Best Home Security Systems In Charlotte, NC

Best for Industry Experience

  • Over 140 years of industry experience
  • $500 Theft Protection
  • 6-Month Money Back Guarantee

Popular Regional Provider

CPI Security

  • Intelligent video notifications with IVAN technology
  • Home automation features
  • Video verification to help identify intruders

Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Security

  • A variety of smart home devices and features
  • Wireless system
  • Mobile app access and control

Best for DIY Installation

SimpliSafe Security

  • No contracts
  • Inexpensive professional monitoring
  • A range of security packages to choose from

Best for Customer Support

Frontpoint Security

  • Locked monitoring rates
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • 4G LTE Monitoring

Top Home Security Providers in Charlotte, NC

  • ADT Security

    Best Industry Experience

  • CPI Security

    Popular Regional Provider

  • Vivint

    Best Smart Home Equipment

  • SimpliSafe

    Best DIY Installation

  • Frontpoint

    Best Professional Monitoring

Charlotte, NC – fondly known to locals as the Queen City – is home to the Carolina Panthers NFL team, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the corporate headquarters of several large U.S. banks. According to NBC Charlotte, the Charlotte is one of the top five cities experiencing the most “growth in residents”. It is also currently the 16th largest city in America.

According to NeighborhoodScout, Charlotte has a much higher property crime rate than violent crime rate. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program recognizes “burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson” as property crimes. NeighborhoodScout reports that your chances of becoming a property crime victim in Charlotte is 1 out of every 26 people.

Best Home Security Systems in Charlotte

Best for Industry Experience

ADT Home Security

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

ADT offers home security solutions trusted by over 7 million customers across the U.S. and Canada. ADT Home Security has over 140 years of experience which sets them apart among other home security providers. ADT provides three packages homeowners can choose from: the Traditional Package, Control Package, and the Video Package. All ADT security packages include 24/7 professional monitoring with professionals ready to alert authorities if an alarm is triggered at your home. Professional monitoring for ADT’s home security packages starts at $28.99/mo.

What we like

  • Over 140 years of industry experience
  • $500 Theft Protection
  • 6-Month Money Back Guarantee
Popular Regional Provider

CPI Security

  • BBB rating
    A+
  • Starting price
    $29.99/mo
Our take

CPI Security is well known in the Southeastern region for its slogan “CPI Security, identify yourself!” The company is sponsored by the Carolina Panthers and the Tennessee Volunteers amidst a host of other regional supporters.

What we like

  • Intelligent video notifications with IVAN technology
  • Home automation features
  • Video verification to help identify intruders
Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Home Security

  • BBB rating
    C
  • Starting price
    $29.99/mo
Our take on Vivint Home Security

Vivint Smart Home Security is known for its unique security equipment. Customers can choose from several home security packages: the Home Security System Package, Video Security Package, and the Smart Complete Package. Customers will get basic motion detection and can opt for smart home features as well as video surveillance based on the package they choose. Vivint also allows homeowners to customize their home security systems while providing professional installation. Professional monitoring for Vivint’s home security systems starts at $29.99/mo.

What we like

  • A variety of smart home devices and features
  • Wireless system
  • Mobile app access and control
Best for DIY Installation

SimpliSafe Home Security System

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

Well-known for its DIY home security solutions and low-cost professional alarm monitoring, SimpliSafe offers a range of home security packages customers can choose from. SimpliSafe’s home security systems are monitored over a cellular connection, and the professional monitoring plans pack in additional features like home environmental monitoring, mobile alerts, security camera recording and more. SimpliSafe requires home security equipment to be purchased up front with three different equipment package options to choose from. Professional monitoring for SimpliSafe’s home security packages starts at $14.99/mo.

What we like

  • No contracts
  • Inexpensive professional monitoring
  • A range of security packages to choose from
Best for Customer Support

Frontpoint Home Security

  • BBB rating
    A+
  • Starting price
    $34.99/mo
Our take on Frontpoint Home Security

Recognized nationally for their customer service, Frontpoint Home Security offers customizable, DIY home security systems. Frontpoint is well-known for its modern equipment and home automation systems, as well as high-quality customer support. With six home security packages to choose from, Frontpoint Security provides motion detection, home environmental monitoring, smart home devices, and security cameras that customers can choose from. With Frontpoint’s security system, you’ll have to purchase your equipment upfront and choose a monthly monitoring plan. Professional monitoring for Frontpoint home security packages starts at $34.99/mo.

