This post was originally published on June 6, 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

With outlets such as Pinterest and HGTV growing in popularity, there has been an uptick in do-it-yourself (DIY) ventures. Home security is no exception.

However, when it comes to home security installation and monitoring, taking the DIY route can put you and your family at risk if it isn’t done properly. Finding the right equipment and services is a vital piece to the DIY home security equation.

Educate Yourself on Equipment Capabilities and Setup Needs

More and more security companies are offering a DIY approach to home security. Bundled DIY packages (comprised of sensors, cameras, keypads and environmental detectors) cut costs for homeowners, as installation and maintenance are left to the consumer.

Home security installation, however, involves more than simply hooking up the technology. This is why education is key to properly selecting and installing equipment. Take the time to understand how equipment works, what is needed to properly set it up and maintenance requirements. Read up on the following in depth:

The best vendors will include detailed setup instructions and support contact information alongside equipment to simplify the installation process.

Ensure Equipment Connects to True Professional Monitoring

Professional home monitoring is a keynote element of full-service security companies that is not always offered for DIY options. Without professional monitoring, you’re left to notify emergency personnel yourself if a problem arises. This can be high-risk in those situations where every second counts or when you are unable to personally respond.

Reduce the Chances of Your System Being Hacked

Installing your security system on your own poses a greater risk of criminals hacking into the safety measures you set in place. According to of the 10 DIY systems they tested, half were vulnerable to hacking.

Not everyone has the same knowledge when it comes to technology, so it’s important to find a provider that can install your equipment with the necessary cybersecurity measures. Expert technicians do installations every day and know what to look for to protect against hacking.

Work With a Trusted Vendor

Work with a security vendor that has the experience and the expertise needed to provide you and your loved ones with quality DIY services and products.

Effective vendors will use their extensive security expertise and experience to pre-vet security and automation technologies for you—ensuring they support homeowners’ needs in a safe manner. As a result, recommended products are best of breed, built for security and performance, and adhere to industry quality standards.

Ready for professional installation from an expert? Contact Vector Security today.