Most Affordable Home Security Systems

Home security is more affordable than you might expect. Top-ranked companies provide monitoring for about $1/day or less, and some deals include the security equipment for no extra cost. Here are affordable winners offering the lowest prices.

3.8/5

About

SimpliSafe builds its own security equipment to let customers avoid big markups. SimpliSafe security systems are high quality, wireless and designed for easy DIY installation. Customers get 60-day trials and can choose month-to-month monitoring of alerts (no annual contracts).

System Features

  • Wireless & Cellular
  • DIY Installation
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Remote Control

Lifestyles

  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Pet Owners
  • Military
  • DIY
4.8/5

About

Frontpoint provides outstanding customer service and maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Their DIY home security systems are 100% wireless and cellular, and customers can install the equipment in about 30 minutes. Wireless home automation is optional....

System Features

  • Wireless & Cellular
  • DIY Installation
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Remote Control

Lifestyles

  • Renters
  • Homeowners
  • Techies
  • Military
  • DIY
3.9/5

About

Protect America could be your best home security deal over a three-year period. Protect America equipment is provided at no additional cost. (In contrast, other alarm companies lease or sell the equipment you'll use.) You can start with a free...

System Features

  • Cellular Monitoring
  • Landline Monitoring
  • DIY Installation
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Remote Control

Lifestyles

  • Homeowners
  • Pet Owners
  • Techies
  • DIY
4.0/5

About

LiveWatch provides fast emergency response and includes LiveVoice Assist with all of its monitoring plans. All LiveWatch security equipment, from door sensors to cameras, is wireless and DIY. LiveWatch customers aren’t tied to the company by long contracts or proprietary...

System Features

  • 24/7 Monitoring
  • Crash&Smash Protection
  • Live Voice Assist
  • Remote Arm & Disarm

Lifestyles

  • Homeowners
  • Elderly
  • Rural
  • DIY
3.0/5

About

Established in 2013, Scout Alarm is the youngest home security company on our site. It’s also the only featured security company to prioritize WiFi instead of landlines and cell networks for sending alerts: The Scout hub connects to a home’s...

System Features

  • DIY Installation
  • Wireless Equipment
  • Smartphone Control
  • WiFi and 3G Cell Alerts
  • Low Monitoring Fees
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Compatible with Smarthome Devices
  • Compatible with Environmental Sensors

Lifestyles

  • Renters
  • Homeowners
  • Techies

AFFORDABLE HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS

Effective home security systems can guard your windows and doors, detect motion inside your home, and automatically contact dispatchers in the case of an emergency. Many affordable security setups have extra features too. Here are points to consider when shopping for affordable home security systems and monitoring.

PRICE STRUCTURES

Home security companies earn revenue in different ways. Some have simple pricing. Others charge not-so-obvious fees. When comparing prices for home security, include any expenses for equipment, installation, activation and monitoring. Total expenses can be the lowest when you own the equipment. For example, you could buy wireless security equipment and set it up yourself, or you could move into a home that has hardwired security. Another consideration is month-to-month monitoring versus long-term monitoring. If you lease rather than own the security equipment, then a long-term monitoring agreement could have the lowest rates.

SECURITY EQUIPMENT

Whichever security company you choose, your basic security set will include a control panel, entryway sensors, and motion detection for inside your home. Also with basic monitoring service, the top-ranked companies provide keychain remote controls for wireless systems. These have panic buttons and can arm/disarm the alarm system. The best companies provide free mobile apps too, although not always with their cheapest monthly plans. As monthly plan prices increase, customers can get extra equipment and mobile features for home security, environmental monitoring and high-tech home automation.

AFFORDABLE HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS RECAP:

Below is our quick list of the top 5 most affordable home security companies of 2017.

  1. SimpliSafe
  2. Frontpoint
  3. Protect America
  4. Livewatch
  5. Scout

FEATURES OF AFFORDABLE HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS

Top-ranked affordable security systems include all the essentials plus some extras.

Here’s what to expect for about $1/day or less.

Wireless

Wireless security is an option at all price points. It’s easy to set up without tools; most wireless systems are DIY and leave no permanent marks. Ideal for homeowners and renters alike, wireless systems can easily be adapted when needs change.

Hardwired

Classic security systems have hardwired electrical circuits. When choosing a monitoring plan for an already-existing hardwired system, remember that various companies can do the job; the equipment brand generally isn’t a limitation.

24/7 Monitoring

Wireless and hardwired security systems can have automated connections to emergency operators. The most secure emergency connections are cellular. The most affordable plans can use cellular, landline and broadband Internet connections.

Control Panel

The best security system control panels are tamper-proof. Many affordable home security plans feature “Smash and Crash” protection or similar technology to alert monitoring centers when the control panels are compromised.

Entry Sensors

Home security systems at all price points use magnetic entryway sensors to guard windows and doors. If the magnetic currents get interrupted, alarms will sound. The price of a security system increases with the number of sensors.

Motion Detectors

While magnetic sensors guard a home’s entryways, infrared motion detectors scan for activity indoors. The most affordable systems include at least one motion detector. For comprehensive security you might need more than one unit.

Remote Control

Remote controls sized for keyrings are included with the most affordable systems from top-ranked companies. A remote control can arm/disarm your home security system and also has a panic button.

Mobile Access

Top security companies provide free mobile apps. Sometime mobile access is only available with mid-level and top-level plans, but it’s available with basic plans too. Use a mobile app to arm or disarm the system and view activity logs anytime.

Expandable

Customers’ favorite alarm systems are easily expanded with wireless equipment for video surveillance, glass break detection and other forms of security. Components are sold separately so that each customer can choose just what they need.