Best Home Security Systems in Durham, NC

Best for Industry Experience

ADT Home Security

Starting at $45.99

8.3 out of 10

Best features

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

Southeastern Provider

CPI Security

Starting at $29.99

Best features

  • Different packages for different needs
  • Awards and certifications
  • Community activity

Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Security

Starting at $29.99

7.7 out of 10

Best features

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

Best for Easy Installation

SimpliSafe Security

Starting at $14.99

9.3 out of 10

Best features

  • Inexpensive professional monitoring
  • Wireless equipment
  • Cellular monitoring

Best for Customer Service

Frontpoint Security

Starting at $44.99

7.6 out of 10

Best features

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

Best Home Security Systems in Durham, NC

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CPI Security

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Pro. monitoring starts at $45.99/mo. $29.99/mo. $29.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $44.99/mo.
Installation Professional Professional Professional DIY or Professional DIY
Contract 36 months 39 or 60 month agreement 42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full None None
Smart home compatibility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video surveillance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty Option to extend limited warranty Not specified 120-day equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty
About Durham, NC

About Durham, NC

Known as the “City of Medicine,” Durham is home to North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in the southeast part of the city, as well as the famous Duke University and its Blue Devils. The Eno River borders Durham’s north side, with Eno River State Park offering hiking, camping, boating and fishing opportunities for Durham’s 278,993 residents and visitors. The 22-mile American Tobacco Trail is another big draw for hikers, with its northern trailhead ending right in downtown Durham across from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Families enjoy spending time in Durham Central Park, where kids can try the halfpipe at the skate park and parents can shop at the Durham Farmers’ Market. But no matter what it is that brings you to this vibrant city, we can help you find a home security system that’s right for Durham, NC.

Durham Crime Statistics

Durham Crime Statistics

According to Neighborhood Scout crime statistics, Durham is only safer than about 6% of cities in the United States. Its property crime rate is higher than that of North Carolina as a whole. Compared to the rest of the U.S., Durham’s property crime rates are more than double the national average for burglary, and not quite double the national average for theft. For Durham in 2018, the FBI reported

  • 6,688 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 2,238 incidents of burglary
  • 1,125 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 829 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 723 incidents of robbery
Durham Spotlight: CPI Security Systems — Local Security Provider

Durham Spotlight: CPI Security Systems — Local Security Provider

CPI Security Systems is the largest privately-owned home security company in the Southeast region of the U.S., serving customers throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Alabama and Virginia. CPI runs its own award-winning monitoring center and uses video alarm verification to help police assist in alarm events (for customers with video surveillance). The Better Business Bureau gives CPI an A+ rating, and customers give it an average of four out of five stars. 

CPI home security services start at $29.99 a month for monitoring, with two wireless packages to choose from and the ability to customize your own package. The inTouch Essentials is the most basic package, with a control panel, three door and window sensors, one motion detector, and inTouch mobile app access. The inTouch Essentials Plus comes with a SmartHub panel for smart home devices and live video viewing, and also adds a fire communicator to the items included in the basic package. Fees for installation and monitoring vary; you’ll need to contact CPI directly for a quote. CPI’s contracts are optional, but if you want month-to-month monitoring, you’ll have to pay for your equipment up front. 

  1. Southeastern Provider

    CPI Security

    BBB rating A+

    Starting at $29.99/mo

    Our take

    Calling itself “the largest privately held security provider in the Southeast,” CPI offers home security solutions in nine different states. The company offers three plans with professional installation and monitoring, and boasts an award-winning monitoring station to help keep customers safe.

    What we like

    • Different packages for different needs
    • Awards and certifications
    • Community activity

    What we don’t like

    • Obscure pricing
    • No DIY option
  2. Best for Industry Experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating 8.3

    Starting at $45.99/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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Vivint Security

    Our rating 7.7

    Starting at $29.99/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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    SimpliSafe Security

    Our rating 9.3

    Starting at $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.

    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 basic monitoring plan
  5. Best for Customer Service

    Frontpoint Security

    Our rating 7.6

    Starting at $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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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Other Local Home Security Providers for Durham

Other Local Home Security Providers for Durham

If you prefer to shop local for your home security needs, here are a few more of our top picks for home security systems in the Durham area. 

  • Triangle Security: Rather than using salespeople to help you choose the devices you need, Triangle Security uses its trained installation technicians for your home security system consultation.
  • Alarm Man of NC: Alarm Man of NC is a family-owned business with no long-term contracts and a one-year warranty on all parts and labor. 
  • First Security Service Inc.: Founded in 1988, First Security Service takes pride in keeping up with the latest home security technology and offers smart devices by Honeywell and other leading security brands.
  • Iwatch Security: Located in nearby Raleigh, Iwatch installs home security systems ranging in size from small apartments to large homes and gets most of its business from positive client reviews.
Surrounding Areas For Durham

Surrounding Areas For Durham

Durham home security providers also provide service to the following areas around Durham:

  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Hillsborough, NC
  • Morrisville, NC
  • Cary, NC
  • Apex, NC
  • Wake Forest, NC
  • Holly Springs, NC
  • Garner, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
Factors to Consider When Buying a Home Security System

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

Common Home Security Equipment and Features

Head-to-Head Comparisons

Can’t decide? Compare top providers side-by-side: ADT vs. SimpliSafe, Vivint vs. Frontpoint, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Durham

Frequently Asked Questions for Durham

What home security features are important for Durham?

Because North Carolina is prone to strong seasonal weather from hurricanes, it’s important for Durham residents to choose a home security company with at least one monitoring center outside of the state. This gives you continued access to emergency monitoring center services even when bad storms hit. 

Which security provider is best for homeowners in Durham?

ADT is a good choice for Durham homeowners due to its redundant monitoring centers around the country and its years of experience in the security industry. ADT offers both professional installation and monitoring.

Which home security provider is best for Durham renters?

Renters should consider security companies that don’t require long-term contracts, such as CPI, Cove, or Alarm Man of NC. Having a month-to-month agreement instead of a contract gives you the flexibility you need if you have to move. We’d recommend DIY security systems over professionally installed systems for renters as well.

Which home security providers offer security cameras in Durham?

All of the local companies we researched offer home security cameras to Durham residents. Our top picks for video surveillance from national home security companies are SimpliSafe, Frontpoint, Vivint, and ADT.

Which home security providers offer smart home devices?

Triangle Security, Alarm Man of NC and CPI offer smart home devices in Durham, and most of the national brands on our list of Best Home Security Systems—including ADT, Vivint, SimpliSafe, and Frontpoint—also offer home automation options. 


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