Do-It-Yourself Burglar Alarms
Install Your Own Home Security System
We live in the era of affordable do-it-yourself home improvement. And home security systems, devices and burglar alarms are no exception. Now, more than ever, you have the flexibility to go out and buy locally or online a huge range of security kits made just for easy installation. Some of them are actually quite sophisticated.
Whole D.I.Y. Home Security Systems
A complete home security system is one that covers all the same basics included in most standard professionally installed home systems. Kits like these can be bought from some home improvement stores, full-service hardware stores, from a security and alarm store on online through a security retailer or home system provider. In a basic DIY home kit you’ll get:
- One or more system keypads
- A main control panel
- One or more window and door sensors or detectors
- One or more wireless motion detectors
- Wiring, installation and configuration guides
These are the basics. You may even be able to install a system that lets you self monitor your home security system via an internet browser. Keep a watchful eye on your home while you’re at work or away on vacation or business.
Specialty Security Kits for DIYers
But you can certainly ramp up your system with any number of additional security devices and kits, including some pretty sophisticated technology:
- CCTV and surveillance video camera sets are available in kits that let you configure between 4 and 20 security cameras in and around your home. Depending upon how technically savvy you are you may be able to wire them directly into your home’s system or opt to purchase wireless camera devices.
- Intrusion detection kits that include a more expansive selection of anti-intrusion devices lets you add to your home security arsenal. You may find diy security kits that package up sets of wireless motion detectors, glass break detectors and additional door and window sensors. Before you buy make sure the kit you purchase is compatible with any pre-existing home security system you have. But in most cases wireless add-on devices like these are fairly easy to integrate.
The list of home security kits designed for self-installation and weekend handymen is endless.
Tips for Buying DIY Home Security Kits
Before you go and drop a lot of money on do-it-yourself burglar alarm kits and whole security systems, make sure you actually will save money:
- Many security companies offer system installation for free when you agree to a monthly monitoring contract.
- If you already have a home security system and are expanding with additional devices make sure your kit is compatible with your existing components and easily integrated.
- Buy from a reputable security company.