If you’ve been thinking about installing a home security system but are wondering just how much a security system costs each month and how it fits into your budget, then you’ve come to the right place.
Cost is a concern with any purchase, and when it comes to your home’s security, you want to make sure it is not only affordable but also worth it. In this article, you will learn about the different package offerings available through ADT, as well as the approximate monthly costs of each.
What You Pay For
Your first question on your home security journey is likely: What are you purchasing when buying a home security system? When you purchase a home security system through ADT, you are buying:
Monitoring monthly is usually tied to a 36-month contract. With equipment and installation, however, you have the option of paying upfront or financing. This can be combined with your monthly monitoring for one easy payment.
The installation fee on most packages is around $150. Home security monitoring costs and monthly equipment payments will vary depending on which package you purchase.
Types of Packages: An Overview
ADT offers three primary packages, all of which can be customized with additional equipment to meet your needs.
ADT Offers Three Home Security System Packages
All packages include the following basics:
A digital control panel with touchscreen
Three door/window alarms
A motion detector
24/7 alarm monitoring
The most basic package, called the Secure Package, stops there, but with the option to add additional home security equipment or life safety sensors. The equipment and installation cost of the bare-bones version of this package starts at $599, or $9.98 monthly for 60 months, and the monitoring starts at $45.99 per month.
The Smart Package includes everything in the Secure Package, plus a smart door lock, a smart plug, and the ability to arm and disarm your system remotely with the ADT Control App. In addition, customization options include other smart home devices. The equipment and installation cost of the bare-bones version of this package starts at $919, or $15.32 monthly for 60 months, and the monitoring starts at $49.99 per month.
The Complete Package includes everything in the Smart Package in addition to an HD indoor camera, a video doorbell camera, the ability to view live video streams remotely, and customizable alerts. Additional cameras and other devices can also be added to this package. The equipment and installation cost of the bare-bones version of this package starts at $1,049, or $17.48 monthly for 60 months, and the monitoring starts at $57.99 per month.
A full breakdown of costs and options are included in the following sections.
The Secure Package is great if you’re just looking for home security and don’t want to add smart home devices or cameras to your system.
This package is customizable in two ways:
You can select from a five, seven, or 10-piece package option.
You also can add additional items.
In addition to the items mentioned in the previous section, the seven-piece option includes two additional door/window sensors for a total equipment and installation cost starting at $699 or $11.65 per month for 60 months. The 10-piece package includes four additional door/window sensors and an additional motion sensor for a total equipment and installation cost starting at $899 or $14.98 per month for 60 months.
The following items may be added to this package for an additional fee:
Glass break sensor
Emergency two-button panic
Wireless key fob
Indoor alarm siren
Outdoor siren and strobe
Combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Total cost for the Secure Package starts at:
$599 to $899 upfront + $45.99/month; or
$55.97 to $60.97/month
The Smart Package is a great choice if you want to integrate smart home technology with your security system and have the ability to add smart devices all on the same system. The Smart Package includes everything in the Secure Package, including all possible Secure Package add-ons.
This package is also customizable in two ways, allowing the choice of a seven-, nine-, or 12-piece package with the ability to add additional items.
In addition to the items mentioned, the nine-piece option includes two additional door/window sensors for a total equipment and installation cost starting at $1,019 or $16.98 per month for 60 months. The 12-piece package includes four additional door/window sensors and an additional motion sensor for a total equipment and installation cost starting at $1,219 or $20.32 per month for 60 months.
In addition to all the same items that can be added to the Secure Package, the following items may be added to this package for an additional fee:
Smart LED light bulbs
Garage door controller
Additional smart plugs
Additional smart door locks in satin nickel, bronze, or brass
Total cost for the Smart Package starts at:
$919 to $1219 upfront + $49.99/month; or
$65.31 to $70.31/month
The Complete Package is the best deal and includes everything in the Smart Package, along with cameras and giving you the ability to monitor live video feeds from anywhere. What makes this option the best deal is the fact that the doorbell camera ($200 value) is included as a freebie.
This package is also customizable by starting with a nine, 11, or 15-piece version and the ability to add additional items.
In addition to the items mentioned previously, the 11-piece option includes two additional door/window sensors for a total equipment and installation cost starting at $1,149 or $19.15 per month for 60 months. The 15-piece package includes four additional door/window sensors and two additional motion sensors for a total equipment and installation cost starting at $1,449 or $24.15 per month for 60 months.
