Choosing the Right Security Package: DIY, DWY, or DFY?

September 3, 2023

Whether you’re safeguarding your home or business, having the right security package in place is crucial.

In an increasingly connected world, security is paramount. CSI Custom Security Integrated understands this and offers a range of security packages to meet varying needs. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the different security packages provided by CSI, offer tips to help you choose the right one for your specific requirements, and share real customer stories about their experiences with DIY, DWY, and DFY packages.

The CSI Security Packages

1. DIY (Do It Yourself)

The Basics:

  • – The DIY security package is designed for the tech-savvy individuals who enjoy taking matters into their own hands.
  • – It includes a range of security equipment and tools that you can install yourself.
  • – CSI provides step-by-step installation guides and customer support, ensuring you have the resources you need to set up your security system.

Pros of DIY

  • -Cost-Effective: DIY security packages tend to be more budget-friendly since you’re not paying for professional installation.
  • – Flexibility:You have full control over where and how you install the security devices.
  • – Quick Setup: CSI’s user-friendly instructions make installation relatively straightforward if you have strong technical skills.
  • – No Monthly Fees: Many DIY security packages, including CSI’s, don’t require ongoing monthly fees, saving you money in the long run.

Cons of DIY:

  • -Skill Required: You need some technical know-how to install and configure the security devices properly.
  • -Time-Consuming: While installation might be quick, it can be time-consuming if you’re new to DIY security systems.

2. DWY (Do With You)

The Basics:

  • -The DWY security package is a hybrid approach, ideal for those who want some professional guidance.
  • – CSI provides a technician to assist you with the installation process, ensuring it’s done correctly.
  • – You’ll receive a mix of DIY and professional help, which can be reassuring if you’re not entirely confident in your technical skills.

Pros of DWY:

  • – Professional Assistance:With a technician on-site, you can be confident that your security system is set up correctly.
  • – Customization: You still have some control over the installation process, making it suitable for unique property layouts.
  • – Faster Setup: Professional guidance can expedite the installation process compared to a purely DIY approach.

Cons of DWY:

  • – Cost: DWY packages are generally more expensive than pure DIY options due to the technician’s involvement.
  • – Scheduling: You’ll need to coordinate with the technician’s schedule, which might not always align with yours.

3. DFY (Done For You)

The Basics:

  • – The DFY security package offers a hands-off, turnkey solution for those who prefer a hassle-free experience.
  • – CSI’s team takes care of everything, from system design to installation and monitoring.
  • – You simply enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a professionally managed security system.

Pros of DFY:

  • – Minimal Effort:You don’t need to lift a finger – CSI handles everything.
  • – Expertise:With professionals managing your security, you benefit from their experience and knowledge.
  • – Comprehensive Monitoring: Many DFY packages include 24/7 monitoring services to ensure your property’s safety.

Cons of DFY:

  • – Higher Cost: The convenience of a DFY package comes with a higher price tag, including monthly monitoring fees.
  • – Limited Control:You have less control over the installation and configuration process since it’s handled by professionals.

Tips for Choosing the Right Security Package

Selecting the right security package requires careful consideration of your needs, preferences, and budget. Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision:

1. Assess Your Technical Skills:Be honest about your technical abilities. If you’re comfortable with technology and DIY projects, a DIY package might be suitable. If not, consider DWY or DFY options.

2. Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to invest in your security package. While DIY is typically the most budget-friendly, DWY and DFY offer added convenience but come at a higher cost.

3. Property Size and Layout: Consider the size and layout of your property. A larger property might benefit from a DFY package with professional installation and monitoring.

4. Desired Level of Control: Think about how much control you want over your security system. DIY gives you the most control, while DFY offers the least.

5. Long-Term Commitment: Some security packages require long-term contracts. Ensure you’re comfortable with the commitment before signing up.

6. Prioritize Monitoring: If 24/7 monitoring is essential to you, prioritize packages that offer this service. It provides an extra layer of security.

Customer Stories: Experiences with CSI’s Packages

This is a great company, I highly recommend them. Everyone was very helpful, professional and prompt. They got my system up and running very quickly and didn’t try to sell me a bunch of stuff I didn’t need. I am very pleased.”


Justin did a great job getting everything working. He answered all my questions and was very easy to work with.”

-Ellen B

From the owner to the install crew CSI has been top notch. The equipment has exceeded all expectations.”

-Curtis B

Exceptional customer service and quality of installation was above expectations for both the barn camera system and the home security system. It’s highly refreshing, and quite unusual, when a company actually does what it promised to do. The senior technician Justin, along with the new technician also named Justin, both performed excellent work and were very informative as to how the systems operated. Excellent operation, hats off to Scott, the owner. Highly recommend!”

-Joe Mac A


Choosing the right security package – DIY, DWY, or DFY – is a personal decision that depends on your technical skills, budget, and preferences. CSI offers a range of options to cater to various needs, ensuring that you can secure your property in a way that suits you best. Whether you’re a tech-savvy DIY enthusiast, someone who wants a bit of professional assistance, or someone who prefers a hands-off approach, CSI has a security package for you. Ultimately, the goal is to provide peace of mind, and with the right package, you can rest easy knowing your property is secure. Contact us to explore CSI’s security packages now!

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