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Kim’s pick: My favorite video doorbell to keep an eye on what’s happening out front

Presented by SimpliSafe

Presented by SimpliSafe

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If you want to secure your home, video doorbells are a no-brainer. They’re a great way to get a little extra peace of mind. You can check in to ensure your front porch is safe if you’re at the office or the grocery store.

It’s no wonder this type of surveillance tech is all the rage these days. Video doorbells are easy to set up and use, but you shouldn’t skip essential security steps. Tap or click here to make the most out of your video doorbell and home security system.

When you’re shopping around for the best doorbell camera, two of the biggest brands are SimpliSafe and Amazon’s Ring. While both have a lot to offer, we found three great features that make our sponsor, SimpliSafe, stand out.

1. Need time to commit?

You’re usually not making a lifetime commitment from the jump when you buy home protection. If you’re not happy, you have a grace period to get your money back. But one company gives you more time for the warranty.

If you sign up for Ring, you have 30 days to change your mind. But if you sign up for SimpliSafe, you get a more generous grace period.

SimpliSafe offers a 60-day guarantee, so you have more time to find the correct setup. There’s less pressure to make a decision weighing down your shoulders. It’s just another way to lessen the stress of home security.

SimpliSafe offers a long warranty as well, 3 years compared to Ring’s 1-year warranty.

2. All the sensors you could want

Outfitting your home with a home security kit means going beyond just a doorbell. More than likely, you’ll add on some cameras and sensors, too. Both companies offer packages. Amazon’s Ring Alarm kits come with up to 14 pieces. But SimpliSafe’s Build My System feature offers more flexibility to find exactly what you need for your home.

This option lets you create a custom package to fit your specific needs. You can mix and match these products:

Entry sensors Motion sensors SimpliCam Glassbreak sensor 
Panic button Smoke detectorCarbon monoxide sensor Temperature sensor 
Water sensor Extra keypadKey fobExtra 105 dB Siren 

You can even pick an extra 9×11″ yard sign. You already get a sign with your system, but if you buy an extra one, that’s two different chances to let burglars know you’re protected. They send a strong message to potential criminals: “You won’t have an easy time breaking into this home!”

3. You’re getting cellular backup

No matter where you live, SimpliSafe has you covered. The company partnered with Verizon and T-Mobile to build an ironclad national cellular service to keep your home safe.

This built-in GSM technology comes with no extra costs. That’s right. You don’t need to pay for a monthly service plan to get this. Plus, you don’t need an additional phone line or internet connection. This free cellular connection comes with all monitoring plans.

That means if your Wi-Fi goes out, you’re still covered. What if your power is out? You guessed it: You’re covered.

Compare this to what you’ll get from most companies that make you pay for monitoring and cellular coverage. SimpliSafe’s deal is a steal.

NEED MORE TIME TO DECIDE? Here’s how SimpliSafe stacks up compared to ADT and Vivint

Kim recommends SimpliSafe to protect your home

Video doorbells are a great way to get that much-needed peace of mind. Whether you buy a whole DIY kit or a single camera for your front door, you’re one step closer to protecting your home. Make sure you follow these helpful tips, too:

  • Going on vacation? Don’t post about it on social media. It just lets people know you’re not home, so your belongings are ripe for the taking.
  • Don’t give thieves easy ways to break into your or your neighbor’s home. Put away ladders and hammers after you’ve set up holiday decorations.
  • Don’t let your mail or snow pile up while you’re gone. Ask a helpful friend or find a service to take care of it.

Keep yourself and your family safe today. For a limited time, get a free security camera, 20% off + a free month of monitoring.

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