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Best Home Security Systems in Irvine, CA

Updated Jan 25, 2021

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Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$35/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 months36 months42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warranty1-year equipment warranty120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Irvine, CA

The area in Southern California where Irvine sits has been occupied for around 12,000 years, with native tribe the Gabrielinos appearing around 2,000 years ago and Spanish explorers settling in the area in the 1700s. Today, Irvine is home to over 280,000 people and part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which covers a large part of Southern California. Irvine itself features a host of cultural and natural attractions, such as Orange County Great Park, Crystal Cove State Park, Pretend City Children’s Museum and the Orange County Zoo. Irvine is also home to the University of California Irvine.

However, like any other city, Irvine does experience crime, so we’re covering the top local home security providers in Irvine to help you find the right security solution for your household.

Irvine Crime Statistics

According to the FBI’s 2018 crime report, Irvine has a relatively low crime rate for a city of its size. Still, there is some crime in the city. The following crimes were reported in Irvine in 2018:

  • 2,840 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 621 incidents of burglary
  • 198 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 67 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 53 incidents of robbery

Local Spotlight: Bay Alarm — Local Security Provider

Bay Alarm is the largest independent security company in the country. This family-owned company has been serving California since 1946. Bay Alarm offers personalized service with a local feel, and its technicians live in the neighborhoods they serve. Bay Alarm doesn’t offer one-size-fits-all security packages. Instead, consultants work with you to create the best solution for your needs.

Bay Alarm installation costs $199, which is competitive, and professional monitoring starts at $35 per month. Since the company only offers personalized solutions, you won’t find package details on its website. Instead, Bay Alarm recommends you request a custom quote on the website. The company offers a wide array of services and equipment, including home automation, fire alarms and smoke detectors, patrol and response services, and security cameras.

  • Best for Personal Service

    Bay Alarm Security

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $35.00/mo

    Our take

    Founded in 1946, Bay Alarm Home Security has plenty of experience protecting homes. The company offers fully customizable plans to suit your home and budget. With great equipment and integration with smart devices, Bay Alarm’s security systems can give you peace of mind and control over your home safety.

     

    ★ Recommended Plan

    Custom: Bay Alarm does not offer pre-bundled equipment packages. You’ll need to consult with a Bay Alarm representative to select the best equipment for your household, which may include wearable medical monitoring devices, fire and smoke detectors, and security cameras and sensors. A custom package allows you to get exactly what you want without having to pay for extras that you may not use, which is often the case with pre-bundled packages.

    Pros

    • Patrol and Response program
    • Complete life safety system
    • Fully customizable packages

    Cons

    • Minimum contract of 36 months required
    • Lack of specific pricing on the website
    • Lack of contract details on the website

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  • 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 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
    • Research SimpliSafe

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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

There are several other reputable and high-quality home security companies in and around the Irvine area, including:

  • Security One: Security One provides both residential and commercial security services and smart home solutions.
  • Smart Systems Technologies: SST serves customers in California and Arizona, offering home security, home automation and home entertainment installs.
  • JadTec: JadTec is a locally owned, locally monitored home security company that features competitive prices without long-term contracts.
  • Boyd Security: Boyd Security is one of the largest family-owned security companies in Southern California. Operating since 1967, Boyd offers a full range of residential and commercial security solutions.

Additional Areas Covered

Home security companies in Irvine may also serve nearby areas of California, including: 

  • Aliso Viejo
  • Costa Mesa
  • Fountain Valley
  • Garden Grove
  • Huntington Beach
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Hills
  • Laguna Woods
  • Lake Forest
  • Mission Viejo
  • Newport Beach
  • Orange
  • Santa Ana
  • Tustin Foothills
  • Tustin

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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Aaron J. Trumm is a writer, musician, and personal trainer. He writes in the home, health, and technology areas.

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