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Home security systems don't need to break the bank
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Getting a home security system is rarely a bad idea, but paying for monitoring month after month can get old.
Many home security systems come with long-term contracts and high monthly fees.
To catch burglars, many homeowners are going high tech by installing outrageously good security systems.
Homeowner Bernice Fischer really went for it spending $3,500 to put in a first class video surveillance system.
"They ran the conduits, they got the cameras adjusted. To me it's well worth it," she said.
There are plenty of home security companies, but most want monthly fees and yearly contracts. SimpliSafe is building its reputation by being inexpensive and easy to use.
For Jerome Fohet, his SimpliSafe system has thwarted two burglaries so far. He says it can be set up in a matter of minutes. Simply, peel and stick the monitors to walls, windows and doors. Then, plug a unit into a Wi-Fi unit. From there, a computer program takes over and makes all the connections.
People pay $15 a month for the SimpliSafe service. The system is monitored and homeowners get a call from SimpliSafe security personnel if the alarm is triggered. If nobody answers the call, a security officer is sent to the home. Depending on where people live, police officers could be sent.
There are no long-term contracts so users can cancel any time. People pay for the level of service they want.
The systems, themselves, start at $230 and go up from there, depending on how many monitors are needed.
SimpliSafe also allows users to monitor fire, carbon monoxide, freeze and flooding. Right now, there are no cameras, but SimpliSafe plans to release some later this year.
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