Best Business Security Systems of 2024

  • Type of Security Solution

    ADT used to offer all its business security solutions under one roof, ADT Commercial, but it has been divided into two separate operations. ADT’s business security for small businesses remains under ADT, but its commercial offering is now called Everon and is under the management of the Chicago-based company GTCR.1

    Everon offers a broader range of products and services. For example, it offers physical security and cybersecurity solutions. It also offers live video monitoring, security guard response, managed access control, and so much more. If your organization consists of multiple branches, we strongly suggest going straight to Everon to find out which options are available.

    As for the ADT managed business security solution, it’s best suited for small and medium-sized businesses. It doesn’t offer as many features as Everon, but compared to SimpliSafe (#2 on this list), ADT’s protection is far more advanced. We saw additional features we didn’t see from SimpliSafe, like continuous video recording and automated access control.

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    Closeup of the ADT Outdoor Camera

    Cost

    It’s no secret that ADT is not the most affordable home security system, but you’ll find that ADT’s pricing is fair enough for a small business. In fact, we found ADT’s pricing for small businesses to be just a tad higher than their home security prices. That’s not always the case for companies that offer home and business security solutions.

    So how much exactly does an ADT business security cost? Well, it all depends on your final equipment, but when we inquired about a basic business solution, ADT quoted us $500 to $700 for the equipment and about $60 per month for monitoring. That’s a competitive price, considering that a similar package from Vivint can cost upwards of $800.

    How to Set Up

    Even with its home security systems, ADT likes things personalized. That means they’ll create a security solution tailored to your needs – no standard equipment packages for businesses.

    In our experience, it all starts with a consultation with an ADT Security Specialist. It is free and it comes with no obligations, but you might have to set aside time for an in-person assessment. When we called for a quote, an ADT Security Specialist named Sharon visited our office, scouted the area, and pitched a 30-minute presentation. After that, she left us with a list of equipment we might need.

    Even though there was a presentation, we liked that ADT let us take the driver’s seat. We got to decide which components to get and which ones to skip. There was a little push back when we said we didn’t want automated access controls, but ultimately, we got to decide for ourselves.

    After that, we finalized the order and signed an agreement. Professional installation came after. Just note that the professional installation service isn’t free. The fee was included in our final bill. It’s all worth it though, because ADT provides a white-glove service from start to finish.

    >> Learn More: The Best Professionally Installed Security Systems

    What We Like
    • Personalized solutions for each business
    • Free professional consultation
    • High-quality installation and monitoring service
    • Company has a great reputation with over 100 years of experience
    What We Don’t Like
    • May be more expensive than other options
    • Requires a contract
    • Can’t be self-monitored
    • Lack of pricing transparency online

    ADT Equipment

    If you own a large business, we advise you to get in touch with Everon (ADT Commercial). This page won’t be enough to cover the entire scope of what it offers. If you’re running a small- to medium-size business, though, we can give you a quick overview of ADT’s equipment.

    Much like its home security systems, ADT’s business security systems are built on security and safety sensors: entry sensors (aka door sensors), motion sensors, glass-break sensors, smoke alarms, and more.

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    ADT Security Smoke Detector

    Security cameras are also an option. Just note that you’ll likely be getting ADT cameras, not the Google Nest Cams we got when we tested ADT home security cameras. That probably has something to do with video storage. ADT cameras can record on-site via a DVR for 24/7 video surveillance. Nest Cams record to the cloud and only when its sensors are triggered.

    Continuous video recording (CVR) is preferable for businesses, but just know that ADT’s cameras aren’t the best out there. We weren’t satisfied with their video quality and their lack of smart detection features (person detection, vehicle detection, facial recognition, etc.). If you want excellent security and nothing else, we suggest taking a look at our #5 pick, Lorex. They have high-quality, intelligent security cameras that can record on-site 24/7.

    ADT Monitoring Options

    Professional monitoring comes standard with ADT, both for residential and business accounts. It’s actually one of ADT’s strongest points. Its network of monitoring facilities leaves little room for error. It has nine monitoring facilities around the United States, and each building is equipped with backup generators, servers, and communication lines to make sure they can run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    ADT has been in business for well over 100 years — longer than any other security company in the market.2  It uses its experience and knowledge to provide businesses and homes the security they deserve.

