Are DIY home alarm systems a prudent opportunity to scrimp and save? Or, is security of your home and family best left to professionals? Do-it-yourself certainly has its place for the thrifty homeowner. However, despite the virtues of resourcefulness and frugality, particular issues that accompany DIY home alarm systems may prove that old adage about “Penny wise and pound foolish.”
Consumer Vs. Professional
While DIY home security systems advertise “plug and play” installation out of the box, are you really getting a professional system? Or are you getting a consumer-grade, no-name import with no monitoring service and a limited, short-term warranty? If and when glitches occur down the road (hopefully, they won’t happen during an actual home emergency) will the store sales clerk who sold the unit arrive at your home to resolve the problems?
A professional, locally monitored home security system is permanently installed to meet industry standards by trained personnel who specialize in security. The system seamlessly integrates intrusion detection and glass detection sensors at perimeter doors and windows, motion detectors at strategic points and smoke/fire/carbon monoxide alarms. A central touchpad provides in-home access to all system components and smartphone and tablet apps keep you connected to your system even when you’re away. In addition, system status and alerts are monitored by personnel at a 24/7 response center.
Short-Term Vs. Long-Term Cost
While the initial cost of a DIY system may look attractive, consider what you’re NOT getting for your money:
If your home is burglarized or fire erupts while you’re away, your bargain system—likely linked only to your home computer modem—may or may not notify you or proper authorities. Damage and losses will be higher. Because a professional system is connected to the cellular network or standard landlines, live personnel at the response center receive all alerts and police or fire can be dispatched immediately.
If a flaky DIY security system generates false alarms that result in unnecessary response by emergency services, in many communities you may be liable for significant fines.
Buying a bargain do-it-yourself system from a local big box store will probably not qualify you for home insurance premium discounts that are typically available to persons who opt for a professionally installed, locally monitored system.
For more facts to compare and contrast DIY home alarm systems with more professional alternatives, contact Alliance Security Team.