Startup Kangaroo is taking
back to the basics with a self-install system comprised entirely of motion sensors. For $30 a pop (roughly £25/AU$40 converted), you can scale up your system as you see fit. But, again, you don't get options -- no door/window sensors, no cameras, no glass break sensors -- just motion sensors that track movement and alert you if someone tries to tamper with any of your Kangaroo sensors.
Given that companies like Ring have introduced user-friendly home security systems with multiple sensor options, it's certainly possible to offer a variety of accessories and still have a simple, accessible system. That makes Kangaroo's single-device-system uniquely inflexible, likely not in a good way. I do like that Kangaroo doesn't require a hub, though; everything is Wi-Fi-enabled and connects directly to your local network.
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Pay $1 per month for the self-monitored system. Having to pay anything for a security setup you monitor yourself is annoying, but 12 bucks a year is about as affordable as it gets. With the $1 monthly fee, you get access to push alerts, texts and phone calls via the related Kangaroo app for Android and
-- although, again, these should all be free features.
Kangaroo claims its sensors have "pet-elimination technology" to help mitigate false alarms if your pet regularly walks within range of the sensor(s).
There's also a professionally monitored option that costs $9 per month -- or $60 per year, if you pay in full up front. If a motion sensor detects activity when the system is armed, Kangaroo says emergency services should be notified automatically. Kangaroo is available internationally, but professional monitoring is limited to the United States.