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Disadvantages of a DIY Home Alarm SystemDecember 16, 2016

Homeowners like to save money wherever they can. After all, between mortgage payments and repairs, it makes sense. However, while a DIY home alarm system may seem like a great way to save a few dollars and still enjoy the safety that home security can provide, there are disadvantages that may make you think twice.

Installation Mishaps

Installing sensors on windows and doors along with a few sensors may not seem like a huge task, but believe it or not, it certainly can be. One small mistake, and you might not be getting the security you hoped for. For example, if you miss even a single wire, you may not be recording that information from the camera – or your alarm may not go off when someone opens your front door. It’s worth the additional peace of mind to hire a knowledgeable company to install your system.

No Repair Support

When you hire someone to install your home alarm system, the company that manufactured the equipment (along with the company that installed it) are usually responsible for the repairs. However, when you buy a DIY system, that responsibility falls on your shoulders. It will be your job to keep the entire alarm system maintained over time, and when something goes wrong, it’ll be up to you to fix it.

Limited Technical Support

Alarm systems are reliant on technology, even at the most basic level. As such, when you need support, it’s important to have someone on your side to help you figure out why things aren’t working as they should. When you hire a security company to install and maintain your alarm system, you can rest assured that you will have access to technical support, and usually around the clock. However, when you choose a DIY home alarm system, your support is limited to the manufacturer of the equipment.

No Connection to Emergency Services

If someone were to break into your home and the alarm sounds, what happens next? If your alarm system isn’t directly connected to emergency services or monitored in any way (and DIY home alarms are typically not), then the best outcome is that the intruder simply runs away. It would be up to you to notify the police. Along those same lines, fire alarms can’t notify the fire department of an emergency, so if an intruder breaks in or a fire breaks out while you’re away, it may be too late before the proper authorities are notified.

No High-Tech Features

These days, home alarm providers have access to (and knowledge of) some of the best technology in the industry. New alarm systems available through these are more reliable and far more sensitive than those you can purchase and install on your own, too. For example, if you want to connect your alarm system to a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone, your system may lack that capability.

There are plenty of very convincing reasons why installing a DIY home alarm system might not be the best option. Although these can certainly sound an alarm in an emergency, that’s about the extent of their capabilities – and that’s only if you’ve installed it correctly.


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