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|Professional||Professional||Professional||Professional or DIY||DIY|
|36 months||Not specified||42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full||None||None|
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|Option to extend limited warranty||Lifetime warranty with Premier Service Plan||120-day equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||3-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
SimpliSafe Home SecurityOur rating9.3Starting at$14.99/mo
Our Take on SimpliSafe Home Security
Keep those pesky burglars away with a SimpliSafe security system. Choose from a range of packages and equipment, and get inexpensive professional monitoring.
★ Recommended Plan
We recommend The Barrington if you’re interested in SimpliSafe. This package combines intrusion detection and video surveillance. Equipment starts at $388.93. Professional monitoring starts at $14.99 per month. Self-monitoring is free.
- Inexpensive professional monitoring
- Wireless equipment
- Cellular monitoring
- Free self-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
- Research SimpliSafe
- Best for Money-Back Guarantee
Our Take on ADT Home Security
ADT is a well-recognized name in the home security business thanks to its top-notch equipment, award-winning monitoring centers and commitment to customer service. For people who feel like you get what you pay for, it’s hard to beat ADT.
ADT prefers to provide a brief consultation before quoting a custom package. Contact ADT to get started.
★ Recommended Plan
ADT’s Video Lite Plan is nothing minor — you’ll get motion detection, smart home capabilities, and video surveillance. Equipment starts at $599. Professional monitoring starts at $54.99 per month.
- 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 for Smart Homes
Our Take on Vivint Home Security
Vivint really shines when it comes to equipment. Perhaps no other provider has such an extensive catalog, which makes it an excellent provider for those who plan to install new equipment over time.
★ 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 up front
- 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)
- Short (3-day) trial period
- Best for Customer Service
Our Take on Frontpoint Home Security
Frontpoint recently changed its billing model to month-to-month contracts, which we believe shows that the company strives to stay on top of industry trends and cares about customer service. We also appreciate that Frontpoint’s equipment is compatible with the major smart home hubs.
★ 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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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.
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.