The cost of a home security system can easily range from “Free” or $0 to $3,500 or more. The type of equipment and amount of equipment needed can both have a significant impact on cost, but adding smart home features and video cameras can drive the price up even higher. In some areas, labor costs can be a factor, but the cost of labor in St. Louis is about average.
According to some estimates, people living in a 2,200-sqft home should expect to pay somewhere between $1,200 and $1,700; however, we have a special running on a system designed for a 3,000+ sqft homes that starts at $1,000.
If you live in a smaller house, you might be able to get away with less. Our basic systems start at around $500. If you live in a larger home, expect to pay a bit more.
Items that Factor into Alarm System Cost
- Control Panel: Sophistication of Communication Panel and Touchscreen Features
- # of Magnetic Contacts: Attached to Doors and Windows
- # of Sensors: Smoke, Heat, Sound, and Water
How Much Does It Cost to Secure a 10,000-sqft Home?
If you live in a massive house, the overall cost of the alarm system could be a few thousand dollars more, because of the added equipment and labor costs. More doors and windows means more magnetic contacts. More space means more sensors: motion, heat, sound, water, and smoke. Adding video cameras and smart home features will push the cost up even higher.
How Do I Get a Free Home Security System?
Some companies offer “free” security systems in exchange for a long-term contract; however, most of these free alarm systems include a limited amount of hardware. You may or may not own the equipment based on the fine print in the contract.
Those living in a small home might be able to get by on one of these free systems; however, if you live in a large home, don’t expect to find a free security system that provides adequate protection.
The difference between the systems we offer and a “free” system is that our clients actually own their equipment, and they end up with a system that’s based on their unique needs, not the parameters of a particular offer.
Cost of Home Security Monitoring
Monitoring plans usually range somewhere between $30 and $60 per month; however, this can vary wildly depending on the monitoring services included. Our monitoring plans usually cost about $45 to $50, and we charge an additional $5 per month to enable smart home apps through the control panel.
While the monthly fee for adding smart home capabilities is quite small, there are installation and equipment costs to consider for each smart home feature that is added to your home, such as smart locks, smart lights, smart cameras, etc.
Cost of Home Security Cameras
Adding video surveillance cameras is another factor that can increase the cost of a home security system. Aside from the number of cameras, other factors that might impact the price include HD resolution, night vision, outdoor capability, wired vs. wireless, and other features.
The ability to remotely access a live camera feed through a smartphone is one of the most popular features in home security. People love being able to check in on their house, pets, and kids while they’re out and about, at work, or even out of town.
Why Purchase Electronic Security Equipment?
Though burglars usually only make off with about $2,200 worth of belongings in the average home break-in, such an event typically leaves a family feeling utterly violated and unsafe. Neighbors often feel just as upset.
What if a family member wakes up during a burglary? The scenario could easily transform into an armed robbery, or worse. While people invest in home security to protect their homes and property, protecting family and loved ones is usually the primary motivating factor behind making such a purchase.
Homes without electronic security systems are 3X more likely to get burglarized than homes that have an alarm system, but most importantly, these systems provide homeowners with peace of mind.
Get an Estimate for Home Security in St. Louis
If you live in the St. Louis region, it’s no surprise if home security is one of your top concerns. While we feel strongly that our city is much safer than the media typically portrays it, crime is still a problem in St. Louis.
Contact us to learn more about home security, video surveillance, or smart home solutions.