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Best Home Security Systems in Albuquerque, NM

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    Written by Sandi Pope

    There is nothing more important than keeping your home, valuables and family safe, which is why many Albuquerque residents install home security systems. To help you choose the best alarm system, we've put together this detailed guide about different options and a list of the best home security companies in Albuquerque.

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      Albuquerque skyline

      Albuquerque has one of the highest crime rates in America. Residents have a 1-in-11 chance of being a victim of property crime, according to NeighborhoodScout. Burglaries in Albuquerque are most common in neighborhoods such as Kirtland Community, Wildflower and Barelas. Because property crime in the city is so prevalent, most homeowners add an extra layer of protection by installing home security systems.

      Albuquerque vs. U.S. crime rates (per 1,000 residents)

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      Picking a home security system in Albuquerque

      The home security company you choose and the equipment you use should directly reflect your specific needs. Before approaching security companies for quotes, you should consider:

      • Reputation and reviews: Ask friends and family which security systems they use and what they think about the service. Getting honest feedback from people you trust helps you make a more confident decision. Online reviews are also an excellent source of information and let you know whether the company has a reputation for being reliable.
      • Age of your home: Older homes in Albuquerque neighborhoods, such as those in Nob Hill and South Valley, typically have older electrical systems that make installing a wired security system more challenging. These homes may not have fire or carbon monoxide detectors, so homeowners should add this safety equipment to their home security package. Installing a security system in a newer home is usually much simpler. Most newer homes in areas like North Valley and Bear Canyon also already have fire and carbon monoxide detection systems in place.
      • Age of the homeowner: Home security systems are critical for seniors living on their own. If you are buying a system for an older adult, look for companies that offer automation options and affordable monitoring. Also consider how easy the system is for them to use.

      Security system cost in Albuquerque, NM

      Albuquerque residents can expect to pay between $15 and $60 a month for monitoring. Upfront costs for equipment and installation typically run between $200 to $1,500, depending on the size and complexity of the system. Your security system should fit your home environment, which is why many Albuquerque security companies allow you to customize a package. Some of the factors that go into the cost of your home alarm system include:

      • Professional vs. DIY installation: Some companies require that certified technicians install your home security system, which typically costs around $99. However, DIY installation packages allow you to install equipment on your own and are perfect for those who want to save a little money.
      • Monitored vs. unmonitored: Monitored security systems send alerts to a dispatch center, which contacts the appropriate emergency personnel for the situation. Unmonitored systems only alert the homeowner or sound an audible alarm. Unmonitored systems do not charge a monthly monitoring fee, making them a more affordable but less secure option.
      • Home automation: Most basic home security packages do not link with home automation, which means you can't remotely turn on and off lights or adjust the thermostat. However, many companies offer these abilities as an upgrade.
      • Video surveillance: Not all security packages include video surveillance. If you want more security, you can upgrade your package to include motion detectors and video surveillance.

      Getting a home security system registered in Albuquerque, NM

      All Albuquerque homeowners are required to have a permit for their residential or commercial alarm system. It is the responsibility of the resident to have the alarm company provide all pertinent information to the city’s False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) and pay a $25 annual fee. The initial yearly alarm user permit application must be submitted to FARU within 60 days of installation of the alarm system. The alarm user permit fee can be waived by the mayor for low-income individuals.

      The city of Albuquerque does not charge residents for their first three false alarms within a permit year. However, you receive a notification every time there is a false alarm and must pay a $150 fine for every false alarm after your third one. If you have more than 10 false alarms in one permit year, you must pay a $500 "excess false alarm fee" for every violation. If your alarm company submits documentation that the false alarms were caused by mechanical failure, you can have up to six false alarms removed from your record in a single permit year.

