Best Home Alarm Company in Kirkland, WABy - 12/31/2015
Baseball, parks, arts, entertainment, and the Washington Lake surrounds Kirkland. Kirkland is a small city in Western Washington that is a baseball lovers heaven – home to the Little League Junior Softball World Series held in August every year.
However, we’ll be looking at the darker side of Kirkland — crime, and what residents can do about it.
National Home Alarm Companies
Generally, we recommend national home alarm companies. They have been tried and tested by a large number of customers, and let’s be real … who really wants to be a guinea pig? Nationwide availability is also a plus as it offers greater flexibility particularly to customers who often move.
We Recommend Frontpoint
At the top of our list of recommended home alarm companies is Frontpoint. They’ve earned the top spot for proving their commitment to service. Though they serve a large nationwide base, their online reputation is still overwhelmingly positive. BBB.org has given Frontpoint an A+ rating and they’ve won multiple Angie’s List Super Service Awards.
Frontpoint also provides quality equipment to support an overall positive experience. They use 100% wireless equipment for starters. The control panel relies on a cellular network to transmit signals to the monitoring center. If you want, you can upgrade to their new touchscreen control panel which includes a built-in camera and can control smart home features as well as the security system. Using a wireless system is an advantage to your security as burglars usually look for wires to cut. As your panel wouldn’t have wires, they would be out of luck. If they happen to find and destroy your panel, it will still send a signal to the central monitoring agency so long as you select the Interactive or Ultimate package as they both include patented smash and crash technology.
Besides burglar alarms, Frontpoint also has home automation products which you can control using the Alarm.com app. These products include video surveillance cameras, automated locks, connected lights, and energy management solutions. Make your home a smart home will improve your home’s security and it makes things a little more convenient.
Frontpoint has three monitoring plans.
Protection Plan is Frontpoint’s basic monitoring plan. It is 100% wireless and includes burglar and intrusion protection (motion sensors, door/window contacts), fire protection (smoke sensors), environmental protection (flood sensors, freeze sensors, CO sensor), and life safety.
For further protection and more flexibility, the Interactive Plan is recommended. It has all the functions of the Protection Plan plus Crash-and-Smash protection, email and text alerts, remote access and control using your smartphone, light control, image sensor, and geo-location services. This is our number one recommended plan.
The most advanced plan is called the Ultimate Plan. It adds extra smart home features. Aside from what’s already mentioned, it also monitors connected security cameras with live video monitoring, motion based recording, HD resolution, and night vision. It even lets you automate your home by adding automated door locks, and energy management.
Read our Frontpoint Security Review.
Link is also one of our top recommended nationwide security companies. It has an edge for offering home automation plans for less. Just like Frontpoint, Link’s systems are 100% wireless. Link’s best component is the Go!Control panel. It is a touch-screen panel that communicates with the monitoring center using cellular signals. The panel has an integrated two-way voice feature which allows you to speak with an operator from the monitoring center when needed. But besides being a panel, it also controls home automation products.
Link’s equipment can be bought in sets which can be expanded overtime as needed. You can purchase a pre-set security package for as low as $134 which includes a Go!Control panel, 3 wireless door/window sensors, a motion sensor, and smoke/heat/freeze sensor.
Link also integrates its components to Alarm.com’s app. Unlike Frontpoint, Crash-and-Smash protection is available in all of Link’s monitoring plans.
Monitoring starts at $30/month. The Protection and Interactive Plan includes monitoring and protection against intrusion, fire, and environmental factors. It also includes email and text alerts, remote app control, and the ability to control lights, locks, thermostat, and geo-location.
Just add $5/month to that plan and you get professional video monitoring for connected cameras.
Link is a less expensive home automation option if that’s what you’re looking for.
Local Home Alarm Companies in Kirkland, WA
There are good reasons why you may want to choose a local home alarm company to protect your home. Supporting local companies is a good way to support your community. Also, local home alarm companies are more familiar with their customers as they have a smaller yet more targeted customer base. Customer support is vital in this kind of business, and local alarm companies usually deliver quicker support when needed. And most of the time, signing up with such companies is straightforward.
So who are the local security companies in Kirkland?
Protective Systems Inc.
Protective Systems is based in Seattle but services most of Western Washington including Kirkland. They are a partner and authorized distributor of Honeywell’s security and automation products.
Protective Systems uses a mixed approach of wired and wireless equipment. Systems include a touch-screen control panel, motion sensors, door/window sensors, glass break sensors, smoke sensors, CO sensors, and surveillance cameras. Equipment is monitored by a UL listed monitoring center. The center monitors and protects your house from intrusion, fire, and environmental factors. The monitoring center has direct contact to police and fire departments and can dispatch them right away when needed.
Besides home security, Protective Systems also sells home automation products. If you’re into home automation, they will use the Honeywell Lynx panel. This panel connects and controls Z-wave products.
Protective Systems Inc. does not provide specific prices for monitoring. You can contact them by calling (206)-322-3186 or visit their website.
Security First Protection
Security First Protection is a BBB accredited company located in Bothell but also services Kirkland and other nearby cities. They are an authorized dealer of Honeywell products as well.
With that, their systems have both wireless and wired options. They integrate a number of sensors to their security systems such as motion sensors, glass break sensors, door/window sensors, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. They also offer unique and not so unique security options like barrier bars for basement windows, window screens, outdoor strobe lights, sirens, video monitoring and recording systems, remote key fobs, and indoor or outdoor cameras.
Systems are monitored from a monitoring center. They monitor for burglaries and intrusion, fire and carbon monoxide, and other life emergencies.
Pricing of systems and plans are not provided online. Pricing is custom and will be provided when you call them and allow a professional walk-through of your home. You can connect with them by calling their 24/7 hotline 866-816-7700 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their website for further information.
Why You Need A Monitored Home Alarm System
Kirkland isn’t as crime-infested as some of its neighbor cities, so why a home alarm system?
The answer is simple: Why not? A security system provides peace of mind and with expansion into the smart home arena it provides benefit beyond monitoring for break-ins.
In regards to crime in Kirkland,
- Kirkland is safer than only 37% of US cities.
- Property crimes make up more than 90% of Kirkland’s annual crimes. Property crimes include burglary, intrusion, theft, and arson.
- 21 of 1,000 residents become victims of property crimes each year. There’s a 1 in 47 chance of becoming a victim of property crimes.
- In order from highest to lowest, theft (1,290), burglary (336), and motor vehicle theft (181) make up most of Kirkland’s property crimes.
- Crimes are extremely high when measured per square mile. Average cities in the US have 37.9 crimes per square mile. Kirkland has 169 per square mile.
It is important as well to know the safe and unsafe neighborhoods in your area. These areas were reported to have the highest crime rate:
- Northwest U/ 108th Ave NE
- 90th Ave NE/ 92nd Ave NE
On the other hand, these communities are safer:
- Juanita Dr. NE/ 138th Pl. NE
- Firloch/ Lake Washington Technical College
- Finn Hill
- 132nd Avenue NE/ 70th St NE
- Rose Hill
Security is a big deal. Take steps to prevent burglars from taking your hard-earned investments. More importantly, protect yourself and your family.