DIY Home Alarms Fool No One! Buyer Beware!
With everyone trying to make ends meet, cheap DIY home alarms are becoming an increasingly popular option. But are they really up to this vital job? Or could they actually fuel a burglar’s desire to target your home?!
Let’s explore the reality of cheap or fake DIY home security measures…
DIY home alarm systems don’t fool burglars
The worst way to ‘secure’ your home is with an off-the-shelf home alarm system.
Why are these DIY alarm kits so cheap? They are made from the most inexpensive, lowest quality, and least reliable materials.
This, coupled with installation by a non-professional, often leads to malfunctions and constant false alarms.
Not only is that a nuisance, it also de-sensitises your neighbours to the alarm. This means they wouldn’t respond during a real break-in.
The other result is that you simply don’t bother to set it anymore. It’s not a bargain if it’s a total waste of money!
Outdated kit is also sold cheaply. These devices lack modern security features, such as the ability to disarm the system remotely via smartphones.
Burglars are smart enough to tell the difference
Many of the DIY home alarms don’t have any branding on them but there are a few name brand kits that are popular. The next step up from a house that is completely unprotected is one with an obviously cheap and unreliable home alarm…
A burglar doesn’t want to risk it against a professionally installed and maintained alarm. It could even be monitored with Police response! He wants to go for the easy pickings, and he knows the boxes to look for.
The same applies for fake CCTV…
Installing a fake CCTV camera as a deterrent is an equally bad idea! Think about it this way – to the bad guys, breaking and entering is a full time job. Like any other industry, burglars have to keep on top of the latest news and products so they can stay ahead of the game…
Experienced robbers know:
- What brands and styles of CCTV camera to look out for
- Which “activated” lights are legit and which ones are fake
- Whether equipment has been set up in the correct position by a professional or stuck up with a hope and a prayer!
Don’t take the risk – Choose a professional installer
The only way to be sure that your home is properly protected with a security system that lasts for years to come is by choosing a professional installer.
Eastern security are SSAIB certified. This is a well known and respected accreditation within the security industry recognised by the Police, Fire Brigade and insurance companies. It means you can trust our service and equipment to be top quality.
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