Alarm Systems Are Easier to Install Than You Think
Police interviews with burglars prove that alarm
systems are a deterrent. If burglars are convinced
your home has a real alarm system,
they'll move on to a more vulnerable target
rather than take a risk at your home.
You can buy a professional grade wireless
alarm system for about $200 from many
online sources. Installing professional alarm hardware is easy,
but programming the system can be a
challenge. A battery-powered
wireless DIY alarm system
wiring. Just plug
the control box
into your Internet
router, mount the
and program the
unit with your
For more information on installing a professional
security system, check out DIY Security System.
If you don't want to tackle the programming
or can't find a supplier who will program it for
you, skip the professional gear and buy a consumer-
style DIY wireless alarm instead (available at home centers). Starter kits come with a control unit,
arming station, motion sensor and a few door/window sensors (Photo 1). But plan on buying enough extra sensors to install on each ground-level
door and window.
Mount the arming station in a location where a burglar can see it
from the most likely entry door or window. Then mount the sensors,
connect the control box to power and your Internet router and program
the system from your home computer. The system notifies you of a
break-in or system failure with text messages and phone calls.
signs by your
front and back
on all the
windows so everyone can see them.