These days, getting a home security system doesn’t need to be an expensive, messy, complicated commitment. Gone are the days where you needed a professional to come into your home and spend hours wiring up a needlessly complex system, as these days anyone can install their own wireless system without drilling a single hole in their wall! These alarm systems can even be quickly uninstalled and moved to a new house or apartment when the homeowner or renter moves.
Do-it-yourself home security isn’t as makeshift or unsecure as it sounds. Using patented technology, companies like LifeShield have created systems that are meant to be self-contained and simple-to-use. These home security companies have revolutionized security by designing new wireless equipment that can be self-installed while still incorporating the important security and safety elements like 24/7 fire and burglary monitoring, mobile access, loud alarms and video surveillance.
So what exactly is involved when you install your own security system?
1. Choose the right company. Do your research to make sure your system offers round-the-clock burglary and fire monitoring. Make sure you can get an exact price over the phone, not just a pushy salesman coming to your home. You want great customer service help just in case you need it.
2. Buy the right components. Many systems will have a starter kit, but users may need to add extra sensors or keypads to customize the system in order to properly secure their home. Simply count how many doors and windows you have, which doors you enter and exit from, and think about who is living in your home. Keychain remotes may be better for elderly family members, while you may prefer iPhone or Android apps for your teenagers.
3. Read the directions. When you open the box, look over the paperwork and equipment before you start. It’s not complicated, but it will help you understand how the system works.
4. Install the system. You won’t need screwdrivers or drills, and it should take you less than 30 minutes, depending on how many components you’ve ordered and how large your home is.
5. Practice during the 7-day probationary period. Many states require that your new security system have a learning period of 7 days in order to reduce the number of false alarms. Use your system day and night, make mistakes, and get used to incorporating proper home security behavior into your lifestyle.
That’s all you need to secure your home using a wireless security system. Wireless security is much more reliable and secure than the traditional wired systems because it can’t be disabled by burglars with the simple snip of a wire. Many systems, like the LifeShield DIY Home Security system even offer a cellular option, so your security system will keep working when the phone line, internet and power have all gone out.
Don’t put off protecting your family now just because you think it is complicated, expensive, or don’t want security company technicians wandering through your home during an installation. Just remember that there are other options out there, and you can install a high-tech plug-and-protect system yourself with little or no hassle.
About the Author: Jane Leyman is an expert in home security and theft. She has worked in the home security field for 19 years. In addition to her work experience, she is a member of ASIS International, and has helped dozens of communities organize neighborhood watch groups. Her commitment to home security is deeply influenced by a break-in that occurred when she was 7 years old. As a professional speaker, Jane often talks about the incident and how it changed her view of the world.