Don’t Do it Yourself: Why DIY Home Security Spells Trouble

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by under Monitoring, Personal Safety, Security, Top Tips

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 monitoring, taking the DIY route can put you and your family at risk.

Equipment Placement Concerns

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

But this doesn’t negate the need for trained installation professionals. Though you may fancy yourself a “handyman,” home security installation is much more than simply hooking up the technology.

Trained professionals understand an intruder’s mindset, giving them the knowledge and knowhow to survey your home for optimal sensor and camera placement. With DIY home security, this process is often a guessing game—a dangerous one at that.

Improperly placed equipment can leave gaps in your security

It can also lead to an uptick in false alarms. For example, a temperature change of glass, pets, small children and other triggers can prompt false motion detector alarms. Professional design support ensures that no detail is overlooked and systems are reliable.

Compromising True Professional Monitoring

Professional home monitoring is a keynote element of full-service security companies. However, many DIY kit resellers neglect this very core necessity in their offerings.

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.

DIY Maintenance Becomes a Solo Effort

Proper maintenance is key to the longevity of any home security system. When choosing the DIY route, you are left to handle this task alone.

Best vendors offer a maintenance package along with your service contract. A professional will come to your home to assess the state of your system. While there, they will:

  • Check to see that batteries are functioning properly.
  • Ensure that transmitted signals are being received by the monitoring center.
  • Perform controlled tests on panic buttons.
  • Check to see that sensors have not come loose.
  • Repair any damaged or malfunctioning parts of the system.

With a DIY system, there’s nobody to tell you if your equipment needs upgraded or maintained.

When it’s time to make the choice, how will you decide? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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