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A security system for a massage therapist, like me, has always seemed way too expensive. After all, I am a small business owner on a budget. I assumed security systems were something for the rich kids. As a result, when it came to getting a security system for my massage therapy office, I figured it was way out of my financial reach. Oh, how wrong I was. The best security systems for a small business can be the most affordable. We work in small offices – so using a home security system can be a perfect fit for our budget while at the same time delivering the protection we need as solo business owners.

 

Respect Massage offers tactics like screening, identifying red flags, getting out of dangerous situations, safety tips, and safety guidelines. I feel compelled to answer the question, how do I protect myself as a massage therapist?, in as many ways as possible. By having a monitored security system – it is like having another person with you in case of an emergency. We can do our best to screen clients, but sometimes solicitors can slip through the cracks. We can’t always afford a full time receptionist and we have asked our friends and family members to sit in the office too often. An affordable security system is another tool you can have to protect yourself as a massage therapist.

 

I have compiled a round-up of the best security systems, under $250, that would all be great options for a one – two room massage therapy practice. I compared each security system based on features that are important specifically to protect yourself as a massage therapist:

✅ 24/7 monitoring

✅ Panic Button (calls the police through a silent button that you can place under your massage table, on the wall, in the doorway, or you can wear it.)

✅ Fire Alarm (how many times have you arrived home after a long day and realized you left your hot stone warmer on?!)

✅ Security Camera

✅ No Contracts

✅ Alexa Compatible

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe is a complete system you can pull out of the box, set it up, and start using it right away. SimpliSafe checks all the boxes and is my favorite pick for a security system for a massage therapist. It is not always easy to find security systems that you can “build your own” and SimpliSafe offers that. You are not paying for items you do not need. Not to mention, SimpliSafe’s installation is literally peel and stick AND all the components are pre-programmed. This installation is approachable even if you are not a tech savvy LMT.

✅ 24/7 Monitoring (Optional – starts at $14.99/month)

✅ PanicButton

✅ Fire Alarm

✅ Security Camera

✅ No Contracts

✅ Alexa Compatible

 

Flic Button

This is a neat little button if you are looking for an affordable option that is just a panic button. Actually, you can set up this button to do pretty much whatever you want. You can have it turn on your lights, music, alert a contact that you are in danger, call the police, turn on your Google maps, for instance. Really – the possibilities are endless. Since it does rely on being hooked up into your phone by an app, there is a chance that it may not work properly – which would make me a little nervous if I were relying on it for my safety. There are some pretty incredible reviews for the Flic Button on YouTube. There are also some really awful ones on Amazon from a few years ago. I hope they have worked out the kinks by now. At the price point, it is definitely worth playing around with.

✅ Panic Button

✅ No Contracts

✅ Alexa Compatible

❌ Fire Alarm

❌ Security Camera

❌ 24/7 Monitoring

 

Ring

There are lots of massage therapists out there using Ring. They market towards people with small spaces like apartments, condos, and small homes so it is a natural fit to accommodate small massage offices. It is priced almost identically to SimpliSafe and offers the same features including  pairing with Alexa – so you can arm and disarm easily with your voice. Ring is a close second to SimpliSafe as my personal pick for a security system for a massage therapist. The difference – SimpliSafe does a better job of explaining exactly what you are getting with their product. I appreciate transparency. There is quite the online debate between SimpliSafe vs. Ring.

✅ 24/7 monitoring (Optional – $10/month)

✅ Panic Button

✅ Fire Alarm

✅ Security Camera

✅ No Contracts

✅ Alexa Compatible

 

Blink

While a cheap option, blink does not have all the bells and whistles of a full security system. Blink only provides wireless security cameras.

✅ Security Camera

✅ No Contracts

✅ Alexa Compatible

❌ 24/7 monitoring

❌ Panic Button

❌ Fire Alarm

 

ADT DIY

I think most of us are familiar with ADT – I have seen their lawn signs for decades in front yards of fancy houses with security systems. This old dog has learned new tricks with a do-it-yourself option. You still get the “status symbol” lawn sign and window stickers when you purchase this version. The deal breaker – there is no panic button included in the ADT DIY package. I believe a panic button is a necessity if making the investment of a security system for a massage therapist. It also has no backup if the WiFi or cell coverage goes out. I would go with SimpliSafe or Ring over ADT as the best security system for a massage therapist.

✅ 24/7 monitoring (Optional – ranges from $27.99 to $52.99)

✅ Fire Alarm

✅ SecurityCamera

✅ No Contracts

❌ Alexa Compatible

❌ Panic Button

 

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In conclusion, my hope is that you can utilize a security system in your office (and your home) to help protect yourself as massage therapist. Clear marketing, strong screening, awareness, having safety measures and security options in place make up a recipe for a well protected therapist. Stay safe!