Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City
We reviewed a handful of the biggest home security companies in the area on three key factors: contract length, pricing, and home automation features. What we learned is that Central Security Group and Frontpoint are the best home security companies in Kansas City. Both have cutting-edge home automation, affordable cellular monitoring, and require a 36-month contract. The difference is that Central Security Group costs a bit more upfront, and isn’t as easy to install as Frontpoint.
If you’re totally against any sort of contract, Atronic Alarms is your next-best alternative, which comes at the expense of a higher upfront cost and an in-home consultation.
The Best Home Security Systems in Kansas City
Central Security Group
It’s impossible to know exactly how much Central Security Group will cost you upfront because it requires an in-home evaluation before doling out a quotes. With a little persistence, though, the representative we spoke with told us that a system designed for a 2,200 sq ft, two-exit home usually falls somewhere around $415. That isn’t as convenient as Frontpoint’s standardized bundle pricing, but buying a custom-built system isn’t always a bad thing. If your home is on the smaller side, then paying for only what you need could come out a bit cheaper than having to purchase a set bundle of equipment — some of which you might not be able to use.
Even though Central Security Group costs more than Frontpoint (for the same type of equipment) at the start, you own the equipment outright — whether you renew your contract or not. And if you ever wind up leaving your home, a ready-to-go system can be a nice selling point.
Another thing we learned while on the phone is that cellular monitoring starts at $30, and a 36-month contract is required (which is pretty much par for the course, with the exception of Atronic Alarms, which doesn’t require a contract at all). That’s $5 cheaper each month than Frontpoint, and $10 cheaper than the next-best local company we evaluated, Atronic Alarms.
When it comes to equipment, it’s important to note that 99 percent of all devices are manufactured from the same two companies (2GIG and Honeywell) and use the exact same technology. The only exception is found in the realm of home automation — not all home automation software is created equally. With Central Security Group, you get cutting edge equipment (which is on par with Frontpoint) that’s powered by Alarm.com, the national leader in home automation and 24/7 monitoring.
Frontpoint has one key advantage over the rest of our top picks for Kansas City: It’s incredibly easy to get started. Its most basic package costs $100 upfront, requires a $35-per-month monitoring plan, are equipment is shipped directly to your door. On top of that, you can install the equipment yourself. This is a big plus for renters because Frontpoint’s equipment doesn’t require any wiring or drilling — meaning you can install a system without having to get your landlord to approve it.
Another advantage is that the pricing for all three of its basic packages (Protection, Interactive, and Ultimate) is clearly defined. The rest of our top picks require an on-site visit to get an upfront cost, which is way less convenient.
If you want to expand on one of Frontpoint’s basic packages, extra equipment can be purchased a-la-carte — and that includes home automation devices. What’s more, you can also opt to purchase and integrate third-party Z-Wave-powered devices into Frontpoint’s control panel.
It’s worth noting that in order to take advantage of Frontpoint’s home automation features, you’ll need to upgrade to its $40-per-month monitoring plan. And if you don’t already have some Z-Wave equipment, you’ll need to tack on the price of any additional devices you purchase. (If you go with Frontpoint’s “Ultimate” plan, you’ll get a light controller and a garage door opener.)
Interestingly enough, one of Atronic Alarms' biggest selling points is that it’s the only one of our recommendations that offers landline service. We always recommend a cellular monitoring setup over a landline system, but in some cases, cellular might not be an option. (i.e. those who live in really remote areas where signal is iffy, or prefer to keep things simple and save a few dollars each month.) Atronic is also the only company we recommend that offers month-to-month service agreements.
When we spoke with Doug, he informed us that landline monitoring is $28 per month, broadband monitoring is $32, and cellular monitoring is $40 per month. He also assured us that ”the company will never raise rates.” However, if you want to take advantage of the smartphone control app, you’ll need to add $8 a month.
Like Central Security Group, Atronic requires an evaluation before giving a quote — only it does not require an in-home visit. Everything can be determined over the phone. And being that Atronic builds customized packages for every customer, you should expect to put some money upfront. Since we couldn’t get a representative to give us even an idea of cost for the average home, our best advice is to get a quote from both Central Security and Atronic, compare them, and then make your choice. If the latter’s equipment quote comes out cheaper (and you don’t mind forgoing the best home automation software available) you’ll welcome a contract-free policy and save some cash in the process.
Kansas City Policies
Kansas City residents are required to register any active alarm system and apply for a permit. And unfortunately, that process will cost you another $46.
To apply, fill out this form and mail it to the address below. There’s also no way to pay online, so you’ll need to include a check or your credit card information.
Board of Police Commissioners
Attn: Alarm Administrator
1125 Locust Kansas City, Missouri
The Bottom Line
Central Security Group and Frontpoint have the cheapest cellular monitoring and the best home automation features in Kansas City. Choosing between them boils down to how much money and effort you want to spend to get started: Central Security Group is several hundred dollars more expensive, and requires a professional installation.