No, SimpliSafe does not require long-term contracts. Professional monitoring is available from month to month, but it is not necessary to use the system. If you're considering a home security system, you may be wondering if SimpliSafe can work without monitoring. The answer is yes, but with some limitations.
SimpliSafe systems can be used without monitoring services and, to a limited extent, as self-monitoring local alarms. Although it's designed for use with SimpliSafe's monitoring services, there are still free options available. For instance, Frontpoint is a no-contract DIY system with better integrations and smart home equipment than SimpliSafe, but it is more expensive. In the event of an alarm being triggered in your home, SimpliSafe would need to send a private security service instead of the police if you are not using their monitoring services.
This means that you would have to pay for the service yourself. The SimpliCam and the Video Doorbell Pro are two cameras that work with the SimpliSafe security system, and they are great options if you already have (or want to get) a SimpliSafe security system. The SimpliCam has a privacy shutter that automatically covers the lens when the security system is set to “home mode”. SimpliSafe cameras practically only work with the SimpliSafe security system, and the SimpliSafe security system has limited compatibility with third parties.
If you want to use other smart home devices with your SimpliSafe system, you can use Google Home or Amazon Alexa as intermediaries. Vivint Smart Home Security is another leader in integrations and equipment for smart homes, but it is not a self-made system without a contract like SimpliSafe. ADT offers a tailor-made security system with a contract backed by almost 150 years of industry experience, while SimpliSafe has only been in the field of security yourself for only 16 years.In conclusion, while it is possible to use SimpliSafe without monitoring services, it is not recommended due to the lack of police response in case of an alarm being triggered. If you are looking for a DIY home security system without a contract, Frontpoint may be a better option than SimpliSafe.
However, if you are looking for an experienced provider with tailor-made solutions and integrations with third parties, ADT may be the best choice.