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When Does Your Security System Need To Be Upgraded?

Written by Sheldon Pawson
Director // Security Expert

In 2018, The Rule of Law Index of 2018 put South Africa as number 44 out of 113 countries. The Rule of Law is a study of how rigorously average households in countries around the world adhere to the law. For South African citizens, this isn’t surprising. Crime in South Africa is part of the worst around the world, as stated in the 2018 Global Peace Index.

The reality of living in South Africa is that you cannot go by without having a functioning security system to monitor your home or business. A security system is not just a deterrent for would-be criminals. These security measures also provide peace of mind and make you feel more secure when you’re at home, and when you’re away.

Why You Need To Upgrade Your Security System

When your microwave stops working, you can go a few days without one until you get it repaired, or until you buy a new one. However, a security system is very different. Your home security system needs to be fully functional 24-hours a day, seven days a week. If your system goes down, stops working, or needs to be maintained, your security is at risk.

All electronics suffer from wear and tear, and security systems are no different. Unfortunately, a security system cannot be installed and then forgotten. Your system should be checked for faults and regularly maintained, to keep it working the way it should.

How Long Should It Last?

The lifespan of most consumer electronics is between four and five years. Therefore, every two to three years your system should be maintained and repaired. However, don’t be surprised if you have to replace the system after five years. Some systems have been seen to last for an average of seven years. However, this cannot be taken as the norm. As electronic components and cables deteriorate over the years, the security system’s behaviour can become unreliable. Maintained systems are more dependable than systems that are left to disrepair. They also include new features as security technology improves, which keep you safe.

There is no point in having a security system if it doesn’t function the way it should. Criminals could test your system to see if it’s effective. If it is not, then your house is at risk. It’s crucial to perform full security checks regularly, in case your system is faulty in some way. Remember, any outdated system is an unreliable system. Therefore, it is a security risk to your home, your belongings and your business. Please consult with a professional about updating your system, because your safety is worth it.

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