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The Best Home Security Systems in Birmingham (2021)

The best home security systems in Birmingham let you rest easy at night with 24/7 monitoring, a variety of packages, and more.

A door is slightly open, and to the right of it is a touchpad security system on the wall. Courtesy ADT

If you wish you could monitor your home at any time from anywhere, then a home security system could be a solid investment. Along with helping you rest easy when you’re away, home security systems can make your life easier by letting you control your smart devices remotely and tailor them to your schedule.

There are a wide range of home security systems available in Birmingham, but they offer different packages and equipment at different costs. Keep reading to learn about the best home security systems in Birmingham that the This Old House Reviews Team has conducted extensive research on.

The Top 6 Home Security Systems in Birmingham

  1. ADT: Best Overall
  2. Vivint: Best for Smart Home Integration
  3. Alder: Best for Medical Alerts
  4. SimpliSafe: Best for Easy Installation
  5. Frontpoint: Best for Smartphone Integration
  6. Abode: Best for Customization

Compare Home Security Systems

1. ADT: Best Overall

ADT is the This Old House Reviews Team’s top recommendation for home security because of the company’s impressive numbers. ADT has over 140 years of experience offering coverage to millions of customers through a large network of professional monitoring centers.

ADT Packages & Equipment

ADT provides a range of four home security packages. The most extensive package, the ADT Pulse® Home Automation + Video Package, lets you automate your system to fit your schedule.

  • “The Essentials” Package: The Essentials Package contains all of the basic equipment—a motion sensor, Life Safety Equipment, wireless door/window sensors, and 24/7 monitoring. Video surveillance and smart home integration are not part of this package.
  • “ADT Pulse® Remote” Package: This package includes mobile app integration that allows you to arm and disarm your system with a tablet or smartphone. You can personalize alerts and notifications as well as integrate smart home devices and monitor them remotely.
  • “ADT Pulse® + Video” Package: This package adds onto the remote package, letting you monitor security cameras and doorbell cameras via the mobile app.
  • “ADT Pulse® Home Automation + Video” Package: This comprehensive security package adds a smart plug and smart lock to the equipment from the previous package.

ADT Package Comparison 

Features “The Essentials” Package “ADT Pulse® Remote” Package “ADT Pulse® + Video” Package “ADT Pulse® Home Automation + Video” Package
Features “The Essentials” Package “ADT Pulse® Remote” Package “ADT Pulse® + Video” Package “ADT Pulse® Home Automation + Video” Package
Keypad Panel
Motion Sensor
Remote Key fob
Life Safety Equipment
Wireless Door and Window Sensors
Mobile App Integration
Indoor Camera - -
Outdoor Camera - -
Doorbell Camera - -
Smart Lock - -
Smart Plug - -

You can also buy this optional add-on equipment:

  • Touchscreen keypad
  • Indoor and outdoor cameras
  • Video doorbell camera
  • Smoke detector
  • Flood sensor
  • Glass break sensor
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Panic button

ADT Pricing

You can find the cost of ADT’s monitoring plans in the table below.

Pricing

Pricing “The Essentials” Package “ADT Pulse® Remote” Package “ADT Pulse® + Video” Package “ADT Pulse® Home Automation + Video” Package
Pricing “The Essentials” Package “ADT Pulse® Remote” Package “ADT Pulse® + Video” Package “ADT Pulse® Home Automation + Video” Package
Weekly Cost $7/week $13/week $15/week $15/week
Monthly Monitoring Cost $27.99/month $53.99/month $59.99/month Starts at $59.99/month

2. Vivint: Best for Smart Home Integration

On top of being smart-home friendly, Vivint has some of the most advanced technology in the industry with high-end features like camera analytics that notify you as soon as people and packages arrive at your door.

Vivint Packages & Equipment

Vivint provides five home security packages. The Smart Home Control Bundle Package is a good middle-of-the-road package for those that want advanced equipment without paying a large amount.

  • “Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit” Package: The starter kit uses a touchscreen panel, the Smart Hub, a motion sensor, and two entry sensors. Vivint also gives you $100 toward purchasing more sensors with this package.
  • “Home Security System Bundle” Package: This bundle contains the Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit’s devices along with a smart smoke detector that you can integrate with the system.
  • “Smart Home Control Bundle” Package: This package contains the equipment above plus a smart lock, smart thermostat, and smart garage door opener. A Vivint Smart Home Video Plan is needed to fully use this package.
  • “Video Security Bundle” Package: This kit contains the Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit equipment along with cameras for video surveillance. Customers need a subscription to the Smart Home Video Plan for this package.
  • “Smart Complete Bundle” Package: The most comprehensive protection package bundles the video equipment from the Video Security Bundle with the automation equipment from the Smart Home Control Bundle.

