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Best Home Security Companies in Waco, TX

Sept. 13, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Installing a security system helps safeguard your loved ones and belongings in case of criminal activity. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best home security systems in Waco to guide your purchase of a monitored or unmonitored alarm system.

Everyone deserves to make thoughtful, informed purchase decisions. The local guides provided on this website are free for consumers. 25 ABC may receive compensation from our partners. Learn more.

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Protect Your Home
Protect Your Home
Features
  • Plans at $27.99/mo
  • Control your system via mobile app
  • Available in Waco
  • Digital keypad for police, fire and emergencies
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Vivint
Vivint
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  • Available in Waco
  • Starts at $39.99/mo.
  • $0 activation
  • Smart locks and doorbell camera
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Protect America
Protect America
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  • Available in Waco
  • Expandable protection
  • No installation fees
  • Multiple interactive features
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Cove Security
Cove Security
Features
  • Customize and order your system online
  • 60-day 100% money-back guarantee
  • Easy DIY install: no wiring, no drilling
  • Available in Waco
Location
Serves residents in.
Waco, TX
(855) 268-3669
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AT&T
AT&T
Features
  • No landline required
  • Free installation
  • Works with any high-speed internet provider
  • Smart Security package for $549.99
Location
2320 W. Loop 340, Ste. 100A
Waco, TX 76711
(254) 662-9068
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A-1 Fire & Security Equipment Co.
A-1 Fire & Security Equipment Co.
Features
  • Automated reports
  • Includes medical alert system
  • 1 year warranty for parts & labor
  • Uses Gemini Wireless Transmitters
Location
1618 Exchange Pkwy., Ste. 100
Waco, TX 76712
(254) 776-8887
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ADT
ADT
Features
  • M-Sun: 5am - 11pm
  • adt.com
(833) 238-0819
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Therell Alarm Protection Service, Inc.
Therell Alarm Protection Service, Inc.
Features
  • Open 24 hours
  • therrellalarm.com
Location
1618 Exchange Pkwy., Ste. 101
Waco, TX 76712
(254) 772-6100
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Kainos Technologies, LLC
Kainos Technologies, LLC
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • kainostech.com
Location
7609 Woodway Dr.
Waco, TX 76712
(254) 307-7728
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Extraco Technology
Extraco Technology
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • extraco.tech
Location
605 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 76706
(866) 428-9070
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Stroud Security
Stroud Security
Features
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • stroudsecuritysystems.com
Location
616 Catalina Dr.
Woodway, TX 76712
(254) 776-1426
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How to choose a home security system in Waco

Waco skyline

Waco is safer than only 8 percent of U.S. cities, according to neighborhoodscout.com. Residents have a 1 in 26 chance of being a victim of property crime, which is higher than the Texas average of 1 in 39. Home security systems reduce your chance of being on the wrong side of this equation.

Waco recorded 3,648 burglaries according to FBI reports from 2016. That’s quite high for a population of only 133,790. By comparison, Fort Worth had only 3,316 burglaries for a population of 851,849. Based on statistics from the Waco Police Department, here are the neighborhoods with the highest crime in 2018:

Neighborhood Violent crimes Non-violent crimes
Brook Oaks 178 294
Carver 1 258 382
Kendrick 2, 3 127 432
North Waco 161 297
Richland Hills 3 203 748

While violent crime in Waco has been decreasing since 2016, your home should still be secured. Having a top-rated security system can protect you and your belongings 24/7.

Types of home security systems

Choose from two types of home security systems. The more basic kind is a local or unmonitored alarm while monitored systems are more effective yet costly.

Local or unmonitored alarms

  • Motion detector sensors for windows and doors
  • Alarm sounds when the circuit is broken
  • More affordable
  • Simple to install and easy to disable
  • Best to deter burglars rather than catch them in action

Monitored alarms

Monitored alarm systems are a costlier but more effective solution to home security. Like a local alarm, sensors are placed on windows and doors. When the circuit is tripped, the monitoring company alerts either you or an emergency service while recording the incident on camera. These systems can be monitored through a landline, internet connection or cellular uplink.

Some companies give you the option to complete a DIY installation, which saves you money. However, hiring a professional to install your system ensures the best locations for sensors and that the system is connected properly.

Average costs for home security systems

While some cities mandate alarm permits, we could not find any requirements in Waco or McClennan County. This makes your installation easier and cheaper.

Here are average costs associated with a home security system:

  • Activation fees: $0 to $200
  • Installation: $99+
  • Additional sensors: $15 to $60
  • Smart home upgrades: $30 to $300
  • Basic system (without installation): around $600
  • Hardwired system (with installation): $800 to $1,600
  • Monthly monitoring: $10 to $65 per month

The cost for your system could end up being much more depending on the size of your home and features selected. While home security might seem like a large cost, consider the monetary and sentimental value of stolen valuables, not to mention the headache of replacement purchases.

Ask a company representative or technician for tips on a well-rounded security solution for your situation and the costs associated with it. Finally, check with your homeowners or renters insurance company to see if you’re eligible for a policy discount by installing a home alarm system in Waco.

Protect Your Home

Protect Your Home

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Protect Your Home offers ADT-monitored home security systems with a money-back guarantee and 24/7 monitoring. The company installs the equipment to prevent malfunctions or false alarms. Reviews state that Protect Your Home’s technicians were friendly, knowledgeable and diligent throughout the installation process.

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Vivint

Vivint

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Vivint offers a variety of home solutions to more than 1 million customers. The company says its advanced technology gets you in contact with 24/7/365 monitoring teams faster and easier than the competition. Security systems can be fully customized to fit your needs and budget. Vivint earns great ratings from its satisfied customers.

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Protect America

Protect America

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Protect America’s award-winning, fully-automated home security packages come with a limited lifetime warranty and a locked-in rate, so you can be protected for years to come. All systems are professionally monitored 24/7 by a five-times redundant system and can also be monitored on your smartphone. Reviewers state that set-up is simple and customer service is top-notch.

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