3 Ways to know your Alarm System is Outdated

Out with the old, in with the new. 

Old junky alarm system on wall

    Have you been paying a monthly monitoring fee now for years with no upgrade?  Just like cell phones, computers and other technology equipment that you update every 2-3 years alarm systems are no different.  So why don’t people?  The mentality is ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’.  Most users don’t know they can get a better system from their company or a new one at no cost.  Sure you may have to put up a fight to your current security company (ie., threaten to cancel) but it will all be worth it in the end.  So here are 3 signs that you need to update your home security system.


    Out of contract

    .  Have you been with your company for over 3 years?  The average time a consumer keeps their system is 7.5 years.  After your initial 2-3 year agreement your due for an upgrade.  Don’t let your company get free money month after month from you.  You deserve the latest and greatest or additional equipment at no cost.

  • Wired alarm system.  Is there a chord that runs from your motion detector all through the walls?  Is your panel the size of a cardboard box?  Heck, these days if you don’t have a touchscreen panel then you need an upgrade.  Everything should be wireless.  It’s not 2004 any more.  They can send in a tech and replace any old equipment.
  • Land Line system.  If your 40 or older you may fall into this category.  That’s nice that you enjoy having a land line at home but time to disconnect it from your alarm system!  If a burglar cuts the phone outside (or a storm knocks it out) you will be mad you are paying for a product that doesn’t work.  They can disarm the system and walk right in to your house if they snip the wires to your land line.  You can also save $30-60 a month if you will get with the times, cancel your Land Line service and tell your security company you want a cellular module added.  If you are going to pay the monitoring fee, you might as well have a product that works.



Old dcs security panels  Conclusion

   So if you are like the majority of America, it is time to update your security system.  You can find great deals and promotions and companies will come and completely replace the old one.  If you don't update, you risk:

  • Being broken into
  • paying them a monthly for no real reason (free money to the company)
  • missing out on home automation and touchscreen panels

So make sure you have keyfobs, mobile control etc.  If not, read the reviews of our home alarm companies reviewed and decide who to go with from there!

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  1. Phil
    04/18/2018 at 09:57

    So I can just call them up my company and ask for an updated system? I guess it's worth a try, no harm done. I am really surprised I have not considered this before. I really do need the upgrade as well. Thanks for the the informative article.

    • 05/08/2018 at 10:07

      Yeah. Give it a try, they will most likely want you to sign a new agreement but better in their eyes than losing you to another company.

  2. Mike anderson
    07/20/2017 at 06:49

    That Ademco control pad is the exact same one I have in my home. I had the system installed in the late 80's. Motion detectors, door pins, 2 interior sirens and 1 exterior commercial fire bell/box, the kind you see on commercial factories. When the system is triggered, it is deafing loud....almost shakes the walls. You can hear it a block away. I challange anyone to find a system that will scare off an intruder like this one. A monitored system is not needed if you have an obnoxiously loud system that blows local noise ordaniances out of the water. The system works flawless besides having to replace the backup battery and main used entry door pin every couple years.

    • Fred
      11/20/2017 at 15:15

      I just bought a house with this exact same alarm, complete with the sirens. I was wondering if you can still buy replacement parts for this system and if there's any service companies that still work on them? I've searched the internet but not finding much. I'm not even sure if this is a stand alone system or one that has to be monitored. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Fred

      • 12/04/2017 at 12:09

        Your best bet is by starting new and getting rid of those outdated ol' sirens. You can still do DIY monitoring and get better equipment but no need to try to bring back the dinosaur equipment to life... time to move on ;).

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