Best Home Security Systems In Newark, NJ

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

Regional NJ Provider

SMS Security Systems LLC

Starting at $39.95

Best features

  • Custom solutions
  • Personal emergency monitoring
  • Central station monitoring

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 Newark, NJ

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Pro. monitoring starts at $45.99/mo. $39.95/mo. $29.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $44.99/mo.
Installation Professional Professional Professional DIY or Professional DIY
Contract 36 months Not specified 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 Newark, NJ

About Newark, NJ

With just over 280,000 residents, Newark is the most populous city in New Jersey, and also one of the oldest cities in the nation. Only 30 minutes from Manhattan, Newark is home to Port-Newark Elizabeth, which is the primary container terminal in the busiest seaport on the East coast. Newark also hosts a wealth of major corporations, including Prudential, Panasonic Corporation of North America and Audible. Additionally, several top educational institutions have campuses in Newark, including the Rutgers University medical and law schools, Seton Hall University law school and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

If you live in Newark, or are planning on moving there, you may be thinking about a home security system. We’ve laid out some of the best home security companies in the area, so you can make your final choice.

Newark Crime Statistics

Newark Crime Statistics

The 2018 FBI Crime Report states that larceny-theft is the most common crime in Newark. Motor vehicle theft is next, with just over 2,000 incidents, and aggravated assault rounds out the top three with over 1,100 cases. According to Neighborhood Scout, property crime is less common in Newark than in the rest of the U.S., but still about 50% more common than it is in the rest of New Jersey.

  • 2,827 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 2,015 incidents of motor vehicle theft 
  • 1,155 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 832 incidents of burglary 
  • 689 incidents of robbery
Local Spotlight: SMS Security Systems LLC — Local Security Provider

Local Spotlight: SMS Security Systems LLC — Local Security Provider

SMS Security Systems is a family-owned business that’s served New Jersey for over 35 years. An Alarm.com authorized dealer and a GE Security Pro dealer, SMS offers home security, fire alarms and inspections, camera systems and personal emergency monitoring, among a host of other services.

Gateway’s professional monitoring service starts at $39.95 per month (call for quotes). The company offers a wide variety of equipment options, including cameras and personal emergency equipment. SMS specializes in customized solutions, so it’s best to give their reps a call to let them know your situation, so they can help you come up with a plan.

  1. Regional NJ Provider

    SMS Security Systems LLC

    BBB rating A+

    Starting at $39.95/mo

    Our take

    SMS Security Systems is a local, family-owned business with over three decades of experience in home and commercial security. The company partners with Rapid Response Monitoring for uninterrupted, 24/7 monitoring.

    What we like

    • Custom solutions
    • Personal emergency monitoring
    • Central station monitoring

    What we don’t like

    • Pricing not very transparent
    • No month-to-month arrangement
    • No DIY installation
  2. Best for Industry Experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating 8.3

    Starting at $45.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT is known for its longevity in the industry and its certified monitoring centers. Choose from one of ADT’s four packages or customize to fit your needs.

     

    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

    • 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

    Winner of the 2020 IoT Breakthrough Award for its outdoor camera, Vivint is a leader in home security with its expansive equipment lineup and features.

     

    Recommended Plan
    Vivint’s Smart Home Service has a ton of features and devices to help you protect your home to include the basics plus home hazard monitoring devices. Equipment starts at $599.99. Professional monitoring starts at $29.99 per month.

    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

    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.

    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

    Nationally recognized for its customer service, Frontpoint is a top contender in home security with a range of packages you can choose from.

     

    Recommended Plan
    For the basics—a hub, sensors, and signage—Frontpoint’s Safe Home Starter plan comes at an affordable price. Equipment starts at $319.95. Professional monitoring starts at $44.99 per month.

    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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Additional Local Home Security Providers for Newark

Additional Local Home Security Providers for Newark

There are many New Jersey- and New York-based security companies that serve the Newark area, including:

  • Supreme Security Systems: Operating since 1929 and family-owned for three generations, Supreme Alarm serves New Jersey with home security, automation and personal emergency monitoring services.
  • Ultimate Security Systems: In business since 1978, Ultimate Security designs, installs and monitors custom home security systems throughout New Jersey.
  • Essex Alarms:  Essex alarms serves customers not only with home security systems, but also locksmith, door and glass services, making it a one-stop shop for keeping your home secure.
  • A&R Alarm Corp.: Based in New York, A&R Alarm has also served New Jersey customers’ home security needs since 1966.
Surrounding Areas for Newark

Surrounding Areas for Newark

Newark is one city in a huge metropolitan area that, for all intents and purposes, is contiguous with New York City. Towns surrounding Newark include:

  • Bayonne, NJ
  • Belleville, NJ
  • Bloomfield, NJ
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Harrison, NJ
  • Hillside, NJ         
  • Irvington, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Kearny, NJ
  • North Arlington, NJ
  • Orange, NJ
  • South Orange, NJ
  • Union, NJ
  • West Orange, NJ
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 Newark

Frequently Asked Questions for Newark

What home security features are important for Newark?

Larceny and car theft are by far the most reported crimes in Newark, so it’s wise to consider home security systems with entry detection as well as outdoor cameras.

Which home security provider is the least expensive in Newark?

Local area companies are competitive at around $35 to $40 per month, providing personalized service. For the lowest cost, consider a national DIY company such as SimpliSafe.

Which home security providers offer security cameras in Newark?

Many New Jersey-based providers offer camera systems, including SMS Security Systems and Supreme Security Systems. National providers that offer cameras include ADT, Vivint, Frontpoint, and SimpliSafe.

Which home security providers offer professional installation?

Most local security companies offer professional, custom installation services, including SMS Security. In addition, all of the best national firms such as ADT and Vivint offer professional installation.

Which of these home security providers offer smart home devices?

Supreme Security Systems prides itself on a robust home automation selection, as do other wireless security companies like Frontpoint and Abode.


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