Best Home Alarm Company in Bakersfield, CABy - 09/07/2016
Bakersfield may be in California, but its people may be more Texan than Californian. They are a conservative group, and the city is home to a crazy amount of oil rigs. Tell me that isn’t Texan.
Bakersfield is also kind of weird, perhaps taking a page from the Texan city of Austin? And by weird, I mean that they have a beach you can’t swim and pickled tongue is a delicacy.
Living in Bakersfield also has downsides. For one, the city’s air quality is poor. This is partly because of the oil rigs in the area made worse by the fact that mountains border three sides of the city. It makes the city a diesel soot hotspot. Another problem is the crime rate. According to Neighborhood Scout’s data, citizens of Bakersfield must watch out for thieves, burglars, and car thieves. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) says that Bakersfield has one of the highest vehicle theft rates in the US. But don’t worry, with the right security system from the right alarm company, you can still find peace of mind in Bakersfield.
National Home Alarm Companies in Bakersfield
Because Bakersfield is a car theft problem area, you should consider getting a security system from a company that offers equipment for the garage as well as your home. That said, the best national home alarm company in Bakersfield is Frontpoint.
Frontpoint is one of the top national home alarm companies partly because of their good customer service. When we reviewed Frontpoint, we rated their customer service 10/10. Even associations like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List believe in Frontpoint. They hold an A+ BBB rating and they are an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner.
But more than their customer service, they give their customers a high level of protection. They use advanced technology that you don’t normally see in most alarm companies. For instance, they offer 100% wireless equipment. This means hassle-free installation, no holes drilled in walls, and no wires for burglars to cut. They also consider telephone lines a thing of the past, replacing them with cellular chips. These chips use a cellular signal to communicate with the monitoring center. As a result, alerts are sent to the monitoring center faster by several seconds.
Frontpoint offers security through their monitoring plans. The most basic plan is the Protection Plan. It gives you intrusion, fire, carbon monoxide, and flood protection.
If you want to add a little automation, you’ll need the Interactive Plan. It gives you access to text and email alerts, remote app control using your smartphone, light control, and geolocation services. It will also give your security system extra protection with Alarm.com’s Crash & Smash technology.
If you want to use a camera for added security, you will have to subscribe to their Ultimate Plan. The Ultimate Plan is an improvement over the Interactive Plan. It adds access to door lock automation and electric management (thermostat, smart plugs, etc.). It also lets you use monitored security cameras that you can buy separately.
Frontpoint can also help you secure your garage. They can do that with the help of garage door sensors ($44.99). The garage door sensor monitors the tilting of the garage door. If the door is upright and closed, the sensor is OK. But if the garage door is opened, the tilting of the door causes the sensor to trigger an alert. Garage door sensors should be placed at the highest point inside of the garage door. The sensor works best with the Interactive or Ultimate Plan. This way, Frontpoint can send you email or text alerts whenever it is triggered. You can also set the sensor to a “non-alarm” setting – if the sensor is triggered, the alert will only be sent to you as a text or email notification, not to the monitoring center. You can shop the plans online here.
Local Home Alarm Company in Bakersfield
Secure Systems is a residential and commercial alarm company. They offer burglar and fire alarm systems. They use traditional security equipment such as motion sensors, door/window sensors, and security cameras. They also give customers access to a self-monitoring app called Paradox Insight. The app allows you to visually check on your house while you’re away by streaming live video feeds from your security cameras. It also sends out notifications and alerts from your security system, so you know when you need to check.
Secure Systems also offers home automation systems. But unlike most alarm companies that offer DIY automation systems, theirs are professionally installed and tailored specifically to your needs. As their automation systems are more complicated, you can’t expand them without their help.
Crime in Bakersfield
Bakersfield is not the worst city when it comes to crime. In fact, the violent crime rate in the city (4.8 per 1,000 residents) is only a little higher than the national median (3.8 per 1,000 residents). However, what’s troubling is the property crime rate in the Bakersfield.
- For every 1,000 residents, 40.04 property crimes are committed. The national median is only 26 per 1,000 residents.
- The chances of you becoming a victim of property crime in the city is 1 in 25.
- The most common property crime in the city is theft (22.61 per 1,000 residents), followed by burglary (11.06 per 1,000 residents), and then motor vehicle theft (6.36 per 1,000 residents).
- Although motor vehicle theft is the least common property crime in the city, compared to the national average, it is very high. In the entire country, there are 2.16 motor vehicle thefts for every 1,000 residents. In Bakersfield, the number is almost tripled.
Most Dangerous Neighborhoods of Bakersfield
- Kern City
- Wilson Rd/ Wible Rd
- California State University-Bakersfield/ Stockdale Highway
- City Center
- Brundage Ln/P St.
Safest Neighborhoods of Bakersfield
- Mustang Rd/ 7th Standard Rd
- Fuller Acres
- Rosedale Hwy/ Sugar St
- Campus Park Dr/ Mountain Vista Dr