Unmonitored security systems
Most people who choose an unmonitored system do so to save money. With no monitoring fee, a self-monitored system can cost much less than a system with pro monitoring. You’ll still have to pay for the equipment, but you can avoid monthly fees or lengthy contracts.
Plus, you might like the flexibility of a self-monitored system. Several security companies offer equipment for unmonitored systems, and you may be able to mix and match components to create the system you want.
Some unmonitored security systems—but not all—link to your smartphone to send security alerts. If you get one of these alerts, or if your alarm goes off while you’re at home, you’ll choose how to react and who to call.
However, you should carefully consider the downsides of an unmonitored system before you get one. Without a central station monitoring your system, an unmonitored alarm leaves the work to you. When an alarm goes off, you need to both be aware of the incident and decide how to respond to it.
That means that your home could be vulnerable if you, say, don’t have your phone on you or don’t have service. You could miss vital alerts. Likewise, you’ll have to deal with the stress of responding appropriately. Unmonitored systems put the burden of security on you.
While we strongly recommend professional monitoring, we understand the economical nature of DIY home security may appeal to people who want to save money and not be locked in a contract. A self-monitored system is better than no system—just be aware of the potential drawbacks.