Which DIY Security System is Best for You?

When comparing apples to apples with SimpliSafe and LiveWatch, they have much in common.  Both companies have 24/7 monitoring services and offer their service nationwide.  Both security systems are self setup (DIY) which takes 30-60 minutes.  The security system gets shipped to you and you peel-and-stick the sensors to the needed areas.  This is easy to do a practical unless you want a home automation system like ADT Pulse or Vivint.


However there are many ways the two companies are not alike.  SimpliSafe’s equipment is out of date and horrible looking.  They cater to the older generation and put a lot of marketing efforts around their emergency pendants (similar to LifeAlert).  Security cameras are still not an option with SimpliSafe and their smart control is very buggy.

LiveWatch is much more affordable.  SimpliSafe will cost you $300-700 in startup costs minimum.  LiveWatch has only a $19.95 activation fee and then is $99-199 for the same amount of equipment as SimpliSafe.  You can purchase your system directly from their site.  They also have a ‘anytime cancellation’ policy which is unheard of from any other home security companies.

Head to head comparison

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A quick history lesson

Both home security providers have maintained a good reputation along with a A+ BBB rating.  LiveWatch has a little rockier of a history, re-branding from ‘SafeMart’ recently who didn’t have as positive of reviews.  Looking into the future, both companies have large marketing budgets and a big customer base so unless they sell out to bigger companies such as Frontpoint Security, they should be around for years to come.

Security system basics

Who has the better security system?  Livewatch has done a better job at keeping up with the times with home automation additions.  Both companies have tiered packages to choose from starting at basic and going to advanced.  Where Simplisafe falls behind is that their security system has been the same for the past 10 years and isn’t the most visually appealing thing to put in your home.

Here are pictures of both companies starting packages:

touchscreen panel, key fob and motion sensor

(Above) LiveWatch security system with 2 door sensors, a motion detector, keyfob and smart control shown.

simplisafe package

(Above) SimpliSafe security system with 4 door/window sensors, motion detector, the base and control panel.


If you choose Simplisafe as your security provider, plan on higher startup costs upwards of $1000.  Users do get a lower monitoring rate and move-with-you service.  If you choose LiveWatch security, plan on getting better equipment and good smart device integration.  Both are good companies and services but still don’t make the top home security monitoring services list.

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