DIY Home Security Systems...
proper advice and recommendations

"DIY home security systems" is the phrase that encompass all the different products and so called "layers" that make up the security of your home.

You can never secure your home with only cameras, or only an alarm or only motion sensors as I will explain further on. It takes a combination of all these products and the related accessories to complete your DIY home security system.

With crime statistics increasing worldwide, a home security system is an absolute must these days to protect your precious family and your material possessions, while at the same time improving the value of your home.

It is fast becoming a preferred way for criminals to hit your home while you are there! It is much easier when the residents are home, because:

  • the home security system is not activated (or so they think), and
  • you are at hand to give them the keys to the safe.

My best advice therefor is that you should have an outside to inside approach when you think of securing your home and your family. Think of it as having layers of protection with YOU as the last line of defense, and not the first.

Your DIY home security system consists of three distinct "layers":

  • The boundaries which include the fences and/or perimeter walls,
  • The surveillance between the boundary and the home in order to make it difficult for the intruder to approach your home without detection, and then
  • The security of the inside of your home.

When you plan how to best secure your home, you must approach it step by step. The first thing you should do is to make sure, and this is very important, that the intruders are detected immediately they enter your property and they should know that you know that they are detected.

When planning your overall diy home security system, it does not help to spend all your time, energy and money on an alarm system that detects the intruders once they are inside the house, because that is much too late.

Now this approach may seem obvious, but many people still think that once they have fitted an alarm, they are safe. Please don't make the same mistake.

Protect your boundaries and perimeter walls.....

The two most effective ways to secure your boundaries are to:

The added advantage of perimeter surveillance is that this system can be switched on independently from the other systems (like the alarm system or the motion detectors in the garden), without interfering with your normal movements. It means that if an intruder should now attempt to enter your property while you are home, he or she will be detected immediately and whoever is at home will have ample forewarning

Surveillance makes it difficult for the intruder to approach your home undetected.....

If intruders do breach your perimeter, it is very important that you make it as difficult as possible for them to approach your home undetected. The security cameras are invaluable here, but I always advise people to do ate least the following as well:

Secure the inside of your home.....

The inside of your home you want to protect at all cost. This is your private domain and no-one should be able to invade this family-only space. The following are some very effective ways to do just that:

  • Fit a home alarm,
  • Fit strong security gates at all outside doors, and
  • Fit burglar bars.

By implementing the above well researched and effective ways of securing your home, you will be assured to have peace of mind when you think of your family's safety.

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