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 requires no wiring. Just plug the control box into your Internet router, mount the sensors and arming station, and program the unit with your computer.
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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.
Stick yard signs by your front and back doors. Then plaster stickers on all the ground-floor windows so everyone can see them.