A burglary takes place every 18 seconds in the U.S. That means there are 4,800 burglaries every day. For this reason, a working home security system is critical.

Security system maintenance is key to keeping your solution functioning at its best, to avoid system breakdowns that are stressful and costly.

Use this maintenance checklist to keep a pulse on your home security system.

Check Security Equipment Batteries

One of the most effective ways to keep your security system up and running is by checking the batteries for your equipment. This includes:


 Carbon monoxide detectors

 Control panels

 Door and window sensors

 Image sensors

 Smart locks

 Smoke detectors

Both traditional security systems and wireless security systems rely on batteries. Change the batteries within your security panel every three to five years.

Conduct Weekly Perimeter Checks

Security starts with the outside of your home. Perform weekly perimeter checks to inspect outdoor security equipment. This means:

 Checking door and window frames for rotting or warping.

Cleaning cameras and securing mounts.

 Examining window and door sensor adhesive.

 Inspecting door and window locks

 Keeping landscaping neat to limit potential hiding spots.

 Testing all outdoor lighting.

Test the Control Panel

Be proactive with your home security system by performing regular tests. Testing your control panel can vary depending on the model and manufacturer of your system.

Several Vector Security systems require users to follow a process similar to the two explained in this post.

Additionally, Vector Security customers can also use the Customer Portal to place their system on test and view alarm history.

Perform Safety Checks

Go beyond security and conduct a home safety check. To do this:

 Keep fire extinguishers on every level of the home, with one of them in the kitchen. Inspect these extinguishers every month and get them serviced if the pressure gauge reads low.

 Explain safety procedures to any children in the house, such as fire escape plans.

 Review important house rules, like never letting strangers into the house and never giving strangers personal information over the phone.

Schedule Professional Inspections Annually

Contact your local consumer protection agency or the Better Business Bureau to find reputable security providers in your area.

Once you’ve compiled a list of preferred providers, vet them by asking questions like:

 Is your company authorized to service all of the manufacturer’s products?

 How are repairs and upgrades handled?

 Is regular maintenance standard? If so, how often and to what extent?

 How should I submit a service request if my system is malfunctioning?

 How quickly will you be able to get a technician to my home after filing a service request?

Schedule your repair and ask for identification. A legitimate home security professional will be able to present identification associated with your provider.

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