Studies show that there is a burglary every 13 seconds in the U.S. The biggest deterrent to a thief often comes in the form of a security system in the targeted location. While costs can add up quickly, a peace of mind is priceless. There are various factors that contribute to security system price – multiple upgrades, features, services, and fees should be taken into account.


Never should you let the cost of a home security system keep you from making this wise investment. With a bit of shopping around, you can easily find a system that complements your budget. More importantly, shopping around can help find a system that meets all of your preferences and needs. If you keep putting off buying a home security system, it’s time to take a turnabout. According to the American Preppers Network,

“It also seems that homeowners are making it easy for criminals to break-in.  The FBI reported that more than 30% of entries were without force, almost welcoming burglars into the victim’s homes.”

Are you welcoming burglars into your home? The best way to keep them away is by installing a home security system. Here at Protect America, we took the time to outline valuable information regarding the cost of a security system. There is much to be considered regarding the expenses of a home security system, including the cost of:

  • Alarms
  • Sensors
  • Monitoring
  • Installation

Security System Price Contributors

Equipment Cost

A basic home security system includes a central control panel, window and door sensors, motion detectors, siren and key fobs. The cost for this equipment will run approximately $600. As expected, when additional components are added, such as extra sensors, additional key fobs, glass breaker sensors, cameras, fire, smoke and CO2 detectors, the cost goes up. This can increase your total investment by as much as $600. In addition, adding smart home upgrades, such as remote controlled lights, a programmable thermostat, and smart locks, can increase the cost by another $300.

Hardwired Systems

A hardwired system is usually more expensive. It requires drilling holes and running wires. This means you will most likely need to hire a professional. Cost for a hardwired system is typically between $800 to $1600. Hardwired systems tend to have lower maintenance and less expensive components. In addition, hardwired systems are considered more reliable due to the threat of signal inferences when choosing a wireless system.

Wireless Systems

Wireless systems are often chosen over hardwired, however, these systems require more technical maintenance and software upgrades than wired versions. The biggest advantages of a wireless system include the simplicity of upgrading, adding components, and the ease of installation. Wireless systems can be an ideal choice for those with a DIY attitude and renters.  Installation costs drop considerably and you do not have to drill holes or make structural modifications.

Installation Cost

When adding a home security system, the installation will vary from home to home. The complexities of the system and the size of your home will play into final installation cost. The typical range to install a system is about $120 to $600.


Monitoring and Activation Costs

You will need to choose whether or not you want to have your home monitored by a professional security company. If you choose to pay a security company to watch your home 24 hours a day, your fees will probably be between $10 and $65 a month. In addition, if you decide to pay for monitoring services, you will most likely have an activation fee and other expenses to consider. These fees typically range from $0 to $200 depending on the services you choose.

Don’t forget to check with your home insurance provider to see if available discounts are available. Many insurance companies offer discounts on your home insurance policy and some even offer discounts on the home security services themselves.


Contact Protect America to learn more about the affordable cost of installing a home security system. We knock the ball out of the park when it comes to affordability. We offer free installation, free quotes, locked-in rates, and an amazing deal of up $1,400 in free equipment.