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Today you can buy DIY home security systems that have professional grade wireless security equipment that’s extremely reliable, easy to install and affordable. Basic DIY home security systems start at about $225 and top out at $800 or so. If you add wireless smoke/heat detectors, plan to spend about $1,300 for DIY alarm systems. That’s about half of what a professional alarm company would charge. Monitoring service, which notifies the police or fire department, can cost $40 or more per month. But if you shop around, you can get it for about $10 per month.

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They have professional installation, so you won’t have to worry about your system working correctly; the person who installed my system was very kind, patient, and most importantly, knowledgeable. This could be very helpful for a senior, who may not know much about modern DIY installation. Aside from that, Vivint has one of the highest rated security apps in the Apple and Google Play stores, so you can rest assured that it’s easy to use, even for someone not super tech savvy. Of course, Vivint offers 24/7 professional monitoring, so the senior in your life will always be protected. For your business, you’ll want a more established security company, and Protect America fits the bill. They were founded in 1992 and are one of the leading names in home security. 24/7 professional monitoring comes with every Protect America system and ranges from $20 to $60 a month depending on your equipment and needs. Like Brinks, you’ll set up your Protect America system with someone over the phone who will test all of its components. Plus if you have any issues, customer support is great over live chat and admittedly, not so great over the phone. I would especially recommend Protect America to Android users, as the Android app has over three stars. At only $149, Minut is by far the most affordable security system I’ve reviewed.