DIY Home Security System (Protect Yourself From a Stalking Narcissist)

Written by Angela Atkinson

Are you being stalked by a narcissistic ex?

If you’re dealing with a toxic ex, chances are you’ve got enough anxiety already. And if you can’t afford a traditional home security system, you may be constantly stressing about your safety. This is not good for your physical or mental health. But there’s good news – traditional systems are no longer your only option.

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How can you protect yourself when you’re being stalked by a narcissist?

You need to know some things about narcissism and narcissists before you can really protect yourself effectively.  That’s because the majority of stalkers and narcissistic abusers don’t fall into the typical category of who you think they might be. You’ll probably be surprised when I tell you who the most typical stalker and abuser is.

Do It Yourself Home Security System Versus Home Security Service 

Should you get a home security service or just use a do-it-yourself home security system? Protecting your house doesn’t have to be complicated, but you will have to decide between a do-it-yourself home security system versus a home security service. Both are viable options that can keep your valuables away from thieves – but how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at what’s involved with each type of system.

Setting Up a DIY Home Security System

DIY at-home security systems and even more sophisticated police-connected alarm systems are no longer so confusing to install that only a professional can figure them out. What are your options for a home security system to protect you?

Wireless or hard-wired?

Wireless home security systems are now one of the top, most installed systems in homes today. If you decide that you want to go with the hard wiring, unless you’re an electrician or have successfully installed a system into a home before, then you want to pay to have the installation done. The reason for this is because the potential to mess up your home’s wiring is there and you can cause all kinds of additional problems (and incur wiring repair expenses) that you don’t want.

Monitoring services can protect your home – but even a monitoring service is not theft-proof. Because of the cost of a professionally installed and monitored system, many homeowners are now choosing to take care of their home’s protection themselves.

How do you get the supplies you need to build your own home security system?

Getting the necessary supplies is as easy as ordering the systems online and having them delivered. One of the main perks is that you’re going to save on the equipment and also the cost of paying for a professional installer’s time to set up the system.

Setting one up is as easy as being able to read – if you can read the directions, you can accurately put in the system. There is one challenge with the do-it-yourself home security system versus home security service, and that is the wiring.

The good news is that if you do decide you want to install your home’s system, you can easily order a system that’s ready to go right out of the box. Plus, you don’t have to buy any extras unless you want more sensors than what came with your package.

This type of system is affordable on any budget and you can add features to your security system as time goes by, rather than having to come up with the entire cost all at once. When you buy a professionally installed system and opt to go with a service, you’re going to pay a lot. Plus, you’re going to get locked into a contract and then have to pay the company to keep an eye on your system so they can call if there’s a problem.

What if the stalker cuts your phone wires, rending your security system useless?

In the battle of do-it-yourself home security system versus home security service, what many users don’t know upfront is that the hard-wiring can be thwarted by a savvy criminal if he cuts the phone line.

This can deaden your system and render it useless. Having someone watch your system and call if the alarm sounds a warning can be effective if the authorities are notified in an expedient manner. Talk to your nearest neighbors and ask them to reach out to you (or the police, if clearly appropriate) if they see anyone resembling the stalker around your home or even the neighborhood.

Next: Protect yourself: read about how cameras can be placed in some shocking places. 

Author

  • Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at QueenBeeing.com and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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