The do-it-yourself (DIY) home security market has grown in popularity and sophistication. Some security providers report up to 30% of new product sales are comprised of DIY security products.
DIY home security is an excellent choice for homeowners who want to have total control over security equipment and costs.
Get the Most Out of Your DIY Home Security
While DIY security may seem like the perfect solution, it must be purchased from a reliable vendor and installed properly to gain maximum security benefits. Ignoring vital best practices could result in a security breach.
Let’s take a look at the top four security safeguards for your DIY equipment.
- Educate yourself (and your loved ones) on products. Because you’ll be handing installation and setup of your DIY security devices, carefully read product specifications. Know your devices’ capabilities and features, and operation best practices. Improper installation and use will result in ineffective security.
- Secure your network. Because many DIY security devices are wireless, ensure protection of your network and security devices from hackers. Strong passwords, antivirus software and basic Wi-Fi best practices will safeguard your network.
- Discourage robbers. Even if you’ve implemented DIY security, complement it with tricks to give the illusion that you’re home, even when you’re not. Tactics include putting lights on timers or adjusting them remotely via smartphone, tablet or desktop, regularly collecting mail, and keeping your yard well landscaped. This will discourage anyone who could be canvassing your neighborhood looking for empty homes.
- Prioritize monitoring. Some security vendors offer connectivity to a monitoring center, which contacts emergency personnel once they’ve confirmed with the homeowners there’s a crisis. Make it a priority to work with a vendor who provides this service so you can ensure there is always a direct connection to police, firefighters and other authorities.
Above all, it’s essential to connect with your trusted vendor. The best DIY home security equipment meets your needs, and industry standards and best practices. Your vendor can help you assess the latter, giving peace of mind in your product selection.
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