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Florida Burglary Control
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|36 months||Not specified||42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full||None||None|
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|Option to extend limited warranty||Not specified||120-day equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||3-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
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
- 6-month money-back guarantee
- $500 theft protection guarantee
- High-quality equipment
- Must pay for an extended warranty
- Lengthy contracts
- More expensive than competitors
- Regional FL Provider
Florida Burglary ControlBBB ratingN/AStarting at$/mo
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.
- Infrared motion sensors
- Home automation and camera streaming
- Wide range of equipment
- Pricing and contract information only available by consultation
- No DIY installation option
- Best Smart Home Security
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.
- 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
- Long contract if equipment is financed
- Installation can take 3-4 hours
- Short (120-day) equipment warranty and service guarantee (unless you purchase Premium)
- Best Overall DIY Security System
SimpliSafe Home SecurityOur rating9.9Starting 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
- Inexpensive professional monitoring
- Wireless equipment
- Cellular monitoring
- 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
- Best Pet-Friendly Home Security
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.
- 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 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
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Fort Lauderdale
FBC sends a technician to your home to install your equipment, and even to re-install it if you move to another part of Florida with coverage. The other local providers that offer installations are KBA Technology, Circle Security Solutions and Alarm & Electronics, though only FBC mentions the moving service.
Renters within South Florida might choose FBA because it helps you reinstall your equipment if you move. Plus, it gives you $100 toward new equipment for your new home. Otherwise, a nationwide provider like SimpliSafe or Ring can offer renters simpler contract-free solutions.
Florida Burglary Control, Circle Security Solutions, Alarm & Electronics and KBA Technology offer security cameras. Blue by ADT is a nationwide provider with streamlined security camera systems, including cameras with fire and carbon monoxide sensors, motion detection, facial recognition, two-way talk and more.
While Florida Burglary Control doesn’t offer smart home devices, Alarm & Electronics is another local provider that does sell Honeywell smart thermostats and lights. National providers that offer smart home devices include ADT, Vivint, SimpliSafe, and Frontpoint.