Best Home Security Systems in Chesapeake, VA

Updated Jan 25, 2021
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About Chesapeake, VA

Part of the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, Chesapeake is a city rich in history and things to do. With the city limits extending west through half of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and bordering the Elizabeth River, North Landing River, and Norfolk to the north and east, Chesapeake is uniquely situated as a dream location for outdoor enthusiasts and city slickers alike. 

Among the city’s numerous bragging rights is its recognition as one of the safest cities of its size in America. Despite this accolade, Chesapeake residents should still take care to protect their homes. The best home security systems and alarm companies can help you protect your home, property, vehicles, and family from intruders. By investing in security equipment, you can help Chesapeake retain its safe reputation. This guide outlines the best local home security system providers in Chesapeake and the Hampton Roads area to help you find the right safety solutions for your household.

Chesapeake Crime Statistics

According to Neighborhood Scout, crime in Chesapeake is most likely to occur along the I-494 corridor north of I-64 in the South Norfolk neighborhood. The state of Virginia has an overall low burglary rate, but larceny-theft remains a problem in Chesapeake.

Chesapeake, Virginia, experienced the following crimes in 2018 according to the FBI’s city data:

  • 4,285 reported incidents of larceny-theft
  • 596 reported incidents of burglary
  • 730 reported incidents of aggravated assault
  • 310 reported incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 143 reported incidents of robbery
  • Best for no separate equipment cost

    Richmond Alarm Company

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    Richmond Alarm Company hosts several locations throughout Virginia, including Chesapeake. The company offers custom equipment packages (but you can choose pre-existing packages if you like), a one-time installation fee that starts at $99, and monthly billing for monitoring and equipment use. You do not have to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket for the equipment, which is perfect for those who can afford monthly payments but who may not want to make a major purchase.


    ★ Recommended plan: Connected Package

    The Connected Package includes an HD indoor camera, your choice of a video doorbell or keypad door lock, an indoor motion detector, a fire alarm, three door monitors, smart lights, a touchscreen control panel, and remote access via a smartphone app. All devices are professionally monitored. The Connected Package costs $59.95 per month.


    • Local 5-diamond monitoring
    • Custom packages available
    • Free consultation


    • You do not own the equipment
    • Monthly fee is relatively pricey
    • Limited environmental monitoring equipment

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  • Best home security for industry experience

    ADT Home Security

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    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.


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


    • Must pay for an extended warranty
    • Lengthy contracts
    • More expensive than competitors

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  • Best smart home security

    Vivint Home Security

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    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. 


    • 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


    • 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

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    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.



    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring


    • 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

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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.


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


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

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Other Local Providers

Other standout home security providers serving Chesapeake and the Hampton Roads region include:

  • Johns Brothers Security: Johns Brothers Security charges a relatively small equipment fee and provides free professional installation.
  • Blue Line Security: Blue Line Security provides numerous options for security cameras, smart home devices, and alarm systems.
  • Vector Security: Vector Security offers three home security packages with smart home technology.

Additional Areas Covered

Chesapeake is located just south of the Norfolk and Portsmouth metropolitan area and borders North Carolina. Home security providers in Chesapeake tend to cover the following areas:

  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Suffolk, Virginia
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Newport News, Virginia
  • Moyock, North Carolina
  • South Mills, North Carolina
  • Barco, North Carolina
  • Elizabeth City, North Carolina

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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