The service & maintenance of your security systems is vital if you want to ensure the longevity of your business investment.

If you’ve invested good money in a security system, you want to keep it working at its best for as long as you can. That means taking care of it properly. Here are five specific reasons why you need to maintain your security systems.

Spot any issues before they start to cause a problem

This may be stating the obvious, but it’s still true. Even equipment which is used in a fully-indoor setting can develop issues over time. A lot of these, however, can be easily remedied, especially if you catch them early.

For example, if you make a point of changing batteries regularly, you’ll avoid getting into a situation where you need to replace them urgently or risk having your equipment go offline or, worse still, having it go offline and leave you without protection until new batteries arrive.

Equipment which is used wholly, or even partly, outdoors, not only has to stand up to everyday wear and tear but also has to be able to hold its own with the Great British weather. It may also be subject to being damaged by accident or by deliberate vandalism.

Prevent software-related security breaches

A lot of modern security equipment does use some form of software and this software generally needs to be updated periodically.

For the most parts, these updates will tend to be about improving functionality and efficiency, but sometimes they will be to fix vulnerabilities which have been discovered or to improve security in some other way.

It would be rather ironic to spend good money on a state-of-the-art security system only to end up being compromised through it because you failed to perform basic maintenance.

Ensure compliance with the law

There is often a strong link between effective security and effective health and safety, but ineffective security, for example, security equipment which is not working at its best, can pose a health-and-safety hazard.

For example, security gates need to have sensors which detect when they come into contact with a human and automatically stop them from continuing to close. If these sensors malfunction, then the result could, quite literally, be a fatality.

Other laws may also be a consideration. For example, if you’re running a CCTV system, then you need to comply with GDPR. If your CCTV system isn’t deleting footage as it should, then you could find yourself out of compliance and exposed to severe penalties.

Get the maximum useful life out of your equipment

The better you care for something, the longer it will last. This is one of the most fundamental principles in life and it certainly applies to security systems, especially ones which are used outdoors.

Keep your staff working efficiently

This may seem like an odd point to mention, but at the end of the day, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and if your security system is in poor shape then there is a distinct probability that it will be disrupting your workflow in some way.

For example, if automated sensors are not working as they should, then manual interventions will become more frequent.