Brinks Home Security Systems

Brinks Packaging and Pricing

  • 150+ years in security industry
  • Wireless systems with 24/7 monitoring
  • Advanced home automation features

Meet Brinks, a security company that serves over a million customers, making it one of the largest home security providers in the country. Brinks is a more traditional company than some recent disrupters we’ve seen; they offer DIY or professional installation and a few package options for different homes and budgets. We know that the average loss from a home invasion is $2,4161, so getting a home security system is definitely a smart thing to do, financially, if not for safety alone, but is Brinks worth it? Read on to find out.

The Best of Brinks

Before we throw a bunch of numbers into your face, here are our experts’ favorite things about the Brinks home security system:

  • DIY or professional installation: Whether you do it yourself with over-the-phone support or Brinks installs it for free, you shouldn’t get too stressed about installing your Brinks security system.
  • Integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant: With Alarm.com, you can control your Brinks devices hands-free.
  • 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup: All Brinks systems come with 24/7 protection even in a power outage.
  • User-friendly app: The Alarm.com app works well on iPhones and Androids alike.
Our Brinks Home Security sign that came with our system

Pricing

With Brinks, the first thing you’ll do is select a package, which dictates your capabilities as well as your system components and monthly fees. As you can see, they have a pretty nice range of prices, from around $200 to $1,100, and monthly fees will either be $39 a month, or $29 a month if you go with Nest Secure, Google’s security system that comes with monitoring from Binks. All contracts are three years long, unless you go with Nest in which case it’s month-to-month.

FeaturesNest SecureSmart Security EssentialSmart Security CompleteSmart Security Ultimate
24/7 Professional Monitoring
Cellular Backup
Tamper Protection
Smartphone Control
Home Automation
Google Assistant and Alexa Integration
LiveVoice Assistx
Live Video Streamingxx
Cloud Video Storagexx
Free Professional Installationxxx
ComponentsNest Guard, 2 Nest Detect Sensors, 2 Nest Tags, Yard Sign and StickersIQ 2.0 Control Panel, Motion Sensor, 2 Door Sensors, Yard Sign and StickersIQ 2.0 Control panel, 2 Motion Sensors, Indoor Camera, Door Sensors, Yard Sign and StickersBrinks Home Control Panel, Skybell Slim Line Video Doorbell, 2 Motion Sensors, 3 Door Sensors, Outdoor Camera, Yard Sign, Stickers
Total Cost of Equipment$399$199$349$1,099
Monthly Cost of Equipment$11.08n/an/a$31
Monthly Monitoring Service Fee$29$39$39$39

Let’s talk a bit more about exactly what the above terms mean:

  • 24/7 professional monitoring: This means that in addition to receiving mobile notifications if any of your alarms go off, a team of people will also be notified and can verify the emergency, contacting the proper services if you’re not responsive. All Brinks systems come with 24/7 professional monitoring, so there’s no way to get out of paying monthly fees.
  • Cellular backup: Cellular backup ensures that your Brinks security system will stay on even if the power goes off so you can continue to use your app and connect with the monitoring center.
  • Tamper protection: If someone tries to mess with the control panel, the monitoring team will be alerted immediately.
  • Smartphone control: With any package, you’ll be able to control your security system remotely through the Alarm.com app.
  • Home automation: We were able to trigger our Brinks system with some third-party products, such as having the lights dim when the security system is armed (more on smart home integrations later).
  • Google Assistant and Alexa integration: Again, we’ll touch on this more in the next section, but we could use Google Assistant and Alexa to command our Brinks devices completely hands-free.
  • LiveVoice Assist: In the event of an emergency, users can speak to the monitoring team through the Home Touch Control Panel rather than having to make a phone call, making for faster help.
  • Live Video Streaming: Only the Smart Security Ultimate plan gives you the ability to see your footage anywhere from the Alarm.com app.
  • Cloud Video Storage: You’ll store your footage on Alarm.com, 1,000 clips to be exact.
  • Free Professional Installation: Again, only the top-tier plan gives you free professional installation, a rarity in the home security market.

Now, if you purchased Nest Secure or the Smart Security Ultimate package, you’ll pay nothing upfront. That’s right, the big 0. Instead, you’ll pay monthly for your equipment, just $11.08 a month for Nest and $31 for Brinks. This is a great option if you want really great home security for a small monthly fee.

FYI: Don’t want to pay anything upfront? Buy Nest Secure or the Home Security Ultimate Package and pay monthly instead.

