The quality of a DIY home security system is going to impact its effectiveness. Some are better than others. Also, the quality of installation is going to be a factor. We recommend having this sort of system set up by a professional home security company. When you pay for professional installation, it may be a lot more affordable than you expect and you’ll know that every component has been set up carefully and properly.
It is possible to set up a do-it-yourself home security system on your own. So, you will have choices. Now, let’s talk about the possible security holes that may be opened up when you opt for this type of system…
Basic DIY Security System Facts
These systems are self-monitoring systems. They allow homeowners to monitor their homes on their own. For example, if a smoke alert or intruder alarm is tripped, you’ll receive an alert via your chosen communication mode. It may be a smart phone application, SMS message (text) or phone call. Also, if you’ve added neighbors, friends or family to your security network, they’ll receive alerts too, via their preferred modes of communication. After you receive a communication about a triggered alarm, you’ll need to take action by getting in touch with authorities. Authorities will then visit you to check out the situation.
With a DIY home security system, there won’t be professional monitoring. With professional monitoring, a call center, which is located within a central monitoring station, will monitor your home security system.
You will need to pay a monthly amount for pro monitoring. With a DIY system, you won’t have to pay for pro monitoring.
In general, we find that do-it-yourself security systems are really reliable. However, a lot depends on the homeowner and his or her level of diligence. Basically, you’re responsible for responding to alerts, in addition to anyone else that you’ve chosen to receive the same alerts. Fast response is vital when trouble arises! Can you trust the other people in your network to take appropriate and sensible action if they have to?
With a pro monitoring system, a call center worker will run through a list of designated people before contacting local authorities. With the self-monitored option, you’ll have the option of contacting 911 right away. This is a good thing, unless you’re the type of person who tends to be incommunicado sometimes.
In other words, if you tend to turn off your smart phone sometimes or run out its battery when you’re away from a charger, you may find that you don’t receive important alerts in a timely manner. In a worst-case scenario, someone could clean out your home (steal your valuables, electronics, fine jewelry, etc.) before you even know that that criminal is inside of your home.
If you’re diligent about checking your smart phone, the pitfall of not receiving an alert right away probably wont ever apply and you’re a good candidate for a DIY home security system which features self-monitoring. These days, many of us are addicted to checking our smart phones often…and maybe even too much! Those who are consistent about checking their smart phones frequently have the right routines for monitoring DIY-style home security systems.
Is Professional Installation Important?
It’s easier to have someone else, who has experience and the right skills, install your DIY home security system. However, many people who aren’t particularly handy or tech-savvy manage to do the job flawlessly, without paying for professional installation. Installing your system on your own will save you a little cash and energy. Overall, systems of this type are fairly easy to install. However, you will need to consider your own comfort level. If you aren’t good at tasks like this and don’t usually perform them, it might be smarter to pay a pro to take care of it for you.
Let’s Summarize the Drawbacks
We’ve talked about the way that monitoring for DIY home security systems is limited. This means that you’ll be in charge of responding. No one at a central station will monitor your system for you and take action if there’s a problem. As well, if you install your system on your own, there will always be the risk of improper installation.
The key “hole” in this type of security system is the fact that there won’t be a connection to an emergency team when a problem crops up. In contrast, a professionally-monitored system of high quality will provide direct access to medical and police personnel if an emergency happens with your home. DIY systems don’t have this direct access functionality. So, you’ll need to get in touch with emergency teams yourself when something happens. This may or may not impact the amount of time that it takes emergency teams to get to your home.
Also, when you choose the DIY security system option, you’ll need to get the system repaired if it’s not working properly. With a pro-monitored system, the security company will carry the responsibility for repairing the system. If you do go for DIY, you should pay careful attention to maintenance. Also, when problems with the system occur, try to analyze them immediately and then do something to fix them.
Sometimes, DIY home security systems have less innovation than pro-monitored home security systems. Sure, DIY systems work with smart phone apps, text systems and phone systems. However, the latest non-DIY systems of superb quality are typically feature-packed and come with technology which is truly cutting-edge.
Which Option Is Right For You?
Your home is probably the biggest investment that you’ll ever make. It’s also a place where special objects, which may have priceless sentimental value, are found. Now that you know about the potential security holes in DIY home security systems, you’ll be ready to weigh the pros and cons and decide whether to go for a DIY system or a professionally monitored system.
Everyone is different, so do make a point of considering your lifestyle, budget and expectations before choosing a new home security system.