ADT Burglar Alarm with Police Response Reviewed
If you've just discovered the ADT Police Response burglar alarm system through the recent TV advertising campaign, you may be wondering what the key differences are between this and the £99 ADT Keyholder Response (QuickConnect) alarm package and more importantly whether it's worth the extra money? If so, read on...
Here's what the ADT Connect kit contains
As are all ADT alarms, the ADT Connect is installed by a professional ADT installation engineer following an onsite survey from a qualified ADT surveyor.
- 1 x Alarm control panel incl. battery and onboard siren
- 1 x Remote Touchscreen keypad
- 3 x Wireless movement sensors
- 1 x Door contact
- 1 x External decoy siren box with blue flashing light
- 4 x Keyfobs
So why is this package £500 more expensive than its £99 little brother?
They are both wireless alarm systems, installed and monitored by ADT, with virtually exactly the same kit contents. So why is it more expensive? Bearing in mind you could buy the additional wireless movement sensors from ADT for around £75.
The main difference is the ADT Police Monitored control panel enables you to expand the system with considerably more zones, whereas ADT's Keyholder package only allows you to add jus a few more PIRs or door contacts.
The other difference to be aware of is the ADT Connect system allows police response. The Keyholder package offers key-holder response only. See the section below for details including additional cost for police response.
Both systems can be upgraded to interactive, which allows you to have control of your alarm via the ADT app on your smartphone.
Police response. What's this?
In the event of alarm activation, as well as informing you and/or nominated key-holders(up to 4), ADT will also inform the police. This is for extra piece of mind, but does come at a price. The cost of the police monitoring will increase your monthly contract fee to £32.99, totalling an overal cost £1,786.64, including initial package cost, over for the 36 month term.
Read our overview of monitored police response systems here.
Smoke detection (optional add-on)
Further details on ADT's monitored fire/smoke system, can be found here.
To add fire and smoke monitoring onto this package will cost an extra £85 upfront per detector and an additional £2.25 per month* for the monitoring (* £2.25 per month for the 1st smoke detector, £1.25 per month for the second).
£684 one-time payment plus £35.24 / month monitoring fee.
Also note; for EVERY police monitored alarm there is a one-off charge of £52 for registering and setting up a URN number with the police.
If you DO NOT require police response monitoring and you live in an average size house, you will probably find the ADT Keyholder alarm will suffice. Bear in mind the £32.99, monthly montitoring fee over 36 months will set you back £1,187.64.
However, if you require police response or live in a larger property or require a wireless alarm system with many zones, the ADT Connect package is the choice for you.
Both alarm systems come with a fully comprehensive maintenance contract and are monitored 24/7.
Both are wire free alarms and are monitored by ADT alarm central station via GSM technology, so no need for a dedicated BT line.
Alternatively, if this doesn't fit your budget, visit our "Quick Quote" page to get an instant quote from an industry approved alarm installer in your area.
How to get the best ADT alarm offer
- Buy through an authorised ADT Agent. Why do this over going direct to ADT?
Surprisingly, you can actually get a better deal since the agents are able to offer "best deal" incentives to buy through them. Obviously the value of the incentive offered comes from the commission they earn from ADT. Either way; you're still getting a better deal!
Alternative choice - if this is too expensive or you do not need or want police monitoring, consider the ADT key-holder monitored system; more on that here.
With each type of ADT Alarm you can also pay extra for a guard response and key-holding service.
ALTERNATIVES TO POLICE MONITORED ADT ALARMS
VERISURE (EUROPE'S LARGEST ALARM CO.)
Verisure is offering £500 off their monitored smart alarm systems for a limited time only - Read our review here and see offer details here.