Putting in your own alarm system for your home used to be the domain of qualified professionals who charged a small fortune for their services. Luckily the new wireless systems are pretty easy to install if you have a little know how and an instruction booklet handy. Wireless home alarm installation is probably the easiest because you need no or only a very limited knowledge of wiring. The first consideration is where to put the main control panel. Ideally it should be close to the front door, so you can key in the code without having to rush around. Try to keep it concealed from the front windows; you don’t want any would be trespassers looking through and seeing it.
The motion sensors now need to fitted to the window and door frames. With the wireless designs there is no need to wire them up, you can just stick or screw them in position along the edges of the windows. Some can be attached with tape which makes things even easier. You can buy these sensors from any good security store, or online from more general sites like argos. Classic brands of alarm systems you might want to go for include Yale Alarm, Skylink, Friedland Alarm Systems and General Electric.
The main beam of the sensors should be kept clear of any obstructions such as tables and chairs. Also, try to keep them away from electrical items such as televisions as they can interfere with the signal. If you are not sure about the best place to add them, then look online for the free alarm planners that show you the best alternatives.
The alarm box should be placed on the outside of the house, and this is probably the trickiest part of the installation as it involves climbing a ladder. The more expensive systems will have back up battery powered boxes, so the alarm will keep ringing even if the power is cut off. Some can also be set up to phone the emergency services as soon as the alarm is triggered, or even text you if the alarm has sounded.
This is ideal if you are out and something happens. To make use of these alarms you need to connect the main control panel to a phone line, so make sure there is direct access between the two before you buy it. Additions online have some of the cheapest direct alarm systems, and they come with full instructions which are very clear and easy to understand. A final point is to check your alarm regularly, preferably every week to make sure it is in good order. Putting in your own alarm system needn’t require paying out for a professional installation, especially if you go wireless.