Ways To Upgrade A Home Security System

February 20th, 2023

More people are starting to see the advantages of having a home security system. Not only does it help protect your belongings and property, but it also helps keep your loved ones safe.

If you are among those who have foreseen how beneficial it is to have safety measures in place, you may have installed a home security system a long time ago. Although it may have helped you a lot since you may want to consider upgrading it. Many people remain confident in the effectiveness of their security system until something goes wrong.


At some point, an outdated system will start to malfunction. And sometimes, incidents like floods or fires can also affect the longevity and performance of security equipment. If any of these things happen, it is time to get an upgrade. Aside from these, there are other reasons you should consider in making this decision.

  • Your family is growing. If you have decided to have kids, there are a lot of factors you need to take into account. Aside from raising them properly, you also have to prioritize their safety on your CA property. Think of ways you can keep an eye on your children at all times. An upgrade will allow you to maintain your desired level of safety and comfort.


  • Your financial situation has changed. If you are expecting a significant increase in your family income, consider updating your security system. You might decide to purchase brand-new furniture or personal items and have home improvements done, and your whole lifestyle might change. These can attract criminals to your home, so you should boost any safety measures you have already implemented to prevent break-ins.

  • You are expecting a new job. A new job may be the reason for your financial shift. Aside from a bigger income, a new job often comes with more responsibilities. Thus, your day-to-day schedule may change, and you may have to spend more time outside your CA home. Empty homes are among the types of properties that are most vulnerable to burglaries.

Possible Upgrades

Technology constantly changes, and home security is not an exception. Every year, many new types of systems come out. However, you do not always have to buy the latest equipment. Instead, you can opt for the upgrade that will suit your needs.

  • Consider changing the control panel board with a newer model that will give you remote access via your smartphone.


  • Switch to a wireless monitoring system that can send signals through cell towers. This way, your equipment will still work even if intruders cut off your phone lines.


  • Give your system a facelift with a new keypad.

Get Help

When it comes to home security systems, buying a new one is not always necessary. Sometimes, upgrading the current system in your CA home is enough. Doing this can provide you with additional protection at a more affordable cost. If you need help finding the best way to update your home security, contact us today. Our team can provide you with customized solutions suitable to your needs.

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"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