The newly released iSmart Alarm is a smart phone friendly DIY home security system that was launched via crowd-funding on Indiegogo. It is self-monitored and self-installed. While this is a way for you to monitor your home independently, there are some safety concerns that need to be addressed.

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Unmonitored Systems

If you are considering purchasing iSmart Alarm as your only form of home protection not in addition to an existing system, you will be personally responsible for calling the police if the alarm triggers. Basically, what happens with iSmart is an alarm trigger will send an alert to your smart phone via text or call from iSmart. This is both good and bad. It is good because it gives you a chance to verify the alert. It is bad because if an alarm triggers while you are busy or asleep, no one else would call the police for you in the event of a burglary. This puts you in a dangerous position. 63% of burglaries happen during the day between 10-11 am and 1-3pm when homes are most likely unoccupied. Because of this, it is important for you to protect your home at all times. Professional monitoring can help you have the peace of mind you deserve.

Alternatives

Consider using a professionally monitored security system to safeguard your home and family, such as Protect America. With professionally monitored home security systems, you’re providing yourself with a higher level of security. While iSmart Alarm offers motion detection, it will not stop a burglar from entering your home. iSmart Alarm will notify you when there is a burglar rifling through your belongings or walking through your living room. By the time you receive the notification and act on it, your belongings have already been stolen. Professionally monitored systems will send the police, fire department, or paramedics directly to your home after evaluating the existing condition.

What Does it Have?

For about $200 you can get a base package that includes sensors and a hub, but no video camera. For the $350 Premium Package, you will get a central hub, a camera, 2 door/window sensors, 1 motion sensor, two key fobs, and a yard sign. Additional sensors can be purchased for around $30 each. The central hub, or the brain of the system is called CubeOne. CubeOne must remain connected to your router. There have been a few complaints about the reliability of this system because if your router goes out, your security system does too. Consider a home security company that gives you the most for your money. There are a few different ways to professionally monitor your home. Protect America offers three types of professional monitoring starting at $19.99 a month. Protect America also waives all equipment and installation fees.

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Smash and Grab

There is a very literal technique that burglars use when encountering an alarm system called “smash and grab.” This is when the intruder locates the panel or central hub and smashes it before it is able to transmit a notification of intrusion. While iSmart Alarm will notify you that the system is offline, you’re completely out of luck if you didn’t purchase the Premium Package with a video camera. Even if you purchased the Premium package, you better hope that the video is saved with the burglar’s face in view if this happens to you.

Warranty Information

iSmart Alarm does not allow for any returns if the product has been used. They also only cover one year of warranty. The company is so new that there aren’t very many long-term reviews on the Internet. Hopefully their equipment is built to last beyond a year. But why risk it? Consider choosing a home security company that’s invested in your long-term safety. At Protect America, you are provided with free equipment and a lifetime warranty. Protect America delivers the reliability of a professional monitoring while still maintaining the simplicity and affordability of a DIY security system.