When did you invest in your current home security system? If it was over a year ago, there is every chance that it could need updating. Of course, this can be incredibly frustrating. You have already spent money on securing your property, and you may have assumed that this was going to be a one-off expense. However, as is the case with everything in life, as time goes on, equipment needs to be updated to combat new and more sophisticated threats. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the key signs that you need to upgrade your home security system.
Low-tech cameras – One of the first signs that you need to upgrade your security system is if you have low-tech cameras in place. If your CCTV system produces fuzzy footage, it is going to be incredibly difficult to identify the suspect and get your property back. Luckily, in recent years, technology has advanced to the extent whereby HD video is available at affordable prices. An experienced professional will be able to advise on the best CCTV system for you, determining whether to opt for an outdoor camera or indoor camera, or a combination of both. They will ensure the cameras that are chosen are right for the lighting conditions, which is especially important in areas where lighting conditions are poor.
Your security systems only works at home – This is one of the clearest signs that you are operating a security system that is not modern enough to keep up with today’s demands. One of the great things about the home security systems that are available today is the fact that you can keep a watch on your property no matter where you are. Therefore, you could be on vacation or at work, and you can monitor your home for ultimate peace of mind. Features include having the ability to turn lights on and off using your phone, as well as locking and unlocking doors, and viewing live camera feeds. This ensures you can deal with any problem that arises immediately, as there are going to be eyes on your property at all times.
Your security system is controlled from one panel – If this is the case, you are going to be much more likely to need a locksmith if you do not make any changes. It is not only easier to hack a system that is entirely controlled by one panel; it is also a lot more convenient when the settings in your property need to be changed. With home remote control features, you will experience a much greater amount of flexibility as well, as you can control your property no matter where you are.
You have a hardwired system – There are a number of disadvantages that are associated with having a hardwired security system in place at your home. The main disadvantage is the fact that these systems are a lot easier to disable. Their main line of communication with the response centre will typically be through a hardwired telephone line, which a burglar can simply cut. Not only this, but hardwired systems are also a lot more challenging to update too. For ultimate security, a wireless system comes highly recommended.
Your system does not have two-way audio – It is a good idea to ensure that your front door security cameras are upgraded to the cameras that have two-way audio enabled. This is important because the conventional alarm system is only effective when there is someone in the home to be alarmed. However, if you are miles away and your home is empty, which tends to be the case when burglars strike, a traditional alarm system will not be effective. Plus, with the two-way audio function you will also be able to give a verbal warning instantly so that any burglars feel threatened and fleet the scene without you losing a penny.
You do not have environment sensors in place – If you do not have environmental sensors incorporated as part of your security strategy and system now would be the perfect time to consider them. For those who are unaware, environmental sensors are instruments that are placed around a property to detect water and gases that could cause a lot of damage to the property and all of the loved ones in it. With environmental detectors in place, you will be able to determine any problems before they turn into a much bigger issue. For example, you can detect carbon monoxide to ensure there is not a poisonous gas leak. You can also use heat detectors for notifications regarding a rise in temperature that was probably caused by a fire. You will also be alert if there is a water leak. This is what flood sensors for.
You do not get text message notifications and email notifications – Last but not least, when you consider the digital world we live in today, it is not hard to see why this point made the list. Nowadays, security systems are so advanced to the extent whereby you can use your phone to check whether you have locked your door and turned on the alarm. The best home security systems will come complete with email and text confirmation, depending on the platform you prefer to use, and this will make sure you have peace of mind at all times.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding as to whether your home security system needs to be upgraded or not. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is call in one of the professionals to take a look at it. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry, and no one wants to start 2018 with a break-in.