Vivint Package Comparison 

Feature “Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit” Package “Home Security System” Package “Smart Home Control” Package “Video Security” Package “Smart Complete” Package
Feature “Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit” Package “Home Security System” Package “Smart Home Control” Package “Video Security” Package “Smart Complete” Package
SkyControl Panel
Smart Entry Sensors (2)
Voice Control
Motion Sensor
Smart Smoke Detector - -
Element Thermostat -
Smart Lock -
Smart Garage Door Opener -
Doorbell Camera
Outdoor Camera
Ping Indoor Camera

Vivint Pricing

You can find a breakdown of Vivint’s pricing in the table below.

Pricing

Pricing “Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit” Package “Home Security System” Package “Smart Home Control” Package “Video Security” Package “Smart Complete” Package
Pricing “Vivint Smart Hub Starter Kit” Package “Home Security System” Package “Smart Home Control” Package “Video Security” Package “Smart Complete” Package
Equipment Cost $599.00 $709.98 $1,049.95 $1,379.95 $1,789.92
Monthly Monitoring Cost $9.98 $11.83 $17.50 $23.00 $29.83

3. Alder: Best for Medical Alerts

Alder has one of the quickest average response times in the home security system industry. With an Alder security system, you can expect a response from the company in about 3.4 seconds.

Alder Packages & Equipment

Unlike most other home security providers, Alder allows you to build your own package from the following list of equipment.

  • Touchscreen Panel: The touchscreen panel acts as Alder’s core, using a cellular connection to remain functional even when the internet cuts out.
  • Indoor Security Camera: This camera uses night vision, two-way talk, and a wide-angle lens for better monitoring.
  • Outdoor Security Camera: The outdoor security camera has night vision, a wide-angle lens, motion detection, two-way audio, and mobile notifications.
  • Motion Sensor: The motion sensors detect indoor movement with infrared technology. When a motion sensor is tripped, the system notifies the control panel, which alerts you and the monitoring center.
  • Door/Window Sensor: When the system is armed and a door or window is opened, the sensor will send notifications. When the security system is not armed and a door or window is opened, the base station will make a chiming sound.
  • Smart Smoke Detector: The smart smoke detectors alert you before smoke signals start and double as carbon monoxide sensors.
  • Medical Alert Pendant: Designed for seniors who live alone and people with medical issues, the alert pendant contacts emergency services when someone presses its button.
  • Flood and Freeze Detectors: These detectors send alerts when there is excess water in your home. Common installation locations include near sinks, appliances that use water, and major piping in basements.
  • Doorbell Camera: The doorbell camera shares a livestream of the door where you’ve installed it and sends alerts when it detects someone arriving.

Alder Pricing

We spoke to an Alder customer service representative who recommended we get the following equipment for a three-bedroom home:

  • 1 touchscreen panel
  • 2 door sensors
  • 1 motion sensor
  • 1 monitored fire sensor
  • 1 outdoor wireless camera with two-way audio

This package costs $89 to activate and $44.99 a month to monitor.

To build your own package and learn how much it will cost, use our tool below to contact a representative.

4. SimpliSafe: Best for Easy Installation

SimpliSafe offers customer-friendly DIY installation with no installation fee or visits from a representative. However, if you prefer the security that comes with knowing your system is installed correctly, you can still choose professional installation.

SimpliSafe Packages & Equipment

SimpliSafe offers five preset home security packages along with one customizable package that lets you design the exact protection you want.

  • “The Foundation” Package: The starter package contains all of the primary devices, including a base station, key pad, motion sensor, and entry sensor.
  • “The Essentials” Package: The Essentials Package adds onto the basic package by offering additional entry sensors.
  • “The Hearth” Package: The Hearth Package features supplemental equipment, including a key fob and siren, for added peace of mind.
  • “The Knox” Package: The Knox Package offers all of the security devices in The Hearth Package along with double the number of entry and motion sensors.
  • “The Haven” Package: This package has a temperature sensor, water sensor, and panic button along with all of the basic equipment from the other packages.

