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Best Home Security Company in Austin, TX

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Ranked 15th safest city in the US, home to famous and influential people *coughs*Sandra Bullock*coughs*, Live Music Capital of the World, center of comedy, and Tex-Mex food. So, tell me again, what’s not to love about Austin?

More than likely you aren’t here to find out whether Austin is amazing or not, because you probably already know that it is. So let’s focus on the thing we’re good at — helping you choose a security system for your beloved Austin home.

Frontpoint is our #1 Pick for 2019

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National Home Alarm Companies in Austin

Currently, we recommend Frontpoint as our top national home security company for people that live in the US, not just Austin. One reason is that they offer wireless, cellular technology. Why should you care? Because you don’t have to drill into your walls and you won’t need a landline to make your security system talk to your central monitoring agency. Instead, they use a cellular chip to send alerts via cellular signal. A cellular signal is more secure than landline monitoring as there are no wires to cut and the system stays up even when the power is out thanks to built-in battery backup.

Aside from the technology they use, they are backed by their A+ BBB reputation, Angie’s List Super Service Awards, nationwide coverage, and they offer home automation, fire monitoring, and 24/7 burglary monitoring.

If you decide to leave Austin, I’m not sure why you would, you can take your Frontpoint system with you without spending a single penny on penalties, something that is not offered by many other national companies. In fact, Frontpoint will even send you a free mover’s kit with everything you need to relocate your system. Though Frontpoint is slightly more expensive than some other options, they are our top choice thanks to little policies like this and also thanks to the fact that their system is so easy to install.

(844) 328-2882
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  • A+ BBB Rating
  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner
  • Home Automation

Local Home Alarm Companies in Austin

In my opinion, there are two local companies in Austin that seem to be approaching security the right way = protecting your home while treating you like a customer. We recommend considering All Star Security and Texas Central Security. Like Frontpoint, All Star does not require a phone line, which we love, and they offer free activation. Although their entry level system is rather basic, they do have options for upgraded features like touchscreen panels and smartphone notifications. They are most comparable to Link Interactive, another top rated national provider, in terms of pricing and also partners. Both All Star and Link use Alarm.com and 2GIG technology.

All Star Security, Inc.:
512-577-5052
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau

Texas Central Security

Texas Central Security is not as strong at customer service as Frontpoint. However, if you want in-home installation, Texas Central Security is going to be your best bet. From a technology standpoint, they are very similar to both All Star Security and Link. In fact, they use the same control panel as Link Interactive.

Texas Central’s monthly fee starts at $39.99 per month which is more expensive than both Frontpoint and Link, but if you want a local company that can install the system for you, it may be worth a few extra dollars per month.

Texas Central Security
512-786-1950
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau

If you do add an alarm to your home in Austin, TX, don’t forget your alarm permit.

Austin Police Crime Stats

Over the past few years, Austin has seen an overall decrease in crime rates. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows a decrease in property crimes during the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of 2015. HOWEVER, the data also shows an increase in burglary, not good. In addition, Neighborhood Scout reports that Austin has a property crime rate of 39.07 per 1,000 residents, which is higher than the national median.

Austin’s Neighborhoods and Safety

You have a 1 in 19 chance of becoming a victim in Austin, Texas.

Austin has high property crime rates, way beyond the national median.

  • Property crime: 42,902
  • Austin’s property crime rate is 39.07 crimes per 1,000 residents
  • Texas’ property crime rate is 28.31 per 1,000 residents
  • The national median property crime rate is 24.9 per 1,000 residents

Austin’s crimes are scattered across the city, and there is no neighborhood considered to be “the dangerous one”. But there might be some places that feel more comfortable and some that don’t. The “don’ts” tend to be concentrated near downtown Austin.

  • Springdale Rd. / Pecan Springs Rd.
  • Ed Bluesteen Blvd / Purple Sage Dr.
  • Pershing District
  • Cameron Rd. / Broadmoor Dr.
  • E Cesar Chavez St. / 1st Street

Safest Neighborhoods in Austin

  • The High Road / Encinas Rojas St.
  • Brushy Creek
  • Spicewood Springs Rd. / Yaupon Dr.
  • Spicewood Parkway / Topridge Dr.
  • Lost Creek Blvd. / S. Capital of Texas

Resources:

Forbes
wikipedia.org
Austin Relocation Guide
AustinTx.gov
neighborhoodscout.com

Photograph “Street Bands Entertaining at 2012 SXSW; Austin Texas” by John Rogers. Attribution 2.0 Generic CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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