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Do-it-yourself (DIY) home security companies don’t hold you to multi-year contracts that ask for a broad coverage-based subscription fee. DIY home security systems offer you flexibility in how you monitor your home—signing up for professional monitoring is optional, and you can cancel it at any time. Here are some of our top picks for the best DIY home security systems:

Ring Alarm Security Kit (2020)

The second-gen Ring Alarm Security Kit is excellent, especially considering its price. Version 2.0 was launched in 2020 and is similar to the original. The eight-piece kit, which costs $200, contains a base station, a range extender, a keypad, a motion detector, and four-door/window sensors. The security kit has a simple app, is easy to install, and works well.

You can enhance its functionality using additional Ring devices, including a Ring security (outdoor) camera and doorbell, a third-party smart lock, and the like. You can even arm or disarm the system with voice commands as the kit is compatible with Alexa.

SimpliSafe Home Security

One of the first DIY home security systems to hit the stores, SimpliSafe is a good alternative to ADT and other similar firms. SimpliSafe offers a wide range of accessories. Its starter kit is priced at $259 and recently underwent a hardware update that looks better than earlier.

Although SimpliSafe requires you to pay a monthly fee of $15 to access remote security features, its variety of accessories and brilliant performance make it a worthy investment.


Abode has all the standard sensors—entry sensor, motion sensor, window sensor, door sensor, and the like, and devices that make it an easy-to-use entry-level security system. It also allows voice-enabled arming and disarming by integrating with IFTTT and Amazon Alexa, and the system has other advanced automation settings.

You can add accessories to the system separately. Abode also supports Z-Wave and Zigbee, so you can connect the system to a wide range of third-party devices to control everything using the Abode app.

Don’t forget to consider these options to beef up your home’s security.

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