Brinks is best known for offering both DIY and professional home security services to best meet your needs. They offer a variety of security plans that include security essentials and smart security cameras starting at $199 for the basic package. Of the three available packages, we recommend the Smart Security Complete package to cover video monitoring, live streaming and smartphone control of your Brinks system whether you’re at home or on the go.
Award-winning customer service
Works with Google Nest
2-year warranty on devices
Contract required for top tiered packages
No optional home environmental monitoring equipment
Touchscreen control panel only available in top tiered packages
Brinks is best known for flexible installation, giving you the choice between a professional or DIY setup. Brinks also offers smart home integration to control smart locks, smart thermostats and other equipment. You’ll be able to control your smart home and security equipment using the Brinks Smart Home mobile app or Amazon Alexa. However, Brinks doesn’t score as high on equipment pricing compared to other providers.
Brinks’ equipment starts at $199.99 for their Smart Security Essential package. Professional monitoring for Brinks costs $39 per month for each plan. You can add an additional indoor camera for $199 each, an outdoor camera for $249 or a video doorbell camera for $199. If you’re interested in Google Nest you can get started with the essentials for $399 upfront. Professional monitoring for Google Nest customers costs $29 per month without a Brinks contract or $19 per month with a three-year contract.
Brinks home security systems are designed to easily self-install with adhesive strips. Some equipment, such as cameras and smart thermostats, may take a little more time to install but are still easy with Brinks’ guide. However, Brinks and Google Nest both offer professional installation and 24/7 customer support for their equipment at an additional cost. The Nest mobile app will also help you set up Nest equipment hassle-free.
The Brinks Home Touch control panel is the main hub for the Home Complete Packages. You can control smart devices from the control panel like smart locks, smart lights, thermostats and more. The Brinks Home Touch Control Panel also features LiveVoice Assist, giving you the ability to speak with a monitoring specialist in the event of an emergency.
Brinks door sensor
Secure your points of entry with Brinks’ door sensor. As a small, discreet device, you can place it on doors or even windows. This sensor can be placed up to 200 feet from the Brinks Home Touch Control Panel.
Brinks indoor security camera
Get a clear view of what’s happening in your home with Brinks’ indoor security camera. The camera features 1080p HD video, night vision for clear footage in lowly lit conditions, and a 113° field of view.
Skybell Slim Line Video Doorbell
The Skybell Slim Line Video Doorbell allows you to receive a notification when your doorbell rings and see who’s at your door. You can speak to visitors or even delivery-persons through this device with the help of two-way talk.
Get simple yet robust security with the Nest Secure Package backed by Brinks’ monitoring. This system comes with the essentials you’ll need to protect your home and makes arming and disarming easy with the Nest Tags: simply swipe out to arm and swipe in to disarm. The Nest Secure Package retails for $399.00 or $11.08/mo. with financing. You’ll have to enter a 36-month service agreement for financing. Professional monitoring for the Nest Secure Package costs $19.00/mo.
Easy to install yourself, the wireless touchscreen system comes backed with adhesive that you peel and stick to get started. The system is simple and easy to install without having to drill holes or add nails to your walls. It’s the perfect solution for renters.
If you’re looking for a security system that adds video surveillance you can monitor, the COMPLETE plan includes an HD indoor camera. Movement and other alarms will trigger the camera to record so you can view the video feed on your phone or computer.
For home monitoring inside and outside, the ULTIMATE plan is the most complete. It’s the top-of-the-line package and adds an outdoor camera and video doorbell to keep your home’s exterior surroundings safe, too. The ULTIMATE plan is most useful for people who get many visitors knocking at their door and/or receive deliveries and packages regularly.
Brinks offers professionally monitored home security to alert monitoring professionals when sensors are triggered in your home. Brinks’ specialists will then alert emergency responders to your home if there’s an emergency — even if you’re not home. Use Brinks’ app to control your security and smart home equipment. Here are a few added features:
See live security camera footage from your smartphone
Arm, disarm and check the status of your Brinks home security system
Control your smart home devices whether you’re home or on the go
Each Brinks system includes a 2-year warranty to cover any equipment defects. You can also add a 12-month warranty with smart home devices. At this time, Brinks doesn’t have any additional guarantees to ensure customer satisfaction.
With Brinks home security, you can add smart home devices to your plan. You’ll be able to add a variety of smart home equipment including smart door locks, smart thermostats and other Z-wave compatible devices. Brinks lets you connect up to 119 Z-wave smart devices to connect and control your smart home and security with Brinks’ control panel and mobile app. Your smart home devices can be self-installed to create the smart, secure home the way you want over time.
Each of our home security providers is evaluated on a number of factors that help families determine their home security needs.
Cost — We evaluate all costs included in your home security service including monitoring, video storage, equipment and one-time fees. Home security is an investment, but we look for affordable home security that’s reasonably priced upfront and monthly.
Equipment and Features — Our team looks for easy-to-use equipment that gives customers better security and control of their home’s safety. We also look for smart home features, mobile app control and other standout features to make managing home security simple.
Service — We consider customer services including installation, technical support, consultations and other available services to keep your system up and running without worry.
Warranties, Trial Periods and Guarantees — Most providers offer warranties and guarantees to ensure your customer satisfaction with their equipment and services. Some also offer trial periods for a risk-free test run. Consumers should feel confident in their home security choice with enough time to try the equipment and service and feel satisfied months later with their decision.
Installation — We believe that setup should be seamless — whether DIY or professionally installed. Home security installation should be easy and support should always be available to help you whether you’re starting with a new system, expanding or troubleshooting.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks Home Security
Is a contract required for Brinks’ service?
Yes, a 36-month contract is required for Brinks service. If you have Google Nest service a contract is optional with monitoring at $19 per month. If you opt not to have a contract, monitoring is $29 per month.
Can Brinks work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant?
Yes, Brinks works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands to control your smart home and security equipment.
What happens if my Brinks home security system loses power?
Brinks’ system comes with a cellular and battery backup to keep you connected to Brinks’ monitoring center.
What is Brinks’ cancellation policy?
Call Brinks at 1-800-447-9239 to understand the cancellation process and what to expect on your last bill. You can also review the cancellation terms online.
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