Beneficial Reasons to Maintain Your Home Security System

January 5th, 2023

A home security system in Chico won't work if you don't take the time to maintain it to make sure it is operating as it should. It is the same concept of making sure you follow proper maintenance procedures for your car. 

From changing the oil to making sure there is enough air in the tires, there are certain things you need to do to make sure that the car remains safe and operable. The same applies to your home security system.

Regular maintenance of your home security system can mean a longer life expectancy and helps ensure that each component is in top-notch condition.

Here are a few more beneficial reasons to maintain your home security system.

Identify Errors

When you maintain your home security system, you are probably going to need to run regular tests on all of the equipment to ensure there are no system errors. When there are errors, and they go ignored and unresolved, then the life expectancy of your security system quickly begins to decrease.

If there is a maintenance lapse, there is a good chance that your alarm will not sound or notify you if there is a break-in or other incident. Neglecting maintenance can have some serious consequences and can leave you and your home vulnerable.

Reduce False Alarms

When there are false alarms, it can cost money. It also wastes valuable time and resources that should be used in real emergencies. A lot of times, you will find that many false alarms are actually the result of equipment that has not been properly maintained and updated.

When you have outdated security equipment, the system won't work as it should. You need to test your system at least once per month to make sure everything is in proper working order. This means checking and replacing the batteries regularly as well. 

Before you test your security system and alarms, be sure to notify your security company in Chico, CA, so they know it is not a real alarm that requires the authorities to be notified.

Prevent System Hacks

Finally, regular maintenance on your security system can help prevent system hacks. You need to make sure you are installing all-new software updates on all of your digital home security devices to help improve your cybersecurity as well as your physical security. 

When you have outdated software for your home security system, there may be unpatched security flaws that a hacker can easily use to breach your network and ultimately steal your valuable, personal financial information. 

When maintaining your system and while updating, make sure to include each component including your security cameras, smart lighting, smart locks, and smart thermostats. You also want to ensure that your system was initially installed properly, and the company addresses your setup, installation, and maintenance requests.

For more information on the proper upkeep and maintenance of your home security system in Chico, CA then contact your local security company. They can help run you through the process to ensure that all of your bases are covered, and every component of your security system is working as it should.

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D. Weseman, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

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J. Folsom Arco Station

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John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators