Tips to Keep Your Security System at its Best

In between your annual services, it’s a good idea to take steps to keep your security system working at its best.

Here are a few ideas you can do on a regular basis to check your system is in good working order and identify any potential issues:

  • Check your lighting is working. If you have motion-activated lights, perform regular checks to make sure no bulbs have blown or lights damaged. If thieves are planning to target your home, broken lights may give them just the opportunity they’ve been looking for.
  • Inspect cameras. You’ll also want to check your CCTV cameras regularly to ensure they are working and they haven’t been tampered with. Check they are not being obscured by growing plants or any other debris so you can be sure you’re getting the full range of visibility when using them.
  • Visually check your control panel. Without your control panel, your entire system is no good so you’ll want to check regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look out for loose wires or any visible signs that the unit might not be working as well as it could be. Some systems will let you run a test to self-diagnose any issues (inform your monitoring service first before you do this!). If anything is found you can then arrange for a technician to come and take a look sooner rather than later.
  • Make sure your software is up to date. Many smart home security systems rely on their operating system to work effectively. You’ll need to perform regular software updates to ensure your system is safe and secure from hackers as well as to fix any bugs that occur from time to time. For some systems this needs to be done by you, but others can be updated remotely by your alarm system monitoring service. Chat to your technician to find out what you need to do for your specific system.


Excell Security technicians have expert knowledge in a wide range of electronic security systems. We can help you with both regular ongoing maintenance and servicing and troubleshooting problems. We can provide parts, maintenance and repairs to your existing security service whether it be for alarm repairs, CCTV or access control.


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