Founded in 1994, Monitronics has provided home security solutions to over 1 million customers. Monitronics has recently rebranded themselves as a smart home security company with the name “Moni”. The company uses high quality, warrantied equipment and offers several plans for customers to choose from. Additionally, Moni Smart Security operators are CSAA-certified (an accreditation that requires more than 96 hours of classroom training and 8 weeks of hands-on monitoring), so customers can be confident that they are in good hands. Recently, Monitronics also received the J.D. Power Award.
While its features and equipment are comparable to other high-rated home security companies, hidden fees and contract terms ultimately prevent Moni Smart Security from being a top dog in the industry.
- Multiple equipment packages
- Low upfront costs
- False alarm protection
- Flexible moving options
Multiple Equipment Packages
Moni Smart Security offers great equipment for both home security and home automation. There are three equipment plans for customers to choose from: Basic, HomeTouch, and HomeTouch Premier. Each of the three plans include basic system components, while the two higher plans provide extra features such as video cameras, remote system control, and text alerts. With multiple plans available to them, customers have the ability to find an option that best meets their home security needs and budget.
Low Upfront Costs
Moni Smart Security will provide its customers with free equipment and installation (minus a few exceptions), keeping upfront costs low and affordable. However, there are some fees to be aware of—more on those below.
False Alarm Protection
False alarms aren’t incredibly common, but they do happen. Moni Smart Security offers a number of protection features to help customers in the event of a false alarm. For example, the company will cover up to two false alarms each year. Additionally, Moni Smart Security will reimburse customers up to $50 for each false alarm. Few home security companies offer any type of false alarm protection, making Moni Smart Security unique in this regard.
Flexible Moving Options
Moni Smart Security offers free moving services to customers who have had a security system for at least a year and are up to date on their monthly payments. This offer comes with the option to extend the terms of the contract at the current rate for up to 24 months. If the customer is not interested in moving the system to their new home, Moni Smart Security will allow them to transfer the contract to their homebuyer or pay off the remaining balance.
- Lengthy contracts
- High monthly rates and activation fees
- Possible rate increases
All Moni Smart Security plans require that customers sign into a binding three to five-year contract. While three years is the average contract length in the home security industry, there are some companies that offer a shorter contract length or do not require customers to sign into an annual contract at all.
Higher Monthly Rates and Activation Fees
Although Moni Smart Security offers free equipment and installations, the company’s monthly monitoring rates are quite a bit higher than those of other top-rated security system providers. For example, Moni Smart Security monitoring prices start at $34.95 per month and only go up from there. In addition to steep monthly rates, the company also charges a sizable activation fee, which, depending on the package, can put customers back up to $149.
Possible Rate Increases
The monthly rates advertised by Moni Smart Security are based on a 36 to 60-month monitoring agreement. However, actual rates could increase after 12 months, leaving customers locked into a contract and paying a higher rate than they were expecting.
MONI Smart Security (formerly Monitronics) received the highest numerical score among 6 brands in the J.D. Power 2016 Home Security Satisfaction Report, based on 2,282 total responses, measuring the opinions of customers who purchased a home security system in the previous 12 months, surveyed August-September 2016. Your experiences may vary.
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