Product CategoryName of ComponentPrice
Security CamerasIndoor Camera$199
Security CamerasOutdoor Camera$249
Security CamerasSkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell$199
Security Devices Compatible with IQ PanelGlass Break Detector$79
Security Devices Compatible with IQ PanelKeychain Remote$29
Security Devices Compatible with IQ PanelGarage Door Tilt Sensor$39
Security Devices Compatible with XT PanelGE Simon Keypad$112
Security Devices Compatible with XT PanelGE Talking Touchscreen keypad$160
Security Devices Compatible with XT PanelCellular Communicator$200
Environmental Monitoring Compatible with IQ PanelIQ Smoke Detector$89
Environmental Monitoring Compatible with IQ PanelFireFighter$99
Environmental Monitoring Compatible with IQ PanelIQ Carbon Monoxide Detector$79
Environmental Monitoring Compatible with IQ PanelIQ Flood Detector$49
Environmental Monitoring Compatible with XTGE Security Water/ Flood Sensor$49
Environmental Monitoring Compatible with XTFreeze Sensor$49
Home Automation DevicesGE Z-Wave Light and Appliance Module$79
Home Automation DevicesGE Z-Wave In-Wall Dimmer$59
Home Automation DevicesSmart Switch$79
Home Automation DevicesGE Z-Wave Outdoor Module$59
Home Automation DevicesGE Z-Wave Wall Receptacle$59

Once you’ve selected your package, Brinks offers some add-on equipment including cameras, more security devices, environmental monitors and other home automation products.

Smart Home Integrations

Brinks works with Google Assistant2 and Alexa, so we were excited to see how we could control our security system with our voice assistant. However, Brinks doesn’t technically have its own Google Assistant action or skill; rather you’ll use the Alarm.com action or skill to control your Brinks devices, which is really extensive. Using our voices alone, we could have Google Assistant or Alexa arm our system and control smart lights, thermostats, locks and garage door controllers. We could also ask if our security system was armed, which is good because we tend to have a short attention span at times. Now, whether you have an Echo Show display, Fire TV, a Nest Hub or Chromecast, you’ll be able to livestream footage or view video storage on your screen, although you can’t command it to happen with your voice only. Brinks even works with Apple TV!

Control through your Brinks Home Security panel or through smart home actions

With Alexa only, we were also able to disarm our security system and run scenes, collections of connected devices that can be controlled at once. Although the Alexa skill is a bit more comprehensive than the Google Assistant, we were satisfied with how Brinks works with both voice assistants.

Tip: TIP: If you want to be able to disarm your system with your voice, use Alexa instead of Google Assistant.

Now, if you’re new to the smart home game, you may not be aware of what exactly these smart devices do. Brinks has a few home automation products that integrate perfectly with their system, such as:

  • GE Z-Wave Light and Appliance Module or GE Z-Wave Wall Receptacle (XT-compatible): Basically, these devices work with Z-Wave smart lighting and appliances, allowing you to automate actions from your Brinks devices to your Z-wave third-party devices.
  • GE Z-Wave In-Wall Dimmer: Dim the lights by a specific percentage using your voice, as long as your smart bulbs are Z-Wave.
  • Smart Switch: Got any existing lamp you’d like to make “smart”? Just plug it in using the Smart Switch and you’ll be able to turn it off and on using Google Assistant.
  • GE Z-Wave Outdoor Module: If you have any smart lighting or appliances outside that you’d like to integrate into your smart home ecosystem, this is the device to do it.

Although Brinks doesn’t sell many connected devices aside from home security systems and cameras and some environmental monitors, they do work with devices that will help integrate other IoT3 devices and regular old products. Overall, we’re satisfied with how Brinks works with the smart home, particularly its Google and Amazon integrations.

Comparisons

It’s fairest to compare Brinks to the more traditional security companies out there like ADT. While ADT charges anywhere from $40 to $60 a month for monitoring, Brinks charges a flat $39 a month rate, making it slightly more affordable. Of course, there are newer companies like Abode that charge an insanely low $8.33 a month for 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup, so if you’re looking for the lowest rates around, Brinks might not be your best option. However, these newer companies don’t have the time-earned reputation that Brinks has, so that’s something to keep in mind as well.

When it comes to equipment, Brinks’ pricing is average if not a tad more than the industry standard. For example, their indoor camera casts $199, about twice as much as the average, although the outdoor camera and video doorbell are definitely at average price points. But with packages ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to just over a thousand dollars, Brinks gives you a lot of flexibility, even allowing you to pay monthly for your Nest Secure or Ultimate system.

Brinks Home Security setup Instructions we Received

Recap/ Overall Value

Ultimately, Brinks shows a ton of value when it comes to smart home security. From the quality of their devices to their smart platform integrations to their affordable packages, Brinks has something for everybody. Although they may not have the lowest monthly fees, with over 160 years in business4, Brinks has a reputation newer security companies can only dream of, and it’s no surprise why they’ve been in business for so long. However, it might not be the best choice if you’re on a super-tight budget or if you want to avoid a long-term contract. For most homeowners, though, Brinks gives you a good chance to lock in a rate for years to come.

Citations
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