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Simplisafe home security anyone have it? Does it work?

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  1. JB357MAG

    JB357MAG Member

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    I am a few months away from buying my 1st home and a want a security
    system but cant spend a lot of money.

    On paper the Simplisafe system would be perfect for me, if it works
    as advertised.

    I can even get one soon and set it up in my apt and take it with
    when I move.

    Any reviews??

    Thanks Jimmy
     
  2. drec

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    I looked at it, but didn't jump because of the batteries. I'd like something at was ac powered and maybe a battery backup; which might not be available. Now I have an older ADT system.
     
  3. Chuck R.

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    We have SimpliSafe, and we like it overall.

    Pros:
    Their response times and monitoring are very good
    Easy to set up and customize for your situation/layout
    Majority of sensors have been very reliable
    Relatively inexpensive
    You can build as you go, by adding components
    No ^&&% contracts
    Several monitoring plans to suit your needs
    Cool flexible features like creating internal grids so I have an ide when someone is snooping around my vault...

    Cons:
    The %^^%^$$ smoke detector!! On our second one, and it's having issues also.
    Cell phone service is sometimes spotty where we are. (not really a SimpliSafe issue, but effects the system)
    No integrated cameras, but they say they're working on it........

    Don't sweat the batteries, they last a long, long time and are the same ones I use for my weapon lights.......so I buy them in bulk. The batteries and WiFi save you the hassle of wiring and allow you to take the system with you if you move.

    Chuck
     
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    I've got nothing but good things to say about it.

    Chuck, if you call them up they will switch your receiver to a different cell network. My coverage initially wasn't so great either until they switched us to another network.
     
  5. Chuck R.

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    Sebastian,

    We've tried....it's just one of the drawbacks of living in the sticks. We're constantly "bar challenged" except for AT&T which of course SimpliSafe doesn't use.

    Chuck
     
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    I had Simply Safe at my previous home when I was renting. The home we bought had a hard wired system already installed so we left the security system at the rental. This was 3 years ago, so I'm assuming there have been some changes, but overall, it served its purpose and we were happy with the service.

    Here are my thoughts . . .

    The system I had seemed to be designed for apartments and small to medium sized houses. Our rental was about 1400 sq ft ranch and there were times where it would have trouble keeping the all the parts talking to each other, but problems were minimal.

    The 14.99 monitoring is minimal. There are 2 other tiers, 19.99 and 24.99. You'll need to look at the options and see what works for you.

    The key pad and motion sensor fell off the wall using the stick pads. Make sure you secure them to the wall with a screw. No issues with the window and door sensors.

    Response to alarms was decent and inline with other alarm companies.

    No issues with any of the batteries.

    I really liked the distress code and multiple entry code options. We could set an alarm code for our landlord and also set a code to shut the alarm off, but send a distress code to simply safe for immediate dispatch.

    All the programming for the system was done with the usb remote. It was super easy and a great interface.

    Check with your county or city about registering your alarm to avoid false alarm fees. I've found no company has good info on your area and I know simply safe will not register it for you.

    My feeling is that it is a good option for apartments and smaller homes. Others may disagree, but now that we're in a larger home, I like my wired system.
     
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    Have installed two of them for non-technology understanding parent and father-in-law. System justs works and is easy to upgrade/expand. Monitoring works fine. Only issue was glass breaking sensors need to be rather precisely placed.

    Batteries have not been an issue. Replacing a hardwired ADT type system with this for my home.
     
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    Probably good for a apartment. They look cheap and cheesy and are vulnerable to being hacked.
     
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    My neighbor has a security system, and was robbed. By the time the company called after waiting the appropriate amount of time and then calling,the police the thieves were in and out with the goods. I would take your monthly amou t of money and the initial cost of the system and buy a good quality safe. A cannon, liberty or Fort Knox. Placed properly and secured is about the best protection you can have. Or turn one of your closets into a safe room, not difficult and a good steel door and door jam will provide plenty of security.
     
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    I've had the system for about two years and have no complaints.....just wish they had a camera option
     
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    We've had ours for a number of years and have been happy with it. The installation was as easy as advertised and we've had no issues with it, other than to change the batteries in the keypad from time to time. We've had other alarm systems over the years, and factoring in cost, reliability, responsiveness of their call center and contract terms, this is the best system on the market, IMO. Keep in mind that it's 1 layer of security and we complement it with outdoor lighting, a dog, keeping windows and doors free of bushes, etc.
     
  12. Chuck R.

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    I think this is the best way to look at it.

    A have a safe, and it resides inside a safe room, with a vault door. The alarm system is just one more layer to prevent the thieves from having the time to get through the other layers.

    As for size or suitability for large house, I'm in 4200 square feet (including the concrete safe room, regular living space is 3600) and I don't have any issues with range. I do have to be careful about placement of the base station due to my ICF construction (8" concrete, 3" insulating foam) because it deadens singles somewhat.

    Chuck
     
  13. Jeff White

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    Predator55,
    If you expect any alarm system to notify the police and for the police to arrive fast enough to catch the burglars in the act, your expectations are way too high.

    An alarm system is good for scaring the burglars off and as a deterrent. But that's all it's good for. Responding to a burglar alarm is not a high priority call for any police department I am aware of.

    My very first night on patrol the sergeant told me; "we don't run 10-33 (lights and siren) to burglar alarms, 99.9% of them are false alarms and it's not worth the danger to yourself and the public to make an emergency run for one."

    You can count on a home security system to:

    Alert you of an intruder while you are at home.

    Scare the burglars off with an audible alarm.

    Deter a burglar from trying with a yard sign or sticker or visible sign of the existence of an alarm.

    Helping to catch a burglar in the act is not what they are for.

    If you depend on it when you are at home, get a system with a panic alarm because the police will come running to those calls.


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    Along with Jeff, roughly 98% of alarms responded to are false alarms per FBI statistics. Alarms WILL NOT stop anyone from breaking in and stealing stuff. But it may make it a smash and grab and not allow them to camp out for awhile.
     
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    All wireless systems have a glaring flaw. Smash the control panel and it will not communicate with the monitoring company.
     
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    Simplisafe splits it up. The keypad is just a key pad, the base station is elsewhere. You would need to smash the hidden base station. Not impossible, but harder than finding a key pad by the door.
     
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    Seems to be two priorities here. For me, an alarm is simply to warn me of danger to me and family. As for the guns, another issue altogether. Yes a good safe will help there.

    Simplisafe or any other alarm system is not meant to protect your guns. It's to protect your household from harm while you're there, and to scare off punks. Pros will get what they want, and in my opinion, that's why I have insurance.

    I have a well lit house, 2 100+ lb dogs, and a system that will give me a few more seconds to react. If that fails, then God wants me sooner than I thought.
     
  18. Chuck R.

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    Also depending on your monitoring plan, you'll get an email, text or both that something's amiss. I get them when we have power failures before my 20KW standby kicks it, then I'll get another one when it turns back on. You'll also get messages when a sensor has an issue.

    Chuck
     
  19. fallout mike

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    Yes, but you'll get no message that it's not communicating a signal.
     
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