Your Options with a DIY Security System

There are potentially dozens of reasons why a homeowner would choose to install their own DIY security system. Not all security systems are entirely affordable, but one thing is for sure: the security of your home isn’t worth compromising. Did you know that homeowners in Seattle have a 1 in 19 chance of being a victim of property crime? Those rates are far above the national average, which means that you have some serious work to do to ensure that your home is secure and your family is safe. If you’re considering installing your own home security system, there are a few important features that you should think about adding to ensure that you have strong defenses and a greater chance of avoiding becoming a victim of property crime.

Hidden Cameras

A surveillance system is a great way to keep track of your things and what is going on around your property, whether or not you are there to keep an eye on it yourself. Security cameras offer a number of different features, including live feed, motion tracking, and motion sensor-triggered recording. Even just installing one or two of these kinds of cameras at key points of entry or to monitor special valuables will help keep your home safe and scare off potential intruders. Hidden cameras are particularly a great way to keep your things safe, whether you catch a criminal in the act of breaking in or stop an irresponsible babysitter from pocketing your cash.

Remote Access

Remote access is a crowning jewel of modern home security systems. With remote access, you can check up on your home’s defenses from any location as long as you have access to the internet or to your smart phone. Remote access offers a number of convenient and smart features, including allowing you to control, arm, and disarm defenses from away, whether you’re on vacation or are returning home from work. Many remote-access systems will also alert you to any triggered alarms or abnormal behavior at your house. They can send you snapshots of your kids arriving home or send you a live recording if abnormal motion is detected when your defenses are armed. Believe it or not, you can find some of these capabilities in DIY security kits or individual security devices at local home maintenance stores.

Environmental Alarms

If your property is important enough to you that you want to protect it from burglars, then it’s certainly important enough that you want to protect it from environmental damage like flooding or fires. While Seattle fire averages roughly meet the national average, flood risk is a concern for every homeowner in the Seattle area. The seasonal moisture and precipitation combined with the flood risk of the nearby creeks and canal can be enough to make any homeowner concerned with the potential risks flooding and water damage could pose to their property. Having both fire safety alarms and flood sensors installed in your home can make a big difference to your home’s security and integrity.

Going Green

The world these days is greatly concerned with carbon footprints and protecting the environment. If you’re concerned about the energy usage of installing your own home security system, maybe you should consider some of the home automation software out there. Home automation has joined forces with the green movement and now offers many options to not only make your home security more convenient to control, but also monitors your home’s energy usage and adjusts as needed without compromising its integrity. For more information about the home security and automation options available, call 866-565-4305 to speak with a professional.

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