Assuredly, crime will happen anywhere. What you do beforehand could mean the difference between it happening to you or it being avoided. While we’d like to think that the world around us is safe, a home or business is broken into every 14.6 seconds in the United States, according to the FBI. Here are 10 security recommendations from Smart Security Camera to give you the smartest home safety tips you can use.
Should I Upgrade My Existing Security System?
This is a very good question to ask your self when you are looking at an outdated security system and scratching your head. Every year hundreds of people move into their new home with an old security system which is already installed. It can be a little bit confusing whether to re-activate that system, get rid of it or if it’s time to upgrade to a new security system. Here is what you should do…
If it is older than 10 years, you need a new one!
If it is all wired, it’s got to go!
If the motion detectors are hardwired into the wall along with door sensors, it’s time to pull that security system out and call one of the top security companies Smart Security Camera to come to upgrade and install a wireless one. If it looks old, then do yourself a favor and get a new one! People continually upgrade cell phones to newer, sleeker versions. The same should be done every 5-7 years with their home security systems. With Smart Security Camera promotions the cost of paying to restart the old security system is going to be close to the same as getting a new system altogether so it only makes sense to get a new one.
Can I reconnect it with the current provider?
Yes, but it is not recommended. Then you are missing out on the new promotions they offer to new customers and going straight to the monthly monitoring billing. If the equipment is still in good condition, see what you can get added to it!
Will the technician charge more for an existing security system in my home?
No, this is our job to work around the current security system. We should be able to pull out the old panel and put in a new one. The new one will still be wired and connected to a power source but the rest of the equipment, such as motions, cameras and window sensors, should all be wireless.
Will security companies buy back my equipment?
Not any that we have reviewed or know of. But like most technology, it is outdated and replaced with new and updated technology after 3 to 5 years.
It is more secure and better to get updated to the latest security system. If you moved to a place with an existing system, you can either replace it yourself with a security kit or have Smart Security Camera come out for a FREE Estimate and install a new one for you. Regardless, if it is older than 10 years, it is time to upgrade with a new Smart Security System. Out with the old, in with the new!
Stay safe and Protect What Matters Most with Smart Security Camera!
Just like every small business is unique, the security system you choose to keep your business safe should be tailored to meet your specific security needs. While a small business security system should not be a DIY project, it’s important to understand the language of security in order to communicate your needs to a security professional, understand any proposals you may receive, and make the most of your security system after it is installed.
Let’s start with the basic components of a business security system:
- Security Cameras: Security cameras are used for two basic purposes: investigation and deterrence. There are numerous types of security cameras to choose from and what you are placing under surveillance will dictate your security camera needs. In order to realize maximum investigative and deterrent value from your cameras, you need to carefully choose where you place them. Cameras overlooking your business should be placed in plain sight – as they act more effectively as a deterrent. Some things to take into consideration are whether you need indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, or both; the lighting where the cameras will be placed; the distance and clarity of the images being recorded; the number of cameras you need; and the mobility of the viewing angles required. Camera choices include night vision, dome, outdoor, and networked cameras.
- DVRs or NVRs: The next thing to consider is how you want to receive your video feed. Your security cameras can feed the images into a DVR or an NVR depending on your resolution preferences. If you want high-resolution cameras to give you picture perfect security images, you’ll need to feed into an NVR. Otherwise, a DVR feeding into a computer or other monitoring system should suit your needs just fine.
- Surveillance Monitoring Equipment: So, how do you want to survey your security footage? The answer to this question also depends on your surveillance needs. If you have a large facility with tons of cameras filming various locations, you’ll probably want to have several monitors to view your various security feeds at the same time. Smaller businesses are best suited to feed into one monitor or a computer with the option of switching camera views.
- Lighting: We always stress the importance of using proper lighting as a security measure. Providing plenty of light inside and outside of your business, even after hours, keeps intruders at bay. It also keeps your footage viewable if you don’t have night vision security cameras. Lighting your space also keeps your employees safe after dark – one thing some business owners might not think about. You want your employees to have a safe and secure walk to their cars after work!
To book a complimentary, no-obligation security analysis and receive a free security estimate for your business – contact a Smart Security Camera representative today at email@example.com or call us at 954-925-2127.