Installing a total home security system has never been this easy or affordable. You can install a complete system with burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, freeze and water sensors in about two hours, without fishing a single wire. You can even add wireless video surveillance and get central-station monitoring for about half of what professional alarm companies charge.
Starter kits run about $200, but plan to spend around $500 to $800 to protect an average-size home.
Designing the right home security system requires some planning, so don’t rush out and buy a kit as your first step. You’ll wind up short on components you need and have extras that you might not use.
First, Understand Burglar Behavior
Some burglaries and assaults happen at night. But the vast majority happen during the day when no one is home. Some burglars break glass to reach in and unlock doors and windows. But the smarter ones don’t because they don’t want to leave blood DNA at the scene. They’d rather kick in your door or pry open a window.
So your first step, before you even think about buying an alarm, is to reinforce all door jambs and add better locks to all vulnerable doors and windows.