So, you’ve taken an interest in security? Of course you have, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. And since you have taken on such an interest, we commend you. Security is a critical factor in our lives, and one that is unfortunately, often taken for granted.
Maybe you are a homeowner who wants to protect his or her family. Perhaps you are a business owner concerned about the safety of your employees and business establishment. A public recreation center? A school or university? Regardless of your origin, your intent is security and peace of mind, and you need to start somewhere. This post will briefly tackle home and business security and the types of options that you have at your disposal.
When embarking on your home or business security project, you have two strategies to choose from: Do It Yourself (DIY), or outsource your security to a company (e.g. ADT). For the not-so-technically savvy, and non-DIY inclined individuals, outsourcing your security to a company might seem like a good idea at first. However, as we'll argue below, it might not be the best option. We strongly advocate the DIY approach for anyone thinking about embarking on having a home or business security system.
DIY VS. OUTSOURCING
While going with a company like ADT might appear beneficial, oftentimes the costs outweigh the benefits. Annualized monthly costs for hiring a company to take care of your security needs can easily exceed $100 per month, and that’s not including installs (which can range in the thousands). Furthermore, how can you be sure that their system will work properly? Will the alarm function as planned? Will the monitoring service respond in a timely manner to an adverse event? Technically speaking, you may encounter these issues either way whether you decide to go DIY or outsource. But the most important factor to remember is that when you go the DIY route, YOU are in control. When a component fails, you are the one who can troubleshoot the best. And if an install is done properly in the first place, you minimize this risk greatly. If an adverse event occurs, like a break-in or a fire, you’re likely to be the one to respond the fastest.
Placing technical issues aside, do you really trust people you don’t know and have never met to enter your home or business and have access to so much knowledge about your establishment and/or living situation? What if the company itself that you hire to monitor your security hires a third-party subcontractor to do the install? Issues like theft or damaged goods during an install process are not unheard of. Not only that, speaking personally, I just don’t feel comfortable at all with anyone other than myself watching and monitoring my home and family.
Since nobody takes security as seriously as you as a home or business owner, why not be the one charge? Not only are you in control, but you can save a lot of money doing it yourself. All you need is the funds to cover the cost of the security system, and an initial investment of your time to learn the ins and outs of installing and setup (if you don’t already know how, that is).
GOING THE DIY ROUTE
Once you’ve made the decision to DIY (congratulations by the way… we are proud of you for doing so), you have to determine what type of security system you would like and that best fits your needs. There are three main categories of systems to choose from: surveillance systems, alarm systems, and a combination of surveillance system + alarm system. What you choose will depend ultimately upon your security goals and your budget. In a later post, we will discuss these three options at length.
Yours in Security,
Dave & Mike