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#11

MONI Smart Security

Flexible home security and automation packages

Our Score
7.5
User Score
1.2

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Our Score
7.5
User Score
1.2
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$34.95-$54.95

Install & Equipment Fee

$99-$149

Contract Length

36-60

Cancellation Policy

Pay 80%

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

702

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: July 17, 2019

Rank Chart
User Rating
Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
Review

#1

7.7
$19.99-42.99
$0

#2

7.1
$34.99-49.99
$69+

#3

5.1
$34.95-59.99
$199-499

#11

1.2
$34.95-$54.95
$99-$149

Pros

Multiple Equipment Packages

Moni Smart Security offers great smart home technology and 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 includes basic system components, such as alarm monitoring services, a control panel, motion sensors, window sensors, and door sensors. The two higher plans provide extra features such as security cameras, remote system control, and text alerts. Other smart home technologies and alarm monitoring equipment, such as video doorbell security cameras, are also available. A mobile app for iPhone and Android users that acts as a remote control panel with many features. Users can access their Skybell HD camera and utilize the two-way voice feature. 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.

Cons

Long-Term Contracts

All Moni Smart Security plans require that customers sign into a binding three to five-year contract for alarm monitoring services. 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 an annual contract at all.

Higher Monthly Rates and Activation Fees

Although Moni Smart Security offers free equipment and installations, the company’s monthly alarm monitoring rates are quite a bit higher than those of other top-rated security system providers. For example, Moni Smart Security monitoring service 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 set customers back up to $149. Customer satisfaction reviews have suffered as a result.

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.

Our Recommendation

Moni Smart Security has over two decades of experience in the home security industry. The company offers multiple equipment packages, flexible moving options, and false alarm protection. Moni Smart Security advertises free equipment and installations, but charges steep activation fees and requires its customers to sign into lengthy contracts with high monthly monitoring rates. Consumers who are considering Moni Smart Security should also be aware that the company reserves the right to increase rates after the first 12 months. See all Moni Smart Security reviews below.

