Today’s homeowners have a wealth of information and how-to instructions at their fingertips. With improvements in technology, it’s natural that many people would extend their do-it-yourself spirit to securing their homes and families. Unfortunately, DIY home security options have some serious drawbacks.
When it comes to an emergency, a DIY home security system leaves you to handle it all by yourself.
Monitored Home Security
The biggest drawback to a DIY home security system is the lack of professional monitoring. Some systems are built to send alerts to a single phone number, but you are almost always responsible for reporting an emergency on your own. If you are incapacitated in your home, or if you don’t receive the security alert on your phone, an emergency can go unnoticed when your family needs help the most. Some systems even require a monthly subscription just to receive alerts to your phone.
Crime Prevention Security Systems has a dedicated, 24/7 monitoring center staffed by local agents who will dispatch emergency services immediately in case of an emergency. When it counts the most, you want a reliable response to a home security alert.
While monitoring is a vital component to real home security, a home security system is only as good as its installation. It’s not difficult to place the wireless sensors, cameras and panels that make up most DIY systems – many times, you simply hang them on the wall.
However, it is very difficult to know where to place sensors and cameras for effective coverage. Most DIY systems contain a limited number of components, and many homeowners will struggle to place them properly. Motion sensors typically need precise placement to avoid false alarms from pets or to actually be useful in the event of a break-in.
Trained security professionals understand how burglars operate, and place sensors for optimal coverage. If you want a truly effective home security system, professional installation will ensure your system is really protecting your home.
Retail DIY home security systems typically lack the additional sensors that provide comprehensive home security, like CO2 monitors, smoke-and-fire detectors and heat monitors. While most homes will have smoke alarms, they don’t offer any fire protection if they’re not connected to your security system. Crime Prevention offers full fire monitoring at no extra cost, providing peace of mind that you can trust.
Easy to Disable
Many off-the-shelf security systems are simply not very secure. Most of these systems utilize broadband connections that can be easily disrupted without you noticing. Often times, these systems use timed signals from sensors – called heartbeats – to monitor intrusion. If a burglar can rapidly destroy your control panel between heartbeats, your system may never even register a break-in.
Monitored systems from Crime Prevention Security Systems are designed to trigger a response in case of tampering so that no emergency goes unnoticed.
Accept No Substitutes
While they may appear attractive, DIY security solutions can quickly become more expensive than a professional system, while providing less security. When it comes to keeping your family safe, you don’t have to do it yourself. Contact Crime Prevention Security Systems today for a free, no-obligation security consultation.