Do they start at $14.99 a month? Nope. There is one reputable large company that starts there and there are downsides to their offering.
Due to the advertising practices of large smart security companies that are great marketers, there's a lot of confusion surrounding the cost of alarm monitoring services.
We went ahead and did all the research for you to save you some time on the phone.
Monthly monitoring fees vary significantly, sometimes going up to $60 or even $70 with some national brands. Local alarm companies like us are aware of their crazy high prices, so we give you more features for less money.
We wanted to get you the exact figures according to their salespeople, so we called up the largest national brands and asked them about their pricing. Keep in mind this is without any promotional offers or deals they run every few weeks or so. Typically this involves giving you more free stuff at the expense of a higher monthly fee.
Alarm New England
Livewatch (now Brinks Home Security)
There's a little variation between the prices of companies, but for the most part, they are roughly equal.
One of these prices really stands out for being a lot lower than the others.
SimpliSafe. Why is their monitoring fee that low? How are they able to undercut everyone else's monthly monitoring fees?
We investigated and wrote a detailed review of their services for you to understand why their costs are what they are. If you haven't got time to read our review, the short of it is that they are burning cash like crazy and selling sub-standard equipment to seize market share.
We care about service and longevity. As such, we recommend you consider your total spend with a firm before making a decision.
Security systems are an investment that lead to savings and less hassle down the line:
There is nothing more annoying than a security system that fails to fulfill its promises to you. Waiting weeks for service, long hold times, an inability to get the same person on the phone twice. Quality customer service requires local people who care about protecting their community.
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