A Guide to Home Security Costs in 2019

You’re ready to make the leap. You want – no, you need an alarm, a camera and whatever else companies are offering nowadays to keep you and your home safe from burglars.

Whether you’re after a system that’s monitored or unmonitored, wired or wireless, indoor, outdoor or a combination – we’ve got you covered with our article on the different types of home security system. But which company should you trust with your family’s safety? And how much does a home security system cost per month? Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more, and make sure to fill in the form at the top of this page to see what deals you can get.


a guide to home security costs

How much does a home security system cost?

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The likes of Samsung, Panasonic, Hive, Canary, Netamo and Somfy have all made great strides in providing smart home security systems - Netamo’s cameras even have facial recognition technology for your pet. But if you want to go for a company you trust, look no further than Yale, Verisure or ADT. These reputable companies have more than 330 years of experience between them, are all at the cutting edge of smart technology, and have made these innovative solutions available at affordable prices.

All of these firms provide a wide range of services, and depending on what you’re looking for, their security systems can range in price from around £100 to well over £1,000. We’re here to lay out the respective advantages and disadvantages of different packages, comparing low vs medium vs high-end home security system costs so that you can make the right decision for your home.

High-end prices for high-end protection (more than £550)

If you have more to lose than most – perhaps a big home with a few children, or more valuable belongings than you could shake a stick at – then nothing but the best will do. After all, what could be more important than protecting the ones you love and their priceless items?

You’re also now able to take high-definition images of intruders, with all the cameras included in the table below coming with night vision capabilities. And fortunately, modern security system technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent times, so when you’re asking how much a top-of-the-range home security system will cost now, the answer won’t bankrupt you.

That’s especially good news since it’s only at this end of the market that you can get security systems which are monitored – meaning a company will be responsible for overseeing your home’s security and contacting you and/or the authorities if someone breaks in.

There’s no better way to make your home as safe as possible than to put it in the hands of trained professionals – and thankfully, the cost of this is generally spread out over the course of 36 months. It’s like an insurance policy, except it can actually help prevent the disaster from taking place.

If that sounds good to you, the Verisure package is worth checking out. It comes with notable extras not included in other deals, including a panic button, security guards on standby, and a patented fake fog which blinds and expels burglars in less than 45 seconds.

Security system
Controlled by
Siren
Dummy siren
Motion detectors
Door/window sensors
Cameras
Monitored
Monthly fee
Total cost*
ADT Burglar Alarm with Police Response
Control panel, remote keypad, 4 keyfobs
3
1
X
£32.99 for three years
£1,787
Verisure
App, portable control panel, 6 smart keys, key fob
X
2
4
X**
£39.90 for first year, then potential discounts
£1,635 (at most)
ADT Keyholder Response
Alarm panel
2
1
X
£29.99 for three years
£1,070
Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Full Control Kit
App, keypad
2
2
X**
X
X
£669.99
Yale Smart Home Alarm, View & Control Kit
App, keypad
2
2
X**
X
X
£619.98
Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Family Kit Plus
App, key fob, keypad
2
2
X
X
X
£569.99


Information updated in June 2019.
* Price includes professional installation where necessary
** The package doesn’t include cameras, but does have at least one motion sensor which takes photos when it detects movement.

That's not all, though - these top-of-the-range packages comes with some extras that didn't fit in any of the categories included above. Here are some of their more special features:

ADT Burglar Alarm with Police Response: Contacts the police

Verisure: Panic button, fake fog, image verification to prevent false alarms, deterrent signs, sends personnel to guard your home for 48 hours if you’re not there, uses mobile networks instead of a landline or wifi so it's harder to disrupt

ADT Keyholder Response: Contacts you and 3 other keyholders

Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Full Control Kit: Comes with a smoke detector

Yale Smart Home Alarm, View & Control Kit: Switch other appliances on and off with a power switch

Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Family Kit Plus: Has a 200m range, so your sheds are covered

Medium-priced security: a decent level of safety for a decent price (£450-£550)

If you can’t afford to spend that much on home security systems, or you don’t need the latest in cutting-edge technology – look no further. We’ve got you covered with all the best middle-of-the-range packages which will provide you with a solid level of safety for a reasonable price.

Watch out, though: none of these options come with monitoring, and only one includes a camera. It would cost you at least another £35 for an indoor camera, and more than £100 for an outdoor camera.

Security system
Controlled by
Siren
Dummy siren
Motion detectors
Door/window sensors
Cameras
Total cost*
Yale Smart Home Alarm & View Kit
App, keypad
1
1
X**
£539.99
Yale Intruder Alarm Kit Plus
Control panel, remote keyfob, contactless tags (4 included)
X
2
2
X
£499.98
Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Family Kit
App, Sync hub
X
2
1
X
£499.98
Yale Intruder Alarm Kit
Contactless tags (2 included), control panel
X
2
2
X
£459.99
Yale Smart Home Alarm Kit
App, keypad
X
2
1
X
£459.99


Information updated in June 2019.
* Price includes professional installation where necessary
** The package doesn’t include cameras, but does have at least one motion sensor which takes photos when it detects movement.

