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DIY Home Security Equipment: Build Your Own System!

Ready to setup and install your own security system? We bring you some top-of-the-line, affordable home security equipment options you can use to set up your own security system at home.  You’ll learn about everything from a wireless motion detection camera to sirens and flood water sensors.

You’re welcome to read this article from top to bottom to learn about each piece of security equipment you can add to your home or use the navigation menu below to jump to the piece of security equipment you are most interested in.

Wireless Motion Detector Camera with a Base Station

A wireless motion detector camera with a base station is an affordable option for easy installation and minimal coverage of your home. When embarking on do it yourself home security project it is always easier to go with a wireless system since you will avoid having to run wiring behind any walls. Many new wireless systems are coming on to the market since they are the newest trend and they allow for fast and easy self installation. For an hour or two of work you can set up a wireless motion detector and its corresponding base station so that you can track movement within your home when you are absent. Most of the newer systems can be set up to automatically e-mail you with updates from the motion detector, so that you are aware when something has been captured on your motion detector. Other newer systems can also send alerts to your cell phone to let you know that something is changing within your home; however, unless you have an unlimited data plan on your phone setting up this method in inadvisable since alerts often come with attached still images from your motion detector.

Setting up a simple motion detector camera and base station is an affordable option; however, it does not allow for immediate contact with a dispatch agent to ensure full security.

External Video Cameras

External home cameras were one of the first types of security features to come about in the do it yourself home security market. Installation for these types of cameras is relatively easy since it only involves mounting the camera outside of the home in the desired area. It is imperative to purchase a camera intended for outdoor use, and again a wireless camera is going to be an easier installation; however, wired cameras are an option as well since they are generally more affordable. When picking the right camera for your home it is easier to work with cameras that allow for movement such as panning and zooming so that you can control how much detail you can see from the security of your home. External home cameras can be sold with a software to transmit a live signal through your computer or they can also be hooked up to a television to stream live so that when the doorbell rings you only have to turn on the television to see who is there. In today’s age the PC controlled software is generally the preferred option.

Smoke and Heat Detectors

Smoke and heat detectors may seem like a simple addition to any home, in fact most homes these days are built with them already installed, but for those homes that aren’t these simple additions can be a matter of life or death. Smoke and heat detectors are becoming increasingly affordable and are extremely simple to install without the help of a professional. Many of the new models of home security systems come with smoke and heat detectors built in to them; however, if you are unable to afford these upscale systems installing an affordable smoke and heat detector will serve to give you warning in case of the presence of smoke or the detection of heat. Certainly installing your own detectors will not dispatch the emergency services directly to your door like they may in some of the more sophisticated alarm systems; however, they will still provide warning of a fire breaking out in the home. It is recommended to change smoke detectors every ten years and to change the rechargeable battery every three to five years for your safety.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors are not as common as smoke and heat alarms in homes; however, they are becoming more prominent in homes around the world. Carbon monoxide is otherwise known as a silent killer because as it slowly poisons individuals in your home no one has any idea that they are being killed by this poisonous gas. Installation of a carbon monoxide detector is much like the installation of a smoke and heat alarm, it is easy, affordable and there is no reason why you should not add this life saving device to your list of home security elements. These devices can actually be purchased anywhere that offers smoke and heat alarms such as hardware stores, mega stores and online retailers. When purchasing any type of safety detector such as a carbon monoxide detector make sure to purchase an item that has received good reviews and is made by a reputable company.

Flood (Water) Sensors

Flood sensors are an optional feature on many alarm systems and while they are useful in any home, they are particularly useful in homes that have basements (they can detect a failing sump pump for example), homes that are in close proximity to water or homes that are not occupied year round. Flood sensors are a relatively inexpensive addition to your do it yourself home security system that can save a lot of money in the long run. Certainly flood insurance can help you to recover items lost during flooding but if you had the option to be made aware of flooding before everything was damaged by the water, wouldn’t you want to know? With alarm systems that can be monitored remotely (through cell phone or PC access) flood water sensors can tip you off to a leak in your second home perhaps weeks before you would otherwise find out.

