Best Home Security Systems in Madison, WI

Updated Mar 2, 2021
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J&K Security Solutions

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Frontpoint Security

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Not required36 months42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
Video surveillance
Limited equipment warranty, varies per productOption to extend limited warranty120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Madison, WI

Madison isn’t just the capital city of Wisconsin, it’s also home to the University of WIsconsin-Madison. In addition to the vibrant energy of students, Madison also has more than 250 parks where people can jog, picnic or stretch their legs. Other points of attraction in the capital of Wisconsin include the Henry Vilas Zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright Estate and state capitol building. While the summer months are lovely, winter time can be brutally cold; residents will want to hunker down at home. With a crime rate that is higher than the state average, investing in a home security system is a good idea.

Madison Crime Stats

Madison isn’t exactly the safest place to live in Wisconsin, with crime tracking website Neighborhood Scout giving the city a score of just 14 out of 100. Still, when compared to cities of the same size nationally, it has about the average level of crime per 1,000 residents. Property crimes far outweigh violent crimes, with an average of 26.96 per 1,000 people. Your chances of being the victim of a violent crime here are 1 in 243.

According to the 2018 FBI Uniform Crime Report, the following major offenses took place in Madison over the course of the year.

  • 5,129 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,061 incidents of burglary
  • 682 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 532 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 240 incidents of robbery
  • Best for Affordable Coverage

    J&K Security Solutions

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    Our take

    J&K Security Solutions is a part of the Madison Area Builders Association and has a great rating from the Better Business Bureau. They’re a good option for people who want affordable smart technology included in their home security solutions, including iOS supported control panels. The company also offers home automation services, so users can lock and unlock doors and windows from outside the property.


    • Affordable security monitoring
    • Variety of available smart security options
    • No contracts ever required


    • Limited warranties
    • Fire protection only available for commercial properties
    • Not ideal for renters
  • 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

  • Per Mar Security Services: Customize a home security package with Per Mar Security Services, which offers security protection for home and office settings.
  • Fearing’s Audio Video Security:  This home security company has earned 5/5 stars on Google Reviews and has offices in Madison and Milwaukee.
  • Capital Fire & Security:  Capital Fire and Security specializes in smart home security equipment and fire safety.
  • Mid-Wisconsin Security: Mid-Wisconsin Security is a member of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and has been in business since 1969.

Additional areas covered

Madison home security providers also offer services in the surrounding areas, including:

  • Sun Prairie
  • Cottage Grove
  • McFarland
  • Verona
  • Middleton
  • Janesville

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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