Traditional burglar alarm systems have a control panel located in a closet, utility room or other out-of-the-way location. A keypad is installed at the main entry area to the home for arming/disarming and usually provide Fire-Police-Medical panic buttons. Motion, door and windows sensors (often called “contacts”) are installed either hardwired or wireless. Smoke, heat, CO, gas sensors and a variety of flood, freeze and panic sensors are also available.
These typical burglar/fire alarm systems are professionally installed and monitored and most offer some sort of smart phone app for remote control and monitoring of your security system. These features are the base line to compare all DIY systems.
In the last few years there has been an emergence of DIY alarm systems that can offer similar performance, if installed correctly. There is more to installing an alarm system than sticking devices around your home and thinking you’re protected. Improperly installed sensors cause false alarms, a lot of false alarms. When Police are dispatched and there is no problem, you can be charged or even worse. A police department might not respond due to a history of false alarms or you stop using the system. Where is the benefit to you and your family?
With a little careful planning, following instructions and patience you can install a DIY system and be confident it will protect your family.
IMPORTANT – All alarm systems can fail and at some point they will fail. I am never sent to a home or business to repair a working system. The goal is to install a system so as to provide the most reliable security system possible for as long as possible.