Having a security system is quickly becoming an essential component to every home. Unfortunately, burglars typically know the amount of valuable electronics most of us have scattered around our houses. We may have a couple iPods, a few TVs, a tablet or two and other smart home devices stored in almost every room. One break in could score a thief thousands of dollars in mere electronics alone. While our electronics are important to us, our families and our beloved pets hold even more value. Protecting them from a potential break in, or even a fire, could mean saving their lives.
Through social media, most of us have witnessed unnerving footage of a break in posted online or read an emotional story shared by a hurting family that expressed their frightening situation—warning readers to protect their homes. Because of this, websites—such as Amazon—are highly trafficked with customers looking for simple and affordable DIY alarm systems they can promptly put together themselves.
Benefits of a Home Alarm System
While we’re not aiming to scare our clients into purchasing the most expensive and extensive system on the market, we do want to point out a few facts that may help them realize the importance of installing a new or up-to-date home security system.
Who Can Benefit From a Security System?
Having home cameras and alarms installed can benefit anyone who owns a home, rents a home, or even rents an apartment. There are several options for individuals who do not own their residences and cannot run wires through their walls.
Investing in a home security system can give you peace of mind and can also prevent you from becoming the person posting an unfortunate situation onto social media, warning readers to better protect their homes and families.
Types of Security Systems
Many of us have heard of these easy-to-use DIY home alarms and home cameras because we see them sold all over the Internet. They appear to be a quick and affordable solution to avoid burglaries and intrusions, but the question is do they really do their job?
The main similarity between the two types of systems is their obvious goal of protecting you and your home. However, there tends to be more differences than similarities when it comes down to the installation process and the daily functions of a DIY kit versus a professionally installed system.
The biggest difference between professionally installed systems and DIY systems, definitely comes down to how both are monitored. While DIY systems normally come with a well-designed self-monitoring app, the simple truth is that your home will only be monitored when you are available to check your phone. Professionally installed home alarms and home cameras are constantly surveyed by monitoring stations at all times. The monitoring station will even go as far as to dispatch the police for you if there is an emergency. This means that whether you are on vacation, catching some z’s, are busy running errands, or are at work, you can trust that your home, family and pets will be protected.
Pros and Cons of a DIY Security System
While we have already briefly touched on how a DIY system’s effectiveness solely relies on your ability to monitor your system on your own, there are a few other pros and cons when comparing them to professionally installed systems.
Pros of a DIY System
Cons of a DIY System
Can You Trust a DIY Security System?
If you want a system that is easy to use and will meet your basic security needs, some options can be a quick solution. However, depending primarily on a DIY security system can be risky. Your home will not be monitored 24/7, and the police will not be dispatched unless you take control of the situation. This can be a daunting thought if your children are home alone or if you are in a dangerous situation and cannot get to a phone.
Another reason DIY systems may not be your best option is because they are not encrypted. For those of our readers who may not realize the seriousness of this issue, let us try to break it down. If a system is not encrypted, the information in that system is easy to hack into. Because DIY systems are normally connected through Wi-Fi, any data stored on your phone—or any other device connected to the Wi-Fi—can be almost effortlessly stolen. This can lead to a completely different set of security and identity theft issues because of the PINs, passwords and private information that may be stored on one or on all of the connected devices.
Even if we were to narrow this pros and cons list down to price alone, there are still a few points to remember. While, DIY systems appear to be extremely affordable, they typically only cover three zones. You may be wondering, “What does that even mean?” Simple, three zones means three points of entry. This could be a front door, a front window and a back door. This leaves all other windows and entry points completely vulnerable. Adding additional security features to cover your home, with a DIY system, could cost several hundreds of dollars and still leave you solely responsible for monitoring your entire system.
What To Do From Here?
Whichever point concerns you most, Am-Tec Security is here to answer any and all your questions. Our employees have proficient knowledge of what’s on the market and will only sell you what you truly need.
Our goal is to ensure that every family is safe. We aim to take the responsibility and burden of keeping your home protected off your shoulders. The only way to truly relax about your family’s safety is to know someone has your back 24 hours a day. Hiring a security company to monitor your home could be the best decision you make for your family this year.
Call Am-Tec Security at 800-609-2527 to speak to a friendly employee in greater detail about the pros and cons of a DIY system and to also learn more about what we have to offer.