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CPI Security

Only Available in NC, SC, GA, TN, AL, FL, VA, KY, MD, DE, MS, AR

Our Score
5.5
User Score
6.6
Our Score
5.5
User Score
6.6
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$39.99-54.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$99-$299

Contract Length

39-60 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

Fees May Apply

Number of Reviews

532

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: June 21, 2019

CPI Security offers individual and business home security systems in 12 of the 50 U.S. States (primary in the South). They offer home security systems in new homes, to current homeowners, and for businesses. Month-to-month monitoring is available to those who purchase all their equipment up front.

Rank Chart
User Rating
Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
Review

#1

7.7
$19.99-42.99
$0

#2

7.1
$34.99-49.99
$69+

#3

5.1
$34.95-59.99
$199-499

#42
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6.6
$39.99-54.99
$99-$299

Pros

CPI ‘No False Alarm Guarantee’

A common complaint from home security customers is false alarms. To ensure customers don’t worry about that, CPI has a “No False Alarm Guarantee” that promises a credit to the customer’s account if they receive a fine from the local police department for false alarms. So while the company does not guarantee that no false alarms will go off, they do promise you won’t pay for them. In most cases, false alarms are the result of faulty equipment or installation.

Positive CPI Security Reviews

In 2019, most of the reviews for CPI Security have been positive experiences shared by new customers. The most common praise is the company’s customer service. Reviewers describe their experience with the company as friendly, polite, a great experience, helpful, and knowledgeable.

Video Verification

CPI Security’s home security system video verification is actually quite impressive. According to the CPI Security website, “an alarm event triggers your security cameras to start recording and notifies CPI’s award-winning Central Station.” This recorded video verification allows customers to know there is a real threat, like burglars, or if its nothing to worry about.

Security Systems for Businesses

CPI Security is available for businesses in licensed states. The company specifically caters to retail stores, restaurants, medical offices, and industrial warehouses.

Cons

Undisclosed Fees and Transparency Issues

Although CPI Security Systems boasts free installation, this promise comes with several conditions. For example, the cost of a CPI security system can be extremely high if you don’t own your home, as CPI Security attaches a hefty $299 installation fee for renters. All customers, whether they rent or own, may also be required to pay additional installation fees for second-story security cameras. And though the website says customers can receive up to $2,200 in free equipment, customers are required to purchase upfront a minimum of $99 in monitoring equipment.

Unlike other security companies, CPI Security does not clearly state the details of opening an account or service agreement. Actual monthly rates and contract lengths can vary greatly depending on the customer’s credit rating, and the CPI website yields little information for customers to reference. They do say that their monitoring rates start out at $29.99 per month. We can assume that is for their most basic package – “inTouch Essentials”. In order to receive an accurate quote, customers must first receive credit approval.

Negative Reviews of CPI Security

About half of the CPI Security reviews on Best Home Security Companys are complaints. The most common theme amoung these complaints are as follows:

  • People were unable to get out of their long, 5-year contract with the company. Reviewers warn people to read the entire contract before signing.
  • Not able to get a hold of customer service.
  • Out-dated and fault systems

Limited Availability

CPI Security Systems is only available in the southern region of the United States. They are predominantly in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, but do have licenses to operate in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, Mississippi, and Arkansas as well. Those interested in CPI Security systems need to make sure they check the company’s state availability before contacting the company.

Our Recommendation

Despite the initial offerings CPI promises and reactions from consumers, CPI Security has hidden fees, high upfront costs, and long contracts. We encourage you to look for less expensive, higher rated home security systems. View our top-rated home security systems.


CPI Security Packages and Equipment Details

CPI offers three standard packages and offers customizable plans for residential use. Installation is done professionally. All equipment comes with the use of the company’s mobile app, the inTouch App. In order to purchase an equipment package, customers must first purchase monitoring services from the company. These monthly rates change based on the equipment you purchase.

