Nov 2, 2015
4 Reasons Not to Get a DIY Home Security System
Do-it-yourself home security systems have become a thing, and a rapidly growing thing at that. But is that a good thing?
Why would anyone ever leave the house? All your stuff is there.
A DIY security system would only be useful for people who travel, commute to work or do things out in the world.
Also, there are these things called ‘door locks’ to protect homes from robberies if you mistakenly wander outside. Sure 58% of burglaries in the U.S. last year were by forcible entry (https://goo.gl/xmR7UI), but those people probably just had bad locks or something…
The tricky part was getting the lock on, from the inside.
If I’m completely basing my assumptions on personal experience, which I am, I’d say that for these reasons, DIY security appeals to very few people.
Sometimes people actually do need to leave home often (weird, right?), which brings me to my next point…
3. Mystery is Fun
Even if I left the house, for some odd reason, I’d rather not know what happened while I was away. I mean, that one time I travelled, it was a bit odd that all my valuables were missing and that my family pictures were replaced with caricatures of U.S. presidents but that’s just one of those enigmas to which an answer will never be found.
This really isn’t Mom’s best picture…
If I had a DIY security system, I would have had video of what happened, which would have killed all the fun. Now I can stay awake all night and obsess over likely scenarios for the rest of my days. Endless fun.
2. No Monthly Fees
I know what you’re thinking, you’re all like “Justin, I love to support the economy, would these security systems offer me the pleasure of paying monthly fees?” Let me just start off by saying, wow. You are an exemplary citizen.
Secondly, some systems, like Piper, don’t even allow good citizens like you to support the economy with stable recurring fees. It’s crazy right? It’s like it was created by some ‘socialist Canadians’ or something. Oh wait, it totally was.
How will you fund your free health care, if you don’t take my money?!
1. New Technology is Scary
Ok so, let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you need to get a security system, even though you never leave the house, love mystery and desperately want to support the economy. If you’re like me, which you most certainly are, the term “Early Adopter” makes you cringe as hard as the “Man Bun”.
Ugh I never thought I’d say this but, please bring back the Mullet
Sure, some of these DIY systems are backed by home security industry veterans and have been all over the news foiling robberies for some time but the small one-time investment is a much riskier proposition than being robbed of all your valuables, right? Right?