In America, a home is broken into every 15 seconds and, on average, it will take the bad guy less than 10 minutes to pilfer your home of valuables. The good news is, having a home security system makes your home three times less likely to be burglarized.
To help you get started on your search for the ideal home security company, we’ll outline the monitoring services and security packages of two leading home security providers: LifeShield and Frontpoint.
Home Security System Monitoring Services: Frontpoint vs. LifeShield
Monitoring Choices Offered by Frontpoint With Frontpoint you’ll get 24/7/365 home security monitoring and no matter which monitoring service you select, you’ll receive security, fire, flood, carbon monoxide, and life safety emergency monitoring at no extra charge.
Frontpoint offers a 30 day, 100 percent risk free trial. If you’re not completely satisfied with your Frontpoint system you can return it for a full refund, including shipping charges. It’s important that you know that Frontpoint is a completely wireless home security system. That means it’s remarkably easy to install, and a burglar can’t cut wires to disable it. Frontpoint’s wireless system is also simple to pack up when you move and reinstall in your new home or apartment. Cellular technology is built into every system and it’s the only technology Frontpoint uses. The Frontpoint control panel will send a signal to the monitoring center even if a burglar has damaged it. Even under conditions of poor cell coverage, Frontpoint’s low-frequency alarm signaling works. All Frontpoint systems come with a two year warranty. Frontpoint offers the flexibility of three monitoring plans: Protection, Interactive, and Ultimate.
Protection Monitoring- This is Frontpoint’s entry level plan, but it includes a surprising number of monitoring services: intrusion, fire, environmental hazards and life safety monitoring.
Interactive Monitoring- With the Interactive plan, you’ll get everything the Protection plan offers, plus much more. For example, you’ll enjoy the convenience of controlling your security system right from your smartphone or tablet through Frontpoint’s free mobile apps and you’ll be able to automate your home lighting. Crash and smash protection, email and text alerts and location-based services are additional benefits of the Interactive monitoring plan.
Ultimate Monitoring- Like the name implies, this is Frontpoint’s most comprehensive plan. It includes every monitoring service offered with the Interactive plan, plus video surveillance which allows you to check in on your home via live streaming video. Sign up for the Ultimate plan and you’ll also receive a full Home Automation suite is services to do things like remotely control lights, locks and thermostats right from the palm of your hand.
Options You’ll Enjoy With LifeShield’s Monitoring In addition to 24/7 year-round home security monitoring, LifeShield provides a number of additional monitoring options to ensure the safety of your family and your valuables. As a bonus, all LifeShield home security customers benefit from these additional monitoring services at no extra charge: Carbon Monoxide monitoring, medical monitoring, environmental monitoring, and video surveillance.
When comparing home security providers it’s important to remember that all companies aren’t created equal. LifeShield has worked tirelessly to meet the stringent requirements of the Underwriter’s Laboratory, and has earned its UL certification. Additionally, LifeShield is proud to be honored as one of a select few wireless home security companies to be awarded the Central Alarm Association Five Diamond 100 percent Operator Certification.
An important question you’ll want to ask when selecting a home security provider is how many monitoring centers the company has. LifeShield have five centers that are strategically located across the U.S. to ensure that your call for help is answered immediately. If there is a power outage or a natural disaster strikes one center, your call will automatically be sent to another LifeShield monitoring center.
Home Security System Packages: Frontpoint vs. LifeShield
Frontpoint Packages Frontpoint understands that every customer’s home security needs are different, so they offer three security packages to choose from: “Standard,” “Enhanced,” and “Light.” Keep in mind you can add equipment at any time to the system you choose for complete customization.
The “Standard” package includes one wireless control panel, two wireless door/window sensors, one wireless motion sensor, a keychain remote, one yard sign and five window decals. When you move up to Frontpoint’s “Enhanced” package you’ll receive every piece of equipment that’s included with the “Standard” package plus one smoke and heat sensor. Take advantage of Frontpoint’s “Light” package and you’ll enjoy everything the “Enhanced” package provides, plus two Z-Wave wireless light controls that let you remotely control lights and small appliances. You’ll also be able to automate lights to turn on or off while you’re away on vacation.
LifeShield Packages LifeShield knows choice is important, and that’s why they offer three home security packages to choose from: “Value,” “Gold,” and “Platinum Plus.”
LifeShield’s “Value” package is an entry level package that is perfect for apartments. It comes with one base, one consol, two door/window sensors, one remote keychain and yard and window signage. Although this is LifeShield’s most basic package, you’ll still enjoy free LifeShield mobile access, so you can do things like arm or disarm you system from any location. The most popular package LifeShield offers is its “Gold” package. With the “Gold” package you’ll receive everything the “Value” package offers plus the benefit of one additional door/window sensor, one fire safety sensor, and one motion detector.
LifeShield’s “Platinum Plus” package is its most comprehensive. Get “Platinum Plus” and you’ll receive all the equipment and features of the “Gold” package plus one free wireless camera and advanced video monitoring. That means you can view live video of your home, record video and take snapshots right from your smartphone or tablet.
Purchasing a home security system is an investment into your family’s safety and security. SafeWise encourages you to investigate the provider’s customer service record and only consider home security providers that have a well established reputation.
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Written by Alexia Chianis
Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more