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Brinks vs. Vector Security

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
Brinks Home Security™ and Vector Security

What is the difference between Brinks and Vector Security?

Brinks and Vector Security are reliable choices for home security. Both include high-quality security and home automation technology. The companies also offer structured plans that are easily customized to your needs.

Installation and cost

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Installation typeDIY or professionalProfessional
Installation fee$200 to $450Included
Upfront cost$199 to $699$0 to $149+
Trial period30-day risk-freeOne-year warranty on equipment
Contract terms36 monthsVaries
brinks home security logoDIY or professional$200 to $450$199 to $69930-day risk-free36 months
vector security logoProfessionalIncluded$0 to $149+One-year warranty on equipmentVaries

Monitoring plans and pricing

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Monitoring price range$39.99 to $49.99/month$44.95 to $69.95
Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional
Self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
Upgraded self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
24/7 professional monitoring$39.99/monthStarting at $44.95
Upgraded professional monitoring$49.99/month$69.95
brinks home security logo$39.99 to $49.99/monthProfessionalNot offeredNot offered$39.99/month$49.99/month
vector security logo$44.95 to $69.95ProfessionalNot offeredNot offeredStarting at $44.95$69.95

Security equipment

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Wired or wireless?WirelessWireless
Camera optionsIndoor and outdoor camerasIndoor and outdoor cameras
Video doorbell
Control panel
Motion sensor
Entry sensor
Glass break sensor
Keychain remote
Siren
Panic buttonMedical panic button
Yard sign
brinks home security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor cameras
vector security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasMedical panic button

Smart-home features

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Smart locks
Smart lights
Smart thermostat
Garage door control
Temperature sensor
Water sensor
Smoke detector
CO2 detector
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Technology

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Mobile app
Mobile app monitoring
iOS rating3.84.7
Android rating2.93.9
Notification/alert optionsPush and textEmail, text and push
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsApple TV integrationSmart plugs
brinks home security logo3.82.9Push and textApple TV integration
vector security logo4.73.9Email, text and pushSmart plugs

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.244.6
Verified customer reviewsBrinks reviewsVector Security reviews
brinks home security logo4.24Brinks reviews
vector security logo4.6Vector Security reviews

All information accurate as of publishing date.

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    Brinks

    Brinks offers home security and smart-home automation systems. All systems include a risk-free 30-day trial and a two-year product warranty. You can select from several packages or customize a system, and you can install the system yourself or opt for professional installation. The company offers integrated smoke, CO2 and flood detectors. You can manage your security system, locks, cameras, lights and thermostat from the app, and the cameras have two-way voice capabilities.

    Brinks plans

    Brinks offers three plans to choose from. You can also add equipment to the plans to customize your security.

    • Smart Security Essential includes a touch-screen control panel, two wireless door sensors and a wireless motion sensor. The price is $199, and monitoring costs $39.99 per month.
    • Smart Security Complete adds video surveillance. Components include a control panel, doorbell camera, motion detector and two wireless door sensors. The equipment is $349, and monitoring runs $44.99 per month.
    • Smart Security Ultimate comes with a control panel, doorbell camera, three wireless door sensors, a motion sensor and an outdoor camera. The price is $699, and monitoring is $49.99 per month.

    What Brinks customers say

    Brinks customers leave mostly positive feedback on ConsumerAffairs. Many comment on smart, knowledgeable service team members who quickly answer questions and explain everything adequately. Those whose experiences were less than satisfactory mention long hold times when calling and delays in resolving issues. Overall, it seems most customers are happy with the system.

    Our Service man Arrived on time. He Did the work requested in a timely manner. He made smart suggestions and was knowledgeable and helpful. He answered all my questions. I would not hesitate to recommend this business to my friends and neighbors.”

    Debora of Katy, TX

    Vector Security

    Vector Security offers a variety of wireless home security options. Its packages roll the cost of installation and monthly monitoring into the overall price. Vector’s packages focus on security products, but customers can add other options for smart homes.

    Vector Security plans

    • Essential Security: Vector’s basic plan starts at $44.95 a month with $0 down. It comes with a control panel, three window/door sensors, SecurityCare Plus, professional installation and professional monitoring.
    • Home Automation: This plan starts at $59.95 a month with $99 down. It includes everything from the Essential package plus an indoor camera and mobile solutions.
    • Connected Home: This package is $69.95 a month with $149 down. It includes everything from the previous two packages plus a smart thermostat and door lock.

    What Vector Security customers say

    Customers leave mostly positive feedback for Vector Security on ConsumerAffairs. Those with positive experiences most frequently comment on the quality of the service, saying things are done right the first time and that the team is easy to deal with. Some customers did have less-than-ideal experiences, with most commenting on difficulty around canceling their service.

    The techs were great! We have used Vector in the past for other locations. The app is fantastic and convenient. The install techs were very professional, they went over everything with us and were quite patient answering all of our questions.”

    Anne of Kingston, NY

    Bottom line: Brinks or Vector Security?

    Brinks and Vector Security are both reputable companies with multiple wireless security options. Both companies are solid options for home security, depending on your needs.

    • Brinks is best for customers who want a simple, do-it-yourself option for their security system.
    • Vector Security is best for customers who want to streamline their security costs into one easy payment.
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    by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.