LifeShield Security Review
Alarm System Review:
Positives:Most affordable, low monthly fee, DIY, great for dorms/small spaces
LifeShield is quickly climbing the rankings as one of the best alarm companies. With extremely low up-front cost and nearly unbeatable monthly monitoring prices and features LifeShield is a great choice for your home alarm needs. Throw in a 30 Day Money Back and Price Match Guarantee and you have a lot of incentive to choose LifeShield.
LifeShield Security Company Overview
LifeShield was formed in 2004 and was formerly named InGrid. Their headquarters are in Yeardley, PA.
LifeShield prides itself on state of the art wireless home alarm systems at an affordable price. The company has been in operation since 2002 and provides Do-It-Yourself wireless solutions for all home settings including houses, mobile homes, vacation properties and even college dorms.
LifeShield recently partnered with Protection One to bring home alarm customers even better service and monitoring. LifeShield now boasts five UL listed monitoring stations nationwide, and guarantees to have the best monitoring prices in the business.
The one knock on LifeShield is that their equipment is proprietary – but by using their own equipment LifeShield can keep the cost of their monitoring extremely low when you sign up for a monitoring agreement. In the end using proprietary equipment isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you ever decided to use a different alarm company for monitoring you’d have to buy new equipment. Ultimately, you’ll probably love the ease of use and great customer service from LifeShield, so you’d never have to switch anyways.
LifeShield provides broadband monitoring and cellular monitoring. The company is also one of the few that offers remote access capabilities and mobile apps as a standard with each monitoring package. LifeShield is an up and coming alarm company with some valuable services for an affordable price. LifeShield has taken great strides in 2012 to move up the list of alarm system rankings. Their affordability, do it yourself installation and great customer services has them becoming one of the top two or three alarm companies nationwide.
LifeShield Security Equipment
LifeShield uses its own proprietary alarm system equipment. The original designer behind the system, Louis Stilp, created the “InGrid” system, the original name of the company. The equipment is designed to work like a “grid” and has since been tweaked and perfected to give customers a simple installation process. All alarm systems from LifeShiled can be installed very easily on your own, with most set ups taking less than an hour to complete.
The system consists of Base, Console and Alarm Sensors. The base is the main “hub” of the system and sends out the alarm signals to the monitoring station. The Console acts as the main control. You can use the Console to arm/disarm your system and change system settings. It can also act as a backup to the Base and send out alarm signals if the Base has been tampered with or is not communicating.
One interesting device that can be purchased from LifeShield is the Grid Extender. The Grid Extender allows you to widen the range in which the sensors can be placed away from the Base or Console. If you have a large residence a Grid Extender would be ideal.
LifeShield also offers equipment for fire safety, camera viewing and easy access to your alarm system including a keychain remote. Below is a list of all equipment offered by LifeShield:
- Door/Window Sensors
- Motion Sensors
- Glass Break Sensor
- Flood Sensor
- Freeze Sensor
- Fire Sensor
- Wireless Camera
- Keychain Remote
- Yard Signs
- Window Decals
LifeShield can help you customize you home alarm system by simply calling and working with them. They’ll work with you to get a system that meets your precise needs, but it’s always recommended that you call them directly to get further assistance.
LifeShield Security Monitoring
After its partnership with Protection One LifeShield boasts some of the best monitoring in the alarm industry. The company now has five monitoring stations which can receive alarm calls from customers, allowing for great redundancy when you need it most. However, perhaps the most impressive thing about LifeShield’s monthly monitoring is the price.
LifeShield has some of the lowest prices for monthly alarm monitoring. You have your choice of Broadband or Cellular monitoring, and each monitoring plan comes with free LifeView online & remote access features. LifeView allows customers to access their alarm system on the go where you can arm, disarm, create user codes, create alerts/notifications, view event history as well as view live video. LifeShield is one of the few, and possibly the only, company offering Interactive monitoring services with all of their monthly plans.
LifeShield’s three month plans are the Value Package, Gold Package and Platinum Package. Each package is described below:
- Value Package:
The Value Package from LifeShield is for the customer looking for great home monitoring without a lot of bells and whistles. The Value Package includes 24/7 monitoring for intrusion, environmental and life safety emergencies as well as online & remote access with LifeView. LifeShield offers this package at a price of $29.99 a month when signing a monitoring agreement.
- Gold Package:
The Gold Package from LifeShield is for the customer looking for home monitoring for intrusion as well as fire and carbon monoxide protection. The Gold Package includes 24/7 monitoring for intrusion, environmental, carbon monoxide, fire and life safety emergencies as well as online & remote access with LifeView. LifeShield offers this package at a price of $34.99 a month when signing a monitoring agreement.
- Platinum Package:
The Platinum Package from LifeShield is for the customer looking for it all – extensive home monitoring with online access and camera viewing. The Platinum Package includes 24/7 monitoring for intrusion, environmental, carbon monoxide, fire and life safety emergencies as well as online & remote access with LifeView. The Platinum plan also includes the ability to use wireless cameras and view them online or on your mobile phone. LifeShield offers this package at a price of $44.98 a month when signing a monitoring agreement.
Depending on which up-front package you choose the monthly price could vary slightly, but will not go above the pricing of the Platinum Package. Overall, it’s tough to beat the prices from LifeShield. All three of their main monthly plans, which all include online/remote access, come in below the pricing of their main competitors.
LifeShield has a free mobile monitoring service that allows you to check in on the status of your home remotely. It’s called LifeView, which is one of our expert’s favorite mobile applications in home security. Here’s a quick video about it.
