The Best Home Security Systems in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a fast-growing city. While rates have slowed in recent years, Clark County saw its population double every 10 years between 1930 and 2000, raising the total population from a town of 8,000 to a metropolis of more than 1.4 million. This has resulted in growing pains for the city, including police shortages and high crime rates. Not only does Las Vegas have a property crime rate twice the national average, there are also more than five times as many crimes per square mile. All of the above are important reasons to protect your home.

We tested eight popular home security systems for eight months to find the three best options in Las Vegas. All of our top picks have the technology to keep you safe, whether you prefer ADT’s long track record of success, Vivint’s extensive Smart Home features, or Frontpoint’s friendly and useful customer service. We’ll do a deep dive into each pick below, and also explain Las Vegas' “verified response” alarm policy so you have the information you need to make sure the police respond to your home in a timely manner.

The 3 Best Home Security Systems in Las Vegas

  • ADT -

    Most Popular Provider

  • Vivint -

    Best for Home Automation

  • Frontpoint -

    Best Customer Support

Best for Home Automation
Vivint
Vivint
Smart home capabilities and affordable video monitoring just brush the surface of Vivint's innovation.

If smart home features and video monitoring are your top priorities, Vivint may be the best company for you. Vivint only has one service plan, the Total Home Package, but it includes home automation services and makes the option more affordable — Vivint's plan starts at $39.99 with no live video feed and $49.99 with live video, where ADT's home automation starts at $49.99. Vivint's tech is also best-in-class. You can lock your doors, manage your lights, and adjust your home's temperature manually, or you can let the SkyControl panel learn your habits and adjust things automatically to keep you comfortable. You can even set up automatic lights or music while you're on vacation to make it look like the home is occupied.

We love that Vivint offers multiple camera options to protect your home from all angles. In addition to indoor and outdoor cameras, Vivint offers a smart doorbell camera, so you can check at a glance whether your UPS package has arrived. Plus, with an indoor security camera, you'll be able to do a quick visual check to see if your home alarm is triggered by intruders or just an enthusiastic pet.

Vivint allows you to choose a month-to-month contract, rather than locking you into the year- or multi-year-long contract that is standard for home security companies. Unfortunately, the month-to-month version requires you to purchase Vivint’s equipment outright, which means a higher upfront cost than any of our other top picks. However, this also means you won't have to pay rental fees for the equipment or return the system if you choose to discontinue service. Vivint plans start at $39.99 per month, but your final price may vary depending on your particular equipment needs.

Best Customer Support
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
Superior customer service and a personalized website make Frontpoint's DIY installation easy.

Frontpoint excelled for its customer service, making it a great option if you want a particularly guiding hand when choosing and setting up your home security system. We were impressed from the start, when our initial call to ask about equipment led us into a thoughtful discussion with the sales rep about our safety concerns. As we described every room of our house, she walked us through what specific equipment we might need. This great customer service only continued when we installed a system — even going so far as to replace a faulty part with overnight shipping — and when we needed help setting up our equipment. This last point is especially important, as Frontpoint is our only top pick to require DIY installation.

DIY installation means that your equipment is shipped directly to you, and you'll set it up on your own. This makes Frontpoint a little less convenient that our other top picks, which feature professional installation. However, Frontpoint makes DIY as easy as possible by creating a personalized website that walks you through each stage of the installation. If you're taking longer than expected on a particular stage, the site will ask if you would like to call customer support for some additional help. Once you're ready to activate your system, a short phone call finalizes the process and confirms that your system is live. In all, it took us about 30 minutes to install.

Like ADT, video monitoring is only available for Frontpoint's third and highest service tier. If you do want a security camera, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate plan or look into installing your own home security camera. On the plus side, this means that the DIY installation for the other tiers is a little less intensive, as you won't have to set up a camera for the Protection or Interactive plans.

Guide to Las Vegas Home Security Systems

Research your neighborhood’s crime profile

The best way to start the home security process is by doing a little research on the safety of your neighborhood. While Las Vegas certainly has some high figures for crime, those stats misleadingly combine the activity in nightlife areas with that of quiet culs-de-sac. Check out CrimeMapping’s Las Vegas map to explore common disturbances where you live, and use that historical information to build a safer future for your home.

