Best Home Security Systems in Allentown, PA

Updated Dec 23, 2020
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Kasey Tross |
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Shield Security Systems

SimpliSafe Security


Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$21.99/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
Professional DIY or Professional ProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 months N/A 42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warranty N/A 120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

Home Security in Allentown

Located in the Lehigh Valley, Allentown started as a Pennsylvania farmers’ market town in 1762. The Allentown Farmers’ Market continues even today, but the rest of the city has expanded to include popular attractions such as Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley and the PPL Center, where the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play hockey. The DaVinci Science Center is a popular destination for budding scientists, and an exact replica of the famous Liberty Bell resides in the Liberty Bell Museum. 

Allentown is also known for having more land dedicated to parks than any other city of the same size in the country. Parks include Cedar Beach Park, Trexler Memorial Park, Canal Park and many more. The area around Allentown is well known for its scenic covered bridges, like Bogert’s Covered Bridge and the Manasses Guth Covered Bridge. We might not know much about covered bridges, but we can help you safely cover your home with a home security system that’s right for Allentown. 

Allentown Crime Statistics

According to Neighborhood Scout, your chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Allentown are about the same as they are for the rest of the state of Pennsylvania, but your chances of becoming a victim of property crime are higher in Allentown compared to the rest of the state. You’re also slightly more likely to become a victim of theft or burglary compared to other locations in the U.S. In Allentown in 2018, the FBI reported

  • 2,100 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 463 incidents of burglary
  • 169 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 258 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 183 incidents of robbery

Local Spotlight: Shield Security Systems — Local Security Provider

Shield Security Systems was founded over 40 years ago by veteran police officer Ken Jezioro after his home was burglarized. The company serves the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, and it gets an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Shield offers both professional installation and a DIY option with pre-programmed equipment and no mandatory contracts. 

Shield offers three different monitoring plans starting at $21.95 per month for the Basic Plan. The Basic Plan includes 24/7 monitoring for your burglar alarm, smoke alarm, flood and freeze sensors and medical alert systems. The Premium Plan is $39.95 a month and includes everything in the Basic Plan plus a fully cellular connection, crash and smash protection, email and text alerts and app control. The Advanced Plan adds in video monitoring and home automation for $49.95 a month. Shield’s website says “No long term contracts,” so you’ll probably have to pay for your equipment up front, but equipment prices aren’t listed on the website. 

  • Regional PA Provider

    Shield Security Systems

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $$21.95/mo./mo

    Our take

     Founded more than 40 years ago by a veteran police officer, Shield Security Systems offers flexible options such as professional and DIY installation, and contract-free home security systems for the Lehigh Valley area. Its higher-tier plans include mobile app access and video monitoring.

    Pros

    • No mandatory contract
    • DIY installation option
    • Low starting price for monitoring

    Cons

    • No equipment pricing online
    • No app access in Basic Plan
    • No cellular connection in Basic Plan

    Shield Security Systems

  • Best home security for industry experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $45.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT Home Security is a well-known name in the home security industry. It offers traditional security that requires professional installation and monitoring at a steep price.

    Pros

    • 6-month money-back guarantee
    • $500 theft protection guarantee
    • High-quality equipment

    Cons

    • Must pay for an extended warranty
    • Lengthy contracts
    • More expensive than competitors

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  • Best smart home security

    Vivint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $29.99/mo

    Our Take on Vivint Home Security

    Vivint is our top choice for smart home security with an extensive line of equipment filled with smart features. The control panel also doubles as a smart hub. The only downside is that Vivint requires a long-term contract if you finance the equipment. Professional monitoring and installation are also required. 

    Pros

    • Smart Hub to connect and control smart home and security devices
    • Extensive smart features for security equipment including package detection and Smart Deter
    • Wide range of security and smart home equipment

    Cons

    • Contract required for service and financed equipment.
    • Professional monitoring and installation required
    • Expensive equipment compared to other providers

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  • Best overall DIY security system

    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.9
    Starting at
    $14.99/mo

    Our take on SimpliSafe Home Security:

    SimpliSafe Home Security is our top pick for inexpensive monitoring, durable equipment, and reliable services that simplify home security. You’ll have all the right devices and features to give you peace of mind — even when the unexpected happens.

     

    Pros

    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring

    Cons

    • Mobile alerts not available in the basic monitoring plan
    • No selection of smart home devices
    • Smart home capabilities not available in the basic monitoring plan

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  • Best pet-friendly home security

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.4
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo
    1-888-688-5779

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    Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security

    Frontpoint Security lets you choose both your package and monitoring plan to help build the best home security system for renters and homeowners alike. Monitoring can be costly, but free DIY installation helps lower costs without reducing reliability or protection.

