Best Home Security Systems for Garages in 2024

We personally tested the top security systems for garages. Here’s what we found.

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ADT Image
SecureScore™: 9.2/10
With more than 140 years of experience in home security, ADT is a name that many customers trust. ADT offers a range of sensors and devices to secure your garage, including motion detection, video monitoring, and remote garage access.
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Vivint Image
SecureScore™: 9.1/10
Vivint is a higher-end home security system that features an array of sensors and devices to help you secure and automate your home. You can secure and automate your garage with Vivint.
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Frontpoint Image
SecureScore™: 8.7/10
Frontpoint is an excellent, customizable DIY home security system that features a range of sensors and cameras to allow you to monitor and secure your garage. Frontpoint offers 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as home automation. You can receive instant cell phone notifications on the Frontpoint app.
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  • ADT Product Image
    SecureScore™: 9.2/10
    With more than 140 years of experience in home security, ADT is a name that many customers trust. ADT offers a range of sensors and devices to secure your garage, including motion detection, video monitoring, and remote garage access.
    View Packages
  • Vivint Product Image
    SecureScore™: 9.1/10
    Vivint is a higher-end home security system that features an array of sensors and devices to help you secure and automate your home. You can secure and automate your garage with Vivint.
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  • Frontpoint Product Image
    SecureScore™: 8.7/10
    Frontpoint is an excellent, customizable DIY home security system that features a range of sensors and cameras to allow you to monitor and secure your garage. Frontpoint offers 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as home automation. You can receive instant cell phone notifications on the Frontpoint app.
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You’re half-asleep in your bed, and you hear something rattling out back. You jolt upright with electricity running down your spine. The chilling thought comes to you in a flash: “Did I remember to close the garage door?”

Garages are often overlooked entry points to our homes, and thieves absolutely love taking advantage of that — especially considering it’s where we store our vehicles, power tools, and other expensive items. If you have a garage — either detached or attached — you need to include it in your overall security posture.

Luckily there are plenty of high-end security providers that include garage-specific equipment in their product lineups. I’ve been testing and reviewing the systems for years, and I’ve used that experience to develop this list of the best security systems for homes with garages. Before we get into the list, though, let’s talk a little about our approach.

Don, the Vivint Installation Technician, installing our Smart Garage Door Opener

Don, the Vivint Installation Technician, installing our Smart Garage Door Opener

Our Methodology: How We Selected the Systems

All my lists start with intensive research. I read consumer product reviews, company materials, and online testimonials about popular security systems to get an understanding of how they work and what they offer.

If they look interesting, I test them in my own home for a few days to a few weeks to understand how they operate, where they excel, and where their shortcomings and vulnerabilities may be.

For this list, I paid special attention to systems that offer garage-specific protections, including garage door sensors, entryway sensors, security cameras, lighting, and app control. I also looked at the systems holistically to determine how well they’d protect a home overall.

Ready to see which security systems are the best for homes with garages? Keep reading to find out.

The 3 Best Home Security Systems for Garages in 2024

  • ADT - Best traditional system
  • Vivint - Best smart-home automations
  • Frontpoint - Best DIY option
  • 1 ADT - Best Traditional System

    ADT Product Image
    SecureScore™ 9.2
    Customer Service
    Features & Technology
    Ease Of Use
    • Intuitive and easy-to-use app
    • 24/7 professional monitoring with nine monitoring centers
    • Cellular backup
    • SMART Monitoring technology for faster response times
    • 150 years of experience
    • Offers Google Nest Cams
    • Now offers DIY components via ADT Self Setup

    • Requires a contract; 36 months minimum
    • Installation fee costs $99 minimum
    • Limited touch-screen control panel features
    • Equipment costs more than the DIY competition

    ADT Overview

    If you’re even remotely interested in home security, I’m sure you’ve heard the name ADT — or at least you’ve seen the company’s little blue signs in some of your neighbors’ yards and windows. There’s a good reason for that. ADT is one of the best professionally monitored systems out there, and its high-quality equipment is all installed by ADT technicians, which means you don’t have to lift a finger to keep your home — and garage — protected.

