Home Security Gadgets for the Uninitiated.

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As a homeowner, one of the ways to lower premiums on your homeowners insurance policy is to install a security system in your home. This is because most studies point to home security systems as the biggest deterrent of break ins and burglaries. At the same time, some homeowners may want to avoid the costs of a system installed by a home security company and do it themselves. Fortunately, there is more security technology now on the open market that is easy to install and operate. Here is a list of some the items available this year.

Wireless Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance cameras once required a lot of wiring installed. Now all you have to do is have a system with a good transmitter and make sure the camera’s batteries get changed regularly. Cameras are a great deterrent against burglars and all you need is a good power tool for installing the cameras. Even better, many systems can be connected to your home Internet so you have access via your smartphone or tablet.

DIY Alarm Systems

Many electronics stores now sell kit alarm systems that you can easily install on your doors and windows. The best part is that the newer systems are wireless so you don’t have to worry about where to place wiring. You just install and link to a central router or hub like your home Internet. Many systems come with loud alarms to deter thieves, and simple devices like key chains help you activate and turn off the system when you or your family leave or enter the house.

Hi Tech Locks

If you have experience installing a door handle then there are many exciting options for high security door handles. Some have electronic key pad access. Many homes in Asia now use this technology. There are also simple-to-install biometric fingerprint locks. For door handles, check important guides first to see if professional installation will provide a more secure fit.

Automated Lighting

Most thieves love working in the dark. So installing motion activated lighting is a great deterrent. You can find several models you can connect easily to your home’s electricity. There are also options like overhead flood lamps to provide significant lighting over a wide area from major entrances and windows. There are also models that charge themselves via solar panels during the day if you want to save on your electric bill.

Tips For DIY

Any DIY project succeeds or fails depending on how you follow instructions. Read over installation instructions carefully and make sure you have an inventory of all the needed parts and tools. Also DIY doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help or questions. If you know someone handy with installations or more importantly the tech side of things like connecting wireless devices, get their input. Also when installing multiple security devices, pace yourself and focus on one project at a time. In the meanwhile, if you are shopping for a new homeowners policy you can get home insurance quotes from homeinsurance.com.

Adam Vaught is a home security consultant with over 10 years experience. His articles mainly appear on homeowner blogs where he enjoys sharing his expertise.

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