The Best Garage Security Systems

When buying a home security system, don’t forget to consider the garage, especially if you use it to store valuables.

By
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Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Aug 16, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Aug 16, 2021
Ring System
Our Top Picks

Best Garage Security System Overall

Vivint

Editor's Rating
9.4
/10
Vivint Home Security Equipment
Editor's Rating
9.4
/10
Vivint’s smart garage door controller gave us remote monitoring with alerts when we left the door open, as well as the ability to close the door using the Vivint app.

Best Garage Security System With myQ Integration

Ring Alarm Security Kit

Editor's Rating
7.7
/10
Ring Alarm (2nd Gen)
Editor's Rating
7.7
/10
Ring Alarm partnered with myQ so we could operate our Chamberlain and LiftMaster doors. In addition, the Ring app includes Quick 1Controls,[/citation[ an intuitive feature for controlling our garage doors no matter where we were.

When picking out the right home security system, the one part of your home that is often overlooked is the garage. Unless you’re Fonzie, you probably don’t live in a garage, so you may not see it as part of your home.

However, most garages offer direct access to homes. In fact, many suburban families use them as their main entryways. If you start thinking of your garage as the true front door to your home, you can do a better job of picking the best home security system to protect your garage.

Best Garage Security Systems Summary

MyQ integration 3 of 4
DIY installation 3 of 4
Free self-monitoring 3 of 4
Available monthly contracts 3 of 4

Comparison of the Best Garage Security Systems

System
Vivint
Vivint Home Security Equipment
Ring Alarm Security Kit
Ring Alarm (2nd Gen)
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe Home Security System
Reolink
ReoLink GO Solar Powered Camera
Ranking 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Ratings 9.4/10 7.7/10 9.8/10 7.7/10
Installation type Professional DIY DIY or professional DIY
Smart platform integrations Alexa, Google Assistant Alexa, Google Assistant Alexa, Google Assistant Alexa, Google Assistant
Equipment costs $700 - $1,800 $200 - $350 $230 - $490 $400 - $530
Monitoring costs per month $15 - $40 $10 $15 - $25 N/A
Contract lengths Month-to-month or 42 or 60 months Month-to-month or 12 months Month-to-month N/A
Free self-monitoring available No Yes Yes Yes
Read Review Vivint Review Ring Alarm Security Kit Review SimpliSafe Review Reolink Review

Summary of the Best Garage Security Systems

  • Vivint - Best Garage Security System Overall
  • Ring Alarm - Best Garage Security System With Garage Door Controller
  • SimpliSafe - Best Wireless Garage Security System
  • Reolink - Best No WiFi Garage Security System

Detailed List of the Best Garage Security Systems

  • 1. Vivint - Best Garage Security System Overall

    Editor's Rating
    9.4
    /10
    Vivint Home Security Equipment
    844-922-0575 View Packages
    What We Liked
    • Smart controller
    • Car Guard, Vivint’s car alert and GPS tracking system
    • Vivint app’s compatibility with myQ
    • Free professional installation
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Relatively expensive monitoring costs
    • No free self-monitoring-only option
    • Moving requires a fee
    • Long-term contract required

    Smart Controller

    Vivint’s smart garage door opener gave us just about everything we look for in a handy remote controller. We were able to open and close the garage door from anywhere. When we were absent-minded and left the door open, we got notifications about it.
    The smart controller even had an option that let us stop unauthorized entry. When we got garage alarms that the door was opening when it shouldn’t, we alerted the police with the touch of a button.2

    Best of all, the smart controller integrated seamlessly into our Vivint smart home ecosystem. It even responded to Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands to open or close the garage. We kept our opener in the car so that we had access to it when we were driving, and we used the Vivint app when we were on foot.

    Vivint Smart Hub
    Vivint Smart Hub

    Car Guard

    Car Guard is a great piece of Vivint tech that allowed us to keep track of our vehicle, get data on our driving habits, and even diagnose potential maintenance problems. Of course, Car Guard also alerted us whenever anyone tried to tamper with our car.

