Home security is a booming business. Steady crime rates and technology innovations are driving the development of a myriad of systems from which to choose. Whether you’re a newbie DIYer or an experienced weekend warrior, you will be able to find a solution to protect your belongings and your family.
From surveillance cameras to equipment to remotely lock your front door when your kids forget, you can make your home both safer and smarter.
Expert Advice Is Available
You don’t have to hire a professional to get expert advice. Check out consumer publications and your local Better Business Bureau. Tap into your social network to crowd source DIY experiences and product suggestions. Check out dedicated DIY Security Systems Reviews and let someone else test a variety of systems and do the comparison shopping for you.
Monitored vs. Non-Monitored
Going with a DIY security system does not mean you have to give up the option of a call-center monitored alarm system. It isn’t only the traditional alarm providers that can offer this service. Companies like SimpliSafe and LiveWatch have cellular-based monitored DIY alarm systems. With a cellular-based system, you don’t need a landline and there are no wires for potential thieves to cut. Monitoring does more than call the police if a break-in happens when you’re gone. With a panic button feature, you let silently let the monitoring center know you need help if the burglar comes when you are home.
Don’t want the added expense of a monthly monitoring fee? There are non-monitored systems available from a variety of sources, including big box home improvement and electronics stores. Depending on the design, you will get a system with entry sensors and possibly motion sensors and cameras. Using your Wi-Fi connection, the system will alert you, typically via push notification, if an alarm is triggered. You can then decide if you need to alert the authorities.
Raise Your Home’s IQ
Not only can you make your home safer, you can make it smarter. Nest lets you set the thermostat and keep an eye on what’s going on inside from almost anywhere your smart phone works. Systems like Frontpoint let you control lights, door locks, and more. Interactive, systems like these learn your family’s habits and alert you if something out of the ordinary happens.
Eyes on Your Stuff
Newer companies like Canary are offering video surveillance solutions. Familiar names like Belkin and Netgear have choices too. Some cameras offer two-way communication options so you can also check on Fido while you’re at work. Be sure and install cameras correctly so the images are secure.
Some consumers want to completely avoid hackers, no matter how small the risk. If that describes you, stick with a camera that records images on its own SD card.
Smart, Safe, and Sound
You don’t need to hire strangers and let them traipse through your house to get a home security system. You don’t have to get an outsider to update your home with automated features like a smart thermostat. Even with limited do-it-yourself experience, you can install a security system.