  • 2. SimpliSafe – Affordable Business Security Solution

    Product Specs

    Equipment Costs Packages starting at $280
    Monitoring Options Professional and DIY
    Monthly Monitoring Costs $19.99 per month
    Contract Lengths Month-to-month
    Installation Options DIY or professional
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home

    Type of Security Solution

    SimpliSafe started out as a home security system for renters with its DIY approach, optional professional monitoring, and wireless equipment. It has since evolved; it can even protect businesses now. But just note that SimpliSafe’s business solutions aren’t as comprehensive as ADT. It’s great for a small shop, but inadequate for a sprawling commercial space.

    SimpliSafe’s business solutions actually include the same components as their home security systems. That’s both good and bad. It’s good because we know that SimpliSafe is scalable. The base station can handle up to 100 sensors, so the size of the property is no problem. It’s the features that are lacking. SimpliSafe cameras don’t offer continuous recording; there are no options for access control; and the security sensors don’t go much beyond motion, entry, and glass break detection. Again, SimpliSafe is for small businesses.

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    SimpliSafe Equipment

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    Cost

    Because it doesn’t offer as many features and options as ADT, SimpliSafe is much more affordable. We were able to buy a SimpliSafe home security system starting at $250 (hub and keypad, one motion sensor, one entry sensor). For businesses, the most basic package is slightly more expensive at $280, but it includes more pieces of equipment. The Business Essentials package comes with a hub and keypad, three entry sensors, and one motion sensor. It’s similar to and costs the same as the Beacon package for homes.

    Professional monitoring is also optional with SimpliSafe. You can use it as a no-monthly-fee security system, but we highly recommend professional monitoring because it’s affordable and includes much-needed features such as video verification (which speeds up police response)3, cloud video storage, and Live Guard. We’ll discuss all these later on, but you can get those features for $29.99 per month.

    How to Set Up

    As a DIY system, you can buy SimpliSafe equipment online and install it yourself. You won’t have to go through a lengthy consultation or sit through a demonstration by a sales representative. You’re completely in the driver’s seat.

    The same is true when it comes to monitoring. Professional monitoring is not required. You can monitor your business all on your own with the help of SimpliSafe sensors and cameras.

    In our experience, SimpliSafe is easy to install. It took less than 30 minutes from unboxing to system test the last time we installed one, and that included the installation of SimpliSafe security cameras.

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    What We Like
    • Affordable equipment and monitoring
    • Video verification feature
    • User-friendly buying and setup process
    • Professional monitoring is optional, but highly recommended
    What We Don’t Like
    • Limited security camera options
    • Recordings are stored in the cloud only
    • No option for 24/7 continuous video recording
    • Not for large businesses

    SimpliSafe Equipment

    SimpliSafe doesn’t offer as many types of equipment as ADT, but it has everything a business needs for basic protection. It has motion sensors, door and window sensors, and glass-break sensors for detecting intrusion, security cameras for video monitoring, and emergency buttons as a way to get help quickly. It can also monitor for fire and other safety emergencies. If you’re looking for a shortcut, SimpliSafe has ready-made packages for businesses.

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    SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera

    The recently released Smart Alarm indoor camera is particularly useful to businesses. When paired with the Fast Protect monitoring plan ($29.99), alerts from the camera go straight to SimpliSafe’s monitoring center for live guard response. An agent from SimpliSafe will be able to see, talk to, and possibly deter a would-be burglar.

    The downside of SimpliSafe is that it’s not as customizable as ADT. The DIY aspect gives you certain freedoms to choose your own equipment and style of monitoring, but it’s primarily a home security system. You can customize it for a small shop, restaurant, or warehouse, but it will be hard to manage, for example, if your business requires employees to come in at different hours.

    SimpliSafe Monitoring

    For monitoring, SimpliSafe offers three options: a no-monthly-fee self-monitoring option where you’ll do all the work, a standard professional monitoring option ($19.99 per month), and a premium professional monitoring option called Fast Protect ($29.99 per month). We recommend the last one.

