While there are many different types of burglar alarms from which you can choose, a wireless system is one of the best. It is less readily obvious from the outside of a home, and many people find it easier to install than certain other types of burglar alarms. Best of all, you can install it yourself without too much trouble and so that only you know where the various sensors for the alarm are set up. Read on for a brief overview of how to install a wireless burglar alarm to help protect your home and property.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Wireless burglar alarm system and setup kit
- Screws and drill or screwdriver
Step 1 - Determine the Location of the Control Panel and Sensors
The most exposed part of the burglar alarm system is the control panel. This small panel should be located in a place that is convenient for you but out of sight and out of the way for a burglar or for anyone unfamiliar with your home. Think of places where you can mount the panel where it will be close to a power outlet. While you consider where the control panel will be, it's also a good idea to consider where you'll place the sensors. Most systems come with a combination of window and door sensors, though you may have other types of sensors as well. Think of strategic places to attach them so that they'll be best able to detect any intrusions into your home.
Step 2 - Install the Control Panel
Install the control panel in the wall by screwing it in. Ensure that both the battery function for the control panel is set to be operational and that the control panel is attached to a power outlet as well by wiring it in. This will protect your home from burglars in the event of a power outage or a signal break with the power outlet.
Step 3 - Install the Sirens and Alarm Lights
Install the lights and/or the sirens for the alarm in an area where they will quickly be seen and heard and will also not be accessible to a burglar. A high ceiling is a good choice for these parts of the alarm system.
Step 4 - Program the Control Panel
Use the instructions that came with the alarm system to program the control panel and test the lights and sirens to be sure that they work properly.
Step 5 - Install and Program the Sensors
Install the sensors on doors, windows, and other areas throughout the house. Be particularly sure to install sensors around any ground level entry points and any entry points on upper floors that may be close by to decks, patios, trees or other points of access. Program the sensors to connect them to the central control system with the instructions that came with the kit.
Step 6 - Check the System
Check the system to be sure that it's armed and that you know how to disarm it quickly and properly, in the event of an accidental alarm setoff.