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April 5, 2023

Before you vacation, consider investing in a home security system 

If you’ve got a summer getaway on the calendar, you’re not alone. According to a report in The Vacationer, 85% of Americans plan to travel this summer. But whether you’re gearing up for a big European excursion, or pitching a tent in Red River Gorge, there’s one very important thing you’ll need to do before you go: make sure your home is protected. 

If you don’t have a home security system, now would be an ideal time to invest in one. Not only will it give you peace of mind while you’re away, but it just may reduce your homeowner’s insurance rate as well. 

Not sure where to start? We understand. It can be difficult knowing what type of security system is best for your home. Below, we’ve outlined some of the best security systems available today (and offer a few bonus home security ideas). Of course, any protection is better than none.  


Simplisafe ranks high across the board - from customer service to cost. It’s a security system that’s highly customizable, so it would work well for a variety of home types and budgets. The system can be set up easily on your own, and plans start low – at $17.99 a month. SimpliSafe also offers a limited lifetime warranty, no contracts, and a 60-day return policy. The camera does not have a facial recognition function, however. If that’s a dealbreaker for you, read on. 


Like SimpliSafe, Ring gets high marks for customer satisfaction. It also has an A+ grade from the Better Business Bureau. One of the advantages to the Ring home security system is that the products can be purchased separately. Think of it like an a la carte system, where you can choose what security you need – from a single doorbell camera to multiple security cameras around the house. 

There’s no contract for Ring and professional installation is available for a slightly higher monthly fee. Overall, Ring ranks high for affordability, with yearly plans starting at $124.99. 


ADT has been offering security solutions for more than 145 years. And while it’s also more expensive than most other home security systems, they offer top-of-the-line, comprehensive coverage. Financing is available as well. 

We like ADT because they offer 24/7 phone support, and professional monitoring starts at $19.99 a month with contracts of 30 to 60 months. While there is no installation fee, you do pay for the equipment, which can raise the cost significantly. Still, if you’re looking for comprehensive security and around the clock monitoring, ADT might be your best choice. 


If you prefer a home security system that can be easily synched with your home’s smart lighting and thermostats, Abode might be the ideal choice. The system works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and other apps. And, like Ring, you can choose from alarm systems, sensors and security cameras and build as you go. It’s also easy to install on your own. 


Vivint is another popular home security system that is compatible with many smart home products and devices. Monthly plans start around $29.99 a month, and they offer both a month-to-month option as well as a 60-month contact. They also offer a 120-day warranty and a parts replacement plan for those on a contract.  

More ways to help protect your home when your away: 

Install a smart garage door opener. 

One of the best and easiest ways to keep all your belongings in your garage safe is to invest in a smart garage door opener. LiftMaster’s MyQ technology, for example, allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world, monitor your garage remotely and receive notifications when the garage door is open. 

Invest in a home safe. 

Home safes have always been one of the best ways to keep your valuables secure. Today’s safes are sleek and modern in design and can be customized for your needs and your home’s aesthetic. Most are crafted with carbon fiber and feature design elements like custom sculpted handles. 

Start using smart locks. 

Instead of installing traditional locks, why not secure your custom home with smart locks instead? These new locks offer better protection than a deadbolt because they come with the ability to lock, unlock and check the doors remotely from anywhere. 

The team at Roehr Insurance Services Agency is here to keep you – and all that you value - safe. Before you head out on vacation, make sure you have all the insurance protection you need. Not sure? We can help. 

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