Many Cana­di­ans are now turn­ing Do-It-Your­self home secu­ri­ty sys­tems because they believe they can lim­it the main­te­nance cost for the sys­tem. This may be true, but unfor­tu­nate­ly, turn­ing to DIY home secu­ri­ty options has weak­ened the secu­ri­ty around the homes of many prop­er­ty own­ers. In this arti­cle, we will pro­vide our guid­ance by pre­sent­ing the dis­ad­van­tages of choos­ing Do-It-Your­self secu­ri­ty sys­tems over pro­fes­sion­al secu­ri­ty sys­tems.

Lim­it­ed Sup­port

Most DIY sys­tems have lim­it­ed sup­port options for the user of the sys­tem. As a home­own­er, you might be able to con­tact the man­u­fac­tur­er of your sys­tem for guid­ance, but you won’t have access to full 24-hour sup­port offered through a secu­ri­ty team. If the sys­tem los­es func­tion­al­i­ty, or if you have a ques­tion about its per­for­mance in the com­ing months, you will have to work hard­er to find the right answers.

Incor­rect Instal­la­tion

A secu­ri­ty sys­tem that has been incor­rect­ly installed is of lit­tle to no use to any­one. You might believe you have the tech­ni­cal know-how to install a secu­ri­ty cam­era above your front door, but incor­rect instal­la­tion may lead to lim­it­ed secu­ri­ty infor­ma­tion being deliv­ered through your sys­tem. Pro­fes­sion­al prod­ucts come with pro­fes­sion­al instal­la­tion, and this can ensure sig­nif­i­cant peace of mind when address­ing your family’s secu­ri­ty.

No Con­nec­tion to Emer­gency Teams

The lead­ing secu­ri­ty sys­tems now offer direct access to police and med­ical per­son­nel in the event of an emer­gency tak­ing place with­in the home. DIY sys­tems lack this essen­tial func­tion­al­i­ty. This means you may have to take extra steps to con­tact emer­gency teams when an issue aris­es, and this extra time could impact the response time.

Repair Respon­si­bil­i­ty

When a pro­fes­sion­al­ly installed sys­tem breaks down, the man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny and the secu­ri­ty firm respon­si­ble for the sys­tem are held respon­si­ble for fix­ing the issue. But when uti­liz­ing DIY secu­ri­ty prod­ucts, the respon­si­bil­i­ty falls on your shoul­ders. You will have to main­tain the sys­tem over time, and take moments out of your sched­ule to ana­lyze issues. This makes own­ing a DIY secu­ri­ty solu­tion often high­ly incon­ve­nient.

Lack­ing in Inno­va­tion

If you choose a DIY prod­uct, you’ll miss out on the many great fea­tures now avail­able with pro­fes­sion­al secu­ri­ty solu­tions. For exam­ple, you might not be able to con­nect the DIY prod­uct to your smart­phone or tablet device. You might also not be able to auto­mate home secu­ri­ty ele­ments such as alarm set­ting with your DIY sys­tem. This lack of tech­ni­cal sophis­ti­ca­tion could mean you are miss­ing out on impor­tant sys­tem per­for­mance ben­e­fits over time.

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Brandon Baum
Brandon Baum has been at Protection Plus since he was born in 1998. Since Graduating from Ryerson in 2020, he has been at the company full-time. Currently, his title is Chief Security Officer.