"What complaints there are tend to focus on bulky/overly large sensors…” I moved from an ADT system to SimpliSafe. The entry sensors are larger than ADT's but not by much. The motion detectors are smaller than ADT's were. Everything else is comparable.
“…frequent false alarms…” Chalk that up to inexperience. Every security system generates false alarms, some more than SimpliSafe’s. It’s an aggravation you have to put up with if you want security.
“…faulty equipment…” In my experience, SimpliSafe’s equipment is actually more reliable than most.
“…and poor customer support.” “Overwhelmingly positive customer sentiment”—your words—would seem to belie this. A look at the readily available public blogs would provide some actual data. Can that be said about any of SimpliSafe’s competitors? You have to wonder why not.
“SimpliSafe claims their security systems use wireless technology…” Instead of stating this as a “claim,” as if there’s some reason to doubt it, why not do due diligence and check it out? I own a SimpliSafe system. It’s wireless, as has been the case for several years. SimpliSafe is a pioneer in the area of wirelessly-connected systems.
“It’s important to note here that emergency dispatch, ‘professional’ monitoring, and tech features such as phone alerts come at an additional cost.” As is the case with every single security system provider. What isn’t noted is the important fact that SimpliSafe provides these at the lowest cost among all providers. Why gloss over this fact? And why put “professional” in quotes, again implying that you doubt it?
“In fact, in order to receive full smartphone capabilities, you must subscribe to the most expensive monitoring package.” As is the case with every other security system provider.
“However, all SimpliSafe monitoring comes without the requirement of signing a contract, and can be cancelled at any time without incurring additional fees.” As is definitely NOT the case with all other security system providers. In fact, some make their customers sign 3- and 5-year contracts, with fees ranging up to $199 per month. That’s nearly $12000 over the life of the contract!
- Do research before writing. Merely quoting hearsay doesn’t do anyone much service.
- When you emphasize that the company “claims” things, put product features and benefits in quotation marks, and omit very pertinent facts, it appears that you have a bias against the company and/or its product.
- Upshot: just stick with the facts.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
What is missing from this system is the camera to record the neighbor who has been stalking my wife, and vandalizing our cars. Yes, open door sensors and all that obsolete stuff from the 20th century can help if there is a break in. The police can come after the burglar has taken everything, but there will be no record of who he is. The camera needs to be in HD and operate in low light, with no telltale infrared LED's to alert the bad guy.
Also, what about power for the system? I think something like this has to have a UPS to prevent the burglar from disabling it by shutting down the power at the breaker box.