DIY Perimeter Alarm To Protect Your Home & Camp
Setting up a perimeter alarm to protect your home and camp can be accomplished with a few easy steps and the right materials. Whether you are looking to simply add an extra layer of security to your home or completely arm your campsite with electronic alarms, here are some tips to help you get going.
1. Gather Required Materials
A DIY alarm setup is actually quite easy and doesn’t require much beyond inexpensive materials. The basics you’ll need include:
- Motion-activated lights and/or infrared sensors
- Signs proclaiming the area guarded and your ownership of the property
- An alarm system microcontroller (if you want more than just motion-activated lighting)
- Speakers or sirens to sound when an intruder is detected
- Power supplies (if required)
2. Choose Your Installation Location
Where you place your sensors and lights is vital. Try to choose locations that will give you the best coverage of an area, while also offering you some protection. Aim to make it as difficult for people to sneak up on your alarm system as possible.
3. Connect the Wires
Depending on your setup and alarm system microcontroller, you may need to connect wires from the sensors and other components to the control panel. This is where having a good understanding of electronic engineering comes in handy. If you’re not comfortable with wiring and electronics, then hire a professional to make sure the job is done correctly.
4. Test Your Alarm System
Before you leave the installation area, be sure to test the perimeter alarm. Set off the system by walking near the motion-activated lights, sound the siren or speakers, and test all other components of the system. You’ve done the hard work and deserve to know your security system is working properly.
5. Monitor the Perimeter
Finally, keep an eye on your alarm system by checking it periodically. This can help you catch any problems early and prevent any intrusions. If you do happen to get an alert, take the proper steps and contact authorities as necessary.
By arming yourself with an understanding of the right materials and following steps, you can easily create your own make-shift alarm system to ensure the safety of your home and camp.