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About Modesto, CA
Centrally located in the heart of California, Modesto is indeed a “modest” town, as its Spanish name suggests, but it also has a lot to offer its 208,839 residents. The town inspired George Lucas to write the classic film “American Graffiti” based on his youthful adventures growing up in Modesto. A vibrant car culture continues there even today, with car parades and classic car shows during Graffiti Summer every June. If you prefer to hit Modesto’s streets with your sneakers rather than your wheels, the Modesto Marathon can qualify you for the New York and Boston marathons. And if your love of sports includes baseball, be sure to catch a Single-A baseball Modesto Nuts game.
Additionally, fans of the arts can enjoy a touring Broadway show or a nationally renowned comedy act at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Speaking of art, it’s hard to miss the dozens of incredible public murals painted on Modesto’s buildings, many of which are created during DoMo Walls, the annual arts event that brings artists from all over the world to Modesto to use the city as their canvas. But no matter what part of the city strikes your fancy, we can help you find the right home security system for your Modesto home.
Modesto Crime Stats
According to Neighborhood Scout, Modesto ranks in the 6th percentile of the nation’s safest cities, with an average of five in 100 residents likely to become a victim of crime. You’re also nearly twice as likely to become a victim of violent crime in Modesto compared to California as a whole, with the city reporting an average of 264 crimes per square mile compared to the state’s average of 85. In Modesto in 2018, the FBI reported:
- 5,420 incidents of larceny-theft
- 1,109 incidents of burglary
- 1,363 incidents of aggravated assault
- 1,198 incidents of motor vehicle theft
- 420 incidents of robbery
Local Spotlight: Bay Alarm Home Security
With its own Five Diamond-certified monitoring center in California, many Californians rely on the family-owned Bay Alarm Home Security for their home security needs. Yelp reviewers rate the company 4.5 out of 5 stars, and it earns a stellar A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Bay Alarm aims to provide customers with technicians local to their area in order to better serve specific needs, and it promotes the customer service motto: “There with you, there for you.”
Because Bay Alarm prides itself on taking a customized, customer-centered approach, it doesn’t offer preselected packages. Instead, a security agent works with you to determine the best alarm system setup for your particular home and lifestyle, so you only get the devices you need. Devices include door and window sensors, motion sensors, key fob remote controls, video doorbells, wireless indoor and outdoor cameras, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. The Bay Alarm App can alert you to alarm events even when you’re not home, and it lets you arm and disarm your alarm system from your smartphone. Bay Alarm also offers Vacation Watch and Security Patrol & Response services in selected areas.
- Best for Personal Service
Bay Alarm SecurityBBB ratingA+Starting at$35.00/mo
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.
- Patrol and Response program
- Complete life safety system
- Fully customizable packages
- Minimum contract of 36 months required
- Lack of specific pricing on the website
- Lack of contract details on the website
- Best for Money-Back Guarantee
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.
- 6-month money-back guarantee
- $500 theft protection guarantee
- High-quality equipment
- Must pay for an extended warranty
- Lengthy contracts
- More expensive than competitors
- Best for Smart Homes
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.
- 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
- 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
- Best Overall
SimpliSafe Home SecurityOur rating9.3Starting 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.
- Inexpensive professional monitoring
- Wireless equipment
- Cellular monitoring
- Free self-monitoring
- 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
- Best for Customer Service
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.
- No lengthy contracts
- Excellent customer service
- Variety of equipment to choose from
- Monitoring fees are relatively expensive
- Short (30 days) trial period
- No professional installation option
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Other Local Providers
Here are a few more local alarm companies for you to consider for your home security system in Modesto.
- Central Valley Alarm: With Central Valley Alarm, shopping local doesn’t mean sacrificing high-tech options. Central Valley Alarm prides itself on providing state-of-the-art residential home security.
- Intelliguard Security: With three UL-listed central monitoring stations, Intelliguard Security ensures that you stay protected even in the event of a natural disaster.
- Vio Security: Vio offers Z-wave-compatible smart home security devices that you can control from your smartphone.
- 1st Security & Sound: 1st Security and Sound uses trusted name brands, such as Honeywell, GE and Ademco, in its home security packages.
Additional Areas Covered
Modesto home security providers may also provide service in the following nearby areas:
- Patterson, California
- Ceres, California
- Turlock, California
- Manteca, California
- Escalon, California
- Riverbank, California
- Salida, California
- Waterford, California
Common Home Security Equipment and Features
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 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
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.
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.
Can’t decide? Compare top providers side-by-side: ADT vs. SimpliSafe, Vivint vs. Frontpoint, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions for Modest, CA
With higher-than-average rates of violent crime, Modesto residents should equip their homes with door and window sensors and motion sensors. Installing a video doorbell and security cameras can add another layer of security.
Local Modesto home security companies that offer professional installation include Bay Alarm, Central Valley Alarm, Intelliguard Security, Vio Security and 1st Security & Sound. National brands like ADT, Vivint and Protect America also offer professional home security installation in the Modesto area.