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Best Home Security Systems in Winston-Salem, NC

Updated Feb 25, 2021

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General Security

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SimpliSafe Security


Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.Call for a quote$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessional with DIY optionProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthstypically 5 years42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
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Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyCall for information120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem is known as a hub for the tobacco industry, with the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company founded there in 1875. Now home to nearly 250,000 people, Winston-Salem (just “Winston” to residents, and “Camel City” to some) also hosts Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and Salem College, the oldest women’s college in the country. Some of the city’s most popular attractions include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Kaleideum Downtown, and the Winston Cup Museum, to name a few.

If you’re living in or moving to Winston-Salem, it’s helpful to weigh your options with respect to alarm companies. This guide reviews some of the best security companies in Winston-Salem to help you find the right home security system for your household.

Winston-Salem Crime Statistics

Winston-Salem has a fairly high crime rate — it’s listed on Neighborhood Scout as safer than only 8% of U.S. cities. The Winston-Salem Police Department reports an above-average number of property crimes for a city of its size, and property crime has gone up in Winston-Salem since 2018. Consider these figures for the first half of 2019:

  • 4,751 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,271 incidents of burglary
  • 1,260 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 516 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 197 incidents of robbery
  • Best for Customizable Packages
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    General Security

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $Call for quote/mo

    Our take

    General Security boasts 30 years of experience providing security solutions for homeowners and businesses. The company offers different packages with various smart home components, like smart thermostats and light controls, as well as DIY security options. This fast-growing security company specializes in cutting-edge, creatively designed security and home automation systems, including unique services like visual verification, intercom systems, video monitoring, card access, home energy management systems, and fire safety.

     

    Recommended Package: Systems are customizable so you must call to explore options

    Pros

    • 30 years of experience in security
    • A wealth of smart home technologies
    • The ability to customize your security packages

    Cons

    • Typical contract length is 5 years
    • Limited service area
    • Pricing and warranty information unavailable online

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  • 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

    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
    $19.99/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 basic monitoring plan

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  • Best Pet-Friendly Home Security

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.4
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo

    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

Other Local Providers

Winston-Salem is home to a variety of reputable and experienced home security companies. Compare options from these local providers:

  • Sonbert Security: Founded in 1969, Sonbert Security is an independent, family-owned company offering custom-designed security and fire alarm systems to Winston-Salem area residents.
  • Carolina Alarm: Carolina Alarm has been serving the Piedmont Triad area since 1986, specializing in home security and fire alarm systems.
  • Alarm Alert: Alarm Alert offers many safety solutions, including burglar and fire alarms, medical alert systems, access control, and CCTV.
  • AlarmQuest: AlarmQuest boasts over 200 years of combined experience through three generations. With offices in Winston-Salem and Statesville, it protects homes and businesses with innovative security solutions.
  • ACE-HTI: ACE-HTI offers a full range of home security, home automation, and multimedia design and installation services, with offices in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

Additional Areas Covered

Home security companies in Winston-Salem also serve surrounding areas in North Carolina and across the border in Virginia. Some of the towns these companies serve include:

  • Archdale, North Carolina
  • Asheboro, North Carolina
  • Burlington, North Carolina
  • Clemmons, North Carolina
  • Eden, North Carolina
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • High Point, North Carolina
  • Kernersville, North Carolina
  • Lewisville, North Carolina
  • Lexington, North Carolina
  • Martinsville, Virginia
  • Reidsville, North Carolina
  • Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Statesville, North Carolina
  • Thomasville, North Carolina

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 Winston-Salem


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Aaron J. Trumm is a writer, musician, and personal trainer. He writes in the home, health, and technology areas.

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