Best Home Alarm System in Seattle, WABy - 10/11/2015
Do you know what bothers me about Seattle? It’s that they refuse to tell the rest of the world how delicious cream cheese is on a hot dog. Chicago shares their dog, New York too, but Seattleites shoved out their coffee and kept their hot dog trick a local secret.
I can forgive this slight slip as there are a lot of things to love about Seattle. But you probably already knew that. What you may not know is which home security company in the area is the best and that is exactly why I’m here.
National Home Alarm Companies in Seattle, Washington
When it comes to home security systems, we usually recommend national home alarm companies though there are pros and cons to local vs national.
We’ve ranked national home alarm companies and Frontpoint received the highest rating.
1. They lead with technology.
2. They focus heavily on customer service.
3. They offer customer friendly contracts and policies. No hidden fees. No slide of the hand.
Frontpoint’s service starts with providing equipment with advanced technology. They have touch screen control panels, wireless motion and environment sensors, home security cameras, and home automation products. All their equipment comes from well-known manufacturers like GE Security, Alarm.com, and Qolsys.
Aside from great equipment, Frontpoint uses 100% wireless equipment using cellular technology. Compared to landline security monitoring, cellular alarm systems are more secure as there are no disruptions even during bad weather. Frontpoint knows that the world is now switching to cellular alarm systems, and they were one of the first to use this technology in all their systems.
Home automation is one of Frontpoint’s field of expertise. It is included in their premium plan called Ultimate. With this plan you gain remote access to your connected lights, door locks, and thermostat. It also adds an easy energy management feature to help you manage and save on energy costs.
All features are controlled through their mobile app which is available to iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows phone users. There is also an app for Kindle Fire TV, Apple Watch, and Pebble.
Finally, Frontpoint monitors their homes through Rapid Response Monitoring. With the use of technology and ‘monitoring redundancies’, Frontpoint and RRM provide 24/7 professional monitoring. All of their plans monitor for burglaries, medical emergencies, and fire.
My Alarm Center
My Alarm Center is a nationwide firm operating in 30 states. They have an office in Georgia, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, and of course, Washington — right in the heart of Seattle.
Although limited, My Alarm System uses its ‘partly local, partly national’ service to understand their customers’ needs and to provide the security they want. They also focus on technology. All of their systems are wireless and they have home automation and fire protection services.
My Alarm Center’s packages are powered by high-quality equipment. They have touch-screen panels, motion sensors, CO and fire sensors, and key fobs. More advanced packages include email and text alerts, remote access through mobile devices and computers, thermostat and lighting control, and smart scheduling. They have video packages with motion-based recording, offsite recording, and text or email alerts with images.
When it comes to monitoring, My Alarm Center promises 24/7 service. They have direct contact to the police, fire department and paramedics.
Local Home Alarm Companies in Seattle, Washington
Aside from being home to national security companies, Seattle is home to local yet innovative companies. We chose 2 local home alarm companies in Seattle to compare to the national companies: Protective Systems Inc., and Absolute Security Alarms.
Absolute Security Alarms
Absolute Security Alarms is based in the heart of Seattle and serves the city including Bellevue, and several surrounding cities. They work with well-known manufacturers of home alarm systems like Monitronics, Alarm.com, and 2GIG.
Their basic package offers a 2GIG control panel with backup battery, color touch-screen, cellular communicator with 2-way voice and internal siren. We’ve tested the 2GIG panel before and enjoyed the experience. It’s simple to use to control both home security and automation features. In addition to the touchscreen panel, they offer PIR motion sensors and door contacts in the basic package.
Of course you can buy more equipment like surveillance cameras, glass break sensors, CO detectors and smoke alarms.
Aside from security, Absolute Security Alarms has home automation products and solutions. 2GIG’s control panel can speak and control simple home automation products like door locks, lighting, thermostats, and small appliance modules.
All of their customers are given access to the Alarm.com app to remotely monitor and control their system.
Absolute Security Alarms offers 24/7 professional monitoring and customer care and support. Interested customers can give them a call at (206) 257-1951 or visit their website.
Protective Systems Inc.
Protective Systems Inc. is a local, family-owned company that grew in Seattle and has protected homes and businesses for over 40 years. They partner with Honeywell, a leading manufacturer of home security and automation systems.
Protective Systems uses a touch-screen control panel and keypads, different sensors (motion, glass break, smoke, carbon monoxide, door contacts), and surveillance cameras to monitor homes. They are the only company of the four mentioned that uses a combination of wired and wireless technology so keep that in mind when making a decision.
Like the other companies, their system can send email or text alerts to your phone when there’s an event at home.
For home automation, Protective Systems uses the Honeywell Lynx panel to control Z-Wave products. It controls thermostats, lighting, locks, and can set schedules and scenes. Having all this technology work together makes living easier.
Protective Systems Inc. works in a way similar to ADT. Interested customers should request a free quote where a representative from PSI visits them at home to discuss their desired system. They can be reached by calling (206) 322-3186 or by visiting their
Frontpoint vs. My Alarm Center vs. Absolute Security Alarms vs. Protective Systems
|Frontpoint||My Alarm Center||Absolute Security Alarms||Protective Systems|
|Cellular Alarm System||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Personal access to live video feed||YES||No. Videos are recorded and stored.||YES||YES|
|Number of motion sensors in basic package||1||0||1||Varies|
|Accessories in basic package||Fire/smoke alarm, water detector, CO sensor, touch-screen control keypad||Fire and CO detectors, door/window sensors, wireless keyfobs||Door contacts, 4 button keychain remote, yard sign, window decals.||Packages are customized.|
Local Home Alarm Companies vs. National Home Alarm Companies
Supporting a local business is a huge plus, and a lot of residents are already going local. However, local home alarm companies may not work for everyone. If you see yourself moving to another city or state in the future, local companies with long contracts are not recommended. It is always beneficial to think ahead.
On the other hand, local home alarm companies provide opportunities for face-to-face service.
The most important part? Protecting your home using a good home alarm company. A home alarm system is a necessity, because even the safest places on Earth have reports of burglary and crime.
Annually, 37,402 property crimes are committed in Seattle, which is equivalent to 57.33 crimes for every 1,000 residents. Of that number, more than 7,000 are burglaries and more than 25,000 are thefts. There is a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of property crimes in Seattle.
The most dangerous neighborhoods in Seattle are:
- Foy neighborhood
- Yesler Terrace
- Area around Seattle Community College- Central Campus