How DIY is blurring the lines in smart home security

Home security has always been the primary driver for smart home products and the industry continues to see some major shifts. One of the most dramatic is the rise of self-installed, pro-monitored home security systems. A handful of years ago, the majority of security buyers relied on large dealer-installed systems from familiar companies such as ADT, Vivint, and Brinks. When Do-it-Yourself (DIY) systems from SimpliSafe, then later Ring, Nest, and ADT (Blue) entered the market, many security conscious consumers discounted the reliability of DIY systems, perceiving them as less than “professional-grade.”

In 2023, we’re witnessing rapid change in the home security landscape. While most security buyers are still counting on professionally installed big brands, many consumers are now installing systems themselves and turning to the DIY manufacturer for professional monitoring services. Consumers reported, in Interpret’s most recent survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers, that Ring and ADT were tied as the leading provider of professionally monitored services. SimpliSafe was reported as the fourth-place provider of monitoring. While consumer reported figures are often not exact, it is clear that monitoring solutions from DIY providers are now seen by buyers as trustworthy solutions.

Interpret’s survey of buyers of smart security systems in the past year shows that systems are less likely to be installed by a security systems dealer or separate contractor, and more likely to be installed by the buyer, a family member, or friend. In past years, the DIY’er was shown to be a younger, tech loving customer. Interpret’s segmentation of US consumers, however, reveals that “Savers” – a population segment of older, less tech forward and more price conscious consumers have edged out “Starters” – the younger, tech savvy segment — as most likely to self-install their smart home security system.

With traditional home security providers such as ADT incorporating AI and Nest devices from investor Google into their product mix, the differences between traditional providers and DIY device makers is fading – especially given that professional monitoring services from newer providers are now seen to be, well, professional. For deeper insights into the changes in the home security industry and Interpret’s smart home segmentations, contact Interpret.