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by Fugitive Savant/Lost Prodigy

If you want to install a do-it-yourself alarm system but don’t know where to begin, the best place to start is on the Internet. Unfortunately, investigating DIY security systems online might make you quickly overwhelmed due to the sheer number of choices you have at your disposal. To make your choices easier to understand, grab a piece of paper and think about the answers to some basic questions to get you started.

1.  Where are you going to be installing your security system? Is it just going to be installed in your house, or is it going to be installed in various buildings on your property? Of course, the more buildings you have to protect, the more complicated system you are going to need. You might want to consider a professionally installed home security system if you are going outside your house.

2.  What do you want your security system to do? Are you expecting your system to warn off potential criminals or are you expecting it to notify a monitoring center to send police? The first kind of system is meant as a deterrent, which does nothing but attempt to frighten off criminals and notify your neighbors that something is wrong. The second kind of system is meant as both a deterrent and as an arm of law enforcement. Since it can notify a third-party monitoring center of a break-in, the police can get to your home in record time to assist you. They might even be able to catch the perpetrator if he’s dumb enough to stick around after the siren goes off.

3.  Do you want a hardwired system or a wireless system? This is probably the most important question you will have to answer. A hardwired system is not typically a system that can be installed by the average homeowner. If you have experience with electrical systems, you might be able to get it operational, but if you don’t, it is best to contact a professional home security system company to install it for you. You will be required to hide the wires inside walls and in the floors, both of which are difficult to accomplish for typical homeowners. Wireless systems, on the other hand, are much less intrusive. If you decide to install a DIY home security system, it is recommended that a wireless system is used. You won’t have to run any wires and the systems are designed to talk to each other without much interference from you.

John is a shrewd consumer who writes about personal finance, home technology and home security topics like: home security Charlotte and New Haven home security systems.

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