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Best Home Security Systems in Minneapolis, MN

Updated Dec 15, 2020

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SimpliSafe Security


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ADT Home Security

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Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.Contact for 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 warrantyLifetime warranty120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Minneapolis

Hugging the banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis is a city of 425,403 residents that’s beloved for more than just its famous Mall of America. It’s also home to the fourth-largest college in the U.S., the University of Minnesota, and a variety of natural outdoor attractions such as Loring Park and Chain of Lakes Park. Unique restaurants such as Psycho Suzi’s Tiki Bar and Hell’s Kitchen provide color to this historic city, while music lovers can enjoy some of the biggest names in jazz at the Dakota Jazz Club. Sports fans are also right at home in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves and Wild representing all four major leagues. No matter whether you love the city for its adventurous side or for its long-standing traditions, we can help you find a home security system that’s right for Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis Crime Statistics

According to real estate data service NeighborhoodScout, you’re twice as likely to become a victim of property crime in Minneapolis than you are in the rest of Minnesota, and nearly four times as likely to become a victim of violent crime. Minneapolis is only in the 4th percentile for the safest U.S. cities, making it more dangerous than 96% of the country. In Minneapolis in 2018, the FBI reported: 

  • 11,471 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 3,089 incidents of burglary
  • 1,748 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 2,190 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 1,184 incidents of robbery

Minneapolis Spotlight: Security One — Local Security Provider

Security One has partnerships with home security equipment manufacturers GE and Honeywell to provide the latest in home security technology to its Minneapolis customers. It serves every state in the U.S., including Minnesota. Security One earns a B- rating from the Better Business Bureau, and average customer reviews give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Security One’s services include home security systems and cameras, smart home automation, medical alert monitoring, and existing security system takeovers. The company also offers a lifetime warranty on all its equipment. 

Security One offers three different packages to its customers: Simply Security, Energy Plus, and Ultimate Home. For specific fees and pricing, you’ll have to contact the company for a quote, but every plan has a locked rate guarantee, so your monthly fees will never change for as long as you own your system. The Simply Security plan includes a control panel/touchscreen combo, 2 door and window sensors, a motion detector, a keyfob/remote control and mobile app access. The Energy Plus plan adds in smart light control and a smart thermostat, while the Ultimate Home plan includes everything from the Simply Security and Energy Plus packages, as well as a security camera. Security One also offers add-ons such as smoke alarms, smart locks, glass break sensors and carbon monoxide detectors.  

  • 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
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  • Regional MN Provider
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    Security One

    BBB rating
    B-
    Starting at
    $/mo

    Our take

    Security One provides professional installation of home security systems, security cameras, smart home devices and medical alert systems. The company can also provide professional monitoring for your existing security system. Its three equipment packages all come with a locked-rate guarantee, lifetime warranty and mobile app access.

    Pros

    • Mobile app access with all packages
    • Locked-rate guarantee
    • Lifetime warranty

    Cons

    • No pricing available online
    • No DIY installation option
    • Mediocre BBB rating
  • Best for Money-Back Guarantee
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    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
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    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 for Customer Service
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    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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Best Home Security Systems of 2020

Additional Local Home Security Providers for Minneapolis

Minneapolis has several local home security system providers for residents who prefer to buy local.

  • MRJ Security: MRJ is a family-owned company that serves all of Northeast Minneapolis. 
  • Lloyd Security: Serving homes and businesses in the Twin Cities area, Lloyd Security offers home security systems, access control, video surveillance and medical alert systems. 
  • Floyd Total Security: Floyd Total Security has been in business in the Twin Cities area for over 70 years and offers locksmith services as well as home security systems in Minneapolis. 
  • JJ Orion/Bravas: In addition to home security, JJ Orion offers home theater systems, central vacuums, and home automation options.

Surrounding Areas For Minneapolis

Other areas served by Minneapolis home security companies include:

  • Arden Hills, MN
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Edina, MN
  • Golden Valley, MN
  • Mendota, MN
  • Mendota Heights, MN
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • Plymouth, MN
  • St. Louis Park, MN
  • St. Paul, MN

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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Minneapolis


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