You will find many different DIY security systems offered by various retailers that could be extremely beneficial to anyone who possesses the required skills in making one of these systems a main part of their home,s overall security.
The two main types of (DIY) do it yourself security systems that many online & offline retailers have to offer are:
Home Alarm Systems (wired, wireless & hybrid) that mainly provide electronic security coverage to your home's perimeter.
Video Surveillance Systems CCTV cameras inside and outside your home, where motion can be recorded 24/7 & video footage captured by the cameras can be monitored live Via the Internet.
If you are thinking about installing one of these DIY security systems in your home there are several things you will want to consider prior to doing so.
The physical security of your home is your first and most important line of defense.
To make your home as secure as reasonably possible, it is very important that physical security measures are implemented prior to installing a home alarm or video surveillance system.
It is unbelievable how many people who have spent large sums of money on a home alarm system & have totally ignored the most basic physical security measures.
Your second line of defense is the electronic security coverage to your homes perimeter that comes from your home alarm system & its various perimeter detection devices (sensors).
Even though a video surveillance system is an extremely effective security tool that can be diversely used in several home security applications, it is very important to install all physical & electronic security measures first.
A video surveillance system installed prior to the implementation of physical & or electronic security measures will, in all likelihood, provide yourself & your family with a false sense of security.
Anyone with basic DIY skills should not run into any problems installing the large majority of DIY security systems that the home security market has to offer with the possible exception of hardwired home alarm systems.
Out of all the DIY security systems a hardwired home alarm system would require a much higher skill level. It is the only DIY security system where it would be helpful for the installer to have a basic understanding of electronics.
Many do it yourself individuals are willing to try & accomplish new things especially if they feel the new task does not appear to be overly difficult for them.
When it comes to installing a wired alarm system for the first time you really should have a high level of confidence that you have the necessary skills to install the system correctly.
The last thing I want to do here is to try & discourage you not to install your own home alarm system, especially if that is something you would like to do.
Although it needs to be pointed out how crucially important it is for the system to be installed properly without any problems.
The FBI's Statistical data on home burglaries lists alarm systems not properly installed as one of the top reasons home alarm systems trigger so many false alarms.
If you are unaware of the scope of this problem, you will find other statistical data by the FBI that shows many law enforcement agencies throughout the US are experiencing a false alarm rate of over 90% in their communities. That means 9 out of every 10 calls they receive turn out to be a false alarm.
The only other DIY security system that could be considered a wired system would be a video surveillance system where all CCTV cameras are wired with video cable running from each camera to the security DVR.
Other than having to run wire throughout your home there are no other similarities between a wired alarm & a wired surveillance system. You may run into some difficulties in getting the video cable to go precisely where you want it to, but other than that, the rest is really just plug & play.
For a comprehensive look at what is required to setup & install CCTV wired cameras please visit my home security camera setups web page.
Wireless alarms & home security camera kits or systems containing wireless cameras are the easiest DIY security systems to install.
The different types of DIY security systems have their own set of unique issues that need to be addressed in order for you to discover what specific system will be most suitable for your needs.
It is not only important for you to install a DIY security system or kit that addresses what security issues you have; it must also be a suitable choice for those in your home who will need to interact with it.
Video Surveillance Kits
There are two types of video surveillance kits that you can choose from & the big difference between these kits are the two different types of security (DVR's) digital video recorders that are used.
There are numerous DIY security system kits for video surveillance available with some surveillance kits using what is known as a stand-alone DVR & other kits come with a computer based DVR.
These two security DVR's are not only different in the type of security they are capable of providing but they are also dissimilar from a usability stand point.
For anyone who needs to operate the surveillance system but has a limited knowledge of computers may in all likelihood find the PC based DVR somewhat difficult & challenging to operate.
For a comprehensive understanding of these two security DVR's along with everything else you will need to know for making an informed decision please visit my home security camera kits web page.
Wired & Wireless Alarm Systems
There is certainly no shortage of DIY security system kits when it comes to wireless home alarms. The biggest problem with wireless alarm kits is there are many wireless kits available that in my opinion were not designed with the end user in mind.
In fact the only thing one of these systems will provide you & your family with is a false sense of security. These wireless DIY security system kits I am referring to have the three main components of alarm system housed in the one unit; the control panel, keypad & the systems sounding device.
Many alarm monitoring companies also carry this useless DIY security system as their most basic system. You will also see certain monitoring companies offer it as a free alarm system in exchange for the consumer entering into a 3 year monitoring agreement.
