ADT Security Services is the longest-established security company on our review site. It dates back about 150 years to when American District Telegraph pioneered in sending security alerts by Morse code. Today ADT serves homes with average and higher budgets for security, and they also have security systems for business. Systems monitored by ADT use hardwired and wireless equipment to detect invasions, guard against environmental damage and automate homes for energy-saving and convenience.
The ADT website advertises multiple home security plans, plus their sales agents can design custom solutions. The main options are: basic home protection; basic home protection plus mobile control; and camera-enhanced protection plus mobile control.
Customers who already own security systems get especially low monthly prices (less than $1/day). They pay ADT just for monitoring, not for equipment. ADT customers sign three-year contracts and get six-month trials.
Specifics of ADT security equipment vary by dealer. The brands Honeywell, General Electric and ITI are all options. In any case, the standard features are pushbutton or touchscreen control panels, entry sensors, interior motion detectors and wireless keychain remotes. With ADT Pulse wireless security systems, you get the options of video security cameras and remote control over lighting, temperature and door locks.
ADT security systems can send emergency alerts by cell radio, which is typically the speediest solution. Landlines can also be used as primary or secondary emergency connections. ADT emergency monitoring centers are set up across the US.
ADT headquarters in Florida provide excellent customer service and maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). However, when reading ADT security reviews remember that the company authorizes independent dealers. Therefore customer service experiences may vary. For the best odds of stellar customer service, deal directly with ADT or choose an ADT dealer with the BBB seal.
ADT offers five main security packages that combine equipment and monitoring. Hardwired and wireless alarm systems are available, all with free installation. ADT prices range from approximately $9 to $14 per week or $37 to $53 per month. Additionally, ADT will monitor already-installed security systems for as little as $19.99/month. Here are details about each plan:
The cheapest ADT security plans are called Essentials and Essentials Plus. They cost $36.99 and $42.99 per month, respectively. These plans provide “essential” protection with burglar alarm systems. The equipment protects entryways, detects indoor motion and automatically calls emergency operators. Essentials Plus includes hands-free voice technology for communication with emergency operators. A potential drawback is that these ADT packages only use landlines to send alerts. Cell radio tends to be faster and more reliable.
The next step up is called Total Protection. This mid-level ADT security plan costs $44.99/month. It adds a cellular radio connection to the Essentials plan and can use a landline as your backup. Cellular monitoring is more secure than landline monitoring because criminals cannot simply cut a wire to defeat emergency communication. Studies have shown that cell calls reach monitoring stations more quickly as well. Unlike the Essentials Plus, the Total Protection plan does not feature two-way voice.
ADT’s fourth plan is Total Protection Plus. For $47.99/month it provides all the features in the Total Protection plan, plus customers get two-way voice communication through their alarm system control panels.
The best ADT security plan is named Premium Protection with ADT Pulse. Priced at $52.99/month, it supports cameras and other types of equipment to establish extra layers of security. All equipment can be monitored and controlled remotely with a mobile app. The best ADT security plan also supports home automation: Users can get centralized control over door locks, lighting, thermostats and other home features.
For all ADT security monitoring agreements customers sign three-year contracts. The company accepts cancellations without penalty for six months. Within that timeframe, customers can return ADT equipment and be refunded for all monitoring expenses.
Each ADT home security system includes, at minimum, the equipment listed below.
Advanced packages get additional features. ADT supports the following types of controls, sensors, cameras and home automation features:
Video Cameras and Home Automation
|ADT Equipment & Features|
|Remote Secure Video|
|Email & Text Alerts|
|Recessed Door Sensor|
|Carbon Monoxide Detector|
|See Price||See Price||See Price||See All|
|Not Included||Not Included||Included||Feature|
|Not Included||Not Included||Included||Sensor|
|Not Included||Not Included||Included||Camera|
|36 Months||36 Months||36 Months||–|
* 6-month money back guarantee
ADT installs and monitors an especially wide range of home security devices. Here are several highlights.
Landline or Cellular
Many new home alarm system companies only offer cellular connections for emergency monitoring. While cellular is generally the most reliable, it isn’t available in some areas. You might also like to have a backup. ADT is one of the few industry leaders to monitor through landlines and cell radio alike.
Pet-Friendly Motion Sensor
ADT systems detect indoor motion with infrared motion sensors. To help avoid false alarms triggered by pets, these sensors can be set to ignore weights up to 40 pounds or 80 pounds.
Medical Alert Pendant with GPS
ADT medical alert pendants have an important advantage over those from competitors: With GPS tracking, they go anywhere! Other alert pendants only operate within a few hundred feet of an alarm system base station.
For all-around home safety, ADT can monitor devices that detect water leaks, excessive heat, smoke and carbon monoxide.
ADT sells and monitors video cameras for indoor and outdoor surveillance. With ADT Pulse (the company’s top monitoring plan) video can be live streamed to a mobile device.
ADT Pulse wireless security systems help users cut energy costs by automating lights and thermostats. They also add security and convenience with automated door locks for the home.
Security systems from ADT are easy to use. The company handles installation and provides a choice of push-button and touchscreen control panels from industry leaders such as Honeywell and General Electric. Each ADT alarm system includes a keychain remote as well.
Customers with questions about the technology can get answers through ADT’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, by phone and at the ADT website.
|Upfront Cost||Monthly Cost||Installation||Monitoring|
|$125||$36.99||Professional||24/7 Monitoring + Home Automation|
|$125||$52.99||Professional||24/7 Monitoring + Home Automation|
ADT meets diverse customers’ security needs. The company can install and/or monitor various brands of hardwired and wireless security equipment. Highlights of the premium ADT home security package are video surveillance, environmental monitoring, and home automation. We recommend reading local ADT reviews before signing an agreement, as customer service varies from dealer to dealer.