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DIY or pro: the anatomy of home alarm systems

Wireless-enabled components and real-time monitoring are just a few of the updates changing home security systems. Whether you DIY yours or hire a pro install, here are a few terms and considerations.


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The New Look of Home Security

Wireless-enabled components and real-time monitoring are just a few of the updates changing home security systems. Whether you DIY yours or hire a pro install, here are a few terms and considerations.

The components

  • Apps (DIY or pro install) allow keyless entry and live monitoring with a smart device.
  • Motion sensors may be used to activate lights, cameras and/or alarms.
  • Cameras, including doorbell options, record various areas, including entrances.
  • Sensors on or near doors and windows detect opening and closing.
  • Glass-break detectors trigger an alarm or alert; can be placed in multiple spots.
  • Environmental detectors include both smoke and carbon monoxide.

The facts

  • 60% of burglars would discontinue a burglary upon discovering an alarmfootnote [1]
  • 2.5 million - Number of burglaries per year; 1.5 million occur in the middle of the day during work hoursfootnote [2]
  • $2,210 - Average financial loss for homes that experience a burglaryfootnote [3]
  • 600 feet - Maximum distance that a 110-decibel alarm can be heardfootnote [4]

The installation

Cost, design, recurring charges, emergency assistance and home skills all factor in to whether you can DIY home security components or want to pay a pro to do it for you. And wireless capabilities make adding options a simpler process.

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return to reference[1] UNC Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective”

return to reference[2]https://www.alarms.org/burglary-statistics/

return to reference[3]https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/hb9411pr.cfm?kbid=117130

return to reference[4]https://myllu.llu.edu/newsoftheweek/story/?id=13032

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