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Protecting against home invasion is always a priority for Wisconsin residents. Madison.com has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing monitoring options, equipment features and customer reviews of 40 businesses and choosing eight favorites from the top home security systems in Madison.

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What to look for in a home security system in Madison

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When searching for a new home security system, you’ll want to think about a few things. To start, consider your budget, as well as whether you want a wireless system or a wired, landline-based one. Video surveillance systems are growing popular in Madison, and many come with the ability to monitor your home via a remote app.

Here are some of the main security system features in Madison:

  • Wireless security systems: This type of security system is easy to install and can be paired with 24/7 monitoring. It often comes with a mobile app feature as well as the ability to connect your system for home automation.
  • Alarm monitoring services: A security system with monitoring automatically communicates an alarm to trained professionals, who are available 24/7 to send emergency responders. Most home security companies offer monitored systems for a monthly charge.
  • Door and window alarms: These types of alarms use a wide variety of sensors and activate long-range sirens at different entry points to a home.
  • Outdoor security cameras: Most outdoor security cameras have a spotlight and continuous video recording. Systems with security cameras allow you to view a livestream of the video.

Average cost of home security systems in Madison

In Madison, most homeowners spend between $590 and $820 for a home security system, including installation. The cost of the system depends on variables like:

  • Monitored versus unmonitored: Home security companies commonly provide basic equipment at a reduced rate or no charge if you sign a contract for monitoring service. You then pay a monthly fee, which averages around $30. If you purchase an unmonitored system, you pay for equipment upfront but have no monthly bill.
  • Security cameras/smart home automation: Adding video surveillance to your security system can significantly increase price, depending on the number of cameras you need. Security cameras and home automation separate high-end security packages from basic plans, which include a control panel and sensors for windows and doors.
  • Installation: Security systems that require professional installation cost more than ones that you can install yourself. Hardwired systems generally require professional installation, while wireless systems may include do-it-yourself instructions. Installation costs vary based on the complexity of the system but are usually between $100 and $200.
  • Activation fee: Some companies may charge an activation fee before starting up your security system.

Before purchasing a home security system in Madison, make sure you understand product warranties and policies regarding cancellation (if you sign a contract). Ask about special promotions, and talk to your homeowners insurance company about getting discounts on your policy for having a security system.

How to protect your house from a break-in in Madison

Besides setting up a home security system, there are other steps you can take to protect your home from a break-in. The Madison Police Department recommends homeowners lock their doors and keep garage doors closed. It also suggests leaving on lights, radio or TV to give the perception that someone is home.

For information about the types of burglaries that occur in Madison and more tips, check out this crime prevention resource from the Madison Police Department. You can also contact MPD’s Crime Prevention Unit at (608) 266-4238.

Madison home security FAQ

Do I need a burglar alarm permit in Madison?

If you live in an unincorporated area of Dane County, you must register your security system with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The annual registration fee is $25. More information is available on the Dane County Sheriff’s website.

Do police respond to home alarms in Madison?

Yes, police respond to home alarms in Madison. If your home security system is monitored and it goes off, your home security company’s monitoring center will contact the police if necessary. If your system is unmonitored, you will be responsible for contacting the police.

What are the chances of your house being robbed in Madison?

Your chances of being the victim of a property crime in Madison are about 1 in 37, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

What evidence is needed to prove burglary in Wisconsin?

Proving burglary in Wisconsin requires showing that someone entered a building or dwelling without consent and “with intent to steal or commit a felony,” according to the Wisconsin Statutes. If you have a security camera that is registered with the Madison Police Department, the police may be able to use the footage as evidence to solve a crime.

Is a home security system necessary in Madison?

A home security system is a good idea as part of a comprehensive home security strategy. The City of Madison says Madison residents may want to consider a home security system to deter burglary.

Madison home security company information


ADT helps Wisconsin residents protect their homes and utilize smart home functions. Systems are available to purchase or as part of three tiered monitoring packages. Monitoring packages come with professional installation, a six-month guarantee and a $500 theft-protection guarantee. Monitoring service starts at $19.99 per month, but packages start at $28.99 per month.

ADT Learn More (844) 600-7964


Vivint provides home security solutions with integrated smart home automation features. Using the Vivint Smart Home Cloud, you can connect all your devices to control systems remotely. Madison residents appreciate that in the wintertime they can get alerts for water before pipes freeze. Vivint’s in-house smart home monitoring team provides professional emergency response around the clock.

Vivint Learn More (833) 830-7970

Link Interactive is a national home security company that services Madison and surrounding areas. All systems use cellular monitoring and include two-way voice communication features. Contract lengths range from one to three years. Link Interactive provides a three-year guaranteed rate lock on pricing for the length of your contract.

Link Interactive

Brinks Home Security

Brinks offers affordable alarm systems in Wisconsin and across the country. These home security systems are easy to install yourself, but Brinks also provides professional installation services at no additional cost. Brinks home security systems are constantly monitored by a team of emergency dispatch personnel.

Brinks Home Security

J&K Security Solutions

J&K Security Solutions offers a variety of services, including home security system service and installation, fire protection, home automation and much more. This local company has been serving the Madison area for over 33 years. It offers next-day delivery on many products. J&K Security Solutions is located at 1605 S. Park St., Madison, WI 53715.

J&K Security Solutions

Fearing's Audio Video Security

Fearing’s Audio Video Security has expertise in video surveillance, alarm systems, access control and gunshot detection alarms. It offers 24/7 monitoring and features such as access cards, fingerprint scanners and retina readers. Fearing’s is located at 722 Walsh Road, Madison, WI 53714.

Fearing's Audio Video Security

Per Mar Security Services

Per Mar Security Services is a large, family-owned and -operated, full-service security company serving the Midwest. This company offers 24/7 monitoring as well as mobile patrol officers who can check on your property while you’re away. It promises to reimburse your homeowners insurance deductible up to $1,000 if your home is intruded and its system fails. Per Mar Security is located at 2851 Index Road, Fitchburg, WI 53713.

Per Mar Security Services

Best Defense Fire Protection & Security

Best Defense Fire Protection & Security is a locally owned provider that has been serving the area since 1994. It offers fire protection security systems and fire protection. Home security installation starts at $295, and monitoring starts at $40 per month. Best Defense is located at 300 Moravian Valley Road, Waunakee, WI 53597.

Best Defense Fire Protection & Security