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The Family Handyman

Installing home security systems don’t just save you expensive property loss and damage. These systems can give you priceless peace of mind. If you’re handy with tools and want to join the ranks of protected houses, here’s a guide to DIY alarm installation:


What Security System Components Do You Need?

The five most common components of a home alarm system are a keypad, fire alarm, motion detectors, cameras, and sensors.


The keypad, located by the front door, activates or deactivates the alarm. This device is connected to the main panel that monitors your system.

Fire Alarm

These range from the classic hockey-puck design to sophisticated devices that can detect multiple signs of fire. Some simply beep while others send an alert notice to the homeowner or a response agency.

Motion Detectors

Motion detectors detect movement, for instance from intruders. Some connect to an alarm, others to floodlights, or they may trigger a motion-activated camera to record home intrusions.


These may run constantly, giving you 24 hour surveillance of your property, or be triggered when an alarm is tripped.


Sensors can detect if the object they’re attached to is moved, making them a good choice for doors and windows that are typically kept closed.


Four Steps to Security System Installation

1. Start with a solid plan. Sketch out a floor plan of your house and note where each component needs to go. Don’t forget to include your garage door, the interior door connecting the garage to your home, basement windows, and other such places.

2. Purchase the components and any installation tools you don’t have. You will probably need:

  • screwdrivers and screws
  • wire cutters and wire strippers
  • drill and drill bits
  • hammer and nails
  • a pry bar
  • trim and matching paint to touch up afterwards

3. Install the system one component at a time, testing each for functionality as you go.

4. Once the entire security system is up, run it through more rigorous testing to make sure everything is integrated and functioning normally. This is a time-consuming but necessary step, so here’s a checklist:

  • Check each motion detector. Does it register motion? Does it set off a siren, floodlight, or turn on the cameras?
  • Check the cameras. Do they produce clear images?
  • Check each sensor by opening and closing the door or window.
  • Check the fire alarm. Hold a match or smoldering paper under it. Then create smoke in a different room, and finally a different floor. Does it go off each time?
  • Check the keypad. Does it respond to codes keyed in? Can everyone in the family reach it?

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Monitored Home Security

Now that you’ve gotten the basics installed, are you ready to take your home security to another level? At Protect America, we offer a number of different monitoring plans to work with your needs and budget. Contact us today for a free quote.