Rob Gabriele

As a business owner, you know how important it is to protect your bottom line, and that starts with installing a top-quality security system. A business security system can be your eyes and ears at your location(s), day or night, when you’re not able to physically be there. It also means protecting your profits, your employees, and your customers from crime and other injustices.

About ADT for Business

ADT is well-known for their residential security systems, and the company has been in business for more than 140 years (a very, very long time!). They employ upwards of 18,000 trained professionals in over 200 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Did You Know: ADT serves more than 7 million customers across their residential accounts. Check out our full ADT review to learn more about our experience with ADT for home.

But back to business. All that to say, ADT constantly ranks among our highest-rated security systems for businesses because of their reputation and reliability.

One of the reasons so many businesses choose ADT is because they offer a free business security risk assessment. This helps pinpoint your business's vulnerabilities so you can purchase the appropriate security system or customize one of your own. Now, we’re actually starting to see this offered by other professional security brands, but it’s still something worth noting.

Keep in mind that ADT has several security options that vary depending on the size of your business. That said, if you’re a small business owner, you might want to have a look at SimpliSafe’s DIY business security systems. But if you have a medium- to large-size business, ADT is definitely a safe bet. The features include burglary monitoring with door/window sensors, video surveillance, remote access and controls, fire alarm monitoring, and more.

FYI: If you have a commercial business, ADT offers commercial security solutions to suit your space and security needs. Just expect to pay a pretty penny for it.

What Types of Businesses Benefit From an ADT Security System?

An ADT security system can work great for all types of businesses. The company also understands that each industry has its own set of security needs, requirements, and risks. For instance, own a restaurant in the inner city? If so, you’ll have a different setup than, say, a coffee shop or retail store in the suburbs.

That's why ADT specializes in tailoring their security products for different business categories. Here are just a few of the industries ADT works for:

Industries ADT Serves:
  • Retail Businesses
  • Restaurants (food and beverage)
  • Pharmacy and Medical Buildings
  • Health and wellness Offices
  • Manufacturing Plants and Factories
  • Professional Services and Offices
  • Automotive Shops
  • Home Offices

Why a Security System Is Important for Businesses

Having a security system in place could save you from dire situations, such as losses and wrongful lawsuits. At the very least, a security system helps prevent inventory theft from customers, as well as employees. It will also help protect you against fraudulent lawsuits such as slip and falls, false accusations of discrimination, harassment, and other false implications and staged accidents.

These are all more common than you’d think, and it’s nice to have the peace of mind knowing your business is safe and secure from nefarious activity. Now, keep in mind that ADT won’t catch everything — but it will serve as an added layer of security that you shouldn’t go without.

ADT Commercial for Large Scale Security Needs

If you need security on a larger scale, ADT offers a commercial security option, as mentioned. This includes custom integrated security solutions, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and access to their outsourced performance-based security subscription service, as well as providing National account and Enterprise solutions.

This is a white-glove, end-to-end service. It’s obviously not something you can order online or over the phone (trust us, you wouldn’t want to). You’ll have a bonafide ADT professional size up your business, in person, to find the perfect fit for your security needs. You’ll also have to sign a long-term contract with ADT, but this is par for business security systems.

ADT Security for Businesses: Features & Tech

ADT prides itself on being able to properly identify vulnerabilities so it can help the business owner protect their good name and assets going forward. Here are some of the ADT security options for businesses.

ADT Security for Businesses, Features & Tech:
  • Customizable business security systems
  • 24/7 professional monitoring
  • Intrusion protection
  • Video surveillance
  • Environmental monitoring (Smoke, fire, flood, freeze, CO)
  • Smartphone controls with event history timeline
  • Smart automation (lights, thermostats, etc.)
  • Fast response times (60 seconds or faster)
  • Free security risk assessment
  • Skilled sales staff and technicians
  • Cybersecurity solutions

As you can see, ADT offers a wide variety of security features for businesses, as well as several packages from which to choose. The packages include Business Basic, Premise Control, Enterprise View, and Total Productivity.

Excluding the Business Basic plan, all options come with the touchscreen control panel and an app dashboard capable of accessing and controlling the entire security system remotely. In our experience using ADT, this is cutting edge hardware and software that you really won’t see offered from most companies, except maybe Vivint for business and Frontpoint’s custom security systems.

Below we’ve highlighted the most popular ADT security features for businesses. Keep in mind you’ll receive all or some of these features depending on the package you choose.

