March 11, 2013

SimpliSafe Home Security Review

If you are in the market for a home security system, you want to read this.

As you know, we've just moved to a new house, and while I've always thought that security is an essential part of home ownership, at first, I wasn't sure which company to go with. It is my nature to research everything until there is nothing left to research anymore, and so after hours and hours of reading, I decided to give SimpliSafe Home Security a try.

The main reason I got interested in SimpliSafe was because they made the installation look as easy as pie.

As opposed to the "old school" systems, which are wired and require someone to install the security system for you (and which supposedly is easier to disarm by simply cutting the wires from the outside), what I immediately liked about SimpliSafe was the fact that it was wireless and something that I could install myself.

I got in contact with a rep for SimpliSafe, and he helped me determine what I needed in order to protect my house. A few days after placing my order, this is what I received:

In the picture you can see the keyboard that goes by the front door, to arm and disarm the system as you come and go from the house. There is a key chain to take with you to arm and disarm the system remotely. Those seven little gadgets on the right are entry sensors that you put on your doors and windows, then there is a motion sensor and a panic button to press in case of emergency. All these little sensors come with double sided sticky tape in the back, and all you need to do is expose the tape and tape them to doors and windows as needed. So easy.

The big tower on the right is the central intelligence of the system, and wirelessly controls all the sensors and sets the alarm off, if necessary.

And finally, I received a big sign to display on my yard or window, to discourage anybody thinking about breaking in my house.

Simpler still, the key chain has a USB hook-up for the computer with a software to guide you through the installation process, step by step:

The guide shows you where it is best to position certain sensors (they also have smoke and carbon monoxide sensors), and it helps you name each sensor so that you know exactly which sensor is triggered in the event of an alarm (i.e. kitchen's left window).

I followed the instructions, and in less than 30 minutes I was all done! All the doors and windows had a sensor installed, I picked a strategic place to position the panic button, I placed the keyboard by the entry door and the motion sensor by the stairs. I turned the system on and immediately felt more secure.

SimpliSafe offers you the option of having this system with or without remote monitoring, which means you can have the sensors alarm just you in case of an entry (an alarm will sound in the house), or with a monthly monitoring fee, in the even of a trigger, the police will be dispatched.

So far, I've had SimpliSafe installed for about a month, and while I hope I will never have to press the panic button, nor fully use the system capabilities, I feel like I never want to be without a security system again. Peace of mind is a great state to be in.

If you want to find out more, chech out SimpliSafe Burglar Alarm.

Disclosure: I've received a Starter (Plus) Kit for review. NY Spender is not being compensated monetarily for this review. Opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by compensation, monetary or otherwise.

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