Most Security Systems Self-Installed, Says Research

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Market research firm Parks Associates announced that 60% of security systems are self-installed. Over six years ago, this number was only 7%, but the industry has seen a rise of companies that offer DIY installation like SimpliSafe and Nest Secure. Dina Abdelrazik, a Senior Analyst as Parks Associates, said in a press release,

“This demand for an easy-to-install, integrated solution is becoming more prevalent in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, with more DIY security systems and camera-related devices releasing product lines compatible with this ecosystem.”

Connecting the SimpliSafe Base Station to Power
Connecting the SimpliSafe Base Station to Power

Parks Associates also looked at the age of self-installed security systems, finding that 63% were only one to two years old, while about a fourth of systems were purchased three to four years ago. Abdelrazik also pointed out the growing popular of Internet of Things devices that integrate with their systems. Overall, 33% of all broadband households in the United States own security systems, up from 28% in 2018.

Most Worthwhile Security Systems

A survey from Porch, a home services website, questioned users on the most valuable security systems. The top five companies included Brinks, Ring, Arlo, Vivint and SimpliSafe. The survey also found that:

  • The survey’s respondents paid an average of $276 for their security camera(s)
  • They paid an average of $390 for their security systems
  • 44% only had a security camera with no system
  • 26% of respondents had both a system and a camera(s)
  • 62% said that they check their security cameras daily from their mobile applications
  • 23.4% checked their security mobile application on a weekly basis.
  • The three most common suspicious activities captured by their security cameras were package theft, vandalism/ property defacement and a home services worker going through their things.
  • 36% said that they would recordings of suspicious activity on social media platforms to help identify the perpetrator.

All of the most valuable systems, according to the survey, have DIY installation except Vivint, which has free, professional installation. SimpliSafe has a professional installation option available for $79, along with a DIY installation option. However, Arlo, Ring and Brinks systems and cameras only offer DIY installation, an increasingly popular method for home security.


Can I install a home security system myself?

Yes, it’s possible to install a home security system yourself. Most security systems are made with DIY installation in mind, actually.

What is the easiest home security system to install?

The easiest home security system to install is Kangaroo, which can be as minimal as just a motion and entry sensor, both wireless.

How much does it cost to install a security system in a house?

Most security systems can be installed for free if the user does it themselves. However, professional installation can range from $79 to $129.

Are home security systems worth it?

Home security systems are worth it. They decrease crime and even make surrounding areas safer, according to research from Rutgers University and the University of Texas. “In short, a burglar alarm as a target-hardening measure of situational crime prevention, not only protects the home without displacing burglary to nearby houses, but, in fact, also provides these other houses with protection from burglars,” said Dr. Seungmug Lee, an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington.

What is the best and most affordable home security system?

The best and most affordable home security system is Minut. Consisting of only one component costing $149, Minut combines motion, temperature, humidity, mold, noise, and glass break sensing in one device. While there’s no camera, users will be notified if any alarms go off through the Minut app.

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, 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.