You trust your home security system to protect your property against the multiple threats that exist today. But there are many things that can limit the effectiveness of your system and possibly put your family’s safety at risk. Malfunctions can prove to be annoying, and depending on where you live, could require you to pay substantial fines.
Reviewing the following common issues or mistakes can help you avoid most of the typical security system problems. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing your system is functioning properly:
- Ignoring system “gaps:” Too many homeowners elect to purchase the most basic alarm package available to lower their cost. However, a “bare bones” solution often leaves certain areas unprotected. Experienced burglars can quickly assess your set-up to locate its weak spots — and exploit them to their benefit. A reputable security provider will work with you to develop a customized system that ensures the coverage you need at a price that fits your budget.
- Building a “piecemeal” system: Another common mistake is purchasing different security system components from multiple providers. This can result in incompatible products and often leads to technical issues. A better approach is to have a professional security solutions provider design a system comprised of fully integrated devices. If something goes wrong, you only need to contact one company to rectify the problem. You will also have consistent warranty coverage for all devices.
- Not making it tamper-proof: Today’s Internet-based home security systems require passwords to access and operate them. As with your computers, hackers could infiltrate and disable your system or possibly steal your personal information — unless you make a habit of changing the password frequently. Another issue is intruders cutting landlines and external cabling, which you can thwart by opting for a wireless system.
- Failing to update: A home’s security needs can evolve over time. A failure to reprogram the system periodically to account for a change in the layout after building an addition or completing an extensive renovation can prevent the system from functioning properly. Periodic inspections conducted by an experienced security company (preferably the same one that handled the original installation) can ensure your system will meet your ongoing needs.
- Experiencing too many false alarms: False alarms can be aggravating. And if you live in an area where you must pay a fine for an excessive amount of false alarms that require first responders to needlessly come to your home, you could be out hundreds or thousands of dollars. Making sure your system’s sensors are calibrated correctly can reduce false alarms. Including central monitoring with video verification can all but eliminate them.
Contact Titan Alarm for Reliable Troubleshooting in Arizona
If you live in or around Phoenix or Tucson, AZ, Titan Alarm Inc. can provide a state-of-the-art security solution for your home. With our more than a decade of experience, you can count on us to ensure your system delivers the comprehensive protection you deserve. Contact us for more information and to schedule a free consultation today.
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.