Demystifying home security: How to build a smart DIY system?


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There is a need in Indian market to focus on simple and affordable DIY security systems to attract first time buyers. Plug and play alarm systems fall under this category.

Everyone wants to be tech savvy, and Indian consumers have always been trying to maintain their ‘pro technological’ quotient high. Technological innovations from anywhere in the world have become accessible to all, thanks to globalization and the ever growing e-commerce industry. When it comes to the adoption of advanced home security solutions, the consumer interest is still low. Security is not a category that consumers actively seek information on. The approach to security is more reactive than proactive. Unless affected by external stimuli, very few actively seek information and ways to secure themselves.

Another reason why adoption of advanced security solutions could be low is the incorporation of advanced technology itself as it can make any product challenging for an average consumer to understand and use. It requires great expertise to install such advanced security systems and cannot be done without a service engineer or a system integrator who will charge a lot of money. Hence average consumer is not willing to invest heavily in systems which he himself cannot understand although these systems offer great utility. 

As a result there is a need in Indian market to focus on simple and affordable DIY security systems to attract first time buyers. Plug and play alarm systems fall under this category.

A top-of-the-line affordable plug and play home alarm system includes:

  1. A strobe that will work as hooter as well as the panel
  2. A range of sensors that will detect any intrusion attempt (door sensor, glass break sensor, motion detector) or accidents (smoke detector).
  3. A remote control for arming and disarming the alarm panel

Before you look at building your own DIY plug and play alarm system, there are some important aspects to consider:

Think out of the box: As a customer, it is imperative that you think out of the box assuming that the potential criminal attempting to break into your residence has all the knowledge of security systems. Therefore it prudent to install alarm system that is compatible with all kinds of sensors and they should be installed across all points where intrusion could take place

Hide main Strobe/Hooter: DIY Plug and Play alarm system with all-in-one, self contained wireless main strobe/hooter unit is easy for homeowners to install themselves. However, its location should be hidden from plain view and far away, from the entry and exit points so that a burglar cannot tamper with it immediately after entering the home.

Think like a criminal: It is important to closely examine how criminals might attempt to attack and defeat your alarm system, especially if it’s a wireless self-contained DIY system. Homeowners who opt to save money by installing the security system themselves, should understand how to counter measure the criminal techniques used to defeat alarm systems. Also, make sure that the security system also provides ‘smash and grab’ protection. Smash and grab refers to smashing glass window or door to gain entry and then grabbing something valuable before leaving quickly, usually while the alarm system is still ‘ringing’.

Knowledge of the security product: To ensure that you choose a decent alarm system, it is important to research about the products and its application. Poor conceptualization and inadequate understanding of alarm components can lead to under-designing and poor installation.

Scalable alarm system: Customers should choose a home alarm system that can expand and accommodate future needs as well. Incase consumer wants to upgrade to an advanced alarm system then all the sensors need to be compatible with the new alarm system so that the upgradation costs are low.  

Basic steps to install your DIY plug and play home security systems

1. Install the wireless home security strobe/hooter: Select a place away from the main entry door but close to a power source to install the panel.

2. Place sensors and detectors throughout your home:  The system will include basic door and window alarm sensors, and may include motion detectors. Use the guidelines provided with your home security system to place sensors in optimum locations.

3. Test the security system: It is important to follow the directions outlined in the security system owner’s manual to test the system and make sure everything is working properly.

In addition to giving you peace of mind, a monitored home security system can reduce the chance of you becoming a victim of burglary. So whether you choose a DIY home security system or opt for a traditional system, a home security system is a smart investment.

Author’s Note: The author has over 14 years of experience in the Marketing and Business Development function. He is a BE Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in Marketing. He has completed a Management Programme from IIM-Ahmedabad and is in the advisory board of the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Council India.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are solely of the author and may not represent's opinions on the subject. does not take responsibility for any actions taken based on the information shared by the author.

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  • AGARWAL May 15, 20167:17 am

    Good Info and advice by the author shri Mehernosh Pithawalla.

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