7 Signs That Your Security System is Outdated
When banks release black-and-white, grainy still images from a robbery, they are letting criminals know their security systems are outdated. Because your security system is the first line of defense in your home or business, keeping equipment up-to-date and operating efficiently is important to your ability to protect property and family.
Here are some of the warning signs that your system is outdated:
1) Complicated Wiring
Wired systems are easily defeated by novice criminals. Cutting wires or jumping exposed terminals with foil, paper clips and other simple items defeats most wired sensors. On the other hand, wireless digital sensors are enclosed and have built-in protection that sends a signal to the alarm control panel when tampering is attempted.
2) Bulky, Low-Resolution Cameras
Older cameras are bulky, not easily hidden, have a limited range for a clear view, and are fixed-focus and low-resolution. They are usually black and white and perform poorly in low-light situations. Modern digital surveillance cameras can see in complete darkness using infrared LEDs. These illuminate the area with light that is invisible to the naked eye. High-resolution cameras with advanced lenses can focus at a distance and so clearly that you can read the serial numbers of currency being exchanged. All of this is stored in full-color video from which detailed still images can be captured.
3) Videocassette and DVD Storage Devices
Old systems relied on videocassette tapes and are still in limited use. The next generations used CDs and then DVD discs were used to record surveillance footage. Modern video surveillance archiving uses digital video recorders (DVRs) that archive on hard drives. A single DVR can store a year’s worth of footage from multiple camera systems.
4) Landline Telephone System
Old systems rely completely on wired landline telephone systems to keep in touch with a monitoring center. Some newer systems will work with cable TV and VOIP phone systems for communication with the monitoring center. Both are vulnerable to criminals simply cutting the phone and cable TV lines outside a home or business. Modern digital systems have a built-in redundant communication system that also uses the cellular networks for communication with the monitoring center.
5) Destructible Alarm Control Panels
Old alarm panels could be defeated by criminals with a baseball bat. Smashing the push-button pad within a few seconds of a sensor being activated would render the system incapable of contacting the monitoring center. With modern systems, keypads can be completely destroyed, and the system will still contact the monitoring agency to report the alarm condition.
6) Short Life Battery Backup
Older systems provide a few hours of battery backup in the event of a power failure. Modern systems provide several days of battery backup to keep the alarm functioning during a protracted power outage such as what might be experienced in hurricane and other severe weather regions.
7) On-Site Access Only
Home security automation is one of the hallmarks of a modern alarm system. With the use of smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices, homeowners can arm and disarm their security system from anywhere in the world at any time of day. In addition to controlling the alarm system, home security automation and remote access allows the user to control heating and cooling systems, lock and unlock doors, control interior and exterior lights and view surveillance camera footage.