Burglary and theft in Australia is a big perennial issue. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, more than 200,000 burglaries are reported yearly, with 20% of these houses being broken into more than once. This results to theft in roughly 2.5% of all Australian households – more than the international average of 1.8% and more than twice the burglary rates of Germany, Spain, Japan and Sweden. What can you do to lessen the risk of break-ins to your residence? Install devices that secures your house from theft.

An effective home security system doesn’t have to be expensive and, as a matter of fact, you can set it up yourself. Consistent with the reminders given by the police, making sure that there such a network present in your home will help maintain safety and security and can even serve as a deterrent to potential thieves. But how do you set your own system in place for your residence? The following tips may help you in making such choices, especially since you might have plans on doing it alone.

Weigh the Pros and Cons

Consider the positive and negative aspects of setting up your home security system by your own compared to asking for professional assistance in doing such an upgrade for your home. Start to list down the pros and cons of DIY and professional installation and weigh them both to see which will really be to your advantage based on your specific house needs.

DIY installation will definitely help you cut down costs by skipping the fees required for a professional installation. If you are a person who can really get your hands dirty with devices and home improvements, then a do-it-yourself kit is for you. This is also the case if you have easy-to-install wireless devices that lessens the need for home revisions.

In addition, a do-it-yourself option will give you flexibility with your installation schedule. You can do it when you feel like doing it; no need to follow a specific schedule that may be in conflict with your prior commitments. You can choose any time of the day for setting up your security devices. Everything is all up to you.

Finally, you will have a free hand in making choices and setting up the network exactly how you wanted it done. By going DIY, you don’t need to follow company specifications in installing these devices, which usually makes your expenses spiral out of control or may not suit your taste. Choose gadgets depending on your needs and preferences and not of the professional installer’s whims.

However, there may be setbacks in going DIY. For one, you will definitely do all the hard work. This will definitely be time-consuming –studying the installation guide alone, doing a minor renovation of your home to make room for these gadgets, and installing all the hardwires that may come with the package may test your patience as well. If you are a person who is not used to making home improvements by your own, you may be better off choosing the other option.

Consider Automation and Mobile Synchronization

Most of the smart security devices available in the market today can be synchronized and controlled through your own mobile phone or tablet. This may prove to be very handy, especially when you go on extended out-of-town trips that require you to regularly check on your home through your newly-installed security devices. Automation and synchronization gives you helpful features such as setting up algorithms to remotely schedule when your home lights and appliances (like your television) turn on and off, when your doors and windows lock and unlock, when your surveillance camera starts recording, when your home alarm network goes off, and other similar features and functions.

This will give you a whole new dimension of control and functionality that will be very helpful in preventing burglary from happening in your home. According to DUMA (Drug Use Monitoring in Australia), lights turned on inside homes makes 19.3% of thieves think twice and switch to another residence. Only having a dog (61.4 percent) and a functioning alarm system (41.1 percent) beat it in DUMA’s recent study. This shows the importance of having a functional security network in your home.

Do Your Research

Having a security network in your residence will be a deterrent to would-be burglars, but only if it is working and not fake. Apparently, thieves have a way of calling your bluff. DUMA said in their study, “The sample of active burglars were aware of fake alarm systems, fake security systems and fake cameras, none of which deterred them. Rather, they presented a further indication of a property with weak security.”

Making sure that you are installing a fully functional security network will be the sure way that you will benefit from your newly-installed DIY system. Like how DUMA said it in the same study,“Insurance companies also acknowledge the increase in deterrence that active alarm systems provide, offering discounted premiums to those who have them installed.”