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Breaking down DIY home security systems with Tony Denier, Co-Founder of South Dayton-based security company, Securtex

Smart home tech and DIY security systems are all the rage. Here, we’ve broken down some of today’s most popular systems. With any of these solutions, professional installation is recommended. Security professionals can assist with product selection, proper installation, and technical support.


Ring’s flagship product is their video doorbell. Jamie Siminioff, Ring’s inventor, claims that his wife loved his idea by exclaiming, “it’s like caller ID for your door.” Ring products are one of the most widely recognized in home security solutions.  From doorbell cameras to home security systems, Ring provides easy-to-install hardware with excellent instructions on how to install and use their technology.


SimpliSafe is a home security solution designed to replace traditional monitored home security systems such as Brinks and ADT.  SimpliSafe offers easy-to-install door and window sensors, as well as high-definition surveillance cameras, fire alarms, and water leakage sensors. There are no monthly or yearly contracts to use the SimpliSafe system. Professional monitoring centers and a guarantee that police will receive alerts are also offered through this system.

Roost Sensor

Roost is a very useful and low-cost entry into the Smart Home technology arena, offering sensors to detect water leakage and frozen pipes, as well as monitoring garage door status.  One of their most unique products is a Smart 9V battery which converts a standard smoke or CO2 detector into a smart device that will deliver an alert in-app if the alarm sounds. This technology is easy to install and priced competitively.

Kevo by Kwikset

Kevo is a Bluetooth deadbolt solution which allows the user to lock or unlock their door from anywhere.  Utilizing smart technology, the owner can grant a guest an e-Key which expires after 24 hours, monitor entry and exit activity, and provides easy user management.  The Kevo is compatible with many of the smart home voice activates solutions such as Alexa, Echo Dot, Nest, and many more.

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