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Find the Best Home Security Systems in San Diego, CA

Purchasing a home security system enables you to protect your family and property. Systems typically include home security cameras, motion detectors, alarms, control panels and monitoring services. Choose additional features like home automation, monitored smoke detectors, wireless cameras and smartphone access. We researched the best home security systems in San Diego for those concerned with personal safety and property protection.

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  • Available in San Diego
  • 3 packages available
  • DIY or professional installation
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  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Smoke alarms
  • Smart locks
  • Professional installation

Monthly monitoring fees start from $19.99 per month to $29.99-plus per month. Professional installation from $49 to $199. Typical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase. Custom plans and packages available.

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Protect America
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  • 3 security packages
  • Customizable plans
  • Price match guarantee
  • Locked in rates

Monitored plans start at $19.99/month plus a one-time $19.95 activation fee. Systems require DIY installation and 36-month contract. Available equipment includes Z-Wave hubs, smart locks, glass-break sensors and wireless cameras.

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Cove Security
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  • Customize and order your system online
  • 60-day 100% money-back guarantee
  • Easy DIY install: no wiring, no drilling
  • Available in San Diego

Pro monitoring from $15 per month to $24.99 per month. Upfront costs vary. Free DIY installation. 60-day money-back guarantee. No long-term contract required. Military, first responder and teacher discounts.

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Dempsey Alarms
  • Cellular connection
  • Smartphone access
  • CCTV add-ons
  • Military discount
8930 Activity Rd., Ste. F
San Diego, CA 92126
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Smart Shield Systems
  • Pet immune moion detection
  • Live stream video
  • Door monitoring
  • Wireless image sensors
8775 Aero Dr., Ste. 336
San Diego, CA 92123
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Advantage Security & Multimedia
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
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7670 Opportunity Rd., Ste. 150
San Diego, CA 92111
  • M-Sat: 8am - 8pm
  • Closed Sun
  • alarm2000.com
3830 Valley Centre Dr., Ste. 705-426
San Diego, CA 92130
All Secure
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
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3163 Ash St.
San Diego, CA 92102
API Security
  • M-F: 9am - 8pm
  • Sat: 9am - 6pm
  • Closed Sun
  • protectingca.com
4025 Camino Del Rio S., Ste. 300C
San Diego, CA 92108
California Security Pro
  • M-F: 8:30am - 3pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • californiasecuritypro.com
402 West Broadway, Ste. 400
San Diego, CA 92101
Five Alarm Security
  • M-F: 9am - 5pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
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302 Washington St., Ste. 130
San Diego, CA 92103
Intelligent Audio/Visual
  • M-F: 8am - 4:30pm
  • Closed Sat and Sun
  • intaudiovisual.com
7950 Silverton Ave., Ste. 109
San Diego, CA 92126

Property crime and home alarm systems in San Diego

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The crime rate in San Diego is higher than the national average and, though the rate is actually lower than similarly sized U.S. cities, the majority of crimes committed in San Diego are property crimes. 10News reported in July 2018 that security cameras at two El Cajon homes captured the same person stealing packages from porches.

Crime in San Diego varies by neighborhood. Mission Hills, while it rates among the area’s safer neighborhoods, is located in central San Diego near downtown, where crime rates are higher. Growing communities in Otay Mesa also rank as very safe while areas of neighboring San Ysidro report higher crime rates.

The Automated Regional Justice Information System website tracks crimes for different regions of San Diego County. For analysis by neighborhood, visit the City of San Diego’s crime statistics page.

Property crime statistics in San Diego:

  • USA - 25 crimes per 1,000 residents
  • California - 25.5 crimes per 1,000 residents
  • San Diego - 21 crimes per 1,000 residents
  • Chance of being a property crime victim in San Diego: 1 in 47
  • Though San Diego has seen a general decrease in crime, a two percent uptick in robberies from 2016 to 2017 underscores the importance of protecting your family and property with a home security system.

    False alarm fines for home security systems in San Diego

    Unfortunately, most calls from home security monitoring companies are false alarms. The San Diego Police Department spends approximately 20,000 hours per year responding to false alarms, costing nearly $2 million. As a result, the City of San Diego charges fines for false alarms.

    Cost of false alarm fines in San Diego:

    • $100 - 1st false alarm
    • $200 - 2nd false alarm
    • +$100 - each additional false alarm, up to $500 in the same year
    • $300 - police response to a false alarm without a permit

    Permits required for home alarm systems

    Permits to register new home security systems in San Diego cost $10 per year. El Cajon and Oceanside do not charge fees for residential security systems while Chula Vista charges $28.75 per year. All systems require registration to ensure police response.

    DIY/wireless vs. professional installation

    Customers have the option to choose DIY home alarm systems or professional installation. For the tech-savvy and confident, DIY installation would be a great option. Additionally, these simple systems, with wireless security cameras and motion detectors, are perfect for apartment renters or those who expect to move.If you’d prefer to leave it to a technician, find a company that offers professional installation. You’ll be confident that everything was correctly set up and customized to your home

    Residents of San Diego’s historic neighborhoods, like La Jolla or South Park, might prefer wireless security cameras to ensure preservation of the architectural features of their homes. If you live in a recently built suburb like Eastlake or Carmel Valley, your home is probably equally well suited for DIY home security or professional installation.

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    ADT offers three equipment and monitoring packages, but it also has a la carte equipment and monitoring plans. Packages come with professional installation and a six-month, money-back guarantee. Package rates start at $28.99 per month, but you can get monitoring for as little as $19.99 if you buy your equipment upfront. Upfront costs for ADT security systems start at $179.99.

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    Vivint provides professional installation for customized home security and home automation systems. Customers report savings on energy bills with Vivint smart homes. However, reviewers in San Diego consistently note long wait times or missed appointments for installation, unsatisfactory customer service and equipment failures.

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    Protect America

    Protect America brings DIY home security to tech-savvy San Diego residents. Reviewers like the price, easy installation, technical support, lifetime warranty on equipment and timely responses. Others reported trouble with customer service and equipment. Protect America’s free moving service will appeal to San Diegans who relocate frequently due to military service or changes in housing prices.

    Protect America

    Cove Security

    Cove offers professional-grade DIY home alarms that are fast and easy to install. Cove’s wireless home security system requires no contract and comes with a money-back guarantee. Design your home security package online and have it shipped the next day. Reviewers give Cove high marks for customer satisfaction and affordability.

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    Dempsey Alarms

    Dempsey Alarms is a locally owned and operated home alarm installation company with offices in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego. They offer ongoing discounts to San Diego’s numerous military families. Customers enjoy the personal service of company owner Eric Dempsey, who also installs the security systems he sells.

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    Smart Shield Systems

    Smart Shield Systems installs home security and automation systems in California. Residents in hotter parts of San Diego County, like Borrego Springs, might choose Smart Shield for their inclusive packages that provide security and energy-saving features for prices comparable to security-only plans from other companies. Reviewers remark on the company’s excellent service and reliability.

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