If you’re looking for a reliable home security provider and you’ve narrowed your search to Brinks and Ackerman, here are some details about the two companies to help you make your choice. Both Brinks and Ackerman have a long history, tons of experience, and a wide variety of equipment options. Both offer 24/7 professional monitoring and home automation, but their service areas are quite different. We’ll explore these differences and some other key details below.
The Bottom Line: Brinks vs. Ackerman
Brinks Home Security
|DIY with professional option||Professional|
|None||200% theft protection guarantee|
|2-year equipment warranty||None|
Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks and Ackerman
Brinks offers three equipment packages, including most basic Essential, mid-level Complete and top-tier Ultimate packages. The Essential package includes a touchscreen controller, wireless motion sensor, two wireless door sensors and yard signs and stickers. You can also choose Brinks’ partnership with Nest as an option. Ackerman equipment packages are all custom designed. To determine your equipment cost, you’ll need to call and set up an appointment with a consultant.
Ackerman offers 24/7 professional monitoring for $19.95 per month. The length of its contract is undisclosed, but reviews indicate it’s usually a year. Brinks, on the other hand, offers professional monitoring starting at $29.99 per month with a three-year contract.
Both Brinks and Ackerman offer only professional monitoring options at this time.
Brinks systems are fully wireless, and with Nest you have the option to install equipment yourself, so it’s not hard to move. Ackerman’s systems are custom, and they will work with existing equipment, so renters are well-served with them as well.