The Best Pet-Friendly Home Security Systems for 2020

1. Best for DIY monitoring
SimpliSafe
4.3 out of 5 stars4.3
Starting at  
$14.99
/mo.
Pro Bullet Sensors for pets up to 50 lbs.
Pro Bullet DIY monitoring and installation
Con Bullet Limited home automation options
2. Best for home automation
Vivint
4.2 out of 5 stars4.2
Starting at  
$29.99
/mo.
Pro Bullet Adjustable motion detector sensitivity
Pro Bullet Wide range of home automation support
Con Bullet More expensive equipment
3. Best for DIY installation
Frontpoint
4.5 out of 5 stars4.5
Starting at  
$49.99
/mo.
Pro Bullet Motion detectors for pets up to 40 lbs.
Pro Bullet Easy DIY installation and relocation
Con Bullet Slightly higher costs

Overview

If you want to keep your home secure but have pets who stay inside when you’re away, we have our top picks for pet-friendly security systems. Motion detectors that animals can trigger are the biggest concern for pet owners, so we took a close look at the equipment offered by each company. Then we considered factors that let you set up your system to be pet friendly.

Here are the best security systems for pet owners


Compare pet-friendly systems

Data effective 05/13/21. Offers and availability subject to change.


Best for DIY monitoring: SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe’s flexible contracts let you choose when to monitor your home. Its sensors ignore pets up to 50 pounds—most other sensors are triggered at 40 pounds.
Our rating:
4.3 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 stars4.3
Plans starting at  
$14.99
/mo.

    Pros and cons

    Pros
    • Pro BulletSensors that work for pets up to 50 lbs.
    • Pro BulletDIY monitoring—no hassle with false alarms
    • Pro BulletFlexible equipment and installation
    • Pro BulletLower pricing than other companies
    Cons
    • Con BulletLimited home automation options
    • Con BulletNo professional installation
    • Con BulletNo mobile access with basic plan

    Why we recommend SimpliSafe

    The great news for pet owners is that SimpliSafe motion sensors can tell the difference between a human intruder and a pet under 40 pounds. If you have a bigger animal, you can adjust the The biggest risk with pets around armed security systems is false alarms. With a self-monitored security system, you don’t have to worry about false alarms. SimpliSafe offers both professional and DIY monitoring, and with no long-term contracts, you can switch between monitoring types month-to-month as you figure out what works best with your pet.

    SimpliSafe is also great for pet owners because its motion detectors will ignore a pet of up to 50 pounds instead of the typical 40 pounds. You can find instructions for how to optimize the range of your detectors with pets on the SimpliSafe website.

    SimpliSafe is more basic than other systems, but it’s also more affordable and flexible. Plus, the indoor cameras have night vision so you can monitor your pet day and night. The biggest drawback is that home automation integrations are limited, so if that’s important to you, you’ll want to look elsewhere.

    >>Learn more: Read our full SimpliSafe review for more information about equipment and monitoring options.

    ASecureLife’s recommendation: While we generally recommend using a professional monitoring service, SimpliSafe’s flexible DIY monitoring is great for pet owners who want to avoid the headache of false alarms.

    >>View SimpliSafe Plans


    Best for home automation: Vivint

    Vivint’s professional installation means your sensors will be in the ideal spots if you have pets. With its impressive home automation compatibility, Vivint is a high-quality option for pet owners.
    Our rating:
    4.2 out of 5.0
    4.2 out of 5 stars4.2
    Plans starting at  
    $29.99
    /mo.

      Pros and cons

      Pros
      • Pro BulletAdjustable motion detector sensitivity
      • Pro BulletWide range of home automation support
      • Pro BulletMobile access with all packages
      • Pro BulletProfessional installation
      • Pro BulletFlexible payment options
      Cons
      • Con BulletMore expensive equipment
      • Con BulletLonger contract lengths

      Why we recommend Vivint

      If top-of-the-line home automation is a priority so you can care for your pet even when you’re away from home, Vivint is our top choice. Vivint has impressive home automation support and high-quality equipment, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

      So if you need to let the dog walker into your house or you want to be sure your furry friends are comfortable at home while you’re away, a strong home automation system is key.