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  1. User Score
    0
    September 15th, 2014 Portland, OR
    1 people found this review helpful!
    The worst customer service, they won’t stop drawing money out of my account. they also will not credit me $150 as per our agreement for them not filling their obligation to change my alarm system to my new location
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  2. User Score
    0
    September 15th, 2014 Denver, CO
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Initially when I signed up with monitronics it was good. Then it all went down hill. I ended up selling my house and moving to a new one in the mountains. I called them to make sure they serviced this area and that my system would work. I had the Cellular controller. It sent signals out by using Verizon. I have cell service at my house. A third part came and installed the system in the new house. I needed to add some door sensors and they were outrageously priced. I could not believe it. I did some checking online and come to find out they were priced the highest. A couple weeks after having the system I started to get a error code. Monitronics sent out a 3rd party. Mind you monitronics told me I would not be billed for this. Come to find out that was not accurate. I ended getting nailed for 300 dollars plus. Called monitronics and they were rude and nasty. The thing is with this company is the refuse to xfer you to a manager. I have asked to talk to a manager a million times and have only twice. There not available or there on other calls. Most likely because they SUCK. They will call you back Never happens. Recently I canceled with them due to more errors with the system. Long story short never could get in touch with a manager, they wanted to charge me out the ting yang to get out of my contract. They lied constantly to me. Would not let me cancel and tried manipulating me into staying then wanting me to extend my contract. All i wanted was out. After about two weeks I got out. No fee. Due to there system being a piece of crap. I have friends that have ADT. They have never had any trouble. The sad thing is when the 3rd party alarm tech came out to fix the unit he had told me they are by far the worst company and scam people all the time and as him being a 3rd party tech he said he is constantly working on there systems and have heard nothing but negative things about there customer service and company. If you don’t want a headache or being scammed stay away from MONITRONICS. There customer service people are nasty and there manager (the two i talked too) are freaking horrible. Im so happy I’m not sending them my money anymore. I hope they go bankrupt. STAY AWAY FROM MONITRONICS!!!!!
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  3. User Score
    0
    September 12th, 2014 Jacksonville, NC
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I never had a negative thing to say about monitronic until 2 days ago when a tech came out to check a small problem we had with our system battery but ended up wiping our system data and leaving us without security for 7 days. 7 days is how long it takes for monitronic to send a tech to your house to fix a major issue such as a system failure.
    After several hours over the course of two days and begging for someone to come out earlier for the security of my family we were told that we can get a months credit
    7 days is unacceptable when it comes to safety and security. We tried to cancel and would have gone with another security company who could set up a new installation sooner than 7 days but we were reminded that we were BOUND by a contract.
    This is the worst customer service experience I have ever encountered. I cannot wait until next year when I can cancel and set up with another company who cares more about keeping their promise of keeping their customers safe.
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  4. User Score
    10
    September 1st, 2014 Mobile, AL
    2 people found this review helpful!
    I have been a Monitronics customer now for about 8mths, since they bought out Security Networks, I have been very pleased with their service.
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  5. User Score
    0
    August 31st, 2014 Albuquerque, NM
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I am writing this for my 88 year old mother for which I have POA. She has had a Monitronics system for a number of years and sold her home in 2013 to move into a nursing home. She has had a terrible experience with them. First, shortly after my father died a rep visited her and sold her the system and a FIVE year contract. I have had lots of security systems and have never heard of such a long term contract. I think he was taking advantage of both her age and her vulnerability as a widow. Over a year ago she was not using the system and beginning writing them to cancel the service but continued to make payments. Finally she stopped making payments but now they are sending her past due notices and bounced check fees. I am going to write them one more letter on her behalf and then contact the Better Business Bureau and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. They have made more than enough money off of her and the salesman should never have taken advantage of her in the first place. Beware!
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  6. User Score
    8
    August 30th, 2014 Conway, AR
    1 people found this review helpful!
    We have used Monitronics for 4 years and have been pleased. The app works well, and we did not have any troubles with false alarms, cameras not working, etc. Changing batteries yourself is a breeze, and you are notified through the mobile system when they are running low. Each user can have their own entry code, so I know which kid made it home from school at what time. Definitely built for the mobile user. No complaints here.
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  7. User Score
    1
    August 22nd, 2014 San Francisco, CA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    the contract is fully fully fully binding. do not sign a contract with them if you plan to cancel they won’t let you. you have to pay for the full term.
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  8. User Score
    0
    August 21st, 2014 Austin, TX
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Beware of the no cancellation policy. I was sold a 60 month policy and moved after 3 years with 33 months remaining. You are expected by Monitronics to pay the remainder of the contract whether or not you use their service. As many of the other customer review note, customer service is nonexistent. This is a predatory group — RUN AWAY.
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  9. User Score
    0
    August 19th, 2014 Arlington, TX
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I just want to say they have the worst customer service. We fulfilled our contract and was on a month to month,No contract,how can they charge you if you cancel ? The guy was running down all the other company in our area. On Friday I sent and letter of termination,before our month was up and he said he was cancel it. (he said if I mail the letter he would terminate the service) Today he said no,they would debt our account,because we had to give them 30 days notice. Bless their hearts,they are just liars.
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  10. User Score
    0
    August 16th, 2014 Mountain View, CA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Easily the worst customer service we have ever dealt with. No one can make a decision if you have any changes to your account. Avoid.
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  11. User Score
    1
    August 13th, 2014 Sunnyvale, CA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Their customer service is non-existent. A call can take up to 5 minutes and you must go through several phone trees, in the end often receiving a message that says please call back during normal business hours!!

    This for an alarm company that boasts if 24/7 protection?? The only thing they are good at us taking your money. What a total mistake in signing up with them!

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  12. User Score
    4
    August 12th, 2014 Lake Forest, CA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    As far as technology goes, it is a good system. You can peek in the house if you have a camera, turn off the alarm remotely, have an automatic reminder to set the alarm, etc.
    However, their customer service is a joke. I just transferred the system to the new homeowners. They are now being paid by the new homeowner–and still debiting my checking account. I was on the phone for almost 1 hour yesterday. They gave me the run around, and when I asked to speak to a supervisor he was conveniently busy. He was supposed to call me back–still waiting. I just had to call my bank and put procedures in place to block them from making any more deductions. Worse than ADT–and I did not think that was possible.
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  13. User Score
    0
    August 8th, 2014 Long Beach, CA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    There billing system is antiquated to say the least. Inaccurate bills. Cannot separate service work from electronic withdrawals. This leads to inaccurate billings with inaccurate and deceiving billing statements. I believe it is intentional to get naive customers to overpay.

    DO NOT USE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Terrible customer service!!

