Five 1990's Home Security Trends You Should Upgrade

The 1990s saw a lot of advancements in technology, but they seem archaic when compared to the features and security that is available today. Even if your home has security features, they may be too old to function properly and make it easy for burglars to gain access to your home. By upgrading the following five pieces of technology, you can get current with your security system and eliminate any vulnerabilities through the system.

Hidden Keys

The days are gone where it's a good idea to hide a key under a mat or inside a fake rock. The same key hiding products that you see online are also available to burglars that are planning home robberies. They know the best hiding spots, areas to look for, and may find easy access to a spare key. If you're looking for a place to store a spare key, leave one with a trusted family member or friend.

As an alternative, you can eliminate the key all-together by having a Smartlock installed. These locks can connect to a phone or have a manual number input that replaces the need for a key. It's a great solution if you're ever accidentally locked out of your home.

Automatic Lights

Older light timers go on during specific points of the day, but they often create patterns that are easy to track by burglars. It's important to keep the exterior of your home well lit and there are many modern ways to do this. One of the easiest ways is to installed solar light fixtures on the landscaping of your home. After charging all day, solar lights will illuminate in the night and keep your home protected. Large flood flights that turn on through motion activation can also add extra protection on outdoor areas like a garage.

For the inside of your home, you can use app-connected lights to set light patterns. The app technology has the ability to vary the lights and make it appear like someone is home and awake. The lights can turn on in different rooms of the home and be set for multiple hours.

Wired Video Cameras

The wired cameras from the 1990's were low-quality, bulky, and limited in location. Upgrade your burglar alarm system to include wireless camera coverage. Wireless cameras can be placed nearly anywhere on your property. Also known as IP cameras, the devices can capture feeds and you can view them live from a variety of devices like computers and tablets. This allows you to monitor your home in real time and receive alerts whenever suspicious activities occur.

Basic Alarm Systems

A basic alarm system from the 1990's would feature main door alarms and alert signals over the phone. Technology has improved so much that your whole home is connected whenever a problem occurs. Wireless sensors can be placed on every window and door in the home. This eliminates vulnerable areas that burglars can have access to. New alarm systems can also contact you through text messages, email, and cell phones. This helps keep you alerted whether you are home or not. The higher speeds in alarm technology also makes it easier for authorities to arrive on scene a lot faster. This helps if you are home at the time of the burglary.

Fake Equipment

Instead of investing in a true security system, many people in the 1990s decided to purchase dummy cameras and stickers that showed fake security protection. These fakes are easy to spot and may make your home more of a target for burglars who recognize the fake. Remove all of these fake security features and install a real system for the best performance. Not only will you get real service, but many security companies offer lawn signs and stickers with real company logos. These can help deter potential criminals from even trying to access your home.

By consulting with a security company, you can determine what upgrades should be added to your home. They can help remove old technology while planning to install the new hardware and features.

For more information, contact a company like Digitron Security Systems, Inc.