As we’ve noted in other articles, the advance of technology has made items once considered a luxury more attainable by ordinary families. This progress has made its way into the home security market, where ever more sophisticated products make it possible for working class home owners to protect their property and their families better than they ever could in the past.
The array of options makes it attractive to someone with basic knowledge to install their own security system. But like any project around the house, whether or not it’s worth the time and expense of installing it yourself is a question you should consider carefully before you load up your shopping cart with the latest techno wizardry. Let’s have a look at your options. Now that wireless security systems have become more commonplace, it is – potentially – much easier to install a security system. If you decide to do this, it is important to carefully and thoroughly map out your entire property to consider all potential points of entry. Don’t simply focus on how you and your family get in and out – it’s important to think how an intruder would find opportunity.
Next, you should be sure that you are using the right tool for the right job. That is, a DIY home security system will come with some basic components. Depending on the layout of your property, you will likely need to purchase more of one item or another, which will add to the cost of the investment. The expense may be unattractive, but it’s vital to use the appropriate component for your requirements, lest you defeat the purpose of having it.
When installing a DIY home security system, false alarms can be one of the largest headaches for do-it-yourselfers. If you’re the least bit sloppy about your installation, you can be plagued by false alarms, which – when foolishly ignored – can be as dangerous as no alarm at all. Or you may not get any alarm when you need one. Security system installation is not an area where you want to cut corners, and if you feel you’re in over your head, you should call an expert.
Wired home security systems are much less likely to give false alarms (again, provided you’ve installed it correctly), but are much more complex to install. If you’re particularly good with running wire, this can be a good option. Just like the wireless systems, however, it is absolutely imperative that you not only understand the technology, but the strategy behind the installation. It’s difficult for those of us on the right side of the law to think like a criminal, but using good old fashioned wits is every bit as important as having good technology on your side. There’s no point in using a sophisticated motion sensor if it’s positioned in such a way that an intruder can walk behind it or use another means of entry.
The good news is that if you decide that you’re not up to the task of installing your own system, many home security companies will provide installation at no charge, in exchange for the monthly monitoring fee. This actually can be a pretty good deal, when you consider that an expert installation could run into the thousands if you paid for it out-of-pocket.
Finally, you should consider how you will monitor the system. Nowadays, it’s possible for a DIY home security system to automatically call your cell phone or send video to your computer at work, and criminals have been caught in the act this way. (Whether you happen to be there or have your phone on at the moment the critical call comes is another matter. You should consider your lifestyle if opting for this route.) Should you choose a monitoring service, they will have the responsibility of notifying the authorities if something is amiss.
These are some broad considerations in weighing the benefits of installing a home security system yourself.