    We installed the program into the onboard diagnostics port of our vehicle and got it up and running in less than half an hour. From then on, it sent tons of useful information to our Vivint app, including our maximum speed, our idling time, and our fuel efficiency. One of our sisters used it to track her teenager’s driving habits and learned just how many times she accelerated too quickly each day.

    Car Guard costs $10 per month for the first vehicle and $5 per month for each vehicle after that.

    Top-Tier Professional Monitoring

    We always advocate for professional monitoring. We want the peace of mind of knowing that someone is keeping an eye on our home 24/7. That includes our garage.

    One reason we regard Vivint so highly is that its professional monitoring service is one of the best in the business. We were told we’d get cellular backup with whatever plan we chose, which meant our system would work even when the Wi-Fi went down.

    The Vivint monitoring team was always ready to contact us and emergency services if anything went wrong. When our motion detectors went off while we were visiting friends in Connecticut, for example, the service provided us with continual updates until the crisis was resolved.

    Vivint doesn’t advertise its monthly plans because costs are based on the equipment that you buy. Generally, though, Vivint prices for monitoring range between $15 and $40 per month. In addition, the company charges $5 per month per camera.

  • 2. Ring Alarm - Best Garage Security System With Garage Door Controller

    Editor's Rating
    7.7
    /10
    Ring Alarm (2nd Gen)
    What We Liked
    • Professional monitoring for just $10 per month
    • Monthly contracts
    • Alexa and Google Assistant integration
    • Simple DIY setup
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Past security breaches
    • Wi-Fi connectivity issues
    • Cameras with person detection are expensive
    • Poor customer service

    MyQ Compatibility

    Ring Alarm works directly with myQ. MyQ is a smart home protocol built into smart Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage doors. It’s also sold as a separate device hook up to older Chamberlain or LiftMaster garage doors. MyQ has its own control app to control the garage door lift mechanism, and it informs users when the door is open or closed.

    The program was easy to install and use, and the Ring app feature Quick Controls gave us peace of mind. Quick Controls is a simplified version of the app’s home screen, with just three tabs: Device Controls, Locks, and Garage.

    All we had to do was glance at the app to find out our current garage status at all times. We didn’t have to search for the controls either. One touch of a button, and we opened the door. Honey, we’re home!

    Alexa and Google Assistant Integration

    A garage door is the sort of thing we want to operate hands-free. So while it might seem like a minor perk, we were ecstatic when we found out that we could use Alexa and Google Assistant to operate our Ring Alarm system.

    We got notices when we left the garage open, and because we had voice control, we could close the door using our Alexa app, even while we were driving on the interstate. Normally, we either have to wait for an exit and pull off the road or fumble with our phones and risk accidents. Voice command functionality for Ring Alarm meant we responded to our alerts immediately and safely.

    In addition to its smart platform integration, Ring has also begun introducing its own line of smart devices, many of which are focused on cars. The Ring Car Alarm alerts owners about events like break-ins or tow-aways. It also provides videos of those events, which could be super useful when we need to find our car.

    Ring Alarm Keypad (2nd Gen)
    Ring Alarm Keypad (2nd Gen)

    Affordable and Flexible Professional Monitoring

    Even better than being able to control our garage door with our voices is letting someone else worry about it for us.

    One of the great things about professional monitoring is that someone responds to a break-in even if we’re getting our teeth cleaned.

    Ring prices its professional monitoring at just $10 per month, one of the lowest prices in the industry. For example, compare Ring Alarm to SimpliSafe, another system that features low-cost monitoring. While SimpliSafe’s price is certainly affordable at $15 per month, that’s still $5 more than Ring.

    Like SimpliSafe, Ring doesn’t require long-term contracts, although there is a discounted annual option. That meant that when we decided to go to the beach for a couple of weeks in July, we could purchase one month of monitoring and not break the bank.

