Is DIY Security Worth the Hype?
March 03, 2021
During the last year, we’ve learned how to do many things ourselves since many of the services we took for granted had to shut down. We learned how to do our own haircuts, how to fix faucets, and even how to install flooring. However, during this time, I think it’s safe to say that many people realized that professional and DIY can have very different results. The same should be said for security systems. DIY security is on the rise, but does that mean it’s better than professionally installed and monitored security? Let’s discuss the differences between DIY security and professional security.
First, let’s define DIY security and professional security. A DIY security system is one which you can buy and set up your equipment on your own. These systems usually don’t require a contract, are paid for upfront, and claim to be easier to move for those who move frequently. A professional security system is installed by certified installation technicians, which gives you assurance that the system is properly installed. These systems are maintained by the provider and the provider will show you how to get the most out of your system. A professional system requires signing a contact and often involves an installation fee.
The DIY trend is likely here to stay, but another business model is resurging. There is now a tangible need for professional technical services and system maintenance. The ability for a professional installer to become a trusted hand in home and business security maintenance is now a big plus for consumers. Similarly to the smartphone industry, when issues arise with a phone, one wouldn’t try to fix a technical problem, they would bring the phone in to the store to be repaired. It can be faulty to rely self-diagnose to repair a DIY security system that is responsible for protecting your livelihood or family.
The bottom line is that these issues with DIY home security systems could lead to a heavier reliance on professional home security companies. Customers need reliable help, and most professional companies are set up to provide just that.
Now, let’s discuss the issues that many consumers are reporting with DIY security. While there may be some pros reported by their manufacturers, unfortunately each pro is conditional. For example, you will save on installation costs but run the risk of not installing your cameras properly so they are less effective. While you aren’t on contract with a security provider, you are responsible for all repairs needed on the system. You are also responsible for your own monitoring.
1: Performance Issues
One of the most common issues with DIY security is issues with speed, connection stability, and performance. Often, if a network is overloaded, the system will go offline. When the system is offline, it won’t record any activity taking place and will leave your home or business vulnerable.
2: Inconsistent Coverage
When you install a system on your own without the proper training and certifications professional technicians go through, you’ll unknowingly fail to account for all possible entries into a building. The typical DIY home security system only includes coverage of the main doors and a few windows.
3: False Alarms
When you choose to go with a DIY security system, you may inadvertently install security products that don’t work well together or are too close together. For example, placing two different pieces of equipment near each other might result in electromagnetic interference. An experienced technician knows what equipment to use to get your desired result and how to install it correctly. Without doing this, the interference may lead to false alarms. Many get so fed up with DIY security false alarms that they end up turning off the system all together, which leaves their home or building vulnerable.
In conclusion, if you are interested in a professional security system, you can schedule your free consultation today with a ABCO Security expert. Our experts are all NSA certified and can help customize your security to your exact needs.