What we like

  • Locked monitoring rates
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • 4G LTE Monitoring
Best Monitoring Options

Protect America Home Security

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

Serving customers for over 25 years, Protect America Home Security focuses on providing affordable home security systems. The provider offers home automation products and security cameras to help you create a safe, smart home. Protect America provides DIY installation options for your home security system. Protect America offers three home security equipment packages: Copper, Silver and Platinum. For professional monitoring, you select a home security plan based on your preferred type of connectivity –the Landline Plan, Broadband Plan or the Cellular Plan. The cost of home security system monitoring ranges from $19.99/mo. – $54.99/mo. depending on the package and plan you choose.

What we like

  • Locked-in monitoring rate
  • No installation fees
  • Smart home devices and features

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Charlotte, NC Crime Statistics

According to the FBI 2017 Crime in the United States report, Charlotte had 34,894 reported property crime incidents. Currently, property crime is on the rise in Charlotte and has increased by 3.4% as reported in April 2019 by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). Larceny-theft had the highest number of incidents reported in the FBI’s 2017 crime report with robbery as the lowest. We’ve included a breakdown of the number of offenses reported by type from the FBI’s 2017 crime report:

  • 25,856 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 6,416 incidents of burglary
  • 2,622 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 2,017 incidents of robbery

Factors to Consider When Buying a Home Security System

  • Cost

    To budget appropriately, it’s important to know if providers will require you to pay for equipment upfront or pay by monthly fee. Typically, you’ll find that some DIY providers will require you to pay for your equipment upfront, whereas with providers who offer professional installation, you may have to pay a monthly fee.

  • Equipment & unique features

    Each provider will include the essentials you’ll need with their packages like a base unit, motion sensors and signage. You may also want to consider additional equipment like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, hazard sensors and security cameras if you want to build out a more robust package.

  • Monitoring

    Most home security providers offer 24/7 monitoring for a monthly fee. Having a monitored security system means there’s always someone on duty, ready to respond in case of an emergency.

  • Video surveillance

    If you want to be able to monitor all activity inside and outside of your home, you may need additional security cameras. Most providers offer an indoor, outdoor and even a video doorbell camera. Some packages will allow you to watch recorded video as well as receive motion-triggered alerts to your phone.

  • Home automation

    With many home security packages, you’ll also find home automation features and products. If you want to automate simple processes to help enhance your home and family’s safety, then consider smart home products like garage door openers, smart lights, smart switches and others.

Equipment & Features to Keep in Mind

When looking for the best security system for your home, here are some features you may want to keep in mind:

Motion and door/window sensors

Motion and door/window sensors are essential for your home’s security. You’ll want to ensure you have enough sensors to cover critical entry-way areas of your home. While some basic security packages may offer 1-3 sensors, if your home has more windows, you may want to purchase additional sensors. Control panels that come with a chime feature are also helpful as they’ll let you know when a door or window has been opened. ADT, CPI Security and Vivint all provide sensors with their security packages.

Security cameras

With more people moving to Charlotte and a spike in property crimes, it would be beneficial to also consider purchasing a security camera for your home. If you want to keep tabs on what’s happening around your property or at your front door, an outdoor security camera or video doorbell camera would make a great choice. With some security systems, you can get motion-triggered alerts for activity–this means that if your security camera or video doorbell camera recognizes activity, you’ll get a notification sent to your phone.

Smart home devices

In addition to home security equipment, also consider smart home devices as you browse home security providers. With larceny-theft having the highest number of incidents in Charlotte, it would be smart to consider smart home products like garage door openers and smart lights. Most garage door openers allow you to control your garage door from your smartphone remotely. With smart lighting, you can control your lights remotely, which could help to deter burglars.


Jalesa Campbell

Written by your home security specialist

Jalesa Campbell