SimpliSafe Package Comparison

Feature “The Foundation” Package “The Essentials” Package “The Hearth” Package “The Knox” Package “The Haven” Package
Feature “The Foundation” Package “The Essentials” Package “The Hearth” Package “The Knox” Package “The Haven” Package
Base Station
Keypad
Entry Sensor ✔ 1 included ✔ 3 included ✔ 3 included ✔ 6 included ✔ 4 included
Motion Sensor ✔ 1 included ✔ 1 included ✔ 1 included ✔ 2 included ✔ 2 included
Siren - -
Key Fob - -
Smoke Detector - -
Panic Button - - - -
Temperature Sensor - - - -
Water Sensor - - - -

You can design your own SimpliSafe security package with the following steps:

  1. Start with the foundation of your system—a base station and a wireless keypad.
  2. Choose your protection sensors (smoke detector, temperature sensor, water sensor, carbon monoxide sensor) and burglary sensors (motion sensor, entry sensor, glass break sensor, SimpliCam, panic button).
  3. Select any extra equipment to round out your package (pro setup help, extra keypad, key fob, extra 105db siren, extra yard sign).

SimpliSafe Pricing

You can find a breakdown of SimpliSafe’s pricing in the table below.

Pricing

Pricing “The Foundation” Package “The Essentials” Package “The Hearth” Package “The Knox” Package “The Haven” Package
Pricing “The Foundation” Package “The Essentials” Package “The Hearth” Package “The Knox” Package “The Haven” Package
Equipment Cost $229.00 $259.00 $374.00 $449.00 $489.00

SimpliSafe’s Standard Monitoring Plan costs $14.99 per month, and the Interactive Monitoring Plan costs $24.99 per month.

5. Frontpoint: Best for Smartphone Integration

In addition to customizable smartphone notifications, Frontpoint has a durable system that remains functional even when the control system is destroyed or damaged thanks to crash and smash protection.

Frontpoint Packages & Equipment

Frontpoint offers four security packages of varying levels and costs.

  • “Safe Home Starter” Package: The starter package includes all of the basic devices: a hub, keypad, motion sensor, and two door/window sensors.
  • “Safe Home Everyday” Package: This package contains all of the starter package’s devices along with an extra motion sensor and door/window sensor.
  • “Safe Home Select” Package: This package provides an even greater degree of security with a smoke and heat sensor and a glass break sensor.
  • “Safe Home Preferred” Package: The preferred package provides the most extensive security with all of the equipment above plus a camera.

Frontpoint Package Comparison

Feature “Safe Home Starter” Package “Safe Home Everyday” Package “Safe Home Select” Package “Safe Home Preferred” Package
Feature “Safe Home Starter” Package “Safe Home Everyday” Package “Safe Home Select” Package “Safe Home Preferred” Package
Hub and Keypad ✔ 1 included ✔ 1 included ✔ 1 included ✔ 1 included
Door/Window Sensor ✔ 2 included ✔ 3 included ✔ 4 included ✔ 5 included
Motion Sensor ✔ 1 included ✔ 2 included ✔ 2 included ✔ 2 included
Glass Break Sensor - -
Smoke and Heat Sensor - -
Indoor Camera - - -

Frontpoint Pricing

You can buy your Frontpoint equipment in one of two ways. You can pay for all of it upfront or finance it through the payment service Affirm with a three-, six-, or 12-month payment plan.

Pricing

Pricing “Safe Home Starter” Package “Safe Home Everyday” Package “Safe Home Select” Package “Safe Home Preferred” Package
Pricing “Safe Home Starter” Package “Safe Home Everyday” Package “Safe Home Select” Package “Safe Home Preferred” Package
Equipment Cost $99.00 $295.94 $383.92 $479.90
Monthly Financing Cost $17.00 $25.00 $32.00 $40.00

6. Abode: Best for Customization

Abode offers a high degree of flexibility. You can connect up to 160 devices to the security system without paying for a long-term contract and without paying for professional monitoring services.

Abode Packages & Equipment

Abode offers four security packages, each built around one of two gateways—the standard Gen 2 Gateway and the more advanced Iota All-in-One Gateway.

