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How Much Does A Home Security System Cost?

Dashia Starr
Updated Nov 11, 2020
7 min read

The cost of home security systems depends on the pricing of the equipment, plan, installation and more. When searching for the best home security system, it is easy to wonder, how much is this really going to cost? Much of what goes into the cost of home security systems is the equipment. Your monthly home security cost may also include 24/7 professional monitoring services, security camera cloud storage and the ability to control your home security system using your security provider’s mobile app.

Today, the average cost for home security system monitoring services ranges from $15 to $35/month.  The upfront cost of home security equipment typically ranges from $100 to $250 and monthly security equipment costs range from $10 to $35/month. Both of these are costs you should take into account when picking your home security system. Professional monitoring provides you with 24/7 watch over your home and security equipment is a necessary step in securing your home.

Cost of Top Home Security Systems

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SimpliSafe Security


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Monitoring starts at:
$35.99/mo.*$29.99/mo.*$34.99/mo.*$15.00/mo.*$19.99/mo.*
Installation type
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Guarantees / Refunds
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*Price shown is for the provider's basic professional monitoring plan.

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Is Professional Monitoring Worth It?

Monitored home security systems come with professional monitoring services to watch over your home 24/7 to alert you and emergency responders if a sensor is triggered to help protect your valuables from burglaries, fire and smoke detection. The lowest basic ADT monitored security plan includes professional monitoring costs $44.99/mo. It all depends on your home’s security needs.

But bear in mind that if danger is detected, professional monitoring services will contact you first if a sensor is triggered. After the security provider has reached out to you and any emergency contacts they’ll contact the police on your behalf. So, the lag time between the triggered sensor and emergency responders getting to your home could be lengthy.

On the other hand, unmonitored home security systems will automatically notify you directly when a sensor is triggered. Once you’re notified, you’ll have to determine whether or not it’s a false alarm or if you should call emergency services. DIY home security systems are less expensive because most features and equipment are purchased upfront – such as SimpliSafe’s professional monitoring package is as low as $14.99/mo.

Security Equipment Costs

A big factor of your home security cost will be from the equipment, such as security cameras, doorbell cameras and motion sensors. Upfront equipment costs can be over $200, but many providers offer discounts that you could utilize to knock this price down. You may also have the option to lease equipment from your security provider at a monthly cost.

Once you’ve set up your home security system, you may need to add extra security cameras or sensors to monitor blind spots that may be out of range. Some home security companies sell additional equipment at a discounted rate if you’ve purchased their home security system. If not, adding additional equipment can be fairly inexpensive. Adding an extra indoor security camera can cost upwards of $100 or an extra door sensor can cost around $30. Before buying more equipment, make sure you know how many home security devices each control panel or hub can accommodate at once. Also, if you’re installing add-on equipment, ask about any additional fees such as extra cloud storage for security camera footage. If you’re not buying the security gadget upfront, ask about the leasing price and any additional terms.

Wired vs. Wireless Home Security Systems

Wired Security

  • Tend to cost more due to installation and monitoring
  • Rely on radio frequency to receive signals of triggered sensors
  • Most include a control panel or hub and motion sensors to help protect your home. Some providers also offer security cameras and other security equipment.
  • Often require professional installation to connect to your home’s electric and phone system making them more reliable in areas with low cellular signals
  • Often require a contract to lease the security equipment and any additional professional monitoring services
  • When you’re ready to move, you’ll want to consider the cost of a technician uninstalling and reinstalling your equipment
  • Unless your home security system has a backup power option, your system may not work in the event of a power outage

Wireless Security

  • Work using internet or cellular signals to send alerts when sensors are triggered
  • Are deal for renters because they typically don’t require professional wiring or drilling
  • DIY wireless equipment is easy to install using one screw, removable adhesive or plugging into a standard wall outlet to eliminate the cost of professional installation
  • All of your wireless equipment connects to a control panel or hub and can easily be controlled using your smartphone or web portal
  • If there’s a power outage, most wireless equipment includes a backup battery to work
  • Monthly plans are often less expensive than wired home security systems, but there are drawbacks to consider
  • Depending on your wireless home security system’s range, you’ll be limited to how many sensors and pieces of equipment can be added from the base station used to help protect your home
  • If your backup battery isn’t charged enough, your system won’t work during a cellular outage
  • Your home’s data and security information pose a higher cybersecurity risk when your data is uncovered by hackers

Home Security Costs to Consider

There are a few fees to expect when adding up your home security cost. You’ll want to factor in installation, activation, equipment and any added services such as professional monitoring. Each cost will vary based on your security provider.
  • Professional installation

    Some home security systems require a technician to professionally install your home’s security equipment. After you schedule the installation appointment, you won’t have to worry about spending time wiring or drilling to install your home security system. However, professional installation can cost over $200 but may be discounted depending on the security provider or equipment purchased.

  • Smart home automation

    Some home security companies offer plans to connect home automation equipment such as smart locks and smart lights. You’ll be able to create routines to automatically turn lights on or turn your home’s smart thermostat temperature down when you leave for work. Home security companies normally offer smart home automation capabilities at an additional cost.

  • Professional monitoring

    over your home 24/7, there’s an additional monthly fee. If a sensor is triggered, the monitoring center will contact you to alert you of any suspicious activity. Professional monitoring can start at $14.99/mo. for DIY home security systems and $28.99/mo. for professionally installed systems. Keep in mind, professional monitoring often requires a contract, but some month-to-month plans are becoming more popular.

  • 24/7 live camera footage

    Home security companies offer continuous video recording (CVR) to record and store all of your security camera’s footage so you never miss a moment. Normally, security cameras only record motion-triggered activity – which is only a few minutes. Most home security companies offer CVR plans in increments of 7, 10, 14 and 30 days.

  • Security equipment

    Add up the cost of all the security equipment you’ll need to help protect your home. This often includes any security cameras, sensors and control panels. Depending on your home security system choice, you’ll pay a monthly fee to rent the equipment for a time frame – at least a year. But with DIY home security systems, you’ll most likely purchase all equipment upfront.

  • System activation

    You’ll also want to factor in any activation fees to turn your equipment on. Activation fees are often included with installation and can range from a one-time fee up to $100. Before buying a home security system, ask about any activation fees, when it should be paid (on your next bill or before installation) and if the activation fee covers all equipment.

Understanding Home Security Contracts

Hidden home security costs and fees are often found in the fine print of your contract. Read the contract and ask the security provider to explain anything you don’t understand. Think about early cancellation fees, reinstallation fees from moving or overlooked equipment leasing terms. Make sure you understand monthly fees included in the contract and any upfront home security costs to be paid upon activation. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when reviewing your home security system contract.

  • Understand all cancellation, equipment and service fees before signing the contract. Don’t sign the contract until you understand how much you’re paying and when. Know whether or not the rates are locked in or subject to change after a given time period.
  • Evaluate contract terms and conditions for one year versus multiple years if you don’t plan on moving. A multi-year contract may be more cost-effective in the long term with better rates and security equipment offers.
  • Ask about month-to-month plan options to give you more flexibility without signing a contract for a year or more. This is especially helpful for renters that want a home security system but plan to move when the lease is up.
  • Just in case you need to end your contract early, understand all termination terms and fees to cancel your security service. Some home security companies can charge hundreds of dollars to break your contract early.

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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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