Home security systems are no longer comprised of the clunky boxes, wired windows and complicated installation processes that your parents had. You can now get affordable wireless alarm systems with burglary and fire monitoring features that you can customize and install yourself. DIY security system installation is easy, and anyone can do it, even if you don’t have an engineering degree! It’s quick and easy, and there is no need to pay hundreds of dollars in installation fees. Each wireless system is unique, but the basic steps are going to be the same:
1. Assess Your Needs.
How many doors and windows do you have? Who will be using your security system? Do you need to monitor, arm and disarm your alarm via mobile access using smartphone apps and the internet? You should also know what type of communication methods you plan to use. Do you have reliable high speed internet or would you prefer to get a cellular unit for your security system?
2. Compare Prices and Buy Only What You Need
You should be able to find out the exact cost for the equipment and monitoring fees you want on the internet or over the phone. If any company forces you to make an appointment with a salesman and get professional installation, make a run for it!
3. Open the Box and Read/Watch the Directions Carefully
When you get your new DIY system, check that you’ve received the pieces you paid for, and read the directions before you start any installation. Many new systems also have instructional DVDs or websites with installation videos so that you can watch and learn. If you can follow simple instructions, there is no reason you can’t install your own security system and save hundreds of dollars.
4. Install It Yourself
Just use the enclosed batteries and adhesive tape to set up the system yourself; it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, depending on how many components you need to install and how big of a system you’ve purchased. Now, you’re ready to take it for a spin – or are you?
5. Get a Permit
Some towns, cities and municipalities require residents to get alarm system permits which are free or which have a small fee. Conduct an internet search or contact your local government to find out more – with any luck, you won’t have to worry about getting a permit in your area.
6. Test it Out
Some states mandate that each new security system have a 7-day probation period for users to test out the system and try a few false alarms without summoning the police every five minutes. So, confirm the status of your probation period (if you have one) and start using your DIY security system as though it was fully functional – it’s the best way to learn!
7. Use Your System Every Day
Your home is best protected when you use your system every day and night. Did you know that more than 50% of all break-ins happen during daylight hours when everyone on your block is at work? The burglars only need 5 minutes to get in, steal your stuff, and get away, so protect your home even when you walk the dog or run to the store.
Securing your home is important, and most of us don’t have time to wait for fast-talking salesmen or professional installers who don’t show up. Companies like LifeShield offer “Plug and Protect” wireless security systems so anyone can have a “do-it-yourself” security system, even without prior experience or expertise. Some security systems are just loud alarms, or don’t come with fire monitoring features. Make sure you know what you are buying and how it works. You can read online reviews and find out about the customer service experiences of others before you buy. Most importantly, don’t let someone else sell you on an expensive installation package, or try to tell you what you need – you yourself know how to protect your loved ones and sentimental valuables. With the right system and support, you can do it all by yourself!
Author: Jen Taylor never sits still. She loves to travel and visit new places. She is 8 states short of her goal to visit all 50 states by the time she is 35. After being mugged when she was 18, she often writes about crime to spread safety tips and help others avoid theft and stay safe.