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Read our full Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review. 98 View at AmazonIt wasn't all that long ago that having a home security system meant signing up with a company that would send a professional installer to your house to drill holes in your walls and run wires throughout your home. In most cases the equipment was free, but you had to commit to a multi year monitoring contract as part of the deal. There are still a handful of security companies such as ADT, Slomin's, and Vivint, that will send a consultant out to your house to configure a system specifically tailored to your home and then send a team of professionals to install everything, but more and more companies are offering do it yourself DIY home security solutions. DIY home security systems come in all shapes and sizes. Some systems come with an LCD panel that serves as the brains of the system.

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Photo by Nest — The Washington PostMany self monitoring systems offer professional monitoring services for an additional monthly or annual fee. With its Nest Secure alarm system, Nest offers professional monitoring through Brinks Home Security; a three year agreement costs $19 monthly and a month to month contract that's $29 a month. Frontpoint is a highly rated monitoring provider, according to security system review websites SafeWise and A Secure Life. The price ranges from $34. 99 to $49. 99 monthly — a tad pricey, but the system runs on cellular technology, which means you don't have to worry about cut wires, loss of Internet connection or power outages. Depending on where you live, you could choose a local security company for a couple of reasons. "A local company will usually respond quicker to issues with the security system than will a national company, and local monitoring will have a better understanding of local crime trends than will a national monitor," Walters says. Don't forget basic security measuresA security system helps protect your home, but it can also create a false sense of security that might lead you to be less careful. Make sure you're following these precautions:Lock all doors and windows when you're out of the house. In about 40 percent of break ins to unoccupied homes, offenders gained access through an unlocked door or window, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports.

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