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Find the Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City

In KC, it's common to feel safe on one block and unsafe on the next, which makes home security systems a necessity to protect your residence, property and family. We researched the best home security systems in Kansas City by both national and local providers based on their product technology, installation support and customer reviews.

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ADT
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  • Available in Kansas City
  • Customized for your home
  • Professional installation
  • Same- or next-day service
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Vivint
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  • Burglary detection
  • Smart locks
  • Outdoor camera
  • 24/7 monitoring

Professionally installed security systems with smart home automation start at $29.99/month. Contract terms range from 42 to 60 months. Clients can avoid a long-term contract altogether by purchasing equipment upfront.

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Protect America
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  • Smartphone alerts
  • Remote access & system control
  • HD indoor/outdoor video cameras
  • 24/7 wireless monitoring

Home security and automation packages start at $19.99/month. Protect America offers phone support for DIY installation. Systems require a one-time $19.95 activation charge.

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How to choose a home security system in Kansas City

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KC has a crime rate of 60 per 1,000 residents—one of the highest in America. According to the Kansas City Police Department’s annual report, violent crimes in KCMO rose 17.9% between 2015 and 2016. Crime statistics below are split by state. Keep in mind that KCMO’s population is nearly three times that of KCK.

2016 Crime Rates KCMO KCK
Murder 128 28
Robbery 1,893 304
Assault 5,473 567
Burglary 4,754 1,311
Theft 12,094 4,754

Despite the charm of many neighborhoods, such as the suburban KC Rockhill neighborhood near University of Missouri-Kansas City, crime is a problem. KC is the 14th most dangerous city in the U.S. based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. With a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim, homeowners should make purchasing a home security system a priority.

Alarm permits in Kansas City

According to the Kansas City Police Department, almost 97 percent of KCMO security alarms are false—leading to an increase in fees on both sides of the state line. KCMO charges residents a yearly permit fee if home alarm owners report more than two false alarms per year. Kansas also does not charge a yearly fee, but charges per call after three false alarms. Alarm permit and false alarm fines for residents in Missouri and Kansas are below.

KCMO KCK
Installation permit cost $48 Free within 10 days of install. $25/per system after 10 days.
False alarm fines Annual renewal fees based on false alarms:
1-2: free
3+: $56 per false alarm with a maximum cost of $168 per permit year
Per call fine:
1-3: free
4-6: $50
7-9:
$75
10-12:
$100
13+: $125

DIY vs. professional installation in Kansas City

It costs less to do it yourself, but professional home alarm system installation can be safer and easier. In many older homes like those found in Waldo or Chapel Hill, setting up a wireless security system is simple and noncommittal. Some companies even have removable systems—meaning it can travel with you.

For new developments or redesigns in Brookside and Country Club Plaza, opting for a stress-free professional installation can be an easier and more effective option. Professionals do the heavy lifting for you and will provide advice on wireless security camera and alarm locations.

Depending on your location and needs, the options below provide the safety and security you need in Kansas City.

Kansas City Home Security Systems Reviews

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ADT

More than 6 million people in the U.S. have chosen ADT for security systems and 24/7 monitoring. Its three customizable packages come with professional installation, around-the-clock monitoring, service and repairs. ADT also gives customers in Kansas City a six-month money-back guarantee and pays up to $500 of your insurance deductible if a burglary occurs while your system is armed. Reach out to ADT for offers and a free quote. Monthly prices start at $28.99.

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Vivint

With an office in KC, installing Vivint in your home is a breeze. Consultants provide one-on-one feedback that allows for a customized high-tech security system built for your home. KC reviewers call Vivint's professionals “problem-solvers,” “polite” and “responsive,” and their security system was named Best for Home Automation in KC.

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Protect America

If you're a frequent mover, Protect America's “peel and stick” equipment and no-contract payment is a no hassle, commitment-free option. Each product is sold separately, making Protect America a perfect choice for KC renters and home buyers who want a DIY home security experience.

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Scharig Alarm Systems

Scharig Alarm Systems is a local home monitoring company serving the KC area for more than 20 years. Reviewers state that Scharig is affordable and its professionals are reliable experts. Scharig's award-winning home security systems are great for owners looking for local expertise without long-term contracts. Scharig also offers free activation and installation.

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Best Security

Another local company, Best Security has been in KC for more than 30 years. Its integrated system offers immediate notifications and reminders through its online app, giving homeowners peace of mind at all times. Reviewers find that Best Security is not only cheaper than nationwide competitors, but also more reliable and caring.

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