By Maggie Mertens

The Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City

While the FBI reports a recent decline in Kansas City property crime, the unfortunate reality is that rates remain well above the national average. The good news? Many property crimes are pretty preventable. As the KCPD reminds homeowners, the majority of burglaries and auto thefts happen when doors and garages are left unlocked or open.

Having a home security system can help you avoid these slip-ups. It also ensures rapid police response in the event that a crime does occur. Our top picks — Vivint, Frontpoint, ADT, and SimpliSafe — offer a wide range of packages. There are options from basic monitoring to full-fledged home automation systems, so anyone can find a system they’re comfortable using. The best one for your home depends on you: what kind of equipment you prefer, how much customer support you like, and your personal security concerns. Keep these considerations in mind as you choose between home security systems.

The Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City: Summed Up

Vivint
Frontpoint
ADT
SimpliSafe
Prices start at
$39.99/mo.
$34.99/mo.
$36.99/mo.
$14.99/mo.
Contract length
Month-to-month
42 months
60 months
12 months
36 months
36 months
No contracts
Cameras
Indoor
Outdoor
Doorbell
Indoor
Outdoor
Doorbell
Indoor
Outdoor
Doorbell
Indoor, Doorbell
Sensors
Intrusion
Smoke/flood/CO
Panic button
Intrusion
Smoke/flood/CO
Panic button
Intrusion
Smoke/flood/CO
Panic button
Smoke/Freeze
Flood/Panic Button
Smart home features
Lights
Locks
Thermostat
Garage door
Lights
Locks
Lights
Locks
Thermostat
Garage door
Locks, Thermostat
Control panel
Touchscreen
Mobile app
Touchscreen
Mobile app
Touchscreen
Classic keypad
Mobile app
Base station, Keypad, Web or Mobile App

The 4 Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City

Kansas City Home Security Reviews

Best for
Home Automation

Vivint
Vivint
A smart choice for users connecting a smart home

Vivint is smart home-focused, with similar automation and mobile features to ADT’s. The difference? Vivint has managed to seamlessly integrate smart tech and home security. Our testers liked its interface better than any other contender’s.

Vivint calls its combination smart home security hub the "SkyControl Panel." Despite its (admittedly) goofy-sounding name, testers loved working with SkyControl, ranking it the “easiest to use” of all the systems we tried. From a single touch-screen panel, you can control all of your smart devices (thermostats, lights, etc.), as well as your security system. That means arming and disarming the alarm, locking and unlocking doors, or using the panic button. SkyControl even works as a two-way video chat through your security cameras.

Like ADT, Vivint’s systems link up to a mobile app that lets you view cameras and manage home systems remotely. We especially like the app’s automation features. It lets you set smart devices to fit your schedule — for instance, programming the doors to lock when you go to bed or the garage to close after you leave for work. For anyone who tends to be forgetful, these automatic safeguards add extra security and peace of mind.

While Vivint’s automation and video options are more affordable than ADT’s, we’re not thrilled with its pricing structure. Vivint contracts start at five years, with a measly three days to cancel if you’re dissatisfied. You can pay month-by-month — but you’ll have to purchase all your equipment at face value. We think it’s worth being extra-sure before you commit to a Vivint subscription. If you’re on the fence, it might be worth starting with ADT (which offers a six-month money-back guarantee) or Frontpoint (with its 30-day trial period).

That said, Vivint is a great choice once you’re ready to buy; its technology is top-notch, and J.D. Power survey respondents gave it the highest scores for customer satisfaction. For those building a complete smart home, Vivint should be an easy first choice.

Best for
Customer Service

Frontpoint
Frontpoint
Frontpoint blew us away with its service and attention to detail

Maybe you’ve gotten this far and your head is spinning. Motion sensors, camera feeds, smart hubs, automation, installation — it’s a lot to take in. If you are feeling a little lost, we recommend starting with Frontpoint. This provider keeps up with the others in terms of security. It offers round-the-clock professional monitoring, and its technology is all current. But where Frontpoint really stands out is its excellent customer service.

We noticed the difference from our very first call. The Frontpoint rep was patient, inquisitive, and helpful; our tester felt like the rep’s goal was to find the exact right package, rather than just making the sale. ADT and Vivint’s reps didn’t quite measure up.

We were equally impressed during setup. Frontpoint was our only DIY installation package; both ADT and Vivint sent installation technicians (and charged an installation fee). While setting up a security system sounds daunting, Frontpoint actually makes it quite easy. The website tutorial is tailored to your package and easy to follow. It also offers prompts if you’re stuck at any stage. Once you’re through, there’s just one quick call to a Frontpoint rep to verify that everything’s up and running. Start to finish, the process only took us about 30 minutes.

