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DIY Home Alarms – Which One Is Best For You?

Thinking about getting a DIY home alarm system. Not all systems or companies are the same. With Think Protection, Simplisafe, Frontpoint, Livewatch and Protect America, there are so many choices. How do you know which DIY alarm company is best? When choosing a DIY alarm system, here are some things to think about and questions to ask.

Professionally Monitored vs. Self Monitored

What’s the difference between professional monitoring and self monitoring? Self monitoring means that when your alarm is triggered you get notified. You then have to respond. If you don’t have your phone, then you won’t know you had an alarm event. Professional monitoring means a 24/7 professional response. Your alarm gets triggered and you get notified. Then a signal is sent to a professional monitoring centre. A professional representative can then respond. They’ll notify emergency contacts. After they’ll contact police if necessary. When choosing a DIY alarm system, get it professionally monitored. Self monitored alarms provide limited peace of mind. Only a professional monitored alarm will truly protect your home.

What’s The Price?

Now that you’ve decided to get a professionally monitored DIY alarm, it’s important to look at price. How much is the monitoring? Some companies charge as much as $50/month. Others as low as $12.99/month (Think Protection). Understand that most people stay with an alarm company for 9 years. This means that $37/month difference will add up to over $3500 in savings! Think long term and go with a company with great rates.


Some alarm companies will force you to agree to a long term contract. Others go month to month. Never sign a long term alarm contract. Contracts only benefit the company, never the customer. With there being so many DIY alarm choices, go with the best value. And by not having a contract, if you’re unhappy you can cancel anytime.

Money Back Guarantee

Some DIY alarm companies have a money back guarantee period. Some go from 7 days and others go for longer.  Avoid DIY security companies that don’t have a money back guarantee. A guarantee gives you a period you can return if you’re unhappy. If you have cold feet or they don’t live up to promises. Peace of mind comes with a money back guarantee. Make sure your DIY company has one.

Easy Installation

Technology has come a long way over the past few years. DIY alarms are now easy to set up. Ask on your purchase call what the steps to installation are. Look at online reviews. See what other customers are saying. Do your research. Most should be easy to install. Some panels are harder than others. Check if the DIY company has a money back guarantee. If they do, then most likely the installation is easier. If it wasn’t they wouldn’t have the guarantee!

Online Reviews

Check online reviews before purchasing. Trustpilot and Homestars are two online review sites. Both show actual customer reviews. They both eliminate fake reviews. Read about the quality of product. How good is the service? Was the DIY installation easy? How are the prices? You can learn alot from these review sites. It will help you choose with DIY company is best for you.


Think Protection Customer Reviews

We recently asked all of our customers what they thought about is. This was done through Trustpilot. Unlike other companies, we didn’t filter any customers out. The survey was sent to all customers. The results were incredibly positive. Resoundingly, our customers said they love our value, technology and incredible customer service!

Here are some of the great reviews we received:

“Staff are informed and focused on customer service. All requests for information and product were very well handled in a timely fashion.” – E. G.

“Easy easy. My representative was VERY patient while we discussed the best choices for my new home. The order arrived promptly, and everyone I dealt with was professional, knowledgeable and patient. Camera was back order, so it is not yet installed. Everything else works great.” – K. B.

“I just would to take this opportunity to share my experience of recently signing up for the Think Protection alarm system. I initially called Marc in sales, to find out more about the system and what the company had to offer. Great initial experience to speak to him. He was very calm, clear in his explanation and answered all my questions as well shared his recommendations. At no time he tried to over sell the system to me. As a matter of fact he suggested I start with the basic system when I explained my house layout to him. I also remember calling him three times with questions and all that three times he was polite and very professional.

Once I had my parts picked up, I called the technical service for guiding me through the installations. I spoke with Fernando the first time, then spoke with Jan after I had more items added to add and finally Sansee to activate the system after testing it. Great technicians the company has. Very professional and took time to go through proper expatiation few times without any frustrations.” – Sam

“Best deal for your money” – V.S.

“Totally love this product. I have recommended it to several people. Thank you for making it easy and affordable.” – M.S.

“Love my security system! So far so good! I love the camera and I love the easy use of the app. Just need to figure out how to make it record now, but overall great work!” – D.G.

“Great service great price affordable to my budget” – G.R.

“Very good system I am so glad I order my think protection system, and I am extra thankful for the affordable monthly price.” – Y.C.

“Absolutely no complaints and easy setup. Great price point as well.” – D.D.

“Excellent customer support their equipment is very easy to install and their call center phones right away if an alarm is sent , excellent feeling of security.” – N.M.

“Awesome. Got the package I wanted within two days. Installation was a breeze. Called the 1-855 number and an associate helped me activate and confirm each sensor and alarm. All my questions were answered. System works well, receive activity notifications on my phone within seconds. All this for a 1/3 of what I was paying before.” – P.

We would like to thank our customers for choosing Think Protection and will continue to work hard to keep you and your families safe with the best value in the industry!

Why Should You Choose A DIY Home Alarm System?

Over the past few years, the security industry has seen the rise of the DIY home alarm system. How do they compare to a traditional security system? What are the benefits? Here are a few reasons why you should choose a DIY home alarm system.

