The Truth About DIY Security Systems

What are you really getting with DIY Security?

It seems like every day there is a new DIY security or camera system available for purchase. The price point of these systems may seem appealing at first, but there are many other factors to take into account when it comes to securing your home or business besides price. Consider the following before you think about buying DIY.

Does the DIY system include monitoring?

Many DIY systems do not include monitoring – only the system itself. In the event of a break-in, you will be alerted and the alarm will sound, but you will have to contact the proper authorities yourself. It is very stressful when your home is threatened to call the police and explain the situation.

If there is monitoring available, where is the monitoring station located?

Some DIY systems do come with monitoring, but the monitoring center is most likely located in a different state or country. This could lead to miscommunication and frustration during a very trying time. Our own award-winning monitoring center is located at our headquarters in Amherst, NY, so this will never be an issue at Amherst Alarm.

Does the DIY company comply with nationally recognized industry standards?

There are many standards that security companies have to uphold to ensure the safety of their clients. Most DIY companies do not have the certifications that a professional and local security company has. A helpful article exposing some of the issues with DIY security system SimpliSafe can be found here.

What if the system breaks or has an issue?

Once you buy a DIY system, you have to install it yourself, which also means you have to maintain the system yourself. Customer service wait times can also be lengthy with DIY systems because they are run by national companies. When it comes to your security – you may need an answer immediately.

 

Avoid all of these mistakes and stresses by letting one of our professional and certified installers do it for you. Rest assured that Amherst Alarm uses the highest quality products to keep your home or business safe. If you are interested in learning more or setting up an appointment – give us a call today at 716-632-4600.