Do It Yourself Alarm Systems

It used to be that in order to have an alarm system in your house or apartment it had to be prewired or operate on a radio frequency designed for alarm systems. Times have really changed. Today’s alarm systems are truly do it yourself. Recently I have seen advertisements in both print and on TV saying that for a certain price you can get a basic alarm system. These systems include the control pad, 2 or 3 door and window sensors and a motion sensor. You can then build the system from there by adding additional motion sensors, door and window sensors, an audible alarm, cell communications, battery backup and even additional control pads.

The system usually communicates by either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. You should find a monitoring company to monitor your system. This is where it can get a little complicated and sometimes costly. Some of the basic alarm systems tie you into the monitoring service. After all, monitoring is where the money is made. So being tied to a monitoring company when buying the alarm system may not be bad if the price is right. Also make sure that the alarm system itself doesn’t marry you to one particular monitoring company. This can happen when the controller is set up to only communicate to one monitoring company.

So where should you put the sensors when you set up your system? Many people may say you only need to put sensors on the doors, then put up a few motion sensors. It is my opinion that all windows and doors should have these. You should mount motion sensors so that they catch motion at the doors and the hallway leading to the bedrooms. You could also get glass breakage sensors. I also recommend that you connect a few cameras to your system so that when you are away you can call your system with your smartphone and actually see your house. It is also a good feature to use if your alarm goes off so you can actually see what is going on in your house and have the monitoring station call the police if necessary.

Your system can be the start of a home automation system. This is something that you might want to plan from the start. Today’s alarm systems are being built to integrate into many home automation systems. The most important thing to do is try and plan it out form the beginning, it will save both time and dollars.

George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.

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