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Tips on DIY (Do It Yourself) Home Security

Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to have a quality, reliable home security system. In fact, the wide variety of systems currently available make it easier than ever for home owners to install and monitor a multi-functional home security system. Here is a list of home security products you can install and monitor.

Wireless alarm systems: Wireless alarm systems, which don’t require any holes to be drilled or wires to be run, can be installed easily. Because they take little installation, they can be a better security option as they allow for multiple monitoring points around the home.

Video cameras: Video security cameras are more affordable than ever. High quality HD video cameras can be placed inside and outside the home, allowing for full-home video monitoring. Homeowners have a choice of either having the video record to a DVR or having it feed directly to a mobile device such as a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Mobile technology: Mobile technology such as laptops, smartphones and tablets allow for another DIY feature, self-monitoring. With a self-monitoring option, you, not a paid monitoring company, are in charge of monitoring all features of your alarm system. The alarm system notifies you when the alarm is triggered. Then, you are in charge of choosing how to respond and who to notify. Using mobile devices, you can do a variety of monitoring tasks including enabling or disabling your alarm system, receiving video feed from your home's security cameras and receiving text messages whenever your alarm has been triggered. Self-monitoring can save you in monthly monitoring fees.

Another DIY option is home automation. Home automation allows the homeowner to choose additional options with the home security system. These options can allow the homeowner to manage a variety of home systems remotely. For example, there are options to monitor and manage the thermostat, activate humidity controls, turn on/off various appliances, control lighting and control home entertainment centers. These types of options are a great addition to a security system. Be sure to research online all the home automation features available with home security systems.

In addition to security systems, you can also employ a variety of other security measures including installing security lighting or motion detector lighting at all home entrances, purchasing quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors, using pin locks on all windows, securing the exterior garage doors and sliding doors and installing a peep hole or viewing camera at the front door. Be sure to go online and look for quality products, such as deadbolts locks, to protect your home.

To find out more about you can employ a variety of do-it-yourself home security options, go online to look for products, services and to compare prices.

Security system records cougar approaching Brookfield home

A Brookfield resident's Nest security system recorded a cougar approaching the home on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. "Black Panther" shatters records during opening weekend

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:34:00 GMT



Wyze's new smart home security camera, the Wyze Cam v2, gains Alexa functionality

The upcoming Wyze Cam v2, the latest version of the affordable smart home security camera from Wyze Labs, will be getting a firmware upgrade in March that will add Alexa functionality and allow actions through IFTTT. With the upgrade, users will be able ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT



The $26 security camera that gives you 14 days of free cloud storage is back in stock on Amazon

Last week, the Wyze Labs WyzeCam Smart Home Security Camera was finally back in stock on Amazon, so we told our readers about it like we always do. Soon after that, it sold out again - like it always does when we cover it. If you missed out, we have ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:23:00 GMT



Home security for the do-it-yourselfer

Feeling secure at home is a priority for many people. Many people consider installing security systems in their homes to improve their sense of well-being. Whether one owns or rents, individuals may be surprised to learn that do-it-yourself security ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:06:00 GMT



JOOAN Security Camera System Wireless with Motion Detection and Remote Access Infrared Night Vision for Home and Business Surveillance kit

LaView 4-Megapixel 2688 x 1520 8 CH PoE NVR Security Cameras System - 4 4MP Bullet IP Surveillance Cameras, 100ft Night Vision, Pre-Installed 4TB Hard Drive Save up to 20% on the Ring Floodlight Cam JOOAN Security Camera System Wireless with Motion ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:09:00 GMT



A Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professor is Making Home Networks-and the Internet-Safer by Outsourcing Security

The nation's 54 million residential computer networks, which often have inadequate or out-of-date security safeguards, leave millions of Americans vulnerable to fraud, compromise, and even property damage. Poorly protected home computers and other ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:15:00 GMT



"Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured." May's security speech in Munich speech. Full text.

And we invest in global security knowing this is how we best protect our people at home and abroad. That is why we are the second largest defence spender in NATO, and the only EU member to spend two per cent of our GDP on defence as well as 0.7 per cent of ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:19:00 GMT



Security video shows cougar peering into Brookfield home

A Brookfield resident's Nest security system recorded a cougar approaching the home last Saturday. Earlier in the week, DNR officials confirmed that a large cat seen in Washington County last week was a cougar. Anyone who believes they may have spotted a ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:59:00 GMT



British Olympic official sent home after altercation with security guard

Adam Pengilly, a former Olympic skeleton athlete and current International Olympic Committee member, has been told to leave PyeongChang after an altercation with a security guard in the host city on Thursday morning. Pengilly, a 40-year-old Brit, allegedly ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:25:00 GMT



Over $9,000 in dirt bikes go missing from Bluffton home. Security cameras show nothing

Three dirt bikes valued at over $9,000 were taken from a Bluffton home between Thursday night and Friday morning, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report. The theft was reported Friday at a residence on Brunson Street. The owner said all ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:29:00 GMT



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