LifeShield Security Up-Front Cost
As we mentioned before LifeShield’s equipment is proprietary, thus making it extremely affordable. This is another major advantage to LifeShield. LifeShield offers a number of different Home Security Kits which can be purchased as is or customized to fit your needs. A LifeShield representative can help you chose which kit is right for you, or help you design a customized system.
With most of LifeShield’s Home Security Kits there is no up-front cost. A few packages do have a small up-front fee associated, but for the most part the initial investment for a LifeShield alarm system is practically nothing. Below are the main equipment packages offered by LifeShield:
- Home Essentials Kit Gold:
1 Base, 1 Console, 3 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Fire Sensor, 1 Keychain Remote, Yard Sign & Decals. Price: FREE
- Home Essentials Kit Value:
1 Base, 1 Console, 2 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Keychain Remote, Yard Sign & Decals. Price: FREE
- Home Essential Kits Platinum:
1 Base, 1 Console, 3 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Fire Sensor, 1 Keychain Remote, 1 Security Camera, Yard Sign & Decals. Price: FREE
- Business Package:
1 Base, 1 Console, 3 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Fire Sensor, 1 Keychain Remote, Yard Sign & Decals. Price: FREE
- Home Essential Kits Platinum :
1 Control Panel, 2 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 2 Wireless Light Controls & 1 Keychain Remote. Price: $199
- Renter Package:
1 Base, 1 Console, 3 Door/Window Sensors, 1 Keychain Remote, Yard Sign & Decals. Price: $129.99
In order to bypass the up-front cost you must sign a monitoring agreement with LifeShield. You can also add some equipment to a few of the Essentials Kits without paying extra if you wanted to further customize your system. You can get an idea of how much equipment you can get for no cost by visiting LifeShield’s website and clicking on one of their packages to customize it, or you can call LifeShield to have them help you with a customized system.
Ultimately you get a great deal with LifeShield no matter what you do. They provide a good amount of equipment at little or no cost, which makes things easier on your pockets. Not only will you save some money but you’re getting a great alarm system.
LifeShield Security Installation
LifeShield offers a couple options for the installation of your alarm system. In fact, LifeShield is one of the only alarm companies that offers two different options for installation. The most common type of installation is the do it yourself installation.
Customers looking for a quick and easy set-up of their alarm system choose the do it yourself option. No tools or experience is necessary and most customers can have their system up and running in under an hour. Our experts set up the basic system in well under an hour without any significant help needed.
Once you set up your Base and Console you simply place your wireless alarm sensors around the home. Door sensors on door, window sensors on windows, motion sensors on the wall and so on. There are easy to follow instructions and you can always call LifeShield for help if needed. Even if you’ve never seen an alarm system before you can set it up. Customers with tons of experience and absolutely no experience can set up the alarm system in no time.
On top of the do it yourself installation option LifeShield also offers a technician installation. If you feel you don’t have the hour to spare setting up the system or simply prefer someone to come out and set it up for you LifeShield can send someone out without a problem. A technician installation costs $99 for a new alarm system installation. For the $99 you receive the installation, activation and a demonstration on how to use the LifeShield system. The technician will even remove old alarm system equipment from your home if you’re replacing an older system.
Regardless of whether you choose the free do it yourself option or a technician installation you can be sure you’ll have your system set-up quickly and correctly.
LifeShield Security Customer Service
Our expert’s interactions with LifeShield representatives was nothing but positive. LifeShield was able to answer any and all questions pertaining to the alarm system and their customer support is one of the best. LifeShield strives to be a big alarm company with a home town feel. They never compromise service when it comes to their customers.
Another customer-friendly aspect of LifeShield is their 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and Price Match. If you’re not happy with your alarm system or the service being provided by LifeShield you can send your system back for a refund. Also, during your research process if you find a comparable alarm system for a lower price LifeShield will beat or match the price. Ultimately, you have nothing to lose with LifeShield, and customers have had great things to say about their experience as well.
Customer testimonials show that LifeShield has the right idea when it comes to satisfying its clients. Many customers say they switched from the “Big Companies” to LifeShield for the affordable pricing and easy to set up wireless alarm system.
Another reason is the company’s customer service. With a money back guarantee, price match guarantee and theft protection LifeShield makes its current and potential customers know they care about the product & service provided.
LifeShield Security Overall
When it comes to down it LifeShield is certainly one of the best alarm companies out there today. While proprietary equipment may turn some folks off, it really isn’t a bad thing in the long run. Having a company like LifeShield on your side will keep your home safe and your family happy for years to come. You may never use another alarm company again.
The things that make LifeShield of the top alarm companies is their pricing, equipment and customer service. As we mentioned LifeShield has the absolute best monthly prices in the alarm industry. With varying monthly monitoring options it gives you a choice on what you want. Not only do you get choices but you get free interactive features with online/remote access no matter which plan you choose.
As far as up-front cost LifeShield is on the lower end. While some of the best alarm companies do charge a small up-front cost for equipment it’s unlikely you’ll pay a whole lot, if anything at all, with LifeShield. Not only that, LifeShield has a price match guarantee. If you find a better price for comparable monthly service from any other alarm company LifeShield will match or beat it! For those that love a great bargain with great value LifeShield should be high on your list.
One key component to being a top alarm company is making it easy on your customers. The do it yourself installation is extremely simple and can save you a little money up-front. If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of setting up your alarm system you can have LifeShield come out and set it up for you for a under $100. Either way you’re getting a great alarm system that can be installed quickly and easily.
Overall, LifeShield is a tough company to beat in many areas. With top notch customer service, low prices and a great alarm system it’s no wonder why LifeShield is becoming one of the most preferred alarm companies by consumers nationwide. Our experts agree that LifeShield is one of the best alarm companies out there today.