Can I design and install my own security system?
If you have access to a reliable connection to the GSM cellular network, we can supply you a fully programmed wireless security system reporting to one of our monitoring stations. If you have the basic skills to mount devices using a screwdriver and supplied adhesive strips according to supplied instructions, you can install your own system. As an added bonus, your investment can go with you if you move, unlike wired systems that may be less expensive at the outset but cost you some or all of your investment because the wires and labour to install them are left behind.
Once you decide your personal tolerance of risk versus what you are willing to pay for the peace of mind you seek, you should have a good idea of what you will need to configure your security system. Basic security system design involves common sense, knowledge of the premises to be protected, and some knowledge of how the components and sensors operate. This section is not intended to make someone an expert, but to provide enough information to understand the basic concepts and assess the overall appropriateness of a proposal you may be asked to consider by a service provider. The expertise comes into the selection of specific sensors, how to use devices to avoid false alarms, and the installation challenges that the specific location presents.
Let's take the most frequently chosen scenario that fits the risk profile, lifestyle, and budget of the average home or business owner. Later we'll discuss the so-called "free" security system
Each entrance from the exterior requires a sensor. Window sensors have largely been supplanted by motion sensors in the configuration of a typical security system, although they are often used on basement windows.
State-of-the-art motion sensors strategically located on basement and ground levels provide interior detection. Ideally, you want a motion sensor to activate before an intruder has fully entered the premises. If this is not practical, you have to assess the path an intruder would have to take from the point of entry and intercept his movement before he can reach the persons and assets you are trying to protect. The number of motion sensors you require will depend on the floor plan of the premises. If you are concerned about home invasion or having an intruder sneak up on you, you will require more than this to have the peace of mind you seek. A full-perimeter security system may address some of these concerns, but such decisions require more than can be briefly covered here.
A keypad to enter arm/disarm codes must be placed close to the principal entrance. Since you want to delay the triggering of the alarm just long enough to enter the premises and disarm the system, the keypad must be close at hand. More than one keypad may be required if a second frequently used entrance is some distance from the first.
Determine what other conditions such as fire, toxic gases, loss of heating or refrigeration, plumbing failure, etc. are a concern.