Brinks Home Security Review 2020

Brinks provides affordable, DIY security systems for homes and apartments. See how this provider stacks up against the competition in our Brinks home security review.
Updated Apr 28, 2021

Brinks: Our Pick for Flexible Installation

Over 160 years, Brinks has learned a thing or two about security. In 1859, Perry Brink founded the company in Chicago, providing baggage transport services between hotels and railway stations. By the end of the 19th century, Brinks services expanded to include package delivery and cash management services, transporting money between locations. Today, Brinks boasts a workforce of more than 62,000 employees, with operations in over 40 countries. Their award-winning home security solutions earned them #1 in J.D. Power’s Home Security Satisfaction Study in 2018. 

Brinks Home Security protects the homes of more than one million customers with security equipment packages and 24/7 professional monitoring. Brinks systems are designed for easy self-installation and optional professional installation for those who are not comfortable with installing their security equipment. Their home security systems start at $399 and can be financed at 0% APR with professional monitoring starting at $29.00/mo.


7 out of 10


  • Home security systems starting at $399
  • 24/7 professional monitoring starting at $29.00/mo.

Google’s Nest Secure System is also sold by Brinks and retails for $399 as the least expensive security system you’ll find with the provider. This security system comes with the Nest Guard, two Nest Detect sensors, two Nest tags, and the Nest mobile app. Professional monitoring for the Nest Secure system costs $29/mo.


Compared to other providers, Brinks security systems are inexpensive to the average for DIY systems. You can find cheaper starter packages with Ring, SimpliSafe, Frontpoint, and Abode.  Professional monitoring is also less costly than other competitors such as Ring, Abode, and Frontpoint. You’re not required to activate monitoring with Brinks and can self-monitor your security system to save on the monthly cost.

Standout Features

8 out of 10


  • 4G LTE battery and cellular backup
  • Smart home integration

Many home security systems come with wireless door and window sensors, motion detectors and cameras that work with the main control panel using your home’s Wi-Fi. Brinks’ systems also offer 4G LTE cellular backup to continue to send data to Brinks’ monitoring centers during power or Internet outages. The Brinks Home Security app lets you expand your security system to include smart locks, smoke detectors, thermostats and water detectors. For smart home control, you can also enable voice commands using Amazon Alexa. Smart home integration is popular amongst top home security companies, including ADT, Frontpoint and SimpliSafe.



8 out of 10


  • Equipment packages for multiple home sizes
  • SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell

Brinks Home Security offers packages for homeowners and renters. The Smart Security Essential Package includes equipment to protect two of your home’s entry points and detect motion. All Brinks packages include a central control panel to arm and disarm your system at home. The Brinks Home Security app also lets you control your system at home or on the go using your smartphone. With the mobile app, you’ll be able to receive instant alerts when your system’s sensors are triggered.

The Brinks’ Smart Security Ultimate Package includes the SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell. With the increasing popularity of online shopping and package deliveries, video doorbells can serve as a frontline defense against porch thieves. ADT and SimpliSafe only offer doorbell cameras as add-on devices.


10 out of 10


  • DIY installation kits
  • Professional installation available

All of Brinks’ home security systems come with devices designed for easy DIY installation. Some equipment uses adhesive to peel-and-stick to easily place in the right areas of your home. Entry sensors can be attached to doors or windows, and indoor security cameras can be placed on level surfaces in your home. Brinks’ Smart Security Ultimate package includes professional installation at no additional cost. Other Brinks systems can also be professionally installed by a technician. Compared to other providers, Brinks’ installation options your security system aligns with a trend seen amongst other providers like SimpliSafe and Abode. This gives you the flexibility of choice with how you want your security system to be set-up.

Trial Period

8 out of 10


  • 30-day money-back guarantee with no termination fee

Brinks Home Security’s trial period falls short compared to a few providers, but 30 days is the average trial period to expect. Brinks offers a 30-day, risk-free period to try out your security system. During this time, you can cancel your service without a termination fee. However, SimpliSafe offers a full refund on its equipment and monitoring services within 60 days. ADT offers a six-month, money-back guarantee on its equipment and monitoring services, plus a theft protection guarantee, which pays up to $500 toward your insurance deductible if a thief burglarizes your home equipped with an armed ADT security system.

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Home Security Writer

Dashia Starr

Dashia researches and writes on all things home automation and security. She focuses on the latest news, products, and providers to share only the best with you.

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