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Best Home Security Systems in Toledo, OH

Updated Jan 25, 2021
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SimpliSafe Security


Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.Call for a quote$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalProfessional or DIYDIY
Contract
36 monthsNot specified42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warrantyLifetime warranty with Premier Service Plan120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

Home Security in Toledo

With attractions such as the Toledo Zoo, Toledo Botanical Gardens and the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio’s fourth-largest city is a vibrant cultural center. Back in 1835, however, it was the site of a land survey dispute between Ohio and Michigan that almost led to battle. Fortunately, the residents of modern-day Toledo don’t have to worry about looming threats of war with Michigan (except on the football field, perhaps). However, other threats like burglary and theft do remain a little too close to home for comfort, and that’s why Toledo homeowners should consider monitoring activity around their homes with a security system. We’ve looked at several local security providers to help you find the best one for you.

Toledo Crime Statistics

The entire state of Ohio ranks as neither the most dangerous nor the safest in the U.S., and Toledo also fares about average when considering the FBI’s 2018 crime reports among all Ohio cities. Neighborhoods in Toledo most likely to experience crime include those in the downtown area and to the southwest. The FBI reported the following crimes known to law enforcement in Toledo in 2018:

  • 6,712 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 2,802 incidents of burglary
  • 1,580 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 708 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 477 incidents of robbery

Toledo Spotlight: Habitec Security — Local Security Provider

Habitec Security serves customers throughout Michigan and Ohio but is headquartered in Toledo and has a local 24/7 monitoring center. Despite 50 years in the home security industry, Habitec Security continues to be a family-owned and operated company. Habitec Security has also been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the National Police Dispatch Quality Award for Collaboration with Local Law Enforcement in 2014 and the Honeywell Alarm Community Service Award five years in a row. 

You’d expect nothing but top-of-the-line equipment and monitoring services from a company that can boast such awards, and that’s exactly what Habitec Security provides. As a certified Honeywell dealer, Habitec Security offers three home security packages or the ability to create a custom equipment bundle with alarms, cameras, environmental monitoring and home automation devices. All equipment is professionally installed, but you’ll need to contact Habitec Security directly to receive a quote.

  • Best Overall DIY Security System

    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.9
    Starting at
    $14.99/mo

    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: Barrington

     

    Pros

    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring

    Cons

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

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  • Best Home Security for Industry Experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $49.99/mo

    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
    Complete

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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  • Local OH Provider

    Habitec Security

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $$36.95/mo

    Our take

    Habitec Security represents a good choice for Toledo homeowners who want high-quality equipment professionally installed and monitored but prefer to trust their safety with a local rather than national team.

    Pros

    • Industry experience
    • Variety of products
    • Home automation

    Cons

    • No prices listed on websites
    • Contract lengths unknown
    • No option for DIY installation
  • Best Smart Home Security

    Vivint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $29.99/mo

    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.

    Pros

    • 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

    Cons

    • 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 Pet-Friendly Home Security

    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.4
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo
    1-888-688-5779

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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.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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Other Local Providers in Toledo

Habitec Security isn’t the only local home security provider in Toledo. To compare quotes and equipment packages, check out other home security companies in the Toledo area.

Surrounding Areas for Toledo

Due to Toledo’s proximity to Michigan, many home security providers in this city also serve southern Michigan. Residents in the following towns may call Toledo-based home security providers to inquire about services:

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Dundee, Michigan
  • Monroe, Michigan
  • Adrian, Michigan
  • Oak Harbor, Ohio
  • Sandusky, Ohio
  • Fremont, Ohio
  • Findlay, Ohio
  • Defiance, Ohio
  • Wauseon, 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Toledo


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