    Fast Protect comes with a lot of premium features, such as Live Guard. It also offers video verification for all other SimpliSafe cameras, such as the SimpliCam indoor camera we tested or the SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera Pro. With video verification, monitoring agents will be able to access your video feeds and recordings to see what went down. They will then relay it to emergency responders (police, fire, etc.) to possibly speed up alarm response. Unlike the Live Guard feature, though, they won’t be able to use two-way audio to speak through the cameras’ speakers.

    Aside from that, Fast Protect includes access to the SimpliSafe app, cloud video storage for up to 10 cameras, and integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant. That $29.99 monthly fee, by the way, is the same amount they charge residential customers.

  • 3. Vivint – High-End Security for Small and Large Businesses

    Product Specs

    Equipment costs Starting at $449
    Monitoring options Professional
    Monthly monitoring costs $40 per month
    Contract lengths Starting at 42 months
    Installation options Professional
    Smart platform integration Alexa and Google Home

    Type of Security Solution

    Vivint’s style is similar to ADT. It offers customizable business security solutions that can work both for small and large businesses. Vivint uses mostly the same equipment for business and home security, but that’s not really an issue because we tested Vivint ourselves and we recognized its potential for commercial security. Its equipment is higher quality than most security systems we’ve tested. The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro alone can be a powerful tool for monitoring and keeping a commercial property safe with its advanced threat detection that uses artificial intelligence.

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    Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

    >> Learn More: Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro Review

    Cost

    Given the quality of Vivint’s products, however, expect to pay a higher fee for a Vivint security system. The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro mentioned above, for example, costs nearly $400 per unit. The typical price of an outdoor camera is somewhere in the $120 to $200 range. That’s how much difference there can be between Vivint and the industry’s typical pricing. Expect to pay around $800 to $1,000 for a Vivint system, but, again, it all depends on what equipment you ultimately decide on.

    Vivint is an excellent option if you’re looking for a high-end business security solution. Its cameras use artificial intelligence to improve alerts, so even if you don’t experience a break-in, Vivint can detect potential lurkers casing your business at night. That level of smart security is what Vivint customers pay for.

    How to Set Up

    Vivint means business. The company’s security solutions start with a professional assessment from a security expert and culminate with professional installation — all white-glove service from start to finish.

    When we had a Vivint system installed at home, a licensed technician did the job. He was well dressed and arrived on time, and he clearly knew the Vivint system inside and out. He gave us useful pointers, such as where to best place sensors and cameras, and he hung around after the installation to explain how the system worked. That’s all part of Vivint’s premium service.

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    What We Like
    • Advanced security camera features
    • Highly rated and user-friendly mobile apps
    • Integrates well with Alexa and Google Assistant
    • Great quality installation service
    What We Don’t Like
    • More expensive than most options
    • Long-term contracts
    • Lack of pricing transparency on the website
    • Professional monitoring and installation are mandatory

    Vivint Equipment

    Vivint business security systems consist of three types of equipment: security sensors, security cameras, and Car Guard.

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    Vivint Entry Doorway Sensor

    Vivint’s cameras are top of the line. The options are the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro and Indoor Camera Pro, which share many features. They use artificial intelligence to improve detection, and have clear 1080p HD video powered by a 4K image sensor, HDR, and clear two-way audio. They also each come with a microSD card slot for local storage, a rarity in security system cameras these days. They can also, of course, record to the cloud. They are some of the most expensive indoor and outdoor cameras you can buy, but their A.I. features could prove valuable when placed at your storefront.

    As for Car Guard, it’s a monitoring device that plugs into any modern vehicle’s OBD2 port. Consider getting Car Guard if your business uses transport vehicles, since it’s equipped with a GPS tracker, vehicle diagnostics, and disturbance detectors (e.g. dings while parked). It has a 4G/LTE connection, which it uses to generate alerts and inform users about the status of their vehicles.

    >> Related: What to Do If Your Car Is Broken Into

    Vivint Monitoring

    Vivint requires a professional monitoring plan to go along with its equipment, similar to ADT. And, much like ADT, Vivint doesn’t openly advertise its pricing for business security monitoring. For your reference, home security monitoring plans when we tested Vivint ranged from $40 to $50 per month. The more expensive plans included 30-day cloud video recording for up to four cameras, but recording for additional cameras cost extra. That’s one thing to keep in mind with Vivint: The more pieces of equipment you have, the more you’ll pay each month.

