5 Top Tips for updating an outdated security system

Updating your security system will proactively prevent crime. Learn how/what to upgrade to ensure your building remains safe from burglary.

It’s easy to neglect your building’s security system. If what you’ve got is working, then there’s no reason to change, right?

Unfortunately, out-of-date security hardware can, and often will, fail you when it matters most. Criminals are constantly finding new ways to beat commercial security systems, so it’s important to keep yours up to date at all times.

Not only this, but intruders can be incredibly hard to bring to justice without proper security measures in place. This is especially true in the EU, where there’s a ‘high degree of mobility’, and criminals are able to flee into other member states and disappear without a trace, leaving you with little chance of returning your assets.

Benefits of upgrading your security system

Outdated security systems put you at far greater risk of burglary, vandalism, et cetera. By keeping your systems fresh, you’re proactively working to ensure that your property is secure, which is always cheaper and less stressful than being reactive and dealing with a costly break-in.

Latest technology – new technology is, perhaps obviously, chock full of unique features that are designed to help you stay one step ahead of criminals. New hardware ranges from laser- triggered motion detectors through to cellular communicative intruder systems, all of which are incredibly effective at securing your building.

Improved control – many smart features and clear interfaces allow you unprecedented control over your security system. Most CCTV systems can be accessed via mobile, meaning that you can monitor your property from anywhere in the world!

Save money – old systems will require expensive maintenance, even though they provide mediocre coverage and protection. Newer systems are easier to use (saving valuable hours of your time), more efficient to run and more effective at preventing break-ins. Consider a new system as an investment in your organisation.

Deter criminals – a criminal is far more likely to target a building with an outdated security system. Fortunately, a brand-new system sticks out like a sore thumb, showing off your dedication to security and acting as a powerful deterrent to any would-be criminals.

So, now that we’ve covered some of the benefits, it’s time for some top tips!

1. Upgrade your security equipment

Perhaps the most obvious tip on our list – upgrade your old equipment!

Did you know that one burglary happens every 108 seconds in the UK? It’s a rampant offence that many of us presume that we’ll never be the victim of, but that’s simply not the case. If you store valuable equipment on your premises, then you’re a prime target for criminals.

Oftentimes, people decide to upgrade their systems when there’s a security breach, or another threat that must be addressed. The fact of the matter is that, at this stage, it’s too late. Good security requires consistent assessment in order to proactively prevent issues rather than reacting to a break-in once it’s already happened.

2. Adjust your coverage

Having the best equipment available on the market is all fine and dandy, but if it’s incorrectly configured, then it’s practically worthless to you.

Modern motion detectors, laser sensors and other security systems are designed to be adjusted incredibly accurately, often down to the millimetre. This means that you can ensure that you’re covering high-risk areas at all times.

Take the time to identify key areas that require securing. This is especially important if parts of your building have been repurposed lately, or if your layout has changed – make sure that your security is updated to suit.

3. Add smart features

Many businesses are implementing smart features into their security systems, allowing them to control them from their mobile devices.

Whether you want to control your security lighting remotely, or access your CCTV system from the comfort of your home, smart features are a great way to give you advanced control of your security system.

4. Combined approach

It’s called a security system for a reason. Installing a CCTV camera and calling it a day isn’t enough, unfortunately.

A complete system will consist of a variety of components, working in unison to secure your building.

Security lighting

A sudden bright light is often enough to scare off even the most seasoned of criminals.

Security lighting is designed to illuminate key areas, either when a motion detector is triggered, between specific times, or permanently, depending on requirements.

This also benefits your CCTV, as proper illumination is often required in order to ensure you get a good look at whoever is trying to access your building!

Motion detection

Motion detection is an incredibly powerful addition to your bespoke security system.

Built to function in a whole host of adverse conditions and to work in any sector, motion detectors are used the world over as both a key deterrent system, and as a way to trigger alarms/other security hardware on the premises.

Simply installing a motion detector will often dissuade criminals, as there will always be an easier target elsewhere.


Detectors can be programmed to seamlessly trigger internal lights, electronics and automatically open/close window blinds and curtains in order to create the impression that someone is in the building/home.

This is a great way to deter would-be intruders by making your property seem inhabited at all times.


CCTV is a cornerstone of modern security, and provides you an eagle-eye view over your property at all times.

Many organisations are choosing to install automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras around their buildings. This allows them to monitor and log vehicles that are coming and going on their property.

Voice deterrents

Voice deterrent kits can be used to startle intruders, delivering a verbal warning that, more often than not, does the trick and sends them packing.

A combination of security hardware culminates into a system that provides the most complete protection possible for your organisation.

Access control

Many buildings have replaced their lock and key security systems with access codes and/or key fobs.

While this is, naturally, much more secure, it’s not infallible. It’s important that codes and fobs are regularly changed to reduce the risk of unauthorised entrance to the property.

This is especially important when a member of staff leaves your organisation, a fob is lost or security is compromised in any way.

5. Ask the right questions

It’s hard to know when to make a change, so it’s important to ask yourself several key vulnerability questions.

What’s my employee turnover like?

Short-term contracts, disgruntled employees – there’s all sorts of reasons as to why someone may not stay with you for a long time.

People who come and go could pose a security threat to your organisation, as they may (intentionally or unintentionally) discuss security vulnerabilities that can be exploited.

The easiest fix for this issue? Don’t have any vulnerabilities, and keep your systems updated!

How public is my entranceway?

Your building might be nicely tucked away, with a handful of well-guarded access points, but many businesses have to deal with a public entranceway. That’s why it’s important to install systems that allow you to monitor who’s coming and going, be that on foot or in vehicles; you want to know what’s happening at all times.

Are there any glaring security flaws?

Many business owners rush their security to meet deadlines, or to save money.

When you cut corners, you’ll often leave distinct holes in your security that are begging to be exploited. Remember: if there’s a will, there’s a way – criminals don’t discriminate, and will take advantage of any opportunity that you give them.

Upgrade your security offering with GJD

When you’re in the business of perimeter security and detection, there’s more than security at stake
– there’s your reputation too. Leave nothing to chance, choose GJD. We’re the UK’s most reliable provider of advanced presence detection, illumination and ANPR systems.

Need more advice? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialist team. We’re on hand to answer any questions you might have


Need more advice? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialist team. We’re on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Word from our client

As well as their products being easily configurable, offering excellent value for money and long term reliability in service, GJD offer unrivalled support

Richard Crane
Blake Contractors

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