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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 SecurityOur rating9.9Starting at$14.99/mo
Our take on SimpliSafe Home Security:
SimpliSafe Home Security 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.
- 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 the basic monitoring plan
- Best home security for industry experience
Our Take on ADT Home Security
- 6-month money-back guarantee
- $500 theft protection guarantee
- High-quality equipment
- Must pay for an extended warranty
- Lengthy contracts
- More expensive than competitors
- Local OH Provider
Habitec SecurityBBB ratingA+Starting at$$36.95/mo
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.
- Industry experience
- Variety of products
- Home automation
- No prices listed on websites
- Contract lengths unknown
- No option for DIY installation
- Best smart home security
Our Take on Vivint Home Security
Vivint is our top choice for smart home security with an extensive line of equipment filled with smart features. The control panel also doubles as a smart hub. The only downside is that Vivint requires a long-term contract if you finance the equipment. Professional monitoring and installation are also required.
- Smart Hub to connect and control smart home and security devices
- Extensive smart features for security equipment including package detection and Smart Deter
- Wide range of security and smart home equipment
- Contract required for service and financed equipment.
- Professional monitoring and installation required
- Expensive equipment compared to other providers
- Best pet-friendly home security
Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security
- No lengthy contracts
- Excellent customer service
- Variety of equipment to choose from
- Monitoring fees are relatively expensive
- Short trial period (30 days)
- No professional installation option
Best Home Security Systems of 2020
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.
- Guardian Alarm will monitor your current equipment or help you select one of their packages.
- Asset Protection Corporation offers inexpensive one-year contracts and can monitor your existing equipment.
- Transtar Corporation provides a range of security cameras, intrusion detectors, fire alarms and more.
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
Common Home Security Equipment and Features
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 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
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.
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.
Can’t decide? Compare top providers side-by-side: ADT vs. SimpliSafe, Vivint vs. Frontpoint, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions for Toledo
With theft and burglary being the most common property crimes experienced in Toledo, it’s important to have equipment that actively discourages criminal activity and helps you keep an eye on activity around your home even when you’re not there. Look for cameras with two-way audio and the ability to send you motion detection alerts. Loud window, door and glass break alarms that scare away intruders could also prove beneficial for Toledo residents.
Asset Protection Corporation’s monitoring services start at $16.95 per month, whereas Guardian Alarm’s monthly monitoring fees start at $22.99 if you have existing equipment. Habitec does not provide price information online. You may also want to check out the prices of national providers such as SimpliSafe, whose monitoring fees start at $14.99 per month.
Toledo’s local providers, including Habitec Security, Guardian Alarm and Asset Protection Corporation, do not allow DIY installation. If you’d prefer to set up equipment yourself, try a national company like SimpliSafe, Blue by ADT or Cove Security.
Renters should look for security equipment that does not need to be hardwired, as well as short-term contracts just in case they move to a new residence with different security needs. Try contract-free monitoring and DIY installation from providers such as Blue by ADT or Abode.