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Best Home Security Systems in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Updated Jan 25, 2021

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ADT Home Security

Florida Burglary Control


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Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.Request a quote$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsNot specified42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyNot specified120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is a diverse, high-energy city that sees sun year-round. Besides the beach, Fort Lauderdale also features Everglades tours, casinos and other tourist attractions. Away from vacationers, locals enjoy beautiful state parks, botanical gardens, trails for cycling and hiking and a diverse dining scene. Neighborhood Scout reports that Fort Lauderdale sees more crime than 97% of U.S. cities. When it comes to home security a company with local expertise and experience can help you customize a system that’s just right for you. That’s why we’ve compared the local home security providers in Fort Lauderdale and chosen the one we think stands above the rest.

Fort Lauderdale Crime Statistics

According to FBI data, Fort Lauderdale had 9,050 property crime incidents in 2018. Most were larceny-theft crimes, but there were several burglaries and vehicle theft incidents as well. Here’s what the FBI reported in Fort Lauderdale during 2018:

  • 6,814 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,366 incidents of burglary
  • 870 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 563 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 350 incidents of robbery

Fort Lauderdale Spotlight: Florida Burglary Control — Local Security Provider

Florida Burglary Control (FBC) has more than 25 years in business and it services cities across South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Like many local providers, FBC doesn’t share its prices online. Instead, you get started by reaching out to the company with your information so they can get back with you for a free consultation.

FBC provides an array of equipment options. You can get a touch screen keypad that doubles as a home automation control panel and camera feed viewer, or choose a cheaper standard keypad. FBC’s indoor and outdoor IP camera systems include DVR for storing surveillance footage. With the award-winning app Total Connect, you can access your system and smart devices remotely from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world, plus view live camera feeds. FBC also has a full suite of environmental detection equipment, including flood sensors and outdoor weatherproof entry sensors for sheds or cabanas.

  • 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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  • Regional FL Provider

    Florida Burglary Control

    BBB rating
    N/A
    Starting at
    $/mo

    Our take

    FBC offers a wide selection of security equipment and you can customize your own equipment set to meet the needs of your budget and your home. With its local monitoring expertise and a diverse range of equipment you can tailor for your home, we think FBC is the best local provider for securing your home in Fort Lauderdale.

    Pros

    • Infrared motion sensors
    • Home automation and camera streaming
    • Wide range of equipment

    Cons

    • Pricing and contract information only available by consultation
    • No DIY installation option
  • 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
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    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.9
    Starting at
    $19.99/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 basic monitoring plan

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  • Best Pet-Friendly Home Security

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.4
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo

    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 Home Security Providers for Fort Lauderdale

These are some of the other home security providers in Fort Lauderdale:

  • Circle Security Solutions: With over 40 years in business, CSS provides alarm and camera systems, installs them and offers professional monitoring with home automation.
  • Alarm & Electronics LLC: Provides access to your system via computer or multilingual mobile app, plus Honeywell Z-wave smart thermostats and lights for home automation.
  • KBA Technology: This multi-system provider focuses on low-voltage services such as security, access control and intercom solutions, as well as HD cameras.

Surrounding Areas For Fort Lauderdale

You might also look into providers servicing residential areas around the city, such as:

  • Surfside, FL
  • Parkland, FL
  • Miami Shores, FL
  • Highland Beach, FL
  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • Lighthouse Point, FL

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.

  • ADT Smart Lock

    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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Fort Lauderdale


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