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Best Home Security Systems in Anchorage, AK

Updated Jan 25, 2021

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$45.99/mo.$34.95/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsYes42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyNo120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Anchorage

With a population of approximately 288,000, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and home to nearly 40% of the state’s population. The city has so much natural beauty to offer. You can explore glaciers; visit the Chugach mountains by hiking, kayaking or riding an ATV; take a boat to Fire Island; or bike the numerous nature trails in the national, state and local parks. 

With its blend of untouched natural resources and a bustling city center, Anchorage presents some unique home security challenges. Who is prowling your property? A human or an animal? The best home security systems can give you a quick answer so that you can react accordingly. Learn more about the local home security companies dedicated to keeping Anchorage residents safe.

Anchorage Crime Stats

Alaska ranks third overall in the U.S. for property crime rates and leads the nation in the number of motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 people. According to Neighborhood Scout, crime in Anchorage tends to cluster around the northern part of the city, south of the Elmendorf Air Force Base and north of Northern Lights Blvd.

Residents of Anchorage experienced the following crimes in 2018, according to the FBI’s city data:

  • 9,498 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 2,068  incidents of burglary
  • 2,468 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 2,823 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 717 incidents of robbery
  • Best Overall
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    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.3
    Starting at
    $14.99/mo

    Our Take on SimpliSafe Home Security

    Keep those pesky burglars away with a SimpliSafe security system. Choose from a range of packages and equipment, and get inexpensive professional monitoring.

     

    Recommended Plan
    We recommend The Barrington if you’re interested in SimpliSafe. This package combines intrusion detection and video surveillance. Equipment starts at $388.93. Professional monitoring starts at $14.99 per month. Self-monitoring is free.

    Pros

    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring
    • Free self-monitoring

    Cons

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

    Guardian Security

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $34.95/mo

    Our take

    Guardian Security Systems offers everything you need to keep your home safe from intruders and environmental problems, like smoke, fire and dangerous temperature fluctuations. You can also automate, monitor and control your devices through a mobile app. Guardian Security Systems has five locations throughout the state, and it serves all of Alaska. In fact, rural clients without access to a phone line can still have their alarm systems monitored through a proprietary radio network

     

    ★ Recommended plan: Premium

    Alaska presents some unique challenges in terms of weather and wildlife, so it’s smart to purchase a home security package — like Guardian Security Systems’ Premium option — that includes temperature sensors, glass break sensors, alarms and cameras.

    Pros

    • Extensive range of equipment
    • Serves the entire state of Alaska
    • No phone lines needed

    Cons

    • Pricey monthly fees
    • Activation and early termination fees
    • No extended warranty

    Guardian Security

  • Best for Money-Back Guarantee

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    8.3
    Starting at
    $45.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT is a well-recognized name in the home security business thanks to its top-notch equipment, award-winning monitoring centers and commitment to customer service. For people who feel like you get what you pay for, it’s hard to beat ADT.

    ADT prefers to provide a brief consultation before quoting a custom package. Contact ADT to get started.

     

    Recommended Plan
    ADT’s Video Lite Plan is nothing minor — you’ll get motion detection, smart home capabilities, and video surveillance. Equipment starts at $599. Professional monitoring starts at $54.99 per month.

    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 for Smart Homes

    Vivint Home Security

    Our rating
    7.7
    Starting at
    $29.99/mo

    Our Take on Vivint Home Security

    Vivint really shines when it comes to equipment. Perhaps no other provider has such an extensive catalog, which makes it an excellent provider for those who plan to install new equipment over time.

     

    Recommended Plan

    Vivint’s Smart Home Service is our recommended plan because it unlocks a larger selection of smart home devices, as well as video monitoring.

    Pros

    • Month-to-month contract option if equipment is purchased up front
    • Backup battery included with the Sky Control panel
    • Extensive equipment features, including Vivint Car Guard

    Cons

    • Long contract if equipment is financed
    • Installation can take 3-4 hours
    • Short (120-day) equipment warranty and service guarantee (unless you purchase Premium)
    • Short (3-day) trial period

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  • Best for Customer Service

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    7.6
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo

    Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security

    Frontpoint recently changed its billing model to month-to-month contracts, which we believe shows that the company strives to stay on top of industry trends and cares about customer service. We also appreciate that Frontpoint’s equipment is compatible with the major smart home hubs.

     

    Recommended Plan

    Our recommended Frontpoint plan is the Safe Home Starter equipment package combined with the Ultimate monitoring plan, which will give you access to a smartphone app for monitoring your security devices.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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Other Local Providers

Compare and contrast other home security providers in the Anchorage area, including:

  • Cardoso Integrated Security: This company offers modern equipment for home security and automation.
  • Denali Security Systems: Denali Security Systems designs, installs and maintains home security systems using a variety of name-brand equipment.
  • A+ Security: This company installs and monitors interactive home automation equipment throughout the state of Alaska.

Additional Areas Covered

Home security providers serving Anchorage may also serve nearby areas of Alaska, including: 

  • Alyeska
  • Portage
  • Whittier
  • Eagle River
  • Wasilla
  • Palmer
  • Butte

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

  • ADT Control Panel

    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.

  • LifeShield by ADT Motion Sensor

    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.

  • Frontpoint Door and Window Sensor

    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.

  • ADT Indoor Camera

    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.

  • Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

    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.

  • SimpliSafe VideoDoorbell

    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.

  • Vivint Element Thermostat

    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.

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    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.

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