Temperature Sensors

Temperature sensors are often confused for heat detectors that are used for fire detection; however, this feature that comes with some alarm systems is actually used most of the time for detecting extremely cold temperatures. Many people are unaware that if a pilot light goes out and the heating cuts off items within the home can become just as damaged from cold as they can from excessive heat. Having a temperature sensor feature on your alarm system is particularly useful if you have a second home or frequently leave town during the winter or summer months. These sensors allow you to input a maximum and minimum temperature at which an alert will be sent to you to warn you of dropping or rising temperatures that could cause damage via frozen pipes, moisture within the home, mold growth, people who leave pets home alone or have expensive heirlooms in the home that can be damaged by excessive heat or cool. If you fall in to any of the categories above it would be worth purchasing a self installation security system that has a temperature sensor.

Sirens

When installing your own security system there are quite a few options to choose from and most often these systems include sirens that fall between the 15 to 20 watt sound levels. While this level of sound is enough to warn an intruder that your alarm is working and that they have been caught red-handed, it is not always loud enough to be heard outside the home so if you have an option when choosing the siren for your alarm go with a 30 watt siren. Not all alarm systems utilize sirens; however, they are a good option to go with if you will not be purchasing a monthly monitoring service since many times they serve to scare away burglars before any theft takes place.

Motion Sensitive Spotlights

Motion sensitive spotlights can be hooked up to an alarm system or they can be purchased individually to place around the outside of your property. When purchasing a motion sensitive spotlight it is important to make sure that there is an adjustable level of sensitivity to ensure that your motion detector will not set the light off with every fox that crosses your garden. Installation of motion sensitive spotlights is an easy process and simply involves mounting the spotlight in the designated area of your property. When mounting your light it is important to make sure that it does not shine directly in to any neighbors homes, this prevents awkward conversations in the days following your installation.

Glass Break Detectors

Glass break detectors are an optional feature that are now offered with most home alarm systems and are either vibration or sound detectors that are designed to set off the home alarm when glass is broken within the home. A lot of people see this addition as a luxury add-on to their alarm system; however, it can be an invaluable addition to your home especially if you have a basement or area of the home that is secluded from the rest of the house. Many burglars gain entry to a residence through secluded entrances to the home such as basement windows or doors, back doors or even garage side doors and often times they do it by breaking glass to unlock the door or window for entry. Glass break detectors will send a signal to your alarm when the detector senses the vibration or sound of breaking glass in the designated location. This add-on can be placed in as many or as few locations as you wish.

Door and Window Contacts

Door and window contacts are a common part of all modern alarm systems and they are utilized to determine whether a door or a window is currently open within the home. If a door is open a signal is sent from that door sensor to the alarm panel and the alarm will not be able to be set. If; however, that door is opened after the alarm has been set then a signal will activate the alarm system and the alarm will sound. Much like glass break sensors these magnetic contacts can be placed in as few or as many door and window points of your home. Many people choose to utilize this type of system in every possible entry point of the home, meaning every window or door that can be opened, as a way to track when doors and windows are open particularly when there are young children in the home.

More Home Security Equipment

For a full list of home security system equipment options, visit our home security terms and definitions page. If you see something missing from or that you’d like added to this list, please comment below.

All-In-One Do It Yourself Home Security

For those that don’t want to take the time to setup and monitor their own system and its components, consider purchasing a home security system that includes some or all of the above features in a package. Our article on the top home security systems should help you find the best home security system for your needs. Our awards articles are written by teams of independent researchers that go in-depth with their research to help find our readers the best alarm systems from the most reliable and honest alarm companies (sometimes hard to find). You’ll find reviews of DIY systems, systems with no annual contract, as well as professionally installed options.

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38 responses to “DIY Home Security Equipment: Build Your Own System!”

  1. Hi! All of our reviews are conducted by independent researchers that we hire on a contract basis. Our researchers test the equipment and write their honest opinions here on our site. Hope this answers your question!

  2. I would love to hear what solutions you all used to setup your own and have it monitored. I do have outside camera’s but would really like to setup the rest of the suggested solutions e.g. motion detectors, window alarms. Did you get an all in one out-of-the-box solution and if so what brand? I think that if these specific systems have been a good solution for you then we should share that information without advertising but just as a solution that may work well for the rest of us.

