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Best Home Security Systems in Norfolk, VA

Updated Jan 25, 2021

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ADT Home Security

Johns Brothers Security


SimpliSafe Security

Frontpoint Security

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ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
36 months36 months42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
Video surveillance
Option to extend limited warrantyOne-year and extended120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Norfolk

Bordered on three sides by water — including the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and Elizabeth River — Norfolk, Virginia, boasts an 144-mile shoreline. With sandy beaches, ocean waves, and attractions such as the world’s largest naval station, Norfolk residents spend a lot of time on or near the water. It’s the perfect place for weekend warriors to practice fishing, sailing, kayaking, and even crabbing. When the weather is less than ideal, residents can find indoor entertainment at numerous art galleries, studios, and theaters, such as the Chrysler Museum of Art and Chrysler Hall.  

Unfortunately, some people in Norfolk, as in any city, spend their time stealing property. To keep your belongings safe, it’s important to invest in the best home security system for your household. The right equipment can help deter, apprehend, and identify criminals while giving you peace of mind.

Norfolk Crime Stats

According to the FBI’s city data, the following crimes were committed in Norfolk, Virgina, in 2018:

  • 6,972 reported incidents of larceny-theft
  • 703 reported incidents of burglary
  • 321 reported incidents of aggravated assault
  • 788 reported incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 660 reported incidents of robbery

Norfolk experiences more crime compared to the nearby city of Chesapeake, Virginia, which has 2,000 fewer residents. For example, Norfolk reported about twice as many motor vehicle thefts than Chesapeake in 2018. According to Neighborhood Scout, Norfolk’s most dangerous areas include Cottage Road Park, Campostella, Huntersville, Poplar Hall, and Glen Rock. Some of the safest Norfolk neighborhoods include Edgewater, Bel-Aire, West Ghent, and Larchmont.

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    Johns Brothers Security

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    Our take

    Johns Brothers Security was founded in Norfolk in 1974 and maintains its headquarters there in addition to several locations throughout the region. The company offers top-of-the-line home security systems with Z-wave technology combined with the friendly customer service you want from a local business. 


    ★ Recommended plan: Premium Package

    Johns Brothers Security’s Premium Package includes smart home security equipment that you can control from a touchscreen hub or a mobile app. This package includes a keypad door lock, indoor motion sensor, an outdoor HD camera, and four door or window sensors. The company offers free professional installation, and the equipment costs $399 and professional 24/7 monitoring costs $54.95/month.


    • Z-wave technology
    • Mobile app
    • Free professional installation


    • 36-month contract required
    • Monthly monitoring cost is relatively pricey

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    ADT Home Security

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    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.


    • 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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    Vivint Home Security

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    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.


    • 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


    • 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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    SimpliSafe Home Security

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    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.


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


    • 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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    Frontpoint Home Security

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    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.


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


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

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Other Local Providers

If you don’t find what you’re looking for with Johns Brothers Security, try these other local security and alarm companies serving Norfolk and the greater Hampton Roads region:

  • Blue Line Security: Blue Line Security offers modern video surveillance systems, alarm systems, home automation, and 24/7 local monitoring.
  • Vector Security: Vector Security focuses on smart technology and home automation, including smart thermostats, smart lights, smart garage door openers, and a suite of home security equipment and alarm systems.
  • Richmond Alarm Company: Richmond Alarm Company offers packages comparable to Johns Brothers Security, with the addition of a smoke detector in each package.

Additional Areas Covered

Norfolk, Virginia, is conveniently located near the Atlantic coast and the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. Home security companies serving Norfolk often also serve clients in the following areas:

  • Chesapeake, 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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