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Best Home Security Systems in Chesapeake, VA

Updated Dec 1, 2020

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ADT Home Security

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Richmond Alarm Company


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SimpliSafe Security


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Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$29.95/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsNo information provided42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyNo information provided120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

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
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    Richmond Alarm Company

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $29.95/mo

    Our take

    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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  • Best for Money-Back Guarantee
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    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
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    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

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  • 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 Customer Service
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    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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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

  • 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.

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