When Should You Update Your Home Security System?


Installing a home security system is one of the best steps you can take to protect your family and property against ongoing threats such as fire, burglary and carbon monoxide poisoning. But if it’s been a while since you’ve updated your system, you’re probably not taking full advantage of the latest home security technologies that could enhance safety and even help you lower your energy bills. Here are a few signs that indicate the time has come for an upgrade:

  • You have landline connectivity: If your system operates via a hardwired telephone line, a burglar could disable it by cutting the wires. A severe storm could also knock out the power supply to your home — and your system. Upgrading to a wireless security solution featuring advanced cellular technology can eliminate these risks.
  • You’re still relying on low-tech cameras: Old-fashioned low-resolution surveillance cameras can indicate the presence of intruders, but they often provide fuzzy or grainy images that can make it difficult for law enforcement to identify them. Modern IP cameras can provide crystal-clear HD footage that can increase the likelihood of capturing and successfully prosecuting a burglar.
  • You have a “bare bones” security system: A security system that consists of burglary and fire alarms will only provide basic protection. These days, you can include fully integrated features such as motion detectors, access control and video verification that takes home security to a higher level.
  • You don’t have remote monitoring capabilities: Are you among the 77 percent of Americans who own smartphones? Today, you can install a home security system that’s compatible with your mobile device. You’ll be able to view surveillance camera feeds, lock and unlock doors and even turn lights on and off while you’re away from home.
  • You don’t have home automation: Many modern security systems give you the flexibility to automate the operation of alarms, locks, lighting heating/cooling units and even household appliances. Besides offering the benefit of convenience, this can help you conserve energy and keep your utility costs under control.
  • You’re planning a renovation project: If you’re thinking of building an addition to your home or renovating an existing room or space, you’ll likely need to upgrade your security system to accommodate the change. For example, you may have to place an additional surveillance camera, add door or window locks or install an extra smoke or carbon monoxide detector.
  • You have an older system: If your home security system is at least 15 years old, there’s a good chance that it no longer meets your current needs. Consider contacting a professional security company to conduct a comprehensive assessment and make recommendations regarding any necessary upgrades.

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If you live in or near Phoenix or Tucson, AZ, the local home security experts at Titan Alarm can conduct a comprehensive assessment. We can also install state-of-the-art equipment that will make your home a safer place. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.