When Is It Time to Upgrade My Security System?

A rusty old security camera

We’ll be setting the clocks back in a few weeks when daylight saving time ends, which is typically also a good time to test the batteries in your smoke alarm.

It’s a good rule of thumb: change the clocks, check your smoke alarm. Ideally, you should be refreshing the batteries in your smoke alarm every year and installing new alarms every 10 years (and also testing the alarms every month).

But what about the other things that keep your home safe? When should you start thinking about a new lock installation? When is it time to invest in a new security camera, or to buy a new alarm system?

In this month’s blog post, we’ll explore how you can tell when it’s time to upgrade your security.

When should I change my locks?

If you’ve invested in a quality lock installation, you probably won’t need to change your locks on a set schedule. Rather, lock changing is usually predicated on certain events, such as:

  • You’ve lost your keys – When your keys were stolen or are simply missing, once they vanish, it’s a good idea to have them replaced just in case someone decided to make a copy.
  • You’ve moved –You’ve closed on your house and gotten your keys. Do you have any way of knowing how many copies of those keys are in circulation? Err on the side of caution and invest in new lock installation.
  • You’ve gotten robbed – If you’ve been the victim of a burglary, you’ll need to make three calls: the first to 911, the second to your insurance agent, the third to your locksmith.
  • You’ve gotten divorced – While many divorces end with the ex-spouses on relatively good terms, some marriages can have messy endings. It’s not unusual for one partner to sneak back home after the divorce to try to reclaim what’s they think they’re owed.

It’s also worth changing your locks if they’ve become damaged, if you’ve had roommates leave and new roommates move in or if you have a lot of repair workers or contractors coming and going.

When should I upgrade my home security system?

There’s no set schedule for when you should upgrade things like your security camera or burglar alarm. It’s typically just a matter of keeping up with the latest technology.

Here are some things you may want to consider replacing:

1. Hardwired alarm systems

A hardwired alarm system is what it sounds like – connecting the alarm’s keypads, sensors and other components to your building’s electrical system.

These systems can be vulnerable, however, as all it takes for an intruder to breach them is a simple snip of the wires. And wiring can also just become compromised with age. Switching to a wireless system can help you avoid these issues.

2. On-site monitoring

If your alarm system can only be accessed at your building, it’s time for an upgrade. Installing offsite monitoring will allow you to receive alerts on your mobile device when you’re not there and view live feeds from your security camera.

3. Low resolution cameras

Does your security camera produce grainy or blurry images? If so, it’s time to update your system. You’ll be able to capture images – and potentially capture perpetrators – in a much clearer, cleaner resolution.

Do you need to upgrade your security system? Holicong Security is here to help. Whether it’s a new lock installation, a new alarm system or video surveillance at home or at work, our experts can work with you to take measures to keep your family or your business safe. Contact us today to learn more.

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