A Security System That Moves With YouBy - 07/23/2017
It happens. You have the itch to move, you get a new job, you don’t want to be tied down, your family needs help. There are dozens of reasons why people move, and security system ownership isn’t always conducive to protecting those who prefer a more nomadic lifestyle. The good news is that even if you have a case of wanderlust or just like to move a lot, you can still own a home security system. Your options are to purchase a professionally monitored security system that will move with you, purchase a system without a contract, or a system that puts the responsibility of monitoring back on you.
How to Move with a Professionally Monitored System
Of the three options listed, the most difficult to pull off is finding a professionally monitored system that will allow you to move without charging outrageous fees. However, there are security companies that have made this process easier. Frontpoint Security is a well-respected, nationwide home security company that makes moving a breeze.
Frontpoint provides all of their customers with a free Mover’s Kit upon request. As the system is wireless, it’s easy to move the system from one location to another. The Mover’s Kit comes with everything you need to make that happen.
- Tested and Approved
- A+ BBB Rating
- 100% Wireless and Cellular
- Crash and Smash Protection
- Remote Arm / Disarm and Video via Frontpoint App
- Available Nationwide
- 30-Day Risk-Free Trial
or Call: 855-951-7980
The Mover’s Kit includes a box to keep your system safe, a new set of adhesives to install the system at your new home, a new yard sign, and new window decals. Frontpoint will also provide individual boxes for each of your sensors, which is completely customized to you.
Though Frontpoint requires an initial 3-year or 1-year contract term, you are NOT required to extend your contract if you move. Just another way they make the process easier. By doing this, they can provide professional protection to those who might not otherwise have the ability to access professional monitoring including both homeowners and renters.
PROS & CONS
- 24/7 Protection
- Fire and Burglary Monitoring
- Connected Home Automation
- Must Stay in the U.S. or Canada
- Must Sign an Initial Contract
How to Move with a Contract Free Security System
If you are willing to pay a little more upfront for equipment, a contract free security system might be for you. Options like Scout Alarm, Abode, and SimpliSafe allow you to add service and remove it at will. When it’s time to move, simply give your chosen company a call, pull the adhesive from your wall, pack up the system, and move. Like Frontpoint, these options are wireless and do not require professional installation.
So let’s talk logistics. If you choose a month-to-month contract option, you can move between self-monitoring and professional monitoring. For example, let’s say that you will be in home #1 for the month of May, in a hotel for the month of June, and in home #2 during July. You could pay for monitoring in May, ignore June, and pay again in July. The systems are completely month-to-month. In fact, if the hotel has Wi-Fi, you could potentially monitor your hotel room. Of course, the catch here is that some municipalities require that you register your alarm and sometimes this process includes an alarm registration fee. If this is not done, there is a chance the police will not respond to an alarm so make sure you do a little research before assuming your security system is plug and protect.
PROS & CONS
- 24/7 Protection No Contract
- Month-to-Month Monitoring
- More Expensive Upfront Equipment
- Limited Expandability
How to Move with a Self Monitored System
This is the easiest option to figure out. When you choose a self-monitored system, you are in complete control. These systems do not offer professional monitoring (for the most part) but do provide the ability to access free mobile apps where you can set up alerts.
Alerts will be sent based on different events like if motion is detected or if your front door opens. Of course, the catch here is that this process puts you in control and you have to decide how to respond or not respond. Systems like Canary make the decision process easier by incorporating video surveillance as a primary feature. If you receive an alert, just use your app to take a look. From there, you can choose to sound the siren, call the police, or ignore the alert. Next steps are up to you. For the person on the go, lack of professional monitoring may not be the most secure option, but there is an associated cost savings as you are eliminating monthly monitoring fees.
PROS & CONS
- No Professional Monitoring
- No Monitoring Fees
- Easiest to Pack up and Go
- May Work Internationally
If you prefer to stay on the go in your RV, check out this article on RV security.