Keeping your home, as well as everyone and everything in it, as safe and secure as humanly possible is especially important today.
We live in reasonably safe times, that is for sure, but even still every single day thousands of people wake up to their homes broken into, their possessions stolen, and (unfortunately) sometimes they wake up to nightmare situations involving them and their loved ones.
Thankfully though, today’s modern security solutions have gotten far more advanced than they ever were in the past. Today, night vision, motion sensing, and even heat signature detecting security cameras are able to record every square inch of our property on a 24/7 basis, giving us the security bubble that we need to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the outside world.
Combine that with advanced alarm detection sensors, rapidfire security alert systems, and speedy response times for emergency services in your local area, and it’s easy to see why so many people are investing significantly into quality security solutions.
At the same time (and like every single other piece of man-made technology), your security system is going to need to be regularly checked and regularly maintained to provide you with the high level of security and safety you are expecting and hoping for.
Here are some tips and tricks to better help you with your security maintenance!
Get check your entire system every six months
The only things that get improved are the things that get measured and inspected, and you’ll need to make sure that you are regularly inspecting every aspect of your security system on a six-month basis. Check all of your indoor and outdoor cameras so that they are in perfect working order, replace any connections or wires that are showing signs of wear and tear, and upgrade any locks, doors, or window units so that you can enjoy a better level of security.
Clean up all of your camera lenses every three months
Your security camera is only going to be as good as the footage it is able to capture and record, which is why you want to make sure that you clean the lenses of your security cameras every three months or so. Inevitable residue is going to build up on your lenses just by the very nature of installing them outside, but by regularly cleaning the lenses on a three-month basis you’ll be able to avoid too much obstruction from building up and crippling your ability to protect your home.
Protect bullet and box cameras and verify that they aren’t vibrating
Bullet style and box style cameras need to be secured into position, and they also need to be kept in a reasonably stable position as well so as not to have distorted or shaky camera captures. Make sure that the cameras are locked down and that they aren’t vibrating and you should be good to go.
Upgrade any cameras with low quality image output or broken components
Your security system is only ever going to be as strong as its weakest link, which is why you’ll want to regularly look for cameras that are producing low quality image output or cameras that have become damaged for one reason or another. If any aspect of your system becomes compromised the entire system becomes compromised, and that’s just not something you can afford to play around with.
Regularly trim landscaping to keep open lines of site
You don’t want to let your landscaping get in the way of being able to record quality security footage, so regularly audit your footage to make sure that your landscaping isn’t getting in the way of the lenses and isn’t becoming a major obstruction in the video capture path. Routinely trim up your landscaping to keep open lines of site for your cameras and you shouldn’t have much to worry about!
Other safety tips and tricks you’ll want to remember when it comes time to maintain your security system
Monthly perimeter checks – physically walking the perimeter of your home on a monthly basis, inspecting for any and all issues that need to be addressed or resolved – is the best way to really understand just how safe and just how secure your home really is.
You’ll want to check and make sure that all doors lock effectively and tightly, that all windows are secured and latched, and that all of the sensors that you have set up throughout your security network are in perfect working order. Any issues that you find need to be resolved ASAP.
The central nervous system for your security system is going to be your control panel mechanism, and you’ll want to be sure that it also is working as well as it is supposed to.
This unit should be inspected three or four times a year, though you’ll probably get a feel for whether or not this unit is working the way it should on a day to day basis just by using it routinely. Not only should the panel be able to provide you instant access about your security system as it is set up at that current moment, but you should also be able to control every aspect of your security system from that Control Panel as well.
Changing the batteries out on your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and any other battery alerts and alarms should be done on a biannual basis, and should all be taken care of at the exact same time – with brand-new, fresh batteries – so that you know that you are always protected from these kinds of internal threats as well.
At the end of the day, so long as you pay close attention to the details included above and use good old-fashioned common sense you shouldn’t have anything to worry about when it comes to maintaining your security system.
It’s always a good idea to regularly audit your system for major upgrades, looking into the technology that becomes available as it becomes available to see how it could provide you with better security at a better price or in a more convenient way.
There is not better time than now! Contact us today to schedule for your free comprehensive security system survey today.