What You Need to Know About ADT Monitoring and SimpliSafe Before You Buy

Written by | Updated September 29, 2014

If you’ve been thinking about a home security system, you’ve likely heard of security providers ADT Monitoring and SimpliSafe. Keep reading to learn more about ADT monitoring offerings, as well as those from SimpliSafe, to determine which system will best meet your needs.

ADT Monitoring

ADT has the most trusted reputation in the industry. They are the leader in innovative technology that leads their security solutions. They are known for being reliable, quick response times, and having up-to-date technology. In fact, ADT has helped protect customers for over 100 years. When it comes to safety, they know how to help protect your home and family.

ADT monitoring packages may come with:

  • Fire and Smoke monitoring. If smoke or fire is detected, the local fire department is contacted immediately.
  • Carbon Monoxide monitoring. Same goes if carbon monoxide is detected. Local authorities are contacted at the first sign of carbon monoxide gas.
  • Flood monitoring. Helps keep your home safe from water damage.
  • Burglary monitoring. Once the burglary alarm is detected, police are notified and arrive in real time.

Monitoring Centers

Where ADT monitoring really stands out from the competition is in the coverage they offer. There are four Customer Monitoring Centers around the country to help ensure you get the fastest response time possible. Customer Monitoring Centers are available and staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If there’s a natural disaster or other reason for a Customer Monitoring Center to be non-functional, protection is transferred immediately and seamlessly to another Center.

Money-Back Guarantee

Not only is your home protected, but you have peace of mind with ADT monitoring, knowing that if for any reason you aren’t happy with your home security system, you can get your money back (certain restrictions apply). If the company can’t make you happy or find a solution to your problem within six months of installation, you’ll get your installation price refunded as well as your monitoring fees.


ADT monitoring is professionally installed and starts at $99, plus monthly monitoring fees. You also have the option to add upgrades to your system, such as wireless security, video surveillance, or emergency alerts.


Another option you may consider for your home security needs is SimpliSafe.  SimpliSafe prides itself on protecting your home and family anytime, anywhere at a price that’s budget friendly. The company offers plenty of features, including:

  • Home security. You take the system with you, no matter where you live.
  • Wireless system. No need to worry about wires being cut or disabled.
  • 24/7 professional monitoring. The right people are dispatched to your home to take care of any emergency.
  • Free apps. Apps for windows smartphones, iPhone, and Android to keep you connected to your home.
  • Two-alarm modes. One for when you’re at home and another for when you’re away.
  • Fire monitoring. When smoke is detected, the fire department is dispatched.
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring. No need to worry about the “silent” gas. Emergency officials are sent to your home as soon as carbon monoxide is detected.

Customer Service

Professionally trained customer service representative are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When they notice something amiss in your home or if your system is triggered police, fire, or emergency personnel will be dispatched to your home immediately. You can access the customer service support for only $14.99/month, with no long-term commitment.


SimpliSafe is a self-installed security system that you can take with you. It’s ideal for those who rent, since the system comes with you and doesn’t need to stay with the home in order to operate. You can usually have the system installed within 30 minutes. The sensors are already pre-programmed, so all you have to do is add batteries and use the peel-and-stick adhesive to put the sensors on the wall.  Most systems start at around $200, with services like professional dispatch and customer service added on at $14.99/month.

Completely Wireless

One big benefit of SimpliSafe is that it’s 100% wireless. No landline is required to operate the system and you won’t need to run any wires or put holes in your walls. You can also arm the system from anywhere, so if you forgot to turn on the alarm before you left for the office or went on vacation, you could do so remotely from your smartphone.

No Long-Term Commitment

You don’t have to agree to a contract with SimpliSafe. You are free to cancel at any time for a full refund of any unused service. You can also return or exchange within 60 days of the original purchase.

Written by Hillary Johnston

A proud mother of four, Hillary is passionate about safety education. She holds a degree in Public Health and Disaster Management. Learn more

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