Installing home security systems can be tough if you live on rent. Many professional and DIY installations require drilling into the doorframes or walls, and landlords aren’t usually keen on allowing this. You’d be glad to know that there are home security options out there for renters looking for the best apartment security systems.
To put together our list of the best home security systems for renters, we tested every major security system on the market, from professionally installed systems to DIY ones. In general, the professional systems don’t make much sense for renters because they tend to rely on permanent fixtures and sometimes come with contracts that last longer than a lease. The better picks for home security systems for a rental property are going to be cheaper, DIY products. Here are the best systems for the job.
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Best Apartment Security Systems
Security systems for renters compared
|Wyze Home Monitoring||Ring Alarm (5-piece)||SimpliSafe (8-piece)|
|24/7 professional monitoring fees||$10||$20||$18|
|System hardware||2 door/window sensors, 1 motion detector, 1 keypad, 1 base station with built-in siren||1 door/window sensor, 1 motion sensor, 1 keypad, 1 range extender, 1 base station||1 base station, 1 keypad, 4 entry sensors, 1 motion sensor, 1 panic button|
|Setup||DIY installation||DIY installation||DIY installation|
|Extra features||24/7 professional monitoring, remote alerts, false alarm prevention, no long-term contracts, Alexa and smart home integration||Mobile notifications and remote alerts, integrates with Alexa and other Ring products||Cell backup, 24/7 professional monitoring service, customizable system, Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, 24-hour battery|
How we test home security systems
For each system we test, we install it ourselves just as you would at home, or we have an installer come set it up in the case of professional systems like ADT and Comcast Xfinity. Once it’s installed, we spend at least a week testing the system and all the device-by-device features. Our ranking puts a priority on value, but also takes into strong consideration the quality of hardware, service and general user experience — including how easy it was to set up and the frequency of false alarms. For more robust information on any of the recommended security systems above, please read the full reviews.
If you want to read more about our review process, check out our in-depth article on how we test home security systems and services.
Home security for renters FAQs
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