Those who purchase all their home security equipment up front may have the option of a month-to-month monitoring contract

inTouch Essentials

  • Wireless control panel
  • Motion detector
  • 3 door/window sensors

inTouch Essentials Plus

  • All inTouch Essentials equipment
  • inTouch doorbell camera
  • inTouch Smarthub (bluetooth disarming of alarm)
  • Fire alarm

inTouch Edge

  • All inTouch Essentials Plus equipment
  • inTouch outdoor camera
  • Keyless door lock

Extra Security Equipment

  • Indoor cameras (180 degrees or HD)
  • Outdoor cameras
  • Doorbell cameras
  • Glass break detection
  • CO detection
  • Water sensor
  • Additional door / window sensors

Smart Home Automation Equipment

  • Thermostat
  • Lighting
  • Garage control

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    10
    June 17th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    My experience with Miesha this morning was amazing. She’s extremely professional and very knowledgeable regarding the products/ services CPI offers.

    Thank you CPI for having such talented and customer service friendly employees on the front lines. It is greatly appreciated.

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  2. User Score
    10
    June 13th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The staff I have dealt with getting my questions and concerns were cleared and answered. Ms Julia and Mr Micah were both fabulous, helpful, and accommodating. Ms Julia in particular was extra resourceful in regards to my proof of ownership. She was able to find other means to prove my home ownership which saved me the trouble of locating my closing documents. Two thumbs up! Thank you.
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    10
    June 12th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Representative was very professional and patient!
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    10
    May 31st, 2019 Greenville, SC
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Great experience!! Easy to understand. Quick
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  5. User Score
    10
    May 28th, 2019 Raleigh, NC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    CHRISTA WAS MY CUSTOMER SERVICE REP TODAY & SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL! SHE WAS COURTEOUS, POLITE & HAD A GREAT TONE. SHE WAS ALSO VERY ACCOMMODATING & UNDERSTANDING. SHE IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!
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    10
    May 27th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Michelle that assist me with the sales process was Excellent. She made it very easy for me to go with CPI with her professionalism and persuasion to come on the CPI Family for innovative home security technology. Thanks Michelle for making this process so easy. New CPI Member Angelique Anderson.
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    10
    May 24th, 2019 Hilton Head Island, SC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Wonderful to work with and knew answers about their products
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  8. User Score
    10
    May 23rd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The customer service representative was very knowledgeable. She was friendly and was able to answer all my questions.
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    10
    May 23rd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Great customer service! My issue was resolved immediately! Thank you
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  10. User Score
    10
    May 23rd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Myesha was very helpful, knowledge, and polite. Thank you going the extra mile and providing great customer service
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  11. User Score
    10
    May 23rd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    We saw the CPI Memorial Day offer for new customers and thought we’d call them to see if there were any offers for existing customers, which sadly are never as good as they are for new customers. To my surprise we were able to get what we wanted that was equivalent out of pocket cost to the systems we were considering @ Best Buy to replace/upgrade existing system with exterior cameras since we now have a greenway being built in our backyard. We’ve been CPI customers for nearly 20 years. Myisha (spelling??) was absolutely incredible and earned the sale. She is smart, persistent and client focused speaking with her manager 2x about my pushbacks. Thank you Myisha and CPI.
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    10
    May 22nd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Representative was knowledgeable and help me with me question. She walked me through the process to confirm my update was effective. She was very personable.
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    10
    May 22nd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Very good service reps and able to communicate and understand
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  14. User Score
    10
    May 22nd, 2019 Mooresville, NC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Michelle did a thorough job and really knew what she was talking about. She added empathy on a situation I mentioned. Great job!
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    10
    May 22nd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Excellent customer service experience. Delighted how fast my question was answered.
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    10
    May 22nd, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Representative was friendly and professional! Tool ownership and resolved my issue.
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    10
    May 21st, 2019 Cary, NC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The Service Rep I got Friday night was great, He was so professional and kind. You are lucky to have him on your front line. It was a excellent experience.
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    10
    May 20th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The sales person was very patient and knowledgeable! I really appreciate the time she took to explain everything.
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    10
    May 20th, 2019
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Jason L has provided excellent sales and service! Will definitely recommend.
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    10
    May 20th, 2019 Gastonia, NC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Melissa is the best thing your company could have answering the phones and talking to customers. I own several businesses and you can’t find great people anymore and you have found one.
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Our Score
5.5
User Score
6.6
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$39.99-54.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$99-$299

Contract Length

39-60 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

Fees May Apply

Number of Reviews

532
Our Score
8.9
User Score
7.7
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$19.99-42.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$0

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Pay Balance

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

2,432