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Best Home Security Systems in Dayton, Ohio

Updated Aug 4, 2020

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36 months 36 months 42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
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Video surveillance
Option to extend limited warranty N/A 120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

Home Security in Dayton, OH

Dayton may be most famously known for being the birthplace of Orville Wright and, as such, the city has long been associated with aviation. With just over 140,000 residents, Dayton is nevertheless home to a wealth of aeronautics history and research. It’s home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the National Museum of the United States Air Force, as well as many other aviation-related attractions. If you’re considering a move to Dayton, are already on your way, or if you already live in the area, you may want to explore your home security options. We’ll feature a few of the area’s best home security providers to help you narrow your search down and make your final choice.

Dayton Crime Statistics

The 2018 FBI Crime Report for Ohio states that Dayton had almost 4,000 larceny-thefts, with over 1,600 burglaries, nearly 800 motor vehicle thefts, almost 700 aggravated assaults and just over 400 robberies. Dayton rates low on the crime index, rating a three, meaning it’s safer than only 3% of U.S. cities. Here are the totals from the FBI report:

  • 3,831 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 1,697 incidents of burglary
  • 795 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 684 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 403 incidents of robbery

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Protector Home Security has served the Dayton area for over 20 years, providing home security systems and professional monitoring at its UL-listed, CSAA Five Diamond central station. The company promises no rate increases, which means you can lock in a predictable rate for years to come.

Professional monitoring with Protector starts at $26.95 per month when paid annually, with a 36-month commitment. The basic package includes three door contacts, a motion detector, a control panel, installation and ongoing maintenance and repairs. A wide variety of additional equipment add-ons are available, including medical alert buttons and environmental detection.

  • Regional OH Provider

    Protector Home Security

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    Our take

    Protector Home Security is one of Dayton’s biggest providers of home security solutions. Professional installation and maintenance come at no extra cost, and the company offers plenty of add-on functionality such as security cameras and carbon monoxide monitoring.


    • Battery backup
    • Free professional installation
    • No upfront equipment cost


    • No home automation options
    • Monitoring costs more without landline
    • 36-month contract required

    Protector Home Security

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    ADT Home Security

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    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT’s a well-recognized name in the home security industry. It offers traditional security that requires professional installation and monitoring at a steep price.


    Recommended Plan


    • 6-month money-back guarantee
    • $500 theft protection guarantee
    • High-quality equipment


    • Must pay for an extended warranty
    • Lengthy contracts
    • More expensive than competitors

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  • Best Smart Home Security

    Vivint Home Security

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    Our Take on Vivint Home Security

    Vivint has an extensive line of smart security equipment that you can expand over time. The downside is that you’ll have a long-term contract if you finance your equipment. 


    Recommended Plan

    Vivint’s Smart Home Service is our recommended plan because it unlocks a larger selection of smart home devices, as well as video monitoring.


    • Month-to-month contract option if equipment is purchased upfront
    • Backup battery included with the Sky Control panel
    • Extensive equipment features, including Vivint Car Guard


    • Long contract if equipment is financed
    • Installation can take 3-4 hours
    • Short (120-day) equipment warranty and service guarantee (unless you purchase Premium)

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  • Best Overall DIY Security System

    SimpliSafe Home Security

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    Our Take on SimpliSafe Home Security

    SimpliSafe is our top pick for inexpensive monitoring, durable equipment and reliable services that simplify home security. You’ll have all the right devices and features to give you peace of mind — even when the unexpected happens.


    Recommended Package


    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring


    • Mobile alerts not available in the basic monitoring plan
    • No selection of smart home devices
    • Smart home capabilities not available in basic monitoring plan

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  • Best Pet-Friendly Home Security

    Frontpoint Home Security

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    Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security

    Frontpoint lets you choose both your package and monitoring plan to help build the perfect home security system for renters and homeowners alike. Monitoring can be costly, but free DIY installation helps lower costs without reducing reliability or protection.


    Recommended Plan

    Our recommended Frontpoint plan is the Safe Home Starter equipment package combined with the Ultimate monitoring plan, which will give you access to a smartphone app for monitoring your security devices.


