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Best Home Security Systems in Indianapolis, IN

Updated May 8, 2020

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ADT Home Security

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Nelson Alarm


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SimpliSafe Security


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Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$45.99/mo.$28/mo.$29.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessionalProfessionalDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
36 monthsYes, term not specified on website42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in fullNoneNone
Smart home compatibility
YesYesYesYesYes
Video surveillance
YesYesYesYesYes
Warranty
Option to extend limited warranty1 year parts and labor; Extended warranty is available120-day equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty3-year limited equipment warranty

About Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and home to about 870,000 Americans.  It boasts the world’s largest children’s museum, the annual Indianapolis 500 and the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. It’s a culturally rich yet relatively quiet metropolis for working families to raise kids, and its crime is lower compared to larger cities. It’s a popular, growing Midwestern town, and we can help you find a home security solution servicing Indianapolis that makes sense for you.

Indianapolis Crime Statistics

According to the FBI, Indianapolis had 36,237 reported property crime incidents in 2018. Larceny-theft crimes occur at the highest rate, with burglary coming in second place. Here’s a breakdown of the reported offenses from the FBI:

  • 23,448 incidents of larceny-theft
  • 7,842 incidents of burglary
  • 7,250 incidents of aggravated assault
  • 4,947 incidents of motor vehicle theft
  • 3,081 incidents of robbery

Indianapolis Spotlight: Nelson Alarm - Local Security Provider

Founded in 1991, Nelson Alarm services Indianapolis and its surrounding communities with customized security and alarm services. Formerly known as Hoosiers, it’s locally owned and operated by full-time employees specializing in home security.

Nelson Alarm doesn’t offer the option for self-monitoring, but it lets you create a custom emergency plan in case your fire alarm or security system is triggered. It also doesn’t provide equipment packages you can purchase. Instead, an expert helps evaluate your needs and figure out the exact equipment you need for your home. However, Nelson Alarm offers all types of equipment, from carbon dioxide detectors to smart doorbells. Installation for a basic package with Nelson Alarm costs $299 and their monitoring starts at $28/mo. To find out how much a Nelson Alarm system would cost for your home, you can speak with a specialist to request a quote.

Best Home Security Systems in Indianapolis

  • Regional IN Provider
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    Nelson Alarm

    BBB rating
    A+
    Starting at
    $28/mo

    Our take

    Nelson provides top-notch intrusion detection, environmental detection and video surveillance equipment, and you can work with the company to customize the right equipment set for your home. Nelson Alarm monitoring starts at $28/mo., and installation for their basic package starts at $299. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t provide pricing for equipment packages online, but you can call and speak with a specialist to determine the best solution for your needs.

    Pros

    • Full-service home monitoring
    • Smart home devices and automation
    • Wired and wireless system options

    Cons

    • Prices only available by quote
    • No pre-set equipment packages
    • Installation by appointment only
  • Best for Money-Back Guarantee
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    ADT Home Security

    Our rating
    8.3
    Starting at
    $45.99/mo

    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.

    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 for Smart Homes
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    Vivint Home Security

    Our rating
    7.7
    Starting at
    $29.99/mo

    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.

    Pros

    • 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

    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)
    • Short (3-day) trial period

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  • Best Overall
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    SimpliSafe Home Security

    Our rating
    9.3
    Starting 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.

    Pros

    • Inexpensive professional monitoring
    • Wireless equipment
    • Cellular monitoring
    • Free self-monitoring

    Cons

    • 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 for Customer Service
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    Frontpoint Home Security

    Our rating
    7.6
    Starting at
    $44.99/mo

    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.

    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 home security providers in Indianapolis

These are some of the other home security providers servicing Indianapolis:

  • ProTECHt – With ProTECHt, customers can choose from three equipment packages and pay nothing upfront for the equipment. Choose from their Smart Security Package ($800 value), Smart Automation Package ($1,000 value), and their Smart Video Package ($1,200 value).
  • Indiana Alarm – With very low-cost professional monitoring, Indiana Alarm is a great choice for those on a budget. Pay as low as $18/mo. with no long-term contract required for their service, and get access to intrusion detection, video surveillance, home automation, and their medical alert service.
  • OnGuard Security Solutions – This Indiana security provider offers landline and cellular monitoring for homes. You can choose from three packages (Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3) with monitoring plans that range from $31.95/mo. – $49.95/mo. OnGuard Security also provides Guardian Voicelink™ for immediate connection to a monitoring specialist via their control panel in the event your alarm is triggered.
  • Guardhouse Security Services – Offering homeowners up to $1,000 worth in free home security equipment, Guardhouse Security provides both landline and cellular monitoring. Their landline monitoring costs $26.95/mo. and requires a 3-year contract, and cellular monitoring costs $36.95/mo. With Guardhouse, you can also get free home hazard monitoring.
  • Circle City Security Systems – Choose from four home security packages with Circle City Security for intrusion detection, video surveillance, home automation, and more. You’ll find a Bronze Package ($35/mo.), Silver Package ($35/mo), Gold Package ($45/mo.), and Platinum Package ($55/mo.). Their Bronze Package comes with free installation while home automation features are available in the Gold and Platinum packages. Circle City Security also provides GPS monitoring for parents who want to make sure their teen drivers are safe.

Surrounding Areas for Indianapolis

You might also look into providers servicing the areas around Indianapolis, such as:

  • Westfield, Indiana
  • Noblesville, Indiana
  • Carmel, Indiana
  • Zionsville, Indiana
  • Brownsburg, Indiana
  • Greenfield, Indiana

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.

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    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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