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ADT offers home security monitoring with a 36-Month Contract. High pricing. Read customer reviews here.

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8.0
User Score
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$27.99-58.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$99+

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

Undisclosed

Number of Reviews

2,483

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: September 13, 2019

ADT offers professionally installed home security systems in 40 U.S. states. They do not offer home security in the following US states: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire. Almost all equipment needs to be purchased upfront. Monthly monitoring fees start at $27.99 for basic home security, $52.99 to use the ADT app, and $58.99 for video monitoring.

Rank Chart
User Rating
Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
Review

#1

7.7
$19.99-42.99
$0

#2

7.0
$34.99-49.99
$69+

#3

4.9
$34.95-59.99
$199-499

#6
ADT-Monitored-Logo

1.1
$27.99-58.99
$99+

Pros

Video Surveillance Option

ADT has a video plan option where for $58.99 per month, you get the standard security systems package along with a camera that includes video surveillance features that you can monitor through the ADT mobile app. Most home security service providers still do not offer video surveillance as a service. So if this is an important feature to you, you’ll want to consider ADT.

ADT Mobile App

With the ADT app, you can disarm and arm your ADT home security system, receive email and text message alarm notifications, and control your home’s smart devices like smart locks and motion sensors. According to the ADT home security systems website, the ADT app uses innovative Z-Wave technology.

ADT Guarantees

ADT offers a six-month money-back guarantee on installation and monitoring if you are unhappy with your current home security system. Additionally, according to the company’s website, ADT offers a theft protection guarantee that lets you “get up to $500 of your insurance deductible covered if a burglary occurs while your system is armed.”

Cons

High Monthly Monitoring Fees

Standard monitoring plans for new customers start at $27.99 for their traditional package and goes up to $58.99 for video monitoring. Those interested in the ADT mobile app or an outdoor/indoor camera, will need to pay more for the more comprehensive home security packages. The cost could end up being higher than other leading home security system providers. Specifically, their lowest plan is considerably higher than other industry-leading providers and their respective lower plans.

Undisclosed Information

Unlike other home security companies, like Protect America, ADT does not disclose how much added on equipment is. While you can see that the company offers three packages, it’s difficult to see the distinctions and what equipment is offered in each package.

Negative ADT Home Security Reviews

On BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com, ADT customer rate the company at 1.2 out of 10. Common complaints of ADT customers include sales and installation reps failing to show up to scheduled appointments, long wait times, additional charges, and high cancellation fees.

We have received over 1,500 negative ADT reviews from real customers. We never scrub reviews to make companies appear a certain way to potential buyers and negative reviews cannot be paid off by the company.

Our Recommendation

ADT offers a video surveillance option, a helpful mobile app, and a money-back guarantee as well as a theft protection guarantee. Additionally, ADT offers a variety of high-tech products with their monitoring service including cameras, video doorbells, motion detectors/motion sensors, a digital control panel, smart locks, and other monitoring service equipment. Unfortunately, the bad seems to outweigh the good when it comes to ADT security systems.

Customers are charged high monthly fees for ADT security services and are usually locked into a long-term contract. Also, there have been a plethora of negative customer reviews regarding ADT customer service and professional installation.

At this time, we do not recommend ADT for home security because of their negative reviews and their undisclosed information. We recommend choosing a home security company that discloses pricing and package information. Check out our top companies here.

 


How Much Does ADT Cost?

Traditional: $27.99/month

  • Digital control panel
  • Cellular monitoring
  • Front door sensor
  • Wireless keychain remote
  • High decibel alarm

Control: $52.99/month

  • Monitoring and equipment from “Traditional” package
  • ADT mobile app

Video: $58.99/month

  • Monitoring and equipment from “Control” package
  • Remote access to video: live clips and triggered events
Additional security equipment and home automation can be purchased. Prices are undisclosed.
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Doorbell camera
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Flood sensor
  • Emergency button
  • Automated door locks
  • Automated home lighting
  • Smart thermostat
  • Garage door monitor
  • Smart home plugins

ADT vs Vivint

  ADT Protect America Frontpoint Vivint
Basic Home Security Monitoring $27.99 - $52.99 $19.99 - $39.99 $34.99 $29.99
Home Automation Monitoring $52.99 $41.99 $44.99 - $49.99 $39.99
Video Home Security Monitoring $58.99 $24.99 - $49.99 $49.99 $49.99
Equipment Upfront Yes; Price Undisclosed $0 $69 - $833 $500 - $1800
Financing* Unknown Available No $12 - $30/mo
Contract 3-year 3-year 3-year 5-year
Installation Professional; $99 DIY DIY Professional; $50-200
Available 40 U.S. States All U.S. States 50 U.S. States + Canada 50 U.S. States + Canada

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  1. User Score
    0
    September 12th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The worst company, when you take the service they offer many discounts and gift cards but they never send to us and when you cancel your service they try to charge that it’s suppose to be payed,
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  2. User Score
    0
    September 11th, 2019
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Not upfront about fees and contract. VERY expensive to cancel. Customer service virtually nonexistent. ADT is mot to be trusted when selling plans to consumers. Avoid ADT!
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  3. User Score
    0
    September 11th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Made an appointment with them for an estimate cost to installed out door security cameras and they did not show up on the date nor call to to reschedule.

