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The Top 3 Best Home Security Systems of September, 2018 – Let the Reviews Commence!

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Don’t become a crime statistic! We test the best-selling home security systems of September, 2018.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), every 13 seconds a home somewhere in the US is broken into! To avoid being part of those worrying statistics, read on….

Home security systems, in general, are recommended by law-enforcement officials, and there is a vast amount of evidence backing up their effectiveness at both preventing break ins and allowing the perpetrator to be identified.

An improvement on the outdated burglar alarm, an effective security system is so much more, and usually includes:

  • A control panel, which is the primary controller of a home’s security system
  • Door and window sensors
  • Motion sensors, both interior and exterior
  • Wired or wireless security cameras
  • A high-decibel siren or alarm

A home security system can also warn you about environmental dangers, such as fire, carbon monoxide and even flooding, and most models will continue to operate throughout a power outage.

Systems come in a large range of sizes for different sized homes, and to suit different pockets. If your budget allows, you can opt for a system that is larger, more advanced and has extra features, including access to emergency personnel. A more advanced system can also offer specific asset protection devices.

When searching for the right system for you and your home, keep in mind that many of the more budget kits do not contain complete systems – they won’t have cameras, or will only contain window and door locks. So, do read the small print and know what you’re getting, and what you’ll have to purchase separately!

1) Arlo Pro 2 Home Security Camera System


This system is available in a variety of options, the largest having 6 cameras; however, we chose the mid range 3 camera system to try out.

Everything appeared to be present, correct and very well made on unpacking. A quick glance through the instruction book and it seemed to make sense, but that would need closer inspection as we set up the system.

What We Like

The instructions really are as simple as they look, and it doesn’t take long to get the entire system up and running; the cameras have both magnetic fittings and screws, so are easily fixed to most surfaces, and our coffee was still warm by the time we’d finished!

The batteries last for ages, with an email being sent when they are running low and need charging – a brilliant idea. Connection for the Arlo has remained constant, and strong, and the whole thing seems to be very reliable.

What Needs Improving

With the Arlo’s wide viewing angle, it can make details hard to see, so it may be worth going for more cameras and overlapping some views in order to catch license plates, faces etc.

The siren is fairly useless, unfortunately. By producing an alarm from the main unit, instead of from the camera, the sound essentially is in the locked house and doesn’t alert anyone except the local cats.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Being so easy to install and get running is a major selling point for the Arlo, and because it does exactly what it says on the box, and does it well, we are happy to give this a big thumbs up.

Arlo Pro 2 Home Security Camera System (3 Pack) with Siren, Wireless, Rechargeable, 1080p HD, Audio, Indoor or Outdoor, Night...

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:07 pm
$579.99 $679.99


2) SimpliSafe Home Security System


We were impressed by how neat and well designed this system looked from a hardware point of view – hopefully that impressiveness will carry on when we actually install it.

What We Like

The soothing and reassuring voice that greets you and talks you through the installation process is very nice, and we felt supported and validated – not sure if that says more about us though!

This system is so easy to use, with a clear, user friendly interface, and while the default settings are fine, there are so many customizations available, you can tailor the SimpliSafe to meet your exact needs. Also, you can easily expand your set-up by adding extra cameras, carbon monoxide sensors and so on.

What Needs Improving

The SimpliSafe comes with a lot of components, so it takes some getting used to. It’s important to read the instructions as otherwise you may be pressing the wrong buttons!

8.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

SimpliSafe have designed a good security system that not only looks good, but works well, is easy to install, and can be altered to suit your exact requirements. A slightly gimmicky design, but once you master it, it will work well for you.

SimpliSafe 12-Piece Home Security System with HD Camera & Smoke Detector

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$509.95 $569.99


3) Fortress Security System


The Fortress security system is the least expensive of the three we’ve tried, and we feel that the design lacks the sleekness of the SimpliSafe and the solidness of the Arlo security systems. However, a lack of looks are no indication of how well it works (if they were, we’d all be in trouble!)

What We Like

The installation is so easy and quick, with each sensor only taking about 60 seconds to fit. If you wish to expand the system with more sensors, or cameras, Fortress sell them separately and they are simple to add on.

The auto dialler function works very well, and it will call up to six pre-programmed numbers, including the police.

What Needs Improving

Depending on the design of your windows and doors, you could find the sensors a little bulky.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

The Fortress is a great budget security system – not the most high tech, but easy to install, and for the price, you can’t go too far wrong.

Fortress Security Store (TM) S03-A Wireless Home and Business Security Alarm System DIY Kit with Auto Dial, Motion Detectors, Panic...

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:09 pm
$119.99 $149.99


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