Is there anything more important than keeping your home safe? Crime in Indianapolis has been rising since 2016. When it comes to protecting your property and family, home security systems provide a range of services to keep you safe. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best home security systems in Indianapolis to help you choose what works best for your situation.
How to choose a home security system in Indianapolis
When choosing a home monitoring system, there are a few things to consider. DIY installation can be simpler and easier to add to your house while professional installation calls for a more thorough but complicated setup. Home security companies offer a variety of possible protections, including wireless security cameras, smartphone integration and 24/7 monitoring.
The best home security systems in Indianapolis let you customize your experience within your budget. For instance, Frontpoint lets you design the system you need online, and they will send you equipment geared towards those needs. Installation is on you, but the company has online resources and videos.
Vivint, on the other hand, only offers professional installation. While you can still customize your package, their workers will come set up your entire system, and then teach you how to use it.
If you plan to move, a national company like Protect America will help move your security system with you—so no matter where you go, you are still protected.
Alarm permits and fines for false alarms
Unlike other major cities, Indianapolis does not require any permits to install a home security system. Other municipalities like Speedway and Lawrence do, but fees are low. Find links to permits here for Speedway and here for Lawrence.
On the other hand, false alarms can be costly. One false alarm results in a written warning, but subsequent false alarms carry fines from $50 to $200, depending on the number per calendar year. The goal of these fines is to minimize wasted resources from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).
The false alarm ordinance has exceptions. Alarm systems that alert the company first, at which point they notify the police after verifying the alarm is real, are not subject to these fines. Alarm systems set up this way don’t contact IMPD unless a real threat materializes. If you are worried about incurring fines from false alarms, this type of home security system is a better choice.
Crime in Indianapolis
From 2016 to 2017, the FBI reported a seven percent increase in the number of violent crimes in Indianapolis. The big jump, compared to a 4.9 percent increase nationwide, has given Indy an overall unsafe rating on neighborhoodscout.com, which uses data from local law enforcement. On a scale of 1 to 100 (safest), Indy scores a two, meaning it is one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
Property crime is also common. About 12 burglaries are reported per 1,000 people, which is 2.5 times the national average. In the first half of 2018, there have been 9,500 reported cases of theft, burglary and robbery. That means 1 out of 21 Indianapolis residents has a chance of being a victim of property crime.
Property crime in Indianapolis versus similar sized cities
Property crime rate
Note: Based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting from 2016
Some neighborhoods are safer than others: Acton and Wanamaker on the Southeast side, and Camby on the Southwest side, all score high on the safety scale.
However, crime increases the more you move inward to downtown Indy, making many neighborhoods in this area unsafe. The downtown areas of Washington Street, near Sherman Drive and Southeastern Avenue, have particularly high crime rates. The Ben Davis area is also a high-crime area, even though it is surrounded by safer neighborhoods like Valley Mill and Mooresville.
While you can’t prevent all risk of crime, a home security system gives you and your family a layer of protection as well as peace of mind that you have technology on your side.
Protect America is one of the top-rated security companies. With little or no money upfront and reasonable monthly fees, you can get a range of services, including window and door sensors, a monitoring panel and smartphone app. It’s a DIY installation, but most reviews compliment the excellent customer service.
Frontpoint offers 100 percent wireless equipment, which means you can install it anywhere without drilling or messing with wires. Installation is DIY but simple, and the customer service is praised by most reviewers. The upfront costs can be higher than other brands (depending on what equipment you purchase), but the terms are clear and there are no hidden fees.
Vivint has an excellent reputation for equipment and the highest-rated app in security systems. They are one of the more expensive options, but offer a wide range of equipment (including a glass-break sensor) and easy home automation. Professional installation is required. Many Indy reviewers report that customer service is poor.
Guardhouse Security is a locally owned and operated business serving the Indianapolis area since 1994. They offer a Home Security Assessment, which helps determine what sort of plans and equipment you need. If you are building a house, Guardhouse can work with your contractor to design a customized security system.
Circle City Security Systems
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Circle City Security Systems combines big-name services with small-town familiarity. They offer a wide range of services, including live video monitoring, GPS tracking and home automation—all controlled from an app. They are universally praised for their competitive prices and excellent customer service.
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