You’ve just spent the past couple of weeks going through the arduous task of weighing the pros and cons of different professional home security systems and you’ve finally settled on the one you feel is best for your needs. So now what? Well, what comes next is the installation process, and this can be a smooth or difficult task, depending on how well you prepare for it. Here are some tips to help guide you down an easier path to home security.
- First and foremost, check with the proper city officials to find out if you need a special permit before installing your system. Many cities have ordinances and laws that must be followed implicitly or you could face a huge sum in legal fees.
- Determine where to mount the security panel. There are many good places to mount the security panel (or keypad) and motion sensors, so do a thorough walk-through of your home and outside grounds and compile a list of possible locations. The “brain” of the system, or the security panel, is most oftentimes placed near the front door, but you must determine where you feel it will be most effective. This could mean a central location within the home or even at the back door. If you aren’t going with a wireless system, then you will need to take into consideration the amount of drilling that will be done to install the wiring mechanism. Make sure you have the appropriate space required and that the wiring won’t interfere with insulation, plumbing, or other wires inside your wall. If you’re still unsure, ask the installation technicians for their placement suggestions.
- Keep the area clutter-free at all times, so that you’re not tripping over things during the middle of the night when you need to reach the security panel in the case of an emergency. Remove shoes, tables, toys, and any other items that pose a safety hazard.
- When the time comes to decide on a keypad passcode, try to make it something that is easy for you to remember but difficult for an intruder to guess. Avoid a common sequence of numbers (like “5678”), and don’t share this code with anyone you don’t trust.
- If you’re having the system installed by professionals, make a list of any questions you might have beforehand. Avoid distractions, like talking on your cell phone, while the service technicians are trying to explain how the system works. You don’t want to be in the middle of an emergency situation later on and not remember how to work the components, so listen intently, and if you are given an instruction manual, read it as many times as necessary so that the details are ingrained in your mind.
Installing a new home security system can be an exciting time for you and your family, but you also need to make sure you have everything in order first so it will be a hassle-free process. By following the measures described above, you can be well on your way to a safer, more secure home in no time.