Check companies’ verified response protocol

False alarms are a major problem for police departments nationwide. Las Vegas actually led the charge in finding a solution to this resource drain back in 1991 when it introduced “verified response.” VR requires an eye-witness verification before dispatching help — either someone on the scene or a video image.

Verified responses can take one of three forms:

  • A guard dispatched by your home security company to visually inspect your home
  • Professional verification by your home security company, which examines video surveillance
  • Self-verification, where you confirm a crime in progress by checking your video surveillance

This measure can help cut down the volume of false alarms by up to 98%. In addition, thanks to VR, Vegas doesn’t require residents to buy a permit for their home security system. The drastically lower cost of emergency response means that residents with security systems don’t need to subsidize the police hours spent responding to them.

Before committing to a home security system, you’ll want to ask the company how it collects verified responses and whether you’ll need to choose a plan that includes security cameras or a guard dispatch program. Both ADT and Frontpoint offer a guard dispatch service; if they can’t get you to visually confirm an intruder by you looking at your security camera feed, they’ll send an armed guard to check out your property. If the alarm is tripped because of a burglar (and not your cat), they can then dispatch the police. Vivint doesn’t offer a guard service but will listen through your control panel for signs of intrusion if it can’t reach you. To protect your privacy, none of our top picks have access to your security camera feed.

Comparison shop

Between ADT, Vivint, and Frontpoint, all of our top home security systems have the equipment and customizable packages to protect your home just the way you like it — whether that’s with a few cameras or a full-blown system straight out of Fort Knox. If you’d like to shop around with a few more companies and make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, we like these five Las Vegas home security companies. They come highly rated from sites like Yelp and Angie’s list and are good places to gather some additional quotes.

Las Vegas Home Security FAQ

How much does a false alarm cost in Las Vegas?

Major cities take false alarms seriously, as they cost the police and fire departments time and money. While Las Vegas requires a verified response before they’ll dispatch police officers to your home, false alarms can still eke through. Like most cities, Las Vegas charge homeowners for each false alarm to recoup some of the taxpayer costs.

The first false alarm costs $50. Every subsequent false alarm within a 12-month period tacks on an additional $50, right on up to the sixth false alarm which would cost $300 and might also come with the city PD disconnecting your system.

What is Las Vegas’ crime rate like?

Las Vegas’ burglary rate is fairly high. In 2017, the FBI recorded 13,102 burglaries in the Las Vegas metropolitan area across a population just over 1.6 million people — about 7 burglaries for every 1,000 individuals. This is nearly twice as high as the national average. This high crime rate is probably due to Las Vegas’ rapid population growth and increasing numbers of tourists, with a police force that struggles to keep up.

To improve the situation, Las Vegas approved a tiny sales tax increase in 2017 — amounting to a penny more in sales tax for every 10 dollars – that will help the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department hire 600 officers. This would increase the current police department by more than 25 percent, from 2,200 officers to 2,800.

Do I need a system with home security cameras?

Las Vegas’s verified response program means that your home security system should ideally include an armed guard service or a home security camera with remote viewing. An armed guard service is a good option — particularly if you’re in a work meeting or on an airplane to Hawaii — but beefing up your system with a security camera is worth considering.

Not only does a camera proactively protect your home (about 40% of burglars will avoid homes where they can see a security camera system in place), but it also helps the police catch the criminals if a burglary occurs. If your home security package doesn’t include cameras and you don’t want to upgrade to the (typically most expensive) service tier, we tested 29 of the best DIY home security cameras to find out which ones made it easiest to protect your home.

The Best Home Security Systems in Las Vegas: Summed Up

ADT
Vivint
Frontpoint
Prices start at
$36.99/month
$39.99/month
$34.99/month
Contract length
36 months
Month-to-month
42 months
60 months
12 months
36 months
Cameras
Indoor Outdoor Doorbell
Indoor Outdoor Doorbell
Indoor Outdoor Doorbell
Sensors
Intrusion
Smoke/flood/CO
Panic button
Intrusion
Smoke/flood/CO
Panic button
Intrusion
Smoke/flood/CO
Panic button
Smart home features
Lights
Locks
Thermostat
Garage Door
Lights
Locks
Thermostat
Garage Door
Lights
Locks
Control panel
Touchscreen
Classic keypad
Mobile app
Touchscreen
Mobile app
Touchscreen
Mobile app