Better Technology

Technology has come incredibly far over the past 10 years. This is especially true in home security. New wireless alarms can do everything a wired alarm can do, and more! Everything is simplified and can be connected to a central station through broadband or cellular signals. This means that a home phone line is no longer required. The advances in technology mean that a DIY home alarm can be easily set up. Some in around half an hour. Plus these systems are completely wireless, so no drilling is required. Simple, fast and effective, a DIY monitored alarm system easily protect your home and family at an incredibly low price.

No Installer

Traditional alarm companies try to convince customers that installers are beneficial. They say they are needed to provide the best customer experience. The truth is that they are unnecessary with a new system. If you have an old, wired alarm system then yes you need an installer. A new system though does not.

In fact, installers are extremely detrimental. Customers have to take time off work to wait around for an installer. Most companies give half day windows, and on average a large number of installations either get rescheduled or the installer comes late! The reality is with new technology a homeowner can easily do everything the installer would be doing themselves. Plus, the installer doesn’t come for free. The alarm company pays large sums to the installer. This means that the costs get passed to the customer! So you’re paying more for an unnecessary service!

Plus an installer is someone you don’t know inside your home. They could be a smoker or wear dirty boots throughout the house! Who wants a stranger in your home? The beauty of DIY is you can do everything easy by yourself, in a fraction of the time an installer can do it.

Better Prices

DIY monitored alarm systems can provide lower prices than a traditional one. Why is this? Because of the cost of the installer! Less company overhead means more savings for you. For examples, Think Protection charges only $12.99/month for monitoring. ADT is $40+ per month. Vivint is $50+ per month. Both of these companies have installers and significant overhead! The cost of those gets passed to the customer. With a DIY system, you’ll save and get the same (if not better) technology.

We’re Hiring: Inside Sales Reps

The team at Think Protection is growing!

Are you a fantastic sales person looking for a new opportunity? If you love to sell, have a great work ethic, are a motivated team player and ooze enthusiasm and positivity, then we want you in the Think Protection Sales Department!

Think Protection is a home security company with a great product, incredibly competitive value and a top notch team. Started in 2015 by Joel Matlin, founder and former President & CEO of AlarmForce, Think Protection’s mission is to change how North Americans protect their homes and families. With our incredible value, cutting edge technology and best in industry customers service, Think Protection has become North America’s fastest growing home alarm company.

We are now hiring and have the following position available:

Inside Sales Representative

Key responsibilities

  • Receive inbound sales calls
  • Place outbound calls to follow-up on products and service inquiries in a timely manner
  • Accurately determine customer needs and explain features and benefits that provide value
  • Give customer quotes and product information
  • Work effectively in a team environment – No cold calling!


  • Proven ability to close deals over the phone
  • Goal oriented team player, and a self-starter who is highly motivated to succeed.
  • Great attitude and relentless dedication to success
  • Top notch written and oral communication skills with a high attention to detail
  • Previous call center experience is an asset but not essential

Must be flexible in work schedules

This is a permanent, full-time position which offers a base salary of $30,000 plus commission (earning potential to $54,000), plenty of room for advancement and a positive, pleasant work environment.

Office is located in Markham, Ontario.

All candidates must be able to travel to our head office in Markham. Plus all candidates must have open schedules, able to cover various shift times.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply please email your resume to

4 Reasons To Add Outdoor Cameras To Your Alarm System

Outdoor cameras are an incredible tool to add to your home alarm system. They provide an additional level of protection to your home. Here is a list of 4 reasons to add them to your security system.

Added Deterrent Value

Guess what? Burglars don’t want to get caught. This is why cameras are a great deterrent to burglars. A visible outdoor camera may sway a burglar thinking about breaking into your home. Strategically placed cameras will make a burglar think twice about attempting to break in. Statistics have shown homes with cameras are significantly less likely to suffer a burglary than those without.

Peace Of Mind

Wouldn’t it be nice to see what happening at your home when you’re away? Curious if you left your lights on? Park your car outdoors and worried about it when you’re away? Want to make sure a package you left outdoors was picked up? An outdoor camera lets you check in on what’s happening outside your home. This peace of mind is incredibly valuable… whether you’re at work or away on vacation.

Never Been Easier To Add

In the past outdoor cameras were expensive and hard to install. They required hundreds or thousands of dollars upfront to purchase. They also needed an electrician to install. Well, that was then and this is now. It’s never been easier to add outdoor cameras to your alarm system. With Think Protection’s new outdoor cameras you can add one for under $200! Plus they are completely wireless. This means they can be installed anywhere. Installation takes minutes, not hours. Anyone can install them regardless of technical acumen.

Incredible Technology

With older cameras, the technology wasn’t nearly as good as new ones. They would take days to install and the quality of video would be horrible. Now that’s not the case. New cameras provide fantastic quality video and are easy to install. Think Protection’s cameras are completely wireless. Image quality is incredible. Our cameras record is 1080p HD and works in both day and night modes. They are weatherproof and have long battery life. You’ll get a better camera with new technology and you’ll save hundreds of dollars.



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