You probably hear about this almost daily in the news – thieves stealing packages from door steps or breaking into homes or garages. Home security is essential for keeping your family and property safe, and protecting your valuables from potential break-ins from burglars. When we think of home security, house alarms may be the first thing that springs to mind, but there’s a lot more to a modern-day security system. Door and window sensors, motion sensors, security cameras and electric gates are also common features of a security system, and are widely available to buy from a number of top providers.

Installing a home security system is simpler than you may think. If your security system of choice isn’t too complex, and you have some basic tool skills, there’s no reason to leave it to the experts. In order to save on cash and do it yourself, you simply need to find yourself a good, affordable DIY security system that will meet your requirements. Here are some easy steps to follow if you want to install a home security system yourself:

  1. Install your home security panel

The first stage of installing your home security system is to set up the hub of the system – the security panel. All home security systems require a control panel to power the security features and control their functioning. It’s a good idea to position your control panel near to your front door, such as in the hallway, for the easiest access as soon as you enter your property. You will usually only need to nail your security panel into a wall to install it, although do check your specific appliance’s instructions to be certain.

  1. Add your security features

Your security system might only consist of an alarm so far, but if you have purchased more features, now’s the time to set them all up. Some features, such as wired CCTV and home alarm monitoring, might be best left to the experts, especially if you’ve had no experience with wiring before. Things like motion sensors, though, can easily be set up in your locations of choice. Think carefully about where you’re placing them – doors and windows are an obvious must, so make sure you prioritize the most important locations first.

  1. Give your work a trial run

Once you’ve set up your features, it’s time to test it out to check they work. This is fairly self-explanatory: simply activate your system and “trigger” each of the motion sensors in turn to check they are working as they should do. If you have motion detectors in certain rooms, you can also test those out, too. The smarter home security systems can link up to an app on your phone that can alert you when something out of the ordinary is detected, and it’s worth learning how to utilize that feature if you have it.

What about the more complex security features?

The more complex home security features are more often than not best left for the experts to install. A professional installation will of course cost you more money but will give you the peace of mind that your system is set up correctly. You may also benefit from learning the ins and outs of your system from your installer, who can pass on their knowledge and save you the time of having to figure things out for yourself.

What to look for in a home security system

If you are looking for a top security system for your home, you need an idea of what to look for. What are the standout features of the most popular options out there? We’ve covered some of the must-have when it comes to top security systems below:

–          Excellent customer service links

You might not immediately think of customer service if you’re on the hunt for the best security system, but the reality is, if a situation occurs where there’s a security breach and you need immediate assistance, a fast and helpful response from your security providers is essential. Whether it’s day or night, you need to know you’ve got someone on hand who is keen to help. Taking a look at online reviews should help you to get a good idea of what the customer service of a particular security provider is like.

–           Smart features

Smart home technology isn’t essential – but it could be argued that when it’s a signal of what’s to come in the future, it’s worth investing a bit more in a smart security system. A system with smart capabilities will allow you to connect your security features to your devices such as your phones and tablets, allowing you to remotely control and monitor your home on a 24/7 basis. It should be fairly obvious which security systems are smart and which aren’t, as smart providers will usually mention the fact somewhere in their product descriptions.

–          Wireless elements

Security systems can be wired or wireless, but there are clear advantages to opting for a wireless system. Not only is a wireless system easier to install, it’s more aesthetically pleasing, portable, cheaper to fit and all around less of a faff to have in your home. Again, you should be able to see quite clearly whether a system is wired or wireless before you purchase it. If you’re unsure, you can always discuss your options with a trusted installer.

What are the top security systems available today?

Security systems and features are constantly evolving, but the top market Amazon best-sellers at the moment include the following:

–          Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit – a home security system that offers professional monitoring

–          GE Personal Security Door/Window Alarm – a wireless alarm for home or business

–          Chamberlain Universal Keyless Entry – a door opener keypad

–          Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Add-On Security Camera – a wireless HD camera with audio and night vision

–          KALOGL Video Doorbell – a wireless doorbell camera with real-time video and night vision

There are so many security systems available that your choice is by no means limited. It’s worth doing your own research and finding the system that best meets your requirements before you commit to making a purchase.


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