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Find the Best Home Security Systems in Baltimore, MD

Security systems help residents protect themselves against home invasion and property damage in Maryland’s Charm City. The Baltimore Sun has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing equipment options, system availability and customer reviews of over 50 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top home security companies in Baltimore.

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How to choose a home security system in Baltimore

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Choosing the right security system starts with how much time you want to put into installation. Wireless systems are easy to install yourself and have plenty of tech features, while a hardwired system usually requires the work of a professional electrician and costs more.

Video surveillance equipment is popular in Baltimore, especially among homeowners who want to keep an eye on their property remotely. As you compare systems, it’s also smart to consider professional monitoring and smart home automation integrations.

  • Security cameras: Most modern outdoor security cameras let you stream video feeds remotely, in real time, using a phone or tablet. Video surveillance can also digitally record footage. Generally, wireless security cameras are popular with downtown apartment dwellers because they are convenient and easy to relocate. Homeowners are more likely to consider systems with hardwired camera systems.
  • Professional monitoring: Professional monitoring is crucial if you want the system to automatically alert emergency response when the alarm is triggered. Look for a company with professionally certified monitoring and 24/7 availability. Alternatively, many companies have a self-monitoring option through an app.
  • Home automation features: Home automation enhances home security because it gives you more control over your alarm system. Through an app, you can remotely arm and disarm your system, plus control lights, locks, thermostats and more through an app.

Baltimore home security system price

On average, the price of a home security system equipment in Baltimore is around $230. Professional installation usually adds between $100 and $200. If you want professional monitoring, your upfront costs are likely to be lower; most companies give you a deal on equipment if you sign a contract and agree to pay a monthly fee. Monitoring plans start as low as $15 per month. Many home security companies in Baltimore charge a one-time activation fee, which is usually $49 to $100.

As you are searching for a home security system, look for promotions like free professional installation or waiving of activation fees. Also, contact your homeowners insurance company to let it know that you are installing a system; you may qualify for a new discount on your policy.

What are the chances of home invasion in Baltimore?

The chances of home invasion in Baltimore are significantly higher than the national average. According to the Baltimore County Government, there were 1,266 total residential burglaries recorded in the county in 2019, or an average of about 24 per week. Some of the neighborhoods with the highest frequency of residential robberies are in the northeastern part of the city, which includes Coldstream Homestead Montebello and Lauraville. The area surrounding downtown, including the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon, has the lowest number of residential robberies.

How to protect your house from a break-in in Baltimore

Security systems are an effective way to deter burglaries in Baltimore. However, systems work best when paired with proactive security measures such as locking doors, keeping garages closed and leaving lights on. The Baltimore Police Department offers suggestions to protect your home, including locking windows and lighting up your home’s exterior.

Baltimore home security FAQ

Do I need to register a burglar alarm in Baltimore?

The Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development requires alarm systems to be registered once per year. There is no cost for a homeowner to register an alarm.

Do police respond to home alarms in Baltimore?

Yes, police do respond to verified home alarms in Baltimore. When a monitored alarm goes off, the system alerts the home monitoring company, which then contacts the police if there is an emergency.

Are wireless alarm systems safe?

Yes, wireless alarm systems are relatively safe. These systems are usually easy to install and provide homes or businesses with added security. Compared with a wired alarm system, a wireless system provides less opportunity for a burglar to cut wires and disarm the system. In addition, wireless alarm systems can run even when there’s a power outage in your home.

Can wireless cameras work without the internet?

Yes, wireless cameras can work without the internet. However, without the internet you can’t get live viewing or remote video access.

Where is the best place to put security cameras?

Since so many burglars enter a home from the ground level, it’s recommended to put security cameras around front doors, back doors and first-floor windows.

Baltimore home security company information

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ADT

ADT provides Baltimore residents with a number of home security options. You can purchase a home security system on its website or get one as part of a monitoring package. ADT has three monitoring packages available: Secure, Smart and Complete. These packages offer different tiers of service, and rates start at $28.99 per month. Standalone monitoring starts at $19.99 per month.

ADT Learn More (844) 265-4882
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Vivint

Vivint is a national company that services Baltimore and surrounding areas. It specializes in home security systems with built-in smart home automation features. Popular home security equipment options include Ping countertop cameras, outdoor high-definition cameras, door and window sensors, motion sensors and smart smoke detectors.

Vivint Learn More (833) 830-7970

Link Interactive cellular-based home security systems come with professional monitoring and an app to control the system remotely. Link Interactive offers a takeover program for those who want to switch their current security equipment over. The company provides a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Link Interactive

Guardian Protection

Guardian Protection specializes in customizable home security systems. All security packages include professional monitoring services. Guardian Protection is a national company with a local office at 7868 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Guardian Protection

1st Security USA

1st Security USA provides professional monitoring services, indoor cameras, recorders, outdoor cameras and a variety of other products for safety and security. Its standard package, which starts at $39 per month plus a $49 activation fee, includes encrypted door and window sensors, a Qolsys IQ2 panel, smartphone application and 24/7 live streaming video. Optional features include smart thermostat control, night vision and two-way voice cameras.

1st Security USA

A-1 Security Systems

A-1 Security Systems specializes in burglar alarms, surveillance cameras, access entry systems, intercoms, fire alarms and nurse call systems for residential and commercial properties. The company is located at 5 Stridesham Court, Baltimore, MD 21209.

A-1 Security Systems

Baltimore Alarm & Security

Baltimore Alarm & Security specializes in residential and business security services and installations. The company offers burglar alarms, closed-circuit TVs, access control and additional services. Those looking to set up a system on their property can call to schedule a consultation and get professional advice on which system is best for them. Baltimore Alarm & Security is located at 5314 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Baltimore Alarm & Security