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Best Home Security Systems in Tacoma, WA

Best for Money-Back Guarantee

ADT Home Security

Starting at $45.99

8.3 out of 10

Best features

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

Regional WA Provider

Protec

Starting at $N/A

Best features

  • Flexible package options
  • Equipment guarantee
  • Free system transfer if you move

Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Security

Starting at $29.99

7.7 out of 10

Best features

  • 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

Best Overall

SimpliSafe Security

Starting at $14.99

9.3 out of 10

Best features

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

Best for Customer Service

Frontpoint Security

Starting at $44.99

7.6 out of 10

Best features

  • No lengthy contracts
  • Excellent customer service
  • Variety of equipment to choose from
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Pro. monitoring starts at $45.99/mo. Contact for a quote $29.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $44.99/mo.
Installation Professional Professional Professional DIY or Professional DIY
Contract 36 months Not specified 42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full None None
Smart home compatibility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video surveillance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty Option to extend limited warranty Not specified 120-day equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty
Home Security in Tacoma

Home Security in Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington, is known for its vibrant glass art scene, punctuated by the tilted shining silver cone housing the Hot Shop Amphitheater of the Museum of Glass. The museum connects to the Thea Foss Waterway via the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot pedestrian bridge that houses three additional glass art installations.  For the more outdoorsy, Mt. Rainier offers Tacoma visitors and residents 14,410 feet of rugged rock climbing. Tacoma is also home to the most historic of the Pantages Theaters, and the city’s location on the Puget Sound is the perfect spot for the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where you can see animals from all around the Pacific Rim. But no matter what draws you to live in this picturesque city of the Pacific Northwest, we’ll help you find a home security system that’s right for Tacoma. 

Tacoma Crime Statistics

Tacoma Crime Statistics

When it comes to crime, Tacoma gets a failing grade from NeighborhoodScout, which places it in only the 2nd percentile for America’s safest cities. In other words, 98% of cities in the U.S. are safer than Tacoma, making home security systems all the more valuable. The statistics don’t get much better when compared with the rest of the state of Washington. You’re nearly three times as likely to become a victim of violent crime in Tacoma compared to the rest of the state, and almost double as likely to become a victim of property crime there. In Tacoma in 2018, the FBI reported

  • 7,573 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,912 incidents of burglary
  • 1,151 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 1,877 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 503 incidents of robbery
Local Spotlight: Protec — Local Security Provider

Local Spotlight: Protec — Local Security Provider

Protec is located just outside of Tacoma in University Place, Washington. The company has an average rating of four-and-a-half out of five stars from Yelp users, and it gets an A+ grade from the Better Business Bureau. Protec includes an equipment and service guarantee for every customer, so you never have to pay extra for service calls or to replace faulty equipment. If you need to move, its reps will uninstall and reinstall your security system free of charge as long as your new home is within Protec’s service area. 

Protec offers three plans for its customers: the Protection Plan, the Ultimate Plan and the Surveillance Plan. For the Protection Plan you can choose any seven wireless devices from the following: door/window sensor, glass break detector, key remote, medical pendant, motion detector or smoke detector. The Ultimate Plan includes your choice of seven wireless devices from the Protection Plan, plus an additional three smart home devices of your choice. The Surveillance Plan likely includes additional camera equipment or video monitoring options, but Protec’s website doesn’t specify. 

 

  1. Regional WA Provider

    BBB rating A

    Starting at $N/A/mo

    Our take

    Protec offers customizable package options so you can choose only the devices you need. Its offerings include smart home options, such as thermostats and light modules, with modern touchscreen keypads. Protec offers guarantees on equipment and service, so you won’t have to pay extra for repairs if something stops working. 

    What we like

    • Flexible package options
    • Equipment guarantee
    • Free system transfer if you move

    What we don’t like

    • No upfront pricing
    • Long-term contracts*
    • Not much detail provided on website
  2. 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
  3. Best for Smart Homes

    Vivint 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
  4. Best Overall

    SimpliSafe 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
    • Research SimpliSafe
  5. Best for Customer Service

    Frontpoint 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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*Website lists “free installation and equipment,” which usually indicates a mandatory long-term contract.

Other Local Home Security Providers for Tacoma

Other Local Home Security Providers for Tacoma

If you prefer to shop local for your home security, check out these home security providers headquartered in the Tacoma area. 

  • Security Lock, Safe, & Alarm: If you want to learn more about home security devices and monitoring options before you buy, you can actually visit the Security Lock, Safe, & Alarm storefront on Sixth Avenue in downtown Tacoma. 
  • Secure Pacific Corp: Secure Pacific uses video verification technology to instantly send you video footage from any camera near a tripped sensor so you can see what’s happening during an alarm event.
  • NW Security & Automation: Founded in 2006, NW Security & Automation specializes in security and automation technology for homes and businesses throughout the Puget Sound area
  • Guardian Security: Guardian Security uses nationally recognized brands Alarm.com and Qolsys to power its home security systems and home automation devices. 
Surrounding Areas for Tacoma

Surrounding Areas for Tacoma

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

  • Federal Way, Washington
  • Puyallup, Washington
  • Lakewood, Washington
  • Spanaway, Washington
  • South Hill, Washington
  • Graham, Washington
  • Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Gig Harbor, Washington
Factors to Consider When Buying a Home Security System

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

Common Home Security Equipment and Features

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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Frequently Asked Questions for Tacoma

Frequently Asked Questions for Tacoma

What home security features are important for Tacoma?

With a large population of “young, single, upwardly mobile professionals,” it’s important for Tacoma home security systems to be mobile as well. Consider purchasing a contract-free wireless DIY system that you can take with you when you move. 

Which home security provider is best for Tacoma renters?

Our top pick for renters in the Tacoma area is SimpliSafe. Pay for the system up front, install the wireless devices yourself and take it with you when you move.

Which home security providers allow DIY installation?

Our top picks for DIY installation are SimpliSafe, Cove, and Ring. Each offers straightforward installation, optional low monthly monitoring fees and no contracts. 

Do home security providers require a contract for service in Tacoma?

Local security providers usually require a contract. SimpliSafe, Blue by ADT, Frontpoint and Cove have contract-free options for Tacoma residents, but keep in mind that each requires that you pay for your equipment up front. 

Which home security providers offer cameras in Tacoma?

Local Tacoma home security companies Protec, Guardian Security, NW Security & Automation, Secure Pacific and Security, Lock, Safe & Alarm all offer cameras. National companies such as ADT and Nest also offer quality camera options with their home security systems in Tacoma. 


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