Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security is tempting. Having DIY security is better than nothing, right? Not always.

If your DIY security system doesn’t work right or isn’t installed right, it will be more of a pain than it is worth.

Below are five reasons to go with professional security instead of DIY security.

1. Professional installation

Security technicians know the best practices for placing security cameras, door/window sensors, motion detectors and more. This placement can make a huge difference in the effectiveness and operation of the security device.

All QEI Security & Technology technicians have at least 10 years experience installing security systems.

2. Free installation

If you’re spending time to install your DIY security system, is it really free? What is your time worth?

Professional alarm dealers know the importance of proper installation, so they often offer free installation. Installation is always free with a QEI Security & Technology contract.

3. Professional monitoring

The property is monitored 24/7 by trained professionals in a CSAA 5-Diamond monitoring station. These professionals can send emergency response. Many DIY systems are self-monitored, which means the owner receives a text if the alarm system is triggered. If you are unavailable, it’s a welcome mat for thieves.

4. Larger insurance discount

Most insurance companies offer a discount on homeowners insurance if you have a security system. The discount is larger if your system is professionally monitored. It’s even larger if have a monitored smoke detector connected to your system. This is just $100 and can be a lifesaver.

5. Burglars beware

A burglar is most likely to target a home without a security system sign in the yard. But, if a burglar is choosing between a home with a DIY company’s sign and a home with a professionally-montiored company’s sign – which do you think he’ll burglarize first?

The professionally-monitored company is a much bigger threat to the burglar.