Survey Reveals Most Worthwhile Security Systems

A home security survey from the home services website Porch revealed the security systems that people thought were most valuable. The top five most worthwhile security companies included:

  1. Brinks
  2. Ring
  3. Arlo
  4. Vivint
  5. SimpliSafe.

On average, people paid a minimum of $276 for their security camera or cameras and $390 for their security systems, the survey found. Only 26% of the survey’s respondents had both a security system and at least one security cameras, while about 44% only had a security camera. However, 62% of the respondents reported to check their security cameras from their phones daily, while 23.4% checked on a weekly basis.

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Aside from the costs and frequency of usage of security cameras and systems, the survey also touched on the activities caught on the cameras themselves. The top three most suspicious activities caught on the respondents’ security cameras were:

  • Theft of packages: The most common reactions to having packages stolen were contacting the police, warning neighbors, confronting the person, getting packages delivered at a different location and posting the video on social media. Although crime has declined overall, stolen packages have become more common due to the prevalence of e-commerce.
  • Vandalism/ defacement of property
  • A home services worker going through the customer’s things: 88.8% of respondents said that they don’t tell their handymen and repairmen about their security cameras.

Posting Security Videos On Social Media

36% of people believed that they should post video recordings of suspicious activity on social media to help identify the perpetrator. This is especially relevant for Ring cameras, which integrate with the Neighbors app to easily share footage. Ring even uses sponsored ads on Facebook to help identify suspects, according to Porch. However, many people are opposed to Ring’s video-sharing practices, especially as the company and its owner Amazon have had recent security breaches.

FAQs

What is the best home security?

The best home security system overall is from Frontpoint.

Frontpoint is only a decade-old company, but from the start, they’ve been an industry leader. Their main strength? Customer support. Frontpoint has a 4.5 rating on Google, with people literally ranting about their experiences. Aside from that, Frontpoint requires that you do professional monitoring, paid on a monthly contract. Fortunately for you, the Frontpoint app is highly-rated, with a 4.1 from the Google Play store and a 4.5 from the Apple store. All around, Frontpoint truly cares about its customers and it shows.

How much does ADT cost a month?

With ADT, traditional professional monitoring starts at $28.99 a month. For life safety monitoring, which includes two door/window sensors, two smoke detectors, and one carbon sensor, the cost rises to $35.99 a month. If you want to add one indoor camera and one outdoor camera, the cost is $57.99 a month.

How much does home security cost?

Home security systems vary in cost. As far as equipment goes, it can range from $30 for simple sensors to thousands with a larger system. Professional monitoring can cost anywhere from just under nine dollars a month all the way up to $40 a month, but sometimes you can self-monitor for free. Installation is also typically free DIY.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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