The Best Business Security Systems to Protect Your Small Business

Find the right commercial security system to keep your small business safe.
Best overall
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Contact for a free quote
  • pro
    Excellent reputation
  • pro
    Crash and Smash Protection
Best budget option
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
Starting from
$9.99
/mo
  • pro
    Affordable monitoring
  • pro
    Contract-free service
Best if home-based
Vivint
Vivint
4 out of 5 stars
4.0
Starting from
$19.99
/mo
  • pro
    Advanced home automation
  • pro
    Mobile system access

Data effective 9/15/22. At publishing time, pricing and features are current but are subject to change.

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So you’ve decided to protect your small business with a security system. Good choice! But also, maybe a confusing choice? After all, lots of companies claim they have the best security solutions to protect your valuable assets. But at the end of the day, how do you know who can actually make sure no one steals shiz from your biz?

That’s why we’ve rounded up the best security systems out there for small-business owners—with Frontpoint as our top pick due to its extra layer of protection and good reputation. Throughout this article, though, we’ll tell you what systems work best for different businesses and help you ultimately make the right choice among the many commercial security systems out there.

Ready to secure your business? Then let’s get started.

Compare the best small-business security systems

Brand
Monthly starting priceContact for a quote$9.99/mo.$19.99/mo.
Activation feeN/AN/AN/A
Installation typeDIYDIYPro
Monitoring serviceProDIY and ProPro
Contract lengthN/AN/A42 or 60 mos.
Smoke detector
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Carbon monoxide detection
Icon Check  DarkYes
Icon Close  DarkNo
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Cellular monitoring
Icon Check  DarkYes
Icon Check  DarkYes
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Landline monitoring
Icon Close  DarkYes
Icon Check  DarkYes
Icon Close  DarkNo
Pro video monitoring
Icon Check  DarkNo
Icon Check  DarkYes
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Equipment warrantyLimited lifetimeLimited lifetimeLifetime with premium service
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Data effective 9/15/22. At publishing time, pricing and features are current but are subject to change.

How we're reviewing
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All the companies on this list have the essentials—modern monitoring equipment, professional 24/7 business alarm systems, and a good track record of keeping people safe. With that in mind, we’ll be focusing on what really sets each brand apart so you can see why you’d choose one brand over another.

Frontpoint: Best overall security system for small businesses

Frontpoint
Frontpoint
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
 Contact for a free quote
Frontpoint offers a valuable blend of equipment quality and reputation—which makes it a good fit for most small businesses.
  • Installation type: DIY
  • Monitoring type: Professional
  • Contract length: N/A
  • Cancellation cost: N/A

We recommend Frontpoint for most businesses, thanks to its solid combination of equipment quality, pricing, and reputation.

That reputation is where Frontpoint really excels: customers have given Frontpoint a 4.2 (out of 5) on Trustpilot.1 That score is way higher than what other security companies have. Customers love Frontpoint. So if you want a commercial, small-business security system that won’t add to your stress, Frontpoint is the way to go.

Customer support
Bullhorn
Frontpoint doesn’t have 24/7 customer service (not to be confused with 24/7 monitoring, which of course it has), but unless you’re setting up your alarm at 2 a.m., that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Plus, Frontpoint offers Crash and Smash Protection with its Interactive and Ultimate plans. Not sure what that is? (No worries—neither did we.) Crash and Smash Protection automatically alerts law enforcement if someone—say, a grumpy burglar—destroys your system’s control panel. That means no one can trick your system by destroying it, giving your business extra security.

So while Frontpoint doesn’t have the lowest prices or the fanciest equipment (SimpliSafe takes that honor), we think it offers the most value to most businesses.

SimpliSafe: Best budget option

SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2
Starting at $9.99/mo.
With low plan costs and the option to turn pro monitoring off and on, SimpliSafe offers reasonable security at an accessible price.
  • Installation type: DIY and professional
  • Monitoring type: Professional and self-monitored
  • Contract length: N/A
  • Cancellation cost: N/A

If you just want to protect your business on a budget, then take a look at Simplisafe.

As you’ll see, its monitoring plans are super affordable—its best plan is cheaper than the starting prices of Frontpoint and Vivint. And if you need another way to lower your security costs, SimpliSafe lets you turn professional monitoring on and off as you need it. So if, say, you only want to have your business monitored when you’re away for an expo, you can do that with Simplisafe.

Now, you know how sometimes you get what you pay for? You’ll mostly see that in SimpliSafe’s equipment offerings. It has proprietary equipment, and some users say it’s lower quality than other alarm brands. At the very least, SimpliSafe has fewer equipment options, and it doesn’t really integrate with outside equipment.

