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“As much as we have seen of the SimpliSafe TV commercials, that reach is nothing compared to Amazon,” he said. “We need to figure out what our competitive advantage is, because the sky might actually be falling this time. ”As a company that covers much of the lower 48 U. S. states—with the exception of parts of the Dakotas—Defenders is likely to run up against Amazon sooner or later. Chris Ward, publisher for SDM, a trade publication that covers the electronic security industry, said it “has changed drastically in the last five years. ”“New competitors are coming out of the woodwork,” he said. That, along with the do it yourself movement, he added, has in some cases “been detrimental to the traditional security dealer. ”He called Defenders’ revenue growth in the face of that increased competition “very aggressive and ahead of the curve. ”One element that has helped home security companies continue to thrive in the face of the DIY movement, Ward said, is monthly monitoring charges. “Recurring monthly revenue is where a good number of security companies get the majority of their revenue,” he said.

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Don’t assume that she’ll know all the tricks and protocol you do. Here are instructions to give your house sitter so she can keep your home safe. Mention finicky locks Are there any finicky locks in your home?Maybe the deadbolt on the back door only shuts if you pull the door tight and flush with the frame. Maybe a simple knob lock can unlock if not turned entirely vertically. These finicky locks can leave your home vulnerable if your house sitter doesn’t know how to manipulate them. Mention windows/doors that don’t close entirely You may have some windows… Read moreDogs are a man’s best friend, but they can also be a man’s security guard.

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You also don’t have someone to help you get it hooked up, and if you have to work with customer service over the phone, it can become stressful. Still, there’s something that feels quite nice about being able to install the system yourself and to get it working right. Some security systems require incorporating your new system with your existing wiring which means you will need to have the right tools for the job. Anytime you’re dealing with wiring and electricity, you really need to know exactly what you’re doing and have the tools to do it properly. Otherwise, you could end up damaging your new equipment, your existing wiring, or creating a fire hazard if it is not installed properly. So unless you truly know what you’re doing, you should probably opt for professional installation, especially if your new security system will need to be hardwired. If you choose a DIY wireless security system, most on the market today are fairly intuitive and easy to install. And, many of them don’t require any special tools or knowledge to get the job done. Professional installation was practically the only way to put in a home security system 15 years ago. Technology has come such a long way that DIY systems can offer the same level of security and often more with a self installed system. Further, there can be additional benefits to a DIY system because they’re typically much easier to transfer to another home if you move.

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