AlarmForce and Monitronics both offer strong security offerings with some overlap in features. Both provide professional installation, a 36-month monitoring contract, available home automation options, and medical alert offerings.
AlarmForce is a Canadian company notably only available in five states, three in the South and two in the Midwest, so is only an option if you live in applicable areas. The company has also received complaints about battery life issues. Monitronics plans can vary depending on local dealers.
- Professional Installation
- 36-month monitoring contract
- Available home automation capabilities
- Available medical alert offerings
- AlarmForce has limited geographical availability.
- AlarmForce has poor battery life complaints.
- Monitronics has reported local variance in offerings.
- AlarmForce uses proprietary equipment. Monitronics uses mainly GE or Honeywell.
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Packages, Equipment and Pricing
Monitronics offers three packages advertised as ranging in cost from $35-$55 with activation fees ranging from $99-$149. Monitronics has a well-regarded centralized monitoring system, but uses local dealers for installation, leading to varying on-the-ground user experiences. Local dealers also have final control over activation costs and contract terms. This means specials and coupons can potentially lower a system’s cost. But overall, local variation makes Monitronics pricing unpredictable. Most equipment is Honeywell or GE. Medical alert packages are also available.
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.
Both AlarmForce and Monitronics offer the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.
Monitronics and AlarmForce both have some available mobile management options.
Monitronics has remote smartphone control capabilities, but only text and email notifications and remote arm/disarm are free. Additional remote features are available at extra cost.
AlarmForce has mobile management available with certain select package and pricing options.
Both Monitronics and AlarmForce offer only professional installation.
AlarmForce has professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most barebones package offering has free installation, and the installation fee for the most expensive package is $179.
Monitronics offers professional installation done by local dealers. The customer service experience varies by location and is therefore less reliable. Installation is free but users will likely pay significant activation fees.
Both Monitronics and AlarmForce have available home automation options.
AlarmForce is reported to have poor battery life. Most sensor batteries on the market have about a five-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for more frequent battery replacement.
Who Monitronics is Better For:
- Users prioritizing equipment options
- Users living outside AlarmForce-applicable areas
- Users who don’t mind local variance in offerings
Who AlarmForce is Better For:
- Users looking for a no-frills system
- Users within applicable geographical areas
- Users fine with potential battery life issues
Users can find suitable security options with both Monitronics and AlarmForce. Those looking for a no-frills system with professional installation and a 36-month contract will likely be happy with AlarmForce, though should note potential battery issues. Those looking for similar features but with more name-brand equipment choices will likely prefer Monitronics, but should note potential local variance in offerings.
Monitronics is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.
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