  • “Smart Security Middle” Package: This starter package works with the Gen 2 Gateway and includes one sticker, one keypad, one key fob, one motion sensor, and two door/window sensors.
  • “Iota Kit Middle” Package: This package is similar to the Smart Security Middle Package except it’s built around the Iota All-In-One Gateway and comes with three door/window sensors instead of two.
  • “Smart Security Kit Elite” Package: The elite package uses the Gen 2 Gateway and has one keypad, one key fob, two motion sensors, four mini door/window sensors, and one sticker.
  • “Iota Kit Elite” Package: The most sophisticated package offers advanced protection with the Iota All-In-One Gateway, a keypad, a key fob, four door/window sensors, and a motion sensor.

Abode Package Comparison

Feature “Smart Security Middle” Package “Iota Kit Middle” Package “Smart Security Kit Elite” Package “Iota Kit Elite” Package
Feature “Smart Security Middle” Package “Iota Kit Middle” Package “Smart Security Kit Elite” Package “Iota Kit Elite” Package
Keypad
Key Fob
Sticker -
Motion Sensor ✔ 1 included - ✔ 2 included ✔ 1 included
Door/Window Sensors ✔ 2 included ✔ 3 included ✔ 4 included ✔ 4 included
Smart Device Integration
Built-in Motion Detector - -
Wi-Fi-Enabled - -
Type of Gateway Gen 2 Iota Gen 2 Iota

Abode Pricing

You can find a breakdown of Abode’s equipment costs below.

Pricing

Pricing “Smart Security Middle” Package “Iota Kit Middle” Package “Smart Security Kit Elite” Package “Iota Kit Elite” Package
Pricing “Smart Security Middle” Package “Iota Kit Middle” Package “Smart Security Kit Elite” Package “Iota Kit Elite” Package
Equipment Cost $342 $379 $389 $445

Our Conclusion

The This Old House Reviews Team has reviewed several home security systems on key metrics like installation, monitoring, cost, and equipment and has chosen ADT, Vivint, Alder, SimpliSafe, Frontpoint, and Abode as the best providers in Birmingham. Each of these home security systems offers a wide variety of packages plus their own individual benefits like no contract requirements and fast response times.

We recommend reaching out to three or more of the providers in this review for custom quotes. You can use the tool below to start.

Our Rating Methodology

The This Old House Reviews Team is committed to providing comprehensive and unbiased reviews to our readers. This means earning your trust through transparent reviews and having the data to back up our ratings and recommendations. Our rating system for home security providers is on a 100-point scale based on 10 factors:

  • Number of systems (5)
  • Special features (10)
  • Installation options (5)
  • Connectivity and smart home automation (15)
  • Pricing (15)
  • Contract period (5)
  • Warranty (15)
  • Trial period (15)
  • Usability (5)
  • Trustworthiness (10)

Our Reviews Team reviewed 32 companies and spent 744 hours researching and testing out products to help us compare home security systems on key factors such as package options, cost, reliability, and ease of use. Read more on our methodology here.

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Provider Comparisons

What to Consider When Choosing a Home Security System in Birmingham

  1. Reputation: Before you invest in a home security system, it’s a good idea to learn about a provider’s benefits and drawbacks. You can do this by talking to friends and family with the system and reading online reviews.
  2. Types of equipment: Home security providers offer different packages with different pieces of equipment. If you want specific devices, confirm that the company offers them.
  3. Installation method: Some people prefer DIY installation because it doesn’t have a fee and can be done on their own schedule. However, this isn’t an option with all providers.
  4. Cost: You should make sure the costs of installation, equipment, and monitoring fit into your budget.
  5. Smart home integration: Not every security system can be integrated with smart home devices, so look for one that does if you have devices like the Philips Hue light, Nest thermostat, and Kwikset smart lock.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Security in Birmingham

Can installing a home security system decrease my homeowners insurance premium?

Yes. Most insurance companies assume that homes with security systems are less prone to perils like theft and fire. That’s why many apply a discount to your homeowners insurance policy if you have one.

Is there a monthly fee with SimpliSafe?

That depends on how you set up your system. If you choose DIY monitoring instead of professional monitoring, there is no monthly fee.

Will my pets set off a motion detector?

It depends on your pet and the sensitivity of your motion detector. Smaller pets are typically immune to all motion detectors, but if you have a larger pet, you’ll either want to avoid motion detectors or use ones that know the difference between humans and animals.

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