Burglary Monitoring

ADT staffs 24/7 monitoring centers that will monitor your business for suspicious or criminal activity and alert you if anything unusual occurs.

Perimeter Protection

Strategically placed sensors quickly detect when someone tries to enter your premises illegally. These include door and window sensors, as well as outdoor cameras with motion-triggered recording.

Glass Break and Motion Sensors

Burglars frequently break window and door glass to illegally enter a building. ADT's glass break sensors can detect the sound of breaking glass which will trigger an alert that will immediately be sent to you and the authorities. The motion sensors detect movement inside your building and the same alert will be immediately sent to you and the authorities.

Hold Up Button

ADT will discreetly place a hold-up button that, when pushed, will request an emergency response at your location. Hold up buttons aren’t only for banks and financial institutions, a retail or convenience store will also benefit from this added layer of security.

Business Automation Products

Business automation products let you perform functions like schedule when the lights turn on or off, control your business small appliances and thermostat to help save energy, and automatically lock up behind you. Note that all of ADT’s smart equipment can be managed remotely using your smartphone.

Environmental Monitoring

ADT offers flood protection monitoring, high/low temperature control monitoring, fire protection and monitoring, and more. These environmental sensors can go a long way to preventing a disaster. They might also save you money on your business insurance.

Remote Access (remote arm and disarm)

This feature will enable you to arm and disarm your business's system from anywhere using your smartphone. This is incredibly useful, especially when you’re out of town on business or vacation. However, note that almost all business security systems offer remote access and controls these days.

Video Surveillance

You can't always be at your place of business, but you can keep an eye on your business all the time with ADT's video surveillance solutions. Using 1080p HD cameras with superb night vision, you can view your business or businesses in real-time remotely day and night. You can do this from your smartphone, with no extra hardware required. With video, you can monitor productivity and it will also help to reduce liability, improve safety, reduce shrinkage, deter crime, and monitor your inventory. ADT sells indoor and outdoor cameras, including dome cameras, bullet cameras, turret cameras, etc.

Cloud Video Storage

Cloud storage will record and store your surveillance videos offsite where you can access your video clips remotely from your mobile device. This feature provides you with 24-hour continuous recordings, will protect your video data from damage or destruction, and can help you avoid the need for video management software and equipment.

Onsite Video Storage

This allows you to record and store your video clips on a DVR located onsite, provide you with 24-hour continuous video surveillance recordings, access your video clips remotely, and lets you use the Smart Search feature which will help you to easily find and playback motion-triggered videos.

Access Control

With ADT's access control, you can restrict the areas where your customers and employees are allowed. This will help keep unauthorized personnel out of sensitive areas. We don’t see this feature with all business security systems, so kudos to ADT here.


ADT also has a cybersecurity feature that will help protect your business against threats to your networks and data. The cybersecurity ADT offers can safeguard against ransomware, malware, trojans, phishing attacks, destroyed data, privacy breaches, and more. But if you’re interested in shoring up your cybersecurity defenses, we highly recommend reading our in-depth guide to the best identity theft protection services for businesses.

ADT For Business Pricing: Equipment Costs and Monthly Fees

We can’t really give you a definitive answer as to the cost you’ll pay for ADT, as it completely depends on the size of your business and the level of security needed.
With that said, you can expect to pay somewhere between $40-$60 per month for monitoring, and around $1,000 or more for equipment. Some brands offer self-monitoring (no monthly fees), but we highly recommend professional monitoring for businesses. And thankfully, ADT has one of the most reliable monitoring services around. So… money well spent!

FYI: ADT does charge installation fees, activation fees, and the like. So just be sure to get a quote for ALL costs upfront; otherwise, you might feel nickel-and-dimed.

Our Final Thoughts on ADT for Business

We think ADT offers a great solution for business owners of all stripes. They combine intrusion protection with video surveillance, and a whole suite of smart automation products to keep the techy-type more than satisfied. But what we really like about ADT for business is their bespoke approach to outfitting each business owner with a system that makes sense for their business needs. In other words, it’s not one-size-fits-all.

Now, ADT isn’t a perfect solution by any means. We’d like to see more affordable equipment options, and we don’t exactly love the extra fees they charge. But still, pesky fees aside, ADT delivers great security packages for businesses of all types. So if you’re looking for a solution to protect your inventory, employees, and customers, then ADT likely has what you’re looking for.