    ADT Control Panel

    ADT Control Panel

    ADT for Garages

    ADT offers a garage door controller that is compatible with most major brands of automatic garage doors and can be hardwired or battery-operated. When I was reviewing ADT, the technician had my system set up in a few hours, and I was able to operate my garage door from pretty much anywhere on my property using the extremely intuitive ADT app.

    FYI: I really appreciated that I automatically received notifications if I drove off without closing my garage door. I’m a pretty forgetful guy, and it happened way more often than I thought it would during my test period.

    I also appreciate that ADT has partnered with Google to provide Nest products, including the indoor/outdoor battery-operated Nest Camera. It’s extremely effective at keeping an eye on things, and it has a ton of really interesting AI-driven features, such as facial recognition that immediately tells me if there’s a problem lurking around my truck or motorcycle. For more information on that, read my review of the Google Nest Cam.

    ADT Costs

    One of the ADT system’s primary drawbacks is the price. Simply put, ADT’s costs are among the highest in the industry — particularly for equipment. Here’s a rundown of their packages.

    Feature Secure Home Smart Home Video and Smart Home
    Digital control panel 1 1 1
    Contact sensors 3 3 3
    Motion detector 1 1 1
    Smart door lock No 1 1
    Smart plug No 1 1
    Remote arm/disarm No Yes Yes
    Indoor camera No No 1
    Video doorbell No No 1
    Remote livestreaming No No Yes
    Customizable alerts No No Yes
    Monitoring Starts at $45.99 per month Starts at $49.99 per month Starts at $57.99 per month
    Equipment cost Starts at $599 Starts at $919 Starts at $1,049
    ADT Entryway Sensors

    ADT Entryway Sensors

    You’re not required to pay anything up front and you can get an ADT system installed for around $100, but you’ll be paying off the remainder of your tab over the course of your 36-month contract. A three-year commitment — and bill — may be a turnoff to some folks, but I’d argue that the benefits of an ADT system outweighed my commitment-phobia.

    One last thing before we move on: ADT is almost always offering a deal for new customers. I have more on that in my guide to ADT’s sales, but the long and short of it is that you can definitely save on a system if you time things right.

    Equipment cost Packages starting at $194.98
    Monitoring options Professional
    Monitoring cost Starting at $24.99 per month
    Contract length Starting at 36 months
    Installation options Professional or DIY
    Smart platform integration Alexa and Google Home
  • 2 Vivint - Best Smart-Home Automations

    Vivint Product Image
    SecureScore™ 9.1
    Customer Service
    Features & Technology
    Ease Of Use
    • Wireless equipment
    • Advanced home automation and customizations
    • 7-inch touch-screen smart home hub
    • AI-powered outdoor, indoor and doorbell cameras
    • Professional installation service
    • Cellular monitoring with two monitoring facilities

    • Equipment can be pricey
    • Requires a contract up to 60 months
    • Short three-day cancellation window
    • Lack of pricing transparency on its website

    Vivint Overview

    Vivint’s home automations are what the company is known for, and I have to say, after working with them for an extended period of time, they’re one of the best smart-home security systems on the market. It may sound like a gimmick, but it’s nice to set up routines to protect your property that you don’t have to think about, such as having your back door unlocked when your garage door opens. I thought it was super handy, especially when lugging in the groceries late at night!

    Vivint Smart Garage Controller

    Vivint Smart Garage Controller

    Vivint for Garages

    Similar to ADT, Vivint offers garage control. Using the company’s award-winning app, you can control the door not just from your property, but from anywhere in the world. If you find yourself on a transatlantic flight and wonder if you remembered to lock everything up, you can just whip out your phone and make sure. Super reassuring.

    Even more reassuring? If you go with Vivint’s Car Guard — an antitheft system for your vehicle — you can have your garage door close automatically when you drive away. That definitely came in handy when I was reviewing the Vivint system, and my partner was pretty upset we no longer had that functionality when we returned the test equipment. It took some getting used to going back to normal.