Low price, high value: securing your home without breaking the bank (less than £450)

How much does a home security system cost? That depends on your living situation, as well as how much you can afford to put aside. It may be that you have a smaller-than-average place that doesn’t need high-tech gadgets and gizmos which could put Fort Knox to shame.

Maybe you live in a third-floor flat, maybe you have an especially fearsome dog – or possibly you just don’t have a ton of disposable income to spend on your home security system. We get it. Here’s a list of the best home security systems which won’t leave you so destitute that there’s nothing left worth stealing.

The downside to their cheaper systems is that none of these packages are monitored. This means you’ll have to rely on yourself or a kindly neighbour to phone the police if the worst happens. They also don’t come with cameras, meaning you won’t be able to capture images of your burglars to prove what happened and potentially catch them.

Security system
Controlled by
Siren
Dummy siren
Motion detectors
Door/window sensors
Cameras
Total cost*
Yale Wireless Premium GSM Alarm Kit
SMS, control panel
2
2
X
£449.98
Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Starter Kit
App, keypad
X
1
X
X
£449
Yale Intruder Starter Alarm Kit
Contactless tags (2 included), control panel
X
1
1
X
£439.98
Yale Wireless App Enabled Alarm
App
2
1
X
£419.99
Yale Standard Wireless Alarm
Keypad
X
2
2
X
£349.98
Yale Smart Home Alarm Starter Kit
App, keypad
X
1
X
X
£149.99
Yale EF-Series Apartment Alarm Kit
Keypad
X
1
1
X
£139.98


Information updated in June 2019.
* Price includes professional installation where necessary

Cameras: how much does a home security camera cost?

For an indoor camera, the cost lies between £35 and £160, depending on how many special features you’re after. If you want an outdoor camera, get ready to spend at least £120, though the current market leader is priced at £450.

Your home security system should deter burglars, scare them off, alert people to their presence – and ideally, it should also catch them in the act. If a camera is your main concern, or if one of the products above caught your eye but came without the ability to see intruders, never fear.

We’ve chosen some of the most cutting-edge – and affordable – cameras on the market right now, so you can know exactly who’s going in and out of your home at all times. All of them come equipped with night vision and motion detection, and can send a live feed to – and be controlled by – your mobile device.

Camera
Two-way audio
Siren
Alert notifications
Night vision
Resolution
Live feed
Viewing range
Price
Arlo Ultra
7-8m
4K
180°
£449.99
Nest Cam Outdoor
X
6m
1080p
130°
£179
Nest Cam Indoor
X
6m
1080p
130°
£159
Yale Smart Home CCTV Wifi Camera 4M
X
X
30m
4MP (nearly double 1080p)
60°
£129.98*
Yale HD1080 All-in-One Outdoor Camera
10m
1080p
110°
£119.99
Verisure CloudCam Pro Surveillance Camera
X
5m
1080p
180°
£99 (must be added as extra to Verisure package)
Yale Home View PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) Wifi Camera
X
8m
720p
350°
£59.99
Yale HD1080 Wifi Indoor Camera
X
8m
1080p
90°
£44.99**


Information updated in June 2019.
* Professional installation costs another £169.98
** Also available in 720p for £34.99

As well as all these fantastic attributes, these cameras come with abilities that defy the labels used above. To give you a full picture, here's everything else these prime examples of modern technology can do:

• Arlo Ultra: films night vision in colour, automatically moves to track people

• Nest Cam Outdoor and Indoor: continuously records, stores up to 30 days of video in the cloud, differentiates between person and animal

• Yale Smart Home CCTV Wifi Camera 4M: starts recording when event detected, can specify which areas to cover, 1TB storage

• Yale HD1080 All-in-One Outdoor Camera: spotlight

• Verisure CloudCam Pro Surveillance Camera: monitored, recording can be manual, event-based, or continuous

• Yale Home View PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) Wifi Camera: can be moved remotely

• Yale HD1080 Wifi Indoor Camera: SD card slot

How much does a home security system cost per month?

For a monitored system, you’ll be looking at a monthly payment between £29.99 and £39.90, usually on the basis of a three-year contract. Otherwise, you’ll be choosing between packages costing from £140 to £670. All of these unmonitored packages and products come without a monthly fee, but with the added risk and responsibility of having to be in charge of your own security.

The choice between monitored and unmonitored is of course entirely up to you, as is the question of whether you want a camera, a siren, and any of the other features listed above. Hopefully at this stage you can see how much house alarm systems cost, as well as how much a home security camera would cost on its own. For all the best options, just fill in this form and get a tailored quote. Then the only step left is to make the crucial decision about which products will best protect your home.

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