I use monthly cost for professional monitoring - to evaluate my long-term cost for a home security system.
Low-cost professional monitoring - was my key goal in selecting security alarm system. Or I’d have gone with other vendors.
Ring’s $10/month professional monitoring was therefore one key reason I chose Ring over SimpliSafe a few years ago.
With this increase,
Ring’s Pro professional monitoring ($20/month) is now significantly higher than SimpliSafe’s standard professional monitoring ($15/month).
Glass break sensor was also what I seriously wanted for a long time, as thieves often would break the glass so to avoid triggering contact sensors.
But Ring has not offered glass break sensors all along.
Now SimpliSafe is becoming very attractive to me.
They have glass break sensor, and their standard professional monitoring system now costs quite lower than Ring.
** Ring is also removing Person Detection - from the DIY camera monitoring.
This is the other significant and very unwise change from Ring,
as person detection is becoming widely available now in many camera systems.
My response (and probably many others) is to ditch the cameras, and get a separate home camera system (that comes with AI/person detection feature, which is now easily found in many monitoring camera products),
that way I’m not controlled by having to subscribe to monthly professional monitoring plan - to get person detection in the cameras.
(I won’t be able to afford Ring’s new Virtual Security Guard feature anyway so I don’t need integrated cameras with the security alarm system.)