    So disappointed with a well known company such as them.

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  4. User Score
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    September 11th, 2019 La Jolla, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Once you stop the ADT services, and cancel the account. They never stop the billing. Then start Harassing you for past due billing, by phone, email , mail .
    This is the worst company for security system service. Once YOU ARE IN YOU CAN NEVER GET OUT!
    they do not accept your cancellation. even you are cancelled still sending you statement for past due amount. Few months later you call ADT office and talk with the manager , supervisor the head of the customer service for few hours. get the cancellation confirmation. still the account is not close and you will get another past due notice.
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  5. User Score
    0
    September 10th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    First off, I’ve had ADT for years and have always been a great and loyal customer. We cancelled our service about a year ago because of payment issues. We basically couldn’t afford our service anymore. Last night 09/9/19 we decided to call them up and set up our service again. The woman and manager were amazing on the phone. Promised us a 1400 dollar credit to do our whole house and included security camera and smoke detectors that were not included in the 1400 along with a camera in front of the house. Needless to say they didn’t hold up to their promise and their tech was a completed a**hole and complains the entire time infront of is that He wasn’t going to make any money off the service. I’ll never ever use their services. They lost us for good.
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  6. User Score
    0
    September 10th, 2019 Kinston, NC
    1 people found this review helpful!
    My daughter wanted ADT and she had cash to pay for the installation fee. She called and asked if I would pay it with my debit card and she would bring me the cash. The charge was $548.11. I asked the installer to verify I would only be charged ONE time. He replied, “That was correct.” Well I have just found out they have charged me 2 more times of $548.11 for a total of $1096.22. I have called twice already and have been hung up on intentionally by representatives that work at ADT. They keep telling me that there is nothing they can do. My daughter has also talked to them and let them know that I am telling the truth. BEWARE of ADT. I consider this fraud to knowingly charge someone’s card without their PERMISSION!

    I have talked to several employees that work for ADT. They have all been RUDE and not helpful. They are refusing to refund my MONEY. BUYER BEWARE!!!!

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  7. User Score
    1
    September 7th, 2019 Louisville, KY
    1 people found this review helpful!
    High monthly fees with poor service. My alarm went off yes they contacted me but i wasn’t near my phone so I missed the call after 20 minutes I noticed the call I called home everything was fine, daughter forgot I changed the code , but the alarm was still going off and when i called ADT they said they were going to dispatch the police…WHAT!!! The robbers would have taken everything by that time if there was a real emergency and I just got an email saying the price is going WHAT? AGAIN??? yes I’m looking for service through someone else. ADT needs to decrease the monthly fees for bad service NOT increase it
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  8. User Score
    0
    September 6th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Worst service ever!!!!! Got me on hold for 10 minutes when I wanted to cancel the account. On a call back they were not able to give me an email address on which to cancel the service. Awful customer service! Do not ever use them!!!
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  9. User Score
    0
    September 6th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Monthly service charges were paid via debiting my bank account. This contract has been active for 19 years. During the first couple of years after the initial purchase of equipment and service, I received two notices of service rate increases. Then, many years passed. without notices of further price increases. Recently, by accident, I learned that the monthly debits to my bank account had more than doubled without my knowledge. Currently. I am getting the run-around re restitution for such devious, non-professional, business practices.
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  10. User Score
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    September 5th, 2019 La Mirada, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Horrible equipment. Motion sensors don’t detect a person inside when in arm away. They convinced us to buy all this equipment, promised us a $100 gift card, it never showed up. When we call them about it, they keep transferring us and then disconnect. Terrible service, run the other way. Would not recommend this to anyone.
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  11. User Score
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    September 5th, 2019 Matawan, NJ
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Horrible company. Be prepared to wait when calling ADT to talk with a corporate parrot that only wants to sell you something…not solve your problem. When I first started with ADT, they said they had 2 techs for the entire DFW area so I would have to wait. When our power went out and the fire alarm batteries went out, we had 5 alarms chirping at us within 2 hours at 1 AM. After waiting about 10 minutes per call for support, it took 3 “techs” to figure out I needed to find a ladder and remove the smoke detectors or not sleep that night. I couldn’t cancel for 3 years. Only when you want to stop paying them money do they want to provide a service or lower their costs. Just say “no” and sleep knowing the peace of mind of not having to deal with ADT.
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  12. User Score
    0
    September 4th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    try calling Customer Service at 866-656-8883
    verse EVER RESPONSE
    CALLED YESTERDAY REP CAME ON PHONE AFTER 1 HOUR 5 MINUETS NOT HELPFUL
    GIVE YOU RUN around KEEP PASSING TO NEXT REP.
    ONCE YOU PUT YOUR CARD ON LINE FOR AUTO PAYMENTS
    YOU CAN NOT CHANGE IT.
    THEY KEEP CHARGING YOU .
    CALLED TODAY KIMBERLY ANSWERED
    AFTER ASKING MY ACCOUNT NUMBER SHE PUT ME IN QUE AGAIN FOR NEXT REP
    VERY BAD BUSINESS
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  13. User Score
    0
    September 4th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    disgusting service !!!! never use their services. when changing the password, the employee of this company did not correctly install something. due to his error, the alarm did not work. once again called the master. and for this they are forced to pay 234 pounds. Due to their mistake !!!! it’s just a nightmare !!!!!! we can’t break the contract, they are still asking for money. disgusting service. we will go to court!
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  14. User Score
    1
    September 4th, 2019 Saint Paul, MN
    1 people found this review helpful!
    We called at 730 am today to cancel our service with ADT. We called 1 800 238 2727 to cancel as of 9/4/2019. They want us to pay thru 10/3/2019. We have been without service thru ADT since 8/12/2019. We have tried working with ADT to get this fixed but to no resolve.
    It is against all reasonable business practices to charge people for something they are not given or receive. We will remove the equipment ourselves and will cease payments
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  15. User Score
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    September 3rd, 2019 Amesbury, MA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    ADT IS very bad!! Their cameras do not work. They make you sign a contract for 3 years. Their system did not work for us when we needed it. I wanted out of the contract as they were not able to provide the security we needed but they do not care and make you fulfill your contract anyway. A very insecure company that makes you sign a 3 year contract anyway. They must be afraid their system is going to fail to make people sign that long. DO NOT GO WITH ADT SECURITY. Not a good company!!
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  16. User Score
    1
    September 3rd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I selected ADT they installed their system in my house, I spent a few extra dollars too be secure.. About 2400 extra dollars.. I’ve had more problems from the installation than I can imagine.. ADT is supposed too be professional, but their tech crews suck.. My system is shut down 99%of the time because my door sensors don’t match up and keep going off.. I’ve called ADT for techs and they don’t show up.. My account number is 13950353 if you don’t believe me..
    Yes I’m still getting billed and paying for my no good security system..

