DIY Security Systems or Self Monitored Alarms:What’s the Difference?

DIY Security Systems or Self Monitored Alarms:What’s the Difference?

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When it comes to home security systems there are a lot of options. At All About Security we believe that there’s a custom solution that fits different people and different lifestyles. Cookie cutters systems may work to an extent but is it the best solution for your needs? Probably not! That’s why it’s important to know what’s available and the find the right system for your situation.

One option that has gained a lot of momentum is the DIY market. But there are different extents of DIY. There are DIY home security systems and self-monitored systems. These are two different ways you can set up your home. Depending on the level of protection you are looking for a professionally installed system may not be what you need.  These systems can go from strictly smart home services to straightforward security. Even a combination. In future articles we will go more in depth on the different levels of each service but today we will look at the major difference in these 2 different home security set ups and see if one may be a better fit than the other for your home.

DIY Security Systems

When it comes to DIY systems there are a variety of options.
Professional security companies offer a service where you can design and install a system yourself. There are some advantages to going this route but if customer service is important you may want to make sure the security company you are using has the level of service you are comfortable with.
If you feel comfortable taking on this task there are some security companies that will ask the right questions and offer the tools you need to make installation easy. The good new is that it can be done. If it becomes a task you decide is just too labor intensive you can always
call your security company and have them send out a technician. That is if they are local and offer the service. Make sure they do!
Designing the right alarm system for your home may take a little work. You want to talk to a
professional security consultant to find the right security equipment for your home. 
There are a few key factors to consider:
  • What’s the size of the home?
  • How many doors have access to your home?
  • How many rooms in the home?
  • How many story’s is your a home? A ranch and a 2 story will require a different alarm system.
  • Will you want each window protected? Will you use window sensors, motion detectors, and/or glass breaks?
  • How many bedrooms are on the ground floor or easily accessible from the outside?
  • Who will be using the system?
  • Are there any other doors or cabinets that you may want to protect such as a liquor cabinet or medicine cabinet? (These can be to alert you and not the monitoring station)
These are just a few of the things to consider.
It’s important to talk to a professional security consultant instead of a salesperson. Once you know what the best equipment package is you are done with half of the project.

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The good thing about smart home security systems are that they can be
professionally monitored and they can be programmed remotely by your security provider. You can still have the same alarm monitoring as a professionally installed system while saving on the installation. With the right company, all you have to do is put up the sensors and call your alarm company to test the system. This can be an easy process with the right-hand holding but it can turn into a nightmare with the wrong security company.
If smart home services are your major goal than a do-it-yourself smart system may be the best option for you. With a few questions, you can find the right smart thermostat, door lock, even a garage sensor that makes sure you never leave the garage open when you go to work. If these types of equipment are important to you ask your provider how you can add on. Many times, you can purchase products yourself and they will still work with your smart control panel aka smart hub.

Self-Monitored Alarm Systems

Self-monitored alarms take DIY one step further. Once you install your system you will not have an alarm monitoring company. Instead, you will be alerted when your alarm is triggered. usually, this is done with a text message.
If smart services are what you are looking for and you will also want the added convenience of having one app. As long as you have the right customer service this may be the best fit for you. If you are using a professional security company you can always add professional alarm monitoring in the future. A secure smart home is a great investment.
If you want to use these types of services with the convenience of future updates there will be additional benefits. The biggest benefit is making sure your smart home stays relevant as time foes on. That also takes care of waiting until the next updated version come out. If home automation is more interesting than security, there should be a much smaller monthly fee than a traditional system. This will make sure your system can receive mobile software updates. Another advantage? If there is an issue have a professional technician available is also a big benefit.
The disadvantage of self-monitored home security is the lack of response. If there is a break-in it's up to you to get the authorities to your home. Calling 911 is your only option.  Having a monitoring station makes sure you never miss the opportunity to get help. However, if this isn't what you're trying to accomplish then a self-monitored system is great!
If you are using a professional company to service your self-monitored system than you can always add in monitoring and other options down the road. If you buy your own security equipment that may not be a possibility. These are all
things to consider when looking at any DIY option for your home.

 Both self-monitored and DIY security systems are great options for the right person. Most local security companies don't provide these options but they are available. Even though only 15% of homes have a traditional monitored alarm about 70% of smartphone users would like the ability to control something in their home with their mobile device. Most don't know where to get these types of services and worry about making the wrong decision. That's why we are here. All you have to do is contact us at 317.559.3500 and we are happy to answer all your questions. We will always put your priorities first! 

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