Home Security Systems and Alarm Companies: Resources for Investigators

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List of Companies that Provide the Best Home Security and Alarm Systems

Home security systems help keep you, your family, and your home (or place of business) safe from criminals and intruders. Their main purpose is to prevent or deter access, but they can also notify police or security and capture photos and video footage of criminal activity.

What is included?

Security monitoring companies offer basic alarm systems for free in exchange for a monthly monitoring fee and an annual contract. Professional installers or security companies usually install alarm systems and security equipment. Examples of home security systems include simple door and window alarms, surveillance cameras, and infrared motion detectors.

Physical structures, such as gates and electronic fences that prevent access to a property or certain areas, are part of an overall home security system. Additional equipment may include special door and window locks, floor safes, hidden safes, safe rooms, and even security guards.

What does a typical system cost?

Home security systems range from basic to advanced, with equipment costs of $100 to tens of thousands. Monitoring services for most homes cost between $25 and $50. However, the monthly monitoring fee may be more, depending on the services included in your contract.

Following is a list of the most popular home security companies that provide home security systems, alarm security products, monitoring systems, and other resources.


ADT is a leader in the security industry. It is the largest security company and one of the most well-known companies in the United States and Canada. ADT offers a wide range of security solutions and products for personal and business use. Visit the ADT website.

They generally incorporate the latest and greatest technology into their systems, so we highly recommend them as a trusted equipment and service provider. The only negative thing we can say is they have some of the highest prices in the industry. However, higher quality comes along with that higher price.

AT&T Digital Life

AT&T Digital Life – AT&T Digital Life makes wireless home security systems with burglar alarms and fire monitoring capabilities for homes and apartments. Also, it includes an easy-to-use mobile app. Use the mobile app to arm and disarm your system remotely. In addition, you can monitor video cameras, lock and unlock your door, and control smart home automation features.


FrontPoint – Frontpoint was founded in 2007 by a team of home security experts who wanted to create a different company. They set out to create a company that embraced more effective technology and didn’t rely on fear-mongering to make a sale. Less than a decade later, the company is well on its way. They always look for ways to offer their customers the latest technology and high-quality service. They are proud that more homes and families are safer and have greater peace of mind.

Home Security Superstore

Home Security Superstore – Your safety and the safety of your home involves much more than having a good alarm system. It involves. It includes keeping you and your family safe wherever you may be. The Home Security Superstore has an extensive personal security and safety tool catalog. Examples include:

  • Stun Guns and Tasers
  • Pepper Spray and Mace
  • Surveillance and counter-surveillance gadgets
  • Survival equipment and supplies

Link Interactive – Link Interactive is a do-it-yourself (DIY) home security provider. The company offers flexibility to customize your security system to match your needs and budget. You’ll find affordable Home Security, Life Safety, Home Automation, and Cameras with the highest performance and reliability ratings. Contact them at 1-877-826-5443.


LiveWatch – LiveWatch is a home security provider founded by Chris Johnson in the 1990s. As the county’s director of EMS service, he learned first-hand the importance of good communication and fast response times in emergencies. LiveWatch strives to deliver cutting-edge security at a fraction of the price of other providers. LiveWatch invented the Plug & Protect approach. Using this approach, the company configures your system and ships it to you. Then, you unpack the equipment, plug it in, and you’re ready to protect your home.


Nest Alarm System – From the creators of the popular thermostat, Nest created a home security system built around the users’ needs. The system is easy to use, affordable, and of high quality. See also Nest Cam.

Protect America

Protect America – Protect America is one of the nation’s top home security companies. The home security company has protected almost half a million homes since 1992 and continues to grow. Currently, an average of 15% of the population in the U.S. has a working alarm system. Protect America’s goal is to provide home security for the whole nation and educate consumers on the importance of home security.

In addition, they provide more than just home security products. They also offer convenience and safety through our home automation, GPS, and surveillance products. Their wireless home security systems and products allow consumers to protect their homes and loved ones at an affordable price.

Protection One

Protection One – Protection 1 is a full-service security provider, protecting residential, business, national account, and integrated system customers at millions of locations. The company serves nearly 2 million customers with over 4,000-plus employees at more than 90 full-service branch locations across the country. The company maintains a 97% Customer Satisfaction Score and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. We have personally used Protection One and can vouch that they are comparable to ADT in price and service.


SimpliSafe – SimpliSafe is a do-it-yourself wireless home security system proven to be a solid alternative to the expensive systems sold by major distributors. Buy only the components you need. Read our review and find out if this package suits your needs.


Vivint – As a leading smart home technology provider, Vivint offers home security, energy management, home automation, local cloud storage, and high-speed Internet solutions to more than one million customers throughout the United States and Canada.

Please comment below if you have questions about this list of the most popular home security companies.

What do Private Investigators need to know?

Private investigators may need to understand home security systems for several reasons. First, private eyes often investigate a burglary or break-in at a home or business. In such a case, a P.I. needs to identify where there was a system failure or a burglar circumvented the system.

Second, private detectives often provide security and bodyguarding services for their clients. In this situation, thoroughly knowing the best equipment to help your clients protect their dwellings or office buildings is helpful.

Third, a private detective may, though under rare circumstances, have to circumvent a system to gain entry into a building personally. This may happen during a surveillance mission. Or, it may become necessary during a case that involves covert information gathering.

Whatever the case, educating yourself on how the equipment works is wise. Also, knowing how to install systems, how much the electronics cost, and how to disable the system is good. This will help further position you as an expert in security.

Learn about other security and surveillance devices used in personal protection. Also, read more articles on Personal Safety.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


  1. Home security systems are very helpful in security of your home or family from threats. I live in an area where there are a lot of security issues. In this case security systems would be very useful. Your article also helpful for me. Thanks

  2. I like the idea of a basic monitoring service or security for about 20$-$50. My wife and I live in a really secure neighborhood so we don’t need anything really over the top, but we do want something small just in case. I think a small monitoring service would be worth the sense of security.


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