How to Set Up a Home Security System Yourself

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Without a security system, your home is vulnerable to a burglary. This not only makes your personal belongings unsecured, but puts your family and yourself at risk as well. With crime rates being on the rise, it is crucial to update your home by adding a home security system. Unfortunately, home security installation isn’t as easy as it seems. This easy to follow guide will show you how to install your home security system and where to place the components.

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Where to Install the Keypad/Control Board

Home security systems have a main keypad acting as the base of the entire system, receiving signals from the other components. This is used to activate the system, to disarm the system, to stop the alarm, and as a communication device to the police. You will want to keep this in an area of the house that any members of the household can access. Keeping it near the front door is advised to activate the system when leaving the house. You will need a code when using the keypad, so any intruders won’t be able to disarm the system.

Where to Install the Cameras

Most home security systems don’t come with cameras, but a few do. If you have a gate to enter your driveway, a good place to install a camera would be here. Another good place would be near the doors. It is inconvenient to monitor all windows but if you set up a camera to capture the entire wall, it would be a valid place too.

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Where to Install the Motion Detectors/Glass Break Detectors

Motion Detectors should be placed at any point where someone could enter the house. This means, against doors leading outside, and against windows. These are usually held against the wall so it doesn’t detect you moving inside your house, but instead detects if the door or window opens.

How to Install Magnetic Sensors

Magnetic Sensors are for doors and magnets and are sometimes used instead of motion detectors. To set these up you place the secondary magnet onto the outer-edge of a door or window. Place the main magnet (the one connected to the wireless transmitter) to the wall, touching the magnet connected to the door. When you arm the system, the alarm will go off when the magnets disconnect from each other.

Where to Install the Carbon Monoxide Detector

If you have a garage, place the detector about 10 feet from the door that goes into the garage. Running your car in a closed garage is a leading cause of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Also, put one near your bedrooms to protect yourself while sleeping.

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Test the System

Using your keypad, test the components in your security system. Usually there is a feature just for testing the system.

If all went well, congratulations, your house and family are now much more protected, and possessions secure.

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Mat

A complete novice trying to navigate in the world of DIY. I bought my first home about 2 years ago & ever since I've been trying to research & learn how best to tackle common household problems.

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