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Best Home Security Systems in Charleston, SC

Best for Money-Back Guarantee

ADT Home Security

Starting at $45.99

8.3 out of 10

Best features

  • 6-month money-back guarantee
  • $500 theft protection guarantee
  • High-quality equipment

Southeastern Provider

CPI Security

Starting at $29.99

7.4 out of 10

Best features

  • Month-to-month contract option
  • Can use existing equipment
  • Intelligent video notifications

Best for Smart Homes

Vivint Security

Starting at $29.99

7.7 out of 10

Best features

  • Month-to-month contract option if equipment is purchased up front
  • Backup battery included with the Sky Control panel
  • Extensive equipment features, including Vivint Car Guard

Best Overall

SimpliSafe Security

Starting at $14.99

9.3 out of 10

Best features

  • Inexpensive professional monitoring
  • Wireless equipment
  • Cellular monitoring
  • Free self-monitoring

Best for Customer Service

Frontpoint Security

Starting at $44.99

7.6 out of 10

Best features

  • No lengthy contracts
  • Excellent customer service
  • Variety of equipment to choose from
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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
Home Security in Charleston

Home Security in Charleston

If there’s a place where history lives on, it’s Charleston, South Carolina. This historic city is home to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Charleston is also home to America’s first museum — the Charleston Museum — and America’s first playhouse, Dock Street Theater. Visitors and residents who want to explore the creepier side of Charleston’s past can take a ghost tour of the haunted Old City Jail, while others might prefer a tour on the Schooner Pride — an 84-foot-tall ship that operates out of Charleston Harbor. While you’re out and about enjoying all Charleston has to offer, make sure your home stays protected by finding a home security system that fits your needs.

Charleston Crime Statistics

Charleston Crime Statistics

Neighborhood Scout puts Charleston in the 20th percentile when it comes to the safest cities in the U.S., which means that it’s more dangerous than 80% of U.S. cities based on crime data. Still, the crime rate within the Charleston city limits is lower than it is in the rest of the state of South Carolina, and average burglary rates are lower in Charleston than in the rest of the country. Theft rates, on the other hand, are higher in Charleston than the U.S. average. In Charleston in 2018, the FBI reported:

  • 2,163 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 360 incidents of burglary
  • 259 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 325 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 89 incidents of robbery
Local Spotlight: CPI Security — Local Security Provider

Local Spotlight: CPI Security — Local Security Provider

CPI Security is licensed to serve the southeastern states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. CPI’s website calls it the “largest privately held security provider” in the region, and the company strives to be active in the communities it serves, participating in projects supporting the YMCA, local police organizations, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities and more. CPI has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

CPI offers three home security packages, with monthly monitoring fees starting at $29.99 for the inTouch Essentials package. This starter package includes a control panel, three door and window sensors, a motion detector and mobile app access. The inTouch Essentials Plus includes a panel upgrade to a SmartHub for home automation devices, and adds on a video doorbell and a smoke detector to the inTouch Essentials equipment. CPI’s highest-tier plan is the inTouch Edge, which adds an outdoor camera to the inTouch Essentials Plus. Package pricing varies, so you’ll have to contact CPI directly for a quote. All of CPI’s home security systems are professionally installed and professionally monitored through its award-winning UL-listed central monitoring station.

  1. Southeastern Provider

    CPI Security

    Our rating 7.4

    Starting at $29.99/mo

    Our take

    CPI offers a wide array of equipment packages, award-winning professional monitoring and the personalized customer support you want from a local company. Month-to-month plans are available with an upfront equipment purchase, and all CPI systems are cellular-based.

    Recommended Plan: inTouch Edge features the most of CPI’s intelligent video alert notification cameras, as well as fire detection and full security features.

