Why is it important to have an alarm system at home?
The truth is that we live in a society where we are in constant threat of home invasion but an effective alarm system will help you deter burglars. In fact neighbourhoods where the majority of the houses are equipped with alarm systems are likely to have a lower rate of crime. It is essential for South African homeowners to protect themselves, but in need not be hideously expensive. This is where the beauty of DIY security comes in.
Am I really in danger?
There were 119 351 aggravated robberies in South Africa between 2013 and 2014, an increase of 12.7% from the previous year. In that same period the number of residential burglaries was 260 460, that means 714 South African households were burgled every day. The statistics are frightening but the technology exists to protect yourself and you no longer have to trust anyone else with the protection of your home.
Are alarm companies my only option?
In the past homeowners have always had to rely on other people to protect their family and belongings. Private security companies, alarm system manufacturers and installers have always been trusted to look after the things you hold most dear. This is no longer the case as now with alarmkits.co.za you can order, install and monitor alarm systems yourself.
How do I ensure that my house is secure?
Use the right locks
Look to use deadbolts on all the entrance doors to your home and check that the bolt extends deep into the door. Also check the locks on all your windows are secure and hard to force open.
Put extra locks on doors
Locks placed on the inside of doors will provide an extra layer of security against people trying to force the door open.
Use solid doors
Solid doors have a base that is made from wood or some form of metal, they should be used on all entrances, as they are much harder to break down or force open.
Get a dog
Dogs act as a huge deterrence to intruders who are afraid of getting caught or bitten. In most cases it is actually the dog’s bark that deters thieves, so if you’re not fond of dogs you can always buy a sound alarm that mimics the sound of a dog barking.
Safes are a good way to keep invaluable items like family heirlooms, important contracts and documents safe. They are available in various sizes and can be easily concealed to hide away from view.
Home security systems
Arguably the most effective way to deter burglars; alarm systems increase the risk of getting caught. As they are designed to startle the intruder, alert the owner, the neighbourhood and sometimes an armed response team or the police.
What should I consider before installing an alarm system?
The level of security
If you install an alarm system yourself, you don’t have to connect to a security company mainframe. However this limits the level of security for your home, as you will have to monitor the system yourself.
How much you want to do yourself
DIY alarm systems allow you to do everything yourself. But this will require some very basic handyman skills and some beginner level drilling. But if this is daunting to you then you might want call in the help of a consultant.
Know what you’re getting
It’s perfectly reasonable to want to monitor your security system yourself through your phone or computer, but just ensure that you are able to do so. Not all systems allow for remote wireless access and will therefor limit the amount of control you have.
If you choose to install your DIY alarm system yourself you can still employ a security company to monitor the system for you. This may cost you a little extra each month but it will increase your home’s level of security.
Customise your DIY alarm system with alarmkits.co.za
The components that come with a basic alarm system vary from company to company, but with alarmkits.co.za you can purchase different components individually. Allowing you to build a customised alarm system that will best suit your needs without having to compromise on certain things or splash out on others you feel you don’t need.
What do you need for a home security system?
Main panel with keypad
The main panel acts is the control centre of your security system. From the main panel you will be able to activate and deactivate the system as well as program it.
Remote control allows you to arm and disarms your security system from up to 30 metres away. It’s often advisable to invest in remotes that are hardwearing, water resistant and will allow you to perform several different actions.
Passives are sensors will allow you detect movement in certain areas of your home and will alert the main panel and trigger the alarm. If you have pets you should ensure that your sensors are pet friendly to avoid them constantly triggering the alarm.
Used to transmit a signal to the alarm system when threat to person or property exists.
How should you go about installing your DIY alarm system?
If you pay someone to install a security system, they will survey your property and recommend the best system for you, and for this you will have to pay a consultation fee and an installation fee. This may seem like a wise choice if you are inclined to trust professionals. But the truth is that you know you’re home and hence your needs far better than anyone else.
DIY alarm systems are fully adjustable and customisable, meaning that you can add components to your system if your needs change. The most important thing is that you follow manufacture instructions and best practises and you plan your system appropriately.
Can you really install a home security system yourself?
All DIY alarm systems are far easier to install than you might think. It is also easy to ensure that the system is adequately planned and executed to ensure maximum protection.
Step 1: Plan your system
What you need to consider while planning your home security system?
