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Installing an intruder alarm system is one of the best ways to improve the security of your home. You might be tempted to try and reduce your costs by selecting the DIY route and trying to install your own wireless burglar alarm, but doing so could really cost you and cause more problems in the long run.


While it won't be difficult to purchase an DIY alarm on the internet or in a home improvement store, it’s  likely that you will struggle to effectively install the system to provide proper security that's tailor made for your property. There are many different DIY systems available on the market, from popular well known brands that have moved from locks into the electronic security market, to cheap imported products available on eBay.


On top of this, DIY alarms lack many of the benefits of a professionally-installed alarm system. For home security you can trust, it is essential to enlist specialist installers that carry out a security survey of your property. Furthermore most insurance companies will require the system to be installed and maintained regularly by an NSI or SSAIB accredited company and that the system is installed to the relevant British Standards that intruder alarms should be installed to. 


The burglar alarm installation process is skilled and technical. Each part of the system has to be installed with attention, or the entire system could be ineffective. No matter how confident you feel with a DIY alarm, it’s not worth risking your home security if you are not a security professional. A professionally installed system will be designed and manufactured to stringent British and European standards, to ensure that the products are fit for purpose and can't be tampered or interfered with, a DIY system doesn't have to comply with these standards and this could leave your property vulnerable.


Installing an efficiently and properly operating home alarm system requires expertise for what may seem like basic steps, for example, you might not install the detectors in areas that are suitable which could result in false activation's, or worse, no activation in the event of a real incident. Instructing a professional will remove these concerns and ensure that detector location is the most suitable for your property. A security consultant will conduct a thorough survey of your property prior to the installation. They will  make informed decisions on how and where your control panel and alarm detectors are installed, and provide information on how to spot weaknesses to your property security. 


Professional home alarms will have anti-tamper features to ensure that components such as the outside siren can't be attacked or disabled without activating the system elsewhere. Many wireless DIY alarms can be easily deactivated without causing the alarm siren outside to trigger, and popular DIY systems also do not have additional back up batteries to power the system in event of a power cut which can leave the property vulnerable, a profession