Pros and Cons of DIY Home Security Camera Systems For Your Boise Idaho Home

Home Security Camera Systems Boise Idaho

Every Boise Idaho  homeowner understands the importance of keeping their home as well as family and all their valuable belongings safe from burglars and other criminal elements out to harm them. It is estimated that nearly two million burglaries are reported each year in the United States, which means that a home is broken into every 13 seconds.

Unfortunately, most homeowners have made it extremely easy for burglars to break into their homes since they do not have any type of security system installed. Criminals know this and they will often find their way into your home through the basement, garage and sometimes right through unlocked doors and windows. With this in mind, it is important to have some type of home security system installed to keep thieves at bay.

DIY Vs Pro Home Security Systems

 When it comes to installation and product quality of home security camera systems, you can decide to either do it yourself or hire professionals like Dr. The Signal to take care of the installation. While both options are possible, it is advisable to understand the pros and cons of each so that you make an informed decision.

DIY security camera kits are available at varying price points, some under a thousand dollars and generally require some basic electrical knowledge for installation. On the other hand, having a security camera system installed by a pro means you can trust that you are getting the top of the line hardware and certified installation, usually backed by a warranty.

Home Security Camera Systems


DIY home security systems are less expensive since once you buy your system, you will only pay a one-time fee and you will not have any other additional security system expenses. Furthermore, a DIY home alarm comes with relatively easy to use features such as keypad, window and door sensors, as well as motion sensors for less than $200.

Most DIY home alarm systems are wireless which makes them easy to install, upgrade, move or change. These systems are also portable such that should you decide to rent a new apartment or move in the future, you will easily uninstall your system and take it with you to your new home.

A majority of the systems also provide “smart home” features that enable online monitoring via a cell phone app or an online portal. This means that you can remotely monitor your home or perform adjustments to your home such as adjusting the lights or changing the thermostat in your home via your cell phone depending on your system. In case there is a breach in security, you will receive a cell phone alert immediately since the alarm system is linked to your smartphone. 


While most home security systems such as those from Nest, Ring, and Verkada come with advanced and sophisticated features such as battery backups, pet-immune motion sensors, redundant alerts, fire monitoring alerts, and so much more, DIY home alarm systems generally offer basic wireless security and nothing more.

Sometimes you may need to add more components than those already available on your system such as extra window sensors. These can be expensive as you will have to pay more for each component you purchase. 

For instance, most of the DIY home security systems come with only 3 windows and door sensors, so if your home has more than three windows, you might have to pay as much as $100 for additional accessories to protect all your windows or doors.

These systems are also not connected to the police, fire or security companies which is a great limitation. Notifications from these systems are only limited to you and other people you choose to include on the notification list. They also a limited warranty hence you may not be able to get free equipment upgrades or regular support, and you will also be responsible for repairs.

If a component in the system becomes faulty, your alarm company will replace it free of charge but with a DIY security system, you will have to take care of the replacement cost on your own. Another common disadvantage of DIY home security systems is the risk of incorrect installation. Unless you’re a security expert, you should consider hiring a professional home security system installation company for help.  

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