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Do It Yourself Home Security

Times of economic uncertainty cause problems for home owners in several areas, not least home security.

Budgets are tighter than ever and the number of break-ins increases as even thieves have to make ends meet. It can be a devastating experience to have someone break in to your home, but the costs of having one of the ¿big boys¿ in home security install and service the protection for your home can be just as traumatic.

But it¿s not all doom and despair. It is possible to improve your security and not break the bank by installing your own DIY home security system. It¿s not rocket science and is easier than you might think. Here are a few tips on how to go about it.


Planning is everything. Sit down with a piece of paper and make a rough map of the area that you want to protect.

Mark on your map the key components that could provide entry to a thief, such as windows and doors. Consider whether you want to protect any outbuildings such as a detached garage as well as your home.

It¿s a good idea at this stage to consider not only the burglary aspects of home security, but also fire protection, another vital tool to help you feel safe in your own home.

Type of System

Home security systems range from the basics such as good locks on all doors and bars on windows, up through alarms designed only to frighten away intruders to more complicated systems that will notify you via telephone of any problems. Top of the range systems will do all of these as well as calling the police through the use of a 24-hour monitoring function. Once you¿ve decided on your requirements, take the time to shop around for the components you need. Look for not only good prices but also for after-sales service in case things go wrong.


Most home security component suppliers will offer advice on installation. The basic tools you will need are a screwdriver, drill, wire cutters, a tape measure and, probably most important, enough time to do the job methodically and logically. The procedures for installation are pretty much the same for hard-wired or wireless systems, except that in the latter you are spared laying out metres of cable of course. Start with the battery backup system, install your sensors at your desired locations, connect the sensors (if hard-wired), install and program your control panel, connect any other components, such as phone line or siren, and finally test your system.

Once you break down the process into simple steps, it¿s not as intimidating as it appears. Good luck and may the force be with you!

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