  3. I am not looking for a security system, I am looking to purchase my own equipment on eBay or Amazon, etc and hire a central company to monitor it. I am trying to find recommendations for control panels, Honeywell in particular, as all the security companies seem to have proprietary systems built specifically for them. I resent being charged higher prices for the same equipment if my FICO score is low. I want a pure cellular sysrem with NO INTERNET. I can set up my own cameras with a computer to record with motion.

  4. I don’t have an Internet connection but I have a smartphone.
    If I install a system, how would it communicate with my cellular phone? What additional equipment would be needed to achieve the communication and is it financially sensible, compared to a regular monitoring service?

  5. There are a lot of great DIY tips here. While I agree that it is important to have the latest security equipment in place, some of the most important security procedures are listed towards the end of this article. Theives are looking for easy targets and if you leave your door or window open, you are just asking for it! Having a good relationship with your immediate neighbors is so important, because once they are close to you they will take that extra step to keep an eye on your property.

  6. I hate the idea that we actualy have to spend money to protect ourselves from each other. And the worse the economy gets, the more we need to protect ourselves. The problem is, if you are already struggling to survive, getting a home security system can be kind of scary. That's why I really like the self- install option. I can afford the system and I can afford the monitoring. I could probably even aford to pay someone to install it, but why would I want to if I can just do it myself?

    Part of the benefit of doing it myself is also that I can add to it as needed without paying for anything else above and beyond the cost of ordering the devices or devices I want to install. That means I could order a new device every week and not go broke.

    I get pretty creative about stuff like too and I do not trust anyone else to do it. People assume that installers are the better choice because they do it for a living, but they aren't security experts. They just know how to install the devices.

  7. Okay, the first thing I thought of when I saw "do it yourself home security" was my dog and my gun collection. It must just be me, but I did get a kick out of it for a minute.

    Seriously though, installing my own home security system is the only way I would ever have one installed. I mean if you can't even go in a theater and see Batman without being safe, you sure don't want to pay a stranger to come into your home and install (of all things) a security system. Why not just invite them to rob the house the next time you go out?

    I love the idea of installing my own home security system. I want motion sensors everywhere. People do weird things and when they do it in my house, I want to know about it. Like that guest who feels the need to look in your medicine cabinet or your closet? What is that all about anyhow? I would love to have motion sensors all over the house just so I would have a leg to stand on when I have to confront someone about doing weird stuff like that. Of course, I also want my home secure in general, but I am fast learning that there are some real fruit loops out there and I need to be prepared from all angles.

  8. I certainly appreciate any homeowner that feels capable and confident enough to take on an home improvement project themselves.  It is a fantastic way to save money and learn more about your home as you go each and every time you take on the task.  However, there are a few things that I think should take further consideration in order to make this type of DIY project successful and safe.

    One thing you must consider is the electrical work involved.  Installing an electrical device and making changes to your electrical system in your home requires a permit and an inspection verifying that it was done properly.  Not doing so could lead to a fire and also the voiding of your homeowner’s insurance as a result. Although installing security equipment does not generally require this sort of procedure, I still think you should make sure that you study the steps involved in the electrical part of  your install.  Do your homework and read as much as you can before you jump in.

  9. I like the idea of do it yourself projects in general, and though I can see how some people might be scared of the idea of doing their own home security system, I think it would be fine if you follow the directions. 

    The main challenge that I would think might come into play is that you want your system to look as professional as possible.  One thing that happens with my DIY projects is that they kind of wind up looking like science projects that a 5th grader might throw together, but then again, I don't follow directions most of the time.  In fact, when I do follow directions, like with my Ikea furniture and other stuff, my stuff turns out great, so I think if I were to start out with an article like this one, and keep following directions as I go along, I might actually be able to make a pretty sleek looking system. 

    When it comes to security, I think what I would do first is secure one room.  Then once I get that working good, I would tackle my whole house, doors and windows.

  10. To me, it really is worth it to take the time to install your own security system. As long as you have some really basic knowledge of the working end of a screw driver, there should not be any problem. I know that more and more companies are going to this method and some of them only use this method rather than offering it as an option. Since they are doing more of this, they are also beefing up their customer service so that if you do have any questions while you are installing your security system, the answers are just a phone call away.

