Looking for advice from people who've installed security systems at their home, either DIY or via an installation company.
We have a second home in the Drome Provençale and of course, before I got around to installing security, we got burgled whilst we were away. No major damage, just the usual TV/HIFI stolen.
So ... after the horse has bolted I am going to put in security. I would like to get Video surveillance linked to our internet connection so that I can have motion-triggered video recorded to a remote site, plus the usual intruder detection alarms on the doors/inside to provide local deterrent with an audible alarm. The house is all shuttered up when we are not there (apart from the weak link garage door which they used and we are fixing!). We have neighbours about 150M away but it's a small village.
I'm OK doing this myself, or can get a company to install. I have an IT & Electronics background so comfortable installing/configuring.
I'm really looking for any good tips on reliable equipment, be it the monitors, cameras (indoor or out), central control unit and tips on installing. Plus....I heard certain insurers give a discount if you have telesurveilence? Does it need to be installed by a pro?
Lastly : Are there any laws to respect in terms of announcing that you are being filmed? I seem to think that there are (if the film were to ever be used as evidence).