DIY Perimeter Alarm To Protect Your Home & Camp
For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, or have a home to protect, a perimeter alarm can be a great way to prevent unauthorized people from accessing your property without your knowledge. While there are professional alarm solutions available, creating your own DIY perimeter alarm can be much more rewarding and cost-effective.
Gather Your Materials
The first step is to gather the materials you’ll need to put together the alarm system. These items should include:
- Electric wire – minimum gauge recommended is 14 (you will need a bit extra for spare blows)
- Wire cutters
- Pedestal lights
- Motion detectors
- Motion sensor alarm (can be bought pre-assembled)
Install the Alarm System Around Perimeter
Once you have all of the materials, it’s time to start setting up the perimeter alarm. Start by running the electric wire around the perimeter of the area you are trying to protect. This can be done by attaching the wire to posts or framing with screws and wire cutters – whatever is easiest. Make sure to leave enough slack on each side to attach the pedestal lights, motion detectors, and the alarm itself.
Next, attach the pedestal lights around the perimeter. Again, use screws and wire cutters to secure them in place. Pedestal lights can be used to both illuminate the area and to make the alarm more noticeable, acting as a deterrent.
The motion detectors should be placed in strategic spots around the perimeter, so they will pick up any intruders and signal the alarm. Secure these in place with screws in a convenient spot for easy access, such as by the door or window.
Finally, connect the alarm. Attach the alarm to the wire you’ve attached to the perimeter, and make sure everything is securely connected. Then, test it to make sure it works correctly.
With these steps, you’ll have a perimeter alarm set up in no time. It may take some time to get the setup right, but the end result is a great system that will help keep your home or camp safe.