A security system is a great addition to any home. Untoward
incidents give no advance warning, so we have to be proactive to
stay on the safe side. Hopefully, that is why you are reading this.
According to Burglary Facts and Statistics, a burglary takes place around every 15 seconds. In addition, 34% of burglars enter a home through the front door. The most worrying statistic is that over 40% of homes that have alarms are still burglarized simply because the security system is not activated.
Those numbers should catch your attention. That is why it's important to have an alarm system and more importantly, keep it on at all times.
One of the major drawbacks of having a traditional home alarm system installed is the cost involved. You not only have to bear the upfront costs of installation but pay a monthly fee to the company monitoring your home.
In this regard, the cost-effective alternative is DIY security Systems. There is little to separate the do-it-yourself systems from the professional ones, the only differences being that you install the system yourself and there are no additional personnel keeping a watch on your home.
The key to select the right security system for your home is to understand the components involved. DIY security systems have two main components:
Control equipment provides you access to the various devices and parts installed around the home. A keypad along with a control panel is usually all it takes for you to operate and use the cameras, alarms, sensors and any other paraphernalia you have added.
The control equipment components are generally installed together to make it easier for you to access the cameras and alarms. Modern DIY security systems often provide control through smart phones and other handheld devices, thereby making it more convenient for homeowners.
The detection equipment is operated and monitored using the control equipment. Detection equipment varies from one installation to another, depending on the needs and preferences of the homeowner. From cameras to sensors, there are various optional components which can be added to the set should the need arise.
These are the two main components of a DIY security system. The best approach is to first determine which security devices you need, such as cameras, sensors or alarms. That will determine the type of control equipment you need.
Also, be sure and install the complete system as instructed by the manufacturer. Incorrect installation would not only render the system useless but may even cause some damage to it. And the manufacturer may not honor their warranties on equipment improperly install.
One of the major considerations people make when selecting a security system is the cost involved. Right off the bat, the cost involved in using DIY security systems is much less than if you hire a company to manage your home’s security. Here, there are a few factors which you need to keep in mind:
1. Most security system manufacturers give you a warranty which covers a year or so. In case you don’t get one, it is imperative that you inquire about it. Otherwise you might have to bear the cost of repairing any damage caused to the control or detection equipment.
Perhaps a major drawback of going DIY for your
home security is that you have to do most of the work. When hiring a
professional, you at least don’t have to be constantly vigilant.
3. If you know a good handy man, or can find one, this might allow you to have a do it yourself security system, even if you are not able to do the installation. Choose the devices and control system you desire, and then hire a handy man to install. You won’t have the monthly fee of a security company going this route
4. A, a security system, traditional or diy, adds to the value of your property.
5. Lastly, the DIY security systems aren’t connected to the local police, which is something you get when hiring a security company.
That being said, a DIY security system is also effective. You have to consider the risk of something unpleasant happening in your home when deciding between hiring a company and doing it yourself.
So, if you feel the need to enhance the security of your home and prevent any troublesome occurrence, a DIY security system may just be the affordable solution you are looking for.
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