Installing a security system helps safeguard your loved ones and belongings in case of criminal activity. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best home security systems in Waco to guide your purchase of a monitored or unmonitored alarm system.
Waco is safer than only 8 percent of U.S. cities, according to neighborhoodscout.com. Residents have a 1 in 26 chance of being a victim of property crime, which is higher than the Texas average of 1 in 39. Home security systems reduce your chance of being on the wrong side of this equation.
Waco recorded 3,648 burglaries according to FBI reports from 2016. That’s quite high for a population of only 133,790. By comparison, Fort Worth had only 3,316 burglaries for a population of 851,849. Based on statistics from the Waco Police Department, here are the neighborhoods with the highest crime in 2018:
Kendrick 2, 3
Richland Hills 3
While violent crime in Waco has been decreasing since 2016, your home should still be secured. Having a top-rated security system can protect you and your belongings 24/7.
Types of home security systems
Choose from two types of home security systems. The more basic kind is a local or unmonitored alarm while monitored systems are more effective yet costly.
Local or unmonitored alarms
Motion detector sensors for windows and doors
Alarm sounds when the circuit is broken
Simple to install and easy to disable
Best to deter burglars rather than catch them in action
Monitored alarm systems are a costlier but more effective solution to home security. Like a local alarm, sensors are placed on windows and doors. When the circuit is tripped, the monitoring company alerts either you or an emergency service while recording the incident on camera. These systems can be monitored through a landline, internet connection or cellular uplink.
Some companies give you the option to complete a DIY installation, which saves you money. However, hiring a professional to install your system ensures the best locations for sensors and that the system is connected properly.
Average costs for home security systems
While some cities mandate alarm permits, we could not find any requirements in Waco or McClennan County. This makes your installation easier and cheaper.
Here are average costs associated with a home security system:
Activation fees: $0 to $200
Additional sensors: $15 to $60
Smart home upgrades: $30 to $300
Basic system (without installation): around $600
Hardwired system (with installation): $800 to $1,600
Monthly monitoring: $10 to $65 per month
The cost for your system could end up being much more depending on the size of your home and features selected. While home security might seem like a large cost, consider the monetary and sentimental value of stolen valuables, not to mention the headache of replacement purchases.
Ask a company representative or technician for tips on a well-rounded security solution for your situation and the costs associated with it. Finally, check with your homeowners or renters insurance company to see if you’re eligible for a policy discount by installing a home alarm system in Waco.
Protect Your Home offers ADT-monitored home security systems with a money-back guarantee and 24/7 monitoring. The company installs the equipment to prevent malfunctions or false alarms. Reviews state that Protect Your Home’s technicians were friendly, knowledgeable and diligent throughout the installation process.
Vivint offers a variety of home solutions to more than 1 million customers. The company says its advanced technology gets you in contact with 24/7/365 monitoring teams faster and easier than the competition. Security systems can be fully customized to fit your needs and budget. Vivint earns great ratings from its satisfied customers.
Protect America’s award-winning, fully-automated home security packages come with a limited lifetime warranty and a locked-in rate, so you can be protected for years to come. All systems are professionally monitored 24/7 by a five-times redundant system and can also be monitored on your smartphone. Reviewers state that set-up is simple and customer service is top-notch.