    Todd Coulter

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  17. User Score
    10
    August 31st, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Mike V I had appointment with Mike he did a very good job for me today if I need any helping the furer I would like to have him a very good worker fix all my promble for me thank you
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  18. User Score
    0
    August 31st, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I just called ADT to request a new alarm fob because the top of it broke so I can’t keep it on my keychain. I was told it would be 100 dollars to replace it even though it was their equipment that broke. I was told to go to Amazon and purchase some type of cover for it! I am a retired teacher and 100 dollars is a lot on my income. Now if I had lost it or did something to cause the break that would be different but I didn’t do anything. Regardless of my personal situation I think 100 dollars is too much money to replace a faulty piece of their equipment. I have had ADT for 9 years so much for loyal customers. I will start looking immediately for another security company. If there is some type of cover sold on Amazon why doesn’t ADT give them to customers to protect the fob. Maybe they are working with Amazon and they both benefit. My grandfather had a saying that a company is a body without a heart and no soul to save. Sounds like ADT.
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  19. User Score
    0
    August 29th, 2019
    3 people found this review helpful!
    I already had ADT equipment in my house when I moved into it. ADT had a technician waiting at my door when I moved in (WHILE I WAS MOVING FURNITURE INTO MY HOUSE) wanting to sign me up. Since I already had the equipment I thought there would be NO CONTRACT. So I signed up for their services thinking if I didn’t like it I could cancel at any time. Those CON ARTISTS at ADT signed me up for a 3 YEAR CONTRACT. without my consent. NEVER said a word about there being a contract. I recently called to cancel my monthly subscription to ADT and that is how I found out about the 3 year contract. They wanted to charge me 1200 dollars to cancel my contract.

    So now I’m stuck with their BS service for the next 3 years.

    DO NOT SELL YOUR SOUL TO THIS SHITTY ASS COMPANY. They are a ripoff.

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  20. User Score
    0
    August 29th, 2019 Philadelphia, PA
    2 people found this review helpful!
    Terrible company. Locked us in to a three year contract when we first signed up. They raised the rates during the three years but we were unable to cancel. Went to cancel as soon as my contract was up and THEN told that it takes them “four weeks” to process a cancellation so I would have to pay for another month of service. Terrible billing practices and when I asked why it took 4 weeks to cancel, they said “it just does”. Would never work with this company again and would not recommend them.
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Our Score
8.0
User Score
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$27.99-58.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$99+

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

Undisclosed

Number of Reviews

2,483
Our Score
8.9
User Score
7.7
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$19.99-42.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$0

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Pay Balance

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

2,396