    As for the service itself, we were quite satisfied with Vivint’s home security monitoring and we don’t see any reason it wouldn’t be the same for businesses. It has fast response times (less than 30 seconds in our testing), the apps were nearly flawless, and we received premium customer support when we needed it.

    >> Related: Vivint FAQs

  • 4. Frontpoint – DIY Security for Small Businesses

    Product Specs

    Equipment Costs Starting at $99
    Monitoring Options Professional only
    Monthly Monitoring Costs Starting at $49.99
    Contract Lengths 1-36 months
    Installation Options DIY
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home

    Type of Security Solution

    Frontpoint is a favorite for protecting homes and small businesses with trustworthy security systems. The company has a reputation for friendly service, straightforward pricing, and dependable equipment. It can support business security, safety monitoring, and building automation with Z-Wave hubs and professional monitoring. Each Frontpoint system uses cellular communication and can have Wi-Fi backup.

    The system itself may remind you of ADT’s offerings, but one key difference is that Frontpoint is a DIY system. That’s why we nominate it for small businesses, but it’s not necessarily ideal if you’re monitoring a sprawling property. With DIY labor, you can guard a small business with Frontpoint in an hour or less.

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    Frontpoint Security System

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    Cost

    You’d be hard pressed to find a more affordable business security solution than Frontpoint. There’s SimpliSafe, of course, but with more equipment options, Frontpoint is more on the level of ADT and Vivint, but with more competitive pricing.

    We’ve tested Frontpoint only as a home security system, but since the business security system offers the same types of equipment, the pricing may not be too far off. Frontpoint pricing for home security systems starts at $129 for a basic kit and can range up to $419 if you include security cameras and smart home equipment. That’s way cheaper than the quotes we got from ADT and Vivint.

    How to Set Up

    Unlike Frontpoint’s home security systems, you can’t just buy a business security system. It takes a similar approach to ADT, wherein you have to speak to an expert to get a quote. The difference is that you’ll be doing the installation yourself, but Frontpoint provides helpful guides in the form of videos and articles.

    Frontpoint’s customer service is among the best in the industry. When we tested the system, we called in and got through to its support line at 8 p.m. Not a lot of alarm companies offer support past normal business hours, so props to Frontpoint for that.

    As for the actual installation process, it was super simple. The system was 100 percent wireless, so all we had to do was set up and connect all the components. It took less than an hour to set up everything.

    What We Like
    • Affordable equipment
    • Straightforward monitoring plans with universal pricing
    • Easy DIY installation
    • Stellar customer support
    What We Don’t Like
    • No option for self-monitoring
    • Monitoring is expensive if your system has only basic components
    • Security cameras don’t record continuously
    • Not for bigger businesses

    Frontpoint Equipment

    Frontpoint’s equipment is pretty standard. It has security sensors such as door and motion sensors, safety sensors such as smoke alarms, security cameras, and even automation devices such as smart locks and thermostats if you ever need them for your business.

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    Frontpoint Indoor Camera

    We’d like to highlight Frontpoint’s resilience to unforeseen circumstances, which is necessary for 24/7 protection. For starters, the system uses Wi-Fi to send alerts. In case Wi-Fi is unavailable — if an employee accidentally turns it off at closing time, for example — Frontpoint can switch over to cellular networks. The cellular chip is built in and there’s no additional charge for it. Frontpoint is actually one of the top cellular security systems.

    Frontpoint’s main hub also features a 24-hour battery backup so it can work during power outages, plus it has crash-and-smash protection that can thwart burglars who try to deactivate the system forcibly. We only see the latter feature in a handful of top home security options, such as SimpliSafe.

