Best Home Security Systems in Fort Wayne, IN

Lara Vukelich
Updated Jan 25, 2021
2 min read

Compare Top Providers

Cammack & Sons Security

SimpliSafe Security


Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$39.99/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsNo42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warranty1-year warranty120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Fort Wayne, IN

Just over 265,000 people call Fort Wayne home in northeastern Indiana. In addition to having a bevy of proud residents, the city is also known for the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, the Northern Indiana Beer Trail and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The second largest city in Indiana is 150 miles or less from other major cities including Chicago, Indianapolis and Columbus. The hottest month in Fort Wayne is July, with an average temperature of 84 degrees, and January is the coldest month with an average temp of 32 degrees. Given that Fort Wayne sees a higher-than-average number of property crimes each year, investing in a home security system with cameras and alarms is certainly warranted. 

Fort Wayne Crime Stats

Neighborhood Scout rates Fort Wayne as safer than 15% of other US cities, with the highest crime rates occurring in the downtown area. The safest neighborhoods in the city include Cedar Canyons, Timbercrest and Royville. Property crimes are far higher in Fort Wayne than violent crimes; the rates are 26.26 and 3.83 per 1,000 residents, respectively. The crime rate per square miles is about three times higher in Fort Wayne than it is in Indiana at large. 

In terms of crime numbers, the FBI 2018 Crime Report relays the following figures for the most common types of crimes in Fort Wayne:

  • 5,453 incidents of larceny-theft 
  • 1,006 incidents of burglary
  • 546 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 548 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 307 incidents of robbery
  • Best for Regional Experience

    Cammack & Sons Security

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $39.99/mo

    Our take

    Cammack & Sons Security has been around since 1988. In addition to the available packages listed on their website, customers can also call for a customized package based on their specific security needs. All of the company’s products include 24/7 monitoring. 

    Recommended plan: Honeywell Lynx Touch Camera Package

  • Best home security for industry experience

    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $45.99/mo

    Our Take on ADT Home Security

    ADT Home Security is a well-known name in the home security industry. It offers traditional security that requires professional installation and monitoring at a steep price.

    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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  • Best smart home security

    Vivint Home Security

    Our rating
    9.7
    Starting at
    $29.99/mo

    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. 

    Pros

    • 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

    Cons

    • Contract required for service and financed equipment.
    • Professional monitoring and installation required
    • Expensive equipment compared to other providers

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  • Best overall DIY security system

    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.9
    Starting 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.

     

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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Best Home Security Systems of 2020

Other Local Home Security Providers for Fort Wayne

Per Mar Security Systems: Per Mar Security Systems offers home and commercial security solutions throughout the Midwest. 

Koehlinger Kruse Security Systems: This locally owned business has been offering security systems in northeast Indiana since 1980. 

Sonitrol: This Fort Wayne security company specializes in smart technology and has assisted in more than 175,000 burglary apprehensions since 1977. 

Nelson Alarm: Nelson Alarm has custom security options, operating out of Indianapolis.

Surrounding Areas For Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne home security providers also provide service to the following areas around Fort Wayne:

  • New Haven, IN
  • Decatur, IN
  • Auburn, IN
  • Huntington, IN
  • Warsaw, IN
  • Lima, IN

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 Fort Wayne







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