If you’re in the market for a wireless home security system, you’ll find a surprising number of companies to choose from. Two companies you can trust to protect your family and secure your home are SimpliSafe and LifeShield. Each company is backed by a stellar team of monitoring professionals and both offer a variety of affordable wireless home security packages to choose from.

We’ll help you sort through the benefits each company offers by outlining their monitoring services and packages. Read on and arm yourself with the important information you need to know to discover which homes security company serves your needs best- SimpliSafe or LifeShield.

Monitoring Services: SimpliSafe vs. LifeShield

The Benefits of SimpliSafe’s Monitoring
SimpliSafe is proud to provide 24/7 alarm monitoring year-round at a price that won’t break the bank. Your SimpliSafe system comes with built-in cellphone technology that transmits your alarm signals the SimpliSafe monitoring center. Monitoring options include burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, freeze and flood monitoring.

Basic monitoring includes burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, freeze and flood monitoring. SimpliSafe’s “Alert” monitoring option provides the protection offered by the basic package plus SMS or email alerts so you’ll be notified the moment an alarm is activated and find out who and when someone enters your home. The “Interactive” monitoring plan is SimpliSafe’s most powerful, and gives you everything the “Alert” plan does, plus the ability to arm or disarm your system via the smartphone app, and set secret “alert only” sensors that will let you know when someone has opened the medicine cabinet or your jewelry drawer. Plus you’ll enjoy the convenience of managing your settings on-line, so you can set alerts, view home temperatures and more.

Some of the benefits of SimpliSafe include that there is no contract to sign, and no phone line is needed. SimpliSafe operates off a pay-as-you-go plan, which gives customers the freedom to suspend, terminate or re-activate service according to their needs. If you’re not satisfied with your SimpliSafe service, you can return the system within 60 days for a full refund, including shipping costs. SimpliSafe is certified by the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).

What to Expect From LifeShield’s Monitoring
If you are searching for a company to deliver more than home security, you have found it. On top of providing 24/7 burglary monitoring every day of the year, LifeShield also offers a slew of additional monitoring features that keep your family safe. Best yet, as a LifeShield Home Security customer, you’ll have access to these enhanced monitoring at no extra charge: Carbon Monoxide monitoring, medical monitoring, environmental monitoring, and video surveillance.

When considering LifeShield, it’s important that you know the company has worked tirelessly to meet the stringent requirements of the Underwriter’s Laboratory, and has earned its UL certification. Additionally, LifeShield is one of a select few wireless home security companies to be awarded the Central Alarm Association Five Diamond 100 percent Operator Certification. LifeShield operates five monitoring centers scattered round the country to ensure your call for help will always be answered immediately.

LifeShield vs SimpliSafe

Packages Offered: SimpliSafe vs. LifeShield

SimpliSafe Packages
In an effort to meet every user’s need, SimpliSafe offers five packages to choose from: “Starter,” “Economy,” “Classic,” “Master,” and “Ultimate.” For those living in small apartments, the Starter package offers one base station, one wireless keypad, one motion sensor, one entry sensor and one free keychain remote. The “Economy” package gives you what’s included with the “Starter” package, plus two more entry sensors. Move up to the “Classic” package and you get the “Economy” package plus an extra 105dB siren and one smoke detector. With SimpliSafe’s “Master” package, you’ll benefit from all the equipment and features of the “Classic” package and get an additional motion sensor, plus three additional entry sensors- for a total of six. When you take advantage of SimpliSafe’s “Ultimate” package you’ll receive everything from the “Master” package and one water sensor, one Carbon Monoxide detector and one freeze sensor.

Every SimpliSafe package is shipped for free, and comes with one free yard sign and two decals- so you can warn the bad guys that your home, apartment or business is protected. All packages also include five year batteries and adhesive strips for mounting the system.

LifeShield Packages
LifeShield understands one security system doesn’t fit all. That’s why they offer three powerful packages to choose from: “Value,” “Gold,” and “Platinum Plus.”

LifeShield’s “Value” package is its entry level package. It comes with one base, one consol, two door/window sensors, one remote keychain and yard and window signage. You’ll also receive free interactive remote monitoring via LifeShield mobile access, so you can do things like arm or disarm you system from any location. LifeShield’s “Gold” package is its most popular, and offers everything you get with the “Value” package plus the benefit of an additional door/window sensor, a fire safety sensor, and a motion detector.

The “Platinum Plus” package from LifeShield is its most comprehensive home safety and security offering. You’ll receive all the equipment and features of the “Gold” package plus a free wireless camera and advanced video monitoring. You’ll be able to view live video of your home, record video and take snapshots right from your office or while on vacation.

Whether you choose SimpliSafe of LifeShield depends on your family’s needs and budget. But either way you go, you’ll feel good knowing your loved ones and valuables will have help being protected by one of the best wireless home security companies in the nation.

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

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