Best Home Security Systems in Portland, OR

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 OR Provider

Best features

  • DIY and professional installation
  • 3 decades of local experience
  • Smart home devices

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 Overall DIY Security System

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
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First Response Security

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SimpliSafe Security

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Pro. monitoring starts at $45.99/mo. Request free quote $29.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $44.99/mo.
Installation Professional DIY and Professional Professional DIY or Professional DIY
Contract 36 months Not specified online 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 online 120-day equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty
About Portland

About Portland

Portland, OR is home to nearly 650,000 mountain valley-dwelling Americans. If you want to be able to drive a few miles into blue mountains and see a perfect pink sunset, get excited about moving to Portland. Even in the heart of the city, there’s opportunity to bike ride or hike through beautiful gardens, such as the International Rose Test Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden. We can help you find the best home security solution to protect your property and your family in the Portland area.

Portland Crime Statistics

Portland Crime Statistics

Neighborhood Scout ranks Portland as less safe than 98% of cities in the U.S., and notes that its property-crime rate is double the rest of the state. The city saw a total of 35,884 property crime incidents in 2018, according to the FBI. By far, larceny-theft crimes outnumbered other incidents. Here’s a breakdown of the crimes reported in 2018 alone:

  • 24,508 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,899 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 4,444 incidents of burglary
  • 6,932 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 1,056 incidents of robbery
Portland Spotlight: First Response Security – Local Security Provider

Portland Spotlight: First Response Security – Local Security Provider

First Response Security has been servicing the Portland area since 1989 and currently monitors over 3,000 residential and commercial alarm systems. Its in-house dispatch and monitoring center led to 46 arrests in 2019, according to its website. First Response was the first independently-owned alarm company to service the area, and has continually expanded to provide more cutting-edge security and smart home solutions for homeowners. The company isn’t transparent about its pricing or contract requirements on its website, but there’s a form you can submit to request a quote.

First Response offers a range of home security equipment, so whether you need video surveillance or environmental monitoring, you’ll find what you need. The intrusion detection equipment comes with a touch-screen control panel, or you can control the system remotely from a mobile device. If you’re equipped with its smart doorbell and indoor cam, you can see a live feed of any camera in your system from your computer or mobile device. The company offers both professional and DIY installation options.

Best Home Security Systems in Portland

Best Home Security Systems in Portland

  1. Regional OR Provider

    First Response Security

    BBB rating B

    Starting at $/mo

    Our take

    First Response Security checks all the boxes when it comes to equipment and professional monitoring. The downside is that its pricing isn’t apparent without consulting with a representative. Still, installation is an easy process and with high customer service standards, this provider is an easy winner.

    What we like

    • DIY and professional installation
    • 3 decades of local experience
    • Smart home devices

    What we don’t like

    • Contract requirements not mentioned online
    • Contract requirements not mentioned online
    • No equipment packages or monitoring plans
  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 Overall DIY Security System

    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 Portland

Additional Local Home Security Providers for Portland

These are some of the other home security providers servicing Portland:

  • Phillip Electronics Alarm: Phillip Electronics has been servicing Portland since the 1950s, providing motion detectors and video surveillance and remote access with their monitoring service.
  • Portland Security Alarm: Portland Security provides monitoring service with live video surveillance, home automation and remote access for controlling your system from afar.
  • Quadrant Systems: Quadrant has three decades of experience designing intelligent security equipment for your smart home, but it doesn’t provide monitoring service.
  • Security First Alarm: Security First provides intrusion and fire security monitoring in the Portland area for your existing equipment, as it doesn’t provide its own.
  • Nighthawk Alarm: Nighthawk provides 24/7 local home security monitoring with equipment from Alarm.com.
Surrounding Areas for Portland

Surrounding Areas for Portland

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

  • Beaverton, OR
  • West Linn, OR
  • Lake Oswego, OR
  • Tigard, OR
  • Oregon City, OR
  • Clackamas, OR
  • Milwaukie, OR
  • Oak Hills, OR
  • Bethany, OR
  • West Slope, OR
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

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Frequently Asked Questions for Portland

Frequently Asked Questions for Portland

Which home security providers provide professional installation?

First Response Security, Phillips Alarm and Nighthawk Alarm all provide professional installation and setup for your equipment. However, they don’t mention fees on their website and likely have hidden installation fees. Many national providers provide professional installation, including ADTVivint, and Protect America.

Which of these providers is best for homeowners in Portland?

First Response Security is the best provider for Portland homeowners because they can monitor activity with video surveillance and even control and monitor their home’s climate from anywhere.

Which home security providers allow DIY Installation.

If you want to be able to install your equipment out of the box following DIY setup instructions, First Response Security is your best bet in the Portland area. They make DIY installation an option. SimpliSafe and Frontpoint are good national providers to consider for DIY installation.

Which of these home security providers offer smart home devices?

First Response Security, Phillips Electronics Alarm, and Quadrant Systems are local providers that offer smart home devices.

First Response Security, Phillips Electronics Alarm, and Quadrant Systems are local providers that offer smart home devices.

First Response, Quadrant Systems, Nighthawk Alarm and Portland Security Alarm offer security cameras for home surveillance. You can also consider national providers like  Frontpoint and Vivint if you’re looking for multiple camera options.

 


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