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DIY home security installation tips

Successfully fit a home security system with expert advice on hotspots and system checks

By Becca Green | 10 November 2021

A home security system can help deter would-be burglars and may even lower your home insurance quote. DIY home security systems are relatively easy to install. Kevin Spencer, Product Manager at Yale, offers tips for success when setting up.

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Planning for installation

When unboxing your system make sure you have everything you need to install it. The box should tell you what’s required for installation, such as a screwdriver or tape measure. Familiarise yourself with each piece in the kit. This will help when reading through the manual because you’ll understand what each individual piece does and what it connects to.

Decide on hotspots

Take the time to plan out your DIY home security system before beginning installation. Figure out which locations in your home will provide you with the most protection and decide where the sensors and hub will be. Think about the order in which the products need to be installed. For instance, the smart hub is central to an alarm system and so all other devices need to be linked with it to work.

A home security system can help deter would-be burglars and may even lower your home insurance quote. DIY home security systems are relatively easy to install. Kevin Spencer, Product Manager at Yale, offers tips for success when setting up.

nest security system - expert tips for installing your own home security system - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Nest Cam IQ Indoor & Outdoor, Google Store

Planning for installation

When unboxing your system make sure you have everything you need to install it. The box should tell you what’s required for installation, such as a screwdriver or tape measure. Familiarise yourself with each piece in the kit. This will help when reading through the manual because you’ll understand what each individual piece does and what it connects to.

Decide on hotspots

Take the time to plan out your DIY home security system before beginning installation. Figure out which locations in your home will provide you with the most protection and decide where the sensors and hub will be. Think about the order in which the products need to be installed. For instance, the smart hub is central to an alarm system and so all other devices need to be linked with it to work.

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CCTV and data protection laws

Note that the position of outdoor cameras should comply with data protection laws. If your system captures only images within the boundary of your property, including your garden, then data protection laws will not apply to you. Find out more on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

Check connections

Ensure your internet and Wi-Fi connections are working correctly and are strong. The strength of the Wi-Fi can affect the set-up and cause issues during the installation process.

Mobile phone showing home security app notification.

Home security system app from Secure Connect

Test it out

Test your device once set up is complete as it could highlight any connection issues between the central hub and the accessories. Smart alarms that work with a smartphone app require testing to ensure locations are correct. And to see how the system reacts to people entering and leaving.

Check your apps

As you will be using your smartphone or tablet to manage the system, check their connection and ensure you understand how the app operates and how to manage it.


Low cost security essentials

Spencer also recommends some home security products that won’t break the bank:

  • Statistics from ONS reveal that 76% of household burglaries in England and Wales occur via access to an external door, so arm your front door with multiple layers of defence, from door chains at the lower end of the price spectrum to smart security cameras, which cost a little more depending on the model.
  • Make sure your cylinder locks on all entry points around your home meet the British Standards Institute (BSI) rating system. Yale’s BSI-rated cylinder locks start from £10, but the most secure cylinders are 3-star rated and Kitemarked, offering Anti-Snap, Anti-Pick, Anti-Bump, Anti-Screw, Anti-Pull and Anti-Drill protection.
  • If you’re looking for a simple home alarm to help keep thieves at bay, consider a battery-powered essential siren-only alarm. This low-cost solution is wire-free, easy to install and won’t require any modifications to your home.
  • Make sure any side gates and outbuildings, such as sheds and garages, are secured with a weatherproof maximum-security padlock. Usually, the more you spend on a lock, the better the protection, so do your research to find the best middle ground. If your bike is valuable, consider using a bike lock as well, even if your bike is inside a shed or garage.

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