Even with the local government security options, many residents in Saskatoon opt for additional security systems. Quite popular is the DIY or Do it yourself options that are very simple to install and you can buy them off of Amazon.
DIY setups are perfect for homeowners on any budget because they can save you a bundle on installation charges and subscription fees. Most DIY systems are easy to install and setup. Not only that but they give you the flexibility to be able to expand your system and get as complex or simple as you want. Should you need more sensors or a simple camera, these systems are perfect for you.
Do I Have A DIY Security Plan?
Either way, these DIY security systems still require some sort of plan. The reason is that typically they can only be expanded up to a certain point to be able to work together. So if you simply want video, you still need to decide if you want the video to relay back to you together or if you’re ok having separate feeds.
Most residents in this are will enjoy the self-monitoring options as you can rely -somewhat- on the government security. However, people in the neighboring United States might opt for packages that also include monitoring. Whether they are in Ann Arbor, MI or the sunny beaches of Marco Island, FL DIY security is very popular in the states.
If you happen to live in what would be called a luxury home, then you might want to know that many of these systems use wireless components with double-back tape. These options are great for a quick install but can leave marks on the wall. Of course the alternative it actual installation with screws and wiring. This might be outside the scope of many DIY-ers.
Do I want Home Automation?
One option to consider when adding security to your home is also whether or not you want to add automation. Many services now offer integrated options. While these are more costly and could require professional installation they offer the luxury of combining automation and security.
Nearly all of the latest DIY and high-end home security systems offer support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and in some cases Apple Siri, which allow you to unlock doors, change thermostat settings, open the garage, and arm or disarm your system with a spoken command to a connected device like an Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker.
You can also “hook” into IFTTT (If This Then That) applets, which will use triggers from IFTTT-compatible web services and devices to create an action. For example, you can create an applet that says if my garage door is opened, turn on the floodlight.
So when you start shopping for DIY security options or automation options look for compatibility with your devices.
Can’t I just buy a doorbell camera?
Nearly all standalone security cameras connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so you can see what’s going on from your phone or tablet, and most have built-in sensors that detect motion and sound and will send push and email notifications when those sensors are triggered. Keep in mind you’ll want some storage with that camera. Some cameras have options for built-in SD cards, while others have or will need cloud options. The benefit being you could use your Dropbox or google drive account to record what’s going on.
The most popular is this ring-doorbell option. It installs using the 2 low voltage wires and existing screws on your doorbell.
As with our conversation above about DIY security options. You might want to think long term and decide if you want a device that will work with your future plans. Many of the better video options already work with the home automation options.
Even if you live in a gated retirement community you might like to have the luxury of being able to see who is at the door and these DIY options can give you just that… convenience, not just security.