While you do have options for DIY home security, they have both benefits and downfalls, particularly when compared next to what you can get from a professional home security system. DIY home security doesn’t come with a monthly charge, which is an incentive for some people. However, that monthly charge is for 24-hour professional monitoring, meaning that someone else has an eye on your home whether you are there, sleeping, or out and about.

Is the cost for professional monitoring enough to help you choose which type of home security you would prefer?

Examples of DIY Home Security

Not sure what DIY home security actually is or looks like? In many ways, DIY home security can look a lot like professional home security systems. You can find plenty of DIY motion sensors, panic sirens, cameras, contact sensors for windows, keychain remotes, and more. Nowadays, some of these DIY home security systems use smart technology and can be controlled and monitored using your smartphone. This way, you have access and control over your home security even on the go, wherever and whenever you want.

The main difference between DIY home security and professional home security is the monthly fee, which you don’t have to contend with when you go DIY. DIY home security is also sometimes easier to install—and usually wireless—since product manufacturers would not expect homeowners to start drilling holes in their own walls for wiring, as is sometimes necessary for professional home security systems.

The Main Downfall of DIY Home Security

While DIY home security has its benefits, such as lower cost, less involved home installations, and potentially easier setup, DIY home security alternatives have one chief drawback: no outside, professional monitoring.

When it comes down to it, security is about more than just alarms, alerts, and keeping an eye on your home when you’re not there. What good is it to be able to see what’s going on at your home when you can’t do anything about it from where you are? If you can’t get to a place where you can alert the proper authorities, than having an alarm or remote monitoring system may not be as helpful in your time of need.

Also, the fact is that you lead a busy life. You simply don’t have the time to be watching the security cameras or checking your phone all day looking for alerts about your home’s security—plus, sometimes, you have to sleep! With professionally monitored home security systems, not only will you be alerted to a problem, but the police, fire department, or any other authorities that need to respond to your home can be there faster, whether or not you are there to catch the alert and call them yourself at that particular moment.

With professional monitoring, you can rest a little easier knowing that someone else other than yourself is looking out for you, your home, and your family. Your safety is important to not just you but to the company that is entrusted to protect you using its specialized alarm, alert, and monitoring equipment.

While DIY home security has its merits, it’s important to weigh how much having a professional monitoring service means to you and your feelings of safety and security. If you feel like having an extra pair of eyes and ears on your home is the way to go, then you may want to steer away from DIY home security alternatives toward a more professionally installed and monitored home security approach.

Written by Carolyn Heneghan

Carolyn is a nutrition and environmental crusader who loves using and exploring technology almost as much as she enjoys writing about it. Learn more

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