In the world that we live in today, home security systems are a must-have for protecting ourselves, our families and our possessions. But not all home security systems are created equal. As time passes, technology becomes obsolete, and security systems are based on technology. Not sure if it is time for an upgrade or not? Here are five reasons why you might want to upgrade your home security system.

1. From Telephones to Smartphones

If you are still using a landline based monitoring system, it’s time to consider an upgrade. Not only are landlines a thing of the past but they can also be a security risk. With a cellular monitored security system, your system is not physically connected to anything, unlike landline monitoring which requires a home phone. With this physical connection, thieves can more easily bypass your home security system by simply cutting the wire. Cellular monitoring is also a better option for convenience. In the world today, many people tend to rely on cellular devices and many homes no longer have landline phone service. If you are holding on to your analog phone for the sake of home security, it’s time for an upgrade!

2. Smart Home, Secure Home

What are Smart Home Services anyway? Smart Home Services automate things in your home like your lights, thermostat, or even your coffee pot. With the right security system, you can control your connected devices from your smartphone or even your control panel.

In general, smart home services exist to make your life more convenient and also improve security. If your home alarm system doesn’t support smart home services, it might be time for an upgrade.

By combining security and automation, you can monitor cameras, disarm your security system, lock your doors, or change your home’s temperature from anywhere. You can also create rules. For example, if motion is detected in your living room, you can set the system to automatically turn on a lamp. Or, if someone opens your front door, you can set your camera to record.

3. 2G Sunset Has Come and Gone

As of January 1, 2017, the 2G wireless network will be gone. Cellular companies have been and are continuing to discontinue the use of 2G mobile services. Why? To replace them with newer and faster 3G/4G frequencies of course.

What does 2G Sunset have to do with your home security system? Some home security systems that rely on cellular signals will be affected. Without an upgrade, the sun might set on your security system. While many providers have proactively reached out to let customers know of the change, it is ultimately up to you to make sure that your system will be capable of accepting a signal after January 1st.

4. Moving to a New Home?

If you are moving to a new home, you might be able to take your home security system with you, but it’s also a good time to reassess your needs. For example, if you are moving from an apartment with one exterior door, to your first home with a front and a back door, you will need an extra sensor. Instead of trying to uninstall, re-install, and add components to an old security system, for convenience sake, upgrading to a new system might be the best option.

5. The Dangers of Outdated Hardware

It’s time to be honest with yourself, how old is your security system? Does the manufacturer still provide support for your system? Is the technology in the system obsolete? Not only are older systems easier for hackers and thieves to work their magic on, but they are also not as reliable as they once were considered to be.

Sure, you have relied on your trusty home security system for years but is it possible that you are putting yourself, your home, and your family at risk? Security systems are no different from computers. After a few years, you need a new one.

If you want to upgrade your security system, there are plenty of good resources online to help you choose. Here are some tips on choosing and here you can compare security companies.