ALARMTECH EDUCATION: DIY Home Security Systems – There is a significant difference!

* Add-ons Can Be Expensive
If you need more components than come with your system – for example, extra window sensors – you’ll often pay $20+ for each new component. That can get get expensive, considering most systems come with only two or three window sensors. If the ground floor of your home has eight movable windows, you might pay more than $100 additional for accessories to protect each window. The same is true for multiple doors and areas where you need motion sensors.

* It’s Simple
Most home alarm companies offer security options above and beyond their basic package: battery backups, redundant alerts, pet-immune motion sensors, panic buttons, fire monitoring (with fire company alert), and more. A DIY home alarm generally does not offer anything beyond basic wireless security.

* No Connection to Police
One of the biggest advantages to a monitored alarm system is that the police and/or fire company is alerted in case of emergency. This does not happen with a DIY system, which notifies you (and others you put on the notification list), making it your responsibility to decide on the next course of action.

* Limited Warranty and/or Support
Once you buy your DIY system, you’re often on your own. The manufacturer may be able to answer basic questions, but you won’t be able to call for regular tech support, free equipment upgrades, etc.

* You’re Responsible for Repairs
With a traditional burglar alarm, your alarm company will replace faulty equipment free of charge, or at least at a reduced cost. With a DIY system, if a component (or the entire system) fails, the replacement cost is yours.

* Incorrect Installation
True to name, you’ll do it yourself with this system. Unless you’re a security professional, that increases the risk of incorrect installation of your home alarm system.

Source: https://www.safety.com/pros-and-cons-of-diy-home-security-systems/?utm_content=bufferd5eb4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer#gref  

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