Best Home Security Systems in Seattle

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When it comes to home security systems, Frontpoint is our go-to recommendation nationwide. But what about the businesses local to Seattle? We found seven of the most prominent companies in the city and pit them against our national heavyweight, evaluating each one on a bevy of factors (like competitive pricing and customer service). In the end, Protective Systems Inc. scored high enough overall to knock Frontpoint down to number two, while Washington Alarm clung on to the third spot thanks to its solid customer service.

The Best Home Security Systems in Seattle

Cellular Monitoring
Contract Length
Frontpoint
$34/Month
36 Months
Protective Systems Inc.
$26/Month
No Contract Required
Washington Alarm
$43/Month
36 Months

Seattle Home Security System Reviews

Protective Systems Inc.

Protective Systems Inc. is somewhat of a unicorn. For starters, its $26-per-month cellular payment isn’t just the cheapest in Seattle; it’s the cheapest we’ve ever seen. (We’ve reviewed home security systems in a bunch of cities across the nation and not a single one offered cellular monitoring below $31… until Protective Systems came along.) Frontpoint is the next-best price wise, and it starts at $34 per month, which is $8 more — that’s almost $100 more in monitoring alone each year. Secondly, the company doesn’t require a contract. Compare that to Guardian, Washington Alarm, and Frontpoint which all require the industry standard: a 36-month agreement.

What about the upfront cost? Protective Systems charges $175 just to get system up and running, but it has nothing to do with equipment. The first $100 is an installation fee, and the other $75 is a “cellular activation” fee. Here’s cool part: When we called to inquire specifically about how much the equipment cost, the representative told us the company was running a “free system” special. So for $175 upfront in fees, customers get a “free” cellular security system that includes three door/window sensors, a control panel/siren, a battery backup module, a key fob, one motion detector, and fire and medical panic buttons.

Best of all, you own the system outright from day one. At $175, that deal is incredibly hard to beat — most basic cellular systems also don’t come standard with a fob and panic buttons. Washington Alarm is the next cheapest in terms of startup cost, and its system runs $200… and you have to sign a 36-month monitoring contract. And if you cancel with Frontpoint, you have to pay the remainder of your contract and turn in the equipment.

It’s also important to note that Protective Systems’ sale is touted as a limited time deal on the website, but the representative we spoke with told us that it really never ends. That’s admittedly a little confusing, but we’re not complaining — it’s a crazy cheap system.

And if everything else wasn’t enough to win you over, Protective Systems received the highest praise on Yelp of any company we reviewed. Here’s a great example of why: If you’re currently locked into a contract from another company, Protective Systems will give you free monitoring for up to one year so that you can make the switch over. That’s some serious dedication.

Now, for one minor downside. Protective Systems requires an extra $6 a month if you want to take advantage of Honeywell Total Connect home automation features, like WiFi-connected deadbolts and remote arming/disarming capability on your smartphone. (Granted, Honeywell’s app isn’t as smooth as Frontpoint’s, but it gets the job done.) Even so, that only bumps the total monthly cost up to $32 — which is still the cheapest in the city.

Washington Alarm

Washington Alarm is our runner up thanks to one thing: top-notch customer service. The first time we called, we mistakenly used the number for the monitoring station. But the lady who answered was incredibly nice about it, and transferred us over to a sales rep whom she knew by name. We were transferred to two more people during our final call with the company, and they too were introduced by name. What we learned is that the entire team at Washington Alarm (sales and monitoring) is incredibly tight knit, and runs locally out of two centers in the city. We didn’t get service like that from any other company besides Protective Systems Inc., which came in at a distant second.

Outside of the customer service, though, there’s not much to write home about. Washington Alarm has the most expensive monitoring payments in the city: $43 per month for cellular and $28 per month for landline. The system runs $200 upfront, and includes a key fob, a touchscreen panel, three contact sensors (for doors or windows), and a motion detector. And, like Frontpoint, it requires a 36-month contract. All that’s to say it’s hard to recommend Washington Alarm over Protective Services, which beats the former out on every single aspect.

Feature Comparison

Protective Systems Inc.

Frontpoint

Washington Alarm

Cellular Monitoring
$26/Month
$34/Month
$43/Month
Landline Monitoring
$20/Month
*Not Offered
$28/Month
Minimum Contract Length
No Contract Required
36 Months
36 Months
Upfront Cost
$175
$100
$200
Offers Life Protection
Offers Home Automation

False Alarms and City Policy

In 2002, the monthly average of dispatched alarm calls for the Seattle Police Department was 2033, and almost 97 percent of them were false — that amounts to around 600 hours of wasted time every month. Obviously, that wasn’t sustainable for officers and taxpayers alike. So in 2004, the city enacted its first alarm registration system and fee schedule for false alarms. Since then, the number of alarm calls has dropped significantly: The average is now 922 calls a month.

The false alarm schedule is pretty simple: You’re fined $115 for each one. (If you’re able to call in and catch the police before they dispatch, that drops down to just $30.) And here’s another important thing to remember: You are not responsible for registering your alarm system. The company that sets you up with a new system is legally required to report that information on your behalf.

The Bottom Line

Frontpoint Our pick for nationwide provider. See if you can get it in your Seattle neighborhood.

Protective Systems costs $75 more than Frontpoint to get started ($175 in total), but it’s worth the investment. First of all, Protective Systems’ customers own the equipment from day one. Next, its $26 cellular monitoring runs $8 cheaper a month than Frontpoint (however, it’s only $2 cheaper if you want to take advantage of home automation features). Finally, Frontpoint requires a 36-month contract and Protective Systems doesn’t require a service agreement at all.