    I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Vivint’s state-of-the-art security cameras. The company offers something called “smart deterrence,” which relies on AI video analytics to determine if threats are nearby — you know, someone lurking around, checking door handles, and spying through windows. Using lights and sounds, the security cameras make themselves known to would-be intruders. When I tested it, I’d say it worked. It worked well enough to bring my neighbor out of his house to ask what was going on.

    If you’re having trouble picking between the first two systems, don’t worry. I have a Vivint vs. ADT comparison guide that lays out everything side by side.

    Vivint Costs

    Here’s where we hit Vivint’s first big drawback: It is not cheap. I have more information in my guide to Vivint’s prices, but here’s a crash course on how the company does things.

    Vivint Smart Home Equipment

    Vivint Smart Home Equipment

    Vivint does not sell any sort of premade security systems. Instead, a custom system is built for each home using a pretty long list of (unfortunately expensive) components. Each system is then professionally installed, and you’re taught how to use each component effectively. It’s an excellent system if you can afford it. Here’s what the list looked like when I tested my system.

    Component Price
    Smart drive (storage) $250
    Car guard $200
    Smoke detector $100
    Carbon monoxide detector $100
    Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor $100
    Smart lock $180
    Garage door controller $100
    Smart thermostat $170
    Lamp module $50
    Doorbell Camera Pro $250
    Outdoor Camera Pro $400
    Ping Indoor Camera $200
    Indoor Camera Pro $200
    Spotlight Pro $250
    Water sensor $50
    Flood, freeze, and heat sensor $50
    Smart sensor $50
    Panic pendant $50
    Key fob $50
    Tilt sensor $50

    At the end of the day, my equipment alone cost well over $1,000. When you add Vivint’s monitoring — starting at $29.99 per month —  the monthly bill was pretty steep, but not entirely unmanageable. Just like with ADT, you don’t have to pay for it all up front, but you will pay a solid chunk of it every month for at least three and a half years.

    If you’re looking for something a little easier on the wallet, you can check out my guide to the best affordable home security systems. Or you can just keep reading for my next choice!

    Monitoring Options Professional only
    Installation Professional
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home
    Equipment Cost From $599.99
    Monthly Monitoring Cost From $39
    Contract Length 48 to 60 months
  • 3 Frontpoint - Best DIY Option

    Frontpoint Product Image
    SecureScore™ 8.7
    Customer Service
    Features & Technology
    Ease Of Use
    • High-quality wireless equipment
    • DIY installation with professional install option
    • Fully cellular communication
    • Customizable automations
    • Outstanding app

    • Expensive monitoring
    • No touch-screen control panel included in basic packages
    • Outsourced monitoring
    • Limited keypad functionality; more app reliant

    Frontpoint Overview

    Frontpoint does a really good job of bridging the gap between traditional systems and the DIY upstarts in this space. The company requires professional monitoring, but it helps keep costs low by having customers install everything themselves. If the acronym “DIY” makes you wince, don’t worry — the system is incredibly easy to set up and use day to day. And, hey, if you can’t figure it out, Frontpoint offers some of the best customer service in the industry.

    Frontpoint equipment

    Frontpoint equipment

    Frontpoint for Garages

    Unlike the other two brands on this list, Frontpoint unfortunately doesn’t offer any sort of remote control for your garage door. What it does offer, though, is a tilt sensor that will trigger an alarm if someone opens the garage while the system is armed.

    Here’s how it works: The sensor attaches to your automatic garage door and will wirelessly send an alert to your hub if the door changes position by more than 45 degrees. If the system is armed, it will cause the alarm to go off, get the authorities on their way, and hopefully scare away the intruder before they take anything of value.

    It took a little getting used to when I was reviewing the Frontpoint system. Just keep in mind you need to open your garage door before you arm the system, not after. I have a detached garage, so it took a little back and forth. It didn’t cause too many issues once I got the routine down, but at first I triggered false alarms almost every time I left the house — much to my partner’s chagrin.

