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2018 has been bring great for quite a number of things. Like the years to come after it, it has opened the door to creativity in the tech world. Home security systems fall under this category too. Not everyone is okay with signing a contract. Home security systems without contracts are option available. Some people enjoy the DIY that comes with it. But there are so many systems to choose from. As suggests,

DIY home security lets you take peace of mind into your own hands — but the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Before we dig into the best DIY security system, let’s look at some of the drawbacks.

Cons of No Contract Security

First and foremost is having to pay for the equipment up front. You might think just having a few door sensors and a panel is going to be all the security you will ever need, but studies show that having an alarm go off only deters some burglars. Most of the time they think they can get in and out before help arrives. That’s if your alarm goes off in the first place. Consider this, 95% of all break-ins require some sort of forced entry. So if you have window sensors that warn if someone opens the window, but they break the glass instead, how will your alarm system know anyone broke in?

That’s why it’s recommended to get a complete security system that includes sensors for every entry way and glass break sensors, video monitoring, and any other security components you might need. Even if you do decide to get security with no contract, you will have to pay monthly for professional monitoring anyway. You can get your entire house protect without having to pay aany installation costs and professional monitoring for as low as $30 a month with Protect America. Get a free quote on our website and chat with a security expert today!

Protect America looks at the top five options for security systems that are contract-free. From feedback from and Here are the one that Protect America selected:

  • Scout Alarm
  • SimpliSafe
  • Piper
  • Canary
  • iSmart Alarm

Scout Alarm

Scout first formed in 2013 and is fairly. Their alarm on display is Scout Alarm. Professional monitoring is available for this system. Camera and home automation does not come with it, but it can be integrated with other products. The system is compatible with Nest, Amazon Echo, IFTTT, Philips Hue, LIFX, Cellular and battery back-ups are available. There is a monthly fee of $9.99 required and the starting cost is around $227.00. It should be noted that Scout does not price according to packages; all systems are built à la carte. This starting price estimate is based on the cost of the hub as $129, one door panel at $69, and one access sensor at $29. The pros are professional monitoring available, customizable equipment purchase, broad compatibility with Nest, Amazon Echo, IFTTT, Phillips Hue, and LIFX, and 4G LTE cellular and battery backup. The cons are requires a monthly monitoring plan to operate and no native camera, but compatible with Nest Cam.


SimpliSafe first formed in 2006 and is a popular DIY security system. Their alarm on display is the SimpliSafe system. Professional monitoring is available for this system. The home automation is not included, but the camera is. The starting cost is $229.96 and there is not monthly fees required. Cellular and battery back-ups are available. The pros are professional monitoring available, cellular backup available, and security camera recently released in beta. The cons are no home automation and monitoring plan required for mobile app control.


Piper first formed in 2012, just a year before Scout. Their alarm on display is the Piper system. It comes with both the camera and home automation. It is compatible with Life360. The Piper system comes with battery backup. The starting cost is $279.99 and there is not monthly fees required. The newer system, Piper nv comes with 3.4 megapixel camera, night vision, two-way microphone/speaker, motion sensor, light sensor, sound sensor, humidity sensor, thermometer, 105dB siren, and series 500 Z-Wave controller. The pros are no monthly fees, remote pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities via app, built-in two-way microphone, smart Arming with Life360, and battery backup. The cons are no professional monitoring option, limited home automation, and no cellular backup.


Canary first formed in 2014 and the newest company on this list. Within two they have been making a name for themselves, but they still have a long ways to go. Their alarm on display is called Canary.  It only comes with the camera. No other features are included. The starting cost is $199.00 and there is not monthly fees required. The pros are good for an office or small apartment and no installation whatsoever. The cons are no professional monitoring option, no cellular or battery backup, and no third-party device or service integration.


iSmart Alarm

iSmart Alarm is another product from the giant known as Apple. The tech giant has expanded out to home security. It comes with both camera and home automation. Their alarm is compatible with Amazon Echo and IFTTT. The starting cost is $149.99 and there is not monthly fees required. The pros are no monthly fees, IFTTT channel for home automation, compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa, and sound recognition. The cons are no professional monitoring and no cellular or battery backup

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