To obtain a comprehensive understanding on why these wireless DIY security system kits should never be used to protect anyone's home please visit my wireless security system web page.
The only way you can choose the most appropriate DIY security system either wired or wireless is to obtain a basic understanding of the systems components & how they work. Acquiring a general understanding on how they work is the only way to obtain the insight & knowledge you need to make informed decisions.
Knowing precisely what you need your DIY security system to do is the first big step in identifying the system & components that will be suitable for your budget & your security needs.
For more than a decade now there has been an unprecedented increase in the number of people everywhere who have been violently victimized, raped & even murdered in their own homes.
This is due to an increase in the number of sexual predators attacking women of all ages in their homes & a very large increase in the number of home invasions across North America & parts of Europe.
With such an onslaught of violent criminals attacking & targeting innocent individuals & families many people in recent years have changed the way they have been securing their homes.
What was once the primary objective for home security has changed for many people as it is no longer about safeguarding the homes contents; it is now about the security protection of those living in the home.
A benefit of securing one's home in this manner will actually make the homes contents much safer as additional security measures make it much more difficult for an intruder to enter the home.
When it comes to choosing what detection sensors you will need for your homes perimeter, you need to use your own common sense for what you feel will work best.
Everyone's home is different & every area or community has different security issues & problems you need to safeguard your home & family against.
You may have seen many
alarm monitoring companies use PIR motion sensors as a perimeter
detection device & I strongly suggest you do not use them this way
as motion detectors are interior back up sensors.
With so many people wanting to prevent themselves & their families from becoming victims of a home invasion, they will err on the side of caution & activate their alarm system in the evening when they are home.
Many people are just finding out how ineffective their alarm systems are when used in this manner as motion sensors were used to protect their homes perimeter.
Motion sensors even work poorly when they are not at home due to the fact that an intruder actually has to get inside the home before the alarm can be triggered.
When the home is occupied they need to be shut down completely as any type of family activity will trigger a false alarm & this unfortunately will leave the large majority of the home's perimeter with no second line of defense.
Whatever DIY security system kit you purchase, wired or wireless, you will most likely have to obtain additional components & detection sensors.
When it comes to the wireless DIY security systems is extremely important for you to ensure that any additional sensors or devices come from the same manufacture & are designed to work with your wireless system.
Unlike home alarm systems that are hardwired, it is not possible for wireless security components & devices from one system to work or interface with wireless security products in another manufacturer's system.
For a basic understanding of what components & detection sensors make up an alarm system & how they work you may want to visit my home alarm systems web page.
As mentioned above, once you know what you want your DIY security system to do (to accomplish), you should be able to figure out what components & detection sensors are required to achieve it.
As important as it is to look after physical security measures first, a good secure home is best protected by using a combination of physical & electronic security measures working together.
Physical security measures need to make it difficult for an intruder to gain entry while electronic security measures need to detect the criminal's presence while he/she is still on the exterior of your home.
Once the alarm is triggered you will want to have a loud & strident alarm sounding both inside & outside your home as this will cause even the most determined intruders to immediately & quickly move on.
Your systems alarm has a very important function as it needs to instill fear or panic so the intruder bolts from the area as quickly as possible.
Since its function is so important, (UL) Underwriters Laboratories, a well-known independent organization, has tested sounding devices for alarm systems to see how much sound is required for the alarm to be effective.
UL's testing showed that interior alarms for home security systems need to be rated no lower than 105db.
You will find many wired & wireless DIY security system kits that have sounding devices rated much lower than this but you may be able to change it for a more effective one or add additional sounding devices to the system.
One last thing you will want to ensure about your DIY security system is if it supports enough security zones for your needs. If you are not familiar with how security zones are used or why they are so important you can obtain a comprehensive understanding about them on my security zone web page.
Most security systems that have been produced in recent years may be fully functional for the next 15 to 20 years. Due to this fact you may want to obtain a DIY security system that supports more security zones than what you will currently need.
With a security system that has the potential to last you for the next two decades you really should try & obtain a system that not only addresses what security issues you have now but any future security issues as well.
Basically once you have no security zones left to use your system can no longer be upgraded or expanded. Five or ten years from now you may find the electronic security coverage for your home is no longer adequate due to a significant increase in the crime rate for your specific area.
The most cost effective approach is to have a DIY security system that you can easily expand & upgrade over time.
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