Answer these 7 questions to find the right home security system
1. Is it wireless?
Anyone can set up SimpliSafe in just a few minutes. No drilling. No tools. Just plug in the Base Station, place your sensors, and start protecting your home.
2. How long does it take to set up?
The great thing about modern security systems is that many can be set up in minutes, and all by yourself!. Modern sensors are so lightweight that you can use command strips — you know, the sticky strips you use to hang up posters and clothes hooks — to secure your equipment. It’s literally just peel and stick. If you do opt for a security system that requires professional installation, make sure you trust the technicians and have a large amount of time set aside for them to work in your home.
3. Do you have to sign a contract?
Most security providers will require that you sign a contract, but these can vary a lot by length. Before you sign anything, make sure you’re happy with the number of years that the company requires, as these contracts are notoriously hard to break. Do some quick arithmetic too, to make sure that your investment makes sense. Some companies won’t make you pay for the hardware up front, but will instead charge a large monthly fee for years. Find out how much you’re actually paying in the long run, and make sure you’re not shelling out more than you need to. If all that sounds like a hassle, you can also find companies with month-to-month monitoring payments. They’re often a lot cheaper when you consider the total cost over multiple years, and you have the added flexibility of being able to cancel payments at any time.
4. What safety sensors does it have?
The bread and butter of security systems are motion sensors, but there are many more that provide extra layers of protection. Look for systems that offer door & window (or “entry”) sensors, glassbreak sensors, temperature sensors, and more. Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors in particular should be high up on your list. Traditional smoke and CO detectors only sound a local alarm. They don’t automatically call the fire department to send help right away. But a modern security system with professional monitoring will — and that’s our next topic.
5. Can you get professional monitoring?
You don’t need to be ever-vigilant just to stay safe. When you have professional monitoring, it doesn’t matter if you’re out of the house, have your phone off, or anything — they have your back 24/7 against fires, intrusions, and other emergencies. That’s not the case with self monitoring. A self-monitored system will sound a local siren — and maybe send you a text message — but what if you’re not available? Can you really be on the lookout 24/7 to ensure your home and family’s safety? If peace of mind is a top priority for you, then professional monitoring is a must.
6. What do the experts say?
A lot of new home security systems look pretty similar, but their quality varies immensely. Check out some reviews to make sure that you’re getting a reliable and trusted security system. The last thing you want is to take a chance on an unknown new provider, and be left out to dry after putting in hundreds or thousands of dollars into a scam or incompetent company. And unfortunately, that is all too common in the security industry.
7. Is security the company’s #1 priority?
The simple answer
Get an award-winning wireless security system that can be set up in minutes, all by yourself. We guarantee that our only business is keeping you safe, and we’ve got a top-notch 24/7 professional monitoring center to ensure your protection. And you’ll never have to sign a contract.
See how SimpliSafe stacks up
SIMPLISAFE: THE BETTER WAY
Monitored by professionals
Wireless, no drilling or landline required
Great rating on TrustPilot (2)
Easy to setup yourself in no time
TRADITIONAL HOME SECURITY
Monitored by professionals
36 month contract, monitoring costs $37-$53/month (1)
Hardwired, needs landline
Poor rating on TrustPilot (2)