Pros and Cons of Autonomous Home Security Systems

The need to create or change a home security complex arises when you move into a new home, when reconstructing a house, or when changing the composition of the family. In addition to professional security systems with constant monitoring, you can create an autonomous security system, the control of which is carried out directly by the owner. The package bundle depends on the host’s ideas about security, the state of the budget, the availability of devices, communication methods and mobile applications.

The concept of an autonomous home security system

What is autonomous, what is a professional security system of a home consists of the same devices such as:

  • motion detectors and smoke detectors;
  • security sensors and surveillance cameras;
  • warning systems and base stations;
  • Mobile applications and types of communication.

The difference lies in the fact that the choice of security devices is carried out by the owner. He also determines the vulnerabilities of his possession, methods of warning about the danger, and sometimes, he makes independent installation and configuration of equipment. Although the involvement of specialists is not excluded.

Plus, in self-controlled systems, the alarm goes not to the security control panel, but directly to the owner of the security system. And here only he decides how to react to the received signal.

It should be remembered that a trip to the false alarm of security sensors may result in fines imposed by professional security guards and law enforcement agencies.

In addition, professional security systems, as a rule, consist of a mandatory set of devices, certain rules for their installation and response to alarms. Often, many of the things that specialized security structures offer turn out to be optional and lead to unnecessary costs. It is also important that specialized security provides a monthly fee. Therefore, autonomous self-controlled security systems can save both on devices and maintenance.

On the other hand, in professionally controlled systems, danger signals are received by security experts who have experience in objectively assessing the situation, and therefore respond more accurately and more quickly to danger. Therefore, the right decision will be to assess the positive and negative properties of professional and independent control of home security systems. This will allow you to choose the right option, which will give the greatest integrity to the home. A combination of both methods of protection is not excluded.

Benefits of Self-Monitoring Home Security

The positive properties of autonomous systems include:

  1. Cost reduction due to the installation of only the necessary security equipment, the absence of a monthly fee and payment for continuous professional monitoring.
  2. The lack of intermediaries in receiving an alarm signal, which allows you to independently determine the degree of threat and not cause security and emergency services to false alarms. For example: pets moving or unforeseen family members returning home.
  3. Small size and mobility of independently selected and controlled systems. Such complexes are easy to transport and reinstall in a new place. Since autonomous complexes do not have a remote monitoring center, it is not necessary to notify security services of a change of address.
  4. Configuration flexibility – the self-contained self-configuration complex is easy to upgrade, remove unnecessary devices or add additional ones. In addition, such systems are easier to configure in accordance with the capabilities of personal mobile devices available to owners and members of their families.
  5. The lack of pressure from professional structures that can impose on the owner the purchase of optional security devices and force unnecessarily complicated security control conditions.

Cons of autonomous systems of independent security control

Negative properties of autonomous systems are determined by:

  1. Limited connection – the reliability of self-monitoring security depends on the state of the owner’s smartphone and the features of cellular communications. Discharging the battery or being in the “dead” zone for communication will interrupt the ability to control the security system.
  2. Lack of backups from video surveillance kits – unlike professional round-the-clock monitoring, the owner of an autonomous housing security complex receives an alarm and monitors the system only in case of emergency.
  3. The possibility of improper self-equipment of autonomous security systems – professional security systems are designed, equipped and mounted by specialists, which increases their reliability in comparison with amateur performances.
  4. Lack of special codes – in professional security systems with constant monitoring there are codes, the use of which allows you to notify security structures unnoticed by attackers when the alarm is forced off, in case of attacks on the guarded object. In autonomous systems, such functions are not provided.
  5. The presence of additional stress on the owner, with sudden reasonable and false positives. In professional systems, the owner is notified only after evaluating the alarm situation, which saves him from unnecessary worries.

If you independently equip your home security system, it is advisable to install opening sensors on everything that opens and closes. Motion sensors are selected for moving objects of various sizes. At the same time, it is desirable to synchronize their work with IP surveillance cameras. This is important when there are children and pets at the facility. It is imperative to educate family members on the intricacies of operating an autonomous home security system.Share thisTweet