When building and/or gated community maintenance, the security system is often neglected. After all, if the current system is working, why do you want to bother changing it? Unfortunately, you will quickly discover that obsolete security hardware can and will fail you when you need it most. That being said, criminals are always finding ways around the common commercial security systems. Therefore, you must think about updating security equipment.
In this article, we will explore some of the benefits of upgrading your security system.
What are the benefits of updating an outdated security system?
First of all, you need to be aware that an outdated, obsolete security system increases your risk of burglary, vandalism, and other criminal activity. However, if you keep your system fresh, it shows that you are making an effort to keep your property safe and secure, and you are not as stressed because you don’t have to be reactive and deal with an expensive break-in.
The latest tech is full of features designed to keep you ahead of criminals. New equipment, including laser-triggered motion detectors through cellular communicative systems, can effectively secure your building.
Updating your system gives you more control. Most systems can now be accessed by mobile, which means even if you are not on-site, you can still monitor what is going on at your property.
Updating your system saves money because the older systems are much more expensive to maintain, and they are only capable of mediocre protection and coverage. The newer systems are easy to use and are more efficient and effective at preventing a break-in.
Updating your system deters criminals. A criminal will be drawn to buildings with outdated security, and a new system will be obvious and show how dedicated you are to security.
Tips for Updating Your Outdated Security System
Now that we’ve explained some of the benefits of updating your security system, Let’s take a look at protecting your investment by updating outdated security equipment.
This tip is probably the most obvious, but you really should upgrade your equipment first and foremost. Unfortunately, break-ins are common, and most of us assume that it will never be us, but that isn’t always the case. If you have valuable items on your property, you are a target.
People often wait until there is a threat or breach that needs to be addressed, but at that point, it’s too late. Good security requires that you prevent issues instead of reacting to them.
While it’s good to have the best equipment available, that doesn’t matter if it’s not configured properly. Features like laser sensors, modern motion detectors, and others can be adjusted to improve accuracy, which means your high-risk areas can be covered at all times.
Take some time to determine the areas that need to be secured. This is especially critical if your layout has changed or some of the areas have been repurposed. Make sure that you also update security when you make changes.
Include Smart Features
If you want to control security lights or access your CCTV remotely, you need to make sure that you include smart features. This is the ideal way to give you more control over your security system.
Use a Combined Approach
Unfortunately, simply installing a CCTV camera isn’t enough, and it’s known as a security “system” for a reason. A complete system will comprise various components that work together to ensure your property is secure.
Even seasoned criminals are often scared off by a sudden burst of bright light. Security lights can be set to permanently illuminate certain areas, only during certain times (such as at night) or come on when a motion detector is triggered.
This is also beneficial for your CCTV, as adequate illumination is needed to get a good look at the culprit.
Motion detection is also a great addition to your security system. It is made to function in various conditions and areas, and they are used as a deterrent to trigger alarms and other security hardware on-site.
You can have detectors set to turn on internal lights, open/close blinds, curtains, and more to make it seem like someone is on the premises. You can deter would-be intruders by making it seem like someone is there. Criminals would rather find an easier target, and they typically are not interested in potentially confronting the property owner.
CCTV has been part of security systems for many years, and this gives you a complete view of your property at all times. Many companies also install plate recognition cameras on their property to monitor/log vehicles that are entering and/or leaving their property.
You can install a voice deterrent kit to startle intruders, giving them a verbal warning to leave, typically sending them on their way.
Many companies have replaced their standard lock/key and systems with access control systems. This usually includes a keypad or key fobs. Of course, though this seems more secure, it’s not infallible. You will want to make sure that you change codes/fobs regularly to decrease the risk of someone unauthorized entering the property.
Ask the Appropriate Questions
Some people find it difficult to know when to update outdated security equipment. This is why you need to make sure to ask some questions:
What is my employee turnover?
If you have a business, this is one of the most important questions. There are many reasons why an employee might leave, which can potentially threaten your company as they may discuss security vulnerabilities with others. The best way to fix this is to make sure that you regularly update your security system.
Is my entrance public?
Some businesses are tucked away and have a few well-secured access points. However, some businesses must deal with a public entrance. Therefore, it’s critical to make sure that you have a security system that allows you to see who is coming and going at all times.
Are there any obvious issues?
Sometimes, businesses cut corners to save money and/or time. However, this can cause problems. This can cause you to become a target for criminals, and they will take advantage of any and every opportunity given to them.
Call Securiteam to Update Your System
The experts at Securiteam have what it takes to ensure that your property is safe and secure. Contact them today to schedule an assessment. This will help you find out what you’re doing right, what you’re doing wrong and any changes that need to be made.