Dallasites love to run or bike Katy Trail, enjoy all the shops and restaurants Uptown, and even partake in the more popular attractions in Dallas like the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Things can get downright rowdy when the Texas-OU Red River Rivalry rolls into town and takes over the State Fair, which happens to be the largest in the nation.
With so many things to love about Dallas, it may seem like picking the perfect home security system would be a cakewalk, and it might just be. If you’re finding the process challenging here are tips and statistics to help you with your journey.
National Home Alarm Companies in Dallas
We rank the top national home security companies. We like to focus on companies that can service the entire U.S. because as a populace, we’ve become rather nomadic and being able to move without penalty is a huge plus. However, we know there is a huge movement to “Go Local” and supporting a local business is a great thing to do. With that in mind, we’ve selected four home security companies for you.
The first two, Frontpoint and Link Interactive, service the entire U.S. We picked them because they provide reliable home security protection and they are also known for excellent customer service. Both companies are so sure that you will love their service that they offer 30-day money back guarantees. This is a huge change from other home security companies that will not let you return anything beyond the 3-day period covered by the Federal Cooling Off Rule. In their defense, other companies can’t let you return anything because they professionally install systems by drilling equipment into your walls. Frontpoint and Link are both wireless providers, so there is no drilling and installation is done on your own. If you can setup and use an iPhone, you can install Frontpoint. It’s easy to do. I would know, I’ve done it.
Link Interactive is One of our Top Picks for 2019
Flexible Contract Terms · Crash & Smash Protection · All-Inclusive Monitoring
Link Interactive is our number two pick.
- A+ BBB Rating
- Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner
- Home Automation
Local Home Alarm Companies in Dallas
Locally, we recommend considering either Smith Monitoring or Dallas Security Systems. Both are rated A+ by the BBB just like Link and Frontpoint. Don’t overlook the importance of good customer service when selecting a home security company.
We selected Smith because they offer wireless alarm systems. Started in 2006, based in North Texas, Smith Monitoring continues to grow rapidly due to their commitment to providing home security packages that strongly enhance modern convenience, improve security, and increase energy efficiency.
Smith’s wireless system starts at just $29.99 per month which is most comparable to Link Interactive, except Link also includes home automation for this price. Smith’s next step up is their Smart Home Plan.
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau
|Smith Monitoring||Frontpoint||Link Interactive|
|Smart Home Monthly Rate||Unknown||$44.99||$39.99|
|100% Wireless & Cellular||Unknown|
|Ownership of Equipment||Unknown|
|Crash and Smash||Unknown|
|Smart Phone Control||Unknown|
|Smart Phone Alerts||Unknown|
|Local or National||Unknown||Nationwide with Free Moving Service||Nationwide with Free Moving Service|
|Touchscreen||Unknown||Basic with Optional Touchscreen||Touchscreen|
|Motion Detectors||Unknown||1 Included||1 Included|
|Door/Window Sensors||Unknown||3 Included||3 Included|
|Service to:||Unknown||Homeowners or Renters||Homeowners or Renters|
|Moving Policy||Unknown||Move for Free||Move for Free|
|Contract Length||Unknown||12-36 Months||12-36 Months|
|Setup Service||Setup Service||Setup Service|
Dallas Security Systems is different from the other three companies in that they do business more like ADT. They send salespeople to your home to customize a system. Some people prefer to keep strangers out, and some prefer having a salesperson in-home. If you prefer in-home sales, Dallas Security Systems is the best option for you. Also, they are one of the largest independent security companies in the US based out of the Dallas-Ft. area.
Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau
If you do decide to add an alarm to your Dallas property, don’t forget about your alarm permit.
Dallas Police Crime Stats
In previous years, Dallas saw an unprecedented decrease in crime. However, the tides changed in 2016. The overall property crime rate in the first half of 2016 increased compared to 2015. In the first half of 2015, for example, there were 5,095 burglaries. In 2016, the number rose to 5,401.
Will I become a victim in Dallas?
Dallas is safer than 10 percent of U.S. cities. For every 1,000 residents, there are 6.98 violent crimes in Dallas, 4.12 in the whole Texas, and the National Median is 3.8. There are 35.18 property crimes committed in Dallas per 1,000 residents. The national median is 24.9. Texas as a whole has 328.31 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
Just looking at the data above, it’s easy to conclude that Dallas is a dangerous city. But if we compare Dallas to other cities with similar population and land area, Dallas is somewhere in the middle. Dallas is a reasonably safe place if you use a little common sense.
Dangerous Neighborhoods in Dallas
There are a few neighborhoods that are considered dangerous due to high crime rates, meth motels, and violent crimes. Make sure to stay clear from these areas, and you’ll do just fine.
- Webb Chapel /Timberline
- Ross / Bennett
- Forest / Audelia
- Julius Schepps / Central
- John West / Buckner
Safest Neighborhoods in Dallas
Dallas has more safe neighborhoods than dangerous ones. But the safest areas of Dallas are mostly in the Northern District.
- Spyglass Dr/ Briarglove Ln
- Abrams Rd./ Royal Ln.
- Hilcrest Rd./ Brentfield Dr..
- Campbell Rd./ Willow Wood Ln
- Northaven Rd./ Inwood Rd..
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