Everyone wants their home to be safe and secure, yet only 17% of homeowners own a home security system. Why? Because traditional systems cost hundreds of dollars to install, require long-term contracts and mean a lifetime of monthly fees.
Today, however, wireless technology has blown the DIY home security space wide open. Homeowners and renters can now build and maintain their own custom-designed home security system easily and inexpensively.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the options for DIY home security systems that offer similar — and in some cases, better — functionality to traditional systems, at substantially less cost. From connected cameras to smart sensors and whole home systems (with no monthly fees), to simple all-in-one gadgets, read on to find peace of mind for the right price.
The basic tenets of home security include:
To build your own security system, you need to determine what your needs are and then bring together the right combination of surveillance, sensors and locks to achieve a balance between convenience and security. Some rules of thumb:
Remember, home security is no longer just about awareness of break-ins or house fires. The power of the Internet of Things, combined with the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, means we have access to an unprecedented level of control over our homes. From checking in on the new puppy while at the office, to shutting off the water when a pipe bursts, your home security system can now talk directly to you, cutting out the traditional security system middleman.