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Best Home Security Providers in Kansas City, MO

Updated Feb 26, 2021
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Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$19.99/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsOptional42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyLifetime warranty with new system120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, Missouri, has about 489,000 residents and is one of America’s barbecue capitals. Besides touring the city’s Kansas City-style BBQ joints, there are plenty of fun activities in Kansas City, from the Worlds of Fun 235-acre theme park to the American Jazz Museum. According to Neighborhood Scout, though, 98% of American cities are actually safer than Kansas City, since its crime rates are relatively high per capita. Whether you’re moving to Kansas City or are already planted in the area, finding a local home security provider with professional monitoring can give you peace of mind.

Kansas City Crime Statistics

Statistics from the FBI show that Kansas City reported 21,236 incidents of property crime in 2018. Among those incidents, the majority were larceny-theft crimes. Here’s the breakdown of the major crimes that occurred in 2018:

  • 13,305 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 5,665 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 4,214 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 3,717 incidents of burglary
  • 1,637 incidents of robbery

Kansas City Spotlight: Scharig Alarm Systems — Local Security Provider

Scharig Alarm Systems has been serving Kansas City since 1994, and with monitoring starting at $19.99 per month, it’s one of the most affordable local providers. Scharig offers three different ways to serve you, so whether you have an existing system or need one and can’t afford it, there’s an option for you. Its professional monitoring service has won three Super Service Awards from Angie’s List.

If you already have a Honeywell home security system, Scharig will monitor your home starting at $19.99 per month. If you want to purchase a home security system and enter the same contract-free monthly plan, Scharig sells Honeywell security systems at $399.99 and installs them for free. The system includes a keypad with LCD display, a pet-sensitive motion detector, three door sensors and an indoor siren.

Your other option is to lease a Honeywell security system when you enter into a 36-month contract for home monitoring service. The equipment is installed for free and is covered by lifetime warranties. The system includes a motion sensor, indoor siren, touchscreen keypad and contact sensors for all home entry doors.  The company requires you to be a homeowner and pass a credit check in order to qualify, and monthly service under this contract starts at $24.99 per month.

You get the basics with this package, but if you need surveillance cameras or remote access to your security system while you’re away, Scharig offers three different smart home packages. All require a 36-month contract, and the monthly price isn’t listed online. However, the equipment is included free with the service contract, and the monthly rate depends on the customizations you make for your home.

Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City, MO

  • Regional KS/MO Provider

    Scharig Alarm Systems

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $19.99/mo

    Our take

    With Scharig Alarm Systems, you can select a smart home package or get started with home security essentials at a low cost. While you have to be a homeowner in some cases, Scharig’s month-to-month plans are great for renters. Professional monitoring with Scharig starts at $19.99/mo.

    Pros

    • Month-to-month service option available
    • No upfront equipment purchase required
    • Affordable monthly rates

    Cons

    • Adding cameras increases your monthly rate
    • Remote access not included in every monitoring plan
    • Month-to-month monitoring only available with Honeywell equipment
  • 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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  • Best Smart Home Security
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    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
    $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

     

    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 the basic monitoring plan

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  • Best Pet-Friendly Home Security

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.4
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo
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    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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Best Home Security Systems of 2020

Additional Local Home Security Providers for Kansas City

These are some of the other home security providers in Kansas City:

  • SHIELD Security Systems: SHIELD offers cellular and landline systems with customization options and no long-term contracts.
  • Jade Alarm: Jade Alarm has been servicing Kansas City since 1969. The company is UL certified and uses a radio monitoring network called SecureNet instead of landlines or Internet to ensure monitoring is never cut
  • Rampart Security Systems: Rampart has been serving Kansas City since 1981 and provides wireless security equipment designed for DIY installation and also requires no long-term contracts.
  • Atronic Alarms: Atronic offers a variety of customizable systems and services for Kansas City-area residents, including home automation and environmental controls.

Surrounding Areas for Kansas City

You might also look into providers servicing neighborhoods around Kansas City, such as:

  • Kearny, MO
  • Platte City, MO
  • Smithville, MO
  • Parkville, MO
  • Olathe, KS
  • Shawnee, KS
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Prairie Village, KS

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 Kansas City

 


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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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