    Pro Tip: If you self-monitor, consider signing up for professional monitoring to secure your home when you’re on vacation. If you use a system with month-to-month subscriptions, you can sign up for the month when you’ll be away and unsubscribe when you return. And wherever you may be heading, protect yourself while you’re away with a vacation home security system.

  • 3. SimpliSafe - Best Wireless Garage Security System

    Editor's Rating
    9.8
    /10
    SimpliSafe Home Security System
    What We Liked
    • Alexa and Google Assistant integration
    • Monthly contracts
    • Affordable monitoring plans
    • Easy DIY installation
    What We Didn’t Like
    • No free storage options
    • No myQ integration
    • Outdoor security camera requires a kit
    • Person detection is only available with the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

    Affordable Equipment

    SimpliSafe offers affordable equipment. How affordable?

    Its lowest-priced package, The Foundation, is just $137. That system came with a keypad, a motion sensor, and an entry sensor, just the components we needed to cover our garage. Compare that to other top-rated systems like Brinks; Brinks’ price for its cheapest package is $200, more than $60 more than SimpliSafe.

    SimpliSafe Equipment

    Base station $115 (included free in packages)
    Entry sensor $15
    Motion sensor $30
    Glass-breakage sensor $35
    Freeze sensor $30
    Keypad $70 (included free in packages)
    Key fob $25
    Panic button $20
    SimpliCam $99
    105-decibel siren $60
    Smoke detector $30
    Water sensor $20

    DIY Installation

    Security systems are a necessary part of any safe home, but we recognize that home security can be costly to purchase and operate. That’s why we always appreciate companies that let us install systems ourselves.

    We found the SimpliSafe system to be among the easiest DIY home security systems we have ever installed. Sensors were peel and stick, so they were as simple to install as putting a sticker on a door or window.

    Plus, SimpliSafe’s indoor camera, the SimpliCam, is wireless, so all we had to do was plug it into a power outlet and set it on a workbench in the garage. SimpliSafe doesn’t sell a garage door sensor, so we needed a few tools and a little time to rig a door sensor to do this job. On the plus side, though, because the entire system was DIY, we had no trouble moving it ourselves when we decided to move to a new apartment.

    SimpliSafe No Contract
    SimpliSafe No Contract

    Smart Home Integrations

    We love great smart home devices. There’s something cool about setting our smart lights to come on when we open our garage door at the end of a long day. SimpliSafe works well with both Alexa and Google Assistant, so when we were loaded down with bags of groceries, we were able to tell the system to close the garage door.

    In addition, SimpliSafe integrates with other smart devices, like Nest thermostats and August smart locks. That meant that not only could we set our lights to turn on when we got home, but during frosty winter evenings, we could also set the heat in our garage to turn on. We never had to deal with the cold, but we saved money because we didn’t have to leave the heat on all day.

Methodology

When searching for the best garage security systems, we considered several factors, such as how well they worked outdoors, garage door compatibility, and costs. While this list is in no way comprehensive, it gave us a general overview of what to consider when deciding which garage security systems are the best.

Equipment

  • Wi-Fi vs. no Wi-Fi needed: With wireless components, we are primarily interested in connectivity. That’s a special concern with garages since sometimes they can be far from a router. We also appreciate solar-powered devices, like the Reolink Go Solar.
  • Camera features: We discuss camera features much more in-depth in our security camera guide, but for garage cameras in particular, we look for features like DIY installation, infrared night vision, and weather resistance.
  • Durability: We choose outdoor components because most garages go from hot and humid to freezing cold over the course of a year. We looked carefully at IP ratings, which describe the conditions the cameras can withstand. We want cameras to have a rating of at least IP 65, which means they are dust-tight and can withstand water projected from a nozzle.

Installation

Both DIY and professionally installed security systems have advantages and disadvantages. Overall, we recommend DIY installation for those who want to save some money and don’t mind spending a bit of time setting up a system. For those willing to spend money in exchange for convenience, we recommend professionally installed home security systems.

