“Don’t try this at home.” It’s a common warning, but how does it apply to security systems? With today’s systems becoming easier to install, and with customers becoming more tech-savvy, there is a growing market for “do-it-yourself” or DIY home security systems. The trend also extends beyond the home security market: Business end users may also think they can forgo a professional installer and handle installation in-house. The customer may save money by installing a system, but at what risk? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the pitfalls of “do-it-yourself” when it comes to security systems?
Do-it-yourself systems may be tempting because of cost or simplicity, but buyers should beware of the pitfalls as outlined by our Expert Panel Roundtable. The role of professional installation and monitoring of a security system should not be underestimated. Newer DIY systems do not provide the same level of security, and “simple installation” may not take into account several variables that could undermine a system’s performance. In many cases, it’s better to leave it to the experts.