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Cove Security

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Cove Security launched in 2018. The relatively new company promises self-installed, professionally monitored home security that’s both effective and affordable.
Updated Feb 4, 2021

What Sets Cove Security Apart?

Cove Security is an upstart new company that’s muscling its way into the increasingly popular do-it-yourself (DIY) home security space. The provider offers modern wireless security equipment, custom packages, cellular connectivity, professional monitoring, easy cancellation and competitively low prices. You won’t find preset package deals or smart home devices, but if you’re looking for effective no-frills security, Cove could be a strong choice for you.

Pros

  • Custom packages with low-pressure sales
  • Easy cancellation
  • 60-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Premium app subscription required for many features
  • Relatively new company
  • Lack of smart home integration and camera options

Cove Security Equipment Packages

Cove Security does not offer predetermined packages. Instead, it has a unique personalized approach where each customer configures their system by answering a few easy questions on Cove’s website. If you need help, you can chat with customer service.

While some companies won’t let you get a quote without entering a high-pressure sales conversation, the Cove shopping experience is refreshingly low-pressure and transparent. All configurations can be customized beyond the website recommendations. If you want to add an additional camera or any other device (or remove some of the recommended products) their system builder allows you to do that.

  • Cove Security Build-Your-Own Package

    Starting at
    $14.99/mo

    Our Take

    Cove Security lets you custom-build your home security system from scratch. The only non-negotiable device is the Cove Touch Alarm Panel, which acts as the hub of the system. From there, you can add on as many devices as you’d like. If you’re unsure what you need, use Cove’s online recommendation tool or speak with its customer support team. Once you’ve selected your equipment, you can pick from two monitoring plans. The Basic plan starts at $14.99/mo. for 24/7 professional monitoring, while the Cove Plus plan starts at $25/mo. and adds features such as mobile app access and support for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

    Package Features

    • Touch Alarm Panel (required)
    • Intrusion detection options: Door sensor, window sensor, motion detector, glass break detector
    • Environmental monitoring options: smoke/heat/freeze detector, carbon monoxide detector, flood sensor
    • Remote and medical alert options: key fob, panic button
    • Yard sign and window stickers included with every order

Cove Security Equipment and Features

  • Cove Touch Panel Image

    Cove Touch Panel

    This small device is the control panel for your home security system. Its 7-inch touchscreen looks and acts like the alarm panels seen in many high-end systems. It includes on-screen instructions with animations to make the system easier to use. You can use the two-way talk feature to communicate with the monitoring center directly through the panel. Smash and Grab Protection ensures that the monitoring center is notified even if intruders attack the panel. And don’t worry about what might happen if the power goes out— the Cove Touch Panel comes with 24 hours of backup battery protection to keep your system up and running. Retail price is $184.

  • Cove Security Door Sensor for Apartment

    Cove Door Sensor

    Cove recommends one door sensor for every exterior door. You can add more door sensors at any time for $15 each. These are easy to install, work with any door type, and come with a 5+ year battery life. They are programmed to self-test every 60 minutes to regularly ensure they are working properly.

  • Cove Motion Detector Image

    Cove Motion Detector

    For average-sized homes, Cove recommends one motion detector that covers a central location/high-traffic area of your home. These can be added on for $30 each. The motion detectors are pet-friendly up to 40 lbs. This detector has a 5+ year battery life, is easy to install and like Cove’s other equipment, is programmed to self-test every 60 minutes.

  • Cove Window Sensor Image

    Cove Window Sensor

    Cove recommends installing a window sensor on any windows that will be susceptible to intruder entry, especially those that may be out of sight to neighbors or passersby. These sensors can be used on any windows, have 5+ year battery life, are easy to install and self-test every 60 minutes. Window sensors can be added for $15 each.

  • Glass Break Detector Image

    Glass Break Detector

    Designed to be installed near windows, these devices detect the sound of breaking glass. Available for $35 each, place one wherever you have doors, windows or other glass exteriors that need more protection than a door or window sensor.

  • Cove Security Indoor Camera for Apartment

    YI Indoor Camera

    Cove recommends at least one YI indoor camera depending on the size of your home. These are ultra-wide angle HD video cameras that detect things like motion and even babies crying. These should be placed in a central location of the home. The YI Indoor Camera retails for $29.50, but you may be able to get it free or at a discount if Cove is offering a promotion. At the time of this writing, Cove is including one free YI Indoor Camera with all packages, but additional cameras can be added for $29.50 each.

  • Smoke/Heat/Freeze Detector Image

    Smoke/Heat/Freeze Detector

    For $30 each, this one sensor sounds an alarm in the event of smoke, fire or freezing temperatures. Alerts are customizable. Start with one in a central location on the main floor, and add another in each sleeping area if desired.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Image

    Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Carbon monoxide is potentially deadly. This alarm, which you can add to your package for $50 each, detects carbon monoxide and issues an alarm before the levels become dangerous.

  • Flood Sensor Image

    Flood Sensor

    Leaks often build up slowly and remain unnoticed until there’s a full-fledged flood or expensive water damage. Install a flood sensor, $20 each, in areas that are vulnerable to leaks and you’ll be alerted before the damage becomes extensive.

  • Security Key Remote Image

    Security Key Remote

    Attach one of these to your key ring, and you can arm or disarm the system at the touch of a button. The security key remotes retail for $25 each. Unless you live alone, you’ll probably want more than one.

  • Panic Button/Medical Alert Image

    Panic Button/Medical Alert

    This wearable help button is designed to be worn around the house. It’s even waterproof, so it can be worn in the shower. Just press the button to alert the monitoring center, who can send along medical, fire or police services as needed. The panic button costs $20.

Compare Cove Security Payment Plans

Once you’ve selected the equipment you need, the next step is to choose your Cove payment plan. The Value plan is contract-free but requires you to pay for your equipment up front. The Economy plan eliminates your equipment fees, but requires a 36-month minimum contract.

Value Plan
Economy Plan
Equipment cost
Paid upfront, depends on configurationUpfront payment not required
Monthly monitoring cost
$14.99-$25/mo.$25-$35/mo.
Contract length
No contract required36 months
Cancellation policy
Cancel at any timeEarly termination fee equal to equipment cost

Compare Cove Security Monitoring Plans

Once you’ve decided what equipment you need and how you will pay for it, the final step is to choose the Cove monitoring plan you’d prefer: Cove Basic or Cove Plus.

Cove Basic Monitoring
Cove Plus Monitoring
24/7 Professional Monitoring
YesYes
Environmental Monitoring
YesYes
TripleTouch Communications
YesYes
Smash and Grab Protection
YesYes
100% Cellular Connection
YesYes
Hourly Automated System Check
YesYes
24-Hour Battery Backup
YesYes
Equipment Warranty
One yearLifetime
Mobile App Access
NoYes
Alexa and Google Home Support
NoYes
Equipment Reward
NoAccumulate $5/mo. credit toward future new equipment
Locked Monitoring Rate
NoYes

Frequently Asked Questions About Cove Security


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Jalesa Campbell

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