Three Reasons to Upgrade Your Security System

Is your security system updated, and can it still protect you? When did you last upgrade or call for maintenance? 

These are some of the questions you might want to ask yourself when considering the reasons to upgrade your security system.  

Although the data shows that burglaries have been declining in the past five years, it only takes one unfortunate break-in to cost you an average of $2,661, according to the FBI's 2019 Crime in the United States report. 

This data does not reflect the sentimental or emotional value you attribute to your belongings or the people at home at the time of theft. 

You want to prevent this from happening to you. A security system is the best way to prevent burglaries, and it is advised you get one. But if you already have a security system that is functional and working, why should you upgrade it? 

Is your security system outdated? Why you should consider upgrading.

It is advisable to get a security system for your home if you still do not have one. Analog or traditional security methods, such as locks, door chains, or door viewers, increase your risk profile to burglars. 

Traditional security systems can be easily studied and toyed around with by burglars. The more common your locks are, the easier it will be to break into your house. 

Security systems exist to run in the background of your busy life. They are installed to ensure that you have peace of mind when you are away from your home. They are not only able to detect suspicious activities but also mitigate emergencies. 

Given that, not all security systems are built the same. Modern security systems were not conceptualized and commercialized until the late 2000s and early 2010s.Chances are, many consumers, including you, still have the old versions of security systems. 

Outdated security systems easily raise your risk profile to burglars. Here are other important reasons why you should upgrade your security system: 

1. You want to update to the latest security technology, service, or provider.

The previous versions of security systems are centralized with landlines. The CCTV cameras, alarms, and control panel are all connected by landline telephone cables. This technology made sense years ago when the landline was still the primary means of communication.  

A security system centralized with landlines is outdated. Once burglars cut off the cables, they are free to roam around your house. 

Today, security systems are centralized with home WiFi connections, which are wireless and more convenient.  

Wireless connections allow the owner to place security devices, such as the camera, alarms, and control panel, in better locations to detect suspicious activity. 

The latest security technology offers more synchronization and features.

Wireless connections can also synchronize more devices with your security system. Some security systems can be controlled remotely as long as they are connected to a stable internet connection.

Security system apps can be used from your phone to control and regulate smart appliances integrated with them.  

“Security” can now include being able to remotely control your thermostat, save your energy consumption, lock and unlock your doors, and move appliances even when you are not at home.  

The latest security technology offers more synchronization and features.

Maybe you just started a family, moved to a new neighborhood, or now have more belongings you want to protect. Having different needs will require you to think of more reliable ways to secure your home. 

Thankfully, upgrading to new technology can accommodate different needs. If your neighborhood is prone to suspicious activity, buying more (or higher-quality) cameras can help. Putting a door camera on all of the possible entrances to your house is possible too. 

Upgrading with a new provider gives you leverage with maintenance, promotions, and new security devices. Updated technology leaves burglars no clue as to how to bypass your security.   

Depending on your context, upgrading your security system ensures you get more features that increase your security and convenience and bring you peace of mind.


2. You want to comply with modern infrastructure or increase protection for your home.

If you are a business owner, you want to update your security system for your offices. While no regulatory government agency or organization regulates security systems' quality, following regulations prevents security issues or violations. 

CCTV cameras, alarms (e.g., fire alarms), and emergency lights are usually required for your premises. You can also avail of touchless access control for a more convenient yet secure way of entry. 

If you are a homeowner, you also benefit from upgrading your security system. Your home insurance can decrease by 20% when an updated security system is installed.  

Although no security system regulations are set for homeowners, updated security systems provide automation and 24/7 surveillance for their homes. 

3. You want to save more money in the long run.

The Global (DIY) Home Security Systems industry cost $52 billion in 2020 and is projected to continue growing, with an $82.3 billion estimated cost in 2027,according to a 2021 report from Research and Market. 

This growth means that the industry will have more security system upgrades and companies that offer them, allowing you to shop for the best security system that fits your budget and needs while also making sure it is updated. 

Availing security systems can either be done through DIY or subscription plans with a security system provider. The latter is more advisable for staying updated with the technology of modern security. 

At first, it may feel costly to pay an upfront or installation fee, but you will save money in the long run. Subscriptions with security system companies can entitle you to free maintenance, updates, and replacements. 

Additionally, your security systems can be synchronized with your smart appliances, which can help you save energy consumption even when you are away from home.


Final Word

Upgrading your security system gives you more security features, increases your protection, and saves you money. It allows you to lower your risk profile and keep you and your family safe.