Affordable Security Monitoring for Home

We’re happy customers of SimpliSafe – an affordable, no-contract, clean-design, simple home security system and monitoring company. However, knowing that we can always save another dime or two, we’re contemplating switching the monitoring part of our security system to AlarmRelay.

Have you used their service?

According to the AlarmRelay website,

[quote]Alarm Relay provides customers with fast, accurate and responsive monitoring service every hour of every day. Successful monitoring isn’t just about advanced technology – it’s about dedicated and talented people.  No other monitoring company offers the same level of service and top quality personal assistance when you need it.  We don’t just communicate with you – we communicate with each other to ensure you, your family and your belongings are protected now and always. For the past 10 years, Alarm Relay has been a UL Listed Central Station. In addition, we are a Better Business Bureau accredited organization with an “A” rating.  Our alarm technicians are the best in the industry and provide critical support to our dispatchers meeting all of your needs and eliminating worry – a promise we’ve been living up to since 1972.[/quote]

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How to Setup a Home Security System

I’m not going to lie to you. There are a myriad ways to set up a home security system. This post is merely an attempt to save you the time and pick a system that has worked for us – SimpliSafe. Clearly, if you live in the United States and are fairly close to an urban area you’ve been inundated with offers for free home security systems. In our case, every time we received an offer we soon started wondering “Are we safe?”.

If anything, these “Free Home Security System” offers forced us to do our homework. We did our research only to find out that these so-called free offers were essentially three-year contracts with hefty fees for breaking out of the contract and with very limited capabilities for expanding or enhancing the security system without a contractor. Yet, we also found out that there was a benefit with using a security system – lower home or rental insurance and perhaps most important of all – piece of mind from the sense of safety.

After months of reading home security system reviews from various consumer magazines and lurking on home security system forums we decided to take the plunge and invest in the SimpliSafe home security system.

I’ll cover the steps for guiding you through the process of buying the system, not that you need my help, since the SimpliSafe website is intuitive and their customer service even better, but below is the SimpliSafe system we received:

Each piece in the system was customized and pre-programmed by SimpliSafe to our exact wants and with the simple goal of ensuring that you can set up your home security system in under 10 minutes.