    What we like

    • Month-to-month contract option
    • Can use existing equipment
    • Intelligent video notifications

    What we don’t like

    • Contract is required if equipment is not purchased upfront
    • Must call to find out specific pricing
    • No DIY installation option
  2. Best for Money-Back Guarantee

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating 8.3

    Starting at $45.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT is a well-recognized name in the home security business thanks to its top-notch equipment, award-winning monitoring centers and commitment to customer service. For people who feel like you get what you pay for, it’s hard to beat ADT.

    ADT prefers to provide a brief consultation before quoting a custom package. Contact ADT to get started.

     

    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

    • 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
  3. Best for Smart Homes

    Vivint Security

    Our rating 7.7

    Starting at $29.99/mo

    Our Take on Vivint Home Security

    Vivint really shines when it comes to equipment. Perhaps no other provider has such an extensive catalog, which makes it an excellent provider for those who plan to install new equipment over time.

     

    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 up front
    • 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)
    • Short (3-day) trial period
  4. Best Overall

    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. Self-monitoring is free.

    Pros

    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring
    • Free self-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
    • Research SimpliSafe
  5. Best for Customer Service

    Frontpoint Security

    Our rating 7.6

    Starting at $44.99/mo

    Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security

    Frontpoint recently changed its billing model to month-to-month contracts, which we believe shows that the company strives to stay on top of industry trends and cares about customer service. We also appreciate that Frontpoint’s equipment is compatible with the major smart home hubs.

     

    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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Other Local Home Security Providers for Charleston

Other Local Home Security Providers for Charleston

Charleston has a wide selection of quality local home security providers for residents to choose from.

  • Sonitrol Security: Founded in 1978, Sonitrol Security is run by a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and offers burglar alarms, smoke and fire protection for homes and businesses throughout the state.
  • Charleston Security Systems: Home security packages from Charleston Security Systems start at $99 for a basic system with a touchscreen keypad, three door and window sensors, a motion detector and a key fob.
  • Coastal Burglar Alarm: Coastal Burglar Alarm was founded in 1959 and claims to be the oldest locally owned and operated home security company in Charleston.
  • QEI: QEI has offices in Columbia, Bluffton, Charleston, Greeneville and Myrtle Beach, and its five-diamond rated monitoring center boasts an average response time of 45 seconds.
Surrounding Areas for Charleston

Surrounding Areas for Charleston

Charleston home security providers also provide service to the following Charleston areas:

  • Cranston, South Carolina
  • Warwick, South Carolina
  • East Charleston, South Carolina
  • Pawtucket, South Carolina
  • Kingston, South Carolina
  • Central Falls, South Carolina
  • Westerly, South Carolina
  • Johnston, South Carolina
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 Charleston

Frequently Asked Questions for Charleston

What home security features are important for Charleston?

With a hot, humid summer climate and a coastal location susceptible to hurricanes, it’s important that your security equipment hold up under environmental stress. Having your home security system installed by a professional is a good way to ensure that it will be able to withstand intense weather situations.

Which home security providers offer professional installation?

Local Charleston home security providers offering professional installation include CPI, Sonitrol Security, Charleston Security Systems, Coastal Burglar Alarm and QEI. ADT, Vivint and Guardian Protection are our top picks for national companies offering professional installation.

Which home security providers allow DIY installation?

None of the local home security providers in Charleston offer DIY installation options, but our top recommended national brands for DIY home security include Cove, SimpliSafe and Frontpoint

Do home security providers require a contract for service in Charleston?

The only local home security company in Charleston that doesn’t require a contract is CPI, but only when you pay for your security equipment up front. National companies such as SimpliSafe, Blue by ADT, Frontpoint and Cove also have contract-free options.

Which home security providers offer cameras in Charleston?

All the local home security providers we researched in Charleston offer camera systems, including CPI, Sonitrol Security, Charleston Security Systems, Coastal Burglar Alarm and QEI. ADT and Nest also offer quality camera options with their home security systems.


Kasey Tross
Kasey Tross

Kasey Tross has been researching home security and writing about it for the past three years. When she’s not writing about security, she’s taking care of her four