In recent years, there has been a noticeable surge in the popularity of DIY home projects. Yet, while building a coffee table over a few weekends or starting a new garden project can be deeply satisfying DIY projects, there are certain areas where the stakes are higher, such as home security.
While DIY may save a penny here and there, it might not be the wisest avenue when safeguarding our homes. After all, when it comes to security, cutting corners can lead to vulnerabilities that carry far-reaching consequences.
DIY alarm systems have recently surged in popularity; these kits typically comprise essential components such as motion detectors, a central control panel, and a basic siren. Their primary draw is the perceived cost-saving, as the upfront cost might be less than a professionally installed system. Still, the hidden costs associated with a DIY installation could swiftly outweigh any perceived advantages.
You rely on your intruder alarm to protect you, your family, and your belongings. As such, it’s of the utmost importance that it is functioning flawlessly. One minor misstep in installation, such as placing a sensor in an ineffective location or not calibrating it correctly, can jeopardise the entire system’s efficacy.
Every home is unique in its layout and security needs. However, DIY kits tend to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to cater to the widest possible audience. This further magnifies the risk of improper installation, as, without professional guidance regarding the number of sensors, types of sensors, and their positions, you’re operating by guesswork instead of from the decades of experience of a professional installer.
One of the primary benefits of professional installations is their experience. Intruder alarm installation experts can evaluate a property, identify potential security weak points, and advise on optimal sensor placements. With a DIY kit, you get none of this; you’re limited to either your best guess or constrained by the limits of your chosen kit.
In the best-case scenario, your home is relatively simplistic in design, and through careful consideration and some good fortune, you have placed sensors in an optimal position. However, you still lack the decades of experience required to provide regular maintenance and diagnose faults in the system. After all, a faulty alarm doesn’t protect you or your family.
Compounding all the previously discussed points of improper installation, lack of customisation, no professional guidance, and maintenance challenges, it’s no wonder DIY systems are prone to false alarms. Whether it’s a sensor too sensitive for the area it’s placed in or one affected by environmental factors such as a nearby window, false alarms are more than just an annoyance. False alarms diminish trust in your alarm system if they occur frequently enough. Similar to the tale of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, if your alarm system suffers from frequent false alarms, in the event of an actual home intrusion, neighbours will likely assume this is yet another false alarm. If you are in your home during the break-in, you will be less prepared for an emergency, perhaps caught off-guard by the intruders. False alarms are more than “an annoyance”; they’re dangerous.
Professional alarm installation in Manchester offers many benefits that DIY systems can’t match. Nova Alarms intruder alarm experts dive deep into the nuances of each property, crafting tailored security solutions that fit like a glove. With a wealth of training and experience, we ensure every component is placed perfectly and functions seamlessly.
Thanks to our Walkden roots, the family-owned burglar alarm specialists at Nova Alarms are ideally located to provide commercial CCTV installation throughout Greater Manchester, especially in nearby areas such as Salford and Bolton.
With a highly skilled workforce of trained staff and our personal and professional service, we instil confidence and provide peace of mind to all our customers.
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As experienced industry experts, we supply, install, maintain, and repair burglar alarms and intruder deterrence systems. So, for more information, please contact our team by calling 0161 702 8643.