One of the benefits of owning a DIY home security system is that you can customize it to fit your home. Since you don’t have to pay for a professional to install your security system for you, you get to decide where each element of your system should go. In deciding where to place your door sensors, glass break sensor, video camera and such, it is important to be fully aware of your home’s potential access points. Knowing where a burglary or home invasion could originate will greatly increase your chances of properly defending yourself from it.
Determining Likely Access Points
An access point is any part of your home that an intruder could use to get inside. Windows and doors remain the most common access points while other, less common entry ways, such as cellar doors, also pose a threat. All external doors should be considered access points. This includes front, side and back doors. Only securing one of these doors will be insufficient as a burglar is much more likely to check all the entry points of a house rather than give up after finding that one of them is secure.
Windows are a bit more discretionary. Any window on the first floor that is easily accessible from the ground is a potential entryway for an intruder. However, windows on the upper levels may not be in immediate danger. Determining which windows are at risk is a matter of judgment.
The Control Panel
The control panel is the nerve center of any home security system. It is from this central hub that the entire system can be armed and disarmed. It is also from this hub that the alarm usually emanates. As such, it is very important that you take great care when deciding where to place it.
Many assume that the best place for the control panel is near the most common access point. For example, if you use your garage door more often than any other door then you might think that putting your control panel near that door is the best thing to do. After all, you will have to arm and disarm the system every time you leave and enter your home, so it is best to put it in convenient spot, right? Unfortunately, this is not the best plan of action when determining where to mount your control panel. It is best to place it in a closet or somewhere out of the way that an intruder will have a hard time finding. After all, you don’t want them to simply smash the unit as soon as they get into your house. While a control pad in a closet may be inconvenient for daily use, this problem can be solved by purchasing a key fob. Use the key fob for arming and disarming your system and you shouldn’t have a problem.