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Regardless of how safe you feel in your neighborhood, how often your next-door neighbor watches your home out his or her front window, or how sturdy you think your doors are, you are still vulnerable to a home invasion at any time. This isn’t a statement meant to provoke panic, but simply a reminder that security should always be at the forefront of your mind.

Fortunately, several companies have made keeping your Nashville home secure through top-of-the-line alarm and alert services easier than ever. These companies offer anything from cellular connections to monitoring services, direct lines to emergency operators, motion detectors, and even shatter detectors for windows.

It’s a pretty exhaustive list of security products when you really sit down to make a decision. And, of course, the initial installation of the system and accessories can be costly. Before you dismiss the idea of a security system as too expensive, let’s explore some of the most popular monitoring services in Nashville. You’re sure to discover that your family’s safety is worth the investment.

ADT

Perhaps the most recognized name in home and commercial security, ADT has been around for almost a century and a half. That’s a long time to get good at what you do, right?

Though they may have a reputation for being the best, ADT can be a little more expensive than other options. For instance, their basic landline security monitoring costs almost $37 per month, and that’s after the $99 installation fee. If you want the peace of mind that comes with wireless monitoring through cellular service, you’ll pay almost $49 per month. Adding mobile access for app use and alerts will tack on another $3. Finally, if you want to add video surveillance, you will pay at least $59 per month.

The most basic plan comes with three sensors, a motion detector, and a sign for your yard to ward off would-be criminals. As you pay more per month, you’ll gain access to key fob activators, cellular coverage, and cameras. If you need more equipment than this, it’s all available for a la carte purchasing.

Frontpoint

Quickly gaining in popularity, Frontpoint is a sort of do-it-yourself security solution. Instead of making time for a technician to drop in for installation, it’s up to the user to install the equipment, which is all wireless.

As with ADT, you can choose your security plan according to your individual needs. The basic plan is simply for protection and covers door and window alerts, fire protection, and 24-hour monitoring. The next level includes text and email alerts, remote access through key fobs or apps, smashed window sensors, lighting control inside the home, and even location services. The ultimate plan includes these things, as well as video surveillance with night vision, motion detectors, automated door locks, and energy management.

Again, you will have to install most of the equipment on your own, but the upside is that you can take your equipment with you if you move. You also have to call to get pricing for the services you choose, as they customize the quote according to your needs.

NCA

We’re fortunate as Nashvillians to have the option of NCA, as they’re mostly local to Middle Tennessee and Northern Alabama. They’re definitely a popular choice among homeowners because of the low prices they offer. Take a moment to compare the ADT offerings to NCA and you’ll see what we mean.

First, the most basic plan, which includes three door sensors, a motion detector, and monitoring through the landline in your home costs only $9.95 per month. If you need the cellular coverage, the price goes up to $19.95. For commercial buildings, you’ll just pay five dollars more.

These plans also include smartphone apps for remote activation, email alerts any time the home is entered, a key fob, and keypad. Of course, the installation of all the equipment is a separate cost and could climb according to the difficulty level. Any other equipment you’d like can also be added a la carte.

As you can see, there are affordable, truly effective security options out there for you. Don’t stop at the first one you investigate, either. Keep looking until you find the right option for your family and your budget. We work on a lot of home improvement projects and want to make sure your home is secure.