Best Home Security Systems in Denver
We spent hours evaluating Denver’s local home security businesses on factors like contract plans, pricing, and quality of customer service to see how each one compared to Frontpoint, our national recommendation. Through our research, we found Reliable Home Security to be the best home security company in Denver thanks to its excellent customer service, lifetime equipment warranty, and 24-month service contract.
The Best Home Security Systems in Denver
Reliable Home Security
United Security Systems
Reliable Home Security
Reliable Home Security is far-and-away the most comprehensive home security company in Denver. With a BBB rating of A+ and 4.5 stars on Yelp, we certainly aren’t alone in our assessment. Cellular monitoring packages (which are outlined on the company’s particularly sleek website) start at $35 per month, while landline monitoring rings up at $25 per month. All monitoring plans include a 30-day money-back guarantee, a lifetime warranty, and free professional installation.
With three package options, you’ll likely find one that fits your individual needs in terms of what it takes for you to feel safe. The first option, starting at $35, is the most basic. Devices include a color touch screen panel, one motion or glass break sensor, and four door or window sensors (Reliable Home Security uses 2GIG brand products). For an additional $6 per month, you’ll also receive one home automation device. You can choose from a freeze/fire sensor, thermostat, lighting control, garage door control, or automated door lock. This is a stellar option for those looking to bundle home automation gadgets into their security system.
The most comprehensive security system will cost you $50 per month and includes a video monitoring system in addition to all the devices of the cheaper packages. What’s included in the video monitoring system? You’ll get to choose one product from the following: Skybell video doorbell camera, indoor wireless camera, or an exterior camera. While Safe Systems’ starting package is a bit cheaper at $30, we remained most impressed by Reliable Home Security’s wide range of products and tiered package options.
Another aspect that won us over was the home security company’s breadth of service area. It services cities across the Front Range, spanning from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. Denver, Parker, Boulder, Aurora, Arvada, Loveland, Greeley, and Thornton are all included in that domain, and customers from all over Colorado have resoundingly positive things to say about Reliable Home Security.
Safe Systems is pretty unique in that it staffs its own Underwriter’s Laboratories-listed monitoring center that’s located in the Front Range area. Cellular monitoring services start at $30 per month, and the company offers free security evaluations for both homes and businesses. The standard security package includes a touch-screen keypad, two door sensors, a motion sensor, and mobile connectivity. We weren’t able to get an estimated quote over the phone when we talked to a Safe Systems representative, as he insisted a home consultation would be necessary. Considering Reliable Home Security offers free installation, we ranked it higher than Safe Systems.
That being said, we love Safe Systems for its six-camera system, which enables you to check up on your home (or kids and pets) at any hour of the day from your mobile device. While Safe Systems offers less transparency in terms of pricing than Reliable Home Security, we believe it’s still a solid option for anyone who is as interested in home automation as they are home security. With 24/7, 365-day service and repair plans, you’ll never find yourself stuck with a faulty device or unanswered question about your system.
United Security Systems
United Security Systems’s customer service was top-notch, which is why it earned a spot on this list. The representative informed us that starting prices for basic packages vary, with $30 per month being the base price for any system. If you’re interested in systems that include more than just your basic home security system, the company also offers remote arming and disarming services, video surveillance, panic buttons, medical emergency pendants, and more. Though the representative was kind on the phone, he wasn’t able to give us a quote estimate over the phone, not matter how much we begged.
To get a quote, you’ll need to schedule a free on-site consultation. Another potential downside: You’ll have to sign the traditional 36-month contract to reap all these benefits. That’s pretty much standard anywhere else in the country, but considering its two main competitors offer 24-month agreements, we’re calling it a bummer.
Crime Rates & Trends
Denver has lower than the national average occurrence of property crime rates, according to Neighborhood Scout. So is getting a home security system worth it? We think so. In 2011, the average dollar value of burglarized goods was around $2,000. But it’s not just that–property theft and intrusion are traumatic experiences for everyone who lives under the burglarized roof. There’s no price on that sort of damage, but just the sight of a home security systems have been proven to deter criminals from targeting a particular house.
What’s more, home insurance providers sometimes offer discounts for homeowners with security systems and you may also qualify for a tax break. So, while Denver is statistically safer in regards to burglaries than the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean that home security systems aren’t a good investment. Quite the contrary, as peace of mind is invaluable.
According to Denver’s false alarm management center, the Denver Police receive over 10,000 alarm calls a year, 98 percent of which turn out to be false. Needless to say, false alarms are a serious problem in Denver, one that takes away valuable resources from those truly in need. Not only that, it impacts tax rates and city budgets. If your home is the source of multiple false alarms, the police may stop showing up at all. Not good. Never fear, though, there’s an easy way to avoid causing the Denver Police department undue stress: simply register your system with the City of Denver online.
Once your permit has been approved, it’s valid for one year with a $25 renewable fee every subsequent year after that. With a permit, you’re only charged $50 per false alarm and the police will continue to provide service even when your alarm does malfunction.
Speaking of malfunctions, there are easy ways to avoid them. If your system has batteries, regularly check them to make sure they’re in working order. It’s recommended to replace them every 3-5 years, but ensure your system’s efficiency by testing them once or twice a year. Also make sure that your doors and windows are properly closed before arming your system and keep the buttons out of reach of children. Other things you can do to prevent false alarms include cleaning your sensors regularly and installing pet-immune sensors.
The Bottom Line
Frontpoint Frontpoint is our top pick for nationwide providers. See if it's available in your Denver neighborhood.
No matter which company you choose, you’re going to have to sign a contract. That’s why we named Reliable Home Security as the top dog in Denver. Its monitoring costs are identical to Frontpoint, but it only requires a 24-month contract — that’s 12 months shorter than Frontpoint, our runner up. Plus, you’ll get the same Alarm.com-powered 24/7 monitoring service regardless of which company you go with.