Best Home Security Systems in Ohio

Best Overall

Frontpoint Our pick for nationwide provider. See if you can get it in your Ohio neighborhood.

Frontpoint is our favorite national home security provider, but does it offer the best home security system in Ohio? We reviewed six of the state’s most prominent companies to see how they stood up against Frontpoint — a process that involved scoring each one on a variety of features, including customer service, contract length, and competitive pricing. In the end, we determined that state-wide, Frontpoint is still the best option thanks to its affordable startup costs and smartphone-friendly home automation technology. Executive Security Consultants was our runner-up for Columbus residents, and Protector Home Security also proved itself as a decent option for landline service in Cincinnati.

The Best Home Security Systems in Ohio

Home Security Company
Cellular Monitoring
Contract Length
Startup Cost
Frontpoint
$34/Month
36 Months
$100
Executive Security Consultants
$37/Month
36 Months
$150
Protector Home Security
$40/Month
36 Months
$150

*Startup cost refers to the total upfront cost of the company’s most basic cellular system.

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Executive Security Consultants

Executive Security Consultants’ “No Phone…No Problem” cellular package (really, that’s what it’s called) runs $150 upfront after a $100 coupon found online. However, the company also charges a $100 installation fee, so you’re basically right back to square one: $250 upfront for your new system. That’s the most expensive options by as much as $100 (Frontpoint is $100 and Protector Home Security is $150). Oh, and you’ll need to sign a 36-month contract in order to secure these deals. Otherwise, you’ll be paying for the equipment up front, which a representative told us was over $1,500.

As far as what you get for your money, it’s your basic cellular system: a control panel, a keypad, a siren, three door sensors, and one motion detector. Monitoring for the cellular package is $37 per month, which is second-cheapest to Frontpoint’s $34 payment, while monitoring for landline service is a cost-effective $25. We recommend going with a cellular system, but if you prefer not to, or already have a system installed in your home, ESC is beats out the next-best alternative (Protector Home Security) by $4 per month.

Besides offering super cheap landline payments, friendly service is the only advantage ESC has over Frontpoint, it’s primary competitor. We hit a phone tree when we called, but it was less than a minute before we were hooked up with a representative — that won’t happen with Frontpoint.

All in all, ESC is a great local option for those in and around Columbus, but it can’t hang with the national heavyweight. It costs more than Frontpoint to get started, and its home automation technology isn’t quite as smartphone friendly.

Protector Home Security

Protector Home Security gets props for being the only company in Cincinnati that didn’t send us to a phone tree. Instead we were immediately connected with Crystal, who generously answered all of our questions. While speaking with her, we learned that a basic cellular system costs $150 upfront, and comes with all the basics: a control panel, a siren, three door sensors, and one motion detector. Monitoring runs $40 a month, which is in the middle of the pack, and you’ll need to sign a 36-month contract. Here’s one final quirk: You’ll need to submit to a credit check.

Protector was also the only company besides frontpoint to be transparent about the cost of additional devices. So if you want another door sensor or window contact, they can be purchased a-la-carte starting at $55 each. Unfortunately, that’s not quite as cheap as Frontpoint, which starts at $32 each.

Here’s where things get a bit disappointing. Protector also offers an “upgraded” cellular module, which adds $50 to your overall startup cost, plus an undisclosed installation fee, and increases your monthly monitoring by $6. We expected that this upgrade would include home automation capabilities… but we were wrong. In fact, the only, and I repeat, only added feature is the ability to use your smartphone as a keypad. That’s it. No connected lighting. No WiFi-enabled garage door opener. Needless to say, if you want a system with the modern, smartphone-friendly technology, Frontpoint and ESC are far better options.

Honorable Mention

Habitec

Habitec is our honorable mention for the Columbus area for one primary reason: Unlike ESC and Frontpoint, it offers contract flexibility. You can go as low as a 12-month contract if you’d like, and up to a 36-month agreement. Otherwise, there’s not much to write home about. The 12-month scenario requires an upfront equipment cost of $200 (for a cellular system), which comes with three contact sensors (doors or windows), one motion detector, a siren, and a control panel. Finally, monitoring runs at a pricey $48 per month, which is a whole $14 more each month than Frontpoint. That’s pretty steep.

Service Comparison

Frontpoint

Executive Security Consultants

Protector Home Security

Cellular Monitoring
$34/Month
$37/Month
$40/Month
Landline Monitoring
*Not Offered
$25/Month
$29/Month
Minimum Contract Length
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
Upfront Equipment Cost for a Cellular System
$100
$150
$150
Offers Life Protection
X
Offers Home Automation
X
Professional Installation Required?
X
X

Ohio City Policies

The City of Cincinnati Police Department answered more than 30,000 alarm calls in 2002 — and 80 percent were determined to be false alarms. That’s a big deal, as each one can hold up an on-duty officer for 20 minutes or more. To help crack down on this, some cities in Ohio require residents to register their systems and charge fines after a certain number of false alarms. Here’s what those policies look like for the state’s biggest cities:

Cincinnati

Cincinnati residents must complete this PDF form and mail it to the city’s police department in order to register an alarm system. As far as fines go, residents get two free passes, but after the third false alarm the fines look like this:

  • 3rd: $50
  • 4th: $75
  • 5th: $100
  • 6th: $150
  • 7th: $200
  • 8th: $300
  • 9th: $400
  • 10th: $500
  • 11th or more: $800

Columbus

To register your alarm in Columbus, complete this form. Fines for false alarms are as follows:

  • 3rd: $100
  • 4th: $100
  • 5th: $200
  • 6th: $200
  • 7th: $400
  • 8th: $400
  • 9th: $400
  • 10th or more: $800

Delaware

The first two false alarms in Delaware are free, and the third and fourth only cost $50. After that, residents are only fined $100. Also, don’t forget to register your alarm by filling out this form — it’s mandatory.

The Bottom Line

Best Overall

Frontpoint Frontpoint is our top pick for nationwide providers. See if it's available in your Ohio neighborhood.

ESC and Protector Home Security are both great local businesses, but they can’t quite compete with Frontpoint’s affordability and home automation technology. Plus, if your home is larger than 1,200, you may need to purchase extra devices to completely cover your home. If so, Frontpoint’s a-la-carte devices are quite a bit cheaper than the rest of the competition.