Security alert systems detect unauthorized intrusions into homes and send off an alert to the home owner. Most alert systems are used to prevent burglars from entering the home, although some also detect fire or carbon monoxide. Most residential systems are small, self-contained noisemakers, although some use complex systems that cover multiple areas with computer control and monitoring. Some alert systems immediately call the police or the alert company’s office, where a responder will inquire to the situation and immediately send assistance if required.

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Products

According to Top Ten Reviews, Frontpoint is the best alert system of 2015. It received a 9.88 rating and won the Gold Award. This home alert system does it all, going beyond standard carbon monoxide, smoke, fire, and intrusion detection. Frontpoint has the ability to detect natural gas leaks, freezing pipes, and floods. It also comes with a heat sensor that detects any rapid change in temperature, and if there is a power outrage, it has a 24-hour backup battery. The panel communicates with 39 sensors, and even with the most basic security package, provides extensive coverage. The monitoring system also has the option for you to receive text and email alerts, and access the cameras or system via the internet. Coming in second with a 9.57 rating is Protect America. This is a top-notch system. It offers medical pendants, which are perfect if someone in your household has a serious medical condition. That person can carry the pendant with them and push the button when in need of aid. The button sends a signal to an emergency responder. Protect America offers different security packages, with the main difference between each coming down to the number of security devices that are included. Right behind Protect America is LiveWatch, with a 9.50 rating. While you have to install this system yourself, it is unrivalled in terms of the selection of security equipment available to you. If you prefer certain brands of equipment, LiveWatch is exactly what you want.

Pros & Cons

There are several advantages to owning a home alert system. If you live in an area where home invasion is a problem or you just want the comfort of knowing you have some extra protection for your family, a home alert system may be exactly what you need. It can be very reassuring knowing that you have a system in place to protect your family from various hazards. This can sometimes lead to a false sense of security, though. While the alert system will scare off many burglars, not all burglars will leave. The alarm needs to be set daily in order for it to work, and there may be false alarms, which can result in a fine from emergency services.

Price Range

Almost all alert systems work on a monthly fee system. Frontpoint, Protect America, and LiveWatch vary significantly in terms of price. Frontpoint can run as high as $35 a month, depending on the features you choose to add. Protect America is less expensive at $20 a month, while LiveWatch comes in at less than $10 a month, making it a good choice those operating on a tight budget.