The risks of being home alone are greater for seniors than for any other age group. The issues associated with aging can make you more vulnerable should an intruder break into your home. A security system that includes 24/7 monitoring to alert authorities if you do not react to a notification can help provide you with peace of mind. Brinks has been a leading name in the security industry for decades. With three different types of home security systems with professional monitoring on offer, you are likely to find one that suits your needs.
History of Brinks
Brinks has been providing all manner of protection services and equipment to public and private entities in the United States for well over 100 years. It was founded in Chicago by Perry Brink in 1859. In addition to home security, Brinks also provides security services to commercial entities. It is possible that you have seen its bullet-resistant armored trucks out on the road.
In 2018, J.D. Power and Associates rated Brinks home security systems number one in customer satisfaction. The Better Business Bureau gives Brinks an A-plus rating. Brinks Home Security serves over 1 million customers across the U.S. and Canada. Dallas, Texas, currently serves as the home for Brinks Home Security headquarters.
Brinks Home Security Features
Brinks offers three types of home security systems. Each includes the following basic aspects:
- Cellular Backup: Prevents system failure in the event of a power outage or Wi-Fi disruption
- Tamper Protection: Triggers an alarm if someone attempts to disable or destroy your alarm panel
- 24/7 Monitoring: Constantly monitors status and responds to any changes
- Home Automation: Allows you to control smart devices such as thermostats, door locks, etc., via the control panel or keypad
- Smartphone Control: Lets you view recent activity and manage the system from an app on your phone
Additionally, each system is customizable to your specific needs and offers you multiple control options to arm or disarm the system.
1. Nest Secure
The most recent Brinks home security system is also the least expensive. It's combined with the Nest home automated system to provide you security and convenience in one. The base unit is the Nest Guard, which can sit on a flat surface in a convenient location. It has Google Assistant built in so that you can control the system with voice commands, and it also contains an alarm, motion detector, keypad for manual control, and panic button.
The system also includes two Nest Tags, which are small enough to hang on a key fob and allow you to arm or disarm the system with just a tap on the Nest Guard. It comes with two Nest Detect sensors, as well, which mount to windows and doors and detect opening and closing and/or motion. You have the option to purchase additional sensors and tags as needed.
Nest Secure also offers a couple of other features that the other Brinks systems don't have, such as automatic alerts to arm your system, a motion-activated outdoor light, and the ability to open your door without setting off the alarm when the system is armed. Unlike the other systems from Brinks, Nest Secure doesn't require you to enter into a contract with the company, so you can stop using the service whenever you choose. Video monitoring is available as an upgrade to Nest Secure.
2. Home Complete
Home Complete is a more traditional security system. It includes the following in its equipment package:
- Three wireless door/window sensors
- Wireless motion detector
- Control panel
- Yard sign
The equipment comes already calibrated to make it easy to install yourself. If you need assistance, you can call the company, and a Brinks technician can walk you through the process. You can also have the system professionally installed for an additional fee.
The Home Complete system includes features that the Nest Secure does not have. LiveVoice Assist allows you to use the control panel like a walkie-talkie to talk to a Brinks representative after an alarm. It also offers Crash and Smash Protection, meaning that if an intruder destroys the base unit, the system will send an emergency signal through the cloud.
3. Home Complete With Video
If you initially purchase the Home Complete system but decide later that you would also like video monitoring, you can upgrade your existing system. You can also purchase a Home Complete With Video system right from the start. If so, you will get all the features of the Home Complete System, plus extra equipment in the form of an indoor camera and video doorbell, along with extra services including cloud video storage and live video streaming.
Brinks has a reputation for some of the fastest response times in the security industry, averaging one minute compared to the five accomplished by most other U.S. security companies. Additional desirable features include the following:
- Pet Sensitivity: Pets weighing 40 pounds or less will not set off the motion detectors.
- ASAPer: Short for “As Soon as Possible Emergency Response,” this feature allows you to automatically get in touch with a list of contacts that you create via group chat to request help or inform them of a false alarm.
- Mobile and Voice Alerts: You can customize the system to provide alerts about any activity via an audible announcement and/or a text to your mobile phone.
In addition to guarding against intruders, Brinks also offers 24/7 fire monitoring. However, this is only available as an upgrade to Home Complete systems. It is not compatible with Nest Secure.
Brinks Home Security Pricing
When you purchase a Brinks home security system, you will pay an upfront cost for the equipment and a monthly monitoring fee. If you wish to have the system professionally installed, which is optional, that will incur an additional one-time charge.
|System||Upfront Cost||Monthly Monitoring Fee||Optional Installation Charge|
|Nest Secure||$399||$29 standard ($39 for video upgrade)||$99-$199|
|Home Complete With Video||$599||$39||$99-$199|
Brinks frequently offers special deals on security systems that can reduce the upfront costs by $100. Additionally, you should be aware that both Home Complete systems require you to commit to a three-year contract.