Installing a security system has always been considered a technical process, meant to be carried out by trained professionals only – uniformed individuals, who come equipped with their tool box.
While this method of installation is still preferred by some users of security systems, there is a newer breed of home security systems that comes with instructions about how to install (Do It Yourself) home security systems. Simpler wireless technologies are now making their way into the market, allowing you to cut costs for installation and even maintenance. Some alarm systems even allow you to monitor your home yourself.
What are DIY Alarm Systems?
As the name suggests, DIY alarm systems are uncomplicated home security gadgets that users can install and operate without any assistance from an alarm company. They help you save quite a lot on installation and equipment costs.
How to Install a DIY Alarm System
When thinking of securing your house from potential burglars and/or natural hazards, there are a few steps you should follow:
1.Analyze the security needs of your home: Where, what and how many security gadgets would you need? For instance, the number of doors in your house that will require a sensor, the windows that would need glass breakage detectors, rooms with potential fire hazard, places with hidden valuables and so on.
2.Make purchase: Once you have determined the security requirements of your house, you need to visit the market. Since you are planning on installing the system yourself, you do not need to go to an expensive security system provider. Visit the local electronics store and find the exact items you will need.
Here is a potential list of products you could purchase and their approximate prices:
Automatic Security Light Kit ($25)
Easy to Install Window or Door Alarms ($12)
Doorstop Alarm ($10)
Smoke Detectors ($90)
Wireless Motion Detectors ($15)
External Video Cameras ($60)
Carbon Monoxide Detectors ($70)
Flood (water) Sensors ($12)
Glass Break Sensors ($50)
3.Installation: Once you have purchased all the equipment necessary for your household, you need to start looking into installation procedures for each of the gadgets. Since you did not purchase an all-in-one alarm system, the installation of each gadget might vary. Some would be simple, unwrap-and-mount gadgets, while others would require a little more effort.
Most DIY systems are wireless, making the installation process a fairly straightforward one. However, it is not always a piece of cake. You need to have some understanding of basic electronics, and the electrical network in your house. If you don’t, then you should be willing to read the manual and invest a few hours of your time in order to properly install the alarm system.
DIY Alarm System Monitoring
When you think of a burglar alarm system, you probably think of a monitored security system, where company personnel at the back end are keeping an eye on your house. This is not applicable to DIY home security systems.
A DIY alarm system has to be monitored by you. You can integrate the system with your cell phone or landline, to get notified in case of an intrusion. The upside, of course, is that this cuts down on monthly monitoring fees. In addition to that, you might not even need monitoring in most circumstances, especially if you have a siren or probe lights installed; they might be sufficient to create an atmosphere of panic or alarm. This might help alert you and the neighbors, simultaneously.
DIY Home Security Tips:
Think outside the box: Design a security system that the burglar cannot disable. Assume he is smarter than you, and has all the knowledge of security system equipment. Then work your way around it.
Hide your main control panel: Your all-in-one security keypad should not be accessible or visible to everyone.
Think like a criminal: This is specifically important for DIY home security systems. You should be able to understand how to counter-measure the criminal’s techniques, used to defeat security systems.
Understand your security equipment: Lack of understanding of the equipment you are using will lead to a poorly designed DIY security system and subsequently poor installation and poor performance.
Keep future expansion in mind: Design your security system in a way that allows for future expansion of it. You might want to add a few extra sensors in the future or a smoke detector in another room, so plan accordingly.
Whether you go for a DIY alarm system, or a company made and installed system, keep in mind that you play a very important part in securing your family and home. No matter what security system you go for, your personal vigilance might make all the difference in securing your world.