SimpliSafe DIY Security System

By Robert Robillard on Tool News

SimpliSafe DIY Security SystemSummer Homes: Protect Your Investment

As we near the end of summer, lots of people are saying “see ya later” to their vacation homes. Yes, it’s sad but true – some of us have to go back to the real world. I have a few friends who are always asking for tips when it comes to locking up their vacation home; the best ways to prep it both for the winter and to take the best safety precautions when they’re not around.

One thing I see all too often are home owners not taking the right precautions and for many, it’s a budget issue. Protecting a second home can be costly with timers, motion sensors, etc., but in my mind, why wouldn’t you want to protect your investment? This is the place you look forward to at the beginning of the summer vs. a series of headaches you have to endure (for several reasons) once you open the front door next season.


Last week, I came across a local company called SimpliSafe. Based out of Boston, they offer a DIY security system that provides 24/7 professional alarm monitoring under $15 a month. I think this is a great option for folks who don’t want to spend a lot but want peace of mind. I checked out the website and also thought this would be great for job sites and even better – my tool shed. I mean, let’s be honest, besides my clients, my tools are the second most important thing for my job, and I want to keep them safe. I spend more about $15 at Dunkins. Just saying…

After a little research, I learned the sensors arrive pre-programmed, batteries installed and adhesive strips ready-mounted—so you can get your home set up in a few minutes. I think the great part is the system is wireless and also works along with a smartphone app, so you can track your vacation home wherever you are. In any case, whatever you’re looking at, a second home or your tools, why not consider spending a little to save a lot in the long run?

I might check this system out down the road and keep you guys posted if I decide to take the leap, and test it out.






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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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