    I used to be leery about this, but that was a reflection of my own fears. I decided to try and install a really basic system and I had a friend over in case I had problems getting anything hooked up. It turns out that this was a really easy method to use and I did not even need the help of my friend. The really cool part was that I got to get creative about where I put things so that it was not obvious where my devices were. I put a sign in my yard so people know I have a system, but they can't see where the devices are located.

    • Would like to hear what kind of system you installed, the cost of it and who is doing the monitoring. I do have the skills to hook it up. I already have 3 security cameras outside my house but I’m the only one monitoring at the moment. I don’t understand why we need a company to monitor it. Is there a way to setup alarms on your cell in case of a break in?
      Thank you!!

  11. This article brings up several good points. The first is that many people may not initially feel confident enough to install their own home security system. However, the author also makes clear that this one may be tied up in thinking about the way security systems used to be.

    In the past, most systems were hired wired. They were big and bulky pieces of equipment which all had to be placed properly and in certain sections of the home. It required a lot of drilling and cutting in order to connect and insert all the wires properly.

    Today, the security systems are much different. Now, most of the better systems (if not all) are wireless. They are not bulky and do not require any type of cutting or wiring or even drilling. In fact, with much of the equipment today, you simply need to decide where you want it to go and then just use a peel and stick method to install. What could be simpler?

    In short, installing your own home security system is indeed effective. It is also very secure, since most of the systems come right out of the box ready for use. You may have to call the company and/or the monitoring service to get things initialized, but that is about it. Plug it in and it is ready to go!

    Security is enhanced if you also decide to use a professional home monitoring service, which is a recommended addition. This way, you can set the system up so that you know someone is keeping a close eye on your home 24/7/365. If there is ever any issue, a call will be sent to the police and proper authorities (with a confirmation call possibly made to yourself as well). What could be more secure than that?

    Additionally, since there are a lot of different kinds of equipment and technologies offered, such a system and installation can be totally customized. You do not have to rely on a cookie cutter approach to installation that many services and installation companies seem to want to use. Place your equipment anywhere that you like! In fact, you can even use equipment that makes it possible for you to monitor your cameras over a secure intranet while far from home. You may even be able to use an app for your smart phone to do the same thing, plus add in some degree of home automation. This includes being able to control the lights, thermostat, video and TV components, and a number of other functions within the house, even while you are away.

    The equipment choices are varied. Start by adding cameras, both external and internal. The base station is the brain of the system, enabling communication between the home and the monitoring company, phones, and the intranet. Choose from a number of sensors, which can monitor movement, entry, smoke and heat detection and even carbon monoxide levels.

  12. If you have made the decision to purchase a home security system the next thing you must decide is who will install it. Fortunately, today there are many options for getting this done. Obviously, you could hire a professional alarm installation company. Or, you may even be able to do this on your own.

    Most systems today are actually quite easy to configure and install. Everything is basically ready to go right out of the box. You will have your basic control panel, which is essentially the brain of this system. This is what allows your sensors to communicate with the monitoring company. This box should be located in a convenient place, bearing in mind that you will likely only have between 15 and 60 seconds to enter your code into the panel upon entry into the home.

    Once you have connected this box to the wall (or wherever you want to place it), the rest is easy. Most of the sensors are simply peel and stick. Put them in strategic locations and then make sure this gives adequate coverage.

  13. I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to paying for a service from somebody. I might protest once or twice, but basically, if I am paying someone to do a job, I usually end up caving and letting them do it the way they want to rather than the way I want it done. When it comes to my home security, I don't even want to go down that road. I don't want any high pressure sales or anything like that. That's why I would prefer to do it myself. Then, if I need to add something, it's not a bid deal. There are no debates or anything like that. I can just order another sensor, or another camera, or whatever it is I need.

    I really don't think I would like a stranger knowing the ins and outs of security at my house either. I am sure they go through some kind of screening process, but I am not the one screening them. I don't know about you, but one of the first things I learned about safety was not to talk to strangers. I am pretty sure this would fall somewhere in that category. I'd rather get some kind of do-it-yourself home security system. I would just feel safer.