    Pros

    • No lengthy contracts
    • Excellent customer service
    • Variety of equipment to choose from

    Cons

    • Monitoring fees are relatively expensive
    • Short trial period (30 days)
    • No professional installation option

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Additional Local Home Security Providers for Allentown

If you prefer to shop where you live, the Allentown area has a good selection of local home security providers. 

  • Protect Alarms: Protect Alarms was founded in 1963 in the Lehigh Valley and has its own UL-listed Central Station for monitoring. 
  • Monks Security Systems Inc.: Monks can cover your home security needs along with medical monitoring, intercom systems and central vacuums. 
  • Altronics Security Systems: If you’re looking to combine home security with home automation, Altronics specializes in smart home systems that include environmental monitoring and mobile app control.
  • Secure Technologies Inc.: Secure Technologies works with you to put together a custom home security package that fits your home and your lifestyle, with the goal of making it easy and convenient for you to use. 

Surrounding Areas For Allentown

Allentown home security providers also provide service to the following Allentown areas:

  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Catasaqua, Pennsylvania
  • Wydnor, Pennsylvania
  • Lanark, Pennsylvania
  • Emmaus, Pennsylvania
  • Wescosville, Pennsylvania
  • New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
  • Northampton, Pennsylvania

Factors to Consider When Buying a Home Security System

  • Price & Contracts

    Are you looking to pay for your equipment upfront or finance over a period of time? You’ll also need to decide whether you want to commit to a contract or have the freedom to cancel your provider’s service without penalty.

  • Monitoring

    Choose between 24/7 professional monitoring or self monitoring. Both have its perks – with professional monitoring, a specialist is available around the clock to help, and with self monitoring, you’ll be in charge and can avoid a monthly fee.

  • Installation

    Want a professional to install your security system for you, or would you rather install it on your own? Most providers either require professional installation, DIY installation, or offer a choice of both.

Common Home Security Equipment and Features

  • Control panel/hub

    As the brain of your security system, the control panel allows you to arm and disarm your security system, manage smart home devices, and in some cases, speak with a monitoring center specialist via two-way communication. Learn more about the control panels offered by ADT, Vivint, and Brinks.

  • Motion sensor

    As one of the sentinels in your home, the motion sensor captures unusual activity, and your system lets you know. Some providers have motion sensors that are designed to be pet-friendly, avoiding pets under 80 pounds to help prevent false alarms. Learn more about motion sensors here in our post.

  • Door/window sensor

    Door/window sensors are sentinels for your entry points. Most have a discreet profile so they’re not easily seen, but once an entry point is breached, your control panel sounds an alarm to let the intruder know they’ve been caught. Learn more about the door/window sensors offered by Frontpoint, Protect America, and SimpliSafe.

  • Indoor security camera

    If you want to be able to monitor the interior of your home, communicate with family members, and check in on pets, then choosing an indoor security camera is a great option. Most indoor cameras feature HD video, come with night vision, and have two-way communication. Learn more about indoor security camera options offered by SimpliSafe, Vivint, and Abode.

  • Outdoor security camera

    Keep tabs on your property no matter your location with an outdoor security cameras. Most outdoor cameras have weatherproof features, night vision, and some even have deterrence features. Learn more about the outdoor security camera options offered by ADT, Vivint, and Frontpoint.

  • Video doorbell camera

    Check your front doorstep without having to leave work with a video doorbell camera. Most video doorbells have built-in two-way communication and night vision. Learn more about the video doorbells offered by Guardian Protection, Vivint, and SimpliSafe.

  • Smart thermostat

    With a smart thermostat, you can potentially improve your home’s energy efficiency. Most smart thermostats allow you to program them, creating a schedule for when your home’s heating and cooling system turns on. Some will also automatically adjust themselves based on certain conditions. Learn more about the smart thermostats offered by Vivint, Frontpoint, and ADT.

  • Smart lock

    Go keyless with a smart lock, designed so you can easily lock or unlock your door via app. Some smart locks have a keycode feature, allowing you to set unique PINs for family members and or professionals who may need to access your home. Learn more about the smart locks offered by Guardian Protection, Protect America, and Scout.

Head-to-Head Comparisons

Can’t decide? Compare top providers side-by-side: ADT vs. SimpliSafe, Vivint vs. Frontpoint, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions for Allentown







Kasey Tross

Kasey Tross has been researching home security and writing about it for the past three years. When she’s not writing about security, she’s taking care of her four

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