Many Atlantans might find a heightened sense of security and peace of mind in installing a home alarm system to keep themselves and their belongings safe. With so many providers available, both locally and nationwide, it can be hard to clearly understand which provider really offers what and which will provide the best service to suit your needs. At ConsumerAffairs, we’ve done the research for you. Read on to compare our top picks for home security companies in Atlanta.
Top 4 best home security systems in Atlanta, GA
We researched home alarm installation, equipment options, monitoring fees and contract lengths to determine which home security companies Atlanta residents should use. After analyzing dozens of companies, we narrowed our list down to two national home alarm companies and two local ones.
Best national home security systems
Best local home security systems
Best national home security systems in Atlanta
Choosing a national home security provider has a few perks, chief among them is the ability to stay with your chosen provider even if you move out of the immediate area. National home alarm companies are likely to have a variety of equipment options and packages to choose from and easily accessible customer feedback.
Best DIY alarm system
Why we like it: Protect America’s basic system, which includes a control panel, motion detector and entry sensor, is included free when you sign a contract. You can upgrade your system to include more features and additional equipment for an added cost. In addition to cellular monitoring, Protect America also has a landline connection option, which is available at a reduced rate of $19.99/month for monitoring.
What to consider: While basic equipment will come with your contract, if you want more advanced features like video surveillance or smart home features, you’ll have to pay for them.
What customers say:
- Quality features at a competitive price
- Patient and helpful customer service reps
- Easy to install DIY systems you can take with if you move
Best professional alarm system
Why we like it: Vivint is our national choice for people who prefer a professionally installed home alarm system. If you’d rather not talk to salespeople or have installers in your home, Vivint might not be the best choice for you. One of the biggest advantages Vivint offers is a no-contract option for those who are able to buy all their equipment up front. You can avoid getting locked into a long-term deal and instead opt for a month-to-month plan. Vivint’s monthly monitoring plan starts at $39.99, and you’ll pay extra fees only when you want to add extra devices. Vivint is known for their smart home devices, like smart locks and doorbell cameras, and can integrate with Google home.
What to consider: To get the no-contract service, you’ll have to pay for your equipment upfront. If you don’t mind signing a long-term contract (typically 42 months), Vivint has payment plans for equipment that give you the option of getting the system you want without the up-front cost.
What customers say:
- You can avoid having a contract if you buy all your equipment up front
- Installers come to your home to make sure you get the security system and protection that you want
- Variety of smart home features
Best local home security companies in Atlanta
Although we like the added perk of being able to keep your service provider no matter where you live, EMC Security and Ackerman Security are reliable options for people who are sure they won’t be moving out of Atlanta in the next few years.
Best local company
Why we like it: In addition to 24/7 burglary monitoring and protection, Ackerman home security packages also provide fire protection, carbon monoxide detection and advanced medical monitoring via a panic button. They compete with larger, nationwide companies through their smart devices including video doorbells, smart locks, garage door control, lighting control and smart thermostats—most of which you can control remotely with your mobile device.
What to consider: Ackerman Security serves a small collection of states including Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland. If you see yourself moving to another part of the country, you will have the change providers when you move, which may put you at risk for paying a cancellation fee. If you move within the region you can keep your Ackerman service.
What customers say:
- Knowledgeable and friendly sales team
- Embedded in the Atlanta community
- Quality service at a fair price
Best priced local company
Why we like it: At just under $24 per month, EMC Security comes in as the most affordable option on our list. If you wish to operate your system via a landline instead of a cellular connection, you can reduce your monthly payment even further, paying just $16.95 per month for monitoring. Overall, we like their payment structure and financing options. If you’re able to pay for all equipment up-front, no contract is required. If you’d rather opt for financing your equipment, they have a 24-month payment plan option. Once the equipment payments have been made, your monthly payment will be reduced to cover only monitoring costs.
What to consider: As a local Georgia company, if you plan on moving out of the area in the next few years, EMC may not be the best investment. For locals, EMC offers competitive coverage, pricing and systems.
What customers say:
- Customer service and professionalism
- Quick response times
- Honest and friendly sales and install teams
How safe is Atlanta?
Atlanta and the surrounding metro area have quite a bit of crime. Reports from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation show that about 60 percent of crime in Georgia happens in the Atlanta metro area, and 88 percent of crime in Georgia is property crime.
You can reduce your risk of crime by seeking out one of the safer Atlanta neighborhoods, in areas like Buckhead and Candler Park, and staying away from the statistically more dangerous areas like Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Downtown or the East Atlanta Village.
Atlanta crime rates
|Location||Burglary Odds||Crime Rate/1k||Property Crime/1k||Violent Crime Rate/1k|
|Atlanta, GA||1 in 136||61.17||51.49||9.68|
|Georgia (avg.)||1 in 188||32.17||28.6||3.57|
|United States||1 in 232||27.55||23.61||3.94|
Securing your home in Atlanta
Atlanta sees a higher than average rate for both property crime and violent crime. Regardless of whether you live in one of the safest neighborhoods in Atlanta or one of the most dangerous neighborhoods, a security system can protect your family and your home.
Motion detectors and high-tech cameras for Atlanta properties
The property crime rate in Atlanta is more than double the national average. Investing in motion detectors, cameras and mobile-friendly tools can help keep your property safe, even when you’re not home.
- Motion detectors are a standard feature in many home security systems and can alert you to the presence of an intruder. Many modern systems include cameras with motion alerts that can be sent to your mobile device, so you’ll be alerted anytime there’s movement on your property—whether you’re home or not.
- Wireless security cameras help you monitor and be alerted to the presence of someone either outside or inside your home. This kind of protection gives many Atlanta homeowners peace of mind and helps them feel safe when they’re not at home. And, in the unfortunate event of a break-in, theft or property damage, you’ll be able to provide the police with footage of the intruders.
- Doorbell cameras contain two-way audio and a motion sensor to alert you to the presence of someone at your door and allow you to talk to them through the device from anywhere in the world. These devices can keep your home safe by giving potential intruders the impression that someone is home, or, at the very least, that they’re being watched.
Atlanta alarm registration
If you live in Atlanta, you need to register your alarm. If you don’t register your alarm, you’ll be fined $75 if you have a false alarm, meaning your alarm is triggered accidentally instead of during a real break in.
If your system is registered, you get two free false alarms each year. The fine for a third false alarm is $50, and the charge goes up for each time your alarm is triggered by accident.
When you choose a home security company, the customer service agents should be able to tell how to register your alarm. To learn more about registering your alarm, visit the Atlanta Police Department’s alarm page.