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SimpliSafe VS. Ackerman - Why you Shouldn't DIY Security

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If you listen to any major podcast, we’ll bet you’ve heard an ad for SimpliSafe, one of the most popular DIY security systems on the market today. With an apparent simple and user-friendly experience, you might be wondering, “Is this worth looking into?”

Good question! It’s one that we get a lot.

As a renowned security company with over 50 years of experience, we applaud SimpliSafe’s mission to make home security more accessible. However, we do think it’s important for customers to understand the difference between a DIY security system and one that’s installed and managed by trusted security professionals.

To further explain, let’s take a look at the primary cons of SimpliSafe and why you shouldn’t DIY security:

  • Little to no loss protection 
  • Higher upfront equipment costs 
  • Limited automation and app integrations 
  • No third party certifications

When all is said and done, you may find that a DIY security route is best for your needs. But like we said above, it’s crucial to review all options before making such an important decision.


Since 1967, Ackerman Security has been Atlanta’s top choice for home security, automation, and 24/7 monitoring. For true peace of mind that you’re protected against home invasions, robberies, emergencies, and more, call us at 800.552.1111 or get an instant security quote online.


Little to No Loss Protection

Unlike Ackerman Security, DIY security companies don’t typically provide loss protection. This is a huge disadvantage, and one that’s likely to sway your choice of a security system.

You see, DIY security systems can deter home invasions and theft, but if a criminal happens to succeed in stealing your belongings or damaging your property, that’s where your security protection ends.

If you have a renters or homeowners insurance policy that covers theft, you’ll likely have to pay a deductible before they pay out your claims. And if you have limited insurance coverage or no policy at all, then you’re simply out of luck. You’ll pay out-of-pocket to replace your stolen items or make repairs to your property.

On the other hand, Ackerman Security provides a 200% Money-Back “No-Theft” Guarantee*. In the unlikely event that your home is burglarized, we’ll pay the cost of your insurance deductible. Then, we’ll double down by paying you the exact same amount— in cash!

Ackerman Security is the only company in North America that pays YOU if you’re burglarized.

When compared to DIY security options, this level of protection is unheard of. So, for complete protection against home invasions and potential loss or damages, Ackerman is the clear winner.

*Certain restrictions apply. No Theft Guarantee applies to Ackerman Approved security systems. Speak to an Ackerman representative for complete details.

Higher Upfront Costs

The home safety market is rich with options for carbon monoxide alarms and monitors, and you can purchase them at any hardware store or big-box retailer. That said, it’s important to know the difference between the two before you go out and buy one.

If you decide to purchase a SimpliSafe system, you’ll have to pay for your equipment upfront. Depending on how many video cameras or window, door, and motion sensors you need, your costs can vary from $350 to upwards of $1,000— on top of your monthly monitoring fees. That’s no small chunk of change!

To accommodate a wide range of budgets, Ackerman is proud to offer comprehensive home security systems for one low monthly fee. Rather than purchase your equipment upfront, you can rent it for as long as you need. We do this because we know that your living situation may change, and you deserve to have flexibility with your home security system.

Although DIY security companies often advertise that traditional security companies keep you locked into strict contracts, Ackerman Security is different. We offer customized and affordable plans that are convenient to adjust at any time.

Fewer Automations and App Integrations

Ackerman Security makes it easy to automate and protect your entire home.

Another downside to DIY security systems is that your home automation and app integrations are limited.

For example, SimpliSafe allows you to remotely monitor and control your system through virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant— but that’s pretty much where it ends. 

Comparatively, through Ackerman, you can create a customized home automation system that includes your existing security system. You can schedule lights to come on at certain times, lock and unlock your doors remotely, and even adjust your thermostat for energy savings, all through one convenient app on your smartphone. Rather than having multiple apps or systems, you get a fully-automated home experience that’s a breeze for everyday use.

Moreover, Ackerman’s partnership with ADT means that customers can also get:

  • Protection for your online data and devices with ADT cybersecurity solutions
  • On-the-go safety with the SoSecure mobile app
  • Medical Alert systems for life threatening emergencies
  • And more!

No Third-Party Certifications

SimpliSafe comes with the option for 24/7 live monitoring. However, what sets Ackerman apart is our 5-Diamond Monitoring Certification from The Monitoring Association.

A trade organization for security professionals, The Monitoring Association (TMA) lays strict standards for companies that offer live monitoring services. Every year we’re in business, Ackerman works hard to meet TMA’s monitoring requirements. In fact, we’ve earned their 5-Diamond Monitoring Certification for our lightning-fast response times and superior quality service.

Per TMA’s guidelines, their 5-Diamond Monitoring certification requires:

  • Commitment to random inspections and quality criteria standards
  • Commitment to the highest levels of customer service
  • Commitment to ongoing job-related education and testing by having 100% of its central station operators certified using the TMA online training series
  • Commitment to raising the industry standards through TMA membership and participation in its activities
  • Commitment to reducing false dispatches

As you can see, DIY security systems do not provide the same level of monitoring assurance. And without Ackerman’s written guarantees, you’re at even further risk of loss and damages in the event of a break-in.

For proven protection from trusted professionals, contact Ackerman Security today. We’ve got you covered from every angle!

Want True Peace of Mind That Your Home is Secure?

Call Ackerman Security’s trusted professionals at 800.552.1111. We’ll review your home’s location and property, and then provide customized security options around your needs and budget. From video surveillance packages with 24/7 live monitoring to the latest smart locks, video doorbells, and garage door controls, we have a comprehensive suite of products and services to guarantee your safety. Backed by our “seconds count” and “no-theft” guarantees, it’s no wonder we’re Atlanta’s #1 choice for home security. 

Visit our website to get a free security quote within seconds.

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