    Frontpoint Costs

    Frontpoint is definitely the most affordable system on our list, especially in terms of equipment costs. Here’s a quick breakdown of the packages it offers.

    Name Equipment Regular price Sale price
    Ultimate Home Security System
    • Hub
    • Keypad
    • Touch screen
    • Door sensors (5)
    • Glass-break sensor
    • Smart door lock
    • Flood sensor
    • Indoor camera
    • Doorbell camera
    • Yard sign and stickers
    $1,351.83 $419
    Premier Home Security System
    • Hub
    • Keypad
    • Touch screen
    • Door sensors (3)
    • Doorbell camera
    • Yard sign and stickers
    $771.90 $169
    Starter Home Security System
    • Hub
    • Keypad
    • Door sensor (1)
    • Yard sign and stickers
    $541.91 $79.99

    There’s more information in my guide to Frontpoint’s prices, but you can pretty much ignore the “regular price” column. Frontpoint runs sales on its systems throughout the year.

    You can also add to any one of the systems with extra individual components, or you can build out an entirely customized system yourself. Here’s how the prices look on that option.

    Component Price
    Carbon monoxide sensor $65.49
    Door or window sensor $19.24
    Doorbell camera $109.99
    Extra keypad $30.24
    Flood sensor $24.74
    Garage door tilt sensor $24.74
    Glass-break sensor $41.24
    Indoor camera $65.99
    Keychain remote $17.59
    Motion sensor $38.74
    Outdoor camera $126.49
    Outdoor smart plug $27.49
    Premium indoor camera $109.99
    Smart door lock $109.99
    Touch screen $82.49

    My Frontpoint system cost about $400 for the equipment — not bad when you compare the receipt to Vivint’s — but the company doesn’t offer an option for self-monitoring and the required professional monitoring costs an eye-watering $49.99 per month. Just something to bear in mind if you’re trying to purchase a security system on a budget.

    Equipment cost Packages starting at $79
    Monitoring options Professional
    Monitoring cost Starting at $49 per month
    Contract lengths Monthly or 36 months
    Installation options DIY
    Smart platform integrations Google Home, Alexa, and Siri

What to Look for When Protecting Your Garage

Garages are often overlooked when people are considering security systems. That can feel like a pretty big oversight, especially when you wake up one morning to find that your collection of woodworking equipment is gone.

To really secure a garage, you need to consider a few things.

Entryway Control and Theft Deterrence

The automatic garage door is the obvious vulnerability — and it should be protected by a tilt sensor or remote access control and alerts — but don’t overlook windows or standard doors that could serve as an entry point for a burglar. They should be covered by glass-break and entryway sensors. You should probably invest in an internal motion sensor too.

Security Cameras

It’s no surprise to anyone who has talked to me in the past five years that I’m a pretty big security camera nerd. Why? Because they are one of the best pieces of security equipment for a homeowner to invest in, primarily because they do double duty. Not only do they help you actively respond to emergency events — some will even trigger alarms for you — but they also passively deter would-be criminals from coming onto your property.

Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

When you’re considering how best to protect your home, you don’t want to be low-hanging fruit. If a would-be intruder sees security cameras around your property and a big “protected by ADT” sign in the front yard, they will more than likely keep walking.


Criminals like to sneak in and out of garages unnoticed, which is why a motion-activated floodlight, like the Ring Floodlight Cam, is a great investment for keeping your property safe. Make sure you test the devices to ensure they will trigger at the appropriate times. Some models have blind spots that thieves can get around easily.

>> Read More: Guide to Porch Light Safety

What to Do If Your Garage Has Been Burglarized

Unfortunately, even with security systems armed, cameras pointed in the right direction, and floodlights ready to go off, garages still get burglarized. If you find yourself victimized, there are a few steps you should take.

Ensure Your Safety

Immediately after discovering the incident, ensure your own safety and that of the other people in your home. Get everyone to a safe location. If you suspect the burglar may still be nearby, do not pursue or confront them. That’s how property crimes turn violent.

