Best Home Security Systems in Portland, OR

Updated May 10, 2021
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Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.Request free quote$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalDIY and ProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsNot specified online42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyNot specified online120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

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

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

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

  • 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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Contract requirements not mentioned online
    • Contract requirements not mentioned online
    • No equipment packages or monitoring plans
  • Best home security for industry experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $45.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT Home Security is a well-known name in the home security industry. It offers traditional security that requires professional installation and monitoring at a steep price.

    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 is our top choice for smart home security with an extensive line of equipment filled with smart features. The control panel also doubles as a smart hub. The only downside is that Vivint requires a long-term contract if you finance the equipment. Professional monitoring and installation are also required. 

    Pros

    • Smart Hub to connect and control smart home and security devices
    • Extensive smart features for security equipment including package detection and Smart Deter
    • Wide range of security and smart home equipment

    Cons

    • Contract required for service and financed equipment.
    • Professional monitoring and installation required
    • Expensive equipment compared to other providers

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  • Best overall DIY security system

    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.9
    Starting at
    $14.99/mo

    Our take on SimpliSafe Home Security:

    SimpliSafe Home Security 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.

     

    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 the basic monitoring plan

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  • Best pet-friendly home security

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.4
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo
    1-888-688-5779

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    Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security

    Frontpoint Security lets you choose both your package and monitoring plan to help build the best home security system for renters and homeowners alike. Monitoring can be costly, but free DIY installation helps lower costs without reducing reliability or protection.

    Pros

    • No lengthy contracts
    • Excellent customer service
    • Variety of equipment to choose from

    Cons

    • Monitoring fees are relatively expensive
    • Short trial period (30 days)
    • No professional installation option

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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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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