Over the past little while, I have been doing a lot of renovation work on my house. Even though I am comfortable tearing down a wall or two and rebuilding from scratch, I have always thought that things like wiring and plumbing are best left to the pros. So when I came across this article in the NY Times about DIY'ing your home security system, and doing it easily, of course I was intrigued
Admittedly, having always lived in places where the alarm was already prewired, I really didn't think about how difficult or expensive it would be to install one. So how do these DIY packages compare?
One is by a company called Ingrid Home Security. $200 gets you a phone that doubles as an alarm control, an alarm console, and three window or door sensors. The nice thing about this system is that all the sensors are wireless so you can add more if they become necessary. You can even put them in places you would like to secure but where a more traditional security setup wouldn't make sense. Think liquor cabinet, or maybe a filing cabinet in your home office.
Another option is a company called Lasershield. Their package also comes in at $200 but is built around motion sensors as opposed to stick on door and window sensors like the Ingrid home package. To arm or disarm the security system, you would use a keyfob.
For a built in system from a known company like Brink's, you can get it installed for anywhere from $200- $500 dollars depending on complexity. Even though I am a big fan of DIY and the convenience that these packages provide, having to deal with batteries, they say that they last for 10 years but I am skeptical, and different sensors being visible and scattered throughout the house would still make me want to go with a nice, clean in built system. Not to mention that if you have a pet and the lasershield package, the only solution for having the alarm on and your pet at home is a plastic shield that snaps over the sensor to 'minimizes' the chance of your pet triggering the alarm. Not exactly user friendly.p>
-via The NY Times