    Frontpoint Monitoring

    Professional monitoring costs $49.99 per month. Since there’s only one plan, you get all the features Frontpoint has to offer, depending on your choice of equipment. One of the features that works great for businesses is crash-and-smash protection. Police will be dispatched even if criminals destroy the security equipment! The $49.99-per-month Frontpoint plan also includes video monitoring and smartphone remote control, in addition to compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

    In a nutshell, Frontpoint features some of the best small-business security systems you can self-install and get expertly monitored. Everyday customer service is friendly and readily available. Emergency monitoring is high quality with cellular and Wi-Fi signaling both available, and with two monitoring centers for redundancy.

  • 5. Lorex – Robust Security Camera Systems for Businesses of Any Size

    Product Specs

    Resolution Up to 4K HD
    Field of View Up to 180°
    Power Wired, battery, PoE
    Connectivity Wi-Fi, ethernet
    Video Storage Cloud, Local
    Smart Platform Compatibility Alexa and Google Home

    Type of Security Solution

    Lorex is the oddball of the group because it doesn’t offer security sensors like the others. Instead it offers security cameras — hundreds of them. Lorex has a wide range of indoor and outdoor cameras that offer a variety of features, from 4K video quality to long-range night vision. We even saw business-grade security cameras that can see up to 250 feet in total darkness under the Nocturnal lineup.

    Because Lorex offers only security cameras, we recommend it as a supporting system for your primary business security. Lorex doesn’t offer professional monitoring, so it would still be best for your business to have a monitored security system installed. The advantage of adding Lorex, though, is that you get a wider selection of security cameras than most business security solutions provide.

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    Mounted Lorex Camera

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    Cost

    Another advantage of Lorex is the cost. There are no mandatory monthly fees, because Lorex cameras record locally and save videos to a digital or network video recorder (DVR or NVR). A video recorder is a network-attached computer with terabytes of storage space that can store rolling footage for days or even weeks. That’s certainly something we’d want from business security cameras.

    As for the cost of Lorex cameras, it depends on the package. Bundles with less-powerful cameras, which come with four cameras and a DVR, can cost as little as $200 to $300. Larger bundles and more advanced cameras cost more, sometimes up to $2,000 for an eight-camera system. The good news is there’s plenty to choose from, so you can set a budget first and go from there.

    How to Install

    Unfortunately, Lorex cameras are designed for DIY installation. We say “unfortunately” because it’s not the easiest thing to do, especially with Lorex cameras, which are mostly wired. First you’ll have to connect the DVR to your local internet network, and then connect the cameras to the DVR — usually via a coaxial or Ethernet cable. That may not be something you want to do by yourself.

    If you want easier installation, look for Wi-Fi models that can connect to the DVR wirelessly or power-over-Ethernet models that use a single cable for both data transfer and power. Lorex offers some of the best PoE cameras on the market.

    In our experience, although wiring Lorex cameras can be tedious, it’s not super technical. We literally just plugged one end of the cable into the DVR and the other end into the camera. Depending on your store’s physical layout, you may be able to work even with wired Lorex cameras.

    What We Like
    • Wide range of security camera options
    • On-site (local) and off-site (cloud) recording options
    • Commercial-grade hardware
    • Scalable system with DVRs that can accommodate up to 32 cameras
    What We Don’t Like
    • Lacks security sensors
    • No professional monitoring
    • Some packages can cost up to $2,000
    • Most cameras are internet-reliant

    Lorex Equipment

    For businesses, we recommend a digital IP setup with an internet-connected NVR and a mix of indoor and outdoor cameras. We tested a Lorex system like that.

    Our setup of four 1080p digital IP cameras sent footage to the NVR. With 1 TB of storage space, we were able to save about five days of continuous video. We recommend setting aside time every few days to review recordings before they’re written over.

    We also recommend attaching a computer monitor to the NVR, so you can monitor the cameras live or even hire security personnel to monitor it. Just make sure to read up on the legality of security camera monitoring in your state. At the very least, monitoring high-traffic public areas such as parking lots and store entrances should be fine.

    Lorex Monitoring

    The reason we recommend adding your own live monitoring for Lorex is that Lorex doesn’t offer any monitoring options. It’s a completely DIY brand, so you have to be hands-on in monitoring your cameras. That’s one downside of Lorex compared to monitored business security solutions that offer security cameras and video verification. We discussed a few options that offer such features earlier, including SimpliSafe and ADT.

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