  14. Okay, when I first read the title of this article, I just thought to myself, "No way."  I mean I could just see so many holes in this type of thing and things that could go wrong. 

    To be honest, I just would not trust that a system I built myself would operate effectively.  Like if I followed a kit that had instructions, I would give it a chance, but just following plans and building willy nilly are not for me. 

    However, your article almost made me feel like I could.  I almost feel like I can go out there and buy a few things and create a system for my home, however I just worry that one little thing won't be plugged in right or I would be missing one part and when I need the alarm or the cameras to be working, they aren't.  Like I said before, I think selling a DIY kit would be great.  After reading this article, I feel confident about doing something like that.  See a DIY kit will have all of the pieces right there, and you could just assemble it based on their instructions and know that it will work.

  15. With crime and burglary statistics on the rise, many people are concerned about the safety of their homes and personal property. This has led to a large increase in sales of home security systems and devices. But all of this has led an intelligent person to ask the question of whether all of this is really needed.

    Actually, there are many systems today which are very easy to install. Anyone who can peel and stick should really be able to install a simple do it yourself home security system. You would just literally stick some sensors in place and then connect a main control box (which would probably just involve a few screws and plugging it in).

    But even this may not really be necessary. There are a number of other things that can be done to help you and your family be safer. For example, put a chain on the front door and avoid leaving spare keys under the welcome mat (or really anyplace outside the home). Always lock all the doors and close all the windows and actually try getting to know your neighbors.

  16. When it comes to home security I can be a bit paranoid. My decision to move out into the country kind of made that worse for me. In town, I was worried about the people around me because one of my neighbors had already broken into my house. But here in the country, I have a barn to worry about and plenty of room for someone to hide. I was worried about getting a security system because I thought I could not afford it. Then I realized how much I could save by installing it myself. The only problem was, I wasn't sure if I could do it right.

    I happened to be chatting with a friend one day when she informed me that she had installed her own system because she did not want a stranger doing it. She didn't seem like the type to be able to install an alarm system, so I was kind of shocked. She showed me how she did it though and now my only problem is picking out the right company to get my security system from. If she can do it herself, I know I can!

  17. I love the suggestion of a self installed security system in the form of pepper spray. That one cracked me up. Sadly I would probably get sued if I installed those, so the thief would get my money either way, but it is an entertaining thought.

    Seriously though, I did buy a security system that I installed myself. I am not mechanically inclined and I don't know anything about electric or electronics, both of which I for some reason thought I was going to need to know in order to install my own security system. I did just fine though without any prior knowledge and trust me, if I can do it anyone can.

    It was pretty easy to set up. It was probably more time consuming to actually attach the devices than anything else, but I did not hesitate to call customer service when I had  problem or question. Everything went pretty smoothly though, so there were not a lot of calls. It was nice knowing I could get help if I want it though. But don't let your friends know how easy it is. Let them think you went into techno geek mode overnight.

  18. The author of this article gives a fairly comprehensive overview of the different components which could be used to create your own do it yourself (DIY) home security system. Personally, I think everyone interested in having a security system should at least consider the DIY option, since this is easier today than it has ever been before.

    One of the basic components of a system is outdoor security cameras. Really all that needs to be done here is simply mount them in the desired position. Obviously, pick one that is intended for outdoor use. Wireless cameras will be easier to install than their wired versions.

    Indoor sensors and detectors come in all different varieties. This includes smoke and heat detectors, which can be a real life saver. You may also consider a carbon monoxide detector, since this deadly gas often strikes with no warning. Those homeowners living in low-lying areas may want to consider flood water sensors.

    Of course, even more basic options include motion sensors inside the home, along with motion sensitive spotlights outside the home. These can both be very helpful in detecting an intruder.

     

  19. Once the decision has been made to purchase a home security system, the next decision is what type and who should install it. There are certainly a wide range of options to choose from today. Many people will automatically assume that a professional company should be hired to install the system. However, this may not be the correct choice. For starters, this can be an expensive decision. Also, many of the new modern security systems today are very easy to install. It is highly likely that you could do this on your own. And if you have questions, they have video tutorials, online help and on-call help to guide you.

