Do It Yourself Home Security System


More people are choosing to rely on their own security systems rather than a quick response from law enforcement officials to protect their homes. Such systems actually can aid the police by providing them with hard evidence of criminal activity to use in their investigations. Here are some ways to set up your own security system.


  • It's better to stop someone trying to break in outside your house rather than inside, so the first step is to install motion-sensitive lighting at strategic places around the property. These lights are readily available in hardware and department stalls and relatively easy to install. For most houses, installed four sets of lights---one on each side of your house---will be sufficient. These will snap on when the sensor detects motion, which often is enough to frighten would-be burglars away.

Video Cameras

  • Security cameras are so common now they often cover city streets and traffic lights. You can use camcorders with slow recording speeds to give your own home the same coverage. Install them in not-so-obvious spots, such as under the eaves or in trees facing the house. You can set them to record directly onto videotape or memory cards, then replace the media at regular intervals. Or you can have them wired to a central video cassette recorder in the building to record there. In this case, you can record up to 10 hours in slowest speed on VHS tapes.

Other Security

  • Another, easier way to get visual coverage of your property is to use trail or scouting cameras. These cameras actually are designed for hunters to track high-traffic animal trails for use in hunting. They generally are less expensive than camcorders and they can be left alone outdoors without much maintenance. They can be attached to the building or trees. You can get them with video or still image capability and they have built in motion sensors. They can be used in daylight or night time and many of them have infrared flash or lighting units to capture the images. They also have time stamps so the images will tell you exactly when something happened.

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