While it may seem unnecessary to arm your home with a security system when you don’t own the property, a break in can affect you and your belonging just as much as it does your landlord. Your lease agreement may prohibit additional wiring and modifications to your home, but wireless, a DIY security system can help bridge the gap between securing your belonging and breaking the terms of your lease.
The Benefits of a DIY Security System
In addition to protecting your belongings, a home security system can also save you significant money in the long term. According to the FBI, the average home break in costs the renter over $2,000, which is a great deal more than what the average security system will cost you. Break-ins happen at a rate of one every 13 seconds, and burglars do not differentiate between homeowners and renters. Therefore, it’s important to protect your valuables from this kind of damage, and to prevent any trauma to you and your loved ones. Also, your rental insurance company will most likely give you a discount on your monthly fees if you have a security system installed in your apartment.
Why wireless and DIY?
Because, as a renter, your home does not belong to you, you can incur a penalty from your landlord for interfering with your home’s wiring or internal structure. Where a hardwired security system means drilling into the walls and integrating with the structure’s permanent wiring, a wireless system is much less invasive. Wireless security systems often attach to walls with an adhesive and are battery-powered, meaning they do not need to be integrated directly with your home’s wiring system. Instead, they effectively operate like a cellphone in that they communicate wirelessly through cellular technology in the event that sensor has been triggered. Since wireless security systems do not involve hardwiring to your home’s internal system, you can also increase the chances of retaining your security deposit when installing one.
Because they are so simple to install, wireless security systems can often be installed on your own, saving you time and money on a professional security system installation. DIY security systems like these are easy to transfer from one location to another, making them an ideal solution for someone in a temporary rental situation.
Do you Need Monitoring?
When you install your system yourself, you can also choose whether or not to have it professionally monitored. DIY security systems do not need to be purchased through a security system monitoring company, so monitoring becomes an added service instead of a required one. Given that DIY security systems are almost always wireless systems, they are often integrated completely with cellular technology. This means that when your security system is triggered, the control panel will notify you in real time through your smartphone or electronic device.
Wireless security systems can be set up for customized notifications, meaning you can receive alerts every time the door is open or closed, each time the security camera is activated, or every time the temperature within your home has been modified. Since you are receiving these notifications in real time, it is possible to forgo a monitoring service altogether and simply monitor your system yourself. You will receive a notification when your security system has been triggered, and can alert the police if necessary.
Self-monitored security systems also save you money on monthly monitoring fees, since companies often required lengthy contracts or high monthly costs for monitoring your system themselves. You can also save money on false alarms, since most police departments will charge a fee for repeated false alarms. If you are the one determining whether each individual situation should be reported to the police, the chance for a false alarm decreases significantly.
In addition to saving you money, self-monitored security systems also allow you to be more mobile, since most security system monitoring services require long-term contracts. If you are locked into a long-term monitoring contract but need to move, you will often face costly relocation charges or contract termination fees. You’ll also need to ensure that you’re moving to an area in which your security system provider operates, which can prove difficult when working with a local security system company.
While having a self-monitored alarm system can be convenient in terms of price, having a professional security system monitoring service can provide peace of mind that may not come from monitoring your system yourself. Mobile notifications or calls from your security system can easily be ignored or lost during busy work days, making it too easy to miss important notifications or accidentally neglect an urgent situation. Paying for an outside monitoring service ensures that the proper authorities will be notified even if you miss the notification.
If you’re a renter, a DIY security system is the perfect option for you. Not only will you save money on your rental insurance, but you will also enable yourself to relocate more easily, protect your belongings, provide peace of mind and keep your landlord happy.