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For more than 140 years, ADT has been a leader in the home security industry. The company serves and protects over six million residential and commercial customers throughout the United States. You can purchase an ADT system online or through a local, authorized dealer. 

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The Good

  • Available Equipment
  • Professional Installation
  • Professional Monitoring
  • Home Automation Compatibility
  • Moving Services
  • Theft Protection

Available Equipment 

ADT offers predetermined packages as well as customized security solutions. This allows you to choose a security system that matches your needs and budget. The company offers a wide variety of security equipment including the following:

  • Control panel
  • Key fob
  • Door/window sensors
  • Motion detectors
  • Indoor security cameras
  • Outdoor security cameras
  • Doorbell camera
  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors

You can also arm, disarm, and monitor your security system from ADT’s mobile app. 

Professional Installation

ADT only offers professional installation services. This usually requires an additional fee; however, ADT often has promotions that include free installation. You will need to talk to an ADT specialist to determine what offers are available to you. 

Professional installation limits system malfunctions due to improperly installed equipment. If you are looking for a DIY option, you may want to consider Blue by ADT or one of our other top-recommended companies.  

Professional Monitoring

ADT operates nine company-owned monitoring centers across the nation. Agents monitor your security system 24/7. ADT will contact emergency services on your behalf if a burglary, fire, or carbon monoxide leak is detected.

ADT’s professional monitoring services start at $28.99 per month. This is a fairly competitive price for the industry. You can find security companies that offer monitoring services as low as $15 per month. However, monitoring services are most often in the $25–$30 range. 

Be aware that the cost of monitoring services increases depending on the type of equipment you add to your security system.

Home Automation Compatibility

ADT offers a variety of home automation equipment that is compatible with your security system. This equipment includes smart door locks, garage door openers, smart plugs, smart lights, and more. It is even compatible with Google Home.

If you are interested in building a home automation system, we recommend speaking with an ADT specialist to ensure the equipment you purchase is compatible with ADT’s security system.

Moving Services

ADT offers discounted installation for customers who move but want to keep their security system. However, how much of a discount you receive depends on your contract length, how long you’ve been a customer, and if your account is in good standing. We recommend contacting ADT as soon as you know you’re moving to discuss options and pricing. 

Theft Protection

ADT will pay up to $500 of your insurance deductible if your home is broken into while your security system is armed. There are specific terms and conditions associated with this offer. We recommend that you read your contract thoroughly and speak with an ADT specialist to ensure you understand the coverage and limitations associated with this protection plan. 

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The Bad

  • Contract Length

Contract Length

ADT’s standard contract length is 36 months. This is a standard contract length for most home security companies. ADT is known for having deals and discounts associated with signing a contract. We recommend speaking with an ADT specialist to determine what discounts are available to you. 

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The Bottom Line

As an industry leader, with nearly 150 years of experience, ADT is a reliable choice for anyone looking for a home security system. Its customizable security systems ensure you get a solution that matches your home and budget. We encourage anyone wanting to purchase a home security system from ADT to reach out to a specialist to determine if it fits your specific needs.

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