As anyone who owns a smartphone knows, technology is a rapidly evolving field, and home security is no exception. Each advancement in home security technology leads to a better functioning system, and a more secure home.
Criminals are constantly evolving in their techniques, seeking to bypass and beat security systems, which is why it's critical to have an automated home security system that stays ahead of the curve.
In addition to the major gains of better functioning home control devices, an updated home security system is more secure.
Here are five signs your system may be outdated:
1. Hardwired systems
Aside from having difficult-to-update panels, hardwired systems are easy to disable because their main line of communication with the response center is often through a hardwired telephone line, which can be easily cut. Hardwired window and door sensors can also be cut and disabled, allowing time for a successful burglary to occur.
A wireless security system, however, is far more secure as it has constant connectivity and is much harder to disable.
2. Controlled from one panel
A system that's completely controlled by one panel isn't just easier to hack, it's also more inconvenient when settings in your home need to be changed. The more home control devices that have access to the system provide more opportunity to assess if something has gone wrong and allow you to react accordingly. Home remote control features also give you more flexibility by allowing you to control your home from anywhere.