Home Security Reco?


Slightly less n00b
Jul 6, 2019
Anyone have a home security recommendation? Have gotten Facebook ads for SimpliSafe recently and seems like a reasonable monthly fee with the alacart option to choose exactly what you want. Wondering if anyone has any experience w/ SimpliSafe or would have some other recommendation?

What other requirements do you have? Is your house pre-wired for a system or do you have nothing?

My main thing would be to stay away from the national chain security places (Brinks, ADT, etc.) as they saddle you with long term contracts with draconian terms. On the plus side, they'll "give" you a "free" system as part of the agreement.

I have a fairly "generic" system based on an older DSC panel that's monitored by a local alarm company (via cellular) for.. about what SimpliSafe charges for their high roller plan ($27/month). I own the hardware, so like SimpliSafe, if I want to modify or add to the system, then it's on me to do so. Since my system was installed by the prior owners of the house, I'm not sure what it would cost to do, but I can also see the SimpliSafe sensors getting expensive for the number of windows I'd need to cover.

I've also integrated the system with my home automation setup (SmartThings), so that's been a plus as well.

Not sure this is super helpful - I suppose SimpliSafe is an option, but it also might be worth getting a *local* alarm company to come out and give you a quote. You can customize their install and they should have both wired and wireless options.
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And I completely agree on 'stay away from big nationwide chains", and would add that the only thing they can do for you in an emergency is call the police. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing people setups here, I need to update mine (functionally just deadbolts).
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