But if you just want to secure your small business as cheaply as possible, then SimpliSafe’s low costs make it a great option.

SimpliSafe plans

Plan
Monitoring cost
Get started
Self Monitoring with Camera Recordings

$9.99/mo.

Standard Monitoring

$17.99/mo.

Interactive Monitoring

$27.99/mo.

Data effective 9/15/22. At publishing time, pricing is current but is subject to change.

Vivint: Best for home-based businesses

Vivint
Vivint
4 out of 5 stars
4.0
$19.99/mo.
Vivint’s many home automation features make it a great security system for a business you run out of your home.
  • Installation type: Professional
  • Monitoring type: Professional
  • Contract length: 42–60 months
  • Cancellation cost: 100% of remaining contract

Vivint works best for home-based businesses thanks to its many home automation features that complement its high-quality security system.

Some of those features make your home (and business) more secure, like smart locks for your doors, a remote garage door controller, and a doorbell camera. Other features mostly add convenience, like a smart thermostat or integrations with smart light bulbs and other smart home devices. So if you want to use a mobile app to close your garage door from that midtown business lunch or you just want to adjust all the lights from your office chair, Vivint has you covered.

One downside? Vivint has longer contracts than most other companies. You can avoid its contracts entirely by paying for your equipment up front, but of course that only works if your business can afford a large expense.

Also, if you want to use all of Vivint’s smart home features, you’ll need to get its top-tier plan. (The mid-tier plan also supports some smart home features, but not all.) Fortunately, Vivint recently dropped the price on that plan.

Put simply, Vivint offers robust business security along with impressive home automation features. So if you want to make the most of securing your home-based business, Vivint has just what you need.

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Honorable mentions

The security systems above are our favorites, but we found two more companies you might be interested in if you have some specialized needs.

Honorable mention business security systems

Starting priceFree (self-monitoring)$30.99/mo.
Installation typeDIYDIY
Monitoring serviceDIY and ProPro
Contract lengthN/A12–36 mos.
Smoke detector
Icon Check  DarkYes
Icon Check  DarkYes
Carbon monoxide detection
Icon Check  DarkSome devices
Icon Check  DarkYes
Cellular monitoring
Icon Check  DarkYes
Icon Check  DarkYes
Landline monitoring
Icon Close  DarkNo
Icon Close  DarkNo
Pro video monitoring
Icon Check  DarkYes
Icon Check  DarkYes
Equipment warranty1 yr.3 yrs.
Find a Plan

Data effective 9/15/22. At publishing time, pricing and features are current but are subject to change.

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Abode: Best for self-monitoring

Abode
Abode

Starting from $6.99/mo.

Abode offers a free self-monitoring plan.

We don’t really recommend self-monitoring for your business, but if that’s the way you’re determined to go, Abode is a good choice. It offers a free self-monitoring plan. And if you ever need someone to look out for you, you can always switch over to its contract-free pro monitoring plan.

Abode plans

Plan
Monitoring cost
Pro monitoring
Contract length
Get started
Planless

N/A

Icon Close  Dark

No

N/A

Standard

$6.99/mo.

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No

N/A

Pro

$21.99/mo.

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Yes

N/A

Data effective 9/15/22. At publishing time, pricing and features are current but are subject to change.

Link Interactive: Best for niche customization

link Interactive
Link Interactive

Starting from $30.99/mo.

If you want to customize your system for your unique needs, Link might be the company to go with.

Link Interactive has some specialized equipment that other security companies don’t, like a grill sensor (to let you know if it’s hot when it shouldn’t be), gun locks (complete with sensors), and an outdoor sensor (for use on gates and sheds). So if you want to customize your system for your unique needs, Link might be the company to go with.

Link Interactive plans

Plan
Monitoring cost
Get started

Standard

$30.99/mo.

Gold

$39.99/mo.

Elite

$47.99/mo.

Data effective 9/15/22. At publishing time, pricing and features are current but are subject to change.

Business security 101

Before you choose a security system for your small business, make sure you understand the essentials of business security.

For starters, most security companies don’t offer business-specific burglar alarm systems—they just offer home security systems and equipment to businesses. So if you already protect your home with a security system you love, you can probably get a similar system for your business (assuming it meets all your business needs, of course).

As you weigh your security options, make sure you’re not neglecting the security basics. Why bother getting that fancy business alarm system if you consistently leave the front door unlocked and have such dim lighting that a camera can’t record a clear image anyway? Invest in good door locks and window locks, and make sure important areas like entrances and the cash register are well-lit.

