What are the Best Tips for Installing do-It-Yourself Home Security Systems?

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  • Written By: Florence J. Tipton
  • Edited By: John Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 13 November 2019
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Installing do-it-yourself home security systems involves a number of steps to ensure a safe and accurate installation takes place. A person should develop a plan before shopping to determine which type of home security system is needed. Planning can identify where the security system components and control panel are most effective in protecting the home. Following the instructions carefully will help to ensure mistakes are not made. Running tests on do-it-yourself home security systems will ensure the alarm system works properly when needed.

Typically, do-it-yourself home security systems that include security cameras are easy to install. After determining the best areas and number of cameras needed for monitoring indoors or outdoors, cameras with color or black and white video feed are purchased. A person may need to purchase specific tools for installation if those tools are not already owned. Wireless security cameras are mounted in areas where signals will not be interrupted. A wired security camera is attached to the receiver that records the monitoring.

There are also wired or wireless options for burglar alarm do-it-yourself home security systems. Wired home alarm systems require connecting electrical wires throughout the home. A professional installer might be needed for complex home alarm systems of this nature.


Wireless alarm systems include sensors with two components — a transmitter and a magnet. The sensors can be placed on windows and doors. The transmitter goes on the frame, and the magnet is placed directly onto the window or door.

Usually, the optimal location for a control panel is near the front or rear door, whichever is used most frequently when entering or exiting the home. Most installation guides will advise to place the panel near an electrical outlet. When installed near an outlet, it is important to ensure that a light switch does not control the outlet and inadvertently switch off power to the control panel.

After installing the security system, the control panel is programmed to activate the alarm system features. Following the instructions for proper programming is also important. Most manufacturers offer customer support if problems occur with the programming.

The instruction manual that comes with do-it-yourself home security systems should be read thoroughly if a person wants to ensure the system is installed properly. Omitting steps or components that were part of the original system could damage the functionality of the home security system. Mistakes might delay installation and can lead to costly repairs.

Function testing at each interval while setting up the system may help to identify a problem before installation is complete. Directions for testing the system are also included in the instruction manual. It is also a good practice to periodically check the home security system after installation is complete.



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