When it comes to installing a DIY wired home security system, there are many and varying options out there for which devices and alarms to choose. It can be a difficult choice, and even just doing research can feel a bit overwhelming at times. If you’re feeling like you’re just trying to keep your head above all the information you’re swimming in, take a deep breath – you’re at the right place. Here is a basic overview of some of the installation options you have that can greatly contribute to your home security and peace of mind.
Yes, believe it or not, those fancy motion sensors that they show in the movies really do exist, and many of them are cheap enough for the average Joe to invest in. Motion sensor alarms work much like the motion sensors that automatically open the doors of your favorite retail store or turn on your garage lights whenever you walk up. These sensors can be installed into lights, cameras, and rooms to “keep an eye out” for abnormal movement. Some of them use photo detectors, which emit small beams of light on one end at a detector on the other end, waiting for a disruption of the light beam to trigger the alarm. Others are PIR sensors, or passive infrared detectors, which monitor the heat given off in the area they’re surveying. These work great outdoors because they aren’t set off by ordinary nighttime movements – just by the presence of human heat.
Some of these sensors can be installed into cameras so that the camera only starts recording once movement is detected. Other motion-sensing cameras are programmed to actually follow movement so that you can see everything that goes on. Motion sensors that are built into lights will automatically flip the lights on whenever there’s movement, which can immediately send any intruders scurrying off so as to remain unseen. The truth is, motion detectors make up a pretty incredible, invaluable part of every home security system.
Security cameras are another must if you want to have tighter security and stronger defenses. Most criminals will go running even at the sight of a camera just to avoid the risk of having their crime caught on video. In fact, fake cameras can come fairly cheap and provide a very effective burglar deterrent. Some fake cameras even have recognizable logos on them and can move and look so real, you may not even be able to tell the difference. Having one of these mounted near your entryway or multiple entryways could go a long way toward making your home more secure.
If you’re looking for a more sure-fire way to keep your home safe and keep an eye on what goes on in your home and on your property, you may want to invest in some real security cameras, whether wireless or wired. Before you break out the “Big Brother” argument, take some time to really think about the benefits of having even just one or two security cameras in your home. As mentioned above, you can opt for cameras that have motion detecting capabilities so that they only record when there is movement – for example, when someone approaches your door or leaves your home. This can give you and your family valuable peace of mind so that you know who comes and goes and whether or not they’re welcome. Nanny cams also provide a great way to ensure the safety of your children when you’re away and entrusting them to a babysitter or nanny. Many DIY kits and professional systems also come with remote access capabilities so that you can check on your security feed from anywhere via your mobile device.
Suffice it to say, security alarms are often the first line of defense for your security system. Alarms provide ample warning in the event of danger or an emergency, and they can save lives. Most intruders will immediately run off when alarms are triggered because they know that the house is now alerted to their presence, and the risk isn’t worth it. Most security devices can be wired to trigger alarms, including cameras and motion detectors. You can also invest in door and window contacts, which, when armed, trigger alarms if the door is opened or the window is broken. With the advancement of technology, these are becoming more and more difficult to bypass as well, which ensures your home and family even greater safety.
Now that you have a better idea of some of the devices available, you can start to do some more specific research and make informed decisions about which sensors, alarms, and features you want to integrate into your DIY security system. Whatever you choose, the steps you take will be steps toward greater safety and security for your loved ones and your possessions.