Consider your property carefully and answer the following questions when planning your alarm systems.
Do you live in a flat or townhouse complex or do you live in a freestanding house?
Is your neighbourhood built up or isolated?
Do you want the whole property to be protected?
Are certain parts of the house more important than others?
How many entrances are there to the property?
What kind of keypad will you need?
Will you need more than one keypad?
How many rooms need to be protected with motion detectors?
Do you have pets that will stay in the house during the day?
Once you have answered the above questions you are in a good position to know what equipment is required. Next you should map out your property and see where the different components need to go.
What goes where and why?
Control panels with on-board keyboard should be installed near the main entrance of the house in a suitable location to ensure ease of use. It is best to install the control panel first and ensuring the control panel has power. Make sure that the panel is not viewable from outside, so that potential burglars don’t have time to scope out the system and plan a robbery.
Install the sensors at height between 2.3m and 2.7m, remembering to avoid sunlight. Install the sensors away from heaters, fans, air-conditioning units and anything else could tamper with the system.
Pet friendly motion sensors
If you need to be aware of pets, make sure you check the instruction manual and set the system accordingly, ensuring that pets don’t trigger the alarm.
Choose a place that is not concealed but does not impact the sound that the siren makes when set off.
Step 2: Installation
Wireless alarm systems control panels like the Paradox MG5050, in fact are connected to a power source via a wire. It is recommended that this wire be embedded in the wall to keep it out of sight and avoid tampering. This will require you to drill holes that alloy you to connect the control pad to the power.
More complex alarm systems will require you to connect the system to a phone line. It is recommended that follow you the relevant instructions, but you may also require assistance from companies like alarmkits.co.za.
Step 3 Programming
You can easily program your DIY alarm system by following the instruction manual that comes with the system. This will allow you to program the features of the alarm set up the systems functionality.
Step 4 Motion sensors
Next you will have to install the motion sensors, door and window sensors and other sensors that may come with your system. Door and window sensors consist of a transmitter attached to the frame and a magnet attached to the window or door. Remember to place motion detectors sensibly using the instruction manual as a guide to optimise effectively.
Step 5 Testing
Ensure that your home is secure by scrutinising the instruction manual of the security system to make sure that everything is working order. The process is very easy to complete yourself but will be useless if it’s not working properly.
What level of alarm systems is available on alarmkits.co.za?
Paradox home security systems have recently revolutionised the alarmaa industry with the introduction of stayD technology. Unlike other alarm systems a stayD alarm system is always armed and only partially disarms when entering a part of the property.
Away from home?
Paradox allows you to increase security with the push of a button. Each detection point will alert you, as soon there is an unrecognised breaching. Meaning that your home is completely secure when you are not there.
Protection while you sleep?
Now you can have certain areas of the house completely protected while you sleep. Meaning that parts of the house are secure, while you are still able to roam freely in other parts of the house.
With StayD you can secure the perimeter of your property while leaving your living space unarmed. Meaning you can move freely in your house while protecting yourself from outside intrusion.
How much will a DIY alarm system cost?
The beauty of DIY home security is that you decide how much it costs. If you go to alarmkits.co.za you will be able to choose from a range of pre-packaged deals that vary based on the level of security required. As discussed before there are several points to consider, so a modest system perfect for a small home would cost R4679,00, while a comprehensive system for a 10 bedroom home would cost R 18 949,00.
Should I buy a pre-packaged alarm kit or should I design it myself?
The pre-packaged alarm kits available on alarmkits.co.za are designed to suit your needs. They are put together by experts, and will give you all you need to protect your home. But as discussed before the beauty of a DIY alarm system is that you decide what you want and where you want it. So if you would feel more secure with more components you can simple purchase them and install them yourself.
How much does installation cost?
Generally installation would cost upward of R750.00, but often this excludes a consultation fee by which the installer decides what you need. This may not seem like a lot but it could end up being costly paying extra for the installation of a system that does not actually meet your needs.
How can alarmkits.co.za help me?
This article was designed to inform people interested in securing their homes and wanting to do it themselves. We hope that you know a little more about what you need, why you need it and how to install it.
As well as selling systems and components for security systems alarmkits.co.za also offers free quotations based on your needs. We are also happy to offer free consultations and advice for any other questions you may have. It really is easy to keep you home secure with alarmkits.co.za.