Some homeowners are opting to install their own home security systems in an effort to save money. Unfortunately, mistakes made during the selection and installation process can leave your home less than secure. If you are planning to install your home's security system, here are some mistakes to avoid.
Overestimating Your Home's System
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is overestimating the security that is offered by your home's system. If you fail to select and install a system that is good enough to secure your home, you could still be a victim of a home invasion.
You can avoid selecting a system that is insufficient for your home by taking the time to assess your needs. For instance, take into account how many possible entrances to your home there are and what you can do to secure those areas. You also need to consider factors, such as your proximity to neighbors, how well lit your property is, and whether or not video surveillance is needed.
A good way to ensure you have met all of your needs is to create a plan. After noting all of your needs, group them according to their location within your home and write down how you plan to address those needs.
Placing the Control Panel in the Wrong Location
Your control panel needs to be in a location that is accessible to your family so that they can disarm and engage the alarm when necessary. However, having it in the wrong location can leave you and your family vulnerable.
If your control panel is near a window and visible from the outside, a burglar could see it. If the system is not armed and its state is displayed on the panel, the burglar could take advantage of that and enter your home. A burglar could even observe you or another household member entering the security code and use it to disarm the alarm.
Before installing the panel, ensure that it is not in a location that is visible from outside of the home. Remember, the panel has to be near enough to the door that it can be reached and disarmed within a certain period of time when a household member enters the door.
To ensure that your home's security system is able to properly cover your home, consider contracting with a security company. A professional can assess your home's needs and develop a plan that works.