One final thing to consider: your acceptable losses. Will you end up spending more on security than you’d lose in a burglary? In other words, would you rather lose $500 of merchandise in a break-in than pay $800 a year for an advanced security system? Sure, the peace of mind alone might be worth the cost of a security system—but that’s a call you need to make.

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Advanced business security

Security systems are not a guarantee. So if you really can’t stand a potential loss, make sure you double up on your security measures. For physical goods, that might mean investing in security guards. For data, that probably means encryption and other security measures.

The takeaway

Securing your business is serious, well, business. But honestly, you have more options now than ever before. Whether you just want a cheap way to secure your office or you want an advanced system that gives you remote control over your system via app across various devices, there’s a system to meet your needs.

And with our list of recommended business security solutions, you can find the security solutions that fit your business’s unique needs.

So while we know your business is probably always on your mind, hopefully that extra security will help you sleep a little better at night.

Want to keep your business secure in the virtual realm too? Check out our resources on database security and network security.

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Commercial security system FAQ

Should I install my own system or get it professionally installed?

Whether you should install your system yourself or get a pro to do it depends on your personal preferences and your business situation. DIY installation is usually cheaper, while pro installation saves you time.

Consider how you spend your time: Would it disrupt your business if you took the time to install your equipment personally? Or do you have enough downtime that you can take an hour or two to do that work yourself without it causing an issue?

Likewise, ask yourself if you’d feel more secure knowing that a professional had installed your business security system. If you would, go with the pro.

To be clear, we think that just about anyone can install their own system; it mostly comes down to peeling the backs off stickers and then sticking equipment where you want it. And if you run into any problems, companies like Frontpoint will walk you through the process over the phone if you need help.

Thinking about moving?
Location
One other thing to consider: DIY installation means that moving your system is super easy. So if you think your business is likely to change locations, that’s something to keep in mind.
Should I use DIY monitoring or professional monitoring?

We have a stronger opinion about this question: we recommend professional monitoring—not DIY monitoring—for pretty much all businesses.

That’s because pro monitoring offers more security than DIY monitoring can. DIY monitoring depends entirely on you, the business owner, to work. When your alarm gets triggered, you get an alert, at which point you can call the authorities.

So what happens if something triggers your alarm but you’re in a meeting with a vendor and you don’t get the alert? Or what if you’ve finally gone on a much-needed vacation and your spotty cell service means you don’t get alerted until the next day? If your system equipment includes an audible alarm, the noise might scare off would-be intruders—if you’re lucky. But the police won’t come until you personally call them.

While pro monitoring costs more, it’s more secure. When something triggers your alarm, your monitoring company will get the alert and then notify the authorities for you. Seems like a safer bet to us.

Money
The DIY discount
If you really want to save money, you can go with a company like Simplisafe that lets you use professional monitoring on an as-needed basis. But mostly, we suggest you opt for professional monitoring all the time.
What equipment do I need for my business security system?

Good question. There’s some basic equipment that most businesses will want:

  • Control panel
  • Door and window sensors
  • Glass break sensors
  • Motion detectors
  • Video cameras

Of course, you don’t necessarily need every one of those things (though it wouldn’t hurt).

At minimum, you should get contact sensors for all your doors and windows. Glass break sensors on your windows are a good upgrade for extra security. Likewise, you’ll probably want motion sensors in valuable areas (by a cash register, say, or in a server room). And video cameras provide additional security, particularly if you want to monitor a cash register or other sensitive area.

How much does a business security system cost?

It depends on the system—but if you look at the one's we've reviewed here, it can range between around $10-$20 per month.

What is the best security system for my business?

That will depend on the needs of your business. If you're just looking for a basic system that's affordable, we'd recommend SimpliSafe. And if you're looking for an advanced system for your home-based business, we'd recommend Vivint. Overall, though, Frontpoint covers the needs of most businesses and has the best reputation, so we picked it as our favorite.

Disclaimer

At Business.org, our research is meant to offer general product and service recommendations. We don't guarantee that our suggestions will work best for each individual or business, so consider your unique needs when choosing products and services.

Sources
1. Trustpilot, “Frontpoint.” Accessed September 15, 2022.

Chloe Goodshore
Written by
Chloe Goodshore
Chloe covers business financing and loans for Business.org. She has worked with many small businesses over the past 10 years, from video game stores to law firms. Those years watching frustrated business owners try to sift through their many options gave her a passion for breaking down complex business topics. She wants to help business owners spend less time agonizing over their businesses so they can spend more time running them.
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