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Best Home Security Systems in Syracuse, NY

Updated Sep 30, 2020

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ADT Home Security

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General Security


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SimpliSafe Security


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Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.N/A$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 months60 months42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyN/A120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

Home Security in Syracuse

With a population of just 142,327, Syracuse, New York, isn’t quite the metropolis of the “Big Apple,” New York City. But though it might be smaller, Syracuse has plenty to offer, such as the Carrier Dome, which is “the largest domed stadium in the northeast,” according to visitSyracuse.com. The stadium houses Syracuse University’s NCAA football, basketball and lacrosse teams. Syracuse is also a hot spot for shopaholics, with Armory Square and Destiny USA, and if you work up a carnivorous appetite during your shopping spree, you can check out “The Best Beef Barbecue in America” at the quirky Dinosaur BBQ. Culture lovers will appreciate the Erie Canal Museum, and art aficionados can get their American ceramics fix at The Everson. Syracuse’s Irish Tipperary Hill neighborhood is famous for both its upside-down traffic light and the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. No matter what you love about this small city, we can help you find a home security system that’s right for Syracuse.

Syracuse Crime Statistics

According to Neighborhood Scout, you’re more than twice as likely to become a victim of both property crime and violent crime in Syracuse compared to the rest of New York state. Syracuse has an average of 225 crimes per square mile, while the rest of New York averages just 36 crimes per square mile. Neighborhood Scout puts Syracuse in the 8th percentile for the safest cities in the U.S., making it more dangerous than 92% of U.S. cities.  In Syracuse in 2018, the FBI reported

  • 3,083 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 831 incidents of burglary
  • 606 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 506 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 285 incidents of robbery

Local Spotlight: General Security

General Security was founded over 30 years ago on Long Island, and the company is currently headquartered in Plainview, New York. General Security uses products from top name brand home security dealers such as Qolsys, Honeywell, Alarm.com, Kidde and more. The company gets an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and offers both professional and DIY installation. 

General Security offers three different package options: Fire & Life Safety, Smart Home Security and Video Systems. They offer a variety of equipment including basic essentials and environmental safety including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You can also add video surveillance to your home security system for cameras with two-way audio to chat with guests using your smartphone. General Security also offers remote app access and smart home automation so you can control smart home devices, such as thermostats and lights, all from your smartphone. General Security doesn’t list pricing on its website, so be sure to contact the company for a quote.

  • Best for Customizable Packages
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    General Security

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    A+
    Starting at
    $Call for quote/mo

    Our take

    General Security boasts 30 years of experience providing security solutions for homeowners and businesses. The company offers different packages with various smart home components, like smart thermostats and light controls, as well as DIY security options. This fast-growing security company specializes in cutting-edge, creatively designed security and home automation systems, including unique services like visual verification, intercom systems, video monitoring, card access, home energy management systems, and fire safety.

     

    Recommended Package: Systems are customizable so you must call to explore options

    Pros

    • 30 years of experience in security
    • A wealth of smart home technologies
    • The ability to customize your security packages

    Cons

    • Typical contract length is 5 years
    • Limited service area
    • Pricing and warranty information unavailable online

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  • Best for Money-Back Guarantee
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    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
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    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 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 Customer Service
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    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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Best Home Security Systems of 2020

Additional Local Home Security Providers for Syracuse

If you prefer shopping local for your home security system, check out some of these companies based in Syracuse. 

  • Eastern Security Services: Eastern Security Services uses the Alarm.com app to keep you connected to your security system even when you’re away from home.  
  • Doyle Security Systems: Doyle boasts an impressive history of over 100 years of providing security products to New York residents. 
  • Alarm Services of Central New York: Whether you need a home security system, medical alert system, or video surveillance monitoring, Alarm Services of Central New York has it all. 
  • Security Camera Direct: Unlike most home security companies that offer preset packages, Security Camera Direct lets you select only the devices and features you want for your home security system.

Surrounding Areas For Syracuse

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

  • Clay, New York
  • Fayetteville, New York
  • Baldwinsville, New York
  • Jamesville, New York
  • Camillus, New York
  • Marcellus, New York
  • East Syracuse, New York
  • Liverpool, New York

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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