    • No lengthy contracts
    • Excellent customer service
    • Variety of equipment to choose from


    • Monitoring fees are relatively expensive
    • Short (30 days) trial period
    • No professional installation option

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Additional Local Home Security Providers for Dayton

If you’re looking for a few other local and regional options in Dayton, here are a few home security providers to check out:

  • State Alarm: Serving both Ohio and Florida, State Alarm offers a full spectrum of services including professional monitoring, motion detectors, home automation and more.
  • A&B Security Solutions: A&B Security’s founder has more than 15 years in the security industry, and the company offers home security, custom systems and a 100% money-back guarantee on all work.
  • Moonlight Security: Home security is one of many security services this company provides regionally around Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
  • 360 Home Security: Based in Dayton since 1995, 360 Home Security emphasizes state-of-the-art home security equipment and systems.

Surrounding Areas For Dayton

Home security providers in Dayton serve Dayton and surrounding towns and suburbs, including but not limited to:

  • Beavercreek, Ohio
  • Centerville, Ohio
  • Clayton, Ohio
  • Englewood, Ohio
  • Fairborn, Ohio
  • Huber Heights, Ohio
  • Kettering, Ohio
  • Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Riverside, Ohio
  • Springboro, Ohio
  • Tipp City, Ohio
  • Trotwood, Ohio
  • Vandalia, Ohio
  • West Carrollton City, Ohio
  • Xenia, Ohio

Factors to Consider When Buying a Home Security System

  • Price & Contracts

    Are you looking to pay for your equipment upfront or finance over a period of time? You’ll also need to decide whether you want to commit to a contract or have the freedom to cancel your provider’s service without penalty.

  • Monitoring

    Choose between 24/7 professional monitoring or self monitoring. Both have its perks – with professional monitoring, a specialist is available around the clock to help, and with self monitoring, you’ll be in charge and can avoid a monthly fee.

  • Installation

    Want a professional to install your security system for you, or would you rather install it on your own? Most providers either require professional installation, DIY installation, or offer a choice of both.

Common Home Security Equipment and Features

  • ADT Control Panel

    Control panel/hub

    As the brain of your security system, the control panel allows you to arm and disarm your security system, manage smart home devices, and in some cases, speak with a monitoring center specialist via two-way communication. Learn more about the control panels offered by ADT, Vivint, and Brinks.

  • LifeShield by ADT Motion Sensor

    Motion sensor

    As one of the sentinels in your home, the motion sensor captures unusual activity, and your system lets you know. Some providers have motion sensors that are designed to be pet-friendly, avoiding pets under 80 pounds to help prevent false alarms. Learn more about motion sensors here in our post.

  • Frontpoint Door and Window Sensor

    Door/window sensor

    Door/window sensors are sentinels for your entry points. Most have a discreet profile so they’re not easily seen, but once an entry point is breached, your control panel sounds an alarm to let the intruder know they’ve been caught. Learn more about the door/window sensors offered by Frontpoint, Protect America, and SimpliSafe.

  • ADT Indoor Camera

    Indoor security camera

    If you want to be able to monitor the interior of your home, communicate with family members, and check in on pets, then choosing an indoor security camera is a great option. Most indoor cameras feature HD video, come with night vision, and have two-way communication. Learn more about indoor security camera options offered by SimpliSafe, Vivint, and Abode.

  • Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

    Outdoor security camera

    Keep tabs on your property no matter your location with an outdoor security cameras. Most outdoor cameras have weatherproof features, night vision, and some even have deterrence features. Learn more about the outdoor security camera options offered by ADT, Vivint, and Frontpoint.

  • SimpliSafe VideoDoorbell

    Video doorbell camera

    Check your front doorstep without having to leave work with a video doorbell camera. Most video doorbells have built-in two-way communication and night vision. Learn more about the video doorbells offered by Guardian Protection, Vivint, and SimpliSafe.

  • Vivint Element Thermostat

    Smart thermostat

    With a smart thermostat, you can potentially improve your home’s energy efficiency. Most smart thermostats allow you to program them, creating a schedule for when your home’s heating and cooling system turns on. Some will also automatically adjust themselves based on certain conditions. Learn more about the smart thermostats offered by Vivint, Frontpoint, and ADT.

  • ADT Smart Lock

    Smart lock

    Go keyless with a smart lock, designed so you can easily lock or unlock your door via app. Some smart locks have a keycode feature, allowing you to set unique PINs for family members and or professionals who may need to access your home. Learn more about the smart locks offered by Guardian Protection, Protect America, and Scout.

Head-to-Head Comparisons

Can’t decide? Compare top providers side-by-side: ADT vs. SimpliSafe, Vivint vs. Frontpoint, and more.

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