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The Best Security Systems for Your South Carolina Home 

Jun 16, 2022|

People are flocking to South Carolina in record numbers—in fact, it’s the third-most moved-to state in the country. The Palmetto State is popular among retirees and young families alike. And with a beautiful climate, plenty to see and do, and famous Southern charm, what’s not to like?

Whether you’ve lived in South Carolina all your life or you’re a recent transplant, securing your home is a top priority. Read on to find out how to choose the best security system to keep your home and family protected.

South Carolina state road sign.

Home security systems for South Carolina residents

So what should you look for in an alarm system? With so many different features and capabilities, it can be hard to narrow it down. As a general rule, you’ll want to look for a wireless security system and security services that include the following:

Security sensors

When your system is armed and a security sensor is triggered, your system’s alarm will sound, alerting you of unauthorized access. Security sensors are placed in various entry points and locations throughout your home and work in different ways, including:

  • Door and window sensors that are tripped when a door or window is opened
  • Motion sensors, or burglar alarms, that are triggered by movement within the home
  • Glass break detectors that measure the sound or vibration from breaking glass and will sound the alarm

Safety alarms

In addition to protection from burglars, safety alarms provide protection against other emergencies that could occur in your home. Homeowners should also ensure their security systems are equipped with the following:

  • Smoke detectors, which are required by law in South Carolina
  • Carbon monoxide detectors, which are the only way to detect the presence of deadly CO
  • Water sensors to alert you to leaks, which can quickly cause costly damage to a home
  • Medical alert pendant that automatically puts you or your loved ones in contact with help in an emergency

24/7 monitoring

There are two types of monitoring for home security systems—self-monitored (DIY) or professional alarm monitoring. With a self-monitored system, the responsibility to verify that the alarm is the result of an actual emergency and not a false alarm and contact emergency responders lies on the homeowner. Obviously, this can be difficult when you’re not home.

For this reason, it’s better to go with a home security company that offers 24/7 professional monitoring. If a burglar or safety alarm goes off, the professional monitoring center is immediately notified. They will then contact emergency responders on your behalf so you can focus on getting your family to safety.

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Home automation any South Carolinian can use

Your home security system might also include smart home automation. Home automation allows you to automate or remotely control many of the devices and smart security systems around your home.

Because the two work so well together, security solutions today often combine security with home automation. For example, this automated technology lets you set your front doors to lock when you arm your security system. Or, you can turn on your outdoor security lighting from your smartphone if you’re away from home.

Some of the most useful devices you can have in your smart home include:

  • Smart thermostat. These devices learn your temperature preferences and then automatically adjust them based on whether you’re home or away. This helps you save money and energy.
  • Smart locks. These are important for both access control and convenience. You can set the door to lock automatically, or you can lock or unlock it from your home. Because smart locks use codes instead of physical keys, you don’t have to worry about losing or hiding spare keys.
  • Garage door control. People often forget to secure their garage doors, but it’s important for security. With a smart home that includes garage door control, you’ll receive notifications that your garage is open and then can close your garage from your phone.
  • Smart lighting. Turn lights on and off with your phone, schedule specific lights to turn on or off at certain times, or dim the lights right from your phone. You can also set your lights so they are turned on or off after certain triggers, such as unlocking your front door.
  • Security cameras. An important part of your home security, camera systems provide video surveillance for all areas of your home, including:
    • Doorbell cameras that allow you to see who is coming to your front door, then answer it remotely.
    • Outdoor cameras that provide eyes on all areas of your property day and night. Advanced cameras like the Outdoor Camera Pro also proactively protect your home by letting lurkers on your property know they’ve been spotted and automatically recording.
    • Indoor cameras that let you keep an eye on kids, pets, or specific areas of your home.
    • Video playback that lets you watch camera footage from your phone at your convenience. Make sure your system includes this important feature.
  • Smart control. You should be able to control your smart home and security system remotely via a smartphone app (such as the top-rated Vivint app) as well at home with a wall panel or keypad. The Vivint Smart Hub, for example, lets you speak to the monitoring center, arm your system, watch video footage, or get help with the push of a button.

Many people already have at least one smart home device in their house. As you shop for home automation and security, make sure you choose a company that is compatible with what you already have. Vivint works with many of your favorite smart home devices, such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Nest thermostat.

Aerial view of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina

Security systems near me

Now that you know the types of security systems that are available, it’s time to start looking for one close to home. No matter where you live, there are security systems in South Carolina that meet your needs.


People love Charleston, which could explain why it’s growing at 3 times the average rate of other cities in the US. If you call Charleston home, you probably spend a good deal of time exploring the beaches, restaurants, and activities your city is famous for. A security system in Charleston will keep your home safe no matter where you are.


The capital city of South Carolina has a crime rate higher than the rest of the state; in fact, your chances of becoming a victim of property crime is nearly double that of the rest of country. With a security system in Columbia, you can keep your home protected around the clock.

North Charleston

Just a few hours north of downtown Charleston, North Charleston has plenty to see and do, but the city’s crime rate leaves a lot to be desired. With more than double the average violent and property crime rates of South Carolina, a security system in North Charleston can provide peace of mind.

Mount Pleasant

This Charleston suburb has everything you’d want from a city, including nightlife, food, and fun, but with a small-town feel that residents enjoy. A security system in Mount Pleasant will give you peace of mind that your home is protected around the clock.

Rock Hill

Located close to the border of North Carolina, Rock Hill is known for its festivals, some of which bring people from all over the country. The annual Come See Me festival, for example, brings over 125,000 visitors each year. Whether you’re exploring Rock Hill or relaxing at home, a home security system in Rock Hill keeps you both protected and connected.


Living in Greenville has plenty of perks. But if you call this city home, you might want to go to extra lengths to protect your property from burglary and theft—the property crime rates here are higher than the rest of South Carolina. A security system in Greenville will protect your home while giving you peace of mind.


If you live in Lexington, you probably commute to work. In fact, it has one of the longest commutes in the state, at 25 minutes on average each way. A home automation and security system in Lexington will keep you connected to your home.

Street view of South Carolina's French Quarter.

Why choose a Vivint security system for your South Carolina home?

There are plenty of home security companies you can choose from. But when it comes to protecting your home and family, only the best will do—Vivint.

A Vivint security system can be customized to the unique needs of your home and family. Whether you live in a condo in downtown Charleston or a home in the suburbs, you can build a system that works for you and your budget.

In addition to some of the best and most advanced home security and automation devices, but it also includes:

  • Professional installation, so your devices work together seamlessly. Your installers will also show you how to use your new system so you can make the most of its features.
  • 24/7 monitoring from a dedicated monitoring center that boasts some of the industry’s fastest response times
  • A customer service team ready to help if needed, as well as a library of resources

No matter where you live in South Carolina, Vivint can make your home a more convenient, secure, and comfortable place to live. Ready to get started? Let us help you start building the perfect home security system. Call us today at 855.822.1220 for a free quote today.

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