The main thing to be aware of if you’re considering Frontpoint is its different package levels. It offers three tiers of home security, ranging from basic monitoring services to a more full-fledged option with automation and app access. Only the most expensive tier, "Ultimate," comes with video surveillance, which our testers found to be important for threat assessment and preventing false alarms. Of course, if you live in one of Kansas City’s safest neighborhoods — like the northern and southernmost suburbs — you may be just as comfortable with the cheaper, basic monitoring.

If you’re not sure what level of security you need, we suggest contacting Frontpoint directly. Its reps are patient and helpful, and will help you find the best home security system for your individual needs.

Most
Flexible

SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe is a flexible home security option with no-contract options and affordable monthly rates with an easy DIY installation option

Looking for the right home security system has become more difficult as players have begun to saturate the field. Most people don’t want to pay a lot of money for a system that locks them into a contract before they even have a chance to test it out, which is where Simplisafe sets itself apart. With their no contract, no nonsense claim, SimpliSafe gives you the freedom to feel safe at home without any commitment.

Coming off a fresh revamp to their system, SimpliSafe provides state-of the-art equipment with the option to either self monitor or opt in for their 24/7 professional monitoring. Should you choose to go this route, SimpliSafe offers budget-friendly plans starting as low as $15/month. They also give you the freedom to set it up yourself with a step-by-step installation guide. Limited smart home compatibility may turn a few heads away, but Simlisafe compensates for this with their flexible and budget-friendly DIY options. If you’re looking for a system with easy home automation and a no-contract service, we recommend SimpliSafe.

Guide to Kansas City Home Security Systems

Research your neighborhood’s crime profile

You’ve got a lot of options when building out the equipment in your home security system. Before you speak with a security consultant, we recommend doing some research on your local neighborhood crime rates. Use online crime maps to understand any local concerns relevant to your security system.

Register your security system

Under the Kansas City Alarm Ordinance, home security users have to register their alarms and pay an annual $48 permit fee. This kind of ordinance exists in nearly every city as a measure to reduce the amount of false alarms. The permit will renew automatically for no charge if you have two or fewer false alarms. For those that have three to five false alarm dispatches in the year, it’ll cost you $56 per false alarm and $168 per permit year.

Consider a local company

ADT, Vivint, and Frontpoint are all tried and true. Our testers touted their smooth install, reliable monitoring, and user-friendly equipment. We recommend them without hesitation.

Keep in mind, though, that these are all nationwide providers. If you’re looking for someone that already understands your neighborhood and security concerns, then you might consider a local company. We cross-referenced customer ratings on Yelp and Google to find the five most popular Kansas City home security providers.

  • Best Security
  • Jade Alarm Co
  • Rampart Security Systems
  • Shield Security Systems
  • Watchmen Security Services

Kansas City Home Security FAQ

How much does a false alarm cost in Kansas City?

There’s nothing like an alarm system for peace of mind: You press a button and the police are there to help. Unfortunately, police often arrive to find that they're not really needed. Whether by equipment malfunctions, user error, or touchy motion sensors, false alarms happen all the time. Many estimates place the false alarm rate as high as 98%.

All those calls take a toll on law enforcement. They require time and resources that could be better spent responding to legitimate emergencies — and when cops are busy responding to false alarms, it may take them longer to respond to a real one. To address this issue, the Kansas City PD maintains an Alarm Ordinance. They can also be fined and penalized for false alarms.

First and Second false alarm: Free
Third, Fourth, and Fifth false alarms: $52 - $156
Sixth false alarm: Required to attend a False Alarm Class; if the user fails to attend the class, their alarm permit will be revoked until they do.

These fees are meant to encourage correct home security system use and maintenance. Note that if an alarm user doesn’t have an alarm permit, the KCPD can (and will) refuse response to that home.

What is Kansas City’s crime rate like?

Kansas City property crime rates are declining slowly, but surely. According to the FBI’s 2015-2016 crime report, they dropped one percent in 2016 alone. And across the state of Missouri, says BizJournals, property crime has fallen almost 25% over the past 10 years.

Unfortunately, this gradual downward trend isn’t equally felt across the city. While some neighborhoods are getting safer, others did see an uptick in burglaries and auto theft in 2017. Many of these crimes are preventable; as the KCPD states, there’s been “an increase in crimes where a door was left unlocked as well as garage doors being left open.” Making sure your house is properly locked down can prevent crimes like these from happening. If you tend to be forgetful with doors and garages, this is where a home automation system like ADT’s or Vivint’s can really come in handy.

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