How to Know if Your Alarm System is Outdated

Written by | Updated July 8, 2014

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 five 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. 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 cellular connections to help you eliminate this concern. If you notice that your system is completely hard-wired, you might consider getting a modern wireless system.

3. 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 access, 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.

4. 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 vacation. 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.

5. 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 and, at SafeWise, you can easily compare different packages from trusted leaders in home security. Call 1-855-814-3077 today to speak to one of our security professionals about how you can upgrade your home security system.

Written by Hillary Johnston

A proud mother of four, Hillary is passionate about safety education. She holds a degree in Public Health and Disaster Management. Learn more

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