In our age of rapidly-advancing technology, home security is no exception. Yet even as innovators in this field add new technology, criminals are catching up. This is one reason having a current system is so important. Check out these Six elements of a security system that are signs that you might be due for an upgrade.
1. Low-resolution Cameras
Odds are, you won’t have the technology to pull a perfect portrait of a burglar off fuzzy, low-resolution security camera footage. Fortunately, recent advances in camera technology have made high-resolution cameras much more affordable, allowing you to capture footage at a fraction of the cost and storage space. You want footage clear enough to capture the face of a burglar, so if your security camera is still low-resolution, or worse—if it records onto analog tape—it may be time for an upgrade.
2. Aged External Sirens or Bell-box
If your existing intruder alarm system bell box is looking aged and damaged, this could indicate that your existing system isn't functioning, isn't professionally maintained or isn't fit for purpose. Consider having the external bell box replaced for a modern upgraded version which incorporates integrated LED lights that visually show potential burglars you have a live and active system.
3. Use of Land-lines and Hard-wired Sensors
For years, the only option was to have a wired security system. But all it takes is a burglar cutting the wires to deactivate your system and leave you vulnerable. Now there are wireless systems that work with two-way connectivity to help you eliminate this concern. If you notice that your system is completely hard-wired, you might consider getting a modern wireless or hybrid system. Monitoring via Single-path landlines can also be vulnerable, consider switching to GPRS or GSM monitoring such as DualCom devices to eliminate the cutting of cables disabling your monitoring.
4. Controlled by a Single Keypad
While it may be convenient to control your home security system from a single keypad, it’s also easier for criminals to disable the system from that same access point. Many modern systems provide multiple control keypads throughout the house, or even remote-controlled fobs, so even damage to one control panel won’t mean your system is deactivated. If your system is entirely controlled from one spot, even if it’s from the master bedroom closet, you might think about upgrading to have more.
5. Only Accessible From Home
Together with app and wireless technology advances, home automation has recently entered a new frontier. Just a few years ago, you would have to go home to review security camera footage of a break-in or ask a trusted friend to look out for your house when you left for your holiday. Today all these can be controlled remotely. All you need is a compatible alarm system paired with a smart app and you’ll have full control of your home, which can include watching live camera footage, turning lights on and off, and activating/deactivating your alarm system, all from your mobile device. If your system is all manual, you may consider adding remote access so you can feel secure even when you’re away.
6. Software Hasn’t Been Upgraded in Years
As with any technology, there is always going to be a system update. If you can’t remember the last time your software was updated, or if your system doesn’t even have capabilities to do so, it might be time for an upgrade.
There are lots of options available for upgrading your home security system, speak to one of our security consultants for a free no-obligation security survey regardless of whether you are a new or existing customer and type of system you currently have.