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DIY Home Security vs. Professionally CCTV Installation: Which Is Best for You?

In today's world, ensuring the safety and security of our homes has become increasingly important. With advancements in technology, there are now more options than ever when it comes to installing CCTV systems to protect our properties and with people seeking budget-friendly options the appeal of DIY options are ever-growing. But the big question remains: should you opt for a do-it-yourself (DIY) installation or seek professional help? Let's delve into the pros and cons of each approach.

DIY CCTV Installation

DIY CCTV installation has gained popularity due to its affordability and convenience. Many homeowners are drawn to the idea of saving money by setting up their own security systems. However, it's essential to consider the potential drawbacks. While DIY kits are readily available and often come with step-by-step instructions, they may not always be easy to install correctly. Improper installation can leave vulnerabilities in your security setup, compromising the safety of your home.


  • Cost Savings: DIY home security systems typically come with lower upfront costs since you won't need to pay for professional installation services.

  • Flexibility: With DIY systems, you have the freedom to choose and customise components according to your preferences and budget.

  • Easy Installation: Many DIY home security products are designed for easy installation, requiring no special tools or technical expertise.

  • Quick Setup: DIY systems can often be set up and activated in a matter of hours, allowing you to start securing your home right away.


  • Limited Expertise: DIY installations may lack the expertise and experience of professional installers, potentially leading to suboptimal system performance.

  • Reliability Concerns: DIY systems may be more prone to installation errors or technical issues, compromising their reliability and effectiveness.

  • Time-Consuming: Installing and configuring a DIY home security system can be time-consuming, especially for those with limited technical skills or experience.

  • Lack of Support: DIY systems may not offer the same level of technical support or customer service as professional installation services, leaving you to troubleshoot issues on your own.

Professional CCTV Installation

Professional CCTV installation offers peace of mind and assurance that your security system is set up correctly. At Midland Alarm Services  we bring 35+ years of industry experience and expertise to the table, ensuring that your CCTV system is tailored to meet your specific needs. Mick, our in-house security advisor, is a retired policeman and is well equipped to assess your property's layout, recommend optimal camera placements, and integrate additional security features for comprehensive protection. Our professional installers then get you fully set up with your CCTV system while you sit down with a cup of tea! 

Advantages of Professional Installation: By opting for professional installation, homeowners can benefit from a seamless setup process and ongoing support from trained technicians. Professional-grade CCTV systems like the ones we install for our customers also offer advanced features such as integrations with an app on your phone where you can modify alerts, use playback features, save clips and adjust various settings remotely. 


  • Expertise and Experience: Professional installers bring years of expertise and industry knowledge to the table, ensuring that your home security system is installed correctly and optimised for maximum effectiveness.

  • Customisation: Professional installation services can tailor your home security system to meet your specific needs and preferences, ensuring comprehensive coverage and protection.

  • Reliability: Professionally installed home security systems are less likely to experience installation errors or technical issues, providing reliable and consistent performance.

  • Peace of Mind: With professional installation, you can rest assured knowing that your home security system is set up correctly and backed by industry expertise, providing peace of mind for you and your family.


  • Higher Costs: Professional home security installation services typically come with higher upfront costs compared to DIY options, due to the labour and expertise involved.

  • Longer Installation Time: Professional installations may take longer to complete compared to DIY setups, as they involve scheduling appointments and waiting for technicians to arrive however once they’re with you there’s nothing hands-on that you need to do personally.

Midland Alarm Services CCTV Products

​Over our 35 years in the industry, we have tried and tested the top 3 professional CCTV brands in the UK (Hikvision, Dahua and Uniview) over the years and have found Uniview to come out on top every time. 

Our supplier for CCTV products Digital Direct supply a professional range of 'Uniview' products which have been our top choice and extremely popular with our customers for many years. 

The combination of their NVR 4 channel recorder paired with the LightHunter and Tri-Guard cameras are our go-to setup for residential properties.

We can also provide bespoke security setups for more complex cases such as long driveways, commercial properties etc.

The Tri-Guard active deterrent uses IR at night but will activate a light upon detection of a human or vehicle changing the image to a colour one and alerting the intruder to its presence. The IR has a range of 30m and the active deterrent up to 10m.

Our customers can download the EZ View App to monitor their CCTV system on-the-go so they always have eyes on what’s happening around their property. With this app you can access…

  • Live video anytime, anywhere: User can view live and recorded video, manage devices on the mobile phone.

  • Remote control: User can manage cloud devices by using a cloud account, and have two-way audio, PTZ control on their mobile phone.

  • Security: Offers encryption for data transmission, pin/pattern password protection, and allows a device to bind to only one cloud account.

  • Alarm notification: User can receive alarm notifications on their mobile phone and view live video, alarm video and snapshots.

  • Remote configuration: User can configure devices on their mobile phone, including time, illumination, motion detection, human body detection, automatic tracking, and recording schedule.

  • Device sharing: User can share devices with others.

  • Stability: P2P networking technology, elastic and scalable architecture, ensuring highly reliable connectivity.

  • Easy to use: Supports quick device adding by QR code scanning, allows user to toggle between live view and playback, offers efficient linkage between alarm and live view/playback.

  • Device maintenance: User can upgrade devices by cloud, export diagnostic information, test network speed.

When it comes to choosing CCTV for your home, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. While a DIY approach may appeal to budget-conscious homeowners, it's essential to weigh the potential risks against the benefits. Professional installation offers unmatched expertise and ensures that your security system is installed correctly the first time. 

With Midland Alarm Services, you can rest assured knowing that your home's security is in capable hands. Whether you choose DIY or professional installation, the most important thing is to prioritise the safety and security of your home and loved ones. If you’d like a free, no obligation quote, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to help!

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