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Ultimate Guide to DIY Home Security

What is DIY Home Security? DIY Home Security can be defined many ways but the way we see it, there’s several qualities a system needs to have to get to define itself as DIY. These include being self-monitored, having no monthly fee & no contract, and being easy & quick to install. Whatever home security system you choose must also add security to your home and not impede your day-to-day life in any way.

Ultimate Guide to DIY Home Security. What is DIY Home Security? DIY Home Security is a popular method of securing your home. There are several things to look for in a user-friendly DIY home automation or security product.   These include being self-monitored, having no monthly fee & no contract, and being easy & quick to self-install.   Whatever home security system you choose must also add security to your home and not impede the convenience of your day-to-day life.Self-Monitoring Security Features. Let’s begin by looking at self-monitoring features.   Technology has advanced in such a way that you can easily take charge of your home’s security and control it from your smartphone. Smartphone Notifications. When a would-be intruder attempts to enter your home without permission, you can be notified on your smartphone. This gives you the opportunity to take immediate actions to protect your home, valuables, and family.Access Management With a mechanical door lock, you must distribute keys in order to give others access to your home. This could include anyone from loved ones, to dog sitters, to contractors.   This poses a threat to your home’s security because keys can be lost, stolen, copied, etc.   The best way to give access to others (and revoke it!) is with a smart lock. Access is granted via virtual key which is unique to each  authorized device and not shareable. This gives you the added home security benefit of being able to see the history of who has entered your home and when. A good smart lock allows you to schedule when other authorized users can enter. This is great for making sure that your household help (housekeepers, contractors, nannies, pet sitters, etc) can only gain access to your home when you intend for them to be able to do so.   This feature is also great for vacation rentals as you can schedule your guest to have access only from check-in to check-out.   There’s no danger of them stealing a key or copying it.Home Security Automation Features. Although your home security system is DIY, all of the responsibility of keeping your property secure should not be on your shoulders alone.   The most secure way is to have home security automation features built-in to your device. AI Enhanced Tamper Detection. Artificial Intelligence allows a smart home security system to detect when someone is interacting with your door in an acceptable way and when someone is trying to enter without your consent. This is essential for the following features. Security Alert. In addition to the smartphone notification mentioned in the previous section, a good security system includes a built-in alarm system that sounds automatically when it detects lock tampering.   This wards off potential intruders without you having to do anything. Auto Freeze. or the most relentless would-be invaders, Shepherd Lock freezes in the locked position to obstruct all unauthorized entry attempts. No Contract &  No Monthly (or Upfront) Fee. An obvious benefit of DIYing your home security is the cost savings.   The only cost should be what you pay for your system/device and nothing more.   As described in the above sections, technology has advanced in such a way that self-monitoring your home is a safe and convenient option. You should be able to do it yourself for free. There are a lot of systems out there that claim self-monitoring but charge an upfront fee in order to function.   Why pay for the product and the functionality too?   The best rule of thumb is to buy a device that doesn’t block features behind a paywall.Easy & Quick Installation. Arguably, the most important aspect of a do-it-yourself home security system is being able to install it yourself. The process shouldn’t involve setting up countless sensor modules or completing any complicated wiring. Shepherd Lock requires only a screwdriver and 5 minutes to install.   From there, it should be easy to set up any accompanying app that allows you to self-monitor your home security.    It is essential your home security system is easy to set up and use. Convenience Features. A good DIY home security system should have all of the features, functionality, and design as described thus far.  However, if you really want to choose the best option, be picky and purchase the system that adds convenience and functionality to your day-to-day life. The below reasons are some of the best reasons to choose a smart lock as your home security system. Remote Lock/Unlock. Using a smart lock as a DIY home  security system has the added benefit  of being able to remotely lock and unlock your front door from anywhere (usually a Wi-Fi bridge is necessary).    This is great for quickly locking the door if you or a family member left it unlocked when leaving the house for the day.Keyless Entry. We recommend Shepherd Lock for all of the security and DIY features mentioned already.   But it also gives you the added convenience of allowing you to enter and exit your home without needing keys (nor a code/fingerprint).   The lock communicates with your phone via Bluetooth to check if you are authorized to enter. Then, all you have to do to unlock the door is simply touch the lock. Connectivity & Integration into Smart Home. A great feature for your DIY home security system to have is the ability to connect to other smart home devices. Look for options that have the ability to connect with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Some have the ability to connect to smart home hubs through the use of Z Wave and Zigbee. Only one lock has all the features that optimize security and convenience.  Shepherd Lock was designed to make it easy to keep your home safe and secure without disrupting the way you live your life day-to-day.

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