When thinking about security, it is tempting to consider fitting an alarm system yourself. However, DIY alarms, though temptingly low in cost, can often prove unreliable when it comes to keeping your home secure. Here's how:
Many home insurers offer tempting discounts to customers who have an alarm system fitted in their property. However, read the small print and you will discover that there is more often than not a requirement that a professional locksmith or security firm install the alarm. With a DIY system then, you are unlikely to qualify for insurers' offers.
Easy to bust
Often DIY alarm systems will lack the tamper-proof features of professionally installed alarms. As they are usually fitted using standard items purchased from a hardware store, they will not have the sophisticated anti-intruder technology of professionally installed systems. This means intruders are more likely to be able to disable or remove the alarm upon entry to your home. Think about it, if your alarm can be fitted by someone without professional knowledge, then it can probably be disabled by someone without professional knowledge.
Lack of support from security system provider
Security system providers, like insurance companies, prefer it when a home alarm has been professionally installed. If a fault in your DIY installed alarm results in a failure to alert the security company that you have had a break-in, then you will be unable to hold the security provider responsible. You could then be left having to replace locks and reconfigure your home security without the support of a security system provider.
It is a complex and skilled job to adequately set up motion sensors on your alarm system. Taking on the task yourself could result in faulty installation. A mistake DIY alarm fitters often make is to allow the sensors to become over sensitive so they repent to any movement in a room. This can lead to frequent false alarms which are both irritating to you and potentially expensive as you may need to pay a locksmith to disable your alarm after it malfunctions.
In conclusion, although fitting an alarm yourself may seem like a clever option, it is a difficult and potentially unreliable method to secure your home. Although it incurs a more substantial upfront cost, the best way to fit an alarm is to call in the professionals. Stay safe in the knowledge that your home is fully protected and have a reputable company supply and fit your security system.