Located in the heart of the midwest, Indiana offers plenty of benefits for people of all ages, including affordable living, year-round seasons, and a laid-back lifestyle.
Whether you’re considering a move to Indiana or you’re a life-long Hoosier, this guide will help you choose the best home security and automation system for your home.
Home security systems for Indiana residents
As you shop for a home security system, it helps to know a little about the various components of an alarm system.
The exact devices, features, and system you end up with will vary depending on your security needs and your budget. However, some of the basic security equipment all homes should have include:
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Security sensors are small sensors in various devices that alert you to unauthorized entry when your security system is armed, sounding the alarm. Security sensors protect various entry points around your home, including:
Door and window sensors that trigger the alarm if the armed door or window is opened.
Motion sensors that detect motion in a defined area, triggering the alarm if someone enters the room or area
Glass break detectors that measure the decibel levels of breaking glass, triggering the alarm if a window is broken
Safety alarms protect your home from the threats that aren’t caused by a burglar. Home security companies in Indiana should also offer security solutions that include the following safety alarms:
Smoke alarms. These can mean the difference between life and death if a fire breaks out in your home. You should have multiple fire alarms around your home.
CO (carbon monoxide) alarm. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that is impossible to detect without a CO alarm, making it another must-have for your home.
Water sensors. Water leaks aren’t life-threatening like a fire or carbon monoxide leak, but they can lead to expensive repairs if they go unnoticed. These small sensors are placed near areas in the home prone to leaks, like washing machines or water heaters, and will sound an alarm if moisture is detected.
Emergency pendants are small devices that can be worn around the neck or wrist that provide immediate access to a home alarm company’s monitoring center. These are ideal for people with mobility problems, elderly family members who are prone to falling and becoming injured, or anyone prone to medical problems.
Security or CCTV cameras are another important part of a smart home security systems. You can find cameras for all areas of your property, inside and out, including:
Doorbell cameras, which are popular smart home devices that let you answer your door remotely. You’ll also receive a notification if someone comes to your door, whether they ring the bell or not.
Outdoor security cameras give you a view of your property day or night. Some of the more advanced security systems have outdoor cameras with state-of-the-art features. Vivint’s outdoor camera uses an AI tool that identifies lurkers on the property and warns them that they’ve been spotted.
Indoor cameras can be placed in different rooms throughout the home and can double as a nanny cam, indoor surveillance camera, or even pet cam.
24/7 monitoring services
Monitoring is another consideration when shopping for a smart home security system. Security systems can be either self-monitored or professionally monitored.
With a self-monitored system, the homeowner is responsible for contacting the police or fire department if an alarm is tripped. This presents a couple of problems. If you’re away from home, it can be impossible to assess whether it’s a real emergency. And if there is an emergency, your focus will be on getting your family to safety, which can delay contacting help.
A professionally monitored system is one that is monitored around the clock by a professional monitoring company. This is another must as you evaluate home security services.
With professional monitoring, your home is monitored around the clock. If an alarm is triggered, the company will immediately be notified and will attempt to contact you. If they can’t get ahold of you, or if you confirm that the alarm is the result of an emergency, they will contact law enforcement or fire services on your behalf. This provides essential peace of mind.
Home automation any Hoosier can use
Home automation and home security go hand-in-hand, working together to make your home both safe and comfortable.
Home automation allows you to remotely control and monitor various devices and systems throughout your home. You can also automate many of the systems throughout the home, like setting your doors to lock when you arm your security system.
Your specific system will depend on your home’s needs and wants, but the most common and useful smart home devices include:
Smart thermostats, which help you save energy and money by learning your temperature preferences, then automatically adjusting the temperature in your home.
Smart locks eliminate the need for a physical key. Instead, you can unlock your door via a unique code (or your smartphone). You can use them on your front door or anywhere that needs access control.
Garage door control. Ensuring your garage stays closed when you’re not home can keep your home secure. With garage door control, you’ll get notified if your garage door is open. From there, you can close it with your phone.
Smart lighting lets you turn your lights on and off with your phone no matter where you are. You can also pair your lighting with your smart speakers for hands-free control.
You should also consider whether or not you have existing smart home devices that you want to integrate with your new devices. Not all devices work together, so make sure you find a security provider that works with your devices. Vivint integrates with some of your favorite smart home devices, including smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo and the Nest smart thermostat.
The ability to control your smart home is a big part of home automation. Vivint lets you control your entire smart home on the go or at home via their top-rated Vivint app, as well as a Smart Hub control panel. From the app or hub, you can arm and disarm your system, adjust your lighting, watch live camera feeds, lock your doors, and more.
If you love sports, you’ll love Indianapolis. With the Indy 500 and multiple professional sports teams, the state of Indiana has plenty of games and sports-related museums to attend. It’s also home to many employers in the finance, insurance, and life sciences space, and many people commute into Indianapolis for work each day.
Many people who work in Indianapolis prefer the suburbs to live in, including Fishers, Carmel, and Zionsville. In fact, three Indianapolis area cities—Carmel, Zionsville, and Westfield—were recently ranked in the top 10 best small cities in the United States. Low crime, excellent schools, and affordability make the area appealing for families. A home automation and security system in Carmel, Fishers, and other areas will keep you connected to your home.
Closer to the Great Lakes, Northern Indiana is home to some of the largest cities in the state, including Fort Wayne and South Bend. The area is also home to the University of Notre Dame, which has an active alumni association and football following. Festivals and special events are common, and residents have plenty to keep them busy year-round.
Southern Indiana is home to Evansville, situated along the Ohio River and Kentucky border. This provides ample opportunity for outdoor and water activities, which Evansville residents enjoy taking part of.
Evansville does have a problem with crime, however. Property crime in particular remains more than twice as high as the Indiana average. With a security system in Evansville, you can protect your property around the clock.
Why you need a Vivint system for your Indiana home
Indiana alarm companies are plentiful, but when it comes to protecting your home and family, only the best will do.
In addition to cutting-edge smart home devices, here are a few more reasons you’ll love your Vivint system:
Professional installation is included with every system. Our Smart Home Pros will install your system and make sure it’s up and running just as it should.
Experienced technicians who not only install your system, but offer their expert advice on placement and show you how to use your system so you can get the most out of its features and benefits.
A customer service team that’s ready and waiting to answer your calls and questions, as well as an online library of resources.
24/7 monitoring with an average response time of less than 10 seconds.
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