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- Best Overall DIY Security System
SimpliSafe Home SecurityOur rating9.9Starting at$14.99/mo
Our take on SimpliSafe Home Security:
SimpliSafe is our top pick for inexpensive monitoring, durable equipment and reliable services that simplify home security. You’ll have all the right devices and features to give you peace of mind — even when the unexpected happens.
★ Recommended package: Barrington
- Inexpensive professional monitoring
- Wireless equipment
- Cellular monitoring
- Mobile alerts not available in the basic monitoring plan
- No selection of smart home devices
- Smart home capabilities not available in the basic monitoring plan
- Best Landline Monitoring
Protect America Home SecurityOur rating7.2Starting at$19.99/mo
Our take on Protect America Home Security
Protect America stands out for its low-cost landline monitoring and great coverage for rural areas. Their professional monitoring has over 25 years of award-winning service and monitoring plans that are based on connectivity type. If you’re looking for a capable no-frills home security system you can install yourself, Protect America is a good choice for your family.
- Price-match guarantee
- Smart home devices and features
- Mobile app access & control
- Contract required
- Must upgrade to get video surveillance, smart features and smoke detection
- Cellular monitoring is the most expensive plan
- Best Home Security for Industry Experience
Our Take on ADT Home Security
ADT’s a well-recognized name in the home security industry. It offers traditional security that requires professional installation and monitoring at a steep price.
★ Recommended Plan
- 6-month money-back guarantee
- $500 theft protection guarantee
- High-quality equipment
- Must pay for an extended warranty
- Lengthy contracts
- More expensive than competitors
- Best Smart Home Security
Our Take on Vivint Home Security
Vivint has an extensive line of smart security equipment that you can expand over time. The downside is that you’ll have a long-term contract if you finance your equipment.
★ Recommended Plan
Vivint’s Smart Home Service is our recommended plan because it unlocks a larger selection of smart home devices, as well as video monitoring.
- Month-to-month contract option if equipment is purchased upfront
- Backup battery included with the Sky Control panel
- Extensive equipment features, including Vivint Car Guard
- Long contract if equipment is financed
- Installation can take 3-4 hours
- Short (120-day) equipment warranty and service guarantee (unless you purchase Premium)
- Best Pet-Friendly Home Security
Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security
Frontpoint lets you choose both your package and monitoring plan to help build the perfect home security system for renters and homeowners alike. Monitoring can be costly, but free DIY installation helps lower costs without reducing reliability or protection.
★ Recommended Plan
Our recommended Frontpoint plan is the Safe Home Starter equipment package combined with the Ultimate monitoring plan, which will give you access to a smartphone app for monitoring your security devices.
- No lengthy contracts
- Excellent customer service
- Variety of equipment to choose from
- Monitoring fees are relatively expensive
- Short (30 days) trial period
- No professional installation option
Senior Home Security Factors to Consider
- Long-Term Contracts: Committing to a home security contract can be risky for seniors. Living conditions or your senior’s security needs may change. Unfortunately, security contracts lock-in costs, services and equipment for a set period of time and you can be hit with hefty cancellation fees if you do try and get out of your agreement.
- DIY Home Security: If you’re leaning towards a DIY security provider that doesn’t require a contract, be sure to factor in the cost of equipment upfront, which can be costly. But, you’ll be able to pack-up your equipment and reinstall it at your new home without installation or cancellation fees. You’ll also have the flexibility to only buy the equipment you need and add on later.
- Installation: Some providers require professional installation that could cost $100 on average. When professional technicians set-up your equipment, they’ll also show your loved one how to use the equipment so they’re comfortable. On the other hand, DIY installation is free but requires someone in your family to install the equipment correctly. Many seniors choose professional installation for in-person help and to ensure their system is installed correctly. Keep in mind that some DIY providers that offer self-installation also offer optional professional installation.
- Customer Service: Look for a home security provider with plenty of customer and technical service options and availability for your loved one to reach out whenever they need help. Some providers have 24/7 customer service phone numbers, while others have normal business hours for availability. Some technical support is included in the overall cost, while others cost extra for in-home appointments. You should also read customer service reviews to help determine the provider’s service satisfaction and common concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions About Security Systems for Seniors
Yes, seniors can get home security systems for their rental homes. We recommend a DIY security solution to easy self-install it without drilling and wires. It’s also easy to pack up and reinstall if you move.
Yes, you can have a trusted caregiver install your DIY security system. If your caregiver doesn’t feel comfortable, consider professional installation options for hassle-free set-up and an in-person tutorial.
It’s best to check with your home security provider for any special senior discounts and offers.
The cost of a security system varies. Most basic systems cost at least $100 and professional monitoring could cost as little as $8/mo.
Check with your security provider to see if your medical alert can connect to your security system and smartphone. If not, ask your provider what senior equipment they offer for your safety and security.
Medical alerts and security systems are both designed for your protection and safety, but they have different functions. Your use of a medical alert and security system depends on your needs, but we recommend both.