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How to Install Your Own Home Security System

Surveillance Cameras and Burglar Alarms

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This article was updated on 03/01/19. Happy National Dadgum That’s Good Day!

Home security is one of the most important things to any homeowner. Protecting your family and the place where they live is something everyone needs to do.

If you’re not satisfied with your home security and family protection plan, it can be tough to feel comfortable in your own living space.

Two Main Components for Home Crime Prevention

Generally speaking, there are two categories of components to consider, of which the homeowner can mix and match as the situation demands. The first is the exterior surveillance camera.

The camera serves two purposes—first, if a break-in does occur, a recorded image with a digital time stamp can provide the police with valuable evidence. Secondly, its mere presence serves as a deterrent; a crook will likely move on to an easier target.

The second component is comprised of interior perimeter sensors and alarms, possibly augmented with interior motion sensors. When activated, they can trigger a loud alarm and/or a notification to a commercial monitoring company. Installing your own system is a great and doable DIY project for any homeowner or renter.

The new generation of commercial monitors can use wireless technology so that even if the burglar finds some wires to cut, he can’t prevent a signal from going out; you can’t snip wireless signals and few crooks use signal-blocking technology.

There are a lot of great options for buying and installing your own security system. Especially for those who feel handy and confident with tools, it’s not always necessary to call in a professional company or contractor to have them install state-of-the-art gadgets and technology.

Home Security Kits are Versatile

You can affordably purchase a relatively complete system and install it yourself with minimal cost and work. In fact, it’s a lot easier to buy a relatively complete kit than it is to get all the components of your home alarm system individually.

They’re sold as kits specifically for this purpose, and most of these are priced in between 100 and 200 dollars—a completely affordable price, given the value you’ll be getting out of it. The Simplisafe wireless system is a good example. Add to that the added security that there are no wires for the crooks to cut.

System Compatibility is Essential for Add-On Components

Customizing this kit is an option, as well. Instead of buying all the individual components, you can think about buying a kit and then making additions to it.

If this is your method of choice, make sure you check to verify that all the parts and components will be compatible with each other, so you don’t wind up buying parts that you’re not able to use.

You can check a number of online locations or local stores to find the kit you need to protect your place and be proactive in preventing a break-in or home invasion.

Map Out Your System Architecture

Once you’ve assembled your kit and/or components, you’re ready to start formulating your plan. A security system won’t be very effective if it’s not installed with a good amount of forethought.

This, of course, varies in its importance depending on how large and complex the layout of your house is. If you’ve got a small home, you’re fine with just making sure you cover all the entrances, exits, and windows.

On the other hand, if your house has a more complicated floor plan, then it just stands to reason that you will want to develop a more detailed plan.

Locate a Centralized Control Hub

All of the alarm trip locations should lead back to a central hub. If you’re deciding where to locate the hub, then you might gather a clue or two by studying the electrical or wiring layout in your particular residence.

Whatever your options, it’s best to choose a place that’s easily accessible to you, and then install the control keypad nearby.

This should also be a location that’s not the first place one might look but is easily accessible if one knows where to look. Hiding it slightly might work to your advantage in an emergency.

For example, if you have a staircase in your home, there is usually a small room underneath it. Just inside the door close to the light switch is a good central location.

Finally, Program Your Security Keypad

You can program your keypad a variety of ways, depending on the manufacturer, and the options available now are numerous. It’s only gotten easier and easier to protect your home and your family, and with a home security system you installed yourself, you can feel that added measure of pride in your work.

Even expert locksmith services are no match for a well-placed alarm system, and you can make sure your home is an impenetrable fortress of safety with your very own home security.

I hope you enjoyed this article on installing your own home security system and found it helpful in making your choices. If so, please share the link with friends and social media. And if you have some related ideas please share them with our readers in the comment section below.

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