Best Home Security Systems In Chicago, IL

Best for Industry Experience

ADT Home Security

  • 140+ years in business
  • 6-month money back guarantee
  • $500 Theft Protection guarantee

Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Security

  • Flexible equipment configuration
  • Flexible payment options
  • Variety of cutting-edge smart home devices and features

Best for Easy Installation

SimpliSafe Security

  • 60-day no-risk trial
  • Easy self-installation
  • Month-to-month commitment

Best for Customer Service

Frontpoint Security

  • Month-to-month contract
  • Renter-friendly services and equipment
  • Good customer service

Best Entry-Level Pricing

Protect America

  • 25+ years of industry experience
  • Low prices on entry-level systems
  • No upfront equipment costs

Top Home Security Providers in Chicago, Illinois

  • ADT Security

    Best Industry Experience

  • Vivint

    Best Smart Home Equipment

  • SimpliSafe

    Best DIY Installation

  • Frontpoint

    Best Professional Monitoring

  • Protect America

    Best Basic Security System

Chicago is home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Wrigley Field, Millennium Park (where the giant, stainless steel “bean” lives) and much more. Despite waning in population, Chicago is still the third largest city in the U.S., according to the Chicago Tribune. Currently, the city has over 2.7 million residents. But why are residents leaving the city?

The Economist writes that high taxes as well as political issues fuel the reasons why some are choosing to leave. Violence is also a mentioned as a contributing factor to why some are choosing to leave.One essential measure to take as a resident is protecting your family and home, and we want to help you find a security solution that will work best.

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Best Home Security Systems in Chicago

Best for Industry Experience

ADT Home Security

  • BBB rating
    A+
  • Starting price
    $35.99/mo
Our take on ADT Home Security

ADT Inc. stands apart as the home security company with the most experience and the best guarantee in the industry. That’s on top of certified monitoring centers and a competitive equipment lineup that includes intrusion protection, environmental monitoring, video surveillance and smart home automation.

What we like

  • 140+ years in business
  • 6-month money back guarantee
  • $500 Theft Protection guarantee

What we don’t like

  • Contract required
  • No self-installation option
  • Mobile app access not available in basic package
Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Home Security

  • BBB rating
    D-
  • Starting price
    $38.99/mo
Our take on Vivint Home Security

Vivint offers all of today’s must-have home security features (professional monitoring, top-of-the-line equipment, home automation, mobile app access) with the added benefit of extensive smart home options and flexibility with your equipment and payment plan.

What we like

  • Flexible equipment configuration
  • Flexible payment options
  • Variety of cutting-edge smart home devices and features

What we don’t like

  • Long contract if financing equipment
  • Expensive equipment cost
  • No DIY installation option
Best for Easy Installation

SimpliSafe Home Security System

  • BBB rating
    A+
  • Starting price
    $14.99/mo
Our take on SimpliSafe Home Security

SimpliSafe could be considered a disrupter in the home security industry, because it was among the first to provide forward-thinking customer benefits like self-installation, self-monitoring, video verification and month-to-month pricing. Its generous 60-day risk-free trial helps ensure long-term customer satisfaction.

What we like

  • 60-day no-risk trial
  • Easy self-installation
  • Month-to-month commitment

What we don’t like

  • Mobile alerts not available in the basic monitoring plan
  • No selection of smart home devices
  • Smart home capabilities not available in basic monitoring plan
Best for Customer Service

Frontpoint Home Security

  • BBB rating
    A+
  • Starting price
    $44.99/mo
Our take on Frontpoint Home Security

Frontpoint offers a competitive range of security equipment and monitoring services with the freedom of do-it-yourself installation and month-to-month contracts. We also appreciate their straightforward pricing and solid customer service reputation.

What we like

  • Month-to-month contract
  • Renter-friendly services and equipment
  • Good customer service

What we don’t like

  • Outdoor camera, doorbell camera only available as add-ons
  • Limited home automation devices available
  • High monitoring starting price
Best Entry-Level Pricing

Protect America Home Security

  • BBB rating
    A
  • Starting price
    $19.99/mo
Our take on Protect America Home Security

Protect America stands out for its low starting prices, over 25 years of award-winning service and monitoring plans that are based on connectivity type. If you’re looking for a capable no-frills home security system you can install yourself, Protect America might have the best priced option.

