Set up your own security

Set up your own security

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.

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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:

  1. Surveillance (seeing what is happening inside and outside your home)
  2. Sensors (knowing when there is movement, water, fire or smoke in your home)
  3. Locks (securing your home with physical barriers)

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:

  • If you have a large home with lots of access points, consider an expandable home security kit.
  • If you are a renter in a small apartment, a portable all-in-one device will suit your needs best.
  • If you are somewhere in between these two scenarios, then you are a candidate for an “a la carte” security system where you pick and choose different products to custom-design your own home security solution.

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.

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