These days, you can get just about anything delivered to your doorstep, without having to visit the shop or speak to a salesperson first…

The security system industry is no different. Nowadays, there are dozens of DIY home security manufacturers that will send an alarm system to your door with an instruction manual on how to install it yourself.

They would have you believe it’s as simple as click, receive and install to have your home protected from burglars without the need for professional help…

Unfortunately, as always, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

The choices you make ultimately affect the safety of those you love. With that in mind, let’s explore the pros and cons of DIY alarm installation vs. professional installation so you can make the best choice for your family home.

DIY home alarms vs. professionally installed systems


  • Winner: DIY

The main reason homeowners choose to purchase a DIY security system is due to the lower price tag. Even if you’re getting a monitored option, you are rarely locked into long-term contracts.

But is choosing a security system based on price alone wise? Do you want the cheapest system for your family, or the one more likely to keep them safe?

The saying goes “buy cheap, buy twice”.

Installation Time

  • Winner: Professionally installed home alarm systems

Even though the DIY alarm kits say that the setup is fast, it’s very unlikely that the average person is going to be able to install the equipment faster than a trained professional.

Do you know the weak areas in your home security that could be exploited by a burglar? Not as well as a certified professional with years of experience!

When professionally installed, you can rest assured that your system is set up correctly and in the best positions. You also don’t have to do any work! You just kick back and relax until the job is complete.

Value for money

  • Winner: Professional alarm installation

Just like cheap clothes that turn bobbly and fall apart in the washing machine 2 weeks later, a cheap alarm will quickly start to deteriorate. You’re likely to experience false alarms and malfunctions that will drive the entire street mad.

Did you know that home alarms are graded from 1 – 3. DIY kits are Grade 1 systems. The lowest quality, cheapest and least reliable systems on the market.

On the other hand, professionals only install grade 2 and 3 alarms – the systems that are built to keep your family safe for years to come with features like monitoring and Police response.

Additionally, professionals can tailor a security system to meet the needs of your family. Got a dog? No problem – pet friendly alarm system to the rescue! Want a zonal alarm system so you can safeguard the nursery upstairs while you do the housework – we’ve got you covered!

Out of the box system = you get what’s on the packet, nothing more

Professional design & installation = an investment to keep your family safe as houses

Peace of mind

  • Winner: Professionally installed alarms

Some jobs are better left to the professionals. Certified companies like MTS Security have undergone training to ensure we operate to the highest industry standards.

Our Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) certification is one of the highest regarded accreditations in the industry. Recognised by the Police, Fire Brigade and insurance companies.

Our Conclusion:

The clear winner here is professionally installed alarm systems. The only thing DIY alarms have going for them is the reduced price!

When researching security systems to protect your home and family, don’t get tunnel vision with the price comparisons. The extra cost provides your home and family with a system that is better equipped to beat the burglars.

Besides, what is the true cost of peace of mind?

Stay safe. Contact us today.