In addition to all the same items that can be added to the Smart Package, the following items may be added to this package for an additional fee:
Additional HD indoor cameras
Additional HD video doorbell cameras
HD outdoor cameras
Total cost for the Complete Package starts at:
$1,049 to $1,449 upfront + $57.99/month; or
$75.47 to $82.14/month
Note that other package options may be possible, and you should consult with an ADT representative if you feel like none of the options above is right for you. For example, perhaps you want cameras but without the rest of the smart home setup.
You may be able to gain access to other deals and discounts depending on the size of the system you want to buy and whether you opt to connect your system through a landline instead of through cellular technology. And if you already have an existing system installed, you can get 24/7 monitoring starting at just $19.99 per month.
DIY Packages and Monitoring
Going the DIY route is another possibility. Blue by ADT is a new DIY service that might be a good fit for you, especially if you rent your property.
The equipment available through Blue by ADT is slightly different, but you can choose what you need to customize your home security setup.
A basic system can be purchased starting at $109.19 that includes a base, entry keypad, and the mobile app. To this, you would add sensors and smart cameras. Blue doorbell, indoor, and outdoor cameras all start at around $200 each, although there are cheaper indoor and outdoor camera options available with fewer features.
You can also opt to purchase an eight-piece doorbell camera system starting at around $350, a 15-piece camera system starting at just under $300, or an 11-piece basic system starting at around $200.
Sensor options that can be added include door and window sensors, starting at $8.99 each, and motion, fire, glass break, and temperature/flood sensors starting in the $20 to $30 range.
While a DIY package has a smaller variety of equipment to choose from and generally requires upfront payment for all equipment costs, it can be the way to go if you want to avoid long-term contracts.
With a DIY setup, you have the choice between self-monitoring and using ADT’s professional monitoring service for a low fee of around $20 per month. And if you’re not sure if professional monitoring is right for you, all Blue by ADT packages come with one month of no-obligation professional monitoring for free.
Don’t Forget to Consider Related Savings
Given all of the information above, you can see that keeping your home safe and secure can easily be done for well under $100 per month. When you consider potential savings associated with home security, it can practically pay for itself.
If your home is broken into or property is stolen, not only is there a financial cost but also an emotional one. In addition, a break-in could cause your homeowners insurance premiums to rise.
Installing a home security system not only protects you against break-ins but also can lower the cost of your insurance and even increase the value of your home.
What About Contracts?
When you purchase a security system through ADT, you sign a contract for 36 months of ADT monitoring service. If you opt to finance the cost of equipment and installation through the 60-month 0% interest offer, then the length of the contract is extended to 60 months.
Keep in mind, however, that ADT has been in the business for 145 years and is a trusted name. So, you’re signing a contract with a business known for its superior service with an A+ BBB rating. Not only that, but all packages come with a six-month money-back guarantee, which means you have an entire half year to change your mind if you decide ADT is not right for you.
The Benefits of Security With ADT
There are a multitude of benefits associated with security installation and professional monitoring. The safety of your family and property and your peace of mind are but two. When you purchase a home security package through ADT, you can count on:
Theft protection guarantee: If a burglary occurs while your ADT security system is armed, weʼll pay up to $500 of your insurance deductible.
24/7 monitoring by professionals with experience (the average tenure of monitoring center operators is five years).
America’s most trusted security, with over 140 years in the business.
Worry-free professional installation: We’ll even show you how the equipment works before we leave (the average tenure of installers is over nine years).
A six-month money-back guarantee, so you have time to decide if ADT is right for you.
Same-day or next-day service.
Calls answered within a few rings.
ADT believes that everyone deserves to feel safe. Our team represents the industry’s largest sales, installation, and service field force. We help save lives for a living. That is just who we are, and our people are passionate about what they do.
Billions of signals are being sent and managed within the ADT infrastructure to help keep customers safe while providing the greater convenience of a protected, connected home.
Contact ADT for a Personalized Quote
If you are considering an ADT home security system and want more details, you can contact a representative today for a no-obligation free quote on a system customized to your needs.
The options are vast, and it can be difficult to determine what you need. Not only that, but everyone has different preferences about what they want in their home security system – whether smart technology and cameras are important to them or a basic system is preferable. But ADT representatives have been doing this for years and can guide you through the process and keep you within your budget.
Call now to speak to an expert at (888)238-7402 or visit ADT.com to chat with an online representative and get a free quote.