Smart Home Security Tips

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?

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This is a very good question to ask your self when you are looking at an outdated security system and scratching your head.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  But like most technology, it is outdated and replaced with new and updated technology after 3 to 5 years.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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Do You Need a Security System if You Live in a Condo?

Do you live in a South Florida condominium and are you considering getting a home alarm and security system? Are you thinking to yourself, “My building has a security guard, do I really need a home alarm system?” Whether it’s a condominium or an apartment, owned or leased, the truth is you should always be protected with a home security and alarm system, whether you’re in your home or away.

condo alarm system

Here’s why:

1. Protection from the Unknown.

Yes, your condo may have a security guard, but the truth is they can’t monitor your condo or apartment at all times. Living in a condo or apartment does not exempt you from burglars or break-ins. A condo security and alarm system will bring you peace of mind when you are not home.

2. Know Who is Entering Your Condo.

Every condominium has maintenance workers as well as outside contractors and vendors they work with. Although advance notice is commonplace in most associations, sometimes when work is being done on the property, they don’t always schedule work around a unit owner’s schedule. Installing a home security and alarm system can let you rest easy knowing that you’ll be notified if someone ever enters your condo without your permission.

3. Wireless Home Security Options.

Whether you are a renter or a condo owner who rents their condo to tenants, you don’t have to worry about wiring and drilling through the walls. There are many professional-grade wireless security systems on the market that do not require hardwiring or drilling into your walls, making alarm systems accessible for all renters. Wireless systems are a snap to install, and they work just as well. In fact, many proponents consider them safer than wired systems, since an intruder cannot cut vital communication lines.

4. Volume Control.

Many condo boards are very concerned about the loudness of an alarm siren, fearing it will disrupt other residents and cause complaints. Many alarm systems give you the ability to adjust the volume of the alarm, so as not to disturb other residents of your building.

5. You Do Not Need an Expensive System

Most condominiums have fewer entrances than single-family houses, so you probably need only a few sensors to monitor the unauthorized opening of doors and windows or motion sensors. A reputable home security firm can work with you to set up a reasonably priced plan with minimal equipment, but enough devices to note if anyone tries to break in.

DIY Condo Security

There also are a few simple steps to help you protect your condo that does not cost much but go a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Install fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors.

These are readily available through many retail stores and all operate on batteries. These devices save lives and are well worth their purchase price and the annual cost of batteries.

Request permission for a front door with a viewing hole.

Ask your condo association to let you install a door with a small peephole so you can see who is at the door. This is a simple and reasonable safety precaution, and you should not be met with resistance if you cover the cost.

Get automatic timers for lights.

If you are away from your condo, automatic timers can trick would-be burglars from breaking in, since they would suspect someone is at home. The key is to reprogram them often so that they turn lights on and off at different times.
As you can see, if you are a condo owner or renter you have some relatively simple and inexpensive choices for securing your unit and giving your peace of mind.


Smart Security Camera listens to the unique needs and expectations of each customer, then tailors the security solution which will best align with our customer requirements in today’s environment and achieves security solutions that are industry best practice. Our aim is to deliver our projects professionally, within contractual timeframes and budgets, and to adopt the best security solution for each of our customers.  Smartsecuritycamera has developed strong long-term customer relationships with some of South Florida’s premier corporations by understanding their security and operational needs and objectives. We carry security products from top rated manufacturers to suit all types of surveillance purposes. Security systems that we carry include trusted brands such as Samsung, Bosch, Digital Watchdog, GE, and Geovision to name a few. Contact us for a free security analysis.