Should I Upgrade My Existing Security System?

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This is a very good question to ask your self when you are looking at an outdated security system and scratching your head.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  But like most technology, it is outdated and replaced with new and updated technology after 3 to 5 years.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!

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Christmas Home Safety Tips

Don’t Let Burglars Ruin The Holiday Season

For many families, the holidays are known as the season for giving. But for burglars, it’s the prime season for taking—stealing from you not only your hard-earned money, possessions, and new gifts, but also all the joy and sense of goodness that the holidays are supposed to be all about.

Protecting your home from burglary is a necessity during any time of the year. But when burglars know that holidays such as Christmas are when homes are likely to be filled with brand new gifts—MP3 players, computers, flat screen TVs, jewelry, cash, and other expensive items—extra security measures need to be put in place.

The following are a few important tips that can go a long way in protecting your home during the holidays and decreasing its chance of being selected as a criminal’s next target.

The Home Security Onion: The More Layers The Better

  • Burglars prefer to break into homes that are unoccupied. You can give the appearance of being home by installing two or three light timers inside your home, and use timers to turn on a TV or radio while you’re gone.
  • Burglars look for homes that allow for easy access. So avoid placing your Christmas tree and the surrounding gifts in front of an accessible window. This will only invite burglars to break the window and reach in and grab the gifts.
  • If you are going to be away for several days on vacation during the holidays, ask a neighbor to collect all newspapers and/or ads left on your driveway, doorstep or doorknob while you are gone. Doing so will give burglars one less visible tip that your home is unoccupied.
  • Extension cords running through a window for Christmas lights can create a severe security hazard, as this usually prevents the window from being closed and locked. If you enjoy displaying Christmas lights outside your home but don’t have an exterior electrical outlet, have one installed by a professional.
  • NEVER leave a message on your answering machine that notifies callers that you are away on vacation. There are some burglars who are in the business of calling homes to check for these types of messages as a way of finding their next targets.
  • All accessible windows and glass patio doors that slide sideways should have a metal rod or solid wooden closet dowel inserted into the track. Windows that slide up and down should have an anti-lift mechanism installed on the interior of the window.
  • The holidays should be all about sharing happy times with your family and friends; so don’t let the bad guys stop you from enjoying your holiday season. Instead, protect your home with multiple layers of security and stop the bad guys in their tracks!
  • Most burglars force their way into homes through a locked door or window. You can significantly decrease a burglar’s ability to break down the door to your home by installing a high-quality security door brace at the base of the interior side of entry doors (the brace must be able to withstand at least 1800 pounds of force).
  • Treat all accessible windows and glass doors with glass protection film. This protective layer of security will make the glass extremely hard to break through without a significant amount of time and noise-producing effort. This will give a burglar good reason to stop and flee the premises rather than continue and risk being caught.
  • Do not place empty boxes from expensive gifts such as computers, stereo equipment, DVD players, etc., out on the street with your garbage after the holidays. This may indicate to burglars on the prowl that you have something worth stealing. Break down the boxes, cut them up, and conceal them in plastic garbage bags before placing them in your garbage cans.

We encourage homeowners to consider upgrading their home security as a way of safeguarding their possessions this Christmas. It can also reduce home insurance costs, as installing properly-fitted alarms and locks can lower home insurance premiums.

For a free onsite home security evaluation, call the professionals at Smart Security Camera at (954) 925-2127. We serve all of Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach County.

Thanksgiving Home Safety Tips

Have a safe holiday with these Thanksgiving safety tips

To ensure a worry-free holiday, Smart Security Camera offers these simple, convenient travel and Thanksgiving safety tips to keep your family and home safe for the holidays:

  • Remove fall-related objects that might allow access to your home. For example, ladders for cleaning leaves out of gutters can be used to enter a window or scale a fence
  • Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram letting people know that you will be out of town
  • Turn your telephone ringer down so no one outside can hear repeated rings; and review your answering machine message to make sure it does not imply that you are away
  • Make sure to have all mail, newspapers, and deliveries stopped or picked up by a neighbor, friend or relative
  • Never leave a key hidden outside. Burglars know all the best hiding places
  • Secure all windows, including those upstairs and reduce the chance of easy entry by cutting tree limbs away from second-story windows
  • Have a friend move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway
  • Use timers to operate lights
  • Have a Smart Security Camera home security system installed
  • Consider installing a security system that has remote viewing that allows you to check on your home while away and even arm and disarm your system from any laptop, cell phone, PDA or other Web-enabled devices

Also, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home-cooking fires. Smart Security Camera suggests these fire-safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy Turkey Day:

  • Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and teach your family how to use it
  • Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking

Utilize these Thanksgiving safety tips this holiday season, and be thankful for your home and family’s safety.