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Best Home Security Systems in El Paso, TX

Updated Jan 26, 2021

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Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$34.99/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalNot specified onlineProfessionalDIY 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 El Paso

El Paso, TX has roughly 680,000 residents packed into the Western tip of the state, right above the Rio Grande. This old city is known for historical sites from the Tigua Nation, and it is surrounded by beautiful state parks. Desert landscapes with plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities make this warm climate welcoming. Although El Paso has lesser crime than other cities in Texas, its high property crime rate means that if you’re moving to El Paso, you’ll want to make sure your home is secured. We can help you find the best local provider for your needs.

El Paso Crime Statistics

According to the FBI, El Paso reported 10,365 incidents of property crime in 2018. By far, larceny-theft crimes occurred in higher numbers compared to other incidents. Overall, El Paso is considered safer than 30% of U.S. cities. Here’s an exact breakdown of crimes in El Paso from 2018:

  • 8,441 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,750 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 1,107 incidents of burglary
  • 817 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 376 incidents of robbery

El Paso Spotlight: 1st Alarm - Local Security Provider

1st Alarm has had 20 years in business servicing El Paso and 6 other cities in Texas. It offers four different plans with customization options to suit your needs, whether simple intrusion detection or video surveillance with home automation. 1st Alarm is transparent about its pricing, but not about its contract requirements. For those, you’ll need to request a quote.

1st alarm’s Standard package for $34.99/mo. includes remote access on the mobile app and via touchscreen. You also get a good amount of equipment included in the set, such as an interior siren, four entry sensors, a pet-friendly motion sensor, panic buttons and a key fob. The Cell Primary package for $44.99/mo. includes everything in the standard package, plus a GSM Cellular Radio. If you need video monitoring, the Go Control package for $49.99/mo. provides thermostat control with other home automation features. The Go Control with Video package for $67.99/mo. includes two indoor wireless cameras and one outdoor camera for a full suite of video surveillance equipment.

Best Home Security Systems in El Paso

  • Regional TX Provider

    1st Alarm Security

    BBB rating
    B-
    Starting at
    $34.99/mo

    Our take

    1st Alarm is a moderately affordable home security option for El Paso residents, especially considering there’s no need to purchase equipment upfront. The packages include a range of equipment so that you pay for only what you need. If you oversee your property from afar, you can have all the best monitoring equipment keeping track. Unfortunately, First Alarm isn’t transparent about its contract requirements or pricing for additional services such as environmental monitoring, and their service comes with activation fees.

    Pros

    • Smart home devices and home automation features
    • No upfront equipment purchase required
    • Video surveillance packages available

    Cons

    • $69–$99 activation fee for each plan
    • No transparent pricing for additional services
    • No transparent about contract requirements
  • Best Overall
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    SimpliSafe Home 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
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  • 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

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  • Best for Smart Homes

    Vivint Home 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

    Research Vivint

  • Best for Customer Service

    Frontpoint Home 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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Best Home Security Systems of 2020

Additional Local Providers in El Paso

These are some of the other home security providers servicing El Paso:

  • Dorney Security Systems Inc.: Dorney offers professional monitoring, fire monitoring, and home automation products that work with Alarm.com’s mobile app.
  • Custom Domotics, LLC: Custom Domotics provides tailored home automation options with smart security devices such as a front door keypad that can give temporary codes for delivery persons or service providers that enter your home.
  • Resident Technology: Resident Technology offers touchscreen control, home and fire monitoring, home automation and video surveillance.
  • PyroCom Systems: PyroCom offers video surveillance systems, as well as intrusion detection, fire and life monitoring.
  • Horizon Fire & Security Alarm Services: Horizon is an alarm company that monitors intrusion detection and fire, but it only works with your own equipment and doesn’t sell or provide equipment for you.

Surrounding Areas for El Paso

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

  • Vinton, TX
  • Canutillo, TX
  • Anthony, TX
  • Horizon City, TX
  • Westway, TX
  • Socorro, TX
  • Sparks, TX
  • San Elizario, TX
  • Agua Dulce, TX
  • Prado Verde, TX

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

  • ADT Control Panel

    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.

  • LifeShield by ADT Motion Sensor

    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.

  • Frontpoint Door and Window Sensor

    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.

  • ADT Indoor Camera

    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.

  • Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

    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.

  • SimpliSafe VideoDoorbell

    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.

  • Vivint Element Thermostat

    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.

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    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.

Frequently Asked Questions for El Paso

 


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