What we like

  • 25+ years of industry experience
  • Low prices on entry-level systems
  • No upfront equipment costs

What we don’t like

  • Contract required
  • Must upgrade to get video surveillance, smart features and smoke detection
  • Cellular monitoring is the most expensive plan

Chicago, IL Crime Statistics

According to the FBI’s 2016 Crime Report, property crime followed by larceny-theft are two of the most prevalent crimes in Chicago. Violent crime falls third to both according to the report. Here is a breakdown of several crimes by category as reported for Chicago:

  • 86,960 incidents of property crime
  • 61,229 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 30,126 incidents of violent crime
  • 15,815 incidents of aggravated assault

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that violent crimes as well as “burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and robberies [are] at their lowest levels citywide since 2000″. This is good news for the city. While you’re searching for the best home security system, we want you to keep several factors in mind as you consider your options.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Home Security System

  • Cost

    At the top of your list is probably cost. When choosing a home security provider, make sure the provider’s costs will work for your budget. You’ll typically have to consider the cost of equipment and professional monitoring. For 24/7 professional monitoring, it’s typical to pay a monthly fee.

  • Equipment & unique features

    You’ll find essential intrusion protection equipment with each provider. Basic packages normally come with a base unit, keypad, motion sensors, and signage. If your home has more points of entry, you’ll want to go with a provider that allows you to add on products and customize your package.

  • Monitoring

    Most providers offer 24/7 professional monitoring, which means that a professional is always standing by to assist in case of emergencies. Some professional monitoring plans come with additional features like mobile alerts, live video, environmental monitoring and more.

  • Video surveillance

    Most providers have indoor, outdoor and doorbell security camera options. Oftentimes, you’ll be able to view live video as well as watch recorded clips through your smartphone, depending on the provider.

  • Home automation

    Smart home devices can help save you time on simple tasks, yet also enhance your security. If you’re typically forgetful with locking the door before leaving, a keyless entry smart door lock allows you to lock your door remotely. Additional smart home devices include smart lights, smart thermostats, garage door controllers and others.

Equipment & Features to Keep in Mind

Here’s a short list of equipment and features to review when perusing home security systems.

Security cameras

With property crime being so prevalent in Chicago, you may want to consider a home security package with a surveillance camera. An issue that’s not just central to Chicago is package theft. According to Patch.com, Chicago ranks 13th as one of the “worst places in America for Amazon package theft”. By purchasing a security camera, particularly an outdoor camera or video doorbell camera, you’ll have a greater chance of being able to catch and identify any “porch pirates” or unwelcome visitors.

Motion and door/window sensors

One of your best lines of defense against home intruders are motion and door/window sensors. You’ll find these devices with pretty much every home security system. If you purchase a basic package, about 1-3 sensors are generally included, but you can add more if your home has several points of entry. When activity is detected by one of these sensors, an alarm will let you know if a door or window is breached. As a more unique feature, you may also be able to get motion alerts whenever activity is detected in your home.

Smart home devices

Devices like smart lights, smart plugs, and even a vehicle monitoring device can help to enhance your home’s safety. With smart lights and smart switches, you can give passersby the appearance of someone being home even when you’re not. Simply schedule times for your lights to turn on or off. You can also return to a well-lit home and avoid having to walk up a dark driveway. In addition to smart lights and switches, if you purchase a vehicle monitoring device, you’ll get tamper alerts and even an alert if your car is stolen. These are just several ways that smart home devices can enhance your security.

Home Security System Frequently Asked Questions

Which provider will best fit my needs?

This can depend on a number of factors, but we share brief highlights of each provider listed so you can have more insight. ADT has over 140 years of experience in home security, so if you’re looking for a company with more experience, we’d recommend ADT. If you prefer a regional security provider that provides the basics and home automation options, we’d recommend Security Doctors. For innovative home security equipment, Vivint is a great choice. If you’d like to self-install your home security system and avoid paying an installation fee, we recommend Frontpoint, SimpliSafe or Protect America.

Do all of these providers offer security cameras?

Yes – with each provider you’ll find security camera options.

Do all of these providers have home automation features?

Yes – each provider listed offers home automation features. With SimpliSafe, there aren’t any smart home devices you can purchase, but SimpliSafe does offer home automation integration, which means you can use the provider’s services with devices like Apple Watch, August Lock and digital assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.


Jalesa Campbell

Written by your home security specialist

Jalesa Campbell