Monitoring

We are most interested in whether systems offer personal remote monitoring or 24/7 professional monitoring. With professional monitoring, not only do we have full access to the features of a system, but we also have a team of people available at all hours to respond to garage notifications we don’t respond to.

We recommend getting professional monitoring, although it normally requires a monthly or yearly fee. We do recognize, though, that some of you are looking for robust self-monitored security systems, so we consider whether systems include features like free alerts.

We also prefer security systems with no contracts. Of course, signing up for a contract means a locked-in rate. In addition, some companies allow you to finance your equipment, and that means contracts. Certainly, long-term contracts may be a good choice for anyone who wants to pay for a security system over time.

Smart Home Integrations

We look specifically for security systems that work with Alexa and security systems that work with Google Assistant. We prefer security systems that allow for hands-free voice commands so that we can close the garage door remotely, even while driving.

Costs

Buying a home security system usually involves three major costs:

  • Equipment costs: Depending on the home size or amount of security you want, effective home security can get pricey. Luckily, most companies offer scalable solutions, such as security systems that fit apartments and security systems that fit large homes. Scalability is crucial, especially when it comes to garages. The pieces you want for garage security might be wholly different from what you want for the rest of the house.
  • Installation cost: Most systems we tested do not charge an installation fee. The majority of systems offer DIY installation that doesn’t require drilling or hardwiring. However, some companies like Vivint require professional installation. Typically, prices for professional installation start around $80 to $100. That’s why we made sure to include a good DIY option in our final four.
  • Monthly costs: While some systems don’t have any monthly fees, others require paid subscriptions for 24/7 professional monitoring, cellular backup, and/or storage. Professional monitoring can run anywhere from $10 to $60 per month.

We like companies that offer monthly contracts, though longer contracts sometimes come with price breaks. We suggest that anyone not looking to pay any costs aside from equipment self-monitor their system. Different companies include different self-monitoring features, like livestreaming and motion-activated notifications, but those are often tied to monthly fees, so keep that in mind.

Mobile App

When looking at the mobile apps available with each garage security system, we want to livestream footage easily and control the system remotely. That control should cover the smart garage door when possible. Also, we make sure we get notifications for any security alarm and unexpected entry. Finally, we check to see if the apps are highly rated in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Recap

Your garage needs just as much security as your home, sometimes more. After all, that’s where you might keep your car, a pretty big investment to leave sitting around. Hopefully, this list has given you some good ideas about how you can make sure your garage is secure. Because protecting your home from invasions means taking your entire home into account.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I put an alarm in my garage?

    Yes, you can put an alarm on your garage and trigger the alarm with entry sensors, glass-breakage sensors, or motion sensors for general motion detection. That way, when you’re not home, you can alert your neighbors that someone is trying to break in, or check in on your cameras to check for false alarms.

  • What is the best garage security system?

    We recommend Vivint as the best garage security system, thanks to its forward-thinking smart garage door controller and Car Guard options. Other great systems for garages include Ring Alarm, SimpliSafe, and Reolink.

  • How can I make my garage more secure?

    To make your garage more secure, you should do the following:

    1. Install motion-activated floodlights.
    2. Clear your property of plant growth, as it can provide cover for potential burglars.
    3. Make sure your valuable items aren’t visible from the window.
    4. Keep your garage door opener with you, not clipped to the visor of your car.
    5. Get a garage shield so someone outside can’t pull the emergency release cord.
    6. Get a reinforced strike plate for your service door.
    7. Close the garage door.
  • Can you lock a garage door with myQ?

    Yes, you can lock a garage door with myQ. You can unlock your door as well, in case you need to let someone in. MyQ offers several advanced security features, including automatic garage door locking and unlocking. You will want to make sure your particular lock is compatible with MyQ, which works with both Chamberlain and LiftMaster locks.

Citations
  1. Ring. (2021). Understanding Quick Controls.
    support.ring.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052519012-Understanding-Quick-Controls

  2. Vivint. (2021). Control your garage door from anywhere.
    vivint.com/products/garage-door-control