Best DIY Home Security Systems With Cameras
Not every system comes with a camera. These are the best that do.
A home security system sounds an alarm when someone is trying to enter your home. But is it a burglar or your kids forgetting to disarm the alarm—again? Security cameras help you tell the difference.
“Security cameras that are part of a complete home security system provide the consumer with a comprehensive picture, so to speak, of what is happening at the home,” says Kirk MacDowell, president of the home security consulting firm MacGuard Security Advisors in Lake Oswego, Ore. “Camera adoption by consumers in the residential space is one of the fastest-growing segments of the market.”
These cameras allow you to view live video feeds, talk to visitors or family members from afar, and receive alerts when the camera detects motion. Not every DIY home security system works with cameras, though, and for those that do, the cameras are usually sold separately from the system’s starter kit.
5 Best Security Systems With Cameras
You can install any of these security systems yourself, but some require that you pay a monthly fee for professional monitoring.
With professional monitoring, dispatchers at centers immediately notify you and the police when your alarm goes off. Self-monitored systems send an alert to your smartphone, but it’s up to you to contact the police.
We note each system’s monitoring costs as well as the security components included in each starter kit.