Why Installing Surveillance Systems By Yourself Is A Bad Idea

Author: PREP SECURITY | | Categories: Access Control , Alarm Systems , Commercial Security , Low Voltage Solutions , Residential Security , Security Cameras , Security System Company , Video Surveillance


There’s no doubt that installing your surveillance system yourself is more affordable than hiring a contractor. However, an expert understands the security risks your home is exposed to. Different properties and buildings have unique vulnerabilities that a surveillance contractor can identify and address with the right equipment. Moreover, experts make necessary provisions to avoid damages that could increase your expenses.

As a novice to surveillance technology, you could select an inadequate system that doesn’t meet your needs. On the other hand, you could have a high-end system, but without the right installation knowledge, you could render your system ineffective to security threats. As a result, not trusting an expert for help could lead to more expenses than you expected.

For a clearer understanding of the problems attached to DIY surveillance installations, Prep Security has covered three reasons why installing your own surveillance system is a bad idea. Each reason explains the skills required to install a security system effectively.

1. Inaccurate low voltage integrations.
Surveillance systems usually consume low voltages. To install these devices, you need to understand the existing wiring and cables to accurately install your system up to code and devoid of malfunctions. Possessing electrical knowledge is essential here to prevent electrocutions, short circuits, fires, and other safety hazards.

2. Routing wires incorrectly.
Besides the potential of its capabilities, the success of your security system also depends on its installation and wiring. Inadequate wiring can lead to system failures and distortions, putting your safety at risk.

3. Not considering existing wiring and plumbing.
If you aren’t careful, you could end up drilling holes through your plumbing, HVAC, or electrical wires, which could lead to compound disasters in your home. Mistakes like these can be expensive to fix as you may need to break through the wall and replace your pipes, vents, and electricals to make amends.

Do things right - Hire a professional

To avoid the hassles of a DIY installation gone wrong, it’s vital to enlist the services of a reliable security expert. Experienced security system specialists have fundamental construction experience in addition to knowledge about your security equipment. They know how to run wires effectively to prevent damages to your property, implications to your safety, and the functioning of your security system.

Besides the benefits we’ve already mentioned, hiring a skilled security system contractor enables you to sit back and relax. You also get the option to direct the experts according to your requirements. Once the installation is complete, a professional will walk you through the system, its functions, and how to operate it within your home. That way, you can operate your surveillance successfully right from day one.

If you’re looking to install or upgrade to a new security system in your home or office, reach out to Prep Security. We are low voltage security systems professionals, and we provide licensed commercial and residential security system services in St. Charles, Missouri. Our installation charges range between $70 to $90 per hour. To learn more about our prices give us a call at (636) 493-0514, and we’ll be happy to help you.

At Prep Security, we’ve been fulfilling security installation and maintenance requirements for over ten years. Through our experience, we’ve gained expertise in a wide range of security and communication areas including HD security camera systems, alarms, access control, data and network cabling, and almost any low voltage solution. When you partner with us, we make sure that your community is safer and better connected as a place to live and work in. 

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