AlarmForce Vs. LiveWatch

AlarmForce and LiveWatch both offer viable home security systems for those looking to increase protection of their homes. AlarmForce offers professional installation and industry standard 36-month contracts, but has battery life complaints. LiveWatch has DIY installation and more flexible one-year contracts. Both companies have home automation options.

AlarmForce is a Canadian company notably only available in 5 states, three in the South and 2 in the Midwest, so is only an option if you live in applicable areas.

Key Similarities:

  • One type of installation option
  • Limited mobile management
  • Two-way voice options
  • Available home automation

Key Differences:

 

  • Livewatch has DIY installation. Alarmforce has professional installation.
  • Livewatch offers one-year contracts. Alarmforce has industry standard 36-month contracts.
  • AlarmForce has battery life complaints.
  • AlarmForce has limited availability.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: LiveWatch

LiveWatch uses mostly highly rated GE equipment, and has two equipment package offerings. They are barebones, however, and add-ons can get costly. Users can purchase packages at $99 and $149 when paired with applicable monitoring packages. Monitoring packages range from $20-$50 per month. Video capabilities are only available with the most expensive package. Two-way live voice assist is additionally available with the Total Home and Total Home + Video packages.

AlarmForce has basic packages with proprietary equipment. They range in cost from $25-$42 per month, and the company does not have extensive available add-ons. All packages do come with two-way voice, however, which allows users to communicate in real time with the monitoring center.

Contracts

Winner: LiveWatch

LiveWatch offers the more flexible monitoring services option, with a one-year contract with no cancellation penalties. AlarmForce offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both LiveWatch and AlarmForce have some mobile management options available with certain select package and pricing options.

Installation

Winner: Tie

LiveWatch and AlarmForce each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on if you are seeking DIY or professional services.

LiveWatch offers DIY installation. AlarmForce has professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most basic package offering has free installation, but the installation fee for the most expensive package runs $179.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

LiveWatch and Alarmforce both have available home automation options.

Reliability

Winner: LiveWatch

AlarmForce is reported to have notably poor battery life. Most sensor batteries on the market have about a five-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for much more frequent battery replacement.

Who LiveWatch is Better For:

  • Users looking for DIY installation
  • Users seeking a shorter-term monitoring contract
  • Users wanting reliable battery life

Full Livewatch Review

Who AlarmForce is Better For:

  • Users needing professional installation
  • Users looking to commit to long-term monitoring contract
  • Users who don’t mind potential low battery life

Full AlarmForce Review

Both Livewatch and AlarmForce offer home security options to meet your needs. Those requiring professional installation and looking for a long-term monitoring contract should opt for AlarmForce if living within applicable areas. Those hoping for DIY installation and a more flexible monitoring contract will likely prefer LiveWatch.

Livewatch is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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