    Most systems are wireless and have only a few basic parts, no matter how large or complicated yours may be. The brains of the system will be the base unit. This is already programmed and basically ready to go. The only thing that needs to be done is to connect it to a wall and then plug it in and turn it on. Next comes the control panel or keypad. This is an easy peel and stick installation somewhere near the front door. Finally, peel and stick a number of sensors in the right places to make sure you are covered. Installing sensors is probably where you'll need the most guidance from the company you buy from so don't hesitate to call them.

  20. I can see why people would want to try do it yourself home security options. Money is already tight and people want to protect what they have, but it probably cost a bit more to hire someone to come install the system professionally. I know that I probably could not afford to hire a company to do it. I have actualy been looking into it because I have had things stolen before and now my son and I live out in the country, where there are even fewer people to observe anything that might go on in or around my home. That really makes me stop and think about investing in a home security system.

    I have to believe that the system can not be that hard to install. I mean, they sell them and people install them, so there you go. I am no fool and I am actually pretty handy with the hand tools, so I can see myself putting in a system like this. Of course, I would make sure to test it before I relied on it, but the idea of putting in a home security system like this is beginning to look more and more attractive to me.

  21. I have always wondered whether it was really possible to actually create and install my own home security system. According to this author, not only is it possible, but many of the components are actually pretty easy to install. One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that technology has advanced so far. It is actually quite simple to install a wireless system. Gone are the days when putting in a security system meant tearing up carpets, cutting into walls and running new wires everywhere throughout the house. Today, just mount a camera or a sensor wherever you like and then connect it to a computer or other wireless device.

    When considering your options, the author points out that hiring a professional installer can be expensive. While this expense may be justified in some cases, many times a homeowner with a little motivation and the willingness to try is able to do just fine.

    Thanks to technology, the number of available options to choose from is constantly growing. You can install things like cameras, wireless motion detectors, smoke and heat detectors, glass break detectors, door and window contacts, motion sensitive spotlights and more.

  22. As a home security system consultant, I can say with total certainty that most people are very concerned about the installation process. The author of this article correctly points out most of the newer systems are now made available almost exclusively on a do it yourself basis. This makes many people a bit concerned when they first hear this. They have a mental picture of having to rip up carpets and drill into walls, along with installing a lot of wires.

    This picture could not be further from the truth today. The author actual goes as far as stating that if you are able to operate your microwave and television you should not have any problem with the installation.

    The basic process is pretty straightforward. The sensors (door, window, motion) just use sticky pads for easy installation. Then you will plug in the control panel in an appropriate (the author says inconspicuous) location and call the alarm company to activate the system. Please do not forget to obtain a permit from your town, city or other local authority. That certainly sounds easy and I can say that almost anyone is capable of accomplishing this. 

  23. I would love to avoid the cost of having someone come in and install a security system for me. But I am not sure that I would be able to do it without screwing something up. Of course, I can't be the only person to have this concern, so maybe they already thought of that?

    If I could install my own security system, that would be ideal. See, one of my fears living alone is that if I hired someone to install it, they would know everything about it. When it comes to my security I would really prefer that no one know anything about the details of it aside from me. I think I would even keep some of the details from my son. It's not that I don't trust him. It's just that he might share the details without meaning to or he might get scared about the things we are protecting ourselves from. My guess is that some of those details wouldn't even enter his mind unless I said something to him.

    I think I might do some more checking into this. As long as they give me something like "Home Security Installation for Idiots", I might be able to do it.

  24. The author of this article is obviously very knowledgeable about the home security market, especially the do it yourself side of things. I found this writing quite helpful, since I have been considering my own DIY home security project for some time. I think that the information included here will be beneficial for anyone who is in a similar situation or just wants to find out a little more about what types of options are available.

    The best part of this article, in my opinion was the run down of the various types of equipment which can be installed. For me, the best place to start is with external cameras. I really liked the fact that so many of these are now available and that they really are durable and weatherproof. I also like the option to be able to see the camera right on my computer. I would also imagine this could be connected to a monitoring company or system as well.

