.0

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Acadiana Security Plus is only available in Louisiana. Professional installation and monitoring start at $31.95/month.

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#56

B Safe Security

0.0

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0.0

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Customers can control the B-Safe Security system from their mobile phone for $39.99/month. Available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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#79

Koorsen Fire & Security Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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Koorsen Fire & Security is available in KY, OH, AL, and TN. There is no installation fee and monitoring starts at $19.99/month.

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#93

Safe Home Security

0.0

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0.0

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Safe Home Security offers monthly monitoring for around $30/month. Equipment costs and details are unknown.

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#14

National Certified Alarms, Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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National Certified Alarms, Inc. does not sell cameras as part of their home security packages. Read on for monthly upfront and recurring costs.

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#52

Nationwide Security

0.0

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0.0

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Nationwide Security is an authorized ADT dealer in Colorado. They offer home security monitoring with a 36-month contract for $28-$60/month.

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#76

MyAlarmCenter.com

0.0

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0.0

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My Alarm Center offers smart home security packages. Monthly prices range from $34.99 to $59.99 with free cancellations.

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#39

Crime Prevention Security Systems

0.0

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0.0

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35-month contract starting at $35.95/month with a $99 activation fee. Crime Prevention Security Systems services central Florida only.

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#22

Guardian Alarm Company

0.0

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0.0

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Guardian Alarm Company is available in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. The company sells Honeywell equipment and has an average response time of 15 seconds.

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#28

Doyle Security Systems Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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Doyle Security Systems monitors customer's homes for $25-39/month in upstate New York. They offer several equipment packages.

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#40

Select Security

0.0

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0.0

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Select Security offers home security monitoring for $42.95-$54.95/month depending on the equipment customers use.

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#63

Richmond Alarm Company

0.0

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0.0

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Richmond Alarm Company services customers in Virginia. Technicians are available 24/7. Monthly monitoring for $44.95/month.

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#53

American Alarm & Communications Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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American Alarm & Communications Inc. charges $27.55-$76.95/month for monitoring. Equipment appears to be purchased upfront.

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#46

ADS Security

0.0

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0.0

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ADS uses Honeywell Equipment and provides security, video surveillance, and smart home services to the Southeastern region of the United States. Professional installation.

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#70

A-Com Protection Services Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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A-Com Protection Services is 100% wireless and uses 2GIG cellular technology. Their home security system includes 24-hour backup battery power.

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#92

Safe Security

0.0

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0.0

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Safe Security utilizes home security and automation equipment from Alarm.com. The company provides a free home security audit.

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#23

Security One Alarm Systems

0.0

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0.0

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Security One offers a price-lock guarantee and does not charge upfront fees. Available in 48/50 U.S. states.

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#71

Matson Alarm

0.0

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0.0

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Matson Alarm is located in the Bakersfield, CA area. The company offers alarm monitoring contracts for 1, 2, or 3 years.

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#15

Loud Security

0.0

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0.0

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Loud Security does not provided information on monthly fees or upfront costs. Customers must sign a 36-month contract. Read on to see what products are included in their home security packages.

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#84

Briscoe Protective Systems

0.0

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0.0

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Briscoe Protective Systems is a New York-based alarm company that monitors security and environment (fire, carbon monoxide, flood).

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#33

Custom Security Systems

0.0

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0.0

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Custom Security Systems is available in Baton Rouge, LA. They guarantee their equipment will work or they will replace it for free.

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#89

Urban Alarm

0.0

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0.0

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Urban Alarm is available for residential and business spaces. Equipment and monitoring costs are undisclosed.

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#88

Scarsdale Security Systems Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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Scarsdale Security Systems monitors residential areas and commercial/retail properties. 

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#29

Security Force Inc.

0.0

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0.0

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Security Force is available in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Installation is free.

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#65

Post Alarm Systems

0.0

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0.0

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Post Alarm is availble to home owners in Southern California. Equipment is purchased upfront for $1000+

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#86

Power Home Technologies

0.0

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0.0

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Offers protection against theft, false alarm fees, equipment malfunction, & relocations.

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#75

AAA Smart Home

0.0

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0.0

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The normal price of $24.99/mo for basic monitoring is already quite low. AAA members get a $5/mo discount.

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