      Albuquerque home security FAQ

      What is Albuquerque alarm monitoring?
      Monitored alarms send an alert to trained dispatch personnel who can assess the situation and contact the appropriate emergency personnel. An unmonitored system alerts only the owner via text, phone call or email. Home security companies charge a monthly fee for monitoring, but these systems ensure every situation receives the necessary response.
      What is an Albuquerque CCTV system?
      CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. CCTV systems continuously record video on a feed that can only be accessed by authorized users. The video may be monitored 24/7 or recorded for later viewing.
      How can I get business alarm systems in Albuquerque?
      Most companies on our list offer residential and business security systems. If you are looking for protection for your business, make sure to discuss options with prospective security companies. Business security systems are often more complex than home security systems.

      Albuquerque emergency resources

      While security systems can help deter and catch criminals, many neighborhoods in Albuquerque have also started neighborhood watch programs to reduce crime. New Mexico residents looking for more information on neighborhood watch programs, victim advocacy resources and local emergency departments should check out the following:

      • Victim's Rights and Assistance in Albuquerque: If you have been a victim of violent or property crime in New Mexico, there are professionals and groups dedicated to making sure you are getting the justice you deserve. You have rights, and there are ways for you to get the help you need.
      • New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Prevention: Sexual assault accounts for a significant number of the reported crimes in Albuquerque. The NMCSAP works to reduce sexual abuse and sexual violence by providing training and technical assistance to service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical practitioners and mental health professionals.
      • City of Albuquerque Police Department: The Albuquerque Police Department has a user-friendly website where residents can file a police report online.

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        Albuquerque home alarm company information

        Alarm Research

        Alarm Research conducts an initial site assessment to evaluate your security concerns and identify challenges posed by your environment. It designs a custom security system that utilizes state-of-the-art technology and reduces the incidence rate of false alarms. The company specializes in residential and commercial systems. Licensed and bonded technicians perform all installations.

        • Address: 2639 Texas St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
        • Phone: (505) 291-9456
        • Hours: 24/7
        • Website: alarmresearch.com
        TAS Security Systems

        TAS Security Systems installs and supports modern alarms, access controls and video surveillance systems for homes and businesses. The company maintains all systems — regardless of their age or features. TAS Security Systems is a member of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association and the Electronic Security Association.

        • Address: 2712 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
        • Phone: (505) 881-0001
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm
        • Website: thealarmstore.com
        A-TECH Security

        A-TECH Security handles commercial and residential alarm installation, service and repairs, and the company can work on almost every system manufactured. Its staff is available 24/7 and responds immediately. A-TECH Security is bonded, licensed and insured in New Mexico. The company has remote connect programming for your system, so it takes care of updates, code changes and troubleshooting within seconds.

        • Address: 4616 Hawkins St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
        • Phone: (505) 821-5777
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm
        • Website: atechsecurity.com
        Alpha Alarm

        Alpha Alarm's innovative “verify rep” feature allows homeowners to know which representative is coming to their home. Alpha Alarm provides you with the rep’s picture and the region that he or she is working. The company offers basic, interactive and platinum packages.

        • Address: 5501 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Ste. A4, Albuquerque, NM 87113
        • Phone: (505) 296-2202
        • Hours: M - Th: 10am - 4pm; F: 10am - 11pm
        • Website: alphaalarm.net
        Home Security Systems Inc.

        Home Security Systems Inc. does not require a phone line to install a home security system. Its systems are simple to operate and require very little training once installed by its certified technicians. The company offers hybrid systems that are both hardwired and wireless. Once your system is installed, you have access to an immediate response from an operator 24/7.

        • Address: 2400 Comanche Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107
        • Phone: (505) 888-2951
        • Hours: 24/7
        • Website: hssnm.com
        Heights Security

        Heights Security specializes in burglar and fire alarms, locksmith services and 24-hour emergency services. The company offers a wide variety of home security cameras, including wireless cameras. It can install and maintain new systems or upgrade and service existing systems.

        • Address: 920 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
        • Phone: (505) 265-0588
        • Hours: M - F: 8am - 5pm; Sat: 9am - 3:30pm
        • Website: heights-security.com