We’ll be the first ones to recommend a monitored home security system. Why? Peace of mind — you don’t need to be actively monitoring your own system while you’re asleep or away from home. That being said, we know there are those of you out there who would prefer to take matters into your own hands, and use the extra $30–60 a month and up that would have gone towards monitoring costs and invest it into something else. So with that in mind, here are our picks for top non-monitored home security systems.
What is a Non-monitored Security System Exactly?
A non-monitored security system is one that does not have a monthly fee because there isn’t a central monitoring station monitoring your home for you. Instead, you are self-monitoring your security system. This usually means that your smartphone is connected to your security system so you get notifications when a motion detector is triggered or a door is opened. Then, you decide whether it’s a burglar breaking into your home or your cat knocking over your plant. You are in charge of calling authorities in an emergency.
We have reviewed some of the leading non-monitored home security systems and listed some of the key features along with pros and cons to help you decide. We need to reiterate, however, that we strongly recommend going with a monitored system unless you really know what you’re doing. Read our Home Security Systems Reviews for our top picks for monitored home alarm systems.
Easy To Relocate
Since these systems are self monitored, they are generally easy to relocate. All you do is pack up your system and take it with you, then install it how you like in your new home.
Systems Do Not Work During Power Outages
Most non-monitored systems need Wi-Fi or power to work. So if the electricity goes out, so does your security.
What if You’re Busy
If you’re busy and unable to look at your phone (e.g., on a plane, in a movie, etc.), you won’t receive notifications. And since you are in charge of contacting the authorities, this could determine how much a thief gets away with.
How We Chose Our Top Picks
Factors we took into consideration for rankings were whether it was a complete security system or just a lone device, the app’s performance, equipment’s performance, and other various factors.