In KC, it's common to feel safe on one block and unsafe on the next, which makes home security systems a necessity to protect your residence, property and family. We analyzed the best home security systems in Kansas City by both national and local providers based on their product technology, installation support and customer reviews.
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How to choose a home security system in Kansas City
KC has a crime rate of 60 per 1,000 residents—one of the highest in America. According to the Kansas City Police Department’s annual report, violent crimes in KCMO rose 17.9% between 2015 and 2016. Crime statistics below are split by state. Keep in mind that KCMO’s population is nearly three times that of KCK.
2016 Crime Rates
Despite the charm of many neighborhoods, such as the suburban KC Rockhill neighborhood near University of Missouri-Kansas City, crime is a problem. KC is the 14th most dangerous city in the U.S. based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. With a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim, homeowners should make purchasing a home security system a priority.
Alarm permits in Kansas City
According to the Kansas City Police Department, almost 97 percent of KCMO security alarms are false—leading to an increase in fees on both sides of the state line. KCMO charges residents a yearly permit fee if home alarm owners report more than two false alarms per year. Kansas also does not charge a yearly fee, but charges per call after three false alarms. Alarm permit and false alarm fines for residents in Missouri and Kansas are below.
Installation permit cost
Free within 10 days of install. $25/per system after 10 days.
False alarm fines
Annual renewal fees based on false alarms: 1-2: free 3+: $56 per false alarm with a maximum cost of $168 per permit year
It costs less to do it yourself, but professional home alarm system installation can be safer and easier. In many older homes like those found in Waldo or Chapel Hill, setting up a wireless security system is simple and noncommittal. Some companies even have removable systems—meaning it can travel with you.
For new developments or redesigns in Brookside and Country Club Plaza, opting for a stress-free professional installation can be an easier and more effective option. Professionals do the heavy lifting for you and will provide advice on wireless security camera and alarm locations.
Depending on your location and needs, the options below provide the safety and security you need in Kansas City.
Protect Your Home uses ADT’s technology and system monitoring, giving homeowners immediate peace of mind upon installation. Backup power ensures that you are never without protection. Customers report feeling safer in their homes and sleeping better at night. They also love being able to monitor, arm and disarm their system remotely with ADT Pulse technology.
With an office in KC, installing Vivint in your home is a breeze. Consultants provide one-on-one feedback that allows for a customized high-tech security system built for your home. KC reviewers call Vivint's professionals “problem-solvers,” “polite” and “responsive,” and their security system was named Best for Home Automation in KC.
If you're a frequent mover, Protect America's “peel and stick” equipment and no-contract payment is a no hassle, commitment-free option. Each product is sold separately, making Protect America a perfect choice for KC renters and home buyers who want a DIY home security experience.
Scharig Alarm Systems
Scharig Alarm Systems is a local home monitoring company serving the KC area for more than 20 years. Reviewers state that Scharig is affordable and its professionals are reliable experts. Scharig's award-winning home security systems are great for owners looking for local expertise without long-term contracts. Scharig also offers free activation and installation.
Another local company, Best Security has been in KC for more than 30 years. Its integrated system offers immediate notifications and reminders through its online app, giving homeowners peace of mind at all times. Reviewers find that Best Security is not only cheaper than nationwide competitors, but also more reliable and caring.
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