    Another excellent addition to a home security system is carbon monoxide detectors. The author points out that these are great ways to keep safe from a silent killer.

  25. I'm not sure that I would be confident if I did a home security system in my house and hooked it up myself. I think I would feel better if I just paid a company to install the system.It could just be me being paranoid, but if I'm going to put out the money for a home security system, I want to know that it's going to work to protect my family. But if a whole system works together and I happen to hook it up wrong, I'm putting my family in jeopardy without meaning to.

    The only home security measures I feel comfortable doing on my own is to hook up things like a new lock on the door or picking out a really vicious dog. But, I guess there are some advantages if you're goog with that kind of thing. You can hook it up so that the system is tailored to the needs of your family and home. You can use only what you need and want rather than purchasing  package that has things that serve people in a generic realm.I just know I would feel better if I paid a professional to come out and hook up exactly what I need.

  26. I think more people are looking into this option, not because they are looking for a cheaper solution, but because they've read the reviews of the leading home security companies. I was excited when ADT started offering security options for renters, but after doing a bit of research online, I was completely turned off by the company. The horror stories I found of people reviewing the company was shocking. Many of these people had been with other companies that had been bought out by ADT, but were treated horribly.

    Of course, you can't deny that price is also a factor. When you create your own home security system, you own the equipment, you can make changes as necessary, and you can invest the amount you feel comfortable with. You may even be able to purchase used equipment at discount prices. The truth is the do it yourself home security system allows you to start with something as small as window alarms that cost less than $10 per window to a complete system that costs over $1,000.

    What people really worry about though is how safe this option is. The truth is it will take hours of research and hard work to find a system that you feel is worthy. This means reading reviews, deciding on your needs, choosing a company that offers the right technology (such as the use of a system through your smartphone), and something that will be easy for you to install and use, while offering the best security.

    Whether or not do it yourself home security is right for you is something that only you can answer. Those that lack tech skills, may want to opt for a home security company, but those that love DIY projects, and want to take security into their own hands, may be better suited for a do it yourself system.

  27. Monitoring is also an important issue! Most certainly, having a monitored solution for your alarm is the best option. I think it would be pointless to go through the trouble of picking out a system and then having it installed, only to not connect it to some type of monitoring. After all, the monitor can watch your home 24/7. Not only that, but they will be sure to contact the police and other authorities the second there is trouble.

    What other options are there? The author points out that you could certainly choose to self monitor. Since not much time is spent going over that option I think this person feels pretty much I do. That it is not a wise decision to use self monitoring. After all, we all have lives to live and will not be able to spend 24/7 with our eyes glued to a computer screen watching mostly empty video of our house. Then again, if something were to happen, what would we do? Assuming we were in the home, would we notice the threat in time to take any action? Assuming that we did, how long would it take the police to arrive?

     

  28. This was an excellent article which gave a lot of good advice and an interesting perspective on the whole idea of home alarms and security systems. Ever since my lawnmower was stolen I have not been able to get this idea out of my head. At the same time, all of the various options are a bit confusing and I am not sure whether to do it myself or hire an alarm installation company.

    This article was able to give some interesting perspective. I was not aware that the DIY security market was so large. In fact, after reading a number of the options listed here, I think I may just try to go ahead and do this on my own.

    The more I think about, though, the more I realize that there could be another option which is a compromise between the two. Maybe buy a system outright and then hire someone else to simply install it. This does not need to be a security installation company. It could just be a local handy man; although I would certainly suggest making sure that they have done this type of work.

     

  29. These are all some great options for home security. And as a do it yourself kind of gal, I can appreciate that people want to save money by avoiding hiring a contractor. That all makes good sense, just as long as you recognize your skill set and the security features you want to have installed. I can install locks, lights, and motion detectors, but there are detectors that look for a lot more than motion and I wouldn't feel safe installing them on my own. I mean, I'm pretty good at plumbing, but that doesn't mean I have any business trying to set up my own well and septic system…because I know my limits.

    There are security detectors that can sense changes in temperature and waves that I didn't even know we could detect until I read up on some of these security systems. I would not even attempt to try to install anything like that because I don't even understand how it works. If I don't grasp the basics about how something works, I have no business at all trying to install a system that does such things. If you're worried about your safety, then just be sure to take the right measures when it comes to protecting it.

