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Best Home Security System in Columbia, SC

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 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

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 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 $14.99/mo. $45.99/mo. $29.99/mo. $44.99/mo. $29.99/mo.
Installation DIY or Professional Professional Professional DIY Professional
Contract None 36 months 42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full None 39 or 60 month agreement
Smart home compatibility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video surveillance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty Option to extend limited warranty 120-day equipment warranty 3-year limited equipment warranty Not specified
Home Security in Columbia, SC

Home Security in Columbia, SC

Home to just over 130,000 people, Columbia is the second biggest city in South Carolina. The state’s capital has a long and storied history, starting with the Congaree Tribe, who lived in the area for nearly 1,000 years. Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the state’s largest university, and Fort Jackson, the country’s largest basic training installation. Columbia also boasts a number of natural attractions, such as the Congaree National Park, the River Runner Outdoor Center and Sesquicentennial State Park.

If you live in Columbia or are moving there and considering a new home security system, we’ll introduce you to some of the best options in the area so you can narrow down your choices and make a final decision.

Columbia Crime Statistics

Columbia Crime Statistics

According to Neighborhood Scout, Columbia’s property crime rate is more than twice the national average. In 2018, the FBI crime report listed almost 5,000 incidents of larceny-theft, with over a thousand burglaries, nearly 800 car thefts and just over 650 cases of aggravated assault.  

  • 4,979 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,006 incidents of burglary
  • 768 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 656 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 224 incidents of robbery
Local Spotlight: CPI Security — Local Security Provider

Local Spotlight: CPI Security — Local Security Provider

CPI Security has been offering home security to customers in the Carolinas, including Columbia, for 25 years. The company emphasizes award-winning in-house monitoring and an ongoing connection to the local community, including a long list of charitable ventures. CPI offers a wide variety of equipment packages, including indoor and outdoor security cameras, smart home automation and touch screen control hubs.

CPI Security plans start at $29.99 per month and all of its packages are wireless, so you don’t need a landline phone connection. Equipment packages start at the minimum possible and range all the way to fully loaded customized security and automation solutions. CPI offers professional installation and will even integrate with your previous provider’s equipment.

  1. 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
  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 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
  5. 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

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Additional Local Home Security Providers for Columbia

Additional Local Home Security Providers for Columbia

Columbia and South Carolina in general are served by a number of reputable home security companies besides CPI, including:

  • Family First Security: Family First security emphasizes family and trusted in-house installers, never using subcontractors for installations.
  • Lowcountry Home Security: Lowcountry Home Security’s CEO has been in home security for over 18 years, and Low Country itself enjoys a five-star customer rating from Facebook.
  • Knoxnet Security: Knoxnet Security serves South Carolina customers with a wide variety of alarm installation, troubleshooting and other audio/video services.
Surrounding Areas for Columbia

Surrounding Areas for Columbia

Columbia area home security companies serve Columbia and surrounding areas, including:

  • Arcadia Lakes, South Carolina
  • Blythewood, South Carolina
  • Cayce, South Carolina
  • Chapin, South Carolina
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Congaree National Park, South Carolina
  • Dentsville, South Carolina
  • Forest Acres, South Carolina
  • Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Gaston, South Carolina
  • Gilbert, South Carolina
  • Irmo, South Carolina
  • Lake Murray, South Carolina
  • Lexington, South Carolina
  • Pelion, South Carolina
  • Pine Ridge, South Carolina
  • South Congaree, South Carolina
  • Springdale, South Carolina
  • Swansea, South Carolina
  • West Columbia, 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

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 Columbia

Frequently Asked Questions for Columbia

What home security features are important for Columbia?

Burglary and motor vehicle theft are common crimes in Columbia, so good entry detection and outdoor cameras are smart things to look for in home security systems here.

Which home security provider is the least expensive in Columbia?

CPI’s professional monitoring service starts at $29.99 per month, which is comparable to many of the most affordable home security companies.

Which home security providers offer security cameras in Columbia?

CPI, Family First Security, Lowcountry Security and Knoxnet Security all emphasize cameras as an important part of their equipment offerings.

Which home security providers offer professional installation?

CPI, Family First Security, Lowcountry Security and Knoxnet Security all offer professional installation, as do some of the best national providers, including ADT and Protect America.

Which of these home security providers offer smart home devices?

CPI Security offers many home automation equipment options such as automatic locks, thermostats, garage door openers and lights. Family First Security also offers a variety of home automation solutions.


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