Call the Police

Immediately contact the authorities to report what happened. Give them as much detail as you can remember about what you observed, including obviously missing property, signs of forced entry, or anything suspicious you noticed leading up to the event.

Document the Scene

After the police have conducted their investigation and given you the all-clear, take photos or videos of the damage and write down anything you notice that’s missing. That documentation will be extremely important if you’re going to make an insurance claim or if police are able to make an arrest.

Notify Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance providers to report the incident and file a claim for any stolen or damaged property. You’ll likely be asked to provide the police report number and any photos you took of the scene.

A burglary is a traumatizing event, and you may not feel safe in your home for quite some time. Don’t hesitate to seek support from your friends, your family, or even professional counselors if you’re having trouble sleeping, grappling with intrusive thoughts, or finding your anxiety overwhelming.

Features of Garage Security Systems

When choosing a garage security system, look for the following important features. These are some of the most helpful features of garage security systems.

Specialized Alert Zones

Specialized alert zones are a great feature that comes with select garage security systems. Configure custom alert features for areas of the home that house high-value items (like your garage). It’s a wise choice to get a home security system with specialized alert zones, especially if you live in a larger home or keep a fancy car or expensive tools in your garage.

Door Locks

Step into streamlined home protection with door locks. A garage security system that features smart door-lock capabilities lets you remotely lock and unlock your doors. Many offer helpful mobile activity alerts and notifications. If someone attempts to gain access to your home through your garage, you’ll be the first to know with a door-locks feature.

Mobile Alerts

The technology that ties it all together. Mobile alerts keep you in the loop whether you’re at work, visiting family in another state, or halfway around the world on vacation. The alerts ping your smart device when you leave your garage door open or ajar (it happens). If you give a burglar an inch, they’ll take a foot — and your stuff.

Remote Access

Open sesame. It’s really that easy with remote access, an impressive feature that comes with many garage door security systems. Need to let the kids in after school? How about the dog walker? Remote access allows you to open and close your garage door remotely at any time from anywhere for any reason.

Entryway Sensors

Entryway sensors come standard with home security systems that work with garage doors. Strategically place the magnetic sensors on door frames, windows, and even your garage door. When the magnet sensors separate, the alarm sounds and mobile alerts are sent. Entryway sensors are simple, but they’re highly effective at stopping break-ins.

Motion Detectors

Here’s another brilliant feature for ultimate garage security. Motion detectors are mounted in your garage and elsewhere in your home. When they detect movement, the alarm sounds and alerts are sent. Many are powered by sophisticated technology — the type of tech that can distinguish between people and pets and even offer facial recognition. Add this extra layer of protection to keep burglars at bay.

Outdoor Cameras

The best garage security systems come stacked with outdoor cameras or camera compatibility. This feature lets you keep a finger on the pulse of your home. Most criminals won’t bother touching your home if they see a camera, but just to be sure, get infrared LED night vision for crystal-clear imaging even in the darkest hours of night.

Outdoor Lights

Shed some light on the situation and send burglars packing with outdoor lights. Outdoor lights are triggered by motion, illuminating your garage door, driveway, and any suspicious activity. Smart outdoor lights will even integrate with garage security cameras. The best systems automatically flood an area with light and begin recording when motion is sensed. Criminals hate it. Homeowners love it.

Garage Door Control

Transform your garage door into the smartest door on the block. With garage door control, you can remotely open and close your garage door — no matter where you are in the world. Sophisticated functionality is what sets this feature apart from the remote access feature. With garage door control, you can give permissions to multiple users, track activity via a nifty mobile app, and more.

Rob Gabriele
Written By
Rob Gabriele
Managing Editor & Home Security Expert

As a home security expert and Managing Editor for, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles related to home security. His expertise is in smart home protection with thousands of hours of testing and research under his belt. Formerly a reporter and producer for the USAToday network, Rob has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on writing from the University of Montana, and he currently lives in Indianapolis, IN.