  30. This article fully illustrates the options you have to protect your home from burglars, and what an alarm system can do to add an extra layer of protection. Here is a quick look at what popular studies believe that burglars go through when they decide to break into a house:

    First, you should keep in mind that burglars are not professionals. Truly professional burglars tend to be in prison, because they are eventually caught! The other professionals, not yet caught, focus on very lucrative targets, typically businesses carrying expensive inventory or mansion-like homes with lax security. So the only thieves you really need to worry about are the semi-professionals who may troll your neighborhood or – more likely – the total amateurs who barely know what they are doing. Most robberies are committed by local teens looking for to make a few easy bucks, or just to do some damage.

    This means that the amount of casing these amateurs will do is minimal at best. They tend to be attracted to homes with a lot of curb appeal, houses that look wealthy from the outside. They like single-story houses, because no robber will move up to the top story of a house unless it can be helped or unless the master bedroom is up there somewhere. They won't want to pick locks, or even smash windows. Almost all burglars prefer to find windows and doors that are already open, and if nothing is unlocked they won't even try to break in! If they notice signs on your house that say it is protected by a security system, they probably won't even bother.

    One of the effects of higher numbers of security systems is that thieves start to get smarter. Specifically, they start turning into cons. So amidst all your work to find a reliable security system, be on the guard for more straightforward tactics, too. A semi-pro often pretends to be selling things in order to get a quick look at the inside of the house, an ancient tactic that is still often effective. But with increased security, the semi-pros are changing tactics to try and steal what they can at these brief meetings: Namely, information. If they can pretend to be insurance salespeople, census collectors, and workers for the government, they may be able to get valuable identity information from you that they can use for identity theft without actually stealing any objects from your house.

    So, while protecting your valuables while you are away is excellent, remember to protect your valuables while you are still in the house. Act sensibly, and never give away private information to strangers. If you suspect someone, ask to see their credentials and phone the visit in. In other words, be as careful of at-the-door surveys and questions as you would receiving a suspicious email on your computer. This adds a mental layer of protection that may be the last thing you need to fully secure your home against intruders in every way.

  31. Though the idea of doing my own home security sounds appealing, I think you really would have to know what you were doing.  I guess installing your own camera would be simple enough for most people, but the other elements might get to be a little tougher, and then I would worry about it not working.  At least with a professional company, you have that added guarantee.  Now that I think of it though, a few years ago, I probably never would have thought that I would be able to do half of the things I do on the computer.  Hmm, I guess if the instructions are clear enough, and you keep your goals in mind, you can probably pull off a pretty good job with this.

  32. I recently installed a very good, reputable DIY domestic alarm system here in UK. When I went to a number of the local alarm monitoring companies they declined my business on the basis that the alarm was not installed by a registered service provider. Can anyone recommend a monitoring service provider in the UK market?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jim from Drill Press Reviews

  33. Thanks for this article. Front Point looks to have most of what I’m looking for as far as home security, monitoring, home automation, and the DIY installation. While doing some Googling I also came across a company called LifeShield. They appear to offer a very similar offering at a lower monthly cost. What is the difference between the two?

    • LifeShield offers broadband monitoring with an optional cellular back up. They charge $199 to upgrade to the cellular link. Cellular back up is not a safe option in home security because it only kicks in after the broadband connection has been tried several times by the central monitoring station. Many precious minutes can pass by before cellular back up kicks in. Front Point offers 100% cellular monitoring as a first line of defense. Front Point offers a system that is virtually undefeatable by an intruder and does not rely on any other connections such as phone lines or Internet cables.

      Secondly, LifeShield is a proprietary company, which means you do not have the option of having another company monitor you if you are unhappy, hence the “no contract” incentive. They are well aware that the customer cannot go anywhere else without purchasing new equipment with another company! Front Point is non-proprietary and therefore the customer can have any company monitor their equipment.

      Finally, their monitoring package does not include home automation. Front Point offers light control with its Interactive Monitoring and several other home automation features with its Ultimate Monitoring package including video, thermostat control, locks and lights.

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