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Safe & Secure: Comparing Home Security Apps vs Professionally Installed

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As criminals get more brazen about breaking into homes, more people are turning to security systems.

In an effort to keep your family Safe & Secure, we're comparing the pros and cons of security apps versus professionally installed systems.

When it comes to arming your home against intruders, the options are overwhelming.

Even a simple system like "The Ring," installed on your own that works through your doorbell, has proven to deter burglars in at least one incident in San Luis Obispo, according to police.

There are also more complex systems installed professionally.

Justin and Leela Sherbon own Sentinel Security Solutions in Grover Beach. Their basic package includes door or window sensors, motion detector, touch screen key pad, installation and warranty and 24/7 monitoring.
"Not only would you get a push notification to your phone, but our central station, which is 24/7, gets the alerts and dispatches the proper authority," Justin said.

Customers can upgrade to indoor and outdoor cameras, automated door locks and even thermostat, irrigation and lighting control.

"So it's not just security at this point. You're really creating a whole smart home," Justin said.

The average Sentinel customer pays $400-$800 for security, $1500-$2000 for smart homes and $40/month for service.

We know the professionals know what they're doing, but what about the "do-it-yourself systems? How long do they take to install and how do they work?

We experimented with the Arlo Security Cameras.
First step was to connect the base to a modem with the provided ethernet cable, then download the app and sync the cameras with the base. Afterward, position the HD, wire-free, weatherproof cameras any where you want them.

The two cameras were set up inside and outside of the house and the picture sent back to the smartphone was very clear. The set up took longer than 10 minutes like the box said it would, but not by much. Maybe a half hour total.

Here's how it works: as the camera detects motion, it sends alerts to your phone or email and stores ten second videos in the app for free for seven days.

We found the Arlo system for as cheap as $189 dollars at Costco with no monthly service fee.

Kyle Lemmon reviews security systems and gadgets for the website "A Secure Life." He said a clear picture is key. "You're going to get more and more detail you can zoom in and get a real clear picture of burglars' faces."

He also said while do it yourself can be easier on the wallet, you're better going with a pro. "If you're asleep or at work or otherwise occupied you cant respond as quickly as a professionally monitored system cam."

Whether you DIY or leave it to the professionals technology these days is making it easier to arm our homes and out smart the criminals.

**Click here to see an article recently written by Lemmon on the top five cheap security cameras for your home. Arlo came in at number three.**

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