Installing a hard-wired do-it-yourself home security system can be a wonderful way to rest easier at night, or on vacation, without necessarily breaking the bank. As with wireless options, there are loads of models and brands of home security, monitoring, alarm and surveillance systems for you to consider and which ones to avoid. They can be as cheap as $150 or just about as expensive as you like. Glamorous packages can run as much as four grand! But if what you want is a reliable system that will scare the pants off burglars, notify you by phone and notify the police of any intrusions, there is no need to take out a second mortgage to protect your home.
Most basic hardwired security systems will come with built-in, wall-mounted sirens, back-up battery packs, hardwired motion detectors, wireless keypads (so you can activate or deactivate your system remotely), and sockets for at least six hardwired zones. A zone is any area of your house-indoors or outdoors-you wish to protect. If, for instance, you have a free-standing garage or workshop on your property, this could constitute one zone defended by your home security system. Any decent hardwired system will also come equipped with the capacity to add up to sixteen protected wireless zones. Whereas a cheap wireless system might do just enough to scare away burglars, it might not have 24/7 independent monitoring. Independent monitoring means both you and the police will be instantly notified of a forced entry of your home. A good hardwired system will immediately and simultaneously dial up to six different phone numbers upon detection of an intruder.
Many consumer reviews of hardwired do-it-yourself home security systems call into question whether or not they are truly DIY. Assembly instructions can be exceedingly complex, and many hardwired systems are sold with the caveat that professional consultation or installation is recommended. Fortunately, many home security sellers on the internet provide online consultation and help. This is definitely something you should keep in mind when comparing and contrasting different home security systems.
The bottom line with do-it-yourself home security systems is that you can spend as much or as little as you want based on what you determine you absolutely need to feel safe and comfortable in your home. If you live in an apartment or small home with only a few zones that need protection, it would be wise not to break the bank for a system with all the bells and whistles. Give a few hours to researching the alternatives available to you, talk to friends and neighbors who use home security systems, or seek the advice of a professional (many websites offer this service free of charge) before making any big investment.