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  14. User Score
    0
    August 4th, 2014
    1 people found this review helpful!
    What a nightmare to cancel my service with them!!!! I fulfilled my 3 year contract and they are still sending me bills after I have sent them a written cancellation, 1 month before the end of my contract like they requested. I called and cancelled again, when they sent me a bill for another month after my contract was expired. They reassured me once again that my contract was cancelled and they would remove the charge. (after a long sales pitch on how they want to help me). Now I get a voicemail congratulating me on my move and they will be at my house to install their alarm system this week I called them and told them that was a mistake and now the guy tells me rhat they just received my cancellation letter a couple weeks ago and I have another month of service to pay for!!!!! I told them I’ve read on the Internet how so many have said how hard it is to get them to stop billing you and they reassured me that’s only for people who haven’t finished their contract. That was Definitely not the case for me! I honored my end of the deal now they need to leave me alone and stop sending me bills!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL NEVER DEAL WITH THIS COMPANY AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
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  15. User Score
    0
    August 3rd, 2014 Phoenix, AZ
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I was in the process of canceling my service as I had moved. It was too involved of a process…one step was for me to fax them my security code and to confirm that I really wanted to cancel even though they knew who I was.
    But the worse was yet to come. Before I faxed the confirmation to them I was taken to the hospital. I had congestive heart failure! I stayed for a week after the procedure and had to recuperate at home. Within a month I was back in the hospital for another heart procedure. Back home after a week and within a month I was back in the hospital. This time it was a triple by-pass for my heart etc. During this time Monitronics kept charging me even though the agent had advised me that my account was closed and the fax was merely a formality. So I contacted Monitronics explaining my situation but only go silence. Meanwhile their agents are calling relatives to put the squeeze on for their money. I’ve tried several times to straighten this out but have no response to me e-mails etc.
    They are calloused and cold hearted with no concern for those they are supposed to be helping.
    They are the ugly 1% and one of those corporations that claim to be humans, too. I will pay the bill as that is how I do business but will be letting as many know as possible just what kind of company this is and that their workers are just as bad as the big bosses as they have bought into this culture and someone could have given me a break. The bills are mounting and if my cancellation was honored that extra money would be very helpful right now.
    Monitornics Sucks!!
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  16. User Score
    1
    August 1st, 2014 Smyrna, GA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I have had Monitronics for over three years, which was our contract term. I called yesterday to cancel the service. My complaints were that the installed siren could hardly be heard just five feet away from it. The monitoring charges have continually increased yearly. The battery died. I called them last month to get a new battery which I did receive. Just yesterday I received a Bill from them from them indicating I needed to pay $30 for a drop ship for the battery. When I called to cancel the service I was told I had to send them a letter with my data, such as the Code, the account # and my signature. Their rules are such that I am stuck paying for another month’s worth of service when in fact the system has been broken for a while now. I replaced the system with a SimpliSafe solution. It is completely wireless and I can install it myself. Monitoring is not a requirement but I chose to use that which is 40% of what Monitronics charges for a month. The whole thing is a racket with Monitronics.
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  17. User Score
    0
    July 31st, 2014 Dacula, GA
    2 people found this review helpful!
    Do not use this service. They have horrible customer service and are not helpful. They hold you hostage and make you pay to turn their service off. They are slow to respond to alarms and do not keep accurate records of your calls in to the service center.
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  18. User Score
    10
    July 23rd, 2014 Charlotte, NC
    1 people found this review helpful!
    We are satisfied with service we feel safer in our home.
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  19. User Score
    1
    July 16th, 2014 Englewood, CO
    2 people found this review helpful!
    Absolutely terrible company to deal with. They nickel and dime you even if you’re a long term customer. There are better options out there, do not go with Monitronics.
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  20. User Score
    1
    June 30th, 2014 Little Falls, NJ
    2 people found this review helpful!
    I called to cancel my service on 06/01/14. I was on hold for 10 minutes before a representative answered only to find out a special representative needed to cancel my account. The rep confirmed I would not have to remain on hold for that long again. I was on hold for 30 minutes until the 2nd rep answered. I said I needed to cancel my service and was quickly dumped into another que. This is infuriating when all I want to do is cancel my account. The customer service skills with this company are terrible! Hold times are unbelievably long. So I finally spoke to a rep who was able to help me only to find out we would have to pay $900 to buy ourselves out of our contract. We don’t own the home! You’ve got to be kidding! I well never use this company again.
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Our Score
7.5
User Score
1.2
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$34.95-$54.95

Install & Equipment Fee

$99-$149

Contract Length

36-60

Cancellation Policy

Pay 80%

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

702
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

2,441