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Best Home Security Systems in Ana, CA

Updated Feb 25, 2021
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SimpliSafe Security


Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$29.99 with a landline, $39.99 for wireless$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 months1 year minimum42-60 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 Santa Ana

As the largest city in Orange County, Santa Ana, California, offers many attractions for its more than 332,000 residents and the numerous tourists that travel to it each year, including the Discovery Cube, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana Zoo, and Orange County Museum of Art. Santa Ana is a quiet getaway compared to the bustling city of Los Angeles located to the northwest. This urban area is just a short drive from the Pacific Ocean to the west and the mountains to the east. It also straddles the Santa Ana River and is dotted with small neighborhood parks, which makes it the perfect place for residents and tourists to enjoy city life and nature on the same day. But is your Santa Ana residence safe when you’re away? Discover the best home security systems and providers that can protect your family, home and property any time of day or night.

Santa Ana Crime Stats

Neighborhood Scout data reveals that the neighborhoods of City Center, Cornerstone Village, Cedar-Evergreen Co-Op and Delhi experience the most crime in Santa Ana. When comparing the FBI’s crime data for Santa Ana to other municipalities, such as Irvine and Huntington Beach, Santa Ana does not stand out as having significantly more or less crime.

According to the FBI’s 2018 city data, residents of Santa Ana experienced the following crimes in 2018:

  • 3,931 reported incidents of larceny-theft
  • 910 reported incidents of burglary
  • 821 reported incidents of aggravated assault
  • 1,549 reported incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 499 reported incidents of robbery
  • Best Home Security for Industry Experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $49.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT’s a well-recognized name in the home security industry. It offers traditional security that requires professional installation and monitoring at a steep price.

     

    Recommended Plan
    Complete

    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 Professional Support

    StarBrite Alarm

    Starting at
    $29.99/mo

    Our take

    StarBrite Alarm has won a JD Power Award for customer service and operates a five-star UL-certified monitoring center. As a Brinks-authorized dealer, StarBrite Alarm combines industry-leading home security and automation technology with the kind of personalized attention and service you can expect from a company with local roots.

     

    ★ Recommended plan:

    Smart Home Ultimate

    Pros

    • 5-star UL-certified monitoring center
    • Smart home equipment
    • Can monitor existing system

    Cons

    • No self-monitoring option
    • Trip fees and permit fees may apply
    • Must have a landline for the $29.99 package

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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 has an extensive line of smart security equipment that you can expand over time. The downside is that you’ll have a long-term contract if you finance your equipment. 

     

    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 upfront
    • 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)

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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 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.

     

    Recommended package: Barrington

     

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

     

    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

There are many other local providers in the Santa Ana and greater Orange County area. Here are a few options you might want to check out:

  • Golden Eye Security Systems: This company serves greater Orange County and provides alarm systems and surveillance cameras with 24/7 monitoring. 
  • Unify Smart Home: Unify Smart Home offers home security systems that integrate with a home automation hub and mobile app for seamless control.
  • Comlock Security Group: This company provides residential alarm systems with professional, local monitoring under a 24-month contract.
  • Jadtec Security Services: Jadtec Security Services requires an upfront installation fee for its equipment, but it offers low month-to-month monitoring fees and discounts for advance payments.
  • Boyd and Associates: This company boasts decades of experience protecting southern California residents with wireless equipment and professional monitoring.

Additional Areas Covered

Home security companies serving Santa Ana may also serve other nearby areas in California, including: 

  • Huntington Beach
  • Long Beach
  • Anaheim
  • Irvine
  • Riverside
  • Mission Viejo
  • Laguna Beach
  • San Clemente

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.

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