Every year, seniors across the United States are faced with the decision of possibly leaving their homes. This may be due to pressure from concerned family members or even from personal fear. The primary concern is falls, but a second concern is overall home security. As a result, many seniors leave the homes they have built memories in for decades to start over somewhere new. Thankfully, for seniors who wish to stay in their homes, there are solutions available. One such solution is home security through ADT. See below for details.
ADT provides both mobile app support and a traditional control panel, so it will be up to you to decide what options work best. Keep in mind that the larger the home, the more equipment you may need to fully secure it and thus the more expensive your initial investment will be. Thereafter, monitoring fees will represent the bulk of the ongoing cost.
ADT price differences depend on monitoring services rather than the actual equipment. Some of the equipment below is free with specific plans, while others are purchased at an additional cost.
- Digital Keypad: This is a home security feature most people are familiar with. The keypad provides a master control of the entire system and may even be able to tell you if doors and windows are open, as well as which ones. It also provides two-way communication with ADT professionals in the event of an emergency.
- Wireless Keychain Remote: Rather than set the alarm from the panel, you can use a remote to arm and disarm the system within 50 feet of the keypad. Note that premium users also have ADT Pulse, which is a smartphone app. It provides full control of the alarm system from anywhere with a cellphone or internet connection.
- Motion Detector: When you arm an ADT system, you have two options: to Arm Away or Arm Stay. If you Arm Away, no one should be in the home. If the sensors detect motion, this will trigger the alarm. This feature offers a second layer of protection in instances where thieves are able to make it in through a high window that may not have a sensor attached. Pets under 80 lbs. will usually not trigger the alarm. For some packages, motion sensors may also turn on lights or trigger the video surveillance.
- Entry Point Contacts: Exit and entry points to and from the house are typically monitored by entry point contacts. These are small but noticeable devices attached to the windows and doors of the home. It is usually not possible to see this inside on doors, but thieves may be able to pinpoint them on glass windows. The visibility may either act as a deterrent or a way to find the one window that may not be monitored.
- Yard Signs & Window Decals: Another popular deterrent provided by the company include window decals and yard signs. Naturally, this also provides free advertising for ADT.
- Back-Up Battery: Years ago, criminals learned that if they cut the power to a home, they could bypass the security system. So, like many other security companies, ADT now provides a 12-hour emergency backup battery.
- High Decibel Alarm: So, what happens when the alarm is triggered? The alarm sounds throughout the home. Keep in mind, however, that the sound comes from the panel. So, depending on the size of the home, it may not sound loudly in all rooms. Thus, strategic placing of the panel is advised.
- Round the Clock Monitoring: ADT says there are over 18,000 monitoring agents at the ready to respond to alarm triggers. These agents typically call within a few seconds of the alarm being triggered to verify if there is an emergency, as many people set their alarms off by accident all the time. If you confirm it is a real emergency, or if the agent is unable to reach you, they will dispatch emergency services to your home.
Note that this is just a basic list of the equipment ADT provides. There are many additional options, such as auto-locking systems and video doorbells. Keep in mind that use of some equipment requires purchasing higher-priced plans. Note also that when installing your equipment, the technician may ask if you want your fire and CO2 alarms added to the ADT system for an additional cost.
Currently, the four main plans provided by ADT include Basic, Basic Wireless, ADT Pulse and ADT Pulse + Video. See below for details.
|Monthly Monitoring Plan||Monthly Cost||Perks|
|ADT Pulse + Video||$58.99||
Installation fees typically depend on the size of your home and may require a quote from the company. Fees start at around $99 but there are many promotions offering free installation for a limited time. Keep an eye out for those.
Unfortunately, there are no permanent senior discounts. However, as with installation fees, promotions do come around that offer special offers you can take advantage of.
Home security is essential for everyone, but especially seniors. Even so, whether or not ADT is the best home security solution for you will depend on your budget. There are much cheaper options on the market, but they may require more tech-savvy experience and may not have all the features of ADT. Thus, which one you choose will depend on your unique situation and preference.