It is true that most homeowners understand the importance of installing a home alarm system in an attempt to deter burglars. However, the security conscious may not be aware of the full extent of the problem. In the US, a burglary is said to occur every 14.6 seconds. That figure was released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The same body declares that if you have no home security, you are three times more likely to be burglarized than if your home was secured. It is a terrifying thought. If you do not have home security, this statistic alone should prompt you to install the protection your home and all of its contents require.

If you have perused the web or have contacted a home security firm, and found the cost over-the-top for the installation of home alarm systems do it yourself. Self installation is not complicated, requires only basic tools and will save you a sizable amount of cash. The money saved by installing home security yourself could be put toward purchasing a more expensive and effective security system. Before purchasing an alarm system, conduct a survey of your house listing the entry points needing to be secured. You should list the amount of doors and windows you would like to secure, and take note of the window and doorframe dimensions.

The part of the door and window frame you have designated to each device must have ample room for installation. Do not fall into the trap of buying everything you need only to find that each device will not fit. You should also take note of where you would like to install the controller. Most homeowners install the security controller on an easily accessible surface just inside the front door. This is important; if you secure your home and return later, open the door and struggle to disable the alarm – it may go off. This is not only irritating to you, but also irritating to your neighbors. Alarms are meant to be loud and noisy so you want to prevent tripping the alarm needlessly.

Once you have decided where the control pad, sensors and switches are to go, measure the distance accrued between each device to ensure that you will have enough wire to reach each part of the security system. If you are wishing to buy a wireless alarm system, the need for wiring is eliminated. Once you have all of the information you require, take a trip down to your local DIY store and purchase the most suitable alarm system for you and your home.