Homes security systems have been proven to dramatically reduce your risk of home invasion. In fact, a recent study has shown that the single factor which had the greatest effect on decreasing a house’s likelihood of being burglarized was the presence of a security system. In a world where theft, violent crime, and other forms of intrusion are only too common, having a home security system can help protect your family members, valuables and your feeling of safety in the home.
Traditionally, most home security systems have come with the required purchase of an additional monitoring subscription service, but some modern models that have appeared on the market in the last few years have offered the protection of video service without the monthly fees. This new kind of home security system is commonly known as a “DIY home security system.”
DIY home security systems share the common trait of nixing the service component of older security systems. This means that they are usually available from retail stores and are installed by the homeowners instead of the affiliated company. They are also stand-alone units and are not connected to any sort of phone line or other grid. This makes them perfect for houses in more rural areas where many traditional security system companies may not provide service.
These systems are also less punishing when it comes to false alarms as the homeowners can disarm the system without the assistance of a customer service representative, eliminating the embarrassing and annoying nuisance of a never ending false alarm.
One of the greatest virtues of the DIY style home security system is that it is generally far less expensive than a company maintained model. The units themselves are often quite affordable, as the market for DIY security systems is large and saturated. Not having to pay for installation fees further boosts the DIY system’s reputation as a budget friendly security measure.
The greatest amount of money you will save is, without a doubt, the dollars that would otherwise have gone to paying the subscription service. While these services operate 24/7 and are a more active form of monitoring, they can cost up to a hundred dollars a month. Even worse, cancelling the service leaves the homeowner with several hundred dollars worth of security equipment that’s about as useful as a cinder block. Simply put, the money that goes into traditional security systems adds up in a major way.
There are two main types of a DIY security system: the all in one “hub” variety and the standard around the house type. Hub security monitors have a number of detectors packed into a single console, which allows you to monitor everything from humidity level to whatever the camera is recording in real time. These units are sturdy, visually unobtrusive, and great for smaller living areas. Standard security systems have sensors which you place around the house, allowing for the monitoring of a larger area.
For homes of any size and financial status, DIY security systems can be the perfect fit.