Best Home Security Systems in Buffalo

Deciding to buy a home security system isn’t hard. Finding the right business to secure your home, on the other hand, isn’t quite as simple.

We reviewed the nine biggest businesses in Buffalo, NY on pricing, contract flexibility, and home automation and found that Doyle Security Systems is the best home security company in Buffalo: It has the most affordable startup cost (as in zero dollars) and most comprehensive home automation packages in the area.

If you’re looking for the easiest setup possible, Frontpoint's systems don’t require a professional installation and can be easily relocated. Powered Protection also deserves a mention thanks to its 12-month contract policy, which undercuts the rest of the competition by 24 months.

The Best Buffalo, NY Home Security Systems

Home Security Companies

Cellular Monitoring

Upfront Equipment Cost

Contract Length

Doyle Security Systems
$33/Month
$0
36 Months
Frontpoint
$35/Month
$100
36 Months
Powered Protection
$31/Month
$530
12 Months

*Upfront equipment cost refers to the total sum required for the company’s most basic cellular system.

Buffalo Home Security Company Reviews

Doyle Security Systems

Doyle Security Systems isn’t just our favorite local pick; it’s our overall top recommendation. No matter how you slice it, Doyle’s most basic cellular system is the least expensive to get up and running — as in zero dollars. Plus, it’s also the cheapest option long term: Four years with Doyle costs $1,584, which is around $200 less than Frontpoint. Granted, that’s not a ton of money of the course of four years, but every penny counts. (Amherst Alarm when as high as $1,935.)

It bears repeating: Doyle’s most basic rig runs $0 upfront, which is one of the main reasons we put it at the top of our list. Frontpoint requires $100 for its system, and Powered Protection and Amherst Alarm are way on up there at $400 and $495 respectively. It’s worth noting, however, that Doyle’s basic cellular system only comes with two contact sensors — the rest of the competition include three. Otherwise, customers get an industry standard package: one motion detector, a control panel, and a siren. What’s more, monitoring for this system runs $33 per month, which is $1 less than Frontpoint, but a couple of dollars more than Powered Protection. The only downside is that you’ll have to sign a 36-month agreement. So if you don’t plan to live in your current home for that long, Powered Protection is your safest choice.

What if you’re into home automation? As it turns out, Doyle still can’t be beat. The company’s $150 smarthome package includes everything in the standard setup, plus a WiFi-controlled door lock, two lighting modules, and smartphone control capabilities. Here’s why that’s such a good deal. If you bought those three devices outright from Frontpoint, the lighting modules alone would cost over $100. What’s more, most of the smart locks out there run upwards of $150 a-la-carte. Just remember: This home automation package adds an extra $2 onto the monthly monitoring payment.

Frontpoint

Frontpoint's biggest advantage in Buffalo is that its systems are incredibly easy to install and relocate. The equipment is shipped directly to your home and there’s no drilling or wiring involved – which is especially important for renters.

Frontpoint Frontpoint is our top recommendation for the easiest setup and relocation in Buffalo.

For $100 upfront, you’ll get the Protection package (the company’s most basic cellular system): one motion detector, three sensors, and a control panel. As for cellular monitoring, the payment runs $35 per month — which is pretty competitive for the area — and you’ll need to commit to a 36-month contract.

If you need more than that, all of Frontpoint’s systems are totally customizable. Extra equipment is available for purchase a la carte, and certain Z-Wave home automation devices can also be integrated (as long as you have the $45 monitoring plan).

On thing to remember is that Frontpoint leases its equipment, so you’ll need to turn it back in if you don’t renew your contract. If owning the equipment is important to you (it can be a great selling point if you ever have to move), Powered Protection is going to be a more attractive option.

Powered Protection

Powered Protection offers the cheapest monitoring plans of all our recommendations: $31 per month for cellular and $18 per month for landline. The difference is that you’ll need to cough up $400 for its starter kit, which includes one motion detector, a control panel/siren, and three contact sensors. You will also have to pay an extra $129 if you want a cellular system. That puts your total startup cost at $530, which is the least affordable of all four recommendations.

In addition to the affordable monitoring, Powered Protection is our runner-up because it offers a 12-month service agreement, whereas Frontpoint and Doyle require a 36-month commitment. Another plus is that because you pay upfront, you own the equipment outright from day one. (That can be a nice perk if you wind up selling your home.) Otherwise, though, Powered Protection can’t really compete with Doyle.

Service Comparison

Frontpoint

Doyle Security Systems

Powered Protection

Cellular/Radio Monitoring
$34/Month
$33/Month
$31/Month
Landline/Broadband Monitoring
*Not Offered
$28/Month
$18/Month
Minimum Contract Length
36 Months
36 Months
12 Months
Upfront Equipment Cost
$100
$0
$530
Offers Life Protection
Offers Home Automation
Total 4-Year Cost (pre-tax)
$1,732
$1,584
$1,887

*Upfront equipment cost refers to the total sum required for the company’s most basic cellular system.

Companies That Didn’t Make the Cut

We started with nine home security companies, but not all of them made it 100 percent of the way through our evaluation. Below is a list of the companies that either weren’t competitive enough, or had such poor communication during the quote process that we couldn’t stand behind a recommendation.

Buffalo City Policy

Buffalo requires that all its citizens register their alarm systems — and that unfortunately costs $20. To do so, complete this form and mail it to the address included, along with payment.

What about false alarms?

Interestingly enough, Buffalo city’s false alarm ordinance has only been around since 2014. (Most larger cities began to do so in the early 2000s due to high numbers of no-gos, which wasted millions of dollars nationwide.) Now, citizens will be fined according to the schedule below:

  • First offense: $50
  • Second offense: $100
  • Third offense and on: $200

It’s also important to note that if you are caught with a false alarm from an unregistered system, the case is handled separately — and you could face much more costly charges.

The Bottom Line

With a 36-month contract, Doyle Security Systems can get you secured with a cellular system for zero dollars upfront and $33 per month for monitoring — but you’ll need to schedule a professional installation. If you’re a renter, Frontpoint is definitely worth a consideration: Its systems are self-installable and can easily be relocated to a new home.