Four Problems with Home Surveillance Systems and How to Fix Them

Four Problems with Home Surveillance Systems and How to Fix Them

A home surveillance system provides your family a great deal of peace of mind, but it is important not to forget the system once it’s installed. If the system was installed years ago, you are comfortable with it, and see no reason to make any changes, it may be that you’re system has become outdated. Often, with changing technology and growing capabilities within the security system industry, opportunities exist for upgrading and improving your home surveillance system.

Complacently can be a problem if you have an old system which was installed years ago. Others problems may exist if your original system was not a complete system, but you are using it as though it was. Below are four issues and how to fix them that might be present in your system. You may not be aware of these but, the fact is, criminals and intruders are aware some systems have these issues and may well take advantage of them.

Following four problems and their fixes should be a priority in your home surveillance system “to do” list.


    1. If your system is old or perhaps was installed before you bought your home, then it is possible that security equipment from more than one manufacturer was installed. Equipment from several suppliers can mean that the various parts of your system were ‘patched’ together to create one system. Often this can show up as overlap of some equipment capabilities while omitting other capabilities. If detection abilities are missing this can leave security gaps in your home surveillance system. Also, older technologies are typically used in older technology. Because of the rapid changes in security equipment capabilities, it may be time for you to review your system. Allied Home Security Systems would welcome the opportunity to visit with you in your home. We will survey your home surveillance system and prepare recommendations for improving your system to the latest configuration. Upgrading your system will bring greater peace of mind for you and your family.


    1. In addition to gaps in equipment, you may also have holes in your security coverage. For example, video cameras may view only a portion of your front lawn or backyard. Intruders can slip between the ‘cracks’ and take advantage of these gaps. Allied Home Security Systems can analyze your security coverage and recommend improvements, giving you greater security coverage for your home.


    1. Keeping old, simple, or default passcodes are not recommended by industry professionals. A homeowner should periodically change their codes to reduce the threat of someone hacking into your system. It may be easy to leave the factory passcode on your equipment, but you should remember it is also easy for potential hackers to obtain this code and gain access. The factory default is probably the first code a hacker will use to attempt to break into your system. Changing your passcode once every six months is a simple task and gives you an extra layer of protection from intruders.


  1. As simple as this sounds to take care of, often system batteries go dead and are not replaced. Regular maintenance on your home surveillance system, including changing out dead batteries, should be carried out periodically. Your owner’s manual should give you all the information you need to maintain your system.


Allied Home Security System is your ‘go to’ source for high quality home surveillance systems. We are happy to meet you in your home or business and prepare a complete review of your current systems, identify any gaps or shortfalls in the system design, and recommend improvements. It is important, on an annual basis, to have Allied Home Security review your security system and ensure that everything is in top working and technical condition. Give us a call today at 866-255-4338 and speak with one of our security specialists. We’ll be happy to discuss your security needs.