      Vivint’s motion detectors can ignore pets of up to 55 pounds. You have to keep animals at least six feet away from the sensors, which could create some logistical problems. But with professional installers to help, you can come up with the best placement for all your equipment.

      Vivint’s plans all come with mobile access, another pet-friendly feature. And its cameras are equipped with night vision, but video monitoring is available only with the most expensive plan, which may not work on a tight budget. Vivint has flexible payment options and even offers a no-contract plan, making it more accessible to more people.

      >>Learn more: For answers to all your questions about Vivint’s packages, pricing, and equipment, read our full Vivint review.

      ASecureLife’s recommendation: Vivint has a lot of features that make us happy to recommend it, especially for pet owners who want top-quality home automation support to make sure their pets are always taken care of.

      >>View Vivint Plans


      Best for DIY installation: Frontpoint

      Frontpoint’s simple DIY installation makes it easy to move your sensors around to find the best placement among your pets. Its home automation and stellar customer service make it a great option for homes with pets.
      Our rating:
      4.5 out of 5.0
      4.5 out of 5 stars4.5
      Plans starting at  
      $49.99
      /mo.

        Pros and cons

        Pros
        • Pro BulletMotion detectors that ignore pets up to 40 lbs.
        • Pro BulletEasy DIY installation and relocation
        • Pro BulletExcellent customer service
        Cons
        • Con BulletSlightly higher costs

        Why we recommend Frontpoint

        Like other pet-friendly security systems, Frontpoint’s motion detectors use passive infrared (PIR) sensors, which means they detect changes in heat. PIR detectors can ignore small animals up to 40 pounds. Plus, Frontpoint’s cameras have night vision so you can keep an eye on your good boy all the time.

        With Frontpoint’s signature straightforward DIY installation, you can easily move your sensors to find the ideal spot that both protects your home and allows your pets to roam freely. And if you’re feeling unsure, Frontpoint offers online tips and advice for working around pets.

        Frontpoint also offers lots of home automation options, as well as top-notch customer service. Monitoring plans are a bit more money compared to some other companies, but you get mobile access at the basic plan level. Overall it’s a great company with pet-friendly features.

        >>Learn more: For more information, read our full Frontpoint review.

        ASecureLife’s recommendation: Frontpoint’s PIR motion detectors have small pet immunity, plus they offer super-easy DIY installation so you can adjust your setup as many times as you need to.

        >>View Frontpoint plans


        Other options to consider

        • If you’re looking for a way to directly monitor and interact with your pet while you’re away, take a look at Petcube or another of these pet cameras, many of which have two-way communication.
        • If you aren’t ready to commit to a full home security system but still want to keep close tabs on your home, a motion detector or indoor camera is a great place to start.
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        What makes a security system pet-friendly?

        Here’s what to look for when selecting a security system while keeping your pets in mind.

        • Choose a wireless security system. Not only is wireless safe against tampering by intruders, it’s also one less thing your pup can chew on.
        • Use passive infrared (PIR) motion detectors. Passive detectors alert you if they detect a significant change in heat, so a small pet like a cat won’t trip the alarm. An active infrared motion detector automatically goes off if its beam is interrupted, regardless of what or who does it.
        • Pay attention to your pet’s daily activities. If you know your dog likes to snooze on the couch all afternoon, don’t point a motion sensor directly at the couch, and definitely keep sensors away from pet relief areas like litter boxes or newspaper-covered areas for puppies. If that’s not feasible, set up gates or close doors to keep animals out of the motion sensor range.
        • Keep motion detectors away from pets. Don’t install sensors near the floor or on an easy-to-reach shelf. In other words, don’t give your curious kitties something to play with.
        • Install the motion sensors upside down. A motion sensor range usually extends out and downward. When you install a sensor upside down, the range extends out and up, leaving your animals free to roam near the floor without tripping the alarm.
        • Disconnect the motion detectors. If all else fails and your pets are still setting off the alarm, you may need to disconnect the motion detectors. In that case, consider installing more door, window, or glass break sensors to make up the difference in security.