Best Self-Monitored Home Security Systems With No Monthly Fees
They're from Abode, Kangaroo, Ring, and SimpliSafe
Home security systems have long been associated with costly monthly fees. They’re required for professional monitoring, where trained dispatchers keep an eye on your system and send in the authorities in the event of a break-in.
But there are now a variety of DIY home security systems that allow you to monitor them yourself from your smartphone—and avoid the extra fees altogether.
Consumer Reports has put a number of these systems through our home security system tests, which assess things like how well the sensors work, how quickly alerts are sent, and how easy it is to install each system. We’ve found that the very best self-monitored systems come from Abode, Kangaroo, Ring, and SimpliSafe. Below, CR members with digital access can see ratings and reviews of these five security systems.
5 Best Self-Monitored Home Security Systems
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