Basics for Installing a Do-It-Yourself Home Security System

Having a home security system can give you peace of mind. Beyond that, it can truly deter some types of crimes, causing many would-be burglars to just pass on by. Today, you have more options than ever when it comes to your home’s security. For example, there are reliable do-it-yourself home security systems available off the shelf for a very reasonable price.

Installing a do-it-yourself home security system


  1. You need to start by identifying what components you need. You’ll want sensors for every door into your home, and probably for your windows, as well. You may want to have motion detectors, and even an integrated smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector.
  2. Next, you’ll purchase the system. Spend a little bit of time doing some comparison shopping. Not all home alarm systems are equal. Read reviews, and get to know some of the product lines.
  3. Once you have the system, it’s time to start installation. You’ll typically start with the sensors. Get all of those components in place before you move on to the next step.
  4. If you’re installing a wired system, you’ll need to begin installing wires at this point. You may want to bring in an electrician at this stage, depending on your comfort level.
  5. Now it’s time to install the central alarm unit. This will typically be a box with a keypad and probably with configuration options. Some wireless systems may not have a centralized alarm unit, however.
  6. Install the keypad. You’ll need to be able to deactivate the alarm when you enter the home. Make sure there is a keypad near the entrance that you use most often.
  7. Test the system. You’ll want to make sure to give your alarm system a good test. Check each door and window to make sure that the alarm is sounding. If your alarm system features a paging or messaging function, make sure that’s working, as well.

A do-it-yourself home security system can take anywhere from one to three days to install, depending on the type and complexity. Once you have it in place, make sure you’re activating the system when you’re not home for maximum security.

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USB Motion Detector

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How To Build A Laser Security System

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How To Wire An Alarm Dialer

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Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011