The best home alarm systems will have some sort of interior protection. Motion detectors are the preferred method, and give you a good second line of defense. The interior devices will likely trip up any intruder who manages to get past the perimeter.
Finding the best home alarm system is really a two-part process. First, you need that has features and capabilities you want. Second, that equipment must be installed in the best to give you the coverage you’re looking for.
In keeping with the requirement of little-to-no drywall damage, wireless all-in-one systems are probably the best wireless home alarm for renters. Panels like the Ademco Lynx system combine the main control board, keypad, digital communicator, and back-up battery in one compact unit. Wireless door and window transmitters make up the perimeter protection, while wireless motion detectors are used for interior coverage.
Wireless all-in-one alarms can sometimes have somewhat less zone capacity than full-size systems, though these days not by much. Since most apartment/condo layouts only have three doors or less, and maybe a handful of windows, lots of zones aren’t really needed. Each of the wireless home security alarm systems shown below has at least 24 zones, which is enough for a basic system in a medium-sized 3-bedroom, 2-bath house.
Obviously, just because a wireless system has a capacity for lots of zones doesn’t mean you have to use them all. You’ll only need to buy enough wireless door and window transmitters to cover your particular floorplan, along with a motion detector or two.
The small size of apartments and condos also means that you only need one keypad location to arm and disarm the system. The one-piece control unit also makes this type of system very do-able DIY wireless alarm, so a handy person can install one themselves.
Almost everyone is on a tight budget these days, and those who rent are no exception. The best wireless home alarm systems are reasonably priced, and do not require monitoring.
Many of these systems are offered as a wireless home security alarm kit. They usually contain the all-in-one main control unit with plug-in transformer and backup battery, 2 or 3 wireless door/window transmitters, and a wireless motion detector. Many also include a wireless keyfob or two for remote arming and disarming of the system. If you have a larger condo or townhome, you may need to buy additional door or window transmitters, and possibly an extra motion detector to get good coverage.
Many wireless burglar alarm kits range in price from